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11/29/2007 - Oregon A National Leader In Health Care

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Republican Senator Gordon Smith Friday again called on Congress to pass the children's health care measure known as SCHIP. Smith says the measure could still become law, even though the president vetoed an earlier version of the bill in October.

Gordon Smith: "But let's not quit, because this is too important. Let's get it done in Washington and Salem."

Smith faces a tough reelection fight next year. And his position on the issue breaks with most of his fellow Republicans. But maverick positions on health care aren't unusual to Oregon politics,

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
3500 Oregon Guard Soldiers Called Up For Overseas Duty
Oregonian Given Buffett Award For Indigenous Leadership
Oregon Considered Leaves The Air After 17 Years

11/28/2007 - The Hunt For The Elusive Giant Palouse Earthworm

1128_worm.jpgIt’s three feet long, it smells like a lily and it can spit at attackers. But so far the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn't want to pay to study the giant Palouse earthworm.

Environmental groups plan to sue to make that happen and to protect the worm under the Endangered Species Act. But studying the worms is a difficult task. In the last 100 years scientists have only found them three times.

Richland correspondent Anna King recently followed a University of Idaho researcher on a quest for the elusive ground-dweller.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Fireproofing Homes Rather Than Forests
Washington Special Session Promises Political Fireworks
Council Votes To Drop Venture Capital Tax
HHS Secretary Says Major Changes To Import Controls Needed
Canadians Looking South For Renewable Energy Collaboration

11/27/2007 - Cessna Buys Columbia Aircraft For $26.4 Million

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Tuesday outside of Portland bankruptcy court, a world-renowned planemaker appears to have purchased Bend-based Columbia Aircraft for what many say is a bargain price.

The deal is being finalized and if a bankruptcy judge accepts the terms, Kansas-based Cessna will have outbid just one other suitor for Columbia. Central Oregon correspondent Ethan Lindsey reports.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Albany Neighbors Voice Concern About Group Home For Criminally Insane
Speaker Pelosi Visits To Discuss Sharing Health Care Information
A Behind The Scenes Look At Kicker Central
Idaho May See Water War Over Snake Plane Aquifer

11/26/2007 - Panhandling Crackdown Raises Free Speech Concerns

1121_panhandle.jpgAsking for money from strangers is never easy.
In two Oregon cities, it will soon be even tougher.
That’s because leaders there are trying to put an end to panhandling along the side of the road.
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Oregon ACLU May Challenge Panhandling Laws

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Madras Wrongful Imprisonment Case Returns To Court
Multnomah County Moves To Limit Mental Health Coverage
Will Oregon Voters Go For Publicly Financed Campaigns For State Office?

11/15/2007 - Grays Anatomy: A Timber County Embraces Green

1115_community3_400.jpgOn the Washington coast, an economically distressed timber county is going green. Grays Harbor County wants to transform itself from a community of extraction to a community of renewables.

As part of our series on Northwest communities reinventing themselves, correspondent Austin Jenkins introduces us to some young adults at the forefront of this economic transformation.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Central Oregon May Get New Rendering Plant
Foster Parents Still Hoping To Keep Gabriel In Oregon
Governor Plans To Reduce Illegal Aliens' Access To Licenses

11/14/2007 - Coos Bay: Little City, Big Port

1114_community2_400.jpgThe southern coast of Oregon is one of the most isolated parts of the state. But leaders in one coastal town want to turn the seclusion to their advantage.
As part of our series on Northwest communities re-inventing themselves, correspondent Chris Lehman reports on Coos Bay, a little city with plans for a big port.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Scientists Create Cloned Embryos From Adult Monkey
Kulongoski Kicks Off Expansion Of Opportunity Grants
Who's Mr. Kelly And What's In A Name?

11/13/2007 - A Timber Truce, But Not Everyone Is On Board

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For more than a decade, Northwest environmentalists have waged a war on what they consider unsustainable logging practices. They’ve filed lawsuit after lawsuit to stop timber sales.
That’s why in timber towns, environmentalists are often blamed for ruining the economy. So what if the two sides called a truce and decided to work together to bring back jobs and preserve the forest?
It’s happening in the Northeast corner of Washington. And that’s where we start our series on Northwest communities reinventing themselves. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
PETA Files Complaints Against Primate Research Center
Anti-Illegal Immigration Measure In The Offing
Looking For A Vacation Home In A Vineyard?

11/8/2007 - Big City Style Popular Even In Small Towns

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You might expect fancy loft living in downtown Portland and Seattle. But how about this? Now there are lofts going up in downtown Yakima and Pendleton, Oregon!

Richland correspondent Anna King takes us for a closer look at how small Northwest towns are embracing downtown living.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Outdoor Burning Bans Show Central Oregon's Growth
A Child Of The 'Great Society,' Public Broadcasting Act Turns 40
Digging In To Learn With Young Tree Planters
House Approves Free-Trade Agreement With Peru
Enrollment In Oregon Universities Increases

11/7/2007 - Measure 49 Just Another Bend In A Long Land Use Road

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After years of conflict over Oregon’s land-use planning system, voters Tuesday approved a measure billed as a compromise.

Measure 49 limits development under property compensation initiative, Measure 37, which passed in 2004. It also changes the process for reviewing claims, and addresses Measure 37’s legal uncertainties.

As Rob Manning reports, Measure 49’s passage Tuesday appears to have settled the dispute pitting a person’s right to build on property against potential harm to Oregon’s farms and forests.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Clatsop County DA Pay Measure Failing
Voters Seem Fickle After Spendy Fall Campaign
Washington Voters Send 'No New Taxes' Message
Millions Of Reasons For Measure 50 Defeat

11/6/2007 - Oregon Author Offers Brush Up Course In 'Kitchen Literacy'

1106_brooksidecorn_265.jpgChances are if you're asked where dinner's coming from, you probably think that means a choice of restaurants or supermarket chains.
At least that's how it occurred to Oregon historian Ann Vileisis.
She's the author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back.
Listen to the interview...
View images from the book

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Special Election Turnout Leaves Much To Be Desired
Time To Rethink How We Name Ballot Measures?
Justices Focus On Procedure During Circumcision Arguments
Pressure Grows In Re-Naming Interstate Ave. Controversy
Gay Scandals Bedevil Republican Party

11/5/2007 - Beervana

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In 1852, beer came to the Northwest quenching the thirsts of loggers, miners, fisherman and farmers.
Today, Portland is the beer capital of the world.
Learn the story of the industry through compelling and amusing anecdotes of the Oregon beer community.
Beervana producer Beth Harrington talks with Oregon Considered host Allison Frost about the project.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
China, Oregon Sign Food Testing Agreement
Oregon Supreme Court Hears Circumcision Case
Measure Promises To Fix Fire And Police Disability Retirement Fund
Job Fair Links Returning Soldiers With Potential Employers

11/1/2007 - Veterans Find Help Working In The Woods

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Individual states are stepping up to provide more help to returning soldiers and sailors. A novel program under the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs uses nature to heal the wounds of war.

Vets also get experience in environmental restoration that could lead to a good civilian job. Correspondent Tom Banse has more from suburban Seattle.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Seattle Car-Share Customers Slapped With Rental Tax
Giusto Calls Report 'False And Misleading'
Bend's 'Nature Of Words' Festival Faces Challenges
Low Turnout Looms As Major Factor In This Election

10/31/2007 - Oregon Vortex Offers A Spooky Mystery For All

1031_vortex_350.jpgFor most of us, Halloween is about candy, costumes, and spooky stories. But at the roadside attraction known as the Oregon Vortex in Southern Oregon Halloween marks the end of a long season.

It’s Oregon’s so-called “mystery spot” -- where water runs uphill, gravity seems off-kilter and short reporters like Harriet Baskas appear taller than they really are.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Technology Opens Window Into Secret Life Of Bats
Sen. Smith's Immigration Vote Draws Scrutiny
Sheriff Giusto To Comment On Goldschmidt Report
Council Finally Accepts 45 Acres Of Ross Island From Pamplin

10/30/2007 - Explosions Open Wetlands Reclaimation Project In The Klamath Basin

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It took years of planning, and it was over in a matter of seconds. As onlookers cheered, four earthen levees were destroyed with thousands of pounds of explosives.

The dikes were built in the 1950’s to create more farmland in Klamath Basin. But more farmland meant less water for fish.

The blasts are meant to reverse that.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Police Respond To Sex Crime Audit
Report Says Some Allegations Against Giusto Have Merit
Central Oregon Man Imprisoned Wrongfully

10/29/2007 - The Quest For One Square Inch Of Quiet

1029_inch_300.jpgThe quietest square inch in the continental United States is -- drumroll please -- at a rock placed on a moss-covered log in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.

An Olympic Peninsula man identified the spot as part of his quest to preserve solitude in the national parks.

He writes complaint letters to airlines that fly overhead and sometimes even gets results.

Correspondent Tom Banse went with the sound tracker for a visit.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
'Speak Shop' Explores New Way To Foreign Language Learning
Ellsbury Makes Many Oregonians Into Red Sox Fans
Converting Food Crops Into Fuel 'Crime Against Humanity'

10/25/2007 - Global Climate Change Skeptics Continue To Doubt Data

1025_cloudy2_350.jpgThe scientific debate over whether humans are contributing to global climate change is largely over.

But a number of skeptics remain in what you might call the weather industry: TV weather forecasters and state climatologists.

That’s the subject that OPB producer Christy George tackles in her new documentary called “Forecast: Cloudy” which premiers Thursday night on the television stations of OPB.

Christy George sat down with Oregon Considered host Allison Frost for something of a sneak preview.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Rossi Announces Rematch With Gregoire For Washington Governor
Owners Say States Over Look Small Business
Court Battles Return For Portland Archdiocese

10/24/2007 - Packy's Vet Returns To Visit His Most Famous Delivery

1024_packy_vert.jpgEarly this month, the Oregon Zoo revealed that 13-year-old Asian elephant “Rose Tu” is pregnant.

Elephant births seem almost common today. But in 1962, the zoo attracted worldwide attention with the first elephant born in captivity in 44 years. You know him as Packy.

The man who helped make that happen is retired now. Recently, Dr. Matt Maberry sat down with Oregon Field Guide’s Vince Patton to recall an important mark in elephant breeding history.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon's Death With Dignity Law Turns 10
Fires In Keeping With Global Climate Change Predictions
Does America Need A Federal Shield Law For Journalists?

10/23/2007 - Deadly 'Right-Hook' Kills Another Cyclist In Portland

1023_bike_325.jpgA Portland cyclist died Monday when he collided with a garbage truck in North Portland. That is the second fatality in two weeks where a cyclist collided with a large truck and it's the fourth cyclist to die this year.

The latest two incidents have a common thread: a vehicle turns right across a bike lane. It's called a right hook.

Cyclists and law enforcement officials believe something needs to be done but there is little consensus about what.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Seeking Solutions To The Deadly Bike/Truck Conflict
Nike Buys British Sports Firm Umbro
Oregon Senator Part Of Bi-Partisan Political Dynasty
Bend's Juniper Ridge Project Delayed, Possibly At Risk

10/22/2007 - Measure 50: Tobacco Tax For Healthy Kids Or Constitutional Rewrite?

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Cigarettes are often viewed as an easy target for tax-hungry governments.

Measure 50 on the November ballot raises state tobacco taxes to pay for the Healthy Kids Program. But this tobacco tax is giving some people second thoughts.

That’s because the tax would end up in the state’s constitution. Salem correspondent Chris Lehman explains.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Author Peg Bracken Dies At Age 89
Marijuana Measures Collecting Signatures For 2008 Ballot
Ref 67: Consumers In The Middle As Insurance Companies And Trial Lawyers Duke It Out
Bend Planemaker's Future Up For Grabs

10/17/2007 - Both Sides In Measure 49 Debate Claim Farmer Support

1017_pumpkins_300.jpgTwo new reports are out on Ballot Measure 49. The initiative limits the development allowed under property compensation initiative, Measure 37. It changes the process for reviewing claims, and addresses the measure's legal uncertainties.

As Colin Fogarty reports, both sides of this land-use debate are citing the views of people who live off the land.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Measure 50 Campaigns Dispute How Much Money Will Go To Kids
Eastside Earthquakes Get Attention At Conference In Yakima
Portland Hosts Major Match, Looks To Future Of Soccer

10/16/2007 - Van Gogh's 'Ox-Cart' Comes To Portland After Decades On A Wall In Roseburg

1016_oxcart_350.jpgThe Portland Art Museum scored a coup this week. It received its first painting by Vincent van Gogh.

The Dutch artist painted “The Ox-Cart” in 1884. That was before he moved to France, where he painted the brightly colored “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night”.

As Colin Fogarty reports, the Portland Art Museum received this painting as a donation from a private collection.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Builders Still Building But Home Sales Slow In Central Oregon
Fake Bomb Starts Off Portland Counterterrorism Exercise
Rainy Day? WA Voters Asked To Amend Constitution

10/15/2007 - Wu Earmark For Campaign Donor Draws Scrutiny

Oregon Congressman David Wu is under fire for a $2 million Congressional earmark to a company that makes T-shirts for U.S. Marines.

