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Opponents of proposed mining projects in the Klamath Mountains in the southwest corner of Oregon are praising a federal order withdrawing more than 100-thousand acres in the area from mining activity.

Compass Radio is about listening to people in our region as they navigate mental illness, and the mental health system.

This month we asked about education, and got some challenging answers. 


Ideally, an area burned in a forest fire can be left alone, and the forest will regenerate naturally. 

But not all fires create ideal situations.  In fact, the large, hot fires of California appear to stall the regeneration of conifer forests. 

That's the finding of a joint study of the US Forest Service and the plant sciences department at the University of California-Davis. 

If conifers do not grow back naturally, how should humans help? 

See Source - A Surprising New Path to Tumor Development. PLoS Biol 3/12/2005: e433 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030433, CC BY 2.5,

The terms "cure" and "cancer" generally do not appear in the same sentence, except to describe what we all hope for the future. 

Yet Glenn Sabin swears his health regimen allowed him to recover from leukemia.  And he's gotten the attention and support of medical professionals, including Rogue Valley oncologist Dawn Lemanne

She helped Sabin write a book describing his medical odyssey, "n of 1".  The name refers to the number of patients in a medical study... and in Sabin's case, he's the ONE who took part in his therapies.

Much of the world first learned of the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo when they performed with Paul Simon in the 1980s. 

But Mambazo had already been around for a couple of decades by then, and the group continues to sing and tour and impress. 

It's been more than five decades now, and two of the members from the 1960s are still in the group.  Albert Mazibuko joined in 1969, and he'll be with Mambazo for a stop in Eugene at the end of January (WOW Hall, January 27th). 

Opponents Call Foul On Mega-Dairy Construction

Jan 13, 2017
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While it remains unclear whether state agencies will sign off on a controversial 30,000-cow dairy farm in Morrow County, that hasn’t stopped construction from moving quickly ahead.

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Barely a week before leaving office, President Obama has used a law originally signed by Theodore Roosevelt to roughly double the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon.

Complete Coach Works

Public transportation already gets credit for reducing emissions by getting people out of their cars. 

Just imagine how much more emissions are reduced by an electric bus. 

Eugene's Lane Transit already committed to buying electric busses; now Rogue Valley agencies are getting to kick the tires, with endorsement from groups like Southern Oregon Climate Action Now and the Southern Oregon Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Association (SOHEVA)

An electric bus from Complete Coach Works spent the week working in Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass. 

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The third week of January will be a very big week. 

It begins with the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance and ends with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as U.S. President. 

We'll focus on MLK first, as several cities plan ceremonies.  One of the biggest every year is in Ashland, produced by Claudia Alick at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

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A storm system that dumped precipitation on multiple states in the West appears to be easing, but rivers have yet to crest and many communities are still digging out from record snowfall.

California Medical Associations Disappointed In New Tobacco Tax Money Spending Plan

Jan 12, 2017
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California’s top medical and dental associations say they’re disappointed in Governor Jerry Brown’s plans for how to spend new state tobacco tax money.

Oregon Women Knit Pink Hats To Protest Trump Administration

Jan 11, 2017
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Eugene-Springfield women are grabbing knitting needles and crochet hooks and revving up sewing machines in support of the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, a large rally and protest set for the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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It's a good time to be a fish on the North Coast.  Or at least a good time to be a person who wants fish to thrive on the North Coast. 

The Martin Slough project is on the verge of receiving funding to reduce flooding and enhance fish habitat along the slough that winds through the south end of Eureka. 

The project involves the Redwood Community Action Agency, NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency, and the state Coastal Conservancy


Addictions to opioid prescription drugs are all too common in America.  But facilities to treat people who've become addicted can be harder to find. 

Grants Pass is an example: until this week, Josephine County residents seeking treatment had to seek it in Jackson County, a half-hour drive or more. 

Grace Roots, an organization dedicated to confronting the addiction problem, opened the doors to a Grants Pass treatment center this week, and patients streamed in. 

And the official opening is not until today (Jan. 12). 

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The shipping of Japanese-Americans to prison camps during World War II is not one of the prouder episodes in American history.  But it is a well-documented episode.

Some of the best-known American photographers of the time, including Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, captured images of American citizens held captive in the name of security. 

A new collection of the photographs is offered in the book Un-American.  Photo historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams assembled the collection. 

On Wednesday, January 11th, President-elect Donald Trump took questions from the press for the first time since before the election (167 days) in what he himself described as a "general news conference." 

NPR's fact-checking team has poured through the statements made in the press conference, and the details are below.


Courtesy Ray Perman

Last year, California became the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to take lethal medication to end their lives. The new law — the End of Life Option Act — took effect in June, 2016.

Piedmont resident Ray Perman always knew this is the way he wanted to go. He’s 64, a retired pilot, like his father, and an entrepreneur. He’s dying of cancer. I interviewed him about his decision. The following words, culled from that interview, are his.

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Nobody figured that removing dams from the Klamath River would be easy. 

But the original plan to remove the J.C. Boyle Dam in Oregon and the Copco 1, Copco 2, and Irongate Dams in California was to have them out by 2020.  Which is getting close. 

Dam removal might start by that year; Pacific Power has already transferred its ownership to another entity, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

The California State Water Board begins environmental impact report meetings later this week in Arcata (Thursday, Jan. 12).  A meeting scheduled for Yreka on Tuesday was postponed by weather.

Where do things stand?  That's a question asked by the Yurok Tribe, one of the supporters of dam removal. 

Poor Signal For Classics & News

Jan 10, 2017

The Classics & News signal is being affected by a build up of ice on some of our towers. The issue is expected to clear up when the weather warms in the next few days.

The areas affected are:

Coos County - KOOZ
Redding - 90.9FM

In the meantime you can hear any of our three services using the listen live feature at the top of the page.

Thanks for your patience!

Public Domain

The soil in the old Ashland railroad yard has been contaminated for so long, some of it came from steam locomotives. 

The site of the old roundhouse is where oil and other contaminants spilled and leaked on the ground. 

Now the property owner, Union Pacific, is about to clean it up.  But not before a few tweaks to the cleanup plan... for one thing, the bad soil will be taken out by rail, not by trucks on local streets. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is overseeing the cleanup plan.