10 Things To Know About Recreational Marijuana Sales

Oct 1, 2015
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Recreational marijuana has been legal throughout Oregon for a few months now. While residents could use it, purchasing from a store hasn’t been possible.

That’s because retail sales of recreational cannabis have remained illegal. That ended Thursday, when the state began allowing recreational sales at medical marijuana dispensaries.

According to the OLCC, the state currently projects $10.7 million in revenue for the 2015-2017 biennium.

Here’s everything you need to know about purchasing pot for recreational use in Oregon.

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Catherine E. Coulson, a stage and screen actor best known for her role as The Log Lady in David Lynch’s legendary Twin Peaks, and who made her artistic home with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 22 seasons, passed away early Monday morning in her home after a battle with cancer.


As fall deepens, the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter (in theory).  It's a great time to head indoors for a movie. 

Which probably explains at least part of the motivation behind "Varsity World Film Week" at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland (October 2-8). 

The week is co-produced by the Ashland Independent Film Festival, under new Program Director Richard Herskowitz.

Once in a while, it's a good thing to step back and take stock of the accomplishments in a particular field.

Especially art. 

And the planned Portland 2016 Biennial will feature recent works from artists all across Oregon, the first of its kind in several years.

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If there is a villain in this devastating drought many fingers point at the California farmer. Central Valley farms are pumping out groundwater faster than it can be replenished.

In recent years, many farmers have switched to more efficient drip irrigation, replacing the old method of flood irrigation that was seen as wasteful.

But flood irrigation is better at restoring groundwater. One farmer wants to bring floodwaters back to the farm and he's using his own farm and his own funds to prove it's the way to go.

National Archives

Eugene School District is building a replacement for Roosevelt Middle School, and at least one of its teachers thinks the name could be replaced as well. 

Theodore Roosevelt is just one of many white men for whom schools are named. 

RMS history teacher Jenoge Khatter says plenty of women and people from minority groups are worthy of such recognition. 

He's even constructed an online petition to take input. 

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Political correctness and deer are this week's VENTSday topics.

Tell us how far college campuses should go to make language inoffensive, and how far Ashland (or any community) should go in making life uncomfortable for herds of deer. 

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.


The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Jordan Cove liquified natural gas project clears another regulatory hurdle for the project.

We had already scheduled an interview with a representative of the company responsible for the pipeline.  

Then the FEIS landed about 90 minutes before the interview.

The project is bitterly opposed by environmental groups and welcomed by public officials in the North Bend area where the plant would be built. 

Williams, the company planning to build the Pacific Connector pipeline from Malin to North Bend, is trying to sweeten the pot by offering grants to local communities. 

Oregon State University scientists seek crowdfunding to map beaver DNA

Sep 28, 2015

Oregon State University scientists figured out how to hitch a research project to the Beaver athletics star and hope the association will mean big bucks for their proposed endeavor.

They are angling to raise $30,000 to pay for mapping the DNA of the orange-blooded college mascot Benny the Beaver (but, seriously, using the blood of a real North American beaver for the job).

Through the OSU Foundation, the scientists launched acrowdfunding campaign with a deadline of Oct. 30.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife

September has been lovely and largely free of smoke around the region.  The excessively smoky conditions of August, caused by wildfires, are behind us. 

But more smoke arrives with fall: smoke from prescribed burns regulated by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). 

200,000 acres are burned each year, and ODF might increase that total, to avoid dealing with wildfires later. 

Eyes To Burma

Fred Stockwell made a living taking photographs, casting his eyes and lenses about for stunning images. 

He finally saw one he could not take his eyes off: the fate of refugees from Burma (Myanmar, officially) living in a dump in neighboring Thailand. 

He resolved to help them, and formed the organization "Eyes To Burma."

The organization is still going, years later. 

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A long list of circumstances related to age and their military service contribute to the fact that nearly 80 percent of veterans in the US weigh too much. Also, more than 25 percent are diabetic, nearly three times the national average.

Now, the Veterans’ Administration is working to combat those statistics with nutritional education and cooking classes to teach vets better eating habits.

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Slowly, almost glacially, our society has begun to pull apart the many components of homelessness.

One of the main constituent groups is veterans.  And homeless vets get special attention at a number of "stand down" events around the country. 

North Coast Stand Down returns to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds this weekend (October 2-4), with a constellation of services for all veterans, not just the homeless ones. 

Kenneth Ingham/National Park Service

Open warfare broke out between the U.S. government and Native Americans many times in our region in the late 19th century. 

The incidents include the Modoc War of the 1870s, which took place in and around what is now the Lava Beds National Monument. 

The Modoc War and its setting have been explored many times in print, including the book Modoc: The Tribe That Wouldn't Die by Cheewa James, and a new book on the Lava Beds themselves by Herald and News (Klamath Falls) reporter Lee Juillerat. 

To Help With Drought, One Plan Wants To Drain A Lake

Sep 24, 2015
Courtney Flatt/EarthFix

This summer’s hot, dry weather has left Northwest fruit growers hurting for water to irrigate their orchards. It’s a hint of what’s predicted as the climate continues to warm.

That’s why a drought plan for Washington’s Yakima basin is being worked up. In Part Two of our EarthFix series on drought, reporter Courtney Flatt goes to a mountain lake slated to be partially drained to provide more water for agriculture.

And that’s struck a nerve with some conservation groups and homeowners.


We're so excited about bees of late, that three cities in the Rogue Valley have received "Bee City" designations.  Can the butterflies get a little love here?

Indeed they can, and do, from the people of Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates

These friends of the monarch butterfly are in the process of creating "monarch waystations," places where a weary monarch might like to stop for a rest and a meal. 


California voters passed medical marijuana into law nearly 20 years ago, but the state has not added anything in the way of regulation since the original vote.  Until now, maybe. 

The recently concluded legislative session produced a package of three bills constructing a regulatory framework for marijuana... if Governor Jerry Brown signs them. 

The California Cannabis Industry Association pushed for the bills, and eagerly awaits the outcome of Brown's decision. 

Parched Northwest Community Eyes New Reservoir

Sep 23, 2015
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As summer winds down, water supplies in much of the Northwest continue to drop. The snow that usually melts and keeps streams and lakes full late in the season never really showed up this year. That’s putting stress on farmers and endangered fish.

In part 1 of our EarthFix series on drought, Ashley Ahearn headed out to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to see how people are responding.


  Young people in Eugene continue to make headlines with lawsuits filed against state government, meant to produce action on climate change. 

The cases, with mixed legal success so far, are based upon the "public trust doctrine." 

University of Oregon law professor Mary Wood wrote the book on public trust law.  Really, she's the author of a textbook on public trust law, and will explain the approach at the coming Southern Oregon Climate Summit in Medford. 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  Latinos make up the largest minority group in America, with great cultural and growing political power. 

The cultural end of that influence is reflected in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Latino Play Project," September 25-27 in Ashland. 

The weekend highlights works by and about Latinos, in a couple of play readings and a panel discussion.