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Feb. 29, 2016 5:19 p.m.

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Solar Trends OR QA

April 15, 2016 3:37 p.m.

A few new policy steps could help Oregon catch up with neighboring Washington and other states in bringing solar power to more homes, businesses and utility customers. An April 14, 2016 conversation with EarthFix reporter Jes Burns and OPB anchor Kate Davidson

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Portlanders Who Don't Pay Arts Tax May Face Collections

May 19, 2016 1:06 a.m.

The committee overseeing Portland’s arts tax has directed the city's Revenue Division to send collections agencies after accounts more than $100 overdue.

Energy | Environment

Coal Scorecard: Your Guide To Coal In The Northwest

June 28, 2012 3:58 p.m.

Here’s your guide to coal in the Northwest: The latest on where the terminals are proposed and how increased train traffic may affect communities along way.

News | Economy

IP 28 Would Act Largely As A Consumption Tax, Nonpartisan Analysis Finds

May 23, 2016 6:31 p.m.

The proposed gross receipts tax on businesses with more than $25 million in Oregon sales would not make the state’s tax system more progressive.

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Corporate Tax Hike Likely Headed To Oregon Voters

May 24, 2016 4:45 p.m.

A massive $2.8 billion annual corporate tax hike is likely headed to Oregon voters in November, a move that could create the most aggressive tax climate for big business of any state in the nation.

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Coal By Wire | Motor Voter | Valhalla

Feb. 4, 2016 6:17 p.m.

We talk to legislative representatives on both sides of a bill that would eliminate the use of coal energy by Oregon's two biggest utilities by 2035. The Oregon Secretary of State discusses how the implementation of the state’s automatic voter registration law is going. And we speak with the backcountry guide who led a trip down a previously undocumented slot canyon for Oregon Field Guide.

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Increasing Incentives for Energy Efficiciency

June 10, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Oregon is listed as the fourth most energy efficient state in the US, behind Massachusetts, California, and New York. But can we do even better? A new study from Oregon State University addresses the disparity between the incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency, and how to bridge that gap. When a utility company invests in renewable power sources, such as hydroelectric or wind power, they earn a profit from the energy sold. When an old refrigerator is replaced with a new one, or incandescent light bulbs are swapped for fluorescent ones, energy consumption decreases, as do utility companies' profits. The study doesn't advocate replacing renewable energy with energy efficiency. Rather, it suggests that the promotion of and incentives for energy efficiency be just as attractive and available as those that exist for renewable energy.

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How We Live: Houseboat

Aug. 6, 2012 7:40 p.m.

How We Live is our series that explores how the places where people live reflect their beliefs and principles — what the physical space says about how they live their lives. We've visited a tiny house and a pocket neighborhood and this time, we went to the Jantzen Beach Moorage to talk with people who live in floating homes: Floating homes are often called "houseboats," by many people even though they are actually stationary. There are a handful of floating home communities along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Some of the structures date back to the early days of Oregon's statehood when floating bordellos catered to mill workers. Today, the homes are docked together and neighbors share utilities and, in some cases, ownership of the docks themselves. Not surprisingly, the lives of the moorage residents are ruled very much by the weather. As our guest Ron Schmidt says,

In the summertime, it gets to be a real party atmosphere. Everyone’s outdoors and boaters are going by. People come and visit. It’s very festive. Then come fall when the rains return, it gets to be a little more tranquil down here.

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Environmental Update

May 8, 2012 4:30 p.m.

Two years ago, a historic agreement was struck to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath river. But the process is far from over. The agreement (pdf) signed by a group of Klamath River stakeholders  can only be enacted if approved by Congress and the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior conducted several studies of the area to determine if the dam removal would revive the salmon population. Recently, a former scientific integrity officer has brought the studies into question. He says the studies are too optimistic about the outcomes of the dam removal.

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Columbus Day Storm: 50 Years Later

Oct. 12, 2012 7:25 p.m.

Kathleen Langtry was 15 years old when she, her brother and mother narrowly escaped being hit with spraying glass from a storefront window. They rushed home to meet up with her other two sisters. It was a long wait until her father got home well after dark, shaken up from nearly being blown into the Willamette River.  That Columbus Day Storm would claim nearly 50 lives in Oregon and Washington before it was finished. The cleanup from the damages it wreaked cost an estimated $200 million — in 1962 dollars. According to PGE, the storm left nearly 98 percent of the utility's customers without power. Many families — like Langtry's — were trapped in their homes without access to phone, lights or food. Here's an Oregonian video looking back at the storm

Sweet And Savory Roasted Asparagus Spears

May 10, 2016 10:47 p.m.

For a quick and easy sweet-savory dish, roast Parmesan-topped asparagus spears and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Get more cooking tips: www.opb.org/cooking Producers: Jo Mancuso, Laurie Isola Videographer/editor: John Rosman Utility: Randy Layton Music: Audio Network

Kentucky Derby Drink & Hat: Embittered Spritz

May 3, 2016 5:23 p.m.

Assemble an icy-fresh, Northwest flavor-laced drink drink, paired with a Southern-belle hats to celebrate the Kentucky Derby horse race. Drinks by Mark Bitterman. Hats by Lori Mirati. Producers: Jo Mancuso, Laurie Isola Videographer, Editor: John Rosman Hat Models: Jessica Bania, Diana Lau, Olivia Montesano Utility: William Ward Music: Audio Network

Kentucky Derby Drink And Hat: Ponderosa Julep

May 3, 2016 5:23 p.m.

Assemble an icy-fresh, Northwest flavor-laced drink drink, paired with a Southern-belle hats to celebrate the Kentucky Derby horse race. Drinks by Mark Bitterman. Hats by Lori Mirati. Producers: Jo Mancuso, Laurie Isola Videographer, Editor: John Rosman Hat Models: Jessica Bania, Diana Lau, Olivia Montesano Utility: William Ward Music: Audio Network

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