The polyester shirts that disperse sweat appeared ideal for soldiers in Iraq. But the shirts could melt when a blast goes off nearby.

As Colin Fogarty reports, company that made the shirts gave generously to Wu’s re-election campaign.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Tektronix Bought Out By East Coast Conglomerate
Interstate Bridge A Source Of 'Frustration, Fumes and Failure'

10/11/2007 - Simple Signs Sell Complex Solution

1011_loveoregon_310.jpgThis November will see the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Oregon history.

The tobacco industry is dumping $9 million in an effort to defeat Measure 50, which raises state tobacco taxes to pay for the Healthy Kids Program. But in a separate ballot measure, a low tech and relatively inexpensive campaign is also getting attention.

Have you seen those black and white signs by the side of the road asking whether you “love Oregon?” Colin Fogarty found the man behind the signs and has this report.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Hillsdale And Bridgeport Wild Oats Stores To Close
Panel To Look For Ways To Develop Brownfield Lands

10/10/2007 - Opal Creek Wilderness: Protected And Ready For Visitors

1010_opal2_350.jpgThere's only one way into the old mining town of Jaw Bone Flats, Oregon. You've got to go south of Mount Hood and then hike 3 miles into the middle of the Opal Creek Wilderness.

The area was at one time the subject of bitter debate between timber interests and conservationists. Until 11 years ago when Congress decided to set aside the Opal Creek Wilderness as protected forest.

OPB's Vince Patton went out with the Oregon Field Guide crew to see how the forest has changed and he filed this report for OPB News.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Performance Artist Panhandles For Slavery Reparations
Portland Auditor Looks At Recruiting Practices
Cigarette Companies Burning Through Millions To Defeat Measure 50

10/9/2007 - John Edwards Campaigns At Union Meeting In Seaside

1009_edwards.jpgDemocratic presidential candidate John Edwards won thundering applause from about 500 members of Oregon AFL-CIO this Tuesday morning. The former senator from North Carolina spoke to a convention of the state labor federation in Seaside.

Another presidential candidate -- Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich -- spoke on Sunday.

Oregon’s presidential primary is next May, long after other states make their picks. But as Colin Fogarty reports, that hasn’t dampened the energy of union members.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Pigeons Pose Poop Problem For GOP
Signatures Fall Short, Domestic Partnerships To Become Law
Gresham Looks For New Way To Manage Rental Complaints
Council And Citizens Split On Renaming Interstate Ave.

10/8/2007 - Oregon Filmmaker Seeks To Save 'Los Banos' Raid Memories

1008_banos1.jpgThere’s a famous picture taken during the Second World War, in which a group of six Marines raise a flag atop Mount Suribachi.

It ran in magazines and papers across the world, announcing news of American victory in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

That news, however, knocked another amazing story off the front pages that day. It involved a military mission that against all odds saved two thousand civilians from a concentration camp 30 miles behind enemy lines.

Military teachers still use the raid on Los Banos as an example of how to execute a successful rescue.
Memories of that raid are fading as participants grow older. But as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, an Oregon filmmaker and local survivors are working hard to preserve them for posterity.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
OHSU Researchers Find Breast Cancer Risk Linked To Mother's Hips
I-960: Eyman’s Latest Attempt To Curb Government
'Certainty' Of Measure 49 Seems Uncertain At Best

10/4/2007 - Beggars and Choosers, Motherhood Is NOT A Class Privilege

1004_motherhood_350.jpgIf there’s one sound effect that might accompany a new photo exhibit of mothers opening Thursday at Portland State University and the YWCA in Portland, it’s this...[Clearing throat.]

The exhibit is called Beggars and Choosers, Motherhood is NOT a class privilege in America. And curator and historian Ricki Solenger says what it is, is primarily an interruption. An interruption in the usual perception of who is a mother, a legitimate mother.
Complete article...
View photographs from the exhibit

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Guardians In The Graveyard Of The Pacific
Portland Considers Building Municipal Broadband Internet System
Black Butte Forest Project Serves As Wildfire Model
North Clackamas Board Is Latest To Consider Development Tax To Fund Schools

10/3/2007 - Lack Of Health Insurance Leads Many To Bankruptcy

1002_bankruptcy.jpgWith the never-ending rise of health care costs, comes a never-ending debate over how to pay for it.

In Oregon, voters will decide Measure 50 this fall, which raises tobacco taxes to pay for the Healthy Kids Program. And no matter how that measure is decided, it's clear that in Oregon, as elsewhere, the healthcare system as a whole is not well.
Complete article...
- Harvard Doctor Discusses Medical Study
TOWNSQUARE: Are Medical Expenses Killing You?

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Treasurer’s Race Gets First Candidate
A Tug Boat Ride Down the Snake River
Adams Makes It Official, He's In The Run For Portland Mayor

10/2/2007 - Still Waters Run Deep And Deadly For Columbia River Salmon

1002_johnday_350.jpgEnvironmentalists often call Columbia River dams “fish killers.” But in fact the deadliest dam isn’t a dam at all: it’s a 76 mile reservoir that pools behind a dam east of The Dalles, Oregon.

In part two of our journey down the Columbia River, correspondent Anna King takes a closer look at the deadly John Day reservoir.
Complete article...
Part 1 of the series
A Canoe Trip On The Upper Columbia

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Bend Home Hunting Changes With Market
Republican 'Farm Team' Not Out Yet In State Races
Wyden Health Care Bill Gains Support In Senate

10/1/2007 - Oregon Photographer Documents A World Of Climate Change

1001_braasch.jpgIt’s a big day for Oregon photojournalist Gary Braasch. His new book Earth Under Fire comes out today.

It’s a hard cover, coffee table book that’s filled with his pictures from around the world documenting the physical changes that have accompanied global warming.

He joined us in our Portland studios to talk about what he found -- particularly in Oregon and the Northwest.
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View an audio slideshow of Gary Braasch talking about his photographs.

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
PSU Study Looks At 'Age-Friendliness' Of Cities
New ID Theft Law Takes Effect In Oregon
A Canoe Trip On The Upper Columbia

9/27/2007 - Timberline Lodge Celebrates 70 Years Since FDR's Visit

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Friday marks the 70 anniversary of the official opening of Timberline Lodge. On September 28, 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to a crowd gathered on Mount Hood.

70 years later, the lodge has become an icon of the Northwest and a show case for Depression-era artistry. Only a few of the people who worked on Timberline Lodge survive today, as Colin Fogarty reports.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Conference Focuses On Tribal Children
Ruling In Mayfield Case Seen As Blow To Justice Department
Lewis & Clark Scholar Reacts To Mayfield Decision

9/26/2007 - Morning Star Congregation Keeps Faith In Building's Resurrection

0206_church.jpgLast February, a ferocious four-alarm fire gutted a Northeast Portland institution. Fire crews, neighbors, and parishioners watched as the historic Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church was engulfed in flames.

The church building and an adjacent school had stood at 106 NE Ivy Street for over 80 years. The cause of that fire was never determined, and in the 8 months since, the congregation has faced more than its share of misfortune.

But as Andrew Theen reports, the Morning Star congregation is holding fast to their faith and their hope for a rebuilt church.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
U.S./Russia Davis Cup Final Slated For Portland
Some Payday Lenders Pack Up And Leave
Gay Rights Opponents Submit Referendum Signatures

9/25/2007 - Rockin' Away In A New 'Cabaret'

0925_cabaret.jpgPortland Center Stage kicks off its 20th anniversary season with Storm Large and Wade McCollum as the leads in the classic musical Cabaret. But before artistic director Chris Coleman cast the larger-than-life rocker opposite a seasoned actor, he first went to YouTube to check her out.

He wasn’t sure what he wanted at first but the evident vocal chops of Storm Large helped convince Coleman that he was headed in the right direction.

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View an audio slideshow tour with costume designer Jeff Cone and his staff.

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Autzen Stadium Is Focus Of Local, National Attention
FCC Fines Comcast, But Not KPTV
Portland Leaders Look To Spread The Renewal Wealth Around

9/24/2007 - Portland Jazz Great Enters Ukulele Hall Of Fame

0924_ritz_300.jpgLyle Ritz may be the most famous Portland jazz great you might never have heard of. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking album, “How About Uke?” -- the world's first jazz ukulele recording.

Ritz may not be a household name, but you've almost certainly heard him playing bass on pop hits like The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations," Sonny and Cher's "The Beat Goes On," and The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling."

This year, Lyle Ritz was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame at the Portland Uke Fest. And at 77 years old, Ritz is not slowing down.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Independent Party Growing Fast In Oregon
Pipebomb Kills Man In Boardman
Is This New Math? Test Scores Down, But That's A Good Thing
Pilot's Family Makes Peace With His Death

9/20/2007 - Farmers And Scientists Search For Super Fuel Crop

0920_altfuel2.jpgGrowing canola to make biodiesel isn't exactly setting Northwest farmers' hearts aflutter.
Government statistics show just a slight increase in canola plantings, despite layers of incentives to support homegrown fuel. Plant breeders and university researchers in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington keep plugging away to find more options for area growers.
Correspondent Tom Banse reports on what we might call ALTERNATIVE alternative fuel crops.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Parishioners Reach Out To Sex Abuse Survivors
More Billboards Just Around The Corner On Oregon Highways
Former Enron Prosecutor Joins Race For Attorney General
Fly Along On A Mt. Rainier Rescue Training Mission
Family Traces Road Rage Incident To Time In Iraq

9/19/2007 - Clock Is Ticking For Oregon Signature Gatherers

Time is running out for people trying to overturn two new gay rights laws in Oregon. They have until September 26 to gather enough signatures to force the issue to a vote.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
'Step-Up' Program Helps Keep High Schoolers In School
Oregon Minimum Wage Workers Get 15 Cent Raise
More Criticism For Rep. Baird's Iraq Stand

9/18/2007 - Aid Agencies Respond To Flooding In North Korea

0918_korea1.jpgTwo Oregon-based aid agencies, Medical Teams International and Mercy Corps are among those offering food and medical supplies to North Korea.
The country is still recovering from horrific floods in August that displaced nearly a million people and left hundreds dead.
Allison Frost talked with representatives of the two agencies.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Drug Report FInds Meth Still A Problem In Oregon
Suicide Rate For Vets Twice That For Non-Veterans
Measure 50 Supporters Want To Send Message To Tobacco Companies
Light Sentences For Raptor Killers Riles Bird Lovers

9/17/2007 - Behind-The-Scenes At The NW Immigration Detention Center

0917_detention.jpgWhen illegal immigrants are captured in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, they’re brought to a federal detention center in Tacoma, WA.
It’s the only facility of its kind in the Northwest. When it opened three years ago, it held 500 detainees. Now it holds on average a thousand.
Correspondent Austin Jenkins recently got a rare look inside this federal lock-up.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Republicans Favor Erickson Early In Repeat Run Against Hooley
Making 'Vision PDX' Into A Reality
Looking For Changes A Year After Chasse Death
Crater Lake Loop Tops Off 20 Years Of Cycle Oregon

9/13/2007 - OSU Wave Center Demonstrates Effects Of Tsunami On Seaside

0913_seaside1.jpgThis week's earthquake in Indonesia was a dramatic reminder of the massive tsunami that hit that region in late 2004. It killed 230,000 people.
Researchers say America's west coast could be hit by a tsunami that big someday, too. Thursday in Corvallis, researchers demonstrated what a tsunami would do if it hit the coastal town of Seaside.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Let's Talk Transit, Not Iraq
Blazers Fans Have To Wait A Little Longer For Oden's Debut
It’s Not Just Boeing; NW Has a Growing Role in Defense Contracting
Oregon Soldier Awarded The Purple Heart

9/12/2007 - Only The Best Saddles For Real Cowboys

0912_saddle_350.jpgYou can tell a lot about a cowboy by the type of saddle on his horse’s back.
Some are dolled up with silver for the show ring, others are rugged for work in the backcountry.
And there is one place in the Northwest where cowboys turn for the best.
Anna King has this profile of a saddle maker in Pendleton, Oregon.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
John Frohnmayer Joins Senate Race
New Machine At OHSU Promises Reduced Prostate Cancer Side Effects
Gunshots Blamed For Wildfire
Prineville Writes First Measure 37 Check


Political Analysis By Bill Lunch - Bill talks with Allison Frost about John Frohnmayer's run for Senate and Nancy Pelosi's visit to the Northwest. (mp3, 4:53)

9/11/2007 - Northwest Congressional Leaders Weigh In On War Hearings

0828_baird.jpgNorthwest congressional leaders responded to two days of briefings on the Iraq War Tuesday. It appears few, if any, minds have changed.
Instead, opponents of the troop surge questioned the evidence of success, especially on the political front in the Iraqi parliament.
The few supporters in the Northwest applauded the latest efforts from General David Petraeus. One congressman said Tuesday the American people should consider how much they are personally willing to sacrifice for success in Iraq, as Rob Manning reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Bilal Mosque Observes Sixth Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks
Opinions Vary On Fair Punishment For Makah Whale Hunters
New Wilderness Area Proposed In Southern Oregon

9/10/2007 - One Term In Mayor's Office Enough For Potter

0910_portlandia.jpgPortland Mayor Tom Potter announced Monday he will not be running for reelection. Potter told City Hall staff Monday, that he wants to spend more time with his family.
Potter stood next to his wife Karin and sported the beginnings of a new beard which he'd asked Portland residents to vote for or against online. Potter said he’s done most of the things he set out to do when elected.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Brandon Mayfield Back In Court
Prison Overcrowding Forces New State Prison
Makah Tribe Representatives Say They Didn't Approve Whale Killing

9/6/2007 - Cycle Oregon Turns 20

0906_CO3.jpgEvery summer for the past 20 years, an enormous group of cyclists get on their bikes for seven full days of riding, camping, and camaraderie.

