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Scientists Test Gigantic Spillway Weirs

0831_weir.jpgA federal court order to spill water at five Northwest dams expires at the end of Wednesday. Federal judge James Redden issued the decision after he threw out the government's salmon recovery plan earlier this summer.

The judge agreed with environmentalists that opening the spillways helps young fish pass the dams on their way to the ocean.

The rejected salmon plan also called for installation of gigantic devices called Removable Spillway Weirs on several of the dams. As Ley Garnett reports, scientists are testing the newest weir at a dam in southeast Washington.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

A Symbolic Last Gasp for Idaho Aryan Nations

Some Oregonians Stranded in New Orleans, Others Go to Help

Archdiocese Objects to Some Abuse Claims

Turning Homemade Crafts Into a Business

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Oregon Joins Suit Over Reversal of Roadless Rule

0830_forest.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski announced Tuesday that Oregon is joining California and New Mexico in a lawsuit against the Bush administration's roadless area policy.

It's the latest move in a battle over former President Clinton's rule that set aside 58 million acres of US forest land for conservation.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Child Poverty a Continuing Problem for Oregon

More Wildfires Left to Burn

Creative Solutions to Limited Farmworker Housing

Candid Camera in the Wilderness

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Veto Makes Way for Tougher Emissions Standards

0829_traffic.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski announced Monday that new cars sold in Oregon will be required to have California-standards for tailpipe emissions.

The Democratic governor is directing the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt a new administrative rule requiring stricter pollution standards for new cars - the limits will be the same as for vehicles sold California.

Washington state lawmakers took a similar step last year, but only if Oregon joined in. So, Kulongoski told a crowd in Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square his decision creates a West Coast block of tighter pollution regulations.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

$7 Million for Sellwood Bridge Just the Start

Oregonians Help in Hurricane Aftermath

Latinos Trying Out the Wine Business

Station Camp Will Also Honor Chinook Tribe

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T-A-V Spells Scrabble Victory for Portland Man

0825_scrabble.jpgA Portland man became the 2005 National Scrabble champion Wednesday night.

He beat the current world title-holder in Reno, Nevada.

David Wiegand is back in his Lake Oswego office today. That's where Mary Sawyers caught up with him.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Delay on Portland Air Guard Base Decision

Gov Still Intends to Sue If Cuts Made at Air Base

Starter Money Comes in for Bypass Projects

Remembering Vortex 1

Posted by Michael Clapp

Measure 37 Claims Less Common in Cities

The Portland City Council approved its first Measure 37 claim at a hearing Wednesday. To date, commissioners have looked at only three claims.

They denied one earlier this year, and a decision on another claim they reviewed Wednesday was postponed until fall.

Claims in cities have been less common than in rural and suburban areas.

"Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost asked Rob Manning to explain a little about why things are different in cities.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Comment Period Begins on Cascade Locks Casino

Former Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Cox Changes Parties

Pacific Northwest Spoken Here

OHSU Tests Unique Contraceptive Gel for Women

Posted by Michael Clapp

Glass, Tin, Paper, Plastic: Recycling 101

0823_recycle.jpgDid you ever wonder what happens to your recycling when it leaves your curb?
Does your plastic milk jug transform into another one? Does the paper from today's newspaper eventually show up on your doorstep in another edition?
And what about the stuff that's improperly recycled? Glass that gets mixed in where it shouldn't. The plastic wrapping on a newspaper that wasn't read but is thrown away anyway?
Today we begin an occasional series examining what happens to what you put on the curb.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Groups Seek To Stop Salvage Logging

Shooting Range Proposal Has Neighbors All Fired Up

Oregon Is Only State Not Putting On Weight

Despite Protections, Spotted Owl Still at Risk

Portland Schools Program Held Up As Example

Posted by Michael Clapp

Museum Reveals Chinese History in Eastern Oregon

0822_dochay.jpgThis month the Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum in John Day celebrated a major milestone.

