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9/28/2006 - Saxton and Kulongoski Square Off on Children's Issues

0928_debate_wide.jpgGubernatorial hopefuls Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski and Republican challenger Ron Saxton held their first debate of the 2006 general election Thursday.

It was held at OPB's Portland studios on the theme of children and families. OPB sponsored the debate with Children First for Oregon, The Children's Institute and Stand for Children. Governor Kulongoski won a coin toss so was first with his opening statement.

Complete article...
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Wilsonville Chamber Hosts Measure 48 Debate
Recruitment 'Opt Out' Deadline Approaching For Students
The Wisdom Of The Corn Maze
Firefighters Start Blaze At Oaks Bottom
- Audio slideshow of the Oaks Bottom burn


Posted by Michael Clapp

9/27/2006 - Lawmakers Fail To Report Trip Paid For By Lobbying Group

One of the three state legislators who failed to report an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference to Hawaii says he was told the trip didn't have to be reported.

An investigation by The Oregonian newspaper found that in 2004, Senator David Nelson and Representatives Wayne Scott and Derrick Kitts were taken to the Grand Wailea Resort by the Oregon Beer and Wine Distributors Association.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, such junkets are legal, but the question is: Should the politicians have informed the State Ethics Commission?
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Rebuffed By Beaverton, Wal-Mart Sets Its Sights On Gresham
Lack Of Immigration Fixes Threatens Oregon Farmers
"Beauty Is Truth, Truth Beauty" -- And More Interesting, Too

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/26/2006 - Renovated Armory Ready For Life As Theatre

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Portland Center Stage will put on its first play at its glitzy new Pearl District home tonight.

The 115-year-old Armory building has undergone a $36 million make-over. It's now a fortress for two state-of-the-art theatres.

Kristian Foden-Vencil was given a tour this morning and files this report.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Chalkboard Project Reveals Fixes For OR Education
Group Director Discusses Oregon's D+ Grade
Voters Facing Campaign Finance Reform Measures, Again

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/25/2006 - New Digs For Ducks

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As classes start at public universities around Oregon Monday, some Ducks will have a new address.

The new dorm is called the Living Learning Center. It's the first new residence hall at U of O in more than 40 years.

Housing director Mike Eyster says the design is meant to encourage interaction among students and professors.

"What we know from research is that when students get to know faculty and staff members and each other, they feel more affiliated with the university, more connected," Eyster says. "And they actually do better."
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
No Clear Solution Yet For Gorge Air Pollution Problems
Tsunami Preparedness Rising, But Has Way To Go
Caregivers Seek Nursing Home Changes Without Going To The Ballot

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/21/2006 - Remembering Oregon Politician Monroe Sweetland

0921_sweetland.jpgOregon lost a prominent figure about ten days ago. Monroe Sweetland had a long career in Democratic politics.

He was an Oregon legislator, and became a newspaper publisher. But I first heard of him in 1988, when I worked for a documentary filmmaker named Loni Ding.

She had just interviewed Sweetland for a film she was making on the military service of Japanese American soldiers in World War II. When I heard that Sweetland had died, I called Loni Ding, to ask her about him.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
'Eyes Wide Open' Exhibit Looks At Costs Of Iraq War
Chopping Her Way To The Top
Portland Historic Sites Being Turned Over To 'Friends Of' Groups
- Have A Look Around Pittock Mansion
- Take A Tour Of The Northwest Medical Teams' "Real Life" Exhibit

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/20/2006 - Language Barriers Complicate Domestic Violence Cases

Every year the Clark County YWCA provides services to about 2,000 women who are victims of domestic violence.

Its "Safe Choice" program offers battered women temporary shelter, legal and economic help and the counseling they need to break free from abuse. But an increasing Latino population in the Vancouver area has been putting a strain on the program.

Kirsten Flagg paid a visit to the program and some of its Spanish speaking clients, and filed this report.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Groups React To Roadless Protection Reinstatement
Analyzing The Washington State Primary
Questions Of Bias Surround ODE-Charter School Squabble

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/19/2006 - Age No Barrier For Region's Youngest Winemaker

0919_winemaker.jpgThe Northwest's youngest professional winemaker has released his first vintage for sale. Victor Palencia is just 21 years old.

You are correct if you deduce that this fellow learned his craft before he was of legal drinking age. Area wine schools take students as young as eighteen.

Correspondent Tom Banse has more on the aging of a wine prodigy.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Six Oregon Schools Part Of Nationwide Diabetes Study
Getting The Recycling Message Out To Portland Businesses
Western Voters Consider Property Rights Changes
Gresham Teacher Named 'Teacher Of The Year'

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/18/2006 - Western Voters Weigh Shift in Property Rights

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Voters across the West are considering initiatives this November that backers say would strengthen private property rights.

