Tax Hikes Proposed To Fund Oregon Fish And Wildlife

Nov 30, 2016
Rick Swart/ODFW/Flickr

Could drinking beer help fund Oregon’s fish and wildlife programs?

That’s one idea being proposed by a task force charged with finding new ways to fund the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Helping Third-Graders Cope With Post-Election Fears

Nov 29, 2016
Zaidee Stavely/KQED

Third-graders at Cali Calmécac Language Academy in Windsor are in the middle of presenting book reports to each other when one little boy bursts into tears. Their teacher, Rosa Villalpando, pulls him aside to check in. Sobbing, he tells her that, as a result of the presidential election, he’s afraid he’ll have to move to Mexico. Some kids on his street won’t play with him anymore, he says.

Tony Anderson/Oregon Department of Forestry/Flickr

The State of Oregon had trouble making money off the Elliott State Forest, because timber sales lagged. 

So now the state stands to make a whole bunch of money at once, by selling the forest. 

Lone Rock Timber Management Company put in the only bid, as a partner with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians

Other tribes plan to work with The Conservation Fund to monitor practices on the forest.  But the deal is not quite done; state decisions lie ahead. 

Snowy Forecast Raises Cascades Ski Resorts' Hopes

Nov 28, 2016
Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard

With weather forecasts predicting more snow after a foot or more fell in the Oregon Cascades this weekend, area mountains and local ski shops are gearing up for a white December.

Here Are The Problems With The Trump Team's Voter Fraud Evidence

Nov 28, 2016
Evan Vucci/AP

Consider it another Trump flip-flop: back in October, Donald Trump told a crowd, "I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win."

Trump went on to decisively win the Electoral College, but now he is questioning the results anyway. In a tweet this weekend, the president-elect alleged — providing zero evidence — that "millions of people" voted illegally, and that that's the reason Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.

Our Children's Trust

The legal system is supposed to be straightforward: you need action from somebody, you take them to court, and the court decides the case. 

Unless the case is unusual and the people being sued insist the case is improper.  Then it can take a long time just to get to trial. 

And that may finally happen for the people who filed suit in federal court on behalf of children in Oregon, to force action on climate change from state government.  A recent judge's ruling may clear the final hurdle for trial. 

Law professor Mary Wood at the University of Oregon is a scholar writing about the case. 

U.S. Army

We were told American military forces HAD to attack Iraq in 2003 because Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction. 

That turned out not to be true, and a majority of Americans now feel the Iraq war was a mistake. 

You can include the Rogue Valley's Stacy Bannerman in that majority.  She stayed home while her ex-husband fought in Iraq; he and their marriage were never the same. 

Bannerman is off to Washington this week to testify at the People's Tribunal on the Iraq War, hosted by Code Pink in Washington, DC. 

TKO: African-Americans In The GOP

Nov 28, 2016
University of California Press

Race loomed large in the recent election. 

One commentator referred to the election of Donald Trump as a "whitelash."  Exit polls indicate the story is more complicated than that, but racial and party identification can correlate closely. 

And sometimes not, as Corey D. Fields demonstrates in his book on African Americans in the Republican party: Black Elephants in the Room

The Keenest Observers host Rob Goodwin returns for this segment. 

One Of The Oldest, Biggest Pines In The Northwest Is Dead

Nov 28, 2016
The Columbian

A giant among giants and a beacon for countless tourists driving through the Columbia River Gorge is dead.

The accurately-named Big Tree, a massive ponderosa pine near Trout Lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, was hundreds of years old.

West Coast Progressives Wary Of Trump Presidency

Nov 28, 2016
Mark J. Terrill/AP

For a generation, the West Coast has been the nation’s epicenter of progressive politics. In California, Oregon and Washington, the left-leaning – largely urban -- voting block has long dominated elections, handing victory after victory to Democrats. But many progressive leaders are concerned that a Trump administration could push back against the region's liberal politics. 

University of Oregon

We tend to think in terms of fresh water and ocean water ecosystems, but there's a whole lot of life in between. 

Estuaries, where salt and fresh water meet, are teeming with all kinds of creatures, animal and vegetable. 

Dr. David Sutherland at the University of Oregon studies estuaries, both close to home and in the Arctic. 

And he'll deliver a lecture on Friday (December 2) in Coos Bay about how the estuary at Coos Bay functions. 

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

Dec 1 T Franz Xaver Richter*: Trumpet Concerto
Dec 2 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2

Dec 5 M Francesco Geminiani*: Cello Sonata in D minor
Dec 6 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Dec 7 W Hermann Goetz*: Waldmärchen
Dec 8 T Jean Sibelius*: Belshazzar’s Feast
Dec 9 F Nicolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 3

Liam Moriarty/JPR

The recent election saw California and three other states join Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska in legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Four more states voted for medical cannabis, as well.

But the burgeoning cannabis industry has relied on an Obama Administration policy of tolerating state laws that regulate a drug that’s still federally illegal. With a new administration taking over in Washington DC, what does this mean for legal pot?

Chronicle Books

If even the thought of having to prepare a meal leaves you cold, it might be time for a little pep talk. 

Julia Turshen delivers one in her book Small Victories

It's about the many things you can do in the kitchen, many with little preparation, and still bring a triumph to the table. 


Piloting a jetliner was once a glamorous profession. Then came the 9/11 terror attacks, airline bankruptcies and pension cuts. Entry-level pilots worked for peanuts.

But now the pendulum is swinging back. Regional airlines across America -- including the Northwest's Horizon Air -- are grappling with a looming pilot shortage.

Elsa Finney, 2nd grade

Oh no! The Story Machine is jammed with tons of stories, and Randal the Reading Rat and his friend Gear need help reading them all. Who will help?! In this episode we hear ninja dragons fighting crime in Electro the Ninja Dragon by Soren Vaughn-Brown, age 6; a tiny mouse go on an adventure in Dot and the Lump in the Rug by Elsa Finney, 2nd grade; and an alien searching the universe for a friend in Mr. Goo by Davis Willeby, age 8.

Club Latino Facebook

Rogue Community College works to make sure Latino high school students are aware of educational opportunities after high school. 

So every year it hosts EMO, Educacion, Un Mundo de Oportunidades (Education, a World of Opportunities) at its Table Rock Campus. 

The keynote speaker this year took advantage of educational opportunities in the United States after leaving his native Guatemala. 

Leonel Vicente Vicente only reached the 6th grade there. 


We love to talk about love, in movies and songs and stories and more. 

But romance is not just the realm of the romantic, there's also true science behind people being attracted to each other and falling in love. 

Duana Welch pursues that science in her work and her web page.  It's also written into her new book--you have to say the title carefully--Love Factually


There are entire libraries of books written about the American Civil War. 

But Pulitzer Prize winning historian Steven Hahn ranges far afield in time and space for his latest book, A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910. 

The book details the wrenching shift from an agricultural nation with legal slavery to an industrial power taking a prominent place on the world stage. 

JPR News

After serving less than half of his four-year term as Jackson County Sheriff, Corey Falls has announced his plans to resign at the end of the year.