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Southern Oregon Historical Society

We often refer to a camping trip as "roughing it."

But a perusal of camping in the old days gives a whole new meaning to the term "rough." 

Our ancestors who wanted to spend time at Crater Lake had to plan on a long, dusty journey, and a primitive existence while in the park. 

Historian and Park Service volunteer Larry Smith presents a program on camping at Crater Lake at the Southern Oregon Historical Society center in Medford on Saturday. 

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We're not even halfway through the summer, and drought concerns are rising, even in normally well-watered parts of Oregon.

Junction City recently had to declare a "moderate" water emergency and restrict water uses. 

EWEB in Eugene is keeping an eye on low river flows caused by the lack of snowpack. 

And Ashland is poised to increase warnings about water use, if its major reservoir drops below a certain level. 

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People go hungry in America, despite the country's wealth.

And in Eugene, one program to provide food to the hungry keeps the effort compact: in a tortilla, in fact. 

The Burrito Brigade provides burritos--all vegan--to hungry local people and travelers on Sundays. 

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Jim Belushi's web page identifies him as a performer.

Not just an actor, or singer, or comedian, but a performer. 

His latest gig is building a cabin along the Rogue River, chronicled in his TV show "Building Belushi."

And Belushi's newfound allegiance to Southern Oregon has him appearing in a benefit concert for the Holly Theatre restoration on August 29th.

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When you've got concerns about the treatment of a child, you call the state child welfare agency.

When you've got concerns about an older adult in long-term care in Oregon, you call the office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman

The office--one of many across the country--investigates everything from physical abuse to bad food in long-term care facilities, and volunteers power the program. 

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Moving an older family member into a nursing home is hard enough.

In Humboldt County, it's nearly impossible at the moment for families receiving MediCal, the state's version of Medicaid. 

And the North Coast Journal says it's not because there's not enough space... it's because the company that owns the majority of the skilled nursing facilities wants more money per patient from the state. 

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Kimberly Carlson's novel "Out of the Shadows" combines two of her passions: a love of writing and concerns about the people of Darfur, in Africa.

Carlson is a Humboldt State graduate now living and teaching in Redding. 

She has also participated in the efforts of Amnesty International and Genocide No More/Save Darfur to bring relief and hope to the Darfuri. 

Yurok Tribe

Northern California's Yurok Tribe is taking a greater hand in the administration of justice to its members.

The tribe recently opened a new justice center in Klamath, and is making plans to move juvenile cases from state court to tribal court. 

The juvenile court plans are part of a larger vision for younger Yuroks through the Yurok Youth Wellness Project.

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Recent discussions of the warm-water "Blob" in the Pacific may have obscured previously existing concerns about ocean health.

Like the increasing level of acidity in the ocean, and the more frequent appearance of low-oxygen zones (hypoxia). 

The West Coast Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Science Panel brings together top minds from the West Coast State and British Columbia to come up with ideas for addressing the ocean issues. 

The panel presents a progress update at a meeting in Sacramento next week (July 29), with several reports due this fall. 

Henry Holt and Company

We've come a long way from the days when we described the other creatures on the Earth simply as "beasts" or "dumb animals."

We certainly understand animal behavior better over time. But do we understand it well enough to have an idea of what animals think and feel?

Carl Safina is trying. Safina is an ecologist and the host of the PBS series "Saving the Ocean."

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Some people come to Mount Shasta just to gawk at the mountain.

But others come for recreation, and big things are in the offing for them. 

The "100 Miles of Trails" campaign makes its intent clear by its name. 

And free summer concerts at Shastice Park on Sundays at 6:30 support the campaign. 

Backcountry Press

Newcomers to the State of Jefferson often ask about the plant with the green leaves and orange or purple branches, the one that seems to have lost its bark.

Old-timers ask back: “the tree or the bush?” The tree is the madrone, the bush is manzanita.

And the bush is the star of a new book, Field Guide to Manzanitas, the work of Michael Kauffmann, Tom Parker, and Michael Vasey.

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The governor still needs to sign, but Oregon appears on its way to a "Right To Try" law.

Meaning people with terminal illnesses will gain the right to try medications and procedures that have not been approved by federal authorities. 

The Cascade Policy Institute is one of several organizations backing the policy--20 or so other states have made similar moves--but CPI has a few issues with the bill as passed. 

Social media and the drought are combining for a new phenomenon in California: drought shaming.

Water your lawn too much, and you could end up on Facebook, singled out for scorn. 

Tell us what you think of the process in VENTSday. 

You can also comment on voter registration, and whether it should be open to any adult. 

Penguin Books

Oregon entered a new era with the legalization of marijuana for personal use two weeks ago.

This comes after years of wrestling with the nuances of medical marijuana, legal for years now. 

Medical pot tends to exist as a parallel health care system, separate from the medical mainstream. 

But one MD is all for marijuana as medicine... Dr. David Casarett is the author of Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana. 

Oregon Department of Transportation

Welcome to the age of what comes AFTER gasoline taxes.

Fuel taxes pay for road repair and maintenance... or did. 

The advent of hybrid and straight-electric vehicles reduces per-capita fuel consumption, and road funds with it.   

Oregon is just now rolling out OReGO, its voluntary program for drivers to pay road taxes by miles traveled. 

OreGO's Michelle Godfrey explains how the program works, and what is required of participants.
 

If period novels or murder mysteries are not challenging enough for summer reading, maybe physics or cosmology are more up your alley.

University of Oregon physics professor Jim Brau is ready for you. 

Dr. Brau will give a public talk at the Eugene library this week (July 15) on "Why Antimatter Matters."

Here's our chance to find out more about this... er, substance?  that we heard so much about in Star Trek and other science fiction vehicles. 

Chronicle Books

Writing letters may be passé now, but people great and small through history have written tons of them.

Shaun Usher wowed us a while back with his book "Letters of Note;" now he has a worthy follow-up.

Usher collected some of the lists written by key figures in history, and those form the center of his newest book Lists of Note.

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Urges to action on climate change frequently come with critiques of current business practices.

Now businesses are joining forces to make their own call for action on climate change. 

The Oregon Business Climate Declaration is about THE climate, not "business climate." 

And companies from Nike to Dutch Bros. are among the roughly 400 businesses signing on. 

Our Children's Trust

The teenagers who sued the state of Oregon over climate change got their day in court.

And the court said no, in essence.  Now the teens are appealing their case to a higher court. 

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