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Oregon Wildfire Fighting Costs Hit $340 Million

Pamplin Media Group | Sept. 22, 2017 8:21 a.m.

Fighting Oregon wildland fires this year has cost state, federal, local, tribal and private entities more than $340 million and consumed 678,000 acres, as of Monday, Sept. 18, according to state authorities.

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Author Of Oregon's State Song Gets A New Headstone In Warrenton

Daily Astorian | Sept. 18, 2017 7:47 a.m. | Warrenton, Oregon

John A. Buchanan, author of the state song “Oregon, My Oregon,” is buried in Ocean View Cemetery. Until recently, his resting place was marked by a fairly nondescript headstone.

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Judge: Sessions Can't Deny Grant Money For Sanctuary Cities

AP | Sept. 15, 2017 2:07 p.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't follow through — at least for now — with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to impose new tough immigration policies, a judge ruled Friday in a legal defeat for the Trump administration.

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Nation's Largest Wildfire Burning More Than 180,000 Acres In Southwest Oregon

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 1:20 p.m. | Portland

Before the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge became the nation’s top priority wildfire, it was the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings.

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A Misplaced Firework Created The Town Of Cascade Locks 80 Years Ago

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 3:13 p.m. | Cascade Locks, Oregon

An Oregon town created by a firework 80 years ago almost burned this week by a wildfire started with a firework.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 2:56 p.m.

OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial, and environmental complexities of wildfire.

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Columbia River Gorge Fire Sparks Memories Of Mount St. Helens Eruption

AP | Sept. 6, 2017 8:42 a.m.

People in Oregon covered their faces with scarves to keep choking ash from wildfires from filling their lungs, similar to what long-time residents said they had to do in 1980 during the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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At Al-Salam Mosque In Houston, All Are Welcome

NPR | Aug. 31, 2017 1:52 p.m.

A day after the hurricane hit Houston, Al-Salam mosque in Houston welcomed people displaced by flooding. "I'm Catholic and my husband is Jewish, but it is beyond all that," says one volunteer.

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Chetco Bar Fire Update: A World War II Site Under Threat And Pay-It-Forward Beers

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 28, 2017 3:37 p.m. | Brookings, Oregon

The Chetco Bar megafire is burning just five miles outside the coastal city of Brookings. OPB/EarthFix reporter Jes Burns is on the scene asking questions and getting answers.

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For People With Visual Impairments, Eclipse Can Still Be Thrilling Experience

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 4 p.m.

Millions of people looked to the sky Monday to watch the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in decades. But what's the experience like for people with visual impairments?