The ride is Cycle Oregon -- a fully supported, rolling summer camp for cyclists. But it's more than a bike ride; since it began 20 years ago, it's evolved into an Oregon institution. Not to mention the state's most spandex-clad charitable foundation, awarding over $1.7 million in grants.

Casey Negreiff taped his microphone to his handlebars and went for a spin with the man behind that first ride, Jonathan Nicholas.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Idaho Lags Behind In Mental Health
New Dam Proposal Attempts To Recover Salmon
Scientists Try To Discover 'Which Spider Delivers Which Bite'
Rinde Eckert Discussing Opening Of Time Based Art Festival

9/5/2007 - The Making Of A Rural Doc

0905_ruop.jpgThroughout the Northwest, rural communities are in a constant struggle to attract and keep doctors. To practice in a remote area is to embrace a life of long hours, professional isolation and lower pay.
The region's medical school has a program dedicated to helping students see the upside of rural practice, too.
In Part II of our series on rural health care, correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson chronicles the journey of one medical student as she gets her first real taste of what rural medicine is all about.

Complete article...
Part One of the Series - General Surgeons Hard To Replace In Rural Hospitals

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
A Year After Layoffs, Intel Bounces Back
Initiative Activists Already Gathering Signatures For 2008 Ballot
Black Butte Fire Ignites Policy Debate
New Debate on Evacuating Fire-Prone Areas

9/4/2007 - Xeriscaping: A Hot Topic in Santa Fe

Gardeners in New Mexico are exploring xeriscaping — landscaping that doesn't require a lot of water. Displays have moved well beyond mere cactus and rock, but the practice still stirs controversy in some neighborhoods.

Complete article...
Ketzel Levine's Talking Plants Blog

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Enviromentalists Cheer, Conservatives Bemoan Departure Of Sen. Craig
Black Butte Evacuees Allowed To Return Home
General Surgeons Hard To Replace In Rural Hospitals
Rep. Hooley Proposes $100 Million For Willamette River Projects

8/30/2007 - Framing The Life Of A Photographer's Wife

0830_weston2.jpgThe story of the late American photographer Edward Weston is perhaps not as well known as his friend and contemporary, Ansel Adams. And until now, the name Charis Wilson may not have rung any bells for Oregonians.

Documentary filmmaker Ian McClusky set out to change that. His new film “Eloquent Nude” tells the story of Charis Wilson, who modeled for and later married photographer Edward Weston.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Big Tobacco Heads To Courtroom Over Measure 50
Kulongoski Accepts ODOT's Bridge Condition Report
Oregon Home Care Workers Negotiate New Contract
Test Scores Show Marked Improvement In Student's Yearly Progress

8/29/2007 - The Volcano's Calm, But The Park Debate Isn't

0829_natpark.jpgIf you can see Mount St Helens from where you sit today, you’ll no doubt agree it looks placid. A thin vapor plume trickles over the crater rim. If it’s action you’re after, look in the towns around the foot of the volcano. People are lining up to support or oppose making the volcano a full-fledged national park.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
War Protesters Target Senator Wyden's Office
Portland Approves Sweatshop-Free Resolution
Craig's Problems Have Mixed Implications For Oregon
Pacific University To Shutter Its 'Upward Bound' Program
OHSU Diabetes Study Shows Promise For Type 2 Sufferers

8/28/2007 - Insurance Companies Fighting Wildfire Losses In New Ways

0827_insurance.jpgThe Castle Rock Fire in central Idaho is officially the nation’s number one fire priority. It’s not lives that are threatened, so much as about a billion dollars’ worth of high-end real estate.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has this look at what one insurance company is doing to avoid getting burned.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Kaiser Studies Gestational Diabetes And Childhood Obesity Link
Teens Face Charges In Beating Of Homeless Man
Oregon's Christmas Tree Growers Wage War Against Fake Trees
Wallowa Mill Closing Prompts Community Meeting
Would-be U.S. Citizens From Iraq Kept Waiting

8/27/2007 - State Fair Ratchets Up The Cuteness Quotient

0827_fair_bg.jpgThe Oregon State Fair is trying some new things this year to grab your attention. For instance, there’s a whole new section that showcases adventure sports such as rock climbing and snowboarding.

There’s also something new in the livestock section. Officials are betting that baby barnyard animals will capture the hearts of 21st Century kids. Correspondent Chris Lehman has more.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Wind Turbine Tower Collapses Killing One Worker
Aid Worker Began Volunteer Work In High School
Oregon-Made Trumpet Will Be Lasting Memorial To Katrina Victims
Dead Humpback Off Coast Puts Damper On Whale Watching Week
Four Sentenced In Bank Of Grenada Ponzi Scheme

8/23/2007 - Mixologist Shaking-Up Everyday Cocktails

0823_mixer2.jpgOregonian Lucy Brennan is one of the nation’s top mixologists. That means, among other things, she makes a mean avocado daiquiri.
Portlanders may know her restaurant mint or her lounge 820. Magazines from Food and Wine to Playboy have all named the local restaurateur in articles about who’s who in mixology.
Brennan immigrated to the US in the 80’s from Great Britain but only started her first restaurant after she moved to Portland 14 years ago.
She’s just written a new book, called Hip Sips -- published by Chronicle Books -- which contains many of her signature drinks --with fresh fruit and the occasional vegetable.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Portland's Goose Hollow Inn Celebrates 4 Decades
Michelle Wie Lands In Portland For Golf Tourney
Five Eastern Oregon Counties Seeking Drought Relief
Forest Service Promises Review Of Fish-Killing Fire Retardant
Washington State Battling To Regulate Brush Pickers

8/22/2007 - Mount Rainier National Park Briskly Recovering From Storms

0806_rainier.jpgUnprecedented numbers of volunteers are helping paid contractors rebuild trails, campgrounds, and roads in Mount Rainier National Park.
Storm damage closed the iconic park for six months this past winter and spring. Now, the pace of recovery is delightfully brisk. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Social Change Students Use New Media To Highlight Issues
Six Western States And Two Provinces Agree To Cut Greenhouse Gases
Portland Police Issue Expensive Reminders To Yield For Pedestrians
Hazelnut Crop Off, But Farmers Keep Faith

8/21/2007 - Dam Removal On Elwha Creeps Closer

0820_elwa1.jpgEast of Portland, the electric utility PGE is “almost through” tearing down Marmot Dam on the Sandy River.
The demolition project is ahead of schedule. The same cannot be said for an oft-delayed project on Washington’s Elwha River.
The targeted dams there would be the biggest ever removed in the whole United States. Correspondent Tom Banse reports there’s the prospect of action on the ground after more than twenty years of debate.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon AG Hardy Myers Won't Run For Office Again
Poll Finds Shift In Oregonians' Candidate Preferences
Knight's $100 Million Comes With Questions
Peace And Trade Focus Of Chinese Ambassador's Speech
Schools To Debate Native American Mascots Again

8/20/2007 - More Logging Could Be On The Way For Northwest

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It’s not exactly a return to the heyday of years gone by, but the northwest logging industry has reason to celebrate.
Two federal agencies are gearing up to allow more logging in Washington, Oregon and northern California.
As correspondent Chris Lehman reports, you could see a lot more logging trucks rolling down the highway in the next few years.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
PBS Series Features Oregon Connections
Young Musicians Get Onboard The Lennon Tour Bus
Charges Dropped In McMinnville Teens' Harassment Case

8/16/2007 - Biodiesel Refinery Will Depend On Foreign Oil At Start

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More than 250 luminaries and guests celebrated the opening of the nation's biggest biodiesel refinery in Hoquiam, Washington Wednesday. Speeches touted the benefits of keeping our petro-dollars at home. But the new plant still relies on imported oil -- vegetable oil in this case.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports that energy independence remains a hard nut to crack in the Northwest.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
McMinnville Case Puts Teenage Sexual Behavoir On Public Agenda
Feds Round Up 175 Fugitives With Operation Falcon
Warm Weather Keeps Oregon Wildfires Burning Police Lieutenant Fired In Deadly Force Case


8/15/2007 - Northwest Ready To Lead In Harnessing The Motion Of The Ocean

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This month a new technology to generate electricity from ocean waves hits the water. Test buoys will be deployed a few miles off the coast at Newport and Bandon, Oregon and Makah Bay, Washington.
The Northwest is poised to lead the way on wave energy. But for those who earn a living on the water, it's not clear the ocean's big enough for everyone.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
D.A. Faces Questions In McMinnville Sex Harassment Case
Metro Looking For Way To Build Convention Hotel
Sen. Smith Addresses Klamath Fish Kill Criticisms

8/14/2007 - Poop Cruise Shows The Smelly Side Of Lake Roosevelt

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There’s an experience almost universally shared by anyone who’s ever ventured into the great outdoors. Nature calls. And you’re nowhere near any sort of modern flush facility. Or even an outhouse.

Apparently, that’s happening to an alarming number of visitors at Lake Roosevelt in northeast Washington. One of the most beautiful sections of the Columbia River is awash in human waste.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Sen. Wyden Greeted With Calls For Impeachment At Portland Meeting
Portland's Five Percent Biodiesel Solution Set To Begin
Wildfire Threat Grows, Small Central Oregon Fires Continue
OHSU Brain Researcher Wins Javitz Neuroscience Award

8/13/2007 - Dead And Dying: Sounding The Alarm Over The Health Of NW Forests

You don't have to be a forester to see that giant swaths of Northwest forests are dead or dying. The infected areas stand out like a sore thumb: rust-red dead trees where once healthy evergreens stood.

Especially east of the Cascades, bugs and disease are feasting on forests made vulnerable by drought and overcrowding. Now the question is: how to stop the spread of this epidemic.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Study Finds Drug Use Increases With 'Acculturation'
Gov. Kulongoski Makes Early Pick In U.S. Senate Race
Amateur Astronomers Gather Near Bend To Watch Perseids

8/9/2007 - Role Of 'Gusset Plates' In Bridge Collapse Considered

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Investigators in Minnesota have raised concerns about a structural part used in bridges all over the country, including 177 in Oregon. The possible design flaw came up in the investigation of deadly collapse of a Minneapolis bridge.

Federal transportation officials are calling on states to be aware of the stress placed on what are known as “gusset plates.” Colin Fogarty reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Logging On Federal Forest Lands Trending Higher
Hop Heads Gather To Discuss Their Favorite Flower
Hounds To Be Used To Control Cougar Numbers
Challenges Await New President At Eastern Oregon University

8/8/2007 - Portland Schools Prepare Search Criteria For New Superintendent

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With the Portland Public Schools superintendent’s chair empty, school board members are thinking about the qualities they want in a new superintendent.

The school board finalized its criteria for selecting a new superintendent Wednesday.

That post was vacated, of course, when former Schools Superintendent Vicki Phillips left the job to lead the Gates Foundation’s education division.

School Board member Bobbie Regan is the point person for the new superintendent’s search. She talks with OPB's Eve Epstein about the process.
Listen to the interview...
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Selection Criteria

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Northwest Wheat Farmers Glean Best Price In Decades
Judge Denies Request For New Trial For Kip Kinkel
Bend's Bum Buses End Up In Court
Lebanon School District Reviews Superintendent's Performance

8/7/2007 - Backcountry Skiers Pursue Turns All Year

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When it's 80 degrees and sunny, skiing is probably the last thing you're thinking of. But some Northwesterners just can't get snow off the brain.

Among them are some die-hards who tally impressive streaks of year-round skiing without leaving the Northwest.

Correspondent Tom Banse grabbed his ski poles to meet the people who carve turns all year round.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Climate Change On The Agenda In The Northwest
ODOT Begins Inspections Of Oregon's Steel Deck Truss Bridges
How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon
Pope & Talbot Timber Company Up For Sale


8/6/2007 - Mt. Hood Fans Celebrate Pittock's First Climb 150 Years Ago

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150 years ago Monday a small group of men completed what's thought to be the first climb to the summit of Mt. Hood. Henry Pittock and four friends ascended what is now the most popular mountain in Oregon.

Native Americans could have climbed to the summit long before 1847. But Pittock's ascent is considered the first documented climb to the summit.

Colin Fogarty spoke to the man who wrote the book on the history of Mount Hood, about that first expedition.

Complete article...
Mt. Hood Audio Slideshow.

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Mosquitoes' Buzz Brings State Of Emergency To Union County
Portland State Expands With New Rec Center
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Northwest Soldier's Struggle To Recover
Auto Theft Is East Portland's New Hot Crime


8/2/2007 - Mattel Recalls Chinese-Made Toys With Lead Paint

Mattel, the company that makes Big Bird, Dora the Explorer and other cuddly characters, is recalling almost a million toys because of lead paint.

