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Gold Hill Whitewater Center

Some of the best whitewater running in the country and maybe the world is available on the Rogue River. 

Now a group of whitewater enthusiasts wants to add some voltage, through the creation of the Gold Hill Whitewater Center. 

It would include an Olympic-class kayak run, along with many other features. 

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Five days into fire season on the Oregon side, crews stayed busy hunting and fighting fires caused by lightning on Monday and Tuesday (June 8th-9th).

Oregon Department of Forestry reports roughly two dozen fires from lightning strikes in the southwestern part of the state. 

Mt. Shasta Ski Park

It's not enough to call the snowpack from last winter low in California. 

By the end of the measuring season, there was no snow to measure. 

At Mt. Shasta, the ski park didn’t open for long last winter and it won't open for summer activities, to keep costs down and save money. 

Depending on snow has turned into a risky business in the region. 

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It's always a politically risky move to vote for stronger regulations on guns, and the Oregon Legislature went there this year. 

A month ago the governor signed a bill that requires background checks for all gun sales, even private person-to-person sales. 

Senator Floyd Prozanski of Eugene shepherded the bill through the capitol. 

And just a few weeks after it passed, Lane County Commissioners passed a resolution opposing the law, on grounds that it will cost counties more money to enforce. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting will examine the heart of our region. OPB's "Think Out Loud" talk show comes to Ashland on Thursday, June 11 for a live show delving into the link between the city and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. JPR will broadcast the show live at Noon on the News & Information Service. Join the live audience at Noble Coffee in Ashland's Railroad District.

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On a hot day, a place to swim on a lake or river looks very inviting. 

Those days are here, and so are the concerns about the safety of each swimming hole. 

Rocks aside, dangers can lurk in those inviting waters. 

Which is why Rogue Riverkeeper and similar programs across the country are helping swimmers out, by testing the water for Swim Guide.

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Jun 8, 2015

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The heat is not the only issue with the weather. 

Thunderstorms are more likely on Tuesday (6/9), so the National Weather Service upgraded a Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for the central part of our listening area Tuesday, 11 AM to 11 PM.

Some thunderstorms may bring abundant rainfall, but some could arrive with little precipitation, starting fires around the region.

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While legislatures in other states continue to work on bills restricting abortion, Oregon is getting out front on birth control. 

House and Senate have both passed a bill that would guarantee no out-of-pocket costs for women prescribed a year of birth control. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon played a major role in passage of the bill. 

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Jackson County and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are teaming up with an ambitious goal: housing all homeless vets by the end of the year.

Vets can have it rough: we hire them, train them, put guns in their hands, and send them off to war.  But once they're done in the military, veterans meet with mixed success finding places in society. 

A new program will pump money into efforts to get veterans into homes, with $6 Million coming to Jackson County through ACCESS, Inc

ACCESS is Jackson County's community action agency, the focus of several anti-poverty programs. 

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Our attitude toward veterans certainly has done an about-face in 40 years. 

Vets returning from the Vietnam war were met with disdain and outright hostility in many places. 

Now we often thank vets for their service to the country, a service most of us can scarcely understand. 

Southern Oregon veterans and their stories get time in the spotlight--and on camera--in a public TV series called "My Story of Service." 

California's attorney general may take the owners of a burst oil pipeline to court.

Drought plus fish is likely to result in dead fish. And conservation groups say California can do more to protect the fish.

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If you don't feel well enough to come to work, you call in sick and stay home until you feel better.  That's the ideal situation. 

The reality is that many people come to work when they're sick, some because they do not get paid when they do not work. 

A coalition of groups continues to push for paid sick leave for all workers in Oregon through a bill in the Senate. 

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden continues to celebrate the passage of the USA Freedom Act, but says there's more to do.

The federal government's power to collect phone call data and hold it expired at the end of May. 

Congress had to scramble to pass a new program, but it does not restore the power to hold the data, phone companies will hold it instead. 

Wyden worked for a long time to stop the federal collection.  And he says the efforts to find the balance between security and privacy do not end there.

Nearly twice as many Californians are concerned about the drought as are concerned about the state of the economy.

The California took a major step toward joining Oregon in allowing medication to hasten the end of life for terminal patients.

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David Pittman began writing a blog about being sexually abused as a teenager.  The blog caught on, and led to the formation of a non-profit group, Together We Heal

TWH works to help survivors heal, and to help educate the public about child sexual abuse. 

Those are goals shared with the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County. 

California Governor Jerry Brown's targets for water conservation are going to be tough to hit, if last month is any indication.

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Oregon's governor wants to make a dent in the problem of finding affordable housing in the state. 

A big dent: Kate Brown proposes spending $100 Million to build low-cost housing around the state. 

That's music to the ears of the people at Neighborhood Partnerships, an organization that works for economic opportunity and financial stability. 

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