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1/31/2007 - Portland Filmmaker Leaves Sundance With Audience Award

0131_hearandnow.jpgPortland filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky is back in town after 12 days at the Sundance Film festival. She took home the Audience Award for Best Documentary for her film Hear and Now.

It chronicles her parents' decision to go from a deaf world to a hearing one, by getting cochlear implant surgery.

She spoke to us from her office this afternoon about the unique honor of the Audience Award.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Ripples Spread From Prosecution Of Crew Boss In Thirtymile Fire
Democratic Activist Contemplating Run Against Sen. Smith
Small-Business Owners Trek To Salem

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/30/2007 - Is Cheap Heat Beneath Our Feet?

0130_geothermal.jpgEthanol, biodiesel, and wind power hog the attention when it comes to alternative energy these days.

But the Northwest also has great untapped potential for geothermal energy.

That at least is what attendees heard at a conference on clean energy now underway in Boise. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Mental Health Advocates Forge Ahead
Innovative Oregon Program Uses 'Peer Support' To Assist Mentally Ill
Edmunson To Step Down As Chair Of Oregon's Dems
Schools Chief Honors Efforts To Close Achievement Gap
The Highs And Lows Of Idaho's Record Unemployment

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/29/2007 - Prison Officials Defend Food Buying Program

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Oregon prison officials are defending their food buying program even after the manager of the program faces allegations of taking bribes.

Federal investigators say in court documents that prison food manager Fred Monem took $680,000 in the last five years. But the Oregon Department of Corrections says the system of buying food that's close to expiring works.

Colin Fogarty went to see the food distribution system first hand and has this report.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Family And Friends Remember Keizer Soldier Killed In Iraq
With Wolves Poised For De-Listing, Oregon Considers Management Plans
Portland Native Udoka Adding To Blazers' Positive Season

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/25/2007 - Blumenauer To Introduce Iraq War Bill

0125_earl4.jpgCongressman Earl Blumenauer appeared in Portland Thursday to present what he calls "the first legislation to deal comprehensively with Iraq." He was flanked by Portland mayor Tom Potter and others who are also unhappy with the way the war is being fought.

The bill calls for a variety of actions, from withdrawing troops within a year to prosecuting war profiteers. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, Blumenauer admits it's a tall order.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Independent Party Qualifies For Ballot
The Rewards And Costs Of A Life On Ice
Unearthing Hanford's Contaminated Ark

Funding Questions Plague Portland Native Montessori

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/24/2007 - Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Fish Passage Center Funding

0124_dam.jpgEnvironmentalists and Native tribes are celebrating a fish decision today by the 9th Circuit Court of appeals.

The Court ruled that the Portland-based Fish Passage Center will remain open.

The center studies fish and makes recommendations about how much water to spill over Columbia River Dams.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Prison Food Kickback Scheme Isolated Incident, Says Kulongoski
Portland Asking For Input On Future Of Field In St Johns
Federal Way Schools Move To Cool An 'Inconvenient' Firestorm
Council Votes To Withdraw Modified 'Sit/Lie' Ordinance
Governor Wants Oregon To Lead In Battle Against Global Warming

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/23/2007 - Plasticized-Bodies Exhibit Coming To OMSI

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry annouced Tuesday it will host a controversial new exhibit in June.

OMSI has teamed up with OHSU for the display of real human bodies that have been skinned and filled with colorful plastic. Visitors will see 200 organs and 25 bodies in dramatic poses.

Organizers credit the exhibition with everything from encouraging people to give up smoking to packing museums with record crowds. But such exhibitions have faced criticism for gathering bodies from questionable sources. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports was on hand today for the Portland museum's announcement.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
OPB And Frontline Revisit Oregon's War On Meth
Northwesterners' Charitable Giving Increased In 2006
Peace Begins At Home - Commentary by Ronault Catalani

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/22/2007 - Pete's Mountain Becoming Target For Measure 37 Claims

0122_measure37.jpgSo Measure 37 has not led to the construction of sub-divisions that opponents warned about. But maybe it's just a matter of time.

Planners in Clackamas County began reviewing a land-use application Monday that -- if approved -- could put dozens of new homes on a rural hilltop.

It's the first phase of what would be a large sub-division made possible by Measure 37. Rob Manning visited the area in question -- it's called Pete's Mountain and lies between West Linn and Wilsonville.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski Pushes For Children's Health Care Insurance
Lawmakers Consider Healthy Kids Program
'The Compact' Takes Root In The NW
GOP Powerplay: WA Republicans Stack the Education Committee

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/18/2007 - Report Finds Problems Plagued Search For Kim Family

1206_kim2.jpgThe search for the Kim family, in the remote mountains of Southern Oregon, was hampered by several problems.

That's according to a report released Thursday by the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.

People around the nation were riveted by the frantic 11-day search for the San Francisco family that went missing after Thanksgiving.

County sheriffs have been compiling the facts about that search, and they're presenting the findings at a press conference in Grants Pass.

Kristian Foden-Vencil has read the report, and is here to fill us in on it.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Is The Bloom Off The Biodiesel Rose?
Graduation Requirements Increased For Oregon High Schools

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/17/2007 - Wintry Weather, Round Two

Commuters and idled school children faced another snow day Wednesday.

Gritters and de-icers have cleared many of the major roads around Portland, but several surface streets remain slippery.

