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Eugene city leaders demonstrated on several occasions a commitment to lessening carbon emissions. 

Their reward was a trip to one of the worst-emitting cities on the planet: Beijing. 

Mayor Kitty Piercy recently returned from a low-carbon cities summit in China's capital, one of just a handful of American cities represented, all of them much bigger than Eugene. 


If you're looking for rainfall comparisons between this year and last year, try this one: Redding got 15 more inches rain of since October 1st than in the previous year.  FIFTEEN inches. 

But many a meteorologist points out that the El Niño rains were not evenly distributed: much of Southern California is still experiencing drought conditions. 

Even so, some drought restrictions are being lifted.  The Bay Institute takes major exception to actions by the state Water Resources Control Board and other entities.

One word sums up the biggest news story of the moment: Orlando. 

On this week's VENTSday, we ask for your input on what the mass shooting says about America and its people. 

Our other topic deals specifically with our end of the country: does increased rainfall mean drought restrictions should be lifted? 

VENTSday removes the guests and puts listener comments front and center on The Exchange.  Once a week, it's all about you... we plop a pair of topics on the table, post a survey on our Facebook page, and open the phone lines and email box for live comments. 

The topics can range from presidential politics to how you spend your days off.  Got an observation or opinion?  Share it with the State of Jefferson on VENTSday. 

Dr. Linda Schott, president of University of Maine at Presque Isle, has been named the next president of Southern Oregon University following a unanimous vote Monday of the SOU board of trustees.

She will succeed Dr. Roy Saigo, who is retiring in July and has served as president of SOU since July 2014.


 If you happen to meet Adam Davis, ask him what he does for a living. 

He'd probably get a chuckle out of it.  Davis is the Executive Director of Oregon Humanities--you know, "O. Hm."--and he leads the Conversation Project offering called "What Do You Do?"

It's a VERY common question upon meeting fellow Americans; small wonder, since we work longer hours than people in many other developed countries. 


 A culture like ours that values youth and vitality does not talk easily about death. 

Which might make death all the more surprising and hard to deal with when it arrives. 

The concept of the "death café" gives people a chance to gather in a relaxing setting to just talk about death. 

Ashland Death Café meets several times a year to provide that opportunity. 

Perseus Books

 It's no accident that Native Americans revere the coyote as a trickster, and Warner Brothers named a cartoon character Wile E. Coyote.  It's just observation. 

This most clever of animals (okay, maybe not the cartoon one) has constantly confounded the efforts of humans to fence it in, knock it down, and wipe it out.  Not only do coyotes survive in their traditional habitats, they have migrated into new surroundings, including Central Park in New York, among many places. 

Dan Flores traces the battle between human and dog-like creature in Coyote America

Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve

The sign says BLM, but the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve near Redding includes 27 acres of land owned by a private non-profit group. 

The group, which bears the name of the preserve--call it HCCP--just won an award from the Bureau of Land Management for two decades of solid work. 

HCCP volunteers perform preservation work, provide educational programs to help young people better understand nature and our relationship to it, and other duties that maximize the use and enjoyment of the preserve. 


Not a corner of the country is untouched by the massacre in Orlando. 

The mixture of rage and sadness and bewilderment at the killing of 50 people will be expressed in many ways.

Southern Oregon Pride (SOPride) joins forces with other groups in a vigil on the Ashland Plaza Monday evening at 6:30.  A second vigil is planned for "the bricks," the courtyard at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, at 8:30.

Oregon Drought Persists, But It's Better Than Last Year

Jun 10, 2016
US Drought Monitor

Virtually all of Oregon is abnormally dry, and about one-quarter of the state is in moderate drought, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Record heat in the Northwest  – as much as 12 degrees above normal – has resulted in early snowmelt, low streamflows and increased evaporation, the federal tracking site reported.

It’s the fifth consecutive year of drought for Oregon and the West.

Still, the numbers aren’t as bad as last year.

Central Oregon Fire Info

A 1,900 acre fire near Lake Billy Chinook continues to threaten more than 900 homes. Officials said the fire is 30 percent contained.

The Akawana fire is within a few miles of a subdivision northeast of Sisters in Jefferson County, and it's triggered a preliminary evacuation notice for residents. Residents in the area have been asked to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon took the unusual step of ordering an external review of the "Greek" system on campus, fraternities and sororities. 

The review confirmed many of the issues already being addressed by University leadership.  Among them: that binge drinking, sexual assault, and hazing are still prevalent within fraternities and sororities, with peer pressure to not report serious issues. 

Dr. Robin Holmes is the Vice President of Student Life at UO; she ordered the review. 


Sexual assault on college campuses was already a heavily discussed topic.  Then came the Brock Turner case at Stanford. 

Turner admitted raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster after a campus party; blamed drinking, peer pressure, and promiscuity... and got six months in jail. 

Now calls for the judge's removal are being made, while universities work to establish policies on handling sexual assault causes. 

Stanford law professor and sociologist Michele Landis Dauber, who is a member of a committee seeking the judge's recall, shares her thoughts on what should be done in such cases. 

University of Oregon psychology professor Jennifer Freyd also weighs in. 

Michael Joyce/JPR

Thursday, California becomes the fifth, and by far the largest, state to allow physicians to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who request them. But like Oregon’s 18-year-old “Death With Dignity Act”, California’s “End of Life Option Act” is proving to be just as controversial among those who work with the terminally ill.

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Girl Scouts of several generations formed fond memories of summer days and nights spent at Camp Low Echo at Lake of the Woods in Klamath County.

But the scout days are part of history now; Camp Low Echo closed a few years ago, prior to a renovation and re-use. 

Karen and Sid DeBoer bought it through their charitable foundation and plan to donate it to the Ashland Family YMCA

Public Domain

We can take our surroundings for granted, so it's good every so often to step back and gaze in appreciation.

That's the basic idea behind the Hathkapasuta River Celebration, coming to the Illinois Valley (Near Cave Junction) this weekend. 

It gives visitors a chance to celebrate the rivers and forests that are such critical parts of our region. 

Tim  Leyba and Suzanne Vautier of CEEN, the Cultural and Ecological Enhancement Network, are organizers for the event. 

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Why should the wine and beer aficionados have all the fun?  Both beverages are on the upswing, with small winemaker and brewers dotting the landscape. 

Nick Rementeria and Jen Akin want people to stand up for cocktails, mixed drinks prepared by skilled bartenders. 

Wouldn't you know it, they're both bartenders, and Jen even has a degree in chemistry. 

April Dembosky/KQED

Voters in Ft. Bragg have rejected a proposed ban on social service organizations in the town’s downtown area. 

While it would have applied to a wide range of non-profits, Measure U was aimed squarely at Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center. 

Californians Overwhelmingly Pass Prop 50

Jun 8, 2016
Paul Sakuma

California voters have approved the lone statewide measure on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Proposition 50 asked whether the state Senate or Assembly should be allowed to suspend one of its members without pay with a two-thirds vote.

Two Democrats Will Face Off For California US Senate Seat

Jun 8, 2016

Two Democrats have advanced to the November runoff in California’s U.S. Senate race.

Attorney General Kamala Harris came in first by a comfortable margin. At last check, she’s won 39.7 percent of the vote.