The proposals are similar to each other. That's because they're part of a coordinated effort by libertarian and small-government groups.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Candidates Agree On Pre-School Education
Walters Appointed To Succeed Justice Riggs

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/14/2006 - Hundreds Of Cats Rescued From Idaho 'Sanctuary'

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There's a cat rescue facility in North Idaho called "Camelot." And the operators call themselves 'the Voice of Animals.'

But what authorities found recently inside a cluster of dilapidated trailers speaks only of suffering and disease.

Hundreds of cats and other animals were living in squalor. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports on the phenomenon known as "animal hoarding."

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Program Uses Teens To Talk To Teens About Drugs
Oregon Lawyers To Defend Seven Guantanamo Prisoners
West Side Big Pipe Project Ready For The Rains
Another Name For Reality TV

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/13/2006 - Massive Dairy A Factor In Gorge Air Quality Woes

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When you think of cattle farms, certain sights and smells may come to mind, but you may not suspect that cows are a major contributor to air pollution. But air quality regulators from Washington and Oregon say they're focusing on five sources of haze in the Columbia River Gorge.

Four of the usual suspects include an old coal burning power plant, exhaust from cars and trucks, and smoke stacks in both the Gorge and in metropolitan Portland. The fifth source is the Three Mile Canyon Farms near Boardman.

As Ley Garnett found out when he took a tour, this is not your typical ranch or dairy.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Border Agents Mount-Up To Patrol Rugged Terrain
New Laser Helps Police Crack Down On Tailgaters
Microlending Meets Needs Of Lower-Income People


Posted by Michael Clapp

9/12/2006 - Remembering Two Oregon Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

0911_lindsey.jpgTwo Oregon soldiers died in Afghanistan last week.

On Friday, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Paul of The Dalles was killed in Kabul when a bomb-laden car exploded next to his Humvee during a patrol.

On Saturday, Sergeant Brad Lindsey of Troutdale died in an ambush -- when his patrol encountered a roadblock set up by Taliban militants.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, both men had a long history with the military and were highly regarded by friends and family.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski And Saxton Agree On One Thing: Head Start
Washington Supreme Court Races Turn Nasty

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/11/2006 - The Price Of Liberty

0911_wtc4.jpgToday on Oregon Considered: "The Price of Liberty."

On this 5th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, we'll be discussing how efforts to keep Americans safe since 9-11 are affecting our freedoms.

And we'll be looking at recent cases in Oregon that help illustrate the age old tension between civil liberties and security.

Oregon Considered transcript...
Stephen Kanter's web page at Lewis & Clark Law School
The U.S. Constitution & other founding documents
Sept. 11: A Day That Changed the World - Special Report from NPR

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/7/2006 - Judge Rules Oregon Wiretap Case Can Continue

A Portland judge ruled Thursday that a defunct Islamic Charity, once in Ashland, can continue its lawsuit against the federal government.

The government says Al-Haramain had direct ties to Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden.

The charity's suit against the government claims that the National Security Agency broke the law by monitoring phone calls made between Al-Haramain's directors and its lawyers.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, today's ruling is a significant win for the charity, but the case isn't over yet.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Supreme Court Ruling Makes November Ballot Final
Walden Introduces Rural Health Care Act
Get Away From It All -- At Hanford

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/6/2006 - Where'd Your Dinner Come From?

0906_food1.jpgWhen you sit down to eat dinner tonight, consider this: an average piece of produce travels 1500 miles from farm to table. Even if your broccoli or squash is organic, that doesn't mean it came from nearby.

Organic crops are increasing grown by large agribusinesses. So the "organic" label doesn't ensure that it was grown locally. That fact was the impetus for the Portland environmental group Eco-trust to pose what it calls the "eat local" challenge.

The challenge is to draw a one hundred mile radius around your house, and eat only food from within that circle for a week. Reporter David Welch tried it himself.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Measure 44: Expansion Of State Prescription Drug Program
MASH Unit For Pets Visits NW Reservations
MAX Celebrates 20 Years On The Rails

Posted by Michael Clapp

9/5/2006 - What Makes Good Raccoons Turn Bad?

0905_raccoons3.jpgCommentator Marc Acito listens to the news, and something he heard last month continues to bother him.

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Raccoons have been terrorizing Olympia, Washington, murdering ten innocent cats and trying to carry off a small dog.

I live in Southwest Portland. I have a Pekingese. I'm scared.

The Audubon Society of Portland thinks residents may be overreacting, but raccoons have a long history of criminal behavior. Traditionally it's petty crimes like vandalism or theft.
Mark's commentary...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Local Impact Of Intel Cuts Still Unclear
Teachers And Students Anticipate First Day At Rosa Parks
Pending Release Of South Hill Rapist Spurs Debate Of Civil Commitment
Marijuana Harvest Season Sends Police Flying

Posted by Michael Clapp