The recall covers 83 different products made after April this year, including: giggling Elmo; Toucan Motorcycle Rescue and Sesame Street Jack-In-The-Box.

It's hard to know exactly how many of the 300,000 recalled toys in the U.S. were purchased in Oregon. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Portland Day Laborer Site Plans Draw Controversy
Judge Orders Idaho Prison To Provide Estrogen Therapy
Northwest Farmers May See New Yields In Farm Bill

8/1/2007 - Oregon House Speaker Merkley Joins Race For U.S. Senate

0801_merkley.jpgDemocratic House Speaker Jeff Merkley filed papers Wednesday declaring he is candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The Portland Democrat enters the Democratic primary against political activist Steve Novick.

The House Speaker is hoping successes in the state legislature can propel him into the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Republican Gordon Smith. But as Colin Fogarty reports, the debate over the war in Iraq is taking center stage.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Ryan Deckert To Lead Oregon Business Association
Tsunami Learning Exchange: West Coast To Indian Ocean

7/31/2007 - Jolly Green Giant Left Town, But His Image Remains

0731_greengiant3.jpgThere was a time when almost all canned asparagus with the Green Giant label came from Dayton, Washington.

In fact, for about 70 years, this tiny town 30 miles northeast of Walla Walla was home to the world's largest asparagus cannery. But in 2005, the cannery was moved to Peru and the town lost 50 full-time positions and nearly a thousand seasonal jobs.

Now, one of the questions people in Dayton are facing is what to do with the 300-foot-tall Jolly Green Giant. Harriet Baskas went out to southeast Washington and filed this report.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski Threatens Veto Of OMSI Bail-Out Bill
House Panel Probes Cheney's Role In Klamath Fish Die-Off
Bend Realtors Feel Pressured By City Ban On Signs
Land Deal Marks The Beginning Of The End For The New Carissa Saga

7/30/2007 - Oregon Farmers Find Their Thrill With Blueberries

0730_blueberry2.jpgSummer in the northwest is a time for fruits and vegetables. Fans of fresh produce love to browse farmers markets and roadside stands for their favorites.

An increasingly popular choice is the blueberry. And Oregon is becoming one of the nation's leading producers.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Hanford Officials Forming Clean-Up Plans For Friday's Leak
19-Year-Old Grants Pass Soldier Oregon's Latest Loss In Iraq
Philips Moves On To Gates Foundation, Leaves Her Mark On Portland Schools
City of Bend Anticipates 113,000 Residents By 2027

7/26/2007 - Portland Turns Into 'Beertown' For Four-Day Brewfest

0726_beerfest.jpgEveryone knows Oregon's a big beer state, and today, the 20th annual Oregon Brewers' Festival got under way.
A parade kicked off the four-day beer bonanza, led by Portland Mayor and Honorary Mayor of Beertown, Tom Potter.
Casey Negreiff attended, and did not imbibe, so that he could send us this audio postcard.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Governor Signs $28 Million In Grants For Research and Innovation
Rural Voters Still Looking For Candidate Who Knows Their Issues
Confiscated Nail Clippers? You Can Buy Them Back

7/25/2007 - Celilo Residents Move Into Temporary Houses

0724_celilo.jpgThe Army Corps of Engineers is making good on a 50-year-old promise to build new housing at an historic tribal village.
This July, a small band of Columbia River Indians are moving into temporary homes. It's happening at Celilo Village, a legendary gathering place for Northwest Tribes near The Dalles, Oregon.
Correspondent Anna King visited with the residents of Celilo, on moving day.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Sellwood Bridge Project Still Moving Forward
Oregon's Foster Care Rate Above National Average

7/24/2007 - Brick By Brick: Demolition With Dignity In New Orleans

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In post-Katrina New Orleans, a project with northwest roots is making its mark on the rebuilding effort.

It aims to preserve more of the original by rethinking how damaged buildings get taken apart.

In the process, familiar conservation concepts like "re-use" and "recycle" serve a purpose well beyond environmentalism. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to check it out.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Dust-Up Over DA Pay In Clatsop County Has Statewide Implications
Some Oregon Blazes Under Control, But Fire Season's Still In Full Swing
Washington's Bar Exam Now Tests Knowledge Of Indian Law
Farm Bill Advances To House Floor Vote
Hotter NW Summers Consistent With Global Warming

7/23/2007 - Drugstore Cowboys: Feds Crack Prolific NW Pharmacy Burglary Ring

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Federal authorities have cracked the most prolific pharmacy burglary ring in the Northwest, if not the nation.

The break-in artists hit dozens of drug stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California between 2004 and 2006.

Their target: heavy-duty painkillers like OxyContin that can sell for three times their value on the street. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has the story of one the ringleaders.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Administrators Scramble To Grow Head Start Programs Across State
Rodeo Is More About Guts Than Bucks
Portland Popular With Open Source Aficionados
State Settles MacLaren Sex Abuse Cases
Northwest Potato Harvest Gets Off To A Hot And Dusty Start

7/19/2007 - Medical Pot Plants Seized, And The Debate Rages On

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Salem police have arrested three people in a major pot bust.
Two of the suspects had medical marijuana cards. Oregon voters legalized the medical use of pot in 1998.
But arrests like the one in Salem this week have become fodder for a debate that's quietly raging over the future of the medical marijuana law.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Soldiers' Kids Get A Little Normalcy At 'Operation Purple' Summer Camp
Redmond's RV Rally Is A Small Town On Wheels
Naomi Pomeroy: Fresh Ingredients, Fresh Start
Entrepreneurs Strike Oil In Winery Waste

7/18/2007 - More Than Medicine: Bio-Tech's Increasing Role

0718_gunn.jpgIt's probably no surprise that bio-technology has become big business in Oregon. But you might be surprised by just how many aspects of everyday life are touched by bio-tech.

Moira Gunn's new book "Welcome to BioTech Nation," chronicles her journey of discovering BioTech and starting a weekly segment on her public radio program, Tech Nation.
Download an extended version of this interview
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Got Your Allen Wrench Handy? Portland's IKEA Opens Next Week
Residents Of St Helens Debate Immigrant Ordinance
Land-Use Planning Head Lane Shetterly Stepping Down

7/17/2007 - NW Troops Repay A Debt By Sponsoring Iraqi Refugees

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Iraqi refugees have begun to trickle into the Northwest. They're mostly translators who assisted Northwest soldiers on deployments in Iraq.

In some instances, local troops are repaying a debt by sponsoring the Iraqi immigrants.

Correspondent Tom Banse has a profile of one Iraqi whose arrival could be a sign of things to come.
Click here for the rest of the story...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Next On The List? Another Dem Considers Senate Run Against Smith
With Store's Closure Portland's A Little Sadder, A Little Less Weird
There's No Substitute For the Lessons Of Predator And Prey

7/16/2007 - 'Fishtrap' Is Like A Summer Camp For Adults

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When you think book readings and literary salons, usually that means fancy bookstores or wine-and-cheese platters. But one of Oregon's most famous literary gatherings happens in a remote part of the state.

And to reporter Ethan Lindsey it seemed less like a book group, and more like summer camp. Ethan sent us back this audio postcard from his bunk bed.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Court Upholds Endangered Species Protection For Coast Coho
'Big Look' Land-Use Review Headed For The Big Sleep
Sen. Gordon Smith Looks Ahead To 2008 Race
Threemile Canyon Farms Signs Union Agreement

7/12/2007 - Shadow Project Helps Special Needs Kids Earn And Learn

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Educating kids with special needs and learning disabilities can be difficult.

They take more time and attention -- which many teachers never seem to have enough of. But one Oregon mom has developed a remarkably simple and effective program.

The idea is that kids earn points for doing well -- they can use those points to buy toys for themselves or gifts for others.

As simple as it sounds, "The Shadow Project" is thought to be the only nonprofit of its kind in the country. And it's growing.

Next week, the charitable foundation Social Venture Partners will announce a major grant to help get the program outside of Portland. Allison Frost checked out some places where the Shadow Project has been working wonders.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Biscuit Fire: Five Years Later
New Measure, Same Old Land Use Battle
ODOT Seeks Cheaper Way To Get From Corvallis To Newport

7/11/2007 - A Tale of Two Interstates

0711_trucker.jpgInterstate 15 runs from Canada to Mexico through the American West, while Interstate 86 runs west to Portland and then Seattle.
The two highways intersect at Pocatello, Idaho.
We hear from truckers, traveling teenagers and a hitchhiker about the culture of the interstates.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Beef Or Bison? How 'Bout Both In One Bite
Elections Division Still Trying To Get Money Out Of Former Rep. Doyle

7/10/2007 - A Fresh Look At The Roads Most Traveled

0710_i90.jpgIf you're an Oregonian or Washingtonian, and you want to see much of your state at all, it usually means driving.
If you've ever made the five-hour drive between Spokane and Seattle along Interstate 90, you'd be forgiven for gritting your teeth, twirling the radio dial and hoping the time passes quickly.
Fortunately there's now another option. A new audio heritage tour could open your eyes to a new way of seeing that seemingly unremarkable stretch of road. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson takes us on the journey.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Smith Co-Sponsors Troop Withdrawal Bill
Heat Wave Threatens Pets Too
Bend, Portland Named Best Places To Live
Physicians' Groups Decry Proposed Medicare Cuts

7/9/2007 - Kate Brown To Run For Secretary Of State

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State Senator Kate Brown announced Monday she's running for Secretary of State next year. The Portland Democrat stepped down as majority leader in the Oregon Senate just last month. As Colin Fogarty reports, Kate Brown isn't the only Democratic state Senator seeking the post.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Summertime Is Bottling Time At Northwest Wineries
Kaiser Patients Eager To E-mail Doctors
NW Teens Vie For Jobs Collecting Roadside Trash


7/5/2007 - A Doctor In Darfur

0705_darfur.jpgDr. Jonathan Bird returned recently from month in the Darfur region of Western Sudan. He lives near Farmington, Missouri, but he was working as part of the Oregon relief agency, Medical Teams International.

The situation in Darfur has been called the worst humanitarian crisis anywhere on the globe. It's also been called genocide.

The most conservative estimates puts the number of dead at 200,000, and others say it's at least half a million.

More than two a half million people are without homes.
Complete article....
Dr. Bird gives some of his impressions of the country in this audio slideshow.

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Movie Documents 162nd Infantry's Time In Iraq
Using Bull Run Water To Help Wild Salmon


7/3/2007 - 'And The Rockets Red Glare...'

0703_fireworks_v.jpgToday on Oregon Considered we bring you a couple of views of Independence Day.

First commentator Bob Balmer with some thoughts about the 4th of July picnic food hierarchy.

And Vancouver poet Scott Poole remembers a 4th that ended with a pizza 'chucked' at a horse.

And we couldn’t let the show end without explaining, in case you were wondering, and even if you weren’t, that the music you’ve been hearing on today’s show is all from musicians who will be appearing at the 20th annual Waterfront Blues Festival. It’s as always, a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. And it starts at noon on the 4th at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

www.waterfrontbluesfest.org


Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Assessing The State Of Portland's Wi-Fi Cloud
Federal And State Funds Bring MAX To Clackamas County
More Money Spent Than Saved In City's Bulk Purchasing Program
Biofuels' Raw Material To Get Financial Boost
Oregon's Higher Ed Looks Forward To Improvements

7/2/2007 - Jockeying Among LNG Developers Picks Up

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The jockeying among developers wanting to build natural gas import terminals near the coast is heating up. Four companies have their eyes on the lower Columbia River and another likes Coos Bay.
Insiders say the region probably can support only one tanker terminal. And opponents aim to make it none. Correspondent Tom Banse has the latest on a brewing showdown from Astoria.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Assessing The State Of Portland's Wi-Fi Cloud
Oregonians Get More 'Bang For The Buck' In Washington
Portland Schools' Vicki Phillips Off To Gates Foundation
Volunteerism: Feels Good, Sounds Good

6/28/2007 - Cold-Averse Plants Warm Up to a New Home

0628_flowers.jpg With apologies to most of the country, we gardeners in the Pacific Northwest are spoiled rotten. Our temperate climate enables us to grow a glut of the world's plants.

Walk down a leafy street and you'll see not only native or Asian plants, but less familiar species from South Africa, Chile and the South Pacific, particularly from New Zealand.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Lawmakers Wrap Up Shortest Session Since '95
Farmers, Interest Groups React To Squashed Immigration Bill
Metro 'Open To Partnerships' With Businesses To Run Park System

6/27/2007 - Senate Colleagues Prepare For Kate Brown's Farewell

0627_katebrown.jpgWhen the 2007 session of the legislature ends, it will be the last time Portland Democrat Kate Brown will lead her caucus in the Oregon state Senate.

Brown's been in the legislature for 16 years. She's spent half that time as leader of the Senate Democrats, the longest caucus leader that legislative veterans can remember.

They consistently rate Kate Brown as one of the most effective legislators in Salem. Colin Fogarty has this profile.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Legislature Heading For First June Finish In Over 10 Years
Air National Guard Releases Name Of Pilot Killed In Crash
Blazers' Top Draft Pick Has Portland Holding Its Breath

6/26/2007 - Scientists Working To Shore-Up Honeybee Population

0626_bees.jpgYou may have heard that the nation's honeybees are in trouble. Their numbers have declined by about a quarter in just the last year alone.

