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Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry knew Applebee Aviation had lost its pesticide license before they let the company spray weed killer over 800 acres of state and private land.

This failure to stop a pesticide sprayer after suspending its license is the latest example of Oregon’s inability to prevent problematic forest pesticide applications.

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Anybody with some money to invest can certainly find places to put that money.  So why not invest in local businesses? 

That's the question answered by the Hatch Oregon Network, which works to pair local investors with local businesses that need capital. 

Think of it as spending money on Main Street before Wall Street. 

It's the season for voices raised in song.  And in argument, too... the Republican presidential candidates debate again on Tuesday night (Dec. 15), and we're asking you what you've gotten out of any of the presidential debates so far.

That's one topic in this week's VENTSday. 

We'll go all pop-culture in the other topic: new "Star Wars" movie: yay or yawn?  Worth waiting in line, or wait for it to hit cable?

VENTSday is our weekly opinion forum... there's no guest, just calls and emails from listeners on the two topics of the day. 

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In The Shadow of God is fiction by an author who lives in our region, but it's fiction based on his life. 

Samuel Nala met his wife, Justina, in her native Venezuela, and they've marveled at the changes in the country in the last few years. 

Hugo Chavez had consolidated a lot of power, but he died of cancer two years ago, leaving Nicolas Maduro in charge. 

Now Maduro is challenged by an opposition party controlling Venezuela's legislature, so the changes continue. 

Outage Update In Siskiyou & Shasta Counties

Dec 15, 2015

Updated 12/17/2015 | 8pm -- Power went off again on Soda Mountain today and has been intermittent.  When power stabilized late in the day our audio didn't recover. Our engineer will need to snowmobile into the site tomorrow.  In the meantime all our services are off air, except for News and Information in Shasta County.

Updated 12/17/15 | 8pm -- A fallen tree on the power line is being cleared on Gilbert's Peak. We're focusing our energy on helping the site owner get this accomplished.  We'll keep you posted.

Updated 12/16/15 | 4pm -- It appears the cause of the power outage on Gilbert's Peak is a severed line going up the mountain on private property.  We are exploring alternative ways to get power to the site while the break in the line is found.

Weather Related Outages in the Klamath Basin

Dec 15, 2015
Darin Ransom | JPR Director of Engineering

Updated 12/17/2015 | 8pm -- Power went off again on Soda Mountain today and has been intermittent.  When power stabilized late in the day our audio didn't recover. Our engineer will need to snowmobile into the site tomorrow.  In the meantime all our services are off air.

Professional skater Molly McNerney MacGowan was only 4 years old when her older brother took her skating in San Francisco.  His reaction was, “This kid can go out and just skate.”

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Dungeness crab season can mean good eating for buyers and good money for sellers. 

But for the moment, crabbers on both sides of the state line can only wait. 

The crabs are showing high levels of domoic acid, the result of a huge toxic algae bloom in the ocean this year. 

Oregon's Dungeness crab season usually starts around December 1st, but no crab can be taken while toxin levels remain high.

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If you want to convince people that your product is "green," slapping a green label on it probably won't do it. 

A blue label might, though. 

University of Oregon marketing professor Aparna Sundar found that the connotations of certain colors affect how people perceive the products they buy: even the most environmental-friendly product could still turn off consumers with a red label. 

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Two of the larger issues of our time, environmental degradation and mass incarceration, come together in one movement with The Prison Ecology Project

Its founders noticed that prisons and jails are often not environmentally friendly--not just to their residents, but to people who live nearby. 

So the project focuses its attention on finding remedies for populations inside and outside prison walls. 

Weather Related Outages Across the Listening Area

Dec 14, 2015

Updated 12/14/15 | 4:45 pm -- We have confirmation that the outage in Grants Pass was caused by a power outage to the microwave relay site at Gilbert Peak. We are waiting for an estimate from PP&L on when they can restore power to the site 

Updated 12/14/15 | 2:50 pm -- An additional event has caused an outage on 930 AM, the News & Information Service in Grants Pass. Our engineer is working on finding out what caused the outage. 

The following schools have reported closures or delayed starts for

Monday | December 14, 2015:

Schools Closed:

  • Ashland School District
  • Butte Falls
  • Three Rivers District
  • Southern Oregon University (Ashland & Medford campuses)

Schools Opening Late:

  • Glendale School District: Two-hour Delay
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California is known for having some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. And the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino has state legislators calling for new laws to regulate firearms even more.

But a look at the results of gun control efforts in Sacramento presents a more nuanced picture than California’s anti-gun reputation might suggest.

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Mass shootings this year raised once again the question of mental health care in our country.  Maybe all the people who need it do not get it, but innovations are being applied. 

Medford's Compass House uses the "clubhouse" model of rehabilitation, allowing multiple mental patients to take charge of their lives. 

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center has been moving into the "sanctuary" system, which takes note of trauma in a patient's past. 

Both programs are recent beneficiaries of grants to continue and expand their work. 

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Take it from any parent who ever shopped for Christmas toys: some of them just look so cute and fun, you grab them and head straight for the register. 

But it behooves us to be smart consumers in the toy aisles as well as in the rest of the store. 

OSPIRG, Oregon's public interest research group, just put out its list of toys that pose potential hazards--toxic, choking, or ingested--and found nearly two dozen of them. 

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More than a motorcycle, less than a car.  That's the quickest way to describe the creations of Eugene-based Arcimoto

The company is now taking reservations for its "Generation 8" vehicle, expected to begin arriving in about a year. 

And since it's entirely electric, it will never visit a gas pump. 

Siskiyou Mountain Club

The lower section of the Rogue River is wild and beautiful and protected.  But for all those reasons, it is also popular for people looking for outdoor recreation, so they have some company in the outback. 

The Siskiyou Mountain Club took note of the situation, and put some time and sweat into reopening the Wild Rogue Trail, which runs through the Wild Rogue Wilderness. 

The trail offers spectacular views in areas frequented by few other travelers. 

California is one of just a few states looking to curb the influence of outside spending in elections. With few tools to govern the unlimited sums of money groups can spend, independent groups will likely pour billions of dollars into next year's campaigns. 

KIamath Riverkeeper

Only three weeks remain before motorized suction dredge mining comes to a halt on Oregon streams. 

Oregon, like California, enacted a moratorium banning the vacuuming of stream bottoms for gold. 

In theory, the bans are temporary, five years in Oregon's case, but California's went into effect six years ago. 

The halting of suction dredging is understandably unpopular with groups like the Western Mining Alliance and the Galice Mining District, some of whose members make (or made) a living from suction dredge mining. 

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