Two Wolves Found Dead In Northeast Oregon

Sep 16, 2015

Two wolves were found dead under what Oregon State Police called “unnatural” circumstances in northeast Oregon during late August.

The male and female pair — who were raising pups — were found deceased within 50 yards of each other by an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper during the week of Aug. 24 north of Enterprise.

While the cause of death still is under investigation, state police spokesman Bill Fugate said the case is a criminal investigation and that poaching is being considered.


Maybe you can't tell a pine from a fir from a spruce, but the people of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation can, and they're concerned. 

The pines, generally found in higher elevations, are important species in mountain ecosystems. 

And they faces challenges from a number of quarters, climate change among them. 

WPEF holds its annual meeting in Ashland this week. 

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Emergency managers have to walk a fine line between making people aware of earthquake dangers in the region... and scaring them. 

But the threat is real, considering our part of the world sits atop the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the site of large earthquakes every few hundreds years. 

And it's been more than 300 since the last one.  Oregon Emergency Management's Althea Rizzo is the Geologic Hazards Coordinator for the department. 

And she's in the middle of a "road show" (September 14-21) bringing earthquake and preparation details to the southern part of Oregon. 

Oregon DHS accidentally sends $500,000 in payments

Sep 15, 2015
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The Oregon Department of Human Services accidentally sent out more than $500,000 in electronic payments and checks from the agency's child welfare program last week due to a computer glitch.

Compassion & Choices

Lawmakers in California have passed a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe a fatal dose of medication to a terminally-ill patient who requests it.

Oregon was the first state to pass such a law when voters approved the Death With Dignity Act in 1997. Since then, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico have joined Oregon.

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Setting up and keeping a non-profit going can be a tricky business, pun intended. 

It helps when non-profit managers compare notes on effective approaches, as they will soon in Fortuna. 

That's the meeting of the Northern California Association of Nonprofits

Josephine County Suspends Enforcement Of GMO Ban

Sep 14, 2015

Josephine County has agreed to hold off enforcing a ban on genetically modified crops until a lawsuit against the county by a former GMO grower is settled in court.

It's hard to believe it's been five years since the Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--became law. 

What's less hard to believe is that many people still seek better health care laws, to further protect people from medical and economic catastrophe. 

The one-man play "Mercy Killers" debuted shortly before the law passed; it details the all-too-frequent circumstances of a man attempting to care for a sick wife. 

The play comes to Springfield on September 20th and Eugene on September 25th. 

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Farmers in eastern Washington and Idaho are having a difficult time getting some of their crops to market. For years, many used the container ship service at the Port of Portland to get their lentils and chickpeas to countries like China, India and Peru.

But a long running labor dispute drove container ship carriers from Portland last spring. Now, with harvest nearly complete, those farmers are paying the price. 


The way some people tell the story, government is always getting in the way of business. 

But in Oregon, several state agencies are focused on the needs of businesses large and small. 

And a relatively recent addition to the list is the office of the Small Business Advocate in the Secretary of State's office.  It is designed specifically to help clear out regulatory and paperwork encumbrances with other state agencies.

Ruth Miles is the current occupant of that position. 

Oregon Judge Refusing To Marry Same-Sex Couples Would Go To Supreme Court

Sep 10, 2015
Statesman Journal

Attention has been focused like a laser in recent days on Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day following revelations that an investigation has been launched into his judicial conduct over refusing to perform same-sex marriages.

Initial reports about the investigation by the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability snowballed into mentions of Adolf Hitler, Navy SEAL Team Six, firearms, constitutional freedoms and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Klamath County Commissioner Flouts Water Regulations

Sep 10, 2015
Klamath Herald and News

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams defied notices sent to him in July and August to stop pumping groundwater to irrigate his upper Basin farm.

His case has been referred to the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Formal Enforcement Section.

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How hot a wildfire burns can determine which bird species show up when the fire is over. 

That's the basic finding of a ten-year study that focused on fire effects on bird populations after the Quartz Fire of 2001 on the Oregon side. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory's science director, Jaime Stephens, is the lead author of the study. 

Grants Pass Schools

If we are truly determined to reduce violence and sexual assault, it makes sense to work with people at the age when aggressive and violent tendencies begin to emerge: when they are young. 

The Women's Crisis Support Team in Josephine County brings its prevention classes to Grants Pass High School for another school year, with a great deal of previous student interest documented. 

We talk about the components of the program, and the effects it is showing. 

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Throughout President Obama’s tour of Alaska last week, he spoke at length about efforts to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. He spoke very little about his support for oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. But an analysis suggests the drilling policy could affect the global climate much more than any of Obama’s climate-friendly initiatives.

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It's not just how we produce energy that is evolving. 

Our thinking about how we use it and channel it, share it and sell it is also changing with time. 

Which is no surprise to either the Redwood Coast Energy Authority or the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University. 

Both are in the vanguard of efforts to transform our thinking and use of energy. 

Redwood will be represented at an environmental law conference coming to Eureka Friday. 


Crystal Geyser Water Company is moving ahead with plans to open a water bottling plant in Mount Shasta, but it faces a court challenge first. 

The group W.A.T.E.R., We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review, just filed suit against the company and Siskiyou County, seeking more environmental studies. 

The company says it is disappointed in the suit, but generally does not comment on pending litigation. 

Emails Shed Light On Oregon’s Former First Couple

Sep 9, 2015
Oregon Governor's Office

More than 18,000 pages of emails released Tuesday show a close — and at times ethically cloudy — relationship between former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.

Grammys.... Oscars... Rusty Hubcaps

Sure, Sam Smith is talented. But he still hasn't won the most coveted award out there: The Rusty Hubcap!

Every year, The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program presents awards to distinguished public radio stations across the nation to recognize the special achievements of public radio listeners supporting their local station by donating a vehicle. Jefferson Public Radio is currently in the lead for 2015 in a very special category: Oldest Donated Vehicle!


It's a lot easier to say the acronym "STEMI" than to pronounce what it stands for: ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

It's the most severe kind of heart attack, the kind of heart attack Ashland resident Finn Honore experienced. 

He's alive to talk about it because he received treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. 

ARRMC just won an award from the American Heart Association for its handling of heart patients.