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The University of California is the first public university in the United States to hire full-time attorneys to provide legal aid to its undocumented students and their families. Though the new legal center is based at the UC Davis Law School, the attorneys see students at campuses across California.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Forests have a way of regenerating after devastating fires.

Human-built amenities in or near the forests take a bit of time and attention.

The Biscuit Fire burned through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest 13 years ago.

And it was just recently that members of the Siskiyou Mountain Club completed the rebuilding of a trail through the burn area.

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Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has a rare issue facing it: it has a right to more water than it can currently use.

But it's a use-it-or-lose-it proposition for the district.

It either needs to find more users, or risk losing a portion of its water right.  

A change would have a significant on the Mad River, the water source... a lower water right would drop the flow in the river markedly.

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  When you stop to think about it, we know less about the oceans of Earth than the space immediately surrounding the planet.

Because unlike space, we can't see through the ocean or use satellites to explore it. 

That's why the Ocean Observatories Initiative started up... to place sensors off both coasts of the United States, to track a broad array of information. 

A crew from Oregon State University recently placed the final sensor in the Pacific. 

Oregon Aims To Cut Opioid Use Among Pain Sufferers

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At any given time, about ten percent of Oregonians suffer from back pain. Many end up being prescribed opioid painkillers such as Vicodin. And as JPR reported in our series on opioid addiction earlier this month, some become addicted. The state has taken notice. Starting in January, the Oregon Health Plan is changing the way it deals with back pain. And sufferers are likely to get fewer pain pills.

Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup

People on the West Coast have been talking for years about the pending earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

It took ONE article in the New Yorker to sweep through social media and rekindle the quake concerns. 

And they are well-placed... damage from a Cascadia quake would rattle the ground and everything on it, likely from California to British Columbia. 

Geologists say one could happen at any time. 

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Imagine the danger in fighting wildland fires.

Now imagine fighting wildland fires AFTER jumping out of an airplane. 

Jason Ramos does it for a living, and tells his story in the book Smokejumper

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Voters in Jackson and Josephine Counties last year approved county-wide bans on the cultivation of genetically-modified crops. Backers of those measures fear a bill that just passed the US House of Representatives would roll back those bans – as well as scores of other GMO-related measures across the country.

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The Oregon Legislature's session was bound to have a few wobbles this year.

Having the governor resign a month into his term shook up state government at many levels. 

The legislature got back on track and completed its work on a two-year budget for schools, prisons, police, and all of the responsibilities of state government. 

But it left some business unfinished, too, like a major bill to fix up Oregon's transportation infrastructure. 

House Speaker Tina Kotek presided over half of the legislative apparatus.  

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The dream in breast cancer treatment is a simple one: that one day women will be able to take a pill, and the cancer will disappear.

Until that day, the key to treatment is early detection.  And Providence Medford Medical Center's Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center is installing state-of-the-art devices for just that purpose. 

3-D imaging machines will help doctors find smaller lumps in breast tissue, allowing earlier diagnosis. 

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Honey bees around the world are facing serious challenges.  In recent years, annual hive losses have risen to 50 percent or more. Now, a California non-profit is working to help farmers and other landowners create habitat for bees and other pollinators.

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Jail space tends to be at a premium in our region.

Funding is often tight, and cells are limited in the best of circumstances. 

So jail cells are not the best places for drunk or drugged people to "sleep it off", especially if they have not committed any crime.

Grants Pass will be home to a "sobering center" by sometime next year, a non-jail place for substance abusers to get straight. 

The Oregon Legislature approved funding for it last month. 

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We often refer to a camping trip as "roughing it."

But a perusal of camping in the old days gives a whole new meaning to the term "rough." 

Our ancestors who wanted to spend time at Crater Lake had to plan on a long, dusty journey, and a primitive existence while in the park. 

Historian and Park Service volunteer Larry Smith presents a program on camping at Crater Lake at the Southern Oregon Historical Society center in Medford on Saturday. 

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We're not even halfway through the summer, and drought concerns are rising, even in normally well-watered parts of Oregon.

Junction City recently had to declare a "moderate" water emergency and restrict water uses. 

EWEB in Eugene is keeping an eye on low river flows caused by the lack of snowpack. 

And Ashland is poised to increase warnings about water use, if its major reservoir drops below a certain level. 

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Jim Belushi's web page identifies him as a performer.

Not just an actor, or singer, or comedian, but a performer. 

His latest gig is building a cabin along the Rogue River, chronicled in his TV show "Building Belushi."

And Belushi's newfound allegiance to Southern Oregon has him appearing in a benefit concert for the Holly Theatre restoration on August 29th.

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When you've got concerns about the treatment of a child, you call the state child welfare agency.

When you've got concerns about an older adult in long-term care in Oregon, you call the office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

The office--one of many across the country--investigates everything from physical abuse to bad food in long-term care facilities, and volunteers power the program. 

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Moving an older family member into a nursing home is hard enough.

In Humboldt County, it's nearly impossible at the moment for families receiving MediCal, the state's version of Medicaid. 

And the North Coast Journal says it's not because there's not enough space... it's because the company that owns the majority of the skilled nursing facilities wants more money per patient from the state. 

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In 2008, Californians passed a law by a two-thirds majority to give egg-laying hens more space to move around. Farmers have had the last seven years to comply. Proposition 2 -- the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act -- went into effect this January.

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Northern California's Yurok Tribe is taking a greater hand in the administration of justice to its members.

The tribe recently opened a new justice center in Klamath, and is making plans to move juvenile cases from state court to tribal court. 

The juvenile court plans are part of a larger vision for younger Yuroks through the Yurok Youth Wellness Project.

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Recent discussions of the warm-water "Blob" in the Pacific may have obscured previously existing concerns about ocean health.

Like the increasing level of acidity in the ocean, and the more frequent appearance of low-oxygen zones (hypoxia). 

The West Coast Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Science Panel brings together top minds from the West Coast State and British Columbia to come up with ideas for addressing the ocean issues. 

The panel presents a progress update at a meeting in Sacramento next week (July 29), with several reports due this fall. 

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