Worst of all, nobody knows why.

In response, scientists and the federal government are trying to come up with ways to encourage more bees and other pollinators to thrive.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Mayor Potter Announces Grants For Safety At New Columbia
TV Stations Blur The Line Between News And Ads
Final March Is On For Salem Lawmakers
Report Shows Significant Increase In Child Abuse Cases

6/25/2007 - One-Party Rule Yields Mixed Bag In Salem

0622_capitol3.jpgThe clock is ticking for the Oregon legislature. Lawmakers have until the end of the week to wrap things up.

It was the first session in 16 years that one political party enjoyed control of the House, the Senate, and the Governor's office. Salem correspondent Chris Lehman reports on how things worked out with the Democrats in charge.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Flight Attendant Wings Through Lifetime Of Airline Change
Are Advertising Agreements Healthy For Local Television News?
Governor Signs Bills To Protect Children In Foster Care

6/21/2007 - Chinese Pop Star Sells NW Cherries In Music Video

0621_cherry.jpgWashington is often called the most trade dependent state in the nation. When it comes to agriculture, about a third of the state's crops are exported -- most to Asian countries.

But marketing Northwest products overseas takes some creativity. Correspondent Austin Jenkins shows us what a Chinese pop star and Northwest cherries have in common.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Boy Writes Winning Essay On Bees
Ambulance Workers Vote For Strike Over Wages, Insurance
Better For The Customers, Better For The Birds

6/20/2007 - Top Draft Prospect Works Out For Blazers

0620_oden2.jpg Greg Oden worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. He and Kevin Durant are the two players the team is considering for the top pick in next week's NBA Draft.

Oden had a large audience for the latter part of his workout. Several members of the Blazers watched him participate in drills with head coach Nate McMillan and other coaches.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Judge To Decide On Kinkel Case Within 30 Days
Portland Police Searching For Missing California Couple
Senate Looks To Scale Back 'Double Majority' Requirement

6/19/2007 - The Life Vest's Struggle To Win Hearts And Minds

0619_boat.jpgA warning you hear often in the summer is that anyone going out on a boat should wear a life vest. After any accident on water, we hear whether the victims were wearing life jackets.

We all know they save lives. So why do so many of us still refuse to wear them?

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to a busy boat launch in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to ask around.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Multi-Year Timber Payments Deal Still Possible
Rise In Pedestrian/Train Accidents An 'Unfortunate Trend'
Judge Considers New Trial For Kip Kinkel
Report Blasts Portland Police For Poor Sexual Assault Record

6/18/2007 - Your Past Can Catch Up With You At The Northern Border

0618_border.jpgSome travelers who used to blithely cross the Canadian border are being tripped up by indiscretions in their pasts.

Thanks to improved databases and information sharing, border guards can now call up records of crimes that exclude you from entering Canada or the USA.

And they just might Google you. Correspondent Tom Banse has the details you should know.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Governor Signs Three Bills To Better Protect Oregon Consumers
It's Hip To Be Square...Dancing, That Is

6/14/2007 - Evergreen Museum Hoping To Land A Space Shuttle

0614_plane2.jpgAs anyone who has visited 'The Spruce Goose' recently can tell you, the Evergreen Aviation Museum is in the middle of a massive expansion.

Having opened in 2001 with just four planes, the collection now numbers more than 80. And, as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, there's a move afoot to try and bring a space shuttle to the small town of McMinnville.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
U of O Professor Studies Motivations Of Immigrant Workers
Clackamas Commission Considers Adding Members
Universal Health Care Discussed In Salem

6/13/2007 - Filmmaker Explores Challenges Facing Recovering Addicts

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Independent filmaker Brian Lindstrom spent four months following the recovery of alcoholics and addicts in a mentor program in Portland.

That resulted in a documentary he titled, "Finding Normal." The film won best local production early this year in the Longbaugh film festival.

It will be shown Friday night at the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell auditorium and it also will have a run later this summer at Cinema 21.

Brian Lindstrom stopped by our studios for a candid talk about the documentary which isn't his first film focused on recovery and drug treatment.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Immigration Raid Brings Praise, Condemnation And Concern
Silicon Wafer Company Bringing Renewable Energy Jobs To Oregon
Lawmakers May Have Deal On Prevailing Wage Issue

6/12/2007 - Millions Spent On Train Yard, But No Trains Stop

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You know the saying, "If you build it they will come"? Well, what happens if you build it with taxpayer money and they don't come?

That's what's happened in the central Washington town of Quincy. Several million dollars were spent to build a railroad terminal to get goods to market. But so far, no trains are stopping at the station.

We sent correspondent Austin Jenkins to find out if this is a taxpayer boondoggle in the desert.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Feds Propose Reducing Spotted Owls' Protected Habitat
OSU Beavers Return To College World Series
Reflections On Rosaria

6/11/2007 - Pro-reform Advocate Underwent Immigration Transformation

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It failed a test. But is it dead? That's the question Northwest farmers and high tech managers have about the immigration reform bill.

The Senate failed to vote on the measure last week. It would have made it easier for companies to bring in guest workers.

One of the people speaking up for the region's orchardists has seen his personal views flip 180-degrees on immigration. Correspondent Tom Banse has this profile.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Remembering A Stillborn Child
Study Questions Benefits Of Salvage Logging
Veterans Twice As Likely To Commit Suicide
Oregon National Guard Troops Return From Afghanistan
Pigeon Enthusiasts Charged With Killing Birds of Prey

6/7/2007 - Portland Archdiocese Releases Accused Priests' Personnel Files

0420_vlazny.jpgThe Archdiocese of Portland released a series of documents Wednesday from the personnel files of priests accused of molesting children.

Church officials agreed to release the papers when they settled a massive bankruptcy case in April involving about 150 claimants. But attorneys for those accusers complain the document release caught them by surprise.

Attorney Kelly Clark estimates that this batch of papers is only a portion of what will ultimately be released.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Forestry Board Considers Increased Logging On State Lands
OMSI Unveils Controversial 'Body Worlds' Exhibit
Retired General Visits Portland, Criticizes Iraq War
Record-Setting Philanthropist Hallie Ford Dies
In Salem, Beer Tax Hops Along

6/6/2007 - Renewable Energy Bill Could Lure Energy Companies To Oregon

0606_windpower_vert.jpgEvery now Oregonians pass a law that sets the Beaver State apart: The Bottle Bill, The Beach Bill, Vote-By-Mail, Death with Dignity....

Wednesday Governor Ted Kulongoski signed another landmark piece of legislation into law: The Renewable Energy Bill. It required utilities to generate a quarter of their power form wind, sun, wave or geothermal sources by 2025.

While the legislation will help prevent global warming, supporters say it'll be remembered for a much more concrete reason: money.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, they say the legislation will make Oregon one of the places to be for new energy start-ups - businesses that one day could become as big as the likes of Chevron and Exxon Mobile.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
California Assembly To Vote On Assisted Suicide
Cormorant Flock May Get Moving Orders
Home Builders See Green In North Idaho
Oregon Philanthropist Jean Vollum Dies
Oregon In Line, Kind Of, With Nationwide 'No Child Left Behind' Trends
Portland's Arts And Culture Add Greatly To Economy, Says Study

6/5/2007 - Family Leave Could Come With Some Cash

0308_pioneerman.jpgPeople who need to care for elderly parents or sick children are allowed to take time off from work and not worry about losing their job. But many people don't, because they can't afford to give up their paycheck. Lawmakers in Salem are considering a plan that would give employees a source of income while they're away from their job. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Smith And Wyden Still Undecided On Immigration Bill
Dry-Wallers Strike For Better Pay
Measure 37 Referral Passes Senate
Tsunami Preparedness, One Year Later

6/4/2007 - A Day In The Life Of Congressman Peter DeFazio

0604_defazio.jpgPeter DeFazio has just begun his 11th term representing the 4th District in and around Eugene. The Democrat is the longest-serving member of the Oregon House delegation.
In our ongoing series of profiles of Oregon's congressional delegation, Todd Zwillich brings us a day in the life of Democrat Peter DeFazio.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Ethics Panel May Review State Sen. Johnson's Land Deal
Fire Season's Early Start Has Officials Concerned
Some Girls Try Steroids In Weight-Loss Quest, Study Finds
Immigrants' Advocates Press For 'Hate Crime' Designation In Beating Case

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

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.

Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Winery Opening Symbolizes 'Arrival' Of NW Wine
Oregon Governor Eyes Biomass Strategy

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.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Priest Sexual Abuse Trial Nearly Over
Tax Hikes Proposed For Timber Counties

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski Signs Two Gay-Rights Bills Into Law
Portland Set To Officially Recognize Homeless Camp

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Domestic Partners Ready To Live 'Domestically'
Good Food, Good Friends, And No Rules

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.
Complete article...

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

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.
Complete article...

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

4/30/2007 - A Day With Oregon's Congressman On A Bike

Earl Blumenauer represents Portland in the U.S. House of Representatives. He doesn't fit the Congressional stereotype.

There are common, bizarre and even playful aspects to his not-so-normal life. In the next installment of our occasional series on Oregon's congressional delegation, Capitol correspondent Matt Laslo followed Blumenauer around Capitol Hill.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Open Primary Bill Makes It Out Of Committee
The Difference Between Promoting Religion And Teaching Religion
Captain To Be Sentenced In 'Seaman's Manslaughter' Case

4/26/2007 - Oregon High Court Rules On Trash Searches

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The Oregon Supreme Court talked trash Thursday. The justices ruled that police don't need a warrant to search garbage, once it's collected by the trash company.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
State Police Funding Plan Stalled By Legislative Showdown
Documentary Highlights The Plight Of Uganda's Refugees
Barred Owl Shooting Proposed To Help Spotted Owl Survival
Phillips' Departure Takes Portland Schools By Surprise

4/25/2007 - State Mulls Options For Timber Payment Counties

0425_timbertour1.jpgThe end of Federal payments to timber dependent counties has largely been a showdown between Congress and county governments.

It's unclear what role, if any, state governments should take as county governments slash services and lay off workers.

Local officials in Oregon turned to state lawmakers for help recently. Correspondent Chris Lehman has more from Coos County on the south Oregon coast.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Rented Bees Under-appreciated But Vital Cog For NW Farms
Oregon Soldier Among Nine Killed In Iraq
Domestic Partnerships Bill Nears Senate Floor Vote

4/24/2007 - The Big Turnoff: One Woman's Tale Of Avoiding The Tube

Ellen Currey-Wilson used to watch a lot of TV. The huge number of commercials on most stations was just one of many reasons she decided after she became pregnant that her child would not watch any TV at all before he turned 6.

Ellen Currey-Wilson has just written a book chronicling her experience. It's called: The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom trying to Raise a TV-Free kid.

Some of her public appearances were timed to coincide with TV turnoff week, which is, in case you missed it, this week.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Mosquitoes' Genes May Offer Clues To Global Climate Change
School Board Cleans Up Custodians' Firing Mess
Portland Police Release 'Force Task Force' Report

4/23/2007 - Sen. Wyden: A Long-Time Fan Of The Underdog

0423_wyden.jpgOregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol for more than 25 years.

As he moves through his third term in the Senate, Wyden hopes to finally make his mark with the help of a Democratic majority.

In our continuing series profiling Oregon's congressional delegation, Capitol correspondent Terry Gildea spent a day with the state's senior Senator.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Drivers Using More (And More Expensive) Gasoline
Fluorescent Lights Still Haven't Turned Consumers On
WA Legislature Passes $33 Billion Budget, Adjourns Sine Die

4/19/2007 - 'Health Care Access' Means More Than Insurance

0419_ruralclinic.jpgThere's a lot of discussion around the state capitol these days about improving access to health care.

But universal health insurance is meaningless if you can't get to the doctor's office.

Correspondent Chris Lehman visited a clinic in rural central Oregon to find out what it's like to stay healthy when your neighbors are sagebrush and jackrabbits.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
New Rules Set For Future Sports League Redistricting
Bill Signings, But No Budget Yet, As WA Legislature Winds Down
State Begins Investigation Of Portland Schools' Gifted Program

4/18/2007 - First Democrat Steps Forward To Challenge Sen. Smith

0418_novick.jpgPortland attorney Steve Novick launched his bid for the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The Democratic activist faces a big challenge running against a two-term senator, Gordon Smith.

But Oregon Democrats are energized after last year's election -- even if their first candidate for the 2008 Senate race is not very well known.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
'Rip City' Rings Out In Portland Once Again
Will The Sonics Really Leave The NW?
The Excitement Of Podcasting Comes To Salem
Oregon Ranks 15th In Volunteering And 8th In Civic Life
Protections For Threatened Salmon Go Back To Court

4/17/2007 - Archdiocese Will Disclose Records Of Priests Accused Of Sex Abuse

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has agreed to disclose some personnel records of priests accused of molesting children.

