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3/30/2006 - Building Your Bird Flu Preparedness Kit

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The looming threat of bird flu is causing emergency planners to rethink some of their advice.

You've no doubt heard for years now that you need to be prepared to survive on your own for three days after a natural disaster. In a flu pandemic, you could well have to hold out longer. Correspondent Tom Banse has the updated thinking.

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OPB News Series - Are We Ready For Bird Flu?

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Health Secretary Attends Oregon Flu Summit
AG Gonzales Defends President's Warrantless Wiretaps
Snowpack Up For Final Measurement Of The Season

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/29/2006 - Businesses Bracing For Bird Flu Impact

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When you think of who might get hit hardest in an avian flu pandemic, you probably think of poultry farmers or maybe veterinarians and doctors.

But there are thousands of not-so-obvious Oregonians with responsibilities in any pandemic.

In the latest in OPB's series on avian flu, Rob Manning reports on the potential impact on businesses.

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OPB News Series - Are We Ready For Bird Flu?

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Supreme Court Hears Oregon Case On Foreign Criminal Defendants
Recycling Plastics More Than A Numbers Game
Portland Still Hounding PGE For Taxes

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/28/2006 - Oregon Hospitals Putting Bird Flu Plans In Place

0324_training.jpgIf just one person, or a few, turn up with bird flu, the state will try to isolate them -- put them in quarantine.

But if there's a full-fledged outbreak of Avian flu -- a pandemic -- the health care system would be the first line of defense.

Oregon is working under the assumption that more than 11,000 people will be sick enough to need hospital care. As Mary Sawyers reports, hospitals from Portland to the coast are supposed to draft bird flu plans by next month.
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OPB News Series - Are We Ready For Bird Flu?

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
OHSU Plans First 'Satellite Campus' For Eugene
Oregon's Senators Weigh In On Immigration Reform
Oregon District A Case Study For Education Center
Governor Opens 'Salmon Summit' Under Shadow Of No Fishing Order

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/27/2006 - Wild Flocks Could Bring Avian Flu To Oregon

0324_birds.jpgAs the Avian Flu virus continues to travel around the world, health experts wonder if, and how, it might reach Oregon.

Since the virus isn't easily spread from human to human, it's currently traveling via poultry and wild birds.

The U.S. has a ban on bird importation from affected countries, but as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, customs officials can't do much to stop migrating wild flocks.
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OPB News Series - Are We Ready For Bird Flu?

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Members Of Snowbound Family Facing Charges In Arizona
First Ads In Governor's Race Come From Independent Group
Helping Dropouts Break the Cycle of Poverty

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/23/2006 - Process To Determine Fate Of Sellwood Bridge Has Begun

0323_sellwood1.jpgWhat to do about the Sellwood Bridge?

A large crowd turned out Wednesday night at Oaks Park to speak out on the future of the 81-year old structure.

It will take two years to decide whether to replace the bridge -- which remains closed to buses and trucks -- or spend millions of dollars to shore it up.

Ley Garnett attended the meeting and filed this report.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
'March Madness For The Mind' Comes To Portland
Oregon Supreme Court Tosses Out Billboard Limits
Tempers Flare As County Decides On School Funding

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/22/2006 - Segregation A Part Of Hidden History Of Hanford

0323_pasco2.jpgWorld War II spawned the first major African-American migration to the Northwest.

Blacks came to the Hanford nuclear site for jobs to help make plutonium for the atom bomb. But their past followed them, a past of segregation and discrimination.

Carol Cizauskas brings us the story of one African-American family in the Tri-Cities then and now.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Domestic Surveillance Case Takes New Turn
Oregonians Skeptical Of Air Pollution Report
Coast Guard Exercise Simulates Terrorist Attack

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/21/2006 - Six Oregon Schools Sue State Over Education Funding

Six Oregon school districts - Coos Bay, Corvallis, Crow-Applegate-Lorane, Eugene, Pendleton, and Three Rivers in Josephine County - formalized their exasperation Tuesday by suing the state of Oregon.

Art Johnson is the lead attorney.

Art Johnson: "There's a moral question, there's an ethical question and in this lawsuit, there's a constitutional question, and the legislature should be held accountable."

The suit argues that Oregon lawmakers have run afoul of the constitution by providing inadequate money to schools.

Rob Manning reports on a suit that may boil down to a six year-old ballot measure.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
The Healing Power Of 'Sorry'
Blumenauer And Walden Unveil Mt. Hood Wilderness Plan
Group Organizes Tap Water Taste Test Challlenge
Congress Considering Rural Telecommunications

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/20/2006 - Thousands March In Portland To Protest Iraq War

0320_march1.jpgSentiment against the war in Iraq was evident Sunday in Portland as nearly 10,000 people turned out for a rally to mark the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

The sunny afternoon brought out a mix of families and students frustrated with the conflict and the Bush administration. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, there was one arrest, but the crowds were mainly calm and orderly.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Church-Backed Alternative School Proposal Questioned
Federal Court Keeps Fish Passage Center Open, For Now
Gubernatorial Candidate Hill Receives Union Endorsement

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/16/2006 - Two Governors Want Regional Agenda

The governors of Oregon and Washington gathered in Portland Thursday for a bi-state conference aimed at coordinating regional policies on transportation, trade, and education.

As Colin Fogarty reports, leaders from both states hope to strengthen economic ties.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Last Gasp Lawsuit Seeks To Save Fish Passage Center
Getting Money But Closing Schools?
City Council Considers Its Tram Options

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/15/2006 - Portland To Propose New Plan To Pay For Aerial Tram

0315_tram.jpgPortland City officials are scheduled to present a new agreement Thursday outlining who is going to pay what for the aerial tram being built on the south waterfront.

