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Rogue Valley Food Projects On The Grow

Sep 18, 2013
Ashland Food Project

Donations to food banks tend to run higher during the holiday season.

Charred forests left behind by wildfires make the mountain snowpack melt faster, according to a new study.Western rivers depend on the snowpack.

Study author, OSU doctoral student Kelly Gleason, says they found more snow fell in burned forests than in green ones. But the snow melted off twice as fast in burned forests, and was gone 23 days earlier. The reason was the black bits sloughing off the charred trees onto the snow intensified the heat from the sun.

Eighty percent of forest fires are in the snow zone.

About 50,000 unemployed Californians have had their benefit checks delayed as the state struggles to implement a computer system upgrade.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the Employment Development Department processed about 15,000 of the delayed claims by Tuesday morning and hoped to finish the rest by the end of the week.

The Kyron Horman Search: His Mother Continues

Sep 17, 2013

    

The Portland area is still riveted by the case of Kyron Horman, the seven-year-old boy who disappeared from his school in June 2010. 

One week after the Clover Fire tore a 12.6 square-mile swath of destruction near Redding killed one man, fire investigators have yet to determine what caused the blaze.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials say that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and confirm that rumors of arson have been circulating.

The fire destroyed 68 homes and 128 outbuildings and damaged another 15 buildings.

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Sep 16, 2013
Mark Lincoln

What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

Sep 16, 2013
SOREDI

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

Class Time Could Be Strike Time

Sep 13, 2013
SEIU Local 503

A union strike authorization has been delayed a week, but the academic year for Oregon public universities could be a great deal more hectic than usual.

Classified workers--custodians, cooks, clerks and more--for all seven state campuses could be on strike. 

Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses

Sep 13, 2013
PNW #2 IMTeam

The summer fires in Josephine and Douglas counties damaged few structures.

But they put a huge dent in the tourism business, especially during the time the Rogue River was closed to rafting. 

New Owners For Mail Tribune, Daily Tidings

Sep 12, 2013
Ed Schipul

The days of sharing an owner with Fox News just came to an end for the Mail Tribune of Medford and the Daily Tidings of Ashland.

The branch of News Corporation that owned those and other newspapers was just sold to Fortress Investment Group, which will manage the papers through a subsidiary called GateHouse Media.

Moving SLEEPS Around Eugene

Sep 11, 2013
Lulu Vision

The back-and-forth of the Eugene SLEEPS protest continues.  SLEEPS, Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, features people camping in public places around the city of Eugene.   

A judge ruled that demonstrators have the right to remain overnight in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.  But then Lane County commissioners ordered the entire plaza closed for cleaning.  Commission Chair Sid Leiken explains the county's approach to SLEEPS and its issues.

Stink Bug Invasion

Sep 11, 2013
Steve Jacobs / Penn State University

There are stink bugs, and then there are stink bugs.  Our region is home to a native variety, but a foreign interloper concerns insect researchers.  The non-native stink bugs could eventually reproduce in great numbers, causing problems for homes and agriculture.  Oregon State University horticulturists are working on the issue.

Siskiyou Secession Talk

Sep 10, 2013
publicceo.com

The "State of Jefferson" concept never translated into an actual state, but the idea is alive and well.  Siskiyou County Supervisors recently voted to pursue seceding from California, due to frustrations with a perceived lack of attention from the federal and state governments.  How far will it go?  You'll hear from supervisors pro and con.  

At The End Of The Sewer Pipe

Sep 10, 2013
humboldt.edu

As much as we'd like to think the contents of our toilets just go away when we flush, there is no such place as "away."  But communities around our region continue to look for ways to treat sewage and other waste products in ways that benefit the environment.  The efforts include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Biocycle Farm of the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission in the Eugene area.

Keeping Yreka's Past Safe For The Future

Sep 9, 2013
yrekahistory.blogspot.com

There's a lot of history in our region, and a lot of reminders of it--some of those in pretty rough shape from the passage of time.  And there's often more enthusiasm than money available for restoring historic sites.  The Yreka Historic Preservation Corporation works to preserve pieces of the past in its city, including a historic church given to the corporation a few years ago. 

mrgfoundation.org

Kids don't need much of a reason to pick on each other, but the concern heightens when teasing turns to bullying.  A number of programs work to ease bullying in schools, including several programs of the Lotus Rising Project, which seeks to make life better for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in Southern Oregon.

No Refuge For Ducks In Klamath Basin

Sep 6, 2013
fohn.net

The drought in the Klamath Basin this summer only worsened the situation of too many entities seeking use of the same water.  Somebody loses, and this year, the losers include ducks in the federal wildlife refuges in the area.  You'll hear the scope of the problem from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Oregon Wild Campaigns Against Clearcuts

Sep 6, 2013
Tim Giraudier / Oregon Wild

Congress returns to business today, and a key item of business for the region is up for consideration.  Members of Congress from both parties in Oregon support a plan to divide the former O & C lands managed by the federal government, with a portion managed intensively for timber (and county revenue).  Opponents are mounting a campaign against the measure, under the banner "Oregon Home of the Clearcut."

Small Business Help Hits The Road

Sep 6, 2013
State of Oregon

Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.  Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.  The "Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.  You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.

Being Good To The Bees

Sep 6, 2013
pdphoto.org

The recent pesticide-caused bee deaths in northern Oregon underscored the importance of bees to agriculture… and so to us and our food supply.  No education on this point is necessary for the people at Wild Bee International in Eagle Point.  You'll hear about the group's work with bees, and what it hopes to accomplish for bees and all of us who depend upon them.  Other beekeepers and bee fans join in the discussion.

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