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And the winners are... Eureka and Redding. 

Both cities made the list of 14 communities receiving designation of "cultural districts" from the California Arts Council. 

The districts contain high concentrations of cultural attractions and activities.  Cities from around California competed for the honor. 

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Lumps of beeswax were offered by Native Americans in trade with white explorers along the Oregon Coast centuries ago. 

The explorers wondered where the beeswax came from, and the answer appears to be from the wreck of a Spanish cargo ship in the Manila-Aculpulco trade.  Possibly before 1700! 

The wax still turns up from time to time, but the ship's remains have eluded discovery thus far. 

This month's installment of "Underground History" brings Southern Oregon University Laborary of Anthropology experts Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose back to the studio. 

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The salmon runs in the Pacific have been miserable this year, prompting the agency that regulates fishing to ban it for several species in the Klamath Management Zone. 

That is the backdrop for the 9th Spring-run Chinook Symposium, scheduled for later this month in Forks of Salmon in Siskiyou County. 

Salmon experts and people involved in fish restoration meet to compare notes and even dive in search of fish. 

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Headlines in other parts of the country keep saying Oregon has "decriminalized" some drug offenses. 

That is not quite the case, but it is true that the legislature recently voted to turn some drug possession felonies into misdemeanors. 

Two reasons: 1) reduce pressure on prisons; 2) offer drug treatment instead of time behind bars. 

The Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police supports the change (up to a point), along with other law enforcement groups.  Kris Allison is chief of police in Central Point and vice president of the chiefs association. 

Phil Bettin is the programs officer at the Addictions Recovery Center in Medford.

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Many jobs once done by people can now be performed by machines. 

Don't plan a long-term future on a job, if a robot can do it smarter and faster.  Our job is to figure out the tasks that robots and computers cannot do. 

That's the general thrust of Edward Hess's book Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age

And yes, as the title implies, it will take some humility on the part of humans. 

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What books have you chosen to read this summer? 

Philosophy?  Classics of fiction?  Comic Books? 

The long, warm days lend themselves to reading, and we'll spend the summer getting advice on WHAT to read from some of our local bookstores. 

J. Michaels Books in Eugene checks in with the latest installment of "Summer Reads". 

Our part of the world is prone to earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. 

In coastal communities, it's easy to know where to go TO, should a tsunami warning sound.  But that doesn't cover where you should run FROM. 

A new online app developed by Todd Becker, an environmental analyst for Humboldt County, shows the tsunami evacuation zones in the county. 

So you can check on a phone which areas should be left behind once the ground shakes. 

Up & Down Ashland

The big transportation bill passed by the Oregon Legislature had a lot of features for a lot of different travel modes. 

That includes bicycles, which get more off-street paths under the bill. 

But they also get a new tax: $15 on the sale of every adult-sized bicycle with a value $200 or above.  There are mixed feelings among people who use and sell bicycles, as you might imagine.

We visit with reps from Bike Portland, People for Bikes, and Talent's Flywheel Bicycle Solutions

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You thought Steven King was a prolific author, with more than 50 novels to his credit? 

Multiply by SIX to get the output of David Robbins, who calls Rogue River home. 

At last count, Robbins had written 321 (correction: 322) books, mostly novels, under a handful of different names.  And three of his books were adapted from Hollywood movies.

His most successful works are in the "Endworld" series, depicting a post-Apocalypse Earth. 

Whence comes all these stories? 

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up his weekend tour of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon on Sunday.

Among others, he met with a pro-monument group of conservationists, landowners and local elected officials, and with Oregon governor Kate Brown.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon Saturday. He’s gathering information as part of President Trump’s order to review monuments designated by previous administrations. 

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will launch a full investigation into whether former Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes used their positions for financial gain.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit southern Oregon this weekend as part of the Trump Administration’s review of national monuments designated by previous administrations. 

Joan Osborne famously got her start performing her own songs in New York City’s downtown rock clubs, around the time that she began to rediscover Bob Dylan’s work with Oh Mercy. “When you’re playing in the nightclub scene in Greenwich Village, his trail is everywhere, and not just because he played in the same places, but because people still perform his music every night. He's part of the American musical education you get, whether you’re learning about him in some music conservatory or by playing in bars five nights a week."

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Lyme disease is scary, plain and simple. 

It can cause a host of problems in humans, including damage to the joints, the heart, and the nervous system.  And it appears to be spreading. 

Geos Institute chief scientist Dominick DellaSala attributes the spread of Lyme to global warming, which allows the ticks that carry the disease to expand their range. 

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Just a small percentage of Americans serve in the armed forces now. 

But that's still 20 million and more people with experiences taking up arms to protect the country. 

Southern Oregon Public TV--SOPTV--honors them periodically with "My Story of Service," personal tales of service from veterans of all ages. 

A second season of stories is now underway, and producer Jeff LeBeau visits with Larry Slessler, who has memories from Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis. 

Jerry Brown Lobbies For Cap-And-Trade, Loses Republicans

Jul 14, 2017
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Calling California’s cap-and-trade program the most efficient way to fight climate change, Governor Jerry Brown told lawmakers extending the program is “the most important vote of your life.” 

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It’s been a little over a year since the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the wake of that tragedy, two bars in the Rogue Valley started hosting parties specifically for the LGBTQ community. Organizers and participants say the events are a welcome change in a mostly-rural area that historically has had few such social opportunities.

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People continue to smoke and use tobacco in Oregon, despite programs in place to discourage smoking. 

The Oregon Nurses Association says there's a reason: the tobacco industry spending heavily to influence laws and policies in the state. 

ONA points to Oregon's low cigarette tax as one example. 

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Few of us are equipped to understand the challenges of mental illness. 

And that's why we hear the voices of people struggling with mental health in our monthly segment "Compass Radio." 

It is co-produced by Compass House in Medford, a center that functions on the clubhouse model of mental health care. 

Compass House residents talk about issues in their lives, including homelessness and unemployment, in recordings made at the house. 

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