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5/31/2007 - Kicking Off Portland's Biggest Party

0531_funcenter.jpgPortland's 100th Rose Festival started in historic style Thursday afternoon. Two tall ships sailed up the Willamette River to dock at the Waterfront downtown, along with vessels from the Navy, the Coast Guard and others.

The Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade is Saturday, June 9th, and most of the big events will be wrapped up by June 10th.

Kristian Foden-Vencil talked to people at the festival site as they made last minute preparation and filed this audio postcard.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Pamplin Changes Mind On Ross Island Donation
Kevorkian's Release Has Death With Dignity Advocates Wary
Hundreds Gather In Redmond To Pay Respects To An Oregon Icon
Legislators Hit Deadline For Bills To Pass Committee, Or Die
Queer Film Festival Makes Its Debut In Portland

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/30/2007 - Family Revives 'Ellis Island Of The Columbia River'

0530_knappton.jpgWho knew the Northwest had it's own "Ellis Island"?

Nearly 100,000 immigrants passed through the port of entry at Astoria between 1899 and 1938.

The U.S. Quarantine Station on the Washington side of the river is now in private hands. The family owners say their nearly forgotten slice of immigration history can shed light on our current immigration debate.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the mouth of the Columbia River.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Bets Its Money On Smart Cars
Salem Hospital Sends Midwives Packing
Oregon Legislature Could Punt Two Major Issues To Voters
Budget Cuts Make It Rough For Multnomah County's New Chair

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/29/2007 - Making Washington A Hub For Plug-In Hybrid Cars

0524_plugin.jpgHow would you like to fuel up for 75 cents per gallon? Engineers estimate it might even cost less than that to fuel a hybrid electric car with cheap Northwest hydropower.

A coalition of utilities and local governments hopes the Northwest can become a development hub for such plug-in cars. Correspondent Tom Banse has more from Wenatchee, Washington.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
A Day In The Life Of Congressman Greg Walden
Sen. Wyden, Schools Chief Castillo Pledge To Overhaul 'No Child Left Behind' Act
To Bike Or Not To Bike

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/24/2007 - Violent Gang Problem Plagues Rural Northwest

0524_sunnyside.jpgPolice across the Northwest are noticing a disturbing trend. Violent gang activity is on the rise once again. And it's not just in big cities.

In fact one epicenter of the problem appears to be Washington's Yakima County. That's farm country.

In the town of Sunnyside, city leaders this week passed a controversial ordinance that makes gang membership illegal. Other towns may soon follow suit. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Deconstructing The Updated Bottle Bill
Oregon's Highest Court Won't Rule On Measure 37 In The Gorge
ELF Environmental Activists Sentenced
Oath of Secrecy gave Wyden Intelligence Dilemma
Three Charged In Portland Car Arson Cases

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/23/2007 - PGE Prepares To Remove Two Dams On The Sandy River

0523_dam3.jpgFor nearly a century, Portland General Electric has gotten some of its power from the Sandy River basin.

Now, the company is preparing to vacate the Sandy and Little Sandy Rivers and turn much of the land over for conservation.

Eight years ago, PGE decided it would be more expensive to repair and keep up the Marmot and Little Sandy Dams than to just tear them out. Colin Fogarty was among several reporters who went on the last tour of the dams before removal begins this summer.
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Sandy River Dams Audio Slideshow

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Senate Nixes 'Open Primaries' Bill
Blazers Win Top Draft Pick
Washington Rolls Out Video Welcome Mat To Farmworkers
Seed Banks Move to Save Threatened Species

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/22/2007 - Grocers Say Bottle Bill Update Should Be Canned

0406_bottles.jpgLook around your car. Chances are there are some empty plastic water bottles rolling around. You probably plan on recycling them at some point, right?
In Oregon, less than a third of water bottles sold each year actually are recycled. Lawmakers want to dramatically increase that percentage.
They're on the verge of adding water bottles to the list of items that require buyers to fork over a nickel deposit. But the move has generated considerable opposition from the grocery industry.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Clearing The Air: More Smoking Bans Pass Oregon Senate
Former Reporter Turned Foster Care Advocate Sues Washington
Report Finds School Buildings At Risk In Earthquake
New Beavers/Timbers Owner Sees Their Value To Community

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/21/2007 - A Busy Day In The House With Rep. David Wu

0521_wu.jpgThis year Congressman David Wu began his fifth term representing Oregon's first congressional district, which stretches from Portland to the Oregon Coast.

Wu serves on three committees in Congress including the Science Committee, Education and Labor, and the Foreign Affairs committee. As part of OPB's continuing series on Oregon's congressional delegation, correspondent Max Cacas spent a day with Representative David Wu.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Lake Oswego Students Challenge City's Curfew Laws
Senate Passes Funds For More Troopers
Merging Schools For Deaf And Blind Debated In Salem

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/17/2007 - Inside The Volcano: Slow-Brewing Mystery Stew

0517_sthelens1.jpgMay 18th is a big anniversary date in the Northwest. It's the day Mount St Helens blew its top 27 years ago.

There hasn't been a towering steam and ash plume from the volcano for more than a year now. But the lava dome in the crater continues to grow, slowly and steadily.

