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Looking Back On The Fall Of Saigon

For some immigrants, May 1st marks a day to honor workers and call attention to their economic importance. But others, like commentator Ronault Catalani, are remembering April 30th, the anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which marked the end of the Vietnam War.

Click here to listen to the comments of Willamette Valley writer, Ronault Catalani. (mp3, about 3 minutes, 30 seconds)

Posted by Casey

Candidates Will Discuss Immigration In Forum

Portland city council candidates and those running for seats on the Multnomah county commission will address immigrant concerns Thursday night in a forum put on by the Latino Network and APANO, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.

Allison Frost spoke with Martin Gonzales with the Latino Network, one of the organizations sponsoring the forum at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in NE Portland.

Click here to listen to the interview (mp3, about 3 minutes)

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4/27/2006 - Initiative Activists Will Appeal Ruling On Political Contributions

Advocates of campaign finance reform say they're appealing a decision this week to the Oregon Supreme Court that would affect two possible ballot measures this November.

Petition 8 would allow the Oregon legislature to set limits on political contributions. But a three judge panel has said that proposal might amend multiple parts of the constitution, something that courts have not allowed. Colin Fogarty reports.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
WA Auditor Questions Over $1 Billion In Medicaid Costs
Feds Arrest 9,000 Fugitives Nationwide
Details Emerging In OLCC Director Drunk-Driving Case

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/26/2006 - Fly Fishing Equals Good Medicine

0426_fishing2.jpgThere's something about fly fishing that inspires amateur enthusiasts and Hollywood directors alike to explore its magic.

To a cancer doctor in Seattle, it seemed like the right blend of physical and emotional therapy for women who are recovering from breast cancer.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has the story.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Minority Of Portland City Commissioner Candidates Meet In Forum
Groups Opposing Small-Business Healthcare Bill
Massive Crane Ship Heading Up The Columbia River
Boyles' Troubled Campaign Facing New Charges

Posted by Michael Clapp

Looking At The Holocaust As News

Oregon State University is holding a series of events this week commemorating the Holocaust. It's the 20th year in a row the campus has brought survivors and scholars for events remembering the genocide. Boston Journalism professor Laurel Leff speaks tonight at OSU on the subject of her recent book--about the news coverage of the Holocaust titled Buried by the Times.

Leff says she found in her research that the New York Times ran 1,186 stories on the Holocaust during World War 2 but that virtually all of them were on the inside of the newspaper, not on the front page.

Laurel Leff will lecture Tuesday night at 7:30 as part of OSU's Holocaust Memorial Week.

Click here to listen to the entire interview (mp3, about 10 minutes).

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4/25/2006 - Coos Bay's 20-Year Recession Coming To An End

0425_coosbay1.jpgAfter 20 years of recession, the coastal town of Coos Bay is being wooed by three major businesses.

In a previous story, OPB examined the pros and cons of building a liquefied natural gas depot on the bay, but the port is also wrestling with the idea of hosting ship breaking, and a Washington company is looking into drilling for methane gas.

Kristian Foden-Vencil traveled to Coos Bay to find out just how likely it is that these two prospects will come to fruition.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Fact-Checking The Republican Gubernatorial Candidates
Sticking To Closure Schedule Could Win Portland Schools Votes

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/24/2006 - Will Liquid Natural Gas Power Coos Bay's Renaissance?

0424_coosbay.jpgAfter a recession stretching back to the 1980's, Coos Bay on the Central Oregon Coast is enjoying something of a renaissance.

Three major new businesses are sniffing around the area -- a $500 million dollar Liquified Natural Gas depot, a ship breaking yard, and a drilling company prospecting for methane gas.

Kristian Foden-Vencil visited what locals call the bay area' and files a series of stories on these new business proposals.

The first looks at the pros and cons of shipping natural gas into the deepwater port and delivering it via a large new pipeline that would run up and down the west coast.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Supreme Court Candidates Hold Forum
WA State Workers Embrace Plain Talk
Portland General Electric Defies Subpoena

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/20/2006 - Road Warrior Visits Every City In Washington State

0419_traveler.jpgYou may have heard of the Houston man on a mission to visit every Starbucks in the world. Then there's the handful of frequent fliers from this area admitted to the Travelers' Century Club -- you have to visit at least a hundred different countries to get in.

Closer to home, an aspiring teacher set out to go to every city and town in Washington State. Achieving the goal was so much fun, he can't let go. Correspondent Tom Banse caught up with the peripatetic man on a new quest.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Legislature Speeds Through Special Session
Northwest Economy Has Spring In Its Step
When It Comes To Salmon, Sea Lions Prove Crafty And Determined
Trail Blazers' Dismal Season Ends With A Loss And Questions About The Future

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/19/2006 - Lawmakers Hoping One Day Is All It Will Take

0419_capitol.jpgOne day.

That's how long state lawmakers in Salem are hoping it will take them to pass five bills in a special session that begins Thursday.

A special committee took testimony on the session Wednesday, and as Colin Fogarty reports, the agenda is limited.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Willamette Ranks Third On Endangered Rivers List
As Blazers Founder Portland Fans Turn To Odd Sports
Oregon Social Workers Face Low Pay, Mountains Of Debt

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4/18/2006 - Potter's Budget Reflects Strong Portland Economy

0418_portlandia1.jpgOn Tuesday, Portland Mayor Tom Potter released his plans for the city's next fiscal year.

He wants to add 32 new police officers, 12 emergency operators for the 911 system, and create a whole new "Revenue Bureau."