Kristian Foden-Vencil joined Allison Frost in the studio to discuss how Oregonians are dealing with the storm.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Columbia River's Pollution Makes It A National Priority
PUC Denies PacifiCorp's Coal Plant Request
Hayden, Idaho: A City In Search Of Its Soul
Freshmen Legislators Face New Challenges
Kitzhaber's Health Plan Features 'Portable' Benefits

Posted by Casey

1/16/2007 - Western Oregon Meets The White Stuff Head-On

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Much of the Northern Willamette Valley was inundated by snow Tuesday, causing countless wrecks and more than a little frustration.

Hundreds of Tri-Met commuters were stranded, and snow and ice was reported all the way down the Willamette Valley, from Portland to Medford.

For the first time in three years, the Oregon Department of Transportation blocked the I-5 and all other Portland-area interstate and highways to vehicles without chains or studded tires.

Kristian Foden-Vencil joined Allison Frost to round-up the day's weather-related news.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Teachers Sparking An Interest In Science Years Before High School
Drifting Along With The Troublesome Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Red Scare: Washington Faces 'Structural Deficit'

Posted by Casey

1/11/2007 - Setting Aside Time To Be Tidy Pays Off

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Vicki Norris lives in Sherwood Oregon and she's a professional organizer.

That means she runs an organizing business, sells organizing products, makes TV appearances as an organizing expert and of course, writes organizing books.

Her new trade paperback is called Restoring Order to your Home, published this year by Harvest House Publishers in Eugene.

Rather than have her into the studio to talk about her book and her business, I invited her to my home where I thought she might be able to demonstrate the ideas in Restoring Order.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Union's Young Mayor Takes Office
Oregon Students Set To Gain From Lower Loan Interest Rates
Oregonians Respond To The President's New Plan

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/10/2007 - Birdsong Recordist Overcomes Sonic "Pollution"

0110_birdsong.jpgWould you believe the common domestic pigeon would be the hardest bird
to record in the Northwest?

That's what soundman Martyn Stewart discovered as he worked on a new guide to birdsongs of the Pacific Northwest.

Correspondent Tom Banse walked through the woods with a man with an enviable job.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Lawmakers Look For Ways To Pay For More State Cops
Behind The Scenes At The WA State Of The State
Portland Forms Racial Profiling Committee
Foresters Plan To Do Nothing To Klootchy Creek Spruce
Life After Oregon's Largest Tree Topples

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/9/2007 - Measure 37 Clouds Hover Over Hood River Valley

0109_hoodriver1.jpgOne issue that has bedeviled lawmakers the last three sessions is the rights of long-time property owners.

Two years ago, voters passed Measure 37. The initiative has led to rule changes for thousands of landowners who say regulations were limiting their development rights.

To date, court challenges to the law have largely stopped development activity.

Advocates are now looking to the Legislature for changes that could settle disputes. Rob Manning went to one Measure 37 hotbed - Hood River.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Should County Ban Trans Fats From Restaurants?
New Carissa Remains Will Rest On The Beach Another Year
Health Care Issues Top Legislative Agenda
Vancouver Tries To Avoid Mistakes of Past Olympic Games

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/8/2007 - Successful Magnet School Program May Have To Move

0108_brooklyn1.jpgOne of the most successful magnet programs in Portland may soon be uprooted and moved across town.

Monday night the Portland Public School board will hear from parents from the Winterhaven school.

This follows a series of discussions by groups of parents all over the city about how to handle the district problem of shrinking enrollment and less money to go around.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Cannons And Fighter Jets Mark Opening Of 2007 Legislature
Hitchhiking On The Information Super Highway
WA Legislature Convenes with Democrats in Firm Control

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/4/2006 - Salem Tortilla Maker Seeks New Markets

1206_tortillas.jpgIf you head out in search of Mexican food tonight, you'll probably find it. There are Mexican restaurants in nearly every town across the Pacific Northwest.

That adds up to tens of thousands of tortillas being served each day. Many of those tortillas come from Salem, Oregon.

It's home to one of the largest tortilla factories in the country. Correspondent Chris Lehman stopped in for a visit and has this report.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
What To Expect, After The Blue Wave That Hit Salem
Delegates Follow Party Lines In Vote For Speaker
Winter Wear Goes to the Dogs
Oregon Lawmakers A Step Ahead On Health Insurance 'Cornerstones'

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/3/2007 - As Hanford Plant Falters, Toxic Plumes Head Toward Columbia River

0103_hanford.jpgThe Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeast Washington is known as the most polluted place in North America.

Underground toxic plumes are heading toward the Columbia River. Some have even reached river's edge.

Clean-up is underway, but critics say efforts are woefully inadequate.

Correspondent Austin Jenkins recently toured the Hanford site with a scientist who's on the frontlines of Hanford clean-up.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Ranks 35th In 'Quality Counts' Education Report
Portlanders Mark Iraq Deaths With Song and Prayer
Farmers Question Lawmakers On Ag Issues
Declining Revenue Has Groups Scrutinizing Forests Management Plan

Posted by Michael Clapp

1/2/2007 - Boondoggle in the Desert? Hanford's Troubled Waste Plant

0102_hanford2.jpgIt's been almost a year-and-a-half since construction was halted on key portions of the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in Southeast Washington.

The plant is supposed to transform millions of gallons of buried radioactive waste into safer glass logs. But the project is now eight years behind schedule and $8 billion over budget.

Correspondent Austin Jenkins recently visited Hanford and reports on efforts to salvage the project.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Vigil Planned To Mark 3000 American Soldiers Killed In Iraq
Klootchy Creek's Sitka Spruce Damaged By December Storms
Shootings Mar Start Of New Year
Pace Of Cultural Change Too Fast For Rural Washington Town

Posted by Michael Clapp