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The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon, is the next topic in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

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The Burns Paiute Tribe Wednesday denounced the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife headquarters.


A number of states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, but it remains illegal in the eyes – and the laws – of the federal government. Senators from Oregon and Colorado say it's nearly impossible for marijuana businesses to access banks, which follow federal regulations. New legislation aims to ease the banking restrictions.


Female inmates at Lincoln County Jail in Newport are participating in yoga classes. Since the program began, the jail has seen a reduction in violent incidents and yoga classes are now being offered to male inmates. 

A few years ago, Lincoln County Jail had to cut educational and time management programs after budget reductions. Inmate counselor Dennis Buckmaster began looking for programs the jail could facilitate and found the Prison Yoga Program taught in California.

Brown Urges Action On Transportation Funding

Apr 17, 2015
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane. The Democrat highlighted that topic Friday during her State of the State address in Portland.


Oregon is among 12 states to receive Enhanced Mitigation status from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated to the federal government they have been proactive and comprehensive in their disaster preparedness programs. Achieving this status means more funding will be available to those states if a disaster happens. Oregon Office of Emergency Management Spokesman Cory Grogan says the success of Oregon's Mitigation Plans start with its leaders.

Oregon’s low snowpack is result of one of the warmest winters recorded. That’s according to a report released by Oregon State University.

In February, more than 100 high temperature records were broken throughout the state. Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute Phillip Mote says the state also experienced unusually long intervals without rain or snow.


Oregon may soon join Washington and 2 other states by requiring tougher regulations on products used by children ages 12 and under. Public hearings were held last week on Senate Bill 478.

The Toxic-Free Kids Act would require manufacturers and importers to report children's products containing 66 toxic chemicals to the State. In 6 years the use of those chemicals would be phased out.  Eugene Senator Chris Edwards is the Chief Sponsor of SB-478.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is on tour to gather input on how to license and regulate recreational marijuana in the state. Their next stop is in Eugene this week.

Measure 91, the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November, directs the OLCC to regulate pot by 2016. OLCC Chair Rob Patridge says both industry and local government panels are fairly unified about their concern for edible wrapping.

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Law enforcement agencies across Oregon will be on the road looking for drunk drivers this Super Bowl Sunday. Benton County, Deschutes County Sheriff's, and the Eugene Police Department are among the agencies participating in DUII saturation patrols.

Also, EPD spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says if your party gets out of control, don't be afraid to call the police.

An Opportunity Agenda For Oregonians

Jan 19, 2015

Meeting Date: Friday January 16th, 2015

Air Date: Monday January 19th, 2015

Nearly one in three working families in the United States and in Oregon has trouble meeting their basic needs. Middle-class families in Oregon are struggling to maintain that status. Women and working families striving to join Oregon’s middle class face more barriers than ever before.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek will talk about an “Opportunity Agenda” to address those issues built on three key platforms: expanding opportunity, rewarding work, and ensuring basic fairness.


Over the past five years Oregonians have reported pesticide misuse, now there is a clear path to address their concerns. The State has created a document describing how information is exchanged and which state agency will be assigned to a person's case. Oregon's Pesticide Analytical and Response Center, or

PARC, serves as the liaison between state agencies and citizens. Dale Mitchell is with the Department of Agriculture. He says people need to know who to contact and what to do if they are exposed to pesticides.

OLCC Looking To Oregonians On How To Regulate Pot

Jan 12, 2015

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be in charge of managing the State's upcoming recreational marijuana market. The agency is seeking input on how the law should work.

OLCC Commissioners and staff will be traveling across Oregon later this month asking local communities about how they want to see pot regulated. About 10 thousand people have already commented through an online survey. Some of the issues include advertising restrictions and accessibility to the product. Karynn Fish is a spokeswoman for the OLCC.

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Geologists have been following a sequence of recurring earthquakes since mid-July in Southeastern Oregon and Northwestern Nevada. The activity increased significantly early last week.

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The Republican nominee for Oregon’s U.S. Senate seat, Doctor Monica Wehby, stopped by a campaign kick-starter rally Friday. About 25 supporters applauded as the challenger arrived in a small office near downtown Eugene. Wehby is running against incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley. Wehby’s campaign is focusing their strategy on the State’s failed Cover Oregon health exchange. Wehby says the biggest problem with the health exchange was it was overreaching. She favors a free market “patient-centered” approach that includes more collaboration with doctors.

Oregon Hosting International Buyers

Aug 9, 2014

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is hosting international buyers this summer and fall. Visitors from Japan, China, and the Middle East are looking at export products like berries, nursery stock, and specialty or gourmet foods. International Trade Manager Theresa Yoshioka says hosting potential buyers is part of a two-pronged approach at marketing in Oregon.