The settlement with attorneys for those sex abuse victims caps a nearly three year bankruptcy case. Colin Fogarty reports.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
The Three Certainties: Death, Taxes, And Complaining About Taxes
On The Hill, Talk Of Gun Control After Virginia Tech Shooting
Leonard And Potter Debate Dumping Portland's Commission-Oriented Government
Gay Rights Bills Clear Oregon House

4/16/2007 - A Day In The Life Of Senator Gordon Smith

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Gordon Smith has been a US Senator for over a decade now. In that time he's overcome many challenges, some political, others quite personal. Through it all the Oregon Republican has built a reputation as a moderate -- working across the political aisle on many issues. But life on the Hill is different when you're in the Minority. In the first of an occasional series focusing on Oregon's congressional delegation, capitol correspondent Benjamin Shaw brings us a day in the life of Senator Gordon Smith.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Students And Educators Consider Safety After Virginia Tech Shooting
One Week Left For Washington Legislators
Jackie Robinson's Daughter Brings His Legacy To Portland

4/12/2007 - Washington's Franklin County First To Become Majority Hispanic In NW

0412_elpasco.jpgWe've all heard of the explosive growth in Bend, greater Boise, and Coeur d'Alene. But did you know the very fastest growing area of the Northwest is Franklin County in south-central Washington?

Dig deeper into the population numbers and you'll find another distinction. The county is the first in the region to become majority Hispanic.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the Franklin County seat of Pasco.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Portland Auto Swap Meet Takes Over PIR
Western States Rank High In Wind Energy Potential
Structural Problems Threaten The John Day Dam

4/11/2007 - Filmed By Bike Film Fest Rolls Into Town

0411_bikemessenger.jpgIf you're new to Portland you may not know that the city hosts innumerable film festivals, but even if you're not new you may have missed this particular event -- it's called Filmed by Bike.

The clip we just heard is from a quirky 90 second film called "Hit a Frog."

Ayleen Crotty is the founder and director of the festival, which turns 5 this year. Although there's always room for policy discussions around bicycle transportation, Crotty says, this isn't about that.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Nine Years After Rampage, Patient Up For Supervised Release
Simple Measures At Prison Save Taxpayers Big Bucks
Committee Considers Consolidated Health Care Bill

4/10/2007 - Breastfeeding Bill May Make It Into Law This Time

A bill that would require businesses to provide a clean, private place for mothers to express breast milk, is waiting to be heard in the Oregon Senate Business Committee.

It's the fourth time the idea has surfaced in the legislature. But supporters believe this time's a charm -- because the governor's mansion, the House and Senate are all controlled by Democrats.

Kristian Foden-Vencil visited a mother who managed to negotiate time and a place to express her milk at work, but who still feels there ought to be a law.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Bill Would Alter Rules For Hunting Cougars And Bears
NW States Consider Tax To Fund Paid Family Leave
Oregon Farmers Want More Columbia River Water
Portland Archdiocese Bankruptcy Plan Goes Before Judge

4/9/2007 - Medical Teams International One Of First To Return To Darfur

0409_darfur.jpgFor the first time in 18 months, the government of Sudan is allowing international relief workers back into Darfur.

The civil war that is now acknowledged as genocide has left an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 people dead and more than 2 million people displaced.

Many live in refugee camps with little or no food, water or medical care.

One of the first groups to go back in is Portland-based Medical Teams International, formerly Northwest Medical Teams.

Jon Bird of Missouri left Monday for western Darfur and will be there as part of the Medical Teams International program for the next several weeks. He talked with Oregon Considered host Allison Frost about how a person prepares to go to a place like Darfur.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Gay Rights Bills Working Their Way Through Legislature
Appeals Court Rejects Bush Plan To Manage Salmon
"There Was No Choice In Jonestown That Day..."

4/5/2007 - No Story Time, But Lots Of Classics At The Last Library In Jackson County

0405_hannon.jpgA plan to renew the federal subsidy that provides millions of dollars to timber counties appears to be on-track in Washington D.C. But in Jackson County, Oregon, the money won't come soon enough.

Without the federal money in the bank, the county can't afford keep the 15 branches open, and Friday the libraries will close.

Yet, there will be one major library in the county with its lights still on -- the library at Southern Oregon University. Jessica Robinson reports.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Conservative Pastors Lobby Against Discrimination Bill
Hooley, Kulongoski Hear Guard Troops' Complaints
Public Vocal On Sellwood Bridge Plans
Bend One Of Fastest Growing Cities In The Nation
After 36 Years, Oregon's Bottle Bill Due For An Update

4/4/2007 - Lasers Used To Spot Landslides Wherever They Hide

0404_lidar.jpgA week ago Wednesday a landslide brought westbound commuters on Highway 26 to a screeching halt during morning rush hour.

Work crews are still analyzing the stability of that hillside, just west of the Vista Ridge Tunnel. Meanwhile an Oregon company has been working on an aerial survey of the entire Portland metro area.

As Andrew Theen reports, the company's using laser technology to pinpoint old landslides and predict where new ones might occur.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Chalkboard Project Sees Mixed Results On Legislative Agenda
Open Primary Bill Makes Strange Political Bedfellows

4/3/2007 - When Money's Tight, Recent Grads' Health Insurance Is The First To Go

In March, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law that would provide health insurance for all children in Washington State by 2010.

But the biggest group of uninsured people are between the ages of 19 and 34. 50% of them don't have any health insurance.

That includes our colleague in Olympia, Sarah Gustavus. Here's her story.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Senator Wyden Sees Room For Improvement At Portland's VA Hospital
Bridging The Parent-Teacher Language Gap
Police Investigating Tillamook Priest Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
Environmental Groups Lobby For Funds For Endangered Species Act

4/2/2007 - Public Defenders Turn To YouTube To Tell Gitmo Stories

2590834.jpgIn a ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Guantanamo detainees, who are challenging their confinement.

The decision is yet another twist in a long-running legal battle.

Lawyers at the Federal Public Defenders Office in Portland, have become so exasperated with the legal hurdles surrounding their docket of Guantanamo detainees, that they've turned to 'YouTube'.

Defense attorneys in the Oregon office were assigned seven Guantanamo inmates -- the largest number for any state.

They have spent hours, and even weekends, creating a series of short films about one detainee -- Adel Hamad. He's spent five years behind bars without being charged with a crime.

The lawyers say frustration is forcing them to go beyond the usual legal toolbox to 'YouTube' -- as they try to prove that the government shouldn't be allowed to imprison anyone indefinitely, without charges. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Youth Philharmonic Outreach Emphasizes Finely-Tuned Education
Doctors Alerted To Increasing Prescription Narcotics Abuse
In Olympia, Lawmakers Tackle "Not Sexy" Side Of Healthcare Reform
Oregon, Washington Like Supreme Court's Clean Air Decision

3/29/2007 - Nursing Home Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit

Elderly residents of an assisted living home in Sheridan have filed a lawsuit against the owners -- saying they're charging for services that aren't provided. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Prison Reform: NW Inmates Enroll In Therapeutic Communities
Latino Soap Opera Has Drama And A Health Message
Three Houses Or Less? Use Measure 37's 'Express Lane'

3/28/2007 - Freightliner Employees Seek Jobs To Replace Those Sent To Mexico

0328_freightliner2.jpgThe last 'Coronado' Freightliner truck to be built in the U.S. will roll off a Portland factory line this week. The company is shifting its production to Mexico.

800 welders, machinists and others, lose their positions Friday.

A job fair was held Wednesday to try and find work for those people. Some of those workers are frustrated to see their jobs go to other countries.

And as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, some labor activists contend the Freightliner layoffs are a direct result of international trade agreements, which they say have gone too far.

At right Freightliner's founder Leland James
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Divergent Polls Show Sen. Smith's Future Uncertain
Portland, PGE Gear Up For Court Battle
Voters Could Consider Change To Double Majority Rule
Oregon Legislature Debates School Junk Food Ban

3/27/2006 - Feds May Help Pay For Portland's Big Pipe Project

0327_bigpipe.jpgSome of Portland's sewer pipes are nearly 100 years old. And they're beginning to show their age.

City residents are paying big water bills to fix the system.

The federal government has money available to help cities like Portland. However, as Capitol Hill correspondent Chad Pergram reports, the White House is throwing up some big roadblocks.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Lawmakers Plan Tour Of Rural Counties
Three Indicted In Prison Foods Scandal
Higher Education Advocates Push For More Funds

3/26/2007 - Oregon Pet Owners Continue To Report Food Poisonings

0323_pebbles.jpgPet owners in Oregon are continuing to report concerns that their animals may have been poisoned by contaminated pet food.

Investigators found Menu Food pet food was causing animals to fall ill and in some cases die.

The Canadian company recalled 60 million cans and pouches of pet food from the U.S.

Veterinarians across Oregon have been reporting suspected cases of pet poisoning to the state Public Health Veterinarian Emilio DeBess, and the director of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Glenn Kolb.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Fear And Anger After Border Patrol Dragnet
Disputed Play on Gaza Activist Debuts in Seattle
Counselors Try To Convince Lawmakers They Deserve To Be Paid

3/22/2007 - Gourd Art Is A Passion For Some

0322_gourd.jpgAs agricultural products go, gourds tend to be oddly-shaped, tough, and not the least bit tasty. But in the hands of an artist, the humble fruit becomes a 360-degree canvas.

Gourd art is growing in popularity. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson recently spent time with one Idaho woman whose gourd patch is fertile ground for creativity.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Ducks In The Sweet Sixteen, Peace And Goodwill Reign Over Oregon
Education Dollars Sticking Point In Legislative Budgets
Edwards Leads Democrats In Organization In Oregon

3/21/2007 - Music And Poetry And Robert Pinsky

0321_pinsky.jpgEven if you're not a particular fan of poetry, David Biespiel's name, may have a familiar ring.

The Oregonian newspaper runs his poetry column each month. And he's published several books of poetry.

His latest -- a collection of Northwest poets -- just won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. He's also brought back to life the magazine, Poetry Northwest, which was the longest running such journal in the country.

David Biespiel joined us earlier to talk about the new issue and the lecture series he's launching, starting with former U.S. poet laureate, Robert Pinsky (photo at right).

Click here to listen to David Biespiel read a poem by Robert Pinsky

Click here to hear more of the interview with David Biespiel.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Internet Safety: The Newest School Subject
Oregon Senate Passes Non-Discrimination Bill
Interior Secretary Kempthorne Unveils 'Healthy Lands' Initiative

3/20/2006 - It's A Cool Bus, It's A School Bus, It's A Party On Wheels

0320_coolbus.jpgFor many, weekend preparations mean making plans to get from Bar A to Pub B. One increasingly popular way to do that that is by party bus.

From the vineyards of Oregon to downtown Spokane, the private bus business is in overdrive.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson recently spent an evening on one of the Northwest's more boisterous buses and has this story.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Democrats Attach County Payments To War Supplimental
Schools Still Need Parents' Fundraising For Arts Programs
Idaho Gov. Vetos Food Sales Tax Cut
The Cost Of War In Rural Oregon

3/19/2007 - Deaths Of Claimants Can Add To Measure 37 Headaches

When Dennis Beach was fatally shot two months ago in Northeastern Oregon, it involved a family feud and possibly cattle rustling. But Monday afternoon, commissioners in Wallowa County looked at the property implications of Beach's death.

Before he died, Dennis Beach had filed a claim under property compensation initiative Measure 37.

Rob Manning reports on what death means to a claim -- and whether state lawmakers might act to change that.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Feds Double Money To Dig A Deeper Columbia
Canadian Pet-Food Manufacturer Announces Massive Recall
Practitioners Hoping For Relaxed Animal Massage Licensing Requirements
Portlanders Mark War's Official Anniversary With Subdued Rally
Iraq War's Anniversary Draws Comparisons To Vietnam

3/15/2007 - Rare Bunnies Back In The Wild

0315_bunny1.jpgOne of the most endangered animals in the Northwest is getting a second shot at freedom.

Twenty Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits have been returned to the wild in north central Washington.

Five years ago, the few remaining pygmy rabbits there were rounded up and placed in a captive breeding program. Correspondent Tom Banse has an early Easter tale.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Rainy Day Plan Passes Senate, Awaits Governor's Signature
Scientists Say 50-Percent Cascade Snowpack Decline Is Wrong
Author Writes About Her Trip Through The Infertility 'Vortex'
Should Oregon Join The Crowded 'Super-Duper Tuesday' Primary?

3/14/2007 - Former Gov. Kitzhaber Kicks Off Health Care Overhaul Plan

0314_childhealth2.jpgSeveral hundred healthcare advocates rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Wednesday to voice support for the "Archimedes Movement."

Championed by former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, the movement aims to completely overhaul healthcare in this country.

That national overhaul is designed to start with the passage of local Senate Bill 27. Kristian Foden-Vencil was there, and has this report.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Sens. Wyden And Smith Begin Hearings On Health Care Reform
Global Warming Has A Goose Face In The Northwest
Eight Plaintiffs Settle Abuse Suits With Portland Archdiocese
Romney Raises Funds In Portland For '08 Presidential Bid

3/13/2007 - The Portland-Tweety Bird Connection

0313_cartoon.jpgWarner Brothers' character Tweety Bird hardly needs an introduction -- and he was voiced by a man whose name may be almost as familiar: Mel Blanc. He grew up in Portland and made his radio debut at KGW.

