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Ample Rain, Snow Make Loads Of Summer Grass And Brush

The Northwest has had above-average snowpack and rain in many areas this winter. That’s good -- it’s wiped out drought. But all that water has wildland fire managers concerned about the terrain’s greening cheatgrass.

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The Washington Youth Academy: Transforming Dropouts Into Graduates

For some high school students, a party habit can lead to to failed classes and even a trip to urgent care. But when they do decide they need to graduate, it may already be too late for them. But there is an option some families in Washington state have turned to.

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Meet Some Of Springfield's Most Notable Figures

Next in our road trip series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert introduces us to some of the notable people who hail from Springfield. (Listen to interviews and watch the slideshow!)

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August: Osage County is the Putlitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, which opens Oregon Contemporary Theatre's new season in Eugene. Eric Alan talks with director Tara Wibrew and OCT artistic director Craig Willis about the darkly comedic play, and its universally relevant reflections about

family.

San Diego Is Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth

Sep 19, 2013
Jill Repogle

This week we’re looking at the illegal drug trade along the west coast. In this third story in our series, reporter Jill Replogle from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, looks at San Diego, California’s role in the methamphetamine trade. More than 70 percent of methamphetamine illegally trafficked into the U.S. passes through U.S.-Mexico border crossings in the San Diego area. And as Jill reports, that’s despite laws in both countries designed to crack down on the drug.

Customs and Border Protection agents here at the San Ysidro Port of Entry face a tough balancing act.

Rachael McDonald

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

Lawmakers from the Northwest introduced the controversial bill.

Washington representative Doc Hastings wrote half of it. His part of creates a logging quota in each national forest.

Oregon house members wrote the other half. Their section would sign over about a million acres of forests in Western Oregon to a logging trust managed by the state.

Some of literature's most classic works have also been banned for various reasons at various times. The 31st annual Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, with a week of events from September 22nd through 28th. As part of that, Reed College professor Pancho Savery gives a presentation entitled "To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature," at the Newport Public Library. He speaks with Eric Alan about censorship, from the time of Homer to the current day.

Drug Cartels Thrive On Ultimate Consumers: Addicts

Sep 18, 2013

Drug traffickers are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you go by freeway, you’re driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth and cocaine. This export industry is evolving. Drug experts say heroin is back on the rise, fueled in part by prescription drug abuse. This week, in a series we call Border to Border Drugs, we’re reporting on drug trafficking rings that rely on every freeway in the West. In part two of the series, correspondent Chris Lehman reports on how the supply side of this business may change, but the demand remains strong.

This story originally aired on September 17, 2013.

Newport Considers Selling Off Visual Arts Center

Sep 16, 2013
City of Newport

Originally published: September 16, 2013

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council heard from numerous members of the homeless community and their advocates at a packed meeting Monday night.  

Last week, the Lane County Board of Commissioners closed Free Speech Plaza in Eugene. They said they needed to clean the plaza after people had pitched their tents there for three weeks protesting the city's camping ban. Angela Bartow, a member of the protest group SLEEPS, spoke at Monday's council meeting. She identified herself as un-housed, a mother and a student.

Devil's Staircase
Rachael McDonald

Oregon's coast range forests are a patchwork of private, state and federal land, much of it heavily logged for the past century. One pocket of old growth forest southwest of Eugene has avoided the chainsaws, mainly because of its steep terrain. There's a bill in congress to designate the 30-thousand acre tract as Wilderness. KLCC's Rachael McDonald took a guided hike to the secluded Devil's Staircase.
 
Our journey begins at the end of a logging road about 10 miles northeast of Reedsport.
 
Derbyshire: "This is where we're trying to get…"
 

This story was originally aired on August 28, 2013.

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