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  A Salmon Festival on the Northern California Coast won’t be serving any salmon this weekend (August 20), a first in the event’s 54-year history. 

Yurok Tribal Officials say dire conditions in the Klamath River prompted the menu change.

 

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People used to crack jokes about their phones being tapped. 

It's less of a joke than it used to be, given the knowledge of how extensive the federal government's surveillance apparatus is.  Does the government pick up as much information as we give freely through social media and smartphone app choices? 

Kristian Williams answers that question and others in an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project on "Keeping Tabs on America: Surveillance and You." 

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The Oregon Honey Festival aims to make itself sweet and sticky to a variety of tastes.  Presenters range from bee scientists to honey sellers to artists. 

And it's in that last category you'll find Meesha Goldberg of Eugene.  One of her projects is a combination of performance art and ritual and activism called "Equilibrium Rites;" Goldberg and companions mirrored the annual pollination of California almond groves. 

Works of art from the project are on display at a gallery in Los Angeles for another week. 

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Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, a feast for the eyes.  What sounds should accompany the sights? 

The Britt Festival commissioned New York-based composer Michael Gordon to create an audio portrait, "Natural History."  The orchestra, led by Teddy Abrams, went to Crater Lake to perform it in late July. 

Musicians were joined by members of the Klamath Tribe and singers from three Rogue Valley choirs. 

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The Yurok Tribe will host its annual Klamath Salmon Festival on schedule on Saturday.  But for the first time in the half-century history of the festival, no salmon will be served. 

Tribal leaders say there just are not enough fish to feed all the festival visitors. 

Not with any sense of environmental responsibility, anyway. 

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Controversy seems to follow water bottling operations wherever they indicate an interest in setting up shop. 

An entire Oregon county voted in May's election to block the Nestlé company--and any other bottler--from setting up shop in the county. 

But the city that would host such a plant, Cascade Locks, voted in favor, by a wide margin.  So the city council directed staff to keep working with Nestlé on getting a plant set up. 

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Half the states in the country legalized marijuana for either medical or personal use.  But within the past week, the federal government refused to budge, keeping pot as a "Schedule 1" narcotic: no medical value. 

So that's topic we serve up, fresh and hot, for this week's VENTSday: what's the value of marijuana to you or society? 

VENTSday removes the guests and puts listener comments front and center on The Exchange. Once a week, it's all about you... we plop a topic on the table, post a survey on our Facebook page, and open the phone lines and email box for live comments.

The topics can range from presidential politics to how you spend your days off. Got an observation or opinion? Share it with the State of Jefferson on VENTSday.

On Tuesday, August 23rd, As It Was, JPR's daily series of audio vignettes on the history of southern Oregon and northern California will reach a significant milestone: 3,000 episodes!

Discussions of reproductive rights for women in America often quickly devolve and divide into "pro-choice" and "pro-life" sides. 

The concept of "reproductive justice" is meant to be much bigger than abortion, focusing on a whole range of issues facing women, minorities, and otherwise marginalized people. 

Loretta Ross and Toni M. Bond Leonard were present to create the term Reproductive Justice.  Ross is co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Leonard is Past Board President of SisterSong, also Co-founder/former President-CEO of Black Women for Reproductive Justice.

They arrive in Ashland this week for a Friday session at the Shakespeare Festival, discussing and explaining the many concepts wrapped up in the term. 

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All things bee are celebrated on Saturday, August 20th, at the Oregon Honey Festival in Ashland. 

Our appreciation of pollination has grown in recent years, as bee numbers have continued to decline. 

Entomologist Dr. Lynn Royce has studied bee population declines, and her nonprofit Tree Hive Bees aims to put bees where they naturally belong: in trees. 

Even people and programs that celebrate history can make a bit of history themselves. 

So it is with "As It Was," the two-minute regional history program that airs weekdays on JPR (and immediately following the second hour of the Exchange). 

The current series of "As It Was" airs its 3,000th installment next week.  And the people involved still like doing it. 

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Life returned to normal in areas around the Redwood Highway Fire on Saturday. 

By evening, firefighters had the fire nearly contained, and evacuation orders were being relaxed.

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Saturday, 8:30 AM: Three homes and at least five outbuildings destroyed by the fire.  The fire itself at 85 percent containment, kept to roughly 50 acres.  One spot fire extinguished downwind from main fire.  Deer Creek Road still closed, evacuations and road closures to be evaluated later in the day.

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Upper Klamath Lake is full of food for fish. 

So it's a bit of a mystery why big fish like redband trout leave the lake and head into its tributaries, where there's less food. 

Oregon Fish and Wildlife has a new tool in potentially solving the mystery: radio tags in the fish.  The tags will help ODFW track fish movements in and around the lake. 

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The plight of bees in recent years produced a swelling of concern about pollinators. 

Bees are not the only pollinators, and the others have problems, too. 

Take the monarch butterfly, for example.  A report published last month by the Xerces Society in Portland shows a huge drop in monarchs gathering at winter sites in California, down 74% in two decades. 

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On those hot sticky days, some of us wonder why we wear clothes at all.  Then there are the people who stopped wondering years ago. 

Nudists gather in Springfield this week for the annual convention of the American Association for Nude Recreation

As the name implies, members spend plenty of time in the nude--they hasten to add, in appropriate places. 

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There are cartoonists, and then there are New Yorker cartoonists. 

Getting a cartoon into the famous magazine is a mark of success, one Matthew Diffee has received many times over.  He is also the winner of a Reuben Award, something like a cartoonist's Oscar. 

Matt Diffee and his new book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People show up together at the Eugene Library on Saturday at 2 PM. 

Northwest Seniors Caught In Housing Affordability Squeeze

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As the housing markets heat up in Northwest cities such as Portland and Seattle, retiring Baby Boomers are feeling the squeeze. Here's the story of a Seattle man who’s been displaced by rising rents. 

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When and where to cut trees is a constant topic of debate in our part of the world. 

In other areas, it's less a debate than a mourning process, as vast areas that were once forest become agricultural land... minus the trees. 

Researchers Yann le Polain de Waroux (Stanford) and Rachael Garrett (Boston U.) studied the process in parts of Latin America. 

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One of the more spectacular movies of the silent era is largely a product of Oregon. 

"The General," Buster Keaton's film commemorating a famous railroad chase during the Civil War, was shot on a now-abandoned railroad east of Cottage Grove. 

Now the film is coming home, so to speak, on a tour of Oregon with spanking-new score by Portland composer Mark Orton.  "Score" in this sense means performed LIVE while the film plays on the screen.

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