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sbjforgovernor.org

It's quite the flock running for Oregon governor this year. 

Kate Brown is the incumbent by appointment, which almost makes it an open seat.  15 candidates in all signed up in the Democratic, Republican, and Independent Party of Oregon primaries. 

Stephen Johnson, home care worker and former real estate agent, runs against Brown in the Democratic primary. 

Oregon Regulators Fall Short In Response To Air Pollution Complaints

Apr 25, 2016
Tony Schick/OPB

If you smell an industrial odor in your neighborhood, it can raise a lot of questions: What is it? Where’s it coming from? Is it unsafe? Regulators encourage people to file complaints about such odors because there could be a real problem.

The EarthFix team investigated what happens to these air pollution complaints. The answer, at least in Oregon, is "very little."

Featured Works for May – First Concert
(*Indicates May birthday)

May 2 M Henry Purcell: Suite from"The Fairey Queen"
May 3 T Francis Poulenc: Concert Champêtre
May 4 W Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104
May 5 T Franz Schubert: Violin Sonata in D major
May 6 F Johannes Brahms*: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

skylakes.org

A big city hospital and a small town version will team up to train doctors in Oregon. 

Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath falls plan a joint venture on the Sky Lakes Campus. 

It will strengthen health care in the Klamath Basin and skills training for physicians planning to go into family practice. 

Zoey/http://www.livetiny365.com/

Did McMansions cause a backlash, or what?  Just a few years after small families bought extra-large houses to fit people and stuff, the real estate market crashed. 

That's not the only reason tiny houses appear to be catching on; they've been out there for a while now. 

And there is something charming about the idea of a small and simple and even portable life. 

Andrew Duncan designs and builds tiny houses at Southern Oregon Tiny Homes and Andrew Morrison does the same at Tiny House Build

Keller & Keller/adamdanforth.com

Adam Danforth's books are not for everyone; vegetarians in particular will likely take a pass. 

But he knows animals and how to cut them into meat. 

He studied slaughtering and butchering at college, and is now a James Beard Award winner for his books on the subject

budpierce.com

The last time Oregon elected a Republican governor was in 1982. 

Bud Pierce is one of seven Republicans determined to break that streak. 

Pierce is a physician, an oncologist practicing in the Salem area, and he is sharply critical of incumbent governor Kate Brown. 

Chris Phan/Wikimedia Commons

This has been – to put it mildly – an unusual presidential election season. And for the first time in many years, Oregon’s May 17th primary could actually make a difference in the outcome at both major party nominating conventions.

But now that the primary is suddenly relevant, a lot of people find themselves confused about how the process works.

Let’s sort it out, shall we?

Fowl Trouble: Medford Seeks Solution To Wild Turkey Problem

Apr 23, 2016
Bob Pennell/Medford Mail Tribune

At first a single wild turkey showing up in an east Medford yard could be seen as a cute addition to urban life, then someone breaks out the bread crumbs and now you have an entire neighborhood grousing over gobblers.

Rob Manning/OPB

If there’s one lesson Oregonians, and the nation, can learn from the passage of Measure 5, it’s this: you can’t improve school funding with a tax cut.

The Siskiyou

The tribulations of the journalism business are well documented, and affect outlets big and small. 

The student newspaper The Siskiyou at Southern Oregon University already gave up its print version several years ago. 

Now its staffers and faculty guide are trying to save it from extinction as an online-only publication. 

SOU is pulling its official support, but leaving the door open for a student-funded Siskiyou; a gofundme campaign has been set up for stopgap support. 

revbilly.com

"Reverend Billy" in some people's minds should be followed by "Graham." 

But that's not the Reverend Billy we plan to talk to.  THIS Reverend Billy is known to public radio audiences for his appearances on West Coast Live and other shows. 

He is the leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, a collection of singers and performers who oppose consumerism, militarism, and other isms. 

makeoregongreat.com

Maybe you thought Oregon's race for governor was a quiet affair, given the presence of an incumbent, and the fact that it's just a two-year term up for a vote. 

But 15 people in three parties signed up to run, including Democrat Kate Brown, who gained the office through the resignation of her predecessor. 

We reached out to all the candidates entered in the May 17th primary. 

Cliff Thomason is one of two candidates running for the nomination of the Independent Party of Oregon. 

Owen via Wikimedia Commons

One of the things that makes the upcoming Oregon primary unusual is the fact that, for the first time, the state has three designated major parties on the ballot.

Let’s look at what the Independent Party of Oregon brings to this election.

resiliencepermaculture.com

Most of us look at the nearby landscape and see trees and flowers and rocks. 

Tao Orion looks with eyes that see sustainability... or the lack of it. 

Orion, author of a book on invasive plants and permaculture teacher, offers a permaculture workshop as part of Earth Day/Arbor Day festivities at Southern Oregon University. 

BLM/Public Domain

The Bureau of Land Management is generally NOT in the business of managing forests in much of the country; it's usually the rangeland agency. 

But whether BLM likes it or not, it is obliged to manage federal forests in Western Oregon that were once lands granted to the Oregon and California Railroad (O&C). 

BLM recently unveiled its proposed final version of the Western Oregon Resource Management Plan, and nearly everybody with a stake in it has a problem with it. 

We examine the contents of the plan and reactions in a series of interviews, including reps from Cascadia Wildlands, Travel Oregon, The Association of O&C Counties, and the American Forest Resource Council. 

Stand Against Stigma

It gets a little easier all the time to talk about suicide... on a general statistics-and-treatment level. 

Individual cases can still be extremely tricky, because of longstanding societal stigmas about suicidal thoughts and actions. 

Shasta County's mental health apparatus swung into action against the taboos, creating "Stand Against Stigma." 

The project features a number of people putting their faces and stories forward, letting the world know of their struggles with depression and other mental illness. 

John Rosman/OPB

Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry is booming. Recreational sales in the state have only been legal since Oct. 1, 2015, but already there are more than 300 locations where adults age 21 and older can legally purchase cannabis for recreational use.

Jefferson Public Radio's newsroom is among the winners of the 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrows are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to recognize outstanding broadcast and online journalism. 

JPR was also recognized by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA).

Brian Turner via Flickr

When you get your primary ballot in hand, are there parts you just skip over, like maybe the races for judges? 

Both Oregon and California elect judges from statewide down to the local level, while other states feature many appointed judgeships. 

Is one system better than the other?  We put that question to the Brennan Center, which is committed to democracy and equal justice for all. 

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