But as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, there are cuts, too -- most notably in the city's transportation department.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Republican Race For Governor Turns Negative With Airing Of Independent Ad
End Of I-Tax Threatens Multnomah County Schools
Booklovers To Meet In Portland For 2nd Annual Wordstock Festival

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/17/2006 - Wildlife Commission Gets Input On Cougar Management Plan

0417_cougar.jpgOver the weekend a cougar attacked and injured a seven-year old boy who was hiking with his family near Boulder, Colorado. He is expected to fully recover. In Oregon, no cougar assaults on humans have been documented in more than 100 years.

Nevertheless, state wildlife officials are worried because the cougar population is growing in some areas and those concerns are reflected in Oregon's new cougar management plan.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved the plan last week, but not before hours of emotional testimony. Ley Garnett was there for the meeting and has this report.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Effectiveness Of Longer Sentences For Sex Offenders Questioned
Mobile Home Parks Disappearing In Bend
Mobile Home Residents Face Eviction As Developers Move In
Disappearing Birds May Point to Bigger Problems

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/13/2006 - Details Emerge In Landscape Architect Board Embezzlement Case

The Oregon department of justice released an audit Thursday detailing how the top administrator of the state's 'Landscape Architect Board' stole $139,000.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, Leslie Clement lived the high life for the five years of her tenure, using the state's credit card and checkbook for everything from vacations to dresses.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force Releases Updated Plan
Foresters Fighting Back Against Bark Beetle Invasion
Regional Factors Have Big Impact On Prices At The Pump

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/12/2006 - Beverly Cleary, Creator Of 'Ramona Quimby,' Turns 90

0410_cleary.jpg'Henry Huggins' was the first book that author Beverly Cleary ever wrote. The Portland native only decided to put pen to paper as a 33-year-old librarian after little boys kept complaining they couldn't find books about kids like them.

Since then, Cleary has written 39 books and sold 91 million copies. To put that in perspective, the 'Harry Potter' series has sold 120 million.

On April 12, Cleary turns 90. Kristian Foden-Vencil called her at her California home and filed this report.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Governor, Legislative Leaders Show Unity Before Special Session
More Allegations Surface In Foxworth Case
Portland City Council Approves Additional Tram Funds
Bridger Elementary Supporters Question School Board's Plan

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/11/2006 - Columbia River Sport Fishing Closed

0406_fisher.jpg State fishery managers Tuesday called a halt to recreational salmon, steelhead, and shad fishing on the Columbia River effective midnight Thursday.

They took the action based on a sparse number of salmon reaching Bonneville Dam so far this spring.

The cause of the apparently small run is unknown, but sea lions seem to be getting most of the blame, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Fact-Checking The Candidates
Portland School-Closure Plan Could Be Postponed
Mayor Potter Places Foxworth On Administrative Leave

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4/10/2006 - What Might The Future Hold With Kempthorne As Interior Secretary?

0410_kempthorne.jpgIdaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne is the President's pick to succeed Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior.

Most political observers are predicting an easy confirmation. What will it mean for the Northwest?

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson looks ahead and back at Kempthorne's environmental record for clues on what to expect.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Salmon Fishing Supporters Hold Rallies
No Visitors Allowed At Retirement Homes Under Quarantine
Commentary: Immigration Reform
Thousands Rally In Salem For Immigrants' Rights

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/6/2006 - State Regulators Won't Curtail Sport Fishing On Columbia

0406_fisher.jpgDespite low numbers of Spring Chinook returning to Bonneville Dam, state regulators are going to continue allowing sport fishing on the Columbia from I-5 to the mouth of the river.

The Columbia River Compact decided Thursday instead to take a new measure of the fish runs next week, in hopes the number of returning fish will go up. Ley Garnett reports.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Governor Calls Special Session In Two Weeks
Republican Candidates For Governor Square Off
Portland Mayor Supportive Of Beleaguered Chief
Lebanon School Officials Facing Criticism, Potential Recall

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/5/06 - Chief Facing Sexual Misconduct Allegations

0405_foxworth.jpgA desk clerk at the Portland Police Bureau who says she had a sexual relationship with Police Chief Derrick Foxworth, claims he discussed confidential matters with her -- including the cover-up of a serious sexual harassment complaint.

In a nine-page tort notice, Angela Oswalt's attorney says Foxworth initiated the affair in 2000 then sent her sexually explicit e-mails from both his work and home computers.

The city has started an investigation, but Foxworth has said he expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.


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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Lawsuit Focuses On Parental Rights For Gays And Lesbians
Tax Credit Gives Working Poor a Step Up
Mt. Hood Stewardship Bill Gets Hearing In Congress
Student Loan Burdens Impacting Career Options

Posted by Michael Clapp

Portland Schools Budget Keeps Teachers, Delays Closings

0404_vphillips02.jpgThe Portland school district's major financial problems appear to have been averted for next fall.

Superintendent Vickie Phillips announced Tuesday that only one neighborhood school program is slated for closure.

And although no teachers are likely to face the budget axe, as Rob Manning reports, school board members are concerned about the risks, and some parents are still on edge.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Police Investigating Fraud Allegations In City Council Campaign
NW Trust Lands Managers Eye Commercial Property

Posted by Michael Clapp

4/3/2006 - Sea Lion Rebound Brings Frustrations

0403_sealion.jpgOn the weekend of April 1st, fish and wildlife officers started a new campaign to keep hungry sea lions from decimating the salmon migration up the Columbia River.

For the next two months, officers in boats will attempt to drive the predators away from Bonneville Dam with firecrackers and noisemakers. The sea lion population on the West Coast has quadrupled since hunting stopped some thirty years ago.

Debate is heating up all along the Northwest coast about how to control the beasts. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Bi-Partisan Effort To Save Rural Funding Program
PGE Issues New Stock Amid Public Relations Blitz
Grand Ronde Ads Target Governor Kulongoski

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