He's just one of many animators and cartoon character voice-over artists featured in a three-week-long "Cartoon Extravaganza."

The cartoons are part of film archivist Dennis Nyback's collection.

Dennis Nyback joined Allison Frost to talk about the unusual number of Oregon cartoonists and animators he's discovered.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Is Springfield Ready For Its Simpsons Close-Up?
Portland Hosts US Squash Championships
Jury Hears Testimony To Determine Diocese's Bill For Abuse
Ed Officials Release Report On Special Needs Students

3/12/2007 - Mining Town Turns On Mining

0312_jacksonvillest1.jpgTourists flock to Jacksonville, Oregon to soak up its old-west ambiance.

Now, area residents say that ambiance is being threatened by plans to open a mine on the outskirts of town. But the mine is the same one that made Jacksonville wealthy in the first place.

Correspondent Chris Lehman has more from southwest Oregon.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Portland Company Hopes New Technology Will Cut Down On Wasted Paper And Ink
Eugene City Council To Vote On Iraq War Resolution
Portland Film Wins "Best Picture" In 48-Hour Film Competition
Glitches And Contract Disputes Push Computerized Tests Offline

3/8/2007 - Salem Lawmakers Hoping To Eliminate 'Double Majority' Requirement

0308_pioneerman.jpgOregon lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to reduce the impact of what's known as the double majority. That's the requirement that local property tax levies can only pass if more than half the registered voters participate, even of a majority of those voting support it.

Local governments and schools say the double majority makes it difficult to raise taxes, but supporters of the requirement say that's the point. Colin Fogarty reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
House Leaders Hoping For One-Year Extension Of County Payments Program
New Agreement Could Save Unraveling Rainy-Day Fund Deal
Portland Police Extending Precinct Hours To Midnight
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3/7/2007 - Ruling May Bring An End To Old-Growth Logging On Mt. Hood

0307_hood.jpgA federal judge signed an order this week that environmentalists say effectively ends "old growth logging" on Mount Hood.

Forestry industry reps say that when Judge Michael Mosman blocked the timber sale, its impact was limited. And as Rob Manning reports, the decision comes in a forest debate that's been complicated by financial pressure.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon And Washington Try Different Approaches To Gay Rights
Oregon's Former US Attorney Weighs In On Firings
Charity, One Person At A Time
Portland Considers Life After Cheap Oil

3/6/2007 - Bombs, Tanks Shoot Down Roadside Avalanches

0305_avalanche1.jpgWould you believe that the Washington Department of Transportation deploys two Vietnam-era army tanks each winter?

Or that the Idaho Transportation Department has permits for "helibombing."

Highway crews use the heavy weaponry to shoot down roadside avalanches.

A visit by a book author highlights a hundred year trend of increasingly aggressive measures to control avalanches in the Northwest.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Resident Leads Effort To Catch Online Sex Predators
Castillo Wants More Authority Over OSAA League Changes
Former Seattle U.S. Attorney Tells Senate Committee He Felt Threatened
Seattle Novelty Store a Living Shrine to Pop Culture

3/5/2007 - Love's Affair with America (A Problem With Barak-mania)

0305_obama.jpg Selma, Alabama was in the news over the weekend. Two top presidential candidates were there to mark the anniversary of a milestone in the civil rights movement.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are competing hard for the votes of African Americans in 2008. Obama's star has risen so fast -- and Portland commentator Ronault Catalani says all that attention may come at a price.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
The Battle Over Payday Lending In Washington
Mt. Hood Rescuees Raise Money For Rescuers
Districts Looking For New Ways To Pay For New Schools

3/1/2007 - NW Japanese-Americans Reflect On WWII Internment

0301_internment.jpg65 years ago Friday, the federal government issued the proclamation that triggered the internment of Japanese Americans.

The order targeted only the coastal portions of Northwest states. Japanese people who lived inland were allowed to stay. But even though they weren't sent away to remote desert camps, their lives were forever changed.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson brings us the stories of two Japanese-Americans who experienced the war years in Spokane -- on the uneasy outskirts of internment.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Iron Works Kicks-Off Streetcar Manufacture
Senators Grill Forest Service Heads Over County Payments Program
Compromise Reached On Rainy Day Fund

2/28/2007 - Mixing Washington Grapes With Gem State Charm

0228_wine.jpgNorthwest wines generate buzz -- in every sense of the word. So it's no surprise that wineries now rank alongside espresso bars and day spas as must-have amenities for resort towns throughout the region.

No vineyard? No problem.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson visited a North Idaho winery that's making something special from a fine blend of Washington State grapes and Gem State opportunity.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
No Free Lunch: WA Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Lobbyist Gifts And Meals
Bill Would Require Prescription Contraceptive Coverage By Insurers
Task Force Recommends Two Hospitals To Replace Crumbling State Facility
'Core Curriculum' Latest Headache For Portland Schools

2/27/2007 - Counties Turn To Tax Hikes In Lieu Of Federal Funding

An environmental group unveiled a new idea Tuesday aimed at replacing the county payments system. It would split federal lands into two and increase logging on one half while preserving the other. It would also require an act of Congress.

Meanwhile, Oregon's 18 most rural counties are facing deep cuts totaling $200 million. That means hundreds of police officers, public health nurses and other staff are facing lay-offs.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, several counties are looking at increasing taxes to retain those services, but many voters aren't enamored with the idea.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Senator Smith Proposes Tobacco Tax Increase
Proposed Bill Would Allow Judges To Decrease Traffic Fines
Oregon Lawmakers Take A Pass On Rainy Day Fund
Group Maps Demographic Trends On Its 'Regional Equity Atlas'

2/26/2007 - Can Seafood Be Organic?

0226_organic1.jpgNorthwest salmon farmers, trout breeders, and shellfish growers want to jump into the fast-growing organic category.

They're lobbying the government to set standards and begin certifying organic seafood so you can buy it.

Oddly enough, some environmental campaigners are trying to deep six this organic expansion. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Cycling Activists Seek New Laws To Protect Bike Riders
Western Governors Sign Greenhouse Gas Agreement
Hormone Replacement Claimants Call For Drug Ban
Siberian Tigers As Pets?

2/22/2007 - Meet The Palouse's Almost-Famous Artist

0222_palouse.jpgThe work of Northwest painter Gaylen Hansen is known to collectors and fellow artists worldwide.

But he chooses to keep his life and career outside spotlight of the urban art world.

Recently correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson visited with the artist of the Palouse to find out why.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Sheriff's Deputy Placed On Unpaid Leave During Investigation
Lawmakers Poised To Bring The 'Bottle Bill' Into The 21st Century
Portland Parks Bureau Weighing Role Of Private Sponsorship
Faced With Impounding Boats, Charleston's Harbormaster Resigns

2/21/2007 - Idaho Game Farms Find Themselves In The Cross-hairs

0221_gamefarm.jpgIdaho is in the throes of a heated debate over ranches that offer big game hunting within a fenced enclosure.

An effort to ban these so-called "canned hunts" could have major consequences for another burgeoning industry as well.

As correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports, all game farms that raise elk in captivity now find themselves in the crosshairs of an emotional battle.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Will The 'Beacon Bill' Make Mt. Hood Safer?
Eugene Environmentalist Urges Truckers To Clean Up Their Rigs
Law Agencies Hold Child Exploitation Conference
Lack Of Salmon Puts Snake River Study On Hold

2/20/2007 - 'Northwest Medical Teams' Becomes 'Medical Teams International'

0220_namechange.jpg Northwest Medical Teams became Medical Teams International on Tuesday.

The Portland-headquartered, faith-based agency currently has medical teams in 10 countries and sends about 180 teams each year.

President Bas Vanderzalm stopped by our Portland studios to talk with Allison Frost about the group's name change and current work.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Adams Wants Retirement Benefits For Same-Sex Couples
Portland Police Revise Suspect Transport Policy
Court Overturns Judgment Against Philip Morris
'Canned' Hunts Provoke Emotional Debate

2/15/2007 - Wanted: Country Doctor

0215_ruraldoc.jpgIt's slim pickings if you need a doctor in rural parts of the Northwest. Small and remote towns have a hard time attracting and keeping medical professionals.

Pomeroy, Washington is facing that problem...again.

The eastern Washington community will try once more to sell "small town life" to big town doctors. Chana Joffe-Walt reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Eugene Symphony Pays Tribute To Missing Members
New Signs Help Walkers Navigate The City
Multnomah County Hopes To Appease Measure 37 Sponsor

2/14/2007 - Cattle Rustling, Family Feuds, And Murder In Isolated Eastern Oregon Town

0214_flora2.jpgIt sounds like a tale straight out of the Wild West: Accusations of cattle-rustling; a man on horseback shot from his saddle; a long-standing family feud.

But this landscape isn't open plains and tumbleweeds -- instead think mountains and snowdrifts. Local writer Rich Wandschneider describes it this way:

Rich Wandschneider: "If you want to think you're in heaven, you know, go ice-skating on Wallowa Lake sometime. You're like the only person in the world, and that God made it for you. And then for this other thing to go on..."

That "other thing" unfolded last month in the tiny northeast Oregon town of Flora. Two men were shot dead in a barnyard.

We sent OPB's Rob Manning to Wallowa County, where Dennis Beach and Shane Huntsman were killed. His report details much of what happened to the Beach family in January, and how it squares with life in a remote part of Oregon.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Zoo Prepares Elephant For Tusk-Removal Surgery
Ports Begin To Impound Boats Of Idled Salmon Fishermen
Hearings Begin For Changes To Initiative Petition Process
UO Names Donor As Athletic Director
Looking For Love In The Lonely West

2/13/2007 - Looking For Love In The Emerald City

0213_undateable.jpgIn honor of Valentines Day, we're asking this question -- how do people find love?

Especially those of you who have good reason to think you won't find it.

We sent reporter Chana Joffe-Walt out to the city and the country to find some answers.

First, we bring you one Seattle woman who is probably one of those undatable people.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
OSU Climate Change Conference Offers Ideas To Foresters
Oregon Lawmakers Consider Full-Day Kindergarten
Oregon House Passes Payday Loan Package

2/12/2007 - John Callahan: 'Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel'

0212_johncallahan.jpgCartoonist John Callahan has "the soul of a poet and the mind of an assassin."

That's how Willamette Week editor Mark Zusman describes the paper's syndicated cartoonist. His description appears in a movie about Callahan that premiered this week at the Portland International Film Festival.

He stopped by our Portland studios before the premier to talk about his old art and new craft.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Sen. Smith Vows Filibuster Over County Payments Program
'Our Building Is Burned, But Our Passion Is Renewed'
Portland Schools Look To Enhance 'Enrichment' Programs

2/8/2007 - Family Of James Chasse Jr. Files Federal Suit

The family of the mentally ill man, James Chasse Jr, who died after being chased down and subdued by three police officers, filed suit in federal court Thursday.

Kristian Foden-Vencil spoke to their lawyer at a press conference this afternoon and joins us live in the studio.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Smith Among GOP Senators Calling For Debate On Iraq
WA Democrats See Political Danger In Gun Control Measures
How Can You Drive If You Can't Read The Signs?

2/7/2007 - Political Group Targets Sen. Smith In TV Ads

0207_smith_v_150.jpgIn another sign that Democrats are targeting Senator Gordon Smith's re-election bid next year, a new ad against the Oregon Republican goes up on Portland television stations this week.

The ad comes from MoveOn.org, a group dedicated to winning Congressional seats for Democrats. They see Senator Smith as vulnerable in next year's election because he's a Republican from a state that leans Democratic.

Smith has criticized President Bush's plans to send 21,000 more American troops to Iraq.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Officials See Need For More Rural Doctors
No Answers Yet In Portland Church Fire
Portland Will Open Single-Sex 'Academies'
Astoria Man Killed In Iraq

2/6/2007 - Four-Alarm Fire Guts Portland Church

0206_church4.jpgA four-alarm fire gutted a historic church in Northeast Portland Monday night.

The Morning Star Missionary Baptist church stood on Irving Street, at Rodney. The building was over 100 years old.

The heat from the intense flames singed rose bushes and lawns across the street.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon And Washington Team Up For Cheaper Prescription Drugs
Are 'Earmarking' Cuts A Threat To NW Agriculture Research?
Woman Sues Religious Order Over Sexual Abuse
City, County Leaders Team Up For Future Of Portland-Metro Area


2/5/2007 - War Critic Watada Faces Court Martial

0205_watada.jpg The court-martial trial for Army Lt. Ehren Watada, who refused to deploy to Iraq, is under way at Fort Lewis in Washington state. Watada faces up to four years in the stockade.

Watada joined the Army in 2003. He says he supported U.S. policy — until he did some reading, and decided the invasion had been illegal. Last year, when the order to deploy to Iraq came down, he resisted.

"I view what we're doing in Iraq, in conduct and inception, as in clear violation of my oath. If I'm forced to go in there, I have no other choice, I have to refuse," he said.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Washington Not Likely to Follow Texas HPV Vaccine Mandate
Registered Nurses Join In Emergency Response Network
Governor's Bill Would Put A Hold On Most Measure 37 Claims

2/1/2007 - How to Prevent Meth Use?