With a federal grant of $400,000 the museum, which documents an important period in Chinese Oregonian history, it has nearly two thirds of the money needed for its restoration.

It was the only site in Oregon to receive money from the Department of Interior Save America's Treasures fund.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Gas Prices Drive Some Stations Out of Business

Gov Signs Tax Rebate for Movie Makers

Pombo Sticks with Stance on Wild Sky Wilderness

Gimre Siblings Thrive as 'Exceptionally At-Risk' Kids

Posted by Michael Clapp

North Bend Airport Project Defies Partisan Politics

0712_northbend1.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Thursday, providing $10 million to expand the North Bend Airport. The new law ends a partisan squabble in the Oregon House.

The North Bend Airport is the largest near the Bandon Dunes, where two golf courses have become internationally known in recent years.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Final Push to Preserve Northwest Air Bases

Portland Teen Challenges Water Quality Findings

Hanford Marks Two Clean-Up Milestones

New Northwest Women's Journal Debuts

Muslim Sisters Swimming Group

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Milwaukie the New Real Estate Hot Spot

0817_forsale.jpgReal estate prices in metropolitan Portland continue to boom. Last month the value of an average home climbed to $240,000.

Milwaukie and north Clackamas County led the region with an annual appreciation of more than 17%.

We sent Ley Garnett to that part of the community to find out why it's leading the market.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Suicides Lead to Call to Resume Victim Counseling

Group Hopes to Spread Progressive Ideas State by State

Stereotypes of Getting Into a Liberal Arts College

Grinding Out a Living with a Coffee Cart


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Growing Fire Danger in the Northwest

0816_fire.jpgCampfire restrictions take effect at midnight Tuesday on the Mt. Hood National Forest. It's just the latest sign of growing fire danger in the Northwest.

Meanwhile two big wildfires continue to burn in far corners of the state. Oregon's largest wildfire is now called the Tryon complex.

The Tryon Fire merged with the Cherry Creek and Haas Ridge fires, and together they've burned more than 42,000 acres in rugged northeast Oregon.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Governor Signs Anti-Meth Legislation Into Law

GAO Report: Prices for Textbooks Soar

Report Examines Progress on Nursing Shortage

Mercy Corps Co-Founder Ellsworth Culver Dies

'Ocian in View!' or Not?


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Mental Health Parity Now the Law

0815_capitol2.jpgDemocratic Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Senate Bill 1 into law Monday. It requires insurance companies to offer as much coverage for mental illnesses as they do for physical ailments.

Businesses and insurance companies have argued that state mandates for insurance increase health care costs. But Kulongoski disputed that notion, saying mental health care is as important as physical treatment.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Jobs and Jobless Rate Up

Blumenauer and Walden Go Hiking

Rust Fungus Threatens Blackberry Plants

Robert Vasquez, Foe of Illegal Immigration

Oregon Mother to Mourn Her Son at Crawford Vigil


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An Additional Market for Oregon Wines

0811_wine.jpgStarting Friday, wineries in Oregon--and other states will be able to ship their wares to New York state.

That follows a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that struck down bans on out-of-state wine shipments.

"Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost spoke with Harry Peterson-Nedry who directs the Oregon Wine Board and owns the Chehalem Winery in Newburg. He welcomes the additional market for Oregon wines.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Public Employees Lose in Latest PERS Ruling

Portland Schools Improve on State Test Scores

Preventing Telemarketing Fraud

Portland Shootings Lead to Greater Police Presence

Posted by Michael Clapp

Epidemic Memorial Masks

0810_mask.jpgEven before the Lewis and Clark Expedition, smallpox and other diseases were killing Northwest Indians.

A special collection of memorial masks, some of them made by a Portland artist, is creating a link with that past.

