With less than four weeks till Election Day, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and her challenger Dr. Bud Pierce met in Medford for a debate Thursday night. It was the only debate of the campaign to be held in southern Oregon.


Southern Oregon's representation in the state legislature was already headed for a big change even before the sudden death of Sen. Alan Bates. 

Because Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland had already announced his retirement from the House. 

Buckley had a huge impact beyond the district, as the chief budget-writer in the House. 

Pam Marsh of Ashland is the Democrat running to succeed Buckley.  Steve Richie is the Republican running (after Alan DeBoer opted to run for Senate instead). 

We had a practice a bit just to be able to say the name "Cthulhu." 

It's a character from a horror story by H.P. Lovecraft... and now the central figure in a musical!  With puppets! 

"Cthulhu: The Musical" is being presented at an Ashland tavern (Oberon's) by the wonderfully named troupe "Puppeteers For Fears." 

Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by the state line could expand. 

The monument, created by presidential order in 2000, protects public lands in a zone where the ecosystems of the Cascade, Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains meet.  A proposal to expand the monument by thousands of acres is under consideration in Washington. 

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and a top official in the Interior Department will take testimony Friday afternoon in Ashland (October 14th). 

Courtesy: Andy Baker

Our coastal waters may not seem all that warm, but the Pacific Ocean actually stores a lot of solar energy.  Could it be possible to use the ocean to heat buildings along the Pacific Northwest Coast? 

For a place with a lousy reputation, lots of people want to become members of the U.S. Senate. 

And four of them want to oust a long-entrenched Oregon incumbent to get there.  Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is running for another six years in the November election. 

He faces challenges from Republican Mark Callahan, Libertarian Jim Lindsay, Shanti Lewallen of the Working Families Party, and former Ashland city councilor Eric Navickas, running as the Pacific Green Party candidate. 

They've all got ideas about what they'd like to do if elected. 

Washed Ashore

One person's trash is another person's treasure. 

That is proven frequently by Washed Ashore on the Oregon Coast.  The organization takes its name from the plastic and other trash that washes up on the beaches... which artist and Executive Director Angela Haseltine Pozzi turns into art representing sea creatures and scenes. 

It's a fascinating look at the beings that are threatened by human trash in the oceans. 


Most of our trash goes out of sight, out of mind in landfills. 

But plenty of the world's refuse ends up in waterways, to end up in the ocean.  And plastics in the ocean can present hazards to sea creatures and the health of creatures up the food chain. 

The organization called Algalita is dedicated to studying plastic trash and its effects at sea.

To call Cherríe Moraga a writer understates the case. 

She is that, yes, but also an activist on behalf of people of color, particularly women. 

And she comes to the University of Oregon this week (October 13-14) to talk about civil rights and civil liberties... and methods to use in activism. 

Those who know her best call her Maestra Moraga. 

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Even in relatively quiet fire seasons like the one just past, you can count on the Klamath National Forest for at least a couple of tough fires. 

Rugged terrain and hot, dry summers make the Klamath River country highly prone to wildfire.  So it should come as no suprise to find people training there now, with an emphasis on prescribed fire. 

A TREX--Training Exchange--is currently underway, with a focus on protecting communities from wildfire. 

Public Domain

For a guy who is around water a lot, Tim Palmer seems like he's thirsty.  But thirsty for more experiences with the beautiful and wild places of the west. 

Tim is the author of Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, Field Guide to California Rivers, and many other books. 

He recently weighed in on the Malheur wildlife refuge trial with a column in the Oregonian spelling out his view of the value of public lands (hint: it stays public). 

Scientists Try Trapping To Halt Puget Sound's European Crab Invasion

Oct 11, 2016
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Emily Grason and Sean McDonald trudge through the mud of San Juan Island’s Westcott Bay on the hunt for something they hope not to find: A 3-inch menace: the European green crab.

In late August, a single adult male was found for the first time in Washington’s inland sea. University of Washington researchers responded, arriving at the location of that first sighting with hundreds of traps in tow.

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Precious Yamaguchi heard the term "camp" a lot growing up in a Japanese American household. 

It wasn't until she was a little older that her parents and grandparents added a key modifier to the phrase: internment camps.  Her exploration of the effects of the camps on family members and other led to a monograph, Experiences of Japanese American Women during and After World War II

Dr. Yamaguchi now teaches communications courses at Southern Oregon University. 

Wine Grape Harvest Underway In The Umpqua Valley

Oct 10, 2016

Harvest is underway for wine grape growers in the Umpqua Valley, many of whom have been picking their grapes earlier than usual.

During the second Presidential Debate Sunday night, NPR's team of journalists provided live fact-checking of the statements from both candidates. Below is a transcript, as well as NPR's comments.

University of Oregon

Stephanie Majewski likes it when things bump into each other. 

Which is a huge OVER-simplification of her work in the field of physics at the University of Oregon. 

But it IS true that she learns a lot from atoms crashing into each other, especially at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland. 

Dr. Majewski's work is the topic of this month's installment of "cUriOus: Research Meets Radio." 

Crime Rose In California In 2015

Oct 7, 2016
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

In a new report, the California Police Chief Association calculates violent crime increased more than 2 percent from 2014.

There were almost four incidents of violent crime for each thousand state residents, a similar increase to the country as a whole.

But police chiefs blame Proposition 47 for an even larger uptick in property crimes. The measure, which voters approved in 2014, reduced some nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, particularly those involving theft or drugs

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These days, we openly discuss a lot of things that used to be considered too delicate for polite company: sex, money, childbirth …  If there’s one taboo left, it’s the subject of death. Recently, JPR’s Liam Moriarty attended a social gathering held specifically to talk about the end of life. 


The play version of Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology" features the characters telling their stories from the graveyard, after death. 

So it seems appropriate to use the play as a fundraiser for a graveyard. 

And that's just what's happening, as the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery mount a production of "Spoon River" to bring in money for cemetery upkeep. 

David Gordon provides musical accompaniment for the play. 

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Next time you see your favorite female actor risk life or limb on-screen, think good thoughts for the stunt double. 

That's the person who really faced the risks. 

Mollie Gregory tells the story of these unheralded heroines in her book Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story