The price tag for the gondola and massive towers currently stands at $55 million - almost four times the original estimate.

Tuesday night, the two city commissioners who support the tram, held a public meeting to explain why it is needed and what would happen if they pull the plug.

Kristian Foden-Vencil was there.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Rising Dread, Narrowing Options For Coastal Fishing Towns
Advocates Vie For Scarce County Funds
Portland Subpoenas PGE Financial Documents
Independent Ben Westlund Gathers Signatures

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/14/2006 - Gorge Air Quality Threatened From Both Ends

0414_bonneville.jpgPreliminary results of a new air quality study in the Columbia River Gorge were released Tuesday.

The study attempts to trace the source of the pollution that often hangs over the National Scenic Area during the winter and summer.

The research found that air in the Gorge is dirtier than the haze over Grand Canyon National Park, which has gotten a lot of national attention. But as Ley Garnett reports, researchers say much more study is needed to draw up a plan to tackle the problem.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Multnomah County Considers How Best To Help Schools
Mannix and Saxton Try New Course on Old Race

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/13/2006 - First 'Everybody But Ted' Debate Held In Salem

Six of the seven major candidates for governor met Monday for a debate in Salem.

The one contender missing from the line up is the sitting governor himself. Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski has declined most invitations to appear with his potential rivals.

But as Colin Fogarty reports the challengers made their case without him.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Rescue Readiness Stressed at Northwest Mines
Portland Still Pushing For PGE Investigation

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/9/2006 - Chalkboard Project Gets Down To Dollars And Cents

0309_hand.jpgWhile Portland schools struggle to get out from under another funding crisis, a statewide nonprofit has been looking at ways to improve the function and financial health of all of Oregon's schools.

Wednesday, Rob Manning reported on recommendations for school changes the Chalkboard Project has been working on for the past two years. Now, he has the second exclusive report on Chalkboard's ideas about raising the money to pay for them.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Washington Legislative Session Ends Early
Portland Council Puts Forward School Funding Plan

Posted by Michael Clapp

3/8/2006 - Chalkboard Project Suggests Changes For Oregon Schools

0308_school.jpgFive of Oregon's largest private charitable foundations agreed two years ago that the state's public school system was reaching a crisis point. In spring 2004, they created the Chalkboard Project and made Sue Hildick, executive director.

Sue Hildick: The consequences are huge for Oregon -- not only for our children, but the quality of life that we all love and cherish, we think depends on a really strong school system.

After two years of research, Chalkboard Project has now come out with its most ambitious proposals to date.

Among the suggestions -- mentors for all new teachers; better ongoing training for more experienced teachers. And something for everyone in the school system: a whole new way of paying people who spend their days with Oregon's children.

Tomorrow, we'll hear about the group's ideas for funding the recommendations. But today, Rob Manning has an exclusive report about the changes the Chalkboard Project is suggesting for Oregon's classrooms.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Seeks Statements of Confidence
Washington Legislature Wraps Up Session
Sen. Smith Targeted For His Tax Break Vote

Posted by Michael Clapp

Outdoor Rec Degree Catches On In Bend - 3/7/2006

0307_snow.jpgHere's a college degree that probably wasn't offered where you went to school -- a major in outdoor recreation and tourism.

There's one place in the Northwest offering that, the Bend campus of Oregon State University.

Students in the program tell our correspondent Tom Banse that it's harder than it sounds.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Watershed Management Plan Will Help Urban Streams
Filing Day For May Primary

Posted by Michael Clapp

The 'Hidden Hands' Behind Idaho's Resorts - 3/6/2006

0306_hands.jpgThere's a saying: "The hands that do the work are hidden." That's increasingly true in the posh mountain resorts of the Northwest, where soaring prices and long commutes are putting ever more distance between the workers and the players.

Idaho correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to the outskirts of prestigious Sun Valley to meet one man whose 'hidden hands' do the work.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Trade Mission Visits Oregon From India
Governor Wants Corporations To Give Up Kicker Refunds
Matrixing: Unlocking Solutions To Early Jail Releases

Posted by Michael Clapp

Sen. Wyden Introduces Internet Legislation

0222_wyden2.jpgIt was a busy 24 hours for Senator Wyden Thursday. In addition to his Patriot Act vote, he introduced new legislation that would stop phone and cable companies from charging internet consumers differently -- depending on how they use their computers.

He says a new fee structure -- being discussed by the telecommunications industry -- would fundamentally alter the Internet: from a system that's open-to-all' to a pay-as-you-go arrangement,' which gives poorer people less access. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Combat Meth Act Passes With Patroit Act Renewal
Lawmakers Make Amends For Cross-Border Lynching
Portland Scrambling For School Dollars
PUC Rejects Portland's Complaints Against PGE

Posted by Michael Clapp

State Economy Growing, But Budgetary Woes Continue

0125_capitol.jpgA new revenue forecast from state economists in Salem Wednesday shows Oregon's pocketbook growing.

Unemployment is down, jobs and incomes are up, and the future looks bright. But that doesn't mean Oregon is out of the budgetary woods yet.

As Colin Fogarty reports, most of the gains in the state budget will be off-set by kicker refunds in 2007.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
DEQ And Ag Dept. Consider Farm Environmental Regulations
Religious Leaders Launch End The War Campaign

Posted by Michael Clapp