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Caitlin Poliak’s 9-month-old daughter sleeps in a bedroom about 5 feet from an old house that could soon be a heap of scrap wood, broken glass and toxic dust.

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There wasn't even supposed to be a race for Oregon Senate District 3 this year. 

But the sudden death of Sen. Alan Bates required a special election to fill the final two years of his term, so district voters will pick a new senator in November. 

The major parties moved quickly to choose candidates.  Alan DeBoer and Tonia Moro will appear on the ballot.  Moro is an attorney and board member at the Rogue Valley Transportation District; DeBoer is a car dealer and former Ashland mayor. 

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There's no getting around grief.  If someone we love dies, we're going to feel it somehow, sooner or later. 

Ashlander Jack Wiens wanted to provide an easy-to-read guide for people experiencing grief.  So he wrote and drew Tending Our Grief

It marries Wiens' expertise both as a psychotherapist and as an accomplished artist in a slender volume. 


Another day, another dollar; another studio, another guitar.  Guitars are common in our culture, and the usual accompaniment of our musical studio guests. 

But we get a SITAR once in a blue moon, and this is one of those times.  Deobrat Mishra from India can trace sitar players back 11 generations in his family. 

And he shares his skills as the director the Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music. 

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Caitlin Shetterly certainly knew that GMO crops existed.  But she had not intended to write about them. 

Until her health, and her son's, began to suffer.  She says the health issues trace back to the consumption of GMO corn, which is nearly ubiquitous in the American food supply and extends to non-food products, too. 

Shetterly writes of her experience and her broader findings in her just-released book Modified

Presidential candidates aren’t the only ones hitting the pavement until November, trying to understand what Americans are thinking and how to reach us in the most private of spaces: the voting booth. 

 Mike Schlitt is also on a national tour timed with the election, sharing his art in each town along the way. The LA-based writer and performer visits Ashland this week with free shows and workshops at SOU. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Fish biologist Linda Beck testified Monday that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge delayed work she was doing to deal with invasive carp.

California Inmates Staff Mobile Kitchens To Feed Firefighters On The Fire Line

Sep 19, 2016
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Fire season is winding down, but there are still several thousand firefighters battling wildfires across California.

When a major fire breaks out, Cal Fire scrambles an operating base known as fire camp. It’s a place to shower, get a hot meal and some R & R before heading back out on the line. Prison inmates staff the mobile kitchens at fire camps. 


The abuses in the illicit marijuana industry are well-documented: abuse of water rights, environmental abuse of land and water, and more. 

The "more" includes evidence of sexual abuse inside the marijuana trade in the Emerald Triangle of California's North Coast. 

Investigative reporter Shoshana Walter talked to many women forced into sexual acts while they worked as pot trimmers. 

The abuse extends to sex trafficking. 

150 Years Of Slinging Drinks: NorCal’s Iron Door

Sep 17, 2016

The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, California – just outside Yosemite National Park – has served prospectors, loggers and workers coming to the Sierra for more than 150 years. It calls itself the oldest bar still in operation in the state.

The California Report’s Matt Beagle went to the Iron Door to check up on that claim, and to revisit some personal history. 

National Archives

Nearly 80 years and counting.  Amelia Earhart made as much news by vanishing as she did by flying planes when few women did so. 

Now an expedition is getting ready to follow Earhart's trail as the 80th anniversary approaches in July 2017. 

The Archaeological Legacy Institute based in Eugene plans to send a film crew to document the search for Earhart's plane. 


The heart of downtown Medford owes much of its current look and configuration to the presence of Rogue Community College

RCC continues to demonstrate its value to the community--in this case, both Jackson and Josephine counties--in multiple ways.  And a (relatively) new leader is in charge. 

Cathy Kemper-Pelle took the reins of RCC as president over the summer. 

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It is possible that one in seven American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? 

Because that's how many are diagnosed, and it is an issue that continues to roil physicians, mental health experts, schools... and parents. 

Alan Schwarz steps into the debate with ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic.  He comes to the issue with no axe to grind, but a long career as an investigative reporter, now with the New York Times. 

Jack Ohman took his considerable skills in art and satire right past us. 

He was the Oregonian's political cartoonist for years, then skipped to the Sacramento Bee

We've admired his cartoons for decades, even the ones that didn't make the wolf OR-7 look so darned cute. 

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It looks like craziness to the non-kayaker, but people DO paddle kayaks over waterfalls.  Though... generally not NIAGARA Falls. 

And yet a kayaker planned just such a suicide event, as documented by kayaker/filmmaker Rush Sturges in a movie called "Chasing Niagara."

Did we mention that taking vessels over Niagara Falls is illegal?  That's one of many revelations in the movie, showing at the Jefferson State Flixx Fest in Sturges' native Scott Valley (September 22-25). 

Stories Alive

One way to get kids interested in reading and literacy is to present THEIR stories. 

That is the approach of Stories Alive, based in Ashland. 

Stories that children create get polished and told and even staged by professional performers.  It brings their stories to life--hence the name of the organization. 

Courtesy ACPC

The nearest shooting war is thousands of miles away, but we can think about peace in our own communities. 

As a regular, ongoing part of the culture.  That is the idea behind the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission

The CPC aims to incorporate a culture of peace into Ashland city business and society. 

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No matter how hard we try, we can't quite get our food to taste like it does in a restaurant.  What's missing? 

Well, salt, maybe, but the list has got to be longer than that. 

We get some kitchen insider knowledge from a couple of people who make their livings making food for others.  Billy Buscher is the chef at Alchemy in Ashland, Melissa McMillan works at Sammich and Pastrami Zombie. 

Update:  Wednesday, 9/21 -- Work at Brookings was completed and we're now broadcasting at 101.7FM. The new translator is operating well but will undergo additional improvements in the coming weeks.


US Geological Survey

Gaze across the mountains of the Northwest these days and you may notice an unusual number of dead firs, pines and other conifer trees scattered among the green ones. Drought is usually considered the prime culprit. But recent research suggests the damage that has historically been done to conifer forests by routine dry spells is being compounded by climate change.