Nobody knows how long this phase of the eruption will last. Correspondent Tom Banse reports Mount St Helens presents something of a scientific puzzle.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Defense Department Faults Commanders In Death Of Madras Soldier
Jurors Side With Two Accusers In Sex Abuse Case
Report Links 8th-Grade Achievement To Employers' Workforce Woes
Oregon's At The Forefront Of The Readable Fiscal Documents Trend

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/16/2007 - Eco-saboteurs Fight Potential 'Terrorist' Label

0516_ecoterror.jpgAre they mere arsonists or are they terrorists?

That's what a federal judge in Eugene is mulling over today as it pertains to a group of radical environmentalists. The judge is preparing to sentence ten people for their roles in a long spree of firebombings across the Northwest.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Eugene on arguments over what exactly constitutes "terrorism" in this day and age.

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TOWN SQUARE - Are They Terrorists Or Just Arsonists?
How do you define terrorism? Does arson and sabotage count, even if no lives were lost or even targeted? Let us know your thoughts on terrorism and justice in Town Square.

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
With Election Losses, Portland City Government Avoids Big Changes
Blumenauer Won't Challenge Smith For Senate Seat
School-Based Intervention Programs Keep Kids In Class

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/15/2007 - Higher Education Gets Boost From Latest Budget Numbers

Oregon lawmakers learned Tuesday they'll have more money to spend than previously thought as they enter the final weeks of the session.

The consensus seems to be that most of the extra money will go towards the state's universities and community colleges.

Salem correspondent Chris Lehman reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Winery Opening Symbolizes 'Arrival' Of NW Wine
Oregon Governor Eyes Biomass Strategy

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/14/2007 - Profile Of Oregon's Lone Woman In Congress Is On The Rise

0514_hooley.jpgDarlene Hooley of West Linn is Oregon's only woman serving in Congress. Her stock in the U.S. House has been rising under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In the next installment of our continuing series on the Oregon delegation, capitol correspondent Matt Laslo spent a day with Hooley on Capitol Hill.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Priest Sexual Abuse Trial Nearly Over
Tax Hikes Proposed For Timber Counties

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/10/2007 - Oregon Legislators Looking At Sales Tax Again

0411_capitol2.jpgOregonians hate the idea of a sales tax, and have rejected the idea over and over again.

Nonetheless, Oregon legislators held a public hearing on a new sales tax proposal Thursday.

Supporters hope to pass it by promising that other taxes will be cut. But as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, they're also not limiting their effort to this session.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Out-of-state Gay Political Donors Targeted NW Legislative Races
Opponents May Try To Push Gay Rights Laws To Voters
Senate Votes For School Infrastructure Fee

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/9/2007 - Irrigation Canal Harnessed To Generate Electricity

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When you think of hydropower, you probably think of large dams along the Columbia River. But one of the newest hydropower projects in the northwest could be as close as your nearest irrigation ditch.

Correspondent Chris Lehman has the story of how an engineering problem was solved with an environmentally-friendly solution.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski Signs Two Gay-Rights Bills Into Law
Portland Set To Officially Recognize Homeless Camp

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/8/2007 - Fate Of Portland Development Commission Rests With Voters

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Next week, Oregonians in counties all over the state will decide a variety of local measures. In most places the election is fairly low-profile and has prompted fairly low turnout.

Portland is no exception to that rule, despite having not one but four measures that would make big and small changes to the city's government. One of those would change the way the Portland Development Commission is run.

Measure 26-92 would refine the agency's mission and give the Portland city council oversight of its budget.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Air Force's 60th Anniversary Marked In Portland
State Rep Mac Sumner Succumbs To Cancer
To Counter Cougars, Oregon House Releases The Hounds
Lawmakers Move To Require Mental Health Training For Cops

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/3/2007-Legislators See Things To Love And Hate In Proposed Changes To Measure 37

After six years of legislative failure, it appears that bills related to the controversial issue of property compensation will be voted on tomorrow in the Oregon House. Representatives will weigh in on proposed changes to Ballot Measure 37.

One bill would extend the deadline to process claims. Some state and county officials have said they don't have time to research all the claims they've received before a deadline this month. Missing it could mean costly lawsuits.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Domestic Partners Ready To Live 'Domestically'
Good Food, Good Friends, And No Rules

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/2/2007 - Moms Of Multiples Converge On Bellingham, WA

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It used to be that twins were rare. Triplets even more so. But over the last 25 years, the rate of twin births is up almost 70%.

Behind all those babies are mothers who know first-hand what it means to get more than what you bargained for.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson recently spent time with a group of women who share the singular experience of raising multiples.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
John Edwards Brings Campaign To Portland
Blazers' Roy Wins NBA's 'Rookie Of The Year'
Oregon Could Do Better In Summertime Safety Assessment
After Stalling Last Year, Mt Hood Wilderness Bill Back In Committee

Posted by Michael Clapp

5/1/2007 - Immigration Rally Draws Thousands To Salem

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People across the country are holding rallies in support of more immigration rights today. That includes over a thousand people at the Oregon state capitol in Salem.

For about three hours, marchers chanted and held signs demanding more rights for people who have entered the country illegally.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Wave Energy Gets The Go-Ahead From Feds
Portland Plans To Upgrade Its Curbside Recycling Program
Strategies Shift In Care For Developmentally Disabled
White Families Lead The Exodus From Metro-Area Public Schools

Posted by Michael Clapp