The Oso Mudslides: Lessons For Oregon

Jul 14, 2014

Meeting Date: July 11, 2014

Air Date: July 14, 2014

Landslides are intrinsic to the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Many natural features of this region resulted from slides triggered by weather or seismic activity. Less than 4 months ago, about 350 miles from Eugene, a massive landslide was hard to miss.

A new study shows Oregon farmers are more likely to sell product directly to consumers compared to other states. The Census of Agriculture says Oregon ranks 6th in the nation with more than 6,000 farms reporting direct-to-consumer sales. State Board of Agriculture member Barbara Boyer isn't surprised by the findings.

Don't Disturb The Seal Pups

May 24, 2014

This time of year, numerous young seal pups are venturing onto the Oregon coast. People visiting the coast this Memorial Day weekend need to remember to avoid the animals. Jim Rice coordinates the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He says there have been instances where beach-goers remove lone seal pups because they think they have been abandoned.

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The #1 ranked Oregon Ducks softball team completed their Civil War series with Oregon State Monday with a sweep.

In the final game in Corvallis, the Ducks crushed the Beavers 18-0, after winning games on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the course of the three-game series, Oregon outscored OSU 38 to 7.  The Ducks should stay at #1 in this week's national rankings.  

Oregon Innocence Project

Until now, Oregon was the only state in the country without a program dedicated to investigating claims of wrongful conviction. The “Oregon Innocence Project” aims to provide a way to help.

Before the late 1990’s, the idea someone could serve time for a crime they didn’t commit was unusual. As DNA evidence became admissible, challenges to wrongful convictions grew.

Aliza Kaplan is a co-founder of the Oregon Innocence Project.

Children First for Oregon

Nearly one in four Oregon children lives in poverty. That's according to a new report on child well-being.

The 2014 Progress Report from Children First for Oregon shows about 23 percent of children in the state live in poverty. The report defines poverty at or below an annual income of 23-thousand - 50 dollars for a family of four. Tonia Hunt is Executive Director of Children First for Oregon. She says for very young children, poverty can mean less stability, access to health care, and inadequate childcare while parents are working.


4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio praised President Obama for his focus on the need for jobs in his state of the union address. The Springfield Democrat agrees these jobs can come from investments in transportation infrastructure. And, DeFazio says Oregonians who are unemployed need their extended benefits.

Peter DeFazio: "I agree that it’s time for Congress to renew unemployment insurance for Oregonians and Americans who want to work but can't find a job. There are 5 unemployed Oregonians chasing every job in our state."

Chris Lehman

There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician. They serve on the city council, the school board or the water commission. It's not that they seek the glory. The ones who serve are often those who put up the least resistance when someone taps them on the shoulder. But they do it anyway, because of the fierce need to control their community's destiny. As part of our occasional series on small town life, correspondent Chris Lehman visited Prescott, Oregon...population 55.

Oregon's Minimum Wage Set To Increase in 2014

Dec 26, 2013

Nearly 100,000 Oregonians will see an increase in their wages beginning January 1st. Those making the current $8.95 will soon be making $9.10 an hour.

Legislation passed in 2002 matches the State’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. The increase is projected to generate more than $20 million in new economic activity. Charlie Burr is the Communications Director for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. He says most small business owners don’t complain about the increase.

Bend Refinancing Saves Tax Payer Dollars

Dec 20, 2013

Bend is taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance a public works loan and save tax payers dollars. The $10 million loan was originally taken out for two different projects.

The Transportation Improvement and Urban Renewal projects were originally funded by a loan from Bank of the Cascades. With this refinancing, the city expects to save approximately $817,000 over the life of the loan.

Oregon Men's Basketball On A Roll

Dec 18, 2013

The Oregon Men’s Basketball team is currently undefeated, and is looking forward to their next game and the upcoming holiday.

After defeating UC Irvine 91-63, the Ducks are 10-0, with BYU coming up on Saturday. Last year’s team reached the Sweet Sixteen, but Assistant Athletic Director Andy McNamara says this team is better.

Frosty Temperature Will Soon Ease

Dec 9, 2013

The South Willamette Valley has experienced record setting lows this past week.

The area hasn’t felt anything this low since the early 1970s. With recorded temperatures reaching minus  10, some residents are fearful that the current frost will continue. Meteorologist Matthew Cullen is with the National Weather Service in Portland.

“Temperatures will gradually be increasing. So we’re still going to be on the cold side for the next few days, but will gradually coming back towards where we should be, kind of normal for this time of year.”

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Oregon's Dungeness crab season has been delayed until December 16th. The season normally starts around the first of the month, but the crustaceans don't have enough meat yet.

Hugh Link is Executive Director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. He says it's disappointing to crab fishermen to start the season late.