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Northwest wildfires have had widespread effects on travel and air quality. Another unfortunate consequence is a critically low blood supply.

Several compounding factors have squeezed the blood supply. Mobile donation drivers can’t get to some rural sites, and university and high school drives aren’t yet running. There are other reasons, too, says Cynthia Vignos of the Lane Blood Center:

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This weekend the South Willamette Valley was blanketed with smoke from wildfires, mainly burning east of the cascades. Monday, conditions have improved. It's because the wind changed direction.

The City of Springfield is installing a two-story, photorealistic painted mural of Ken Kesey downtown on the side of the Odd Fellows Building, current home of PlankTown Brewing. It was designed by Craig Ferroggiaro of Willamette Valley Color, and will be painted by Old City Artists, who also installed the nearby Simpsons mural. Craig Ferrogiaro speaks with Eric Alan about capturing the essence of Kesey, and the inspiring creative challenge of working with existing architecture.

For Fire Crews in Chelan, Safety A Top Priority

Aug 23, 2015
Courtney Flatt

Fire crews Saturday had an easier time with wind in North Central Washington. That meant it was easier to fight the Chelan Complex. It also meant the area had unhealthy levels of smoke. Correspondent Courtney Flatt talked with fire crews protecting homes on the Lake Chelan’s south shore.

Smoke rises from a smoldering fire a few feet away from a mobile home on Lake Chelan. Helicopters continuously dip water from the lake and dump it on hot spots. The area is still under a mandatory evacuation order. The fire, called First Creek, is two percent contained.

Haze Settles Over Western Oregon

Aug 23, 2015
Anni Katz

Monday’s air quality is slightly improved in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove. Oakridge continues to have unhealthy levels of particulate matter due to smoke from the area’s wildfires. That’s according to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

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The Canyon Creek Complex fire is still growing, but shelters are closing up and people are heading home after days away.

Photo by Eric Alan

Keith Greeninger returns to the KLCC listening region with a few solo performances. Friday, August 21st he’ll be at the Barn at Yellow Bird Farm, west of Cottage Grove. Then he’ll perform at Fir Street Park in downtown Sisters on Saturday, August 22nd, and give a house concert in Bend on Monday, August 24th. His most recent CD is Soul Connection, which features Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section, and Bill Payne from Little Feat on the keyboards. Keith came by the KLCC studios to share music on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Jes Burns

The Faculty Union at the University of Oregon has tentatively agreed to a new 3-year contract. A ratification vote is set for October.

The deal includes a 3 and a half percent increase in cost of living raises over the next three years. This is the second contract negotiated by United Academics. Sociology Professor Michael Dreiling is President of the 18-hundred member union. He says before the union formed in 2013, raises for faculty were inconsistent.

Will A New Casino Threaten A Tribe's Economic Base?

Aug 21, 2015
Ann McGarry / OPB

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde have made huge strides in rebuilding their culture after it was dissolved by the federal government during the 1950s. Revenue from their Spirit Mountain Casino west of Salem has allowed the tribe to build itself back up. But, the Grand Ronde worry that revenue is now under threat.

Simple white crosses dot the grounds. The brittle yellow grass crunches under foot.

“This is the tribal cemetery … This is one of the few places we had that were left with after termination.”

Whetherman, Live at KLCC

Aug 20, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Whetherman is the stage name of Nicholas Williams, who has released six CDs in recent years on an independent path, including his latest CD Seeds for Harvest. He’s also been touring relentlessly during those years as well, whether it’s with a full band or solo. He’s continuing that touring with two performances in the KLCC listening region, including August 20th at Cozmic in Eugene, and on Friday night, August 21st at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

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