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An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon's city and county leaders are scrambling to understand how electricity supplies will be affected by power-hogging indoor marijuana growers after recreational pot becomes legal in the state.

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Clean-Up Of Coos Head Contaminants Nearly Finished

AP | Feb. 24, 2015 11:04 a.m.

Ten years after The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians regained the 43 acres located near Charleston known as Coos Head, the area has reached a point where it is 80 percent cleaned up from the various contaminants left behind.

Energy | Environment | Communities | Water | Land | Land use

EPA Wants Assurances Natural Gas Project Won't Harm Oregon's Environment

OPB | Feb. 12, 2015 8 p.m. | ASHLAND, Ore.

The Environmental Protection Agency weighs in as the public comment period for proposed LNG export terminal in Coos Bay comes to a close.

Teachers | Environment | Education | Science | Communities

Student-Built Boat Takes Scientific Mission To The High Seas

OPB | Feb. 10, 2015 4:15 p.m. | COOS BAY, Ore.

Students in Coos Bay, Oregon,  are building a large-scale model boat they will track as it travels on Pacific Ocean currents from the equator.

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Renewed Pesticide Lawsuit Omits 'Right To Farm' Challenge

Capital Press | Feb. 4, 2015 3:12 p.m.

A challenge to Oregon's right to farm law was omitted from a newly revised lawsuit over pesticides, but its constitutionality may still be questioned during litigation.

Environment | Communities | Energy | Climate change

Could A Community Bill Of Rights Keep Out A Gas Pipeline?

OPB | Feb. 3, 2015 7 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

Residents of Coos and Douglas counties are hoping to challenge fossil fuel development by asserting local decision-making rights.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Land | Communities

Oregon Dunes Off-Road Enthusiasts Lose Trails, Gain Riding Area

OPB | Feb. 2, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Reedsport, Ore.

Off-road enthusiasts and environmentalists are both skeptical of a Forest Service plan for motorized vehicles at the Oregon Dunes.

Water | Environment | Forestry | Communities | Fish & Wildlife

Feds Rule Oregon's Not Protecting Coastal Waters From Logging

OPB | Jan. 30, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

For the first time, the EPA and NOAA have given a stamp of disapproval to a state coastal pollution plan - and Oregon is the offender.

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New Marine Museum To Open On Southern Oregon Coast

AP | Jan. 28, 2015 10:34 a.m.

A new marine museum and aquarium is set to open in the small fishing town of Charleston on the southern Oregon Coast.

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American Indian Tribes To Discuss Legal Pot At Conference

AP | Jan. 27, 2015 11:22 a.m.

American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state.