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There may be nothing that excites a performer more than performing on a new stage. 

So excitement is likely rampant at Random People Theater Project in Humboldt County. 

The group, composed of amateurs and old pros, performed for years at the Mateel Center in Redway, but just moved to a new home in Garberville. 

It's not just theater IN the community, it is theater ABOUT the community... Random People encourages stories from the region, written by local people about local people.

truenorthorganizing.org

People seeking justice--economic, social, environmental--have a place on the compass on the North Coast of California. 

True North Organizing Network brings together people who feel marginalized in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. 

Tribal members, immigrants and more have allies in True North. 

staytruetoyou.org

One of the major concerns about marijuana becoming legal for personal use in Oregon was the possibility of younger people getting a hold of the drug.

Opponents of legalization pointed to "edibles," food items laced with marijuana, as a major concern.  Now marijuana AND the edibles are legal in Oregon, and the state Health Authority is launching a campaign to discourage pot use among adolescents. 

The "Stay True to You" campaign targets 12-to-20-year-olds. 

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Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about having a roof over your head. 

But plenty of teens have that worry; enough in the Eugene area to prompt the creation of a shelter for homeless high school students. 

The Saint Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County bought a vacant church in South Eugene with the intention of housing more than a dozen homeless students. 

If all goes as planned, it could open in the fall of 2017. 

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If the Earth's problem is too much carbon in the atmosphere and trees soak up carbon, will more trees head off climate change?  Maybe not, according to recently published research

Noah Charney at the University of Arizona and his team find trees all over North America stressed by higher-than-normal temperatures, and stressed trees grow more slowly. 

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

Jul 20, 2016
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When a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June, the initial damage was in plain view, as dark smoke billowed into the sky.

Now OPB has learned about invisible damage: elevated concentrations of benzene and other volatile organic compounds in groundwater near the derailment site.

ACLU of Washington

The lack of sheriff's deputies in Josephine County creates issues for emergency workers who are NOT officers of the law.  Because the situations that lead to medical and fire calls are often police situations as well. 

And with no police around, emergency crews can find themselves in danger.  That's why the chief at the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District wants body cameras on his firefighters... to keep a record of potential problems, if not help prevent them. 

Steve Scruggs is getting some help from BodyCameraDonations.com

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Scarcely a day goes by without some horrific act of violence--with multiple deaths--making the news.  Your reaction to that violence is our key topic on VENTSday this week. 

For an alternative, tell our audience your feelings about the proposal to removal federal protections for gray wolves. 

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 pair of topics 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.

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  The image conjured by the word "veteran" changes over time, because veterans themselves are changing. 

More women are serving in the armed forces, and once out, they are eligible for the same health services as men.  A major question is: do they use those services? 

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs wants an answer to that question, and invites women vets to take a survey on their use of health services. 

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The fishing is world-class along the North Umpqua River. 

And it might be even better, if Congress acts to create the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.  Moore was the longtime operator of the Steamboat Inn along the river, and a member of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. 

A bill to create the sanctuary in his name is working its way ever so slowly through Congress. 

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American military bases exist in countries around the world.  A few draw more attention--and more criticism--than others. 

Ramstein Air Base in Germany is one of them, because it is the home base for many drone operations in that part of the world. 

Journalist and war critic Norman Solomon writes about Ramstein and how it is used in a recent edition of The Nation

Oregon State Parks

The history of our region is rich in detail, and a crowd of people will get their hands dirty this summer digging into it.  Quite literally.  

  The Geisel Homestead on the Southern Oregon Coast and other sites of hostilities between white settlers and native Americans are the focus of a summer archaeology project by the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA).  

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"Vote with your dollars" is a common phrase, meaning support businesses you agree with by buying their products (and vote against other companies by NOT buying theirs).  

How well does that work in food products?  That is a question Kristy Athens considers in her work, which includes an Oregon Conversation Project event called "Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics and Personal Choice."  

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The number of Catholic hospitals and mergers is growing. In many rural areas along the West Coast, Catholic healthcare systems dominate the medical landscape. This raises the question whether important medical decisions are being made by physicians … or bishops.

JPR’s Michael Joyce – a physician himself – spoke to health care providers in Humboldt County.

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  It's time to get to know our lichens better. 

Naturalist Kem Luther can help in that department.  He's written a book about lichens, mosses, fungi, and the other things that grow on the forest floor in his book Boundary Layer from Oregon State University Press. 

Luther makes the comparison between the importance of plankton in the oceans and the importance of the plant layer in the forest. 

BLM

The image of wild horses on the open range is stirring. 

But beyond the image, there are some real issues for land managers. 

Because left alone, herds of wild horses and burros quickly multiply in number, beyond the ability of the federal Bureau of Land Management to see to their needs. 

So BLM proposes birth control for wild mares in Oregon, and plans to study the proposal with the help of Oregon State University this year.  But there's controversy attached to this and pretty much any plan for horse population control. 

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Long live wild horses.  That is the essence of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, which advocates for keeping horses alive and free and not facing slaughter in the American West. 

But horse populations grow relatively quickly, forcing federal managers to consider options to keep herd numbers down. 

AWHPC opposes slaughter and keeping horses captive, especially when removing animals from the range appears to favor private cattle herds. 

Barriers Remain For Women In California Politics

Jul 12, 2016
LA City Council

Hillary Clinton is making history as the presumptive first female presidential nominee from a major party. As part of our California Counts election coverage, we look into the status of women in politics in California - and find their progress is mixed.

City of Eugene

Maybe you've had one of those conversations while helping a friend prepare a meal: "do you compost?" 

Not everybody saves food scraps for composting.  And Eugene will soon start a trial run for the people who don't: curbside food waste pickup. 

1500 households will be included in the now business-only "Love Food Not Waste" program. 

Lulu Vision

Our VENTSday segment is meant to put anybody and everybody on the air with cogent comments about topics in the news.  But not everybody has easy access. 

So this week, in talking about appropriate laws, regulations, and supports for homeless, we hit the streets. 

Conversations with a handful of homeless people in Ashland are meant to spur further discussion from you, live at 800-838-3760 or JX@jeffnet.org

Our alternate topic this week--and our survey--follows our conversation about curbside food waste recycling: what do you need to recycle more? 

VENTSday is a once-a-week chance to vent on news topics. 

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