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Alan Sylvestre / OPB

Experts say a megaquake off the Northwest coast could hit anytime. When it does, many of us may struggle to find safe shelter, connect with loved ones, and secure enough food and water to get by. This could be especially difficult for vulnerable populations.
As part of  OPB's "Living Off Your Kit" weekend, we followed a woman in Troutdale who has little income and lives with disabilities, as she simulated what  life would be like if she had to live off her emergency supplies.

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Track Town USA is hosting a big party in Portland Wednesday afternoon. Here are some details about the countdown to the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Vin Lananna is used to working with stakeholders in Eugene and Springfield on big track and field events. Speaking from Portland, the TrackTown USA President says there’s been plenty of enthusiasm for track in the Rose City:

Lananna: “The city the mayor, the commissioners here, in this community, the local people, the businesses, have been just fantastic.”

Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Dept.

On this Memorial Day, hundreds of Oregon families are celebrating with their soldiers who've recently returned from overseas deployments.

During the past month, nearly 800 soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard have completed deployments ranging from 9 months to more than a year. Some provided security in Afghanistan during the drawdown of troops. Others with an engineer battalion worked on soldier housing in Kuwait and U.S. military facilities in Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sgt. Phillip Steiner is a spokesman with the Oregon Army National Guard.

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Casey Neill has brought his socially conscious and eclectic music to the world for twenty years now, and his current band the Norway Rats are touring behind their most recent CD All You Pretty Vandals, produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Before bringing a full-band show to the Axe and Fiddle tonight in Cottage Grove on Friday, May 22nd, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

KMTR

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced drought emergencies in 8 additional counties Friday, including Lane.  Many reservoirs in Lane County are only half full.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

It's that time of year when hordes of twenty-somethings start sharing rides to remote locations – music festival season. This Memorial Day weekend it's the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington. But Sasquatch is one of many – many – festivals yet to come. Too, many, in fact? Jessica Robinson wondered how many festivals the music industry can handle.

Forget shows in clubs and concert halls. Some bands now spend long stretches of their summer just hopping from one grassy lawn to another. Take the Northwest's homegrown indie rock band Modest Mouse.

Jacob Lewin

The agriculture industry in California is in the midst of its worst drought in decades and that may inadvertently be having a positive impact on Oregon. It's caused some growers to look north.  One Oregon crop that is being affected is hazelnuts, which are drawing record sales and prices. 

Photo by Eric Alan

The Evangenitals are a thoroughly eclectic band founded by playwright and director Juli Crockett, along with jazz and gospel vocalist Lisa Dee. They make music that has been described as ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp. On their new album, Moby Dick: Or, the Album, they’ve brought Herman Melville’s classic novel into the musical realm.

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Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Department has been considering a smoking ban for years. They happened to present their idea to the City just as the City Council began debating a downtown smoking ban.

There’s plenty of precedent for these kinds of bans. All Oregon State Parks are smoke free. Craig Carnagey is with Eugene’s Parks Department. He says the ban is a logical step:

Lupercemetery.com

Luper Cemetery north of Eugene will unveil a new monument over Memorial Day weekend. The stone was created to honor unmarked graves and markers that haven't survived.

The first burials at Luper Cemetery occurred in 1853. Over 160 people are buried at the site which is maintained by volunteers. President Peter Thurston says the monument is dedicated to 28 of the interred.

Thurston: "After five years of fixing things and taking care of the weeds and the cemetery. We determined there were a number of people that did not have a marker at the cemetery."

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