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Devil's Staircase
Rachael McDonald

Oregon U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill last week to expand wilderness in the state. The legislation has failed to pass 3 times in Congress.

The bill would designate more than 200 thousand acres of land as wilderness or national recreation areas. The bill creates the Devils Staircase Wilderness in the Oregon Coast Range southwest of Eugene. It also expands the Wild Rogue Wilderness. Josh Laughlin with the conservation group Cascadia Wildlands says he's hopeful public support can help get the bill passed this time.

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In 1998 Oregon voters approved a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana. Today nearly half the states have passed similar laws. Another fifteen allow the limited use of cannabis to treat conditions like epilepsy.

Oregon is the only place in the nation that lets out-of-state residents get a medical marijuana card here. For one Texas family, it gave them a chance to try a new cannabis treatment for their baby. She suffers from a rare brain disorder and seizures.

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High temperatures and drought conditions in Oregon mean campers need to be extra vigilant this year to prevent forest fires. Willamette National Forest officials are worried about fireworks during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

Recorded on: June 26th, 2015

Air Date: June 29th, 2015

At the June 26th Friday Forum, Professor Bill Harbaugh and Professor Emeritus Dennis Howard will describe the benefits, challenges, and future of college athletics. They will talk about the future of funding and the impact of big time college sports on campus, in the local community -- even around the United States and the world.

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Hayward Field hosted the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships this weekend. A heat wave pushed temperatures into the mid 90s making it even hotter for athletes on the track. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer was there.

Saturday’s early morning cloud cover provided some relief during the Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Sprinklers and misters were set up around to keep the crowd and athletes cool.  

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Updated Sunday 2:00 pm:

Lemolo Lake Resort and the Forest Service Campgrounds at Poole Creek and East Lemolo remain open.  Bunker Hill, Inlet, and Crystal Springs  Campgrounds are closed to protect public safety.

The Bunker Hill Complex is located 15 miles north of Diamond Lake.  The fire complex consists of one larger fire called the Bunker Hill Fire and several small fires all burning within the Umpqua National Forest.

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The Northwest is facing one of the earliest and most productive blueberry harvests in decades and Oregon is looking to become one of the top states for production. The early harvest this year is feeding an increase in consumer demand nationwide. Bryan Ostlund is with the Oregon Blueberry Commission. He says the international export market is also expanding quickly.

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With temperatures reaching between 90 and 100, the Eugene Water and Electric Board is asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use. Oregon, like many parts of the western U.S., is currently in a drought and experienced a record low snow pack this year. EWEB Spokesman Joe Harwood isn't anticipating any mandated water restrictions, like in certain parts of California.

Harwood: "We don't think that's going to happen, and that's why we're taking this voluntarily approach because just because you can use water, doesn't mean you always should."

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Banning Eyre is a multi-faceted creative artist, including his roles as author, guitarist, and senior editor and producer of the syndicated public radio program AfroPop Worldwide. His latest book is Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe—focused on an African cultural icon who is now in exile, and a resident of Eugene.

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To celebrate the opening of the 2015 Oregon Bach Festival, KLCC hosted an hour-long special live broadcast in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios on Wednesday evening, June 24th. Three different ensembles from OBF's new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance performed music from Boccherini, Heinichen and Schubert in front of a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan and OBF's John Steinmetz. It also included thoughts from OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls. It was an inspiring session, now available here for on-demand listening.

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