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The increasing acidity of the oceans creates problems for sea creatures. 

Some of the animals that live in shells have a harder time building their shells in the current conditions. 

And scientists at the University of California-Davis discovered one creature, similar to coral, that just dissolves in certain conditions

Riding Beyond

Even if a woman's treatment for breast cancer is over, with cancer gone, life is not the same. 

Physical and emotional effects from the treatment linger. 

Riding Beyond aims to pair women with horses, to improve the health of both. 

Think of it as a large-scale version of a therapy pet. 

The Keenest Observers: The Urban/Rural Divide

Apr 24, 2017
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Our region is full of out-of-the way places. 

But being off the beaten path is not a good thing for everyone.  Small towns can feel boring and even repressive to young people looking to make their way in the world. 

The urban/rural divide is the focus of this month's edition of "The Keenest Observers," hosted by Robert Goodwin. 

Jordan Cove Donates Big To Squash Measure Opposing Oregon LNG Terminal

Apr 21, 2017
Jes Burns / EarthFix

Opponents to a proposed ballot measure that threatens the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove projects are funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into Coos County to ensure that the ordinance fails at the polls next month.

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Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her breakout record Reckless Skyline features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. Produced by Jeffrey Foucault, Reckless Skyline garnered glowing praise from NPR, among others. The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s, “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise,” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.

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President Trump and people concerned about climate change will observe the president's 100th day in office.  But not in the same way. 

Just as day one of the Trump era featured demonstrators in the streets of Washington and other cities, day 100 will also feature marches and gatherings. 

The People's Climate March is set for Saturday April 29th, organized by Green for All and other groups. 

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The days of massive clearcuts of massive trees are largely over, at least on public land. 

And in this age of smaller-diameter trees, there's plenty of talk of biomass.  Think of biomass as the leftovers... woody material too small to turn into lumber, but still big enough to burn. 

The big question is whether it burns in the forest, or burns in a boiler, creating energy. 

Both the federal Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry have programs that guide and encourage the use of biomass, as an economic development tool for rural communities. 

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Eden Collinsworth wrote a book for Chinese people on what to expect when interacting with Western business people. 

Now she feels compelled to understand the way Westerners act to each other (if that can, in fact, be understood). 

Collinsworth's new book is Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business.  It examines what she charitably calls the "flexibility" in morals demonstrated in today's America. 

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With carbon in the atmosphere now above 400 parts per million, reducing carbon emissions on the surface is no longer enough. 

What's needed is a Drawdown, also the title of a book laying out and ranking 100 ways to achieve a reduction in atmospheric carbon. 

Some you'd expect, like protecting tropical forests at number 5.  But reducing food waste at number 3, and educating girls at number 5? 

We have many questions for Katharine Wilkinson, the senior writer on the project. 

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Almost 50 years later, we're still celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. 

Good thing, too... it means the Earth is still here to celebrate. 

How will you observe the day, if at all?  We invited event organizers from several regional celebrations to visit with details. 

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It's one of the less pleasant words in our language: eviction. 

Its meaning is worse than the sound: getting removed from the place where you live. 

And Matthew Desmond analyzed how eviction is used and abused in one American city, Milwaukee, in his book Evicted.  The book won a Pulitzer Prize last week. 

More Than 90 Percent of Californians Live With Unhealthy Air

Apr 19, 2017
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

The American Lung Association says California cities continue to have the most polluted air in the country. The annual State of the Air report also finds wildfires and drought are contributing to an increased number of days with air pollution from soot.

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Governor Kate Brown wrapped up a two-day visit to southern Oregon with a presentation at a Rotary Club luncheon in Medford on Wednesday. She discussed what she’d like to see come out of the current legislative session.

Applegate Trails Association

Break out your hiking gear, there will soon be new places to ramble in the region. 

The Applegate Ridge Trail is envisioned as part of a trail network extending from Ashland to Grants Pass.  And trail builders broke ground a few weeks ago. 

The Applegate Trails Association leads the effort; Luke Ruediger is one of the leaders of the project. 

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The numbers of child abuse cases continue to climb in Douglas County, and not just in the population center around Roseburg. 

So the organization taking the lead on child abuse prevention is working to recruit volunteers in the many rural corners of the county. 

Up2UsNow is a coalition that brings several groups and agencies together, to turn the focus from responding to child abuse, to a focus on prevention. 

Marion Kotowski is a violence prevention specialist with the Mercy Foundation; Pat Moore is a lieutenant with Roseburg Police. 

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The wet winter reminded many people--some of us the hard way--that the land around us is not necessarily stable. 

Heavy rain and snow caused landslides in a number of places in the West. 

Now the Oregon geology agency is joining forces with its Washington counterpart to help land owners recognize and avoid landslide hazards. 

Recent technological advances allow greater mapping of places where the earth is prone to move. 

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Housing is tight in much of Oregon, and the state legislature is aware of the problem. 

While the current session considers measures like rent control, some state agencies are making moves authorized by previous sessions. 

Case in point: a pilot project to allow two Oregon cities to speed up the process of building affordable housing by fast-tracking expansions of urban growth boundaries. 

The project is administered by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). 

UC Study Mines Big Data To Track Health Outcomes For At-Risk Youth

Apr 18, 2017
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

The vast majority of teens who attempt suicide survive.

But those survivors are by no means out of the woods when it comes to their overall health, according to University of California, Merced Public Health Professor Sidra Goldman-Mellor.

Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken, and Miranda O’Brian

This time the Story Machine gang takes to the road in the Story Machine, but uh-oh, they break down! How will they get out of that situation? Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Valve as we hear stories about people needing a little help, like an undercover police officer in “Baby Cop,” by Aiden Moriarty; a girl under an evil magic spell  in “Annabeth in Farensenda” by Naiya Gardiner; and a creature who can’t make a friend in “Scary” by Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken, and Miranda O’Brian.

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Most of us will not meet a funeral director until someone we know and love has already died.

It does not have to be that way, and organizations like the Living/Dying Alliance of Southern Oregon put on events to encourage people to learn more about death and dying, and their rights as they die. 

They also provide chances to get to know funeral directors, including Kate Swenson, a 30-something apprentice.  She dispels the myth of funeral directors as older men in gray suits. 

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