Historically, mask making for use in storyteling and rituals was an important tradition for some tribal groups.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Federal Policy May Nullify B&B Fire Suits

Port Approves PDX Noise Reduction Plans

Wind Whips Up Pomeroy Fire

Reversal on Opening Inverness Jail Beds

Posted by Michael Clapp

Retired Hanford Scientist Keeps Story of Nagasaki Alive

0809_gorge.jpgThe American bomb dropped on Nagasaki 60 years ago Tuesday was fueled by plutonium made at Hanford.

Every year, a retired Hanford scientist organizes a ceremony he calls the Atomic Cities Peace Memorial to remember the people who died from the A-bombs dropped over Japan.

Correspondent Rachael McDonald has this profile.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Air Pollution Growing Problem in the Gorge

'Big Look' Planned for Oregon's Land Use System

Detective Works Uncovers Smurfit Dumping

Levada Dogged by Archdiocese Bankruptcy Case

Dems: Bush VA Budget Would Hurt Veterans

Posted by Michael Clapp

Tanner Springs Park Designed for Contemplation

0808_tanner4.jpgOver the weekend, Portlanders got to take their first walks through the newest park in the city's Pearl District. Tanner Springs Park is part wetland, part outdoor art installation.

The park's designer and city organizers hope Tanner Springs will help to redefine the idea of an "urban" park.

On the surface, there's nothing radical about the basic ideas behind Tanner Springs Park.

City planners wanted it to be a place for contemplation and a place where people could appreciate the natural beauty of the area. But unlike some other parks, there are no basketball hoops, no swing-sets, or even an open field to toss a Frisbee.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Why Bly Was Picked for Terrorism Training Camp

Kulongoski Poised to Run Again?

Portland Surpasses Goal on Homeless Plan

Energy Bill Repeals Consumer Protection Law

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Native American Literature Focus of New Collection

0804_cat.jpgThe Multnomah County Library has set its sights on gathering the most comprehensive collection of Native American literature on the West Coast.

The library has already acquired rare manuscripts and first edition copies of books by well-known Native writers such as Sherman Alexie and Leslie Marmon Silko.

The library hopes its new collection can draw attention not only to those authors, but also to lesser-known writers who have remained in obscurity for more than 150 years.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

What's Been Accomplished This Session

Before the Final Gavel Falls

Supporters Celebrate Channel Deepening

City Drops Part of Motor Pool for Flexcar

More Schools Fail to Meet Federal Benchmarks

Posted by Michael Clapp

Flurry of Activity in Legislature's Final Days

Oregon CapitolIt's been a busy day in Salem.

The Oregon House and Senate recorded votes on a number of bills on subjects such as identity theft, land use planning and NASCAR.

Colin Fogarty spoke with "Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost about some of the bills passed today.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Break in Wilberger Case

Oregon Manufacturer Eyes Streetcar Business

Northwest Labor at a Crossroads

The Shadow Project

Posted by Michael Clapp

Yahoo Opens Hillsboro Call Center

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski welcomed the internet company, Yahoo, to its new customer calling center in Oregon Tuesday.

The California-based business has already hired about 50 staff locally and plans to add up to 180 within the next year.

The upbeat ceremony in Hillsboro was something of a throwback to the boom years of the dot-com bubble.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

What's Left Before Adjournment

Army Believes It Knows Cause of Depot Fires

Multnomah May Opt Out of Housing State Prisoners

First Hearing on Pacificorp Sale

Posted by Michael Clapp

The Slow Pace to Sine Die

0726_capitol2.jpgOregon lawmakers are hoping to bring the 2005 session of the legislature to a close this week. It's already the third longest legislative session on record.

If they don't end by Thursday, this session will move into the #2 slot in length.

The 73rd regular session of the Oregon Legislature has been marked by a clear absence of marathon voting sessions in the wee hours in a mad dash toward final adjournment.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Utility 'Phantom Taxes' Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Governor's Measure 37 Intervention Too Late?

Local Leaders Seek to Reclaim Islam

Grand Jury Transcripts Likely to Stay Closed

Posted by Michael Clapp