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Maybe you drive past quickly on your way to the beach, but those wetlands on the coast are important places.

They teem with life, and are important ecosystems for both saltwater and freshwater creatures.  That's why they get considerable attention from people concerned about the environment. 

The Winter Lake Restoration Project in the Coquille River Estuary is about making better habitat for fish and other river dwellers. 

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You've probably seen packages in food stores of products containing "ancient grains."  It does NOT mean they've been on the shelf for a while. 

Our ancestors grew different crops from what we grow and eat now, and some of the old ones offered benefits missing from today's food. 

Dr. Jayanath Abeywickrama--he goes by "Dr. Abey"--is a proponent of growing and eating rice varieties from 2,000 years ago. 

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It's hard for most residents of the region to imagine what it's like to live as a person of color.  Because there are so very few. 

And the overwhelming whiteness of the population has produced some regrettable events and periods in the region's history, like the rise of the Ku Klux KIan in the 1920s. 

People of color still experience discrimination today.  We assembled an all non-white panel and host to explore the issues. 

Robert Goodwin of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts the discussion. 

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Natural history and the arts collide when the Britt Festivals Orchestra plays at Crater Lake later this week (July 29-30). 

A portion of the orchestra, plus student ensemble, plus chorus, perform a new work called "Natural History." 

The piece is commissioned by Britt and composed by Michael Gordon. 

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One down, one to go: the national political party conventions are nearly complete. 

So it's time to open the floor (and phones and email) for your thoughts on what you've seen so far from the Republicans and Democrats?  Encouraged?  Nonplussed?  Hiding under the bed?  Let's hear from you. 

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, set up a survey (below), 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. Join by phone at 800-838-3760 or email JX@jeffnet.org.

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Can we truly have a representative democracy if the mix of representatives is not similar to the mix in society?  White men still dominate most elective political positions. 

You can't blame Cathy Allen for that.  In her work for the National Women's Political Caucus and through her own company in Seattle, she's been working for years to get women into positions of power. 

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The same people who pointed out how many critters live in our houses are now doing the same thing for our faces.  Yes, faces. 

We learned in a previous interview how many arthropods live in our houses with us; now they're back to tell us about face mites.  Yes, face mites. 

Call them demodex if it makes you feel better, but they live in our pores. 

Michelle Trautwein from the California Academy of Sciences is the messenger with the weird news. 

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No federal agency is responsible for managing as much land as the Bureau of Land Management. 

And no BLM district in the country has more people working for it than the Medford District.  So it's a big job; somebody's got to do it. 

That somebody is now Elizabeth Burghard, appointed to the post this year to replace Dayne Barron. 

Tsunamis are not unknown on the West Coast.  In fact, plenty of people alive today can remember them. 

Like Tom Horning, who nearly lost his life in the 1964 tsunami and decided to return to live in Seaside, Oregon... which could well see another unwelcome visit from the ocean. 

Bonnie Henderson writes about Tom Horning and the potential for disaster in The Next Tsunami, from Oregon State University Press. 

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There's just a bit more than a week (August 1) to comment on the Environmental Assessment for the Nedsbar Forest Management Project on BLM land in the Applegate Valley. 

The alternatives for the project include one provided by the community. 

We heard from BLM and the community alternative assemblers in a previous edition.  Here we get the timber industry perspective from the American Forest Resource Council

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California votes on marijuana for personal use in November, but at the moment, only medical marijuana is legal. 

Just how good is the quality control on the medical pot?  That is the central question in the new "Track and Trace" program. 

Officially the Humboldt Cannabis Pilot Program, it will track and trace marijuana from grower to end user, starting August 1st and running into the autumn. 

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Paul Graham loves his wheat, but his body does NOT. 

Graham, a lover of artisan bread and homemade beer, had to give those items up when he developed celiac disease. 

Switching to a gluten-free diet was no small feat, but he's done it. 

He shares the story of discovering his affliction in In Memory Of Bread

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There may be nothing that excites a performer more than performing on a new stage. 

So excitement is likely rampant at Random People Theater Project in Humboldt County. 

The group, composed of amateurs and old pros, performed for years at the Mateel Center in Redway, but just moved to a new home in Garberville. 

It's not just theater IN the community, it is theater ABOUT the community... Random People encourages stories from the region, written by local people about local people.

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People seeking justice--economic, social, environmental--have a place on the compass on the North Coast of California. 

True North Organizing Network brings together people who feel marginalized in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. 

Tribal members, immigrants and more have allies in True North. 

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Blast from the Past: Summer nights are excellent for viewing the night sky. 

Especially in August, when the Perseid meteor shower puts on something like a natural fireworks show. 

But in much of the world, lights from the ground tend to obscure our view of the lights from the sky.  Paul Bogard wrote about this in his book The End Of Night

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One of the major concerns about marijuana becoming legal for personal use in Oregon was the possibility of younger people getting a hold of the drug.

Opponents of legalization pointed to "edibles," food items laced with marijuana, as a major concern.  Now marijuana AND the edibles are legal in Oregon, and the state Health Authority is launching a campaign to discourage pot use among adolescents. 

The "Stay True to You" campaign targets 12-to-20-year-olds. 

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Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about having a roof over your head. 

But plenty of teens have that worry; enough in the Eugene area to prompt the creation of a shelter for homeless high school students. 

The Saint Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County bought a vacant church in South Eugene with the intention of housing more than a dozen homeless students. 

If all goes as planned, it could open in the fall of 2017. 

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Trees grow slowly, and it sometimes appears as if forest management plans take a similar amount of time to take shape. 

So it is with the Nedsbar Forest Management Project in the Applegate Valley, a responsibility of the Medford office of the Bureau of Land Management

BLM says the tree stands are overstocked and in need of thinning.  Environmental groups say the plans would remove healthy, fire-resistant trees. 

We hear two sides of the project, beginning with BLM rep Kristi Mastrofini talking about the attributes of the sale. 

Then Luke Ruediger checks in with the alternative proposed by the Applegate Neighborhood Network and the Klamath Forest Alliance. 

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If the Earth's problem is too much carbon in the atmosphere and trees soak up carbon, will more trees head off climate change?  Maybe not, according to recently published research

Noah Charney at the University of Arizona and his team find trees all over North America stressed by higher-than-normal temperatures, and stressed trees grow more slowly. 

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The lack of sheriff's deputies in Josephine County creates issues for emergency workers who are NOT officers of the law.  Because the situations that lead to medical and fire calls are often police situations as well. 

And with no police around, emergency crews can find themselves in danger.  That's why the chief at the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District wants body cameras on his firefighters... to keep a record of potential problems, if not help prevent them. 

Steve Scruggs is getting some help from BodyCameraDonations.com

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