How do you go about keeping people off of methamphetamine? Idaho thinks a new aggressive in-your-face advertising campaign might do the trick.

Washington and Oregon say that kind of approach is not for them. Chana Joffe-Walt reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Feds Step Up Inspection of Forest Contractors
Oregon Progress Board Releases Its Latest Survey
Mush! Sled Dog Races Multiply And Diversify In Northwest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

12/28/2006 - Politics Year-In-Review

On the last Oregon Considered of the year, it's become a tradition to look back at the year in politics.

There's always something political to talk about when you look back over the news landscape of any year. But election years provide a particularly rich vein of stories.

We won't get to every story, but we will examine that big political behemoth -- elections results -- and a few stories you may not as easily remember from earlier in the year. And we'll update you on where some of those Oregon-based civil liberties cases stand.

Political Analyst Bill Lunch and OPB's senior political reporter Colin Fogarty joined Allison Frost to dig into this year's mine.

12/27/2006 - The Price Of Liberty

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In the final week of 2006, OPB is looking back at some of the significant issues and events of the year.

Last September 11th, we marked the 5th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington DC by looking at how efforts to keep Americans safe since that time have affected our freedom. We called that edition of Oregon Considered "The Price of Liberty."

This special rebroadcast looks at recent cases in Oregon that help illustrate the age old tension between civil liberties and security.

12/26/2006 - Oregon Reconsidered

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Every year about this time, we look back at the events and issues that shaped Oregon and the Northwest.

Today, we're looking at our own coverage and singling some stories out for "reconsideration."

We hope the pieces you hear leave an impression about the diversity of stories you might have heard on Oregon Considered throughout the year.

On this special year-end edition of Oregon Considered, Colin Fogarty brings us the voices of voters as they drop off ballots before the May primary.

Then, Ley Garnett takes us to "Eyes Wide Open," an anti-war exhibit that features a collection of military boots, civilian shoes, and peace flags, designed to show the effect of the Iraq war on Oregon.

And we'll hear satire from Faces for Radio Theatre, a tongue-in-cheek look at what some of the earliest immigration debates might have sounded like.

12/21/2006 - Pawn For The Holidays

1221_pawn2.jpgMalls and big-box stores aren't the only places that see a bump in business around the holidays. It's high season for pawnshops, too.

A quick-cash solution for some, a bargain-hunter's paradise for others: at a pawnshop, Christmas commerce comes full circle. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has the story.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Daniel Chan: The Troubled Man Behind The Salem Church Fire
Sounds for the Holidays: Russian Church Choir Tweaks Traditional Music
Development Commission Makes its Move on Old Town

12/20/2006 - Mt. Hood Mission Moves From 'Rescue' To 'Recovery'

1220_mthood.jpgThe search for two missing climbers on Mt. Hood is now a recovery, rather than a rescue, mission. Authorities have given up hope of finding the men alive, as Ley Garnett reports.

Hood County Sheriff Joe Wampler flew over the mountain before a new weather system moved in to obscure the 11,000 foot peak.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
NSA-Al Haramain Case Sent To San Francisco
Unionized WA Foster Parents Prepare To Lobby Lawmakers
Two Years Into Portland's Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness
How About Nothing For Christmas?

12/19/2006 - Homeless In Post Falls, ID

1219_trailers.jpgIn recent days, Northwest headlines have been about high winds and disrupted lives.

On a frozen patch of muddy ground in North Idaho, all that remains of one mobile home park is a few humble trailers, surrounded by rubble. But it wasn't the record-breaking storm that got them.

It was the gale-force winds of economic change. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has the story of one woman on the brink of homelessness.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Bucks National Violent Crime Trend
Portland Archdiocese Submits Reorganization Plan
Reverse Migration Brings Greek Immigrants Back Home
Portland Zoo Debuts Its Shy Little Ocelot
Going Home For The Holidays

12/18/2006 - Sounds for the Holiday: Choir sings songs of unity and praise

1218_gospel1.jpgThis month OPB Radio's occasional series drops in on Oregonians making music in a variety of traditions.

OPB's April Baer recently visited a gospel choir grounded with a powerful sense of community.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Search Continues For Missing Climbers, But Evidence Of Accident Grows
Top Sources Of Mercury Pollution Remain Uncontrolled
Archdiocese Reorganization Plan Still A Mystery
Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power To 50,000 Over Weekend

12/14/2006 - BLM Says Vandals Not Responsible For Open Gate

1206_kim.jpgFederal workers -- not vandals -- were responsible for leaving the gate open on the logging spur that led James Kim to his death.

After saying vandals had cut the lock and opened the gate, the Bureau of Land Management now says that's not the case.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Fish Managers Predict Smaller Run Of Spring Chinook
Hurricane-Force Winds Expected In Latest Storm
AWOL Soldier's Mother Says Ordeal Has Been 'Exhausting'
Kennewick School Mixes ESL Students And English-Speakers

12/13/2006 - Oregon Delegation Starts Slow Return To 'Glory Days'

1207_capitol.jpgThere was a time when Oregon had one of the most powerful Congressional Delegations in the country. But for the past decade it's been mostly freshman with little influence.

The Democrats' congressional takeover has the state clawing back slowly to its glory days. Jill Morrison has more from Capitol Hill.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
After 54 Years, Les Schwab Moves Headquarters From Prineville
Technology Aiding Search For Lost Mt Hood Climbers
Beyond Home Inspections, Energy Trust Looks To The Future
Commissioners Poised To Restore SUN Program Funding

12/12/2006 - Batten Disease Patient Benefits From Stem Cell Injections

1212_kerner2.jpg The parents of a critically ill 6-year-old praised researchers for their work at Oregon Health and Science University Tuesday.

Doctors drilled through Daniel Kerner's skull last month and injected nervous-system stem cells to try and help him fight Batten disease.

The medical school says it was the first such procedure ever undertaken. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the parents are thrilled that Daniel hasn't suffered any of his customary seizures since the operation and that he'll be going home soon.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Smith On Iraq: Heartfelt Political Posturing?
ODOT Considering Tolls To Fund Newberg-Dundee Bypass
PGE Makes Its Case For A 9% Rate Hike


12/11/2006 - Sounds for the Holiday: The Portland Revels

1211_revels_bg.jpgToday our series of holiday music brings you the Portland Revels.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Senator Smith Expounds On His Iraq About-Face
Portland Archdiocese Settles Bankruptcy Case
Portland Schools Paying For The Past
Where Are We, And How Did We Get Here?


12/7/2006 - NW Sports Transplants Face Culture Shock

1207_shock2.jpgEvery year, dozens of Northwest athletes nurse dreams of playing in the NBA or NFL only to be passed over in the draft.

A smaller number of our college standouts get a second chance. They sign professional contracts to play for teams in Europe.

Correspondent Tom Banse profiles a Tacoma native -- and former women's collegiate basketball star from Oregon State -- who's playing pro basketball in Athens this fall.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Fort Clatsop Replica Ready For Visitors
Work Piling Up As Congress Winds Down
Exposure Killed Lost Father On Rescue Mission
Memories Of Pearl Harbor On 65th Anniversary

12/6/2006 - Labor Shortage Spurs Orchard Mechanization

1216_orchards.jpgPicking cherries. Pruning pear trees. Thinning the apple crop. Those are all tasks done by hand here in the Northwest.

The fruit industry is among the last in farming to mechanize. But a shortage of migrant labor this year is giving an added push to automate area orchards.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports from outside Yakima.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
OHSU-Developed Leukemia Drug Shows Promise
- Extended interview with Dr. Druker of OHSU
City Still Pushing To Investigate PGE's Finances
Students In Limbo As State 'Re-Calibrates' Passing Scores For Tests

12/5/2006 - Governor Plans Car Insurance Tax To Beef-Up State Police

Speeders, beware. You could be affected by an item in Governor Ted Kulongoski's $15 billion, two-year state budget proposal released this week.

The Oregon State Police has complained for years that it's chronically underfunded.

Now, Kulongoski is proposing a tax hike to beef-up the number of state troopers. Colin Fogarty reports.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Highway 35 Will Likely Reopen Ahead Of Schedule
Portland's Free Wi-Fi Cloud Starts Service
Q Center Hosts First College Night For Gay And Lesbian Students
Reasons To Let That Garden Go To Seed

12/4/2006 - Sounds of the Holiday: Shape Note Singers Usher in December with a Shout

1204_singers.jpgShape Note singing has a long and storied tradition in American music. Once you've heard it, you'll never forget it.

Singers practice an alternate form of sight reading, and deliver in a vigorous, fervent style that values devotion over note-perfect precision.

OPB's April Baer checked in with a Portland sing, and sends this audio postcard.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Governor Proposes $15 Billion Budget
Patrice Lumumba Ford Appeals His Plea-Bargained Sentence
Group Looks To Place Measure 37 On 2007 Legislature's Agenda
Eugene Math Student Wins 'Siemens Competition'

11/30/2006 - Disjecta Seeks To File A Void In Portland Arts Scene

1130_disjecta1.jpgWhat do you get when you combine a drastic reduction in arts funding from the federal government in the last two decades with more competition for private grants and an increasing number of so-called creatives in Portland?

Bryan Suereth would argue: Disjecta.

It's what he and others are calling an Interdisciplinary Arts Center that will serve as a base for visual and conceptual artists and house performance spaces for dance, theatre and music.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
British Judge OKs Extradition For Bly Terror Camp Suspect
Multnomah County Commissioners Will Inspect Jails
Feds Send $1.4 Million For AIDS Housing In Oregon

11/29/2006 - Portland Filmmaker's Documentary Makes Sundance Cut

1129_hearandnow.jpgYou might not think very much about these simple sounds. A clock ticking, waves crashing, the sound of snow crunching underfoot, dogs, geese.

But for Paul and Sally Taylor, who are in their mid 60's, those are sounds they had never heard. Now that they have undergone cochlear implants surgery they may be able to hear some of those sounds.

They're the subject of documentary called Hear and Now made by their daughter, Portland filmmaker, Irene Taylor Brodsky.

The film was just accepted into the Sundance film festival. Irene Taylor Brodsky joined us in our Portland studios to talk about her parents and the film.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
States Ask Supreme Court To Force EPA Regulation Of Greenhouse Gases
City And Development Commission Start Budget Collaboration
Kulongoski Makes Two-Day Visit To Baghdad
No Smoking In Portland's Living Room?

11/28/2006 - Wine Country Resort Proposed For Newberg

1128_newberg1.jpgOne way or another, Oregon's wine country will likely have a luxury destination resort in the next few years.

This morning, the Austin family unveiled plans for a combination inn and residential development in the north end of the city of Newberg.

It's the second such plan presented in Yamhill County this year. The first received county approval over the summer, despite vocal opposition from some in the wine industry.

As Rob Manning reports, the so-called Springbrook development announced Tuesday in Newberg, is enjoying wide support.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Weyerhaeuser Seeks To Overturn $80 Million Anti-Trust Award
Christmas Trees Growers Look South For New Markets
'Carbon Offset' Business Takes Root

11/27/2006 - Ducks' Athletic Director Stepping Down

1127_billmoos.jpgThe Oregon Ducks' most significant loss over Thanksgiving weekend may not have been the one to Oregon State in Friday's Civil War college football game.

A weekend chat between U of O's athletics director Bill Moos and president, Dave Frohnmayer means Eugene won't have the highly successful Moos, come April.

Moos says he couldn't simultaneously follow through on personal goals and take on the unfinished business at the U of O, as Rob Manning reports.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Weed Warriors Track Plant Growth With GPS
Weather Service Issues Snow Advisory For Portland Metro Area
Controversial Meth Treatment Program Comes To Northwest
Kulongoski Leaves For Visit With Guard Troops Overseas

11/22/2006 - Cowlitz Tribe Finds Cultural Renaissance In Drums

1106_drums.jpgChances are if you've heard of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, it's because of its controversial plans to build a casino close to Portland.

The southwest Washington tribe has no reservation. It was federally recognized only four years ago. But there's something newer and interesting going on.

A cultural renaissance is building verse by verse. Correspondent Tom Banse explains.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Revenue Forecast Looks Sunny
WA Supreme Court Upholds Medicinal Marijuana Conviction
Be Thankful, Yes, And Be Careful What You Wish For
Multnomah Co. Sheriff Responds To DA's Report

11/21/2006 - Moms And Babies Gather For 'Nurse-In' At PDX

1121_delta1.jpgAbout 25 mothers staged a "nurse-in" at the Portland International Airport Tuesday.

They gathered in front of the Delta ticket office and breast-fed their babies.

They were protesting the airline's expulsion of a New Mexico woman who was removed from a plane for breast-feeding last month.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Governor Wants Wilderness Money To Fix Highway 35
Nearly Extinct Turkey Breeds Making A Comeback
Schools Look At Next Steps After Bond Failures

11/20/2006 - Road Crews Work Furiously To Reopen Highway 35

1120_hwy35_3.jpgState highway officials say they'll reopen state route 35 between Hood River and Government Camp by December 15th.

About 10 miles of the highway were severely damaged by the recent storms. Some of the debris traveled more than a mile from a glacier on Mt Hood.

Among its effects, it smothered the road and shifted the channels of several streams. Ley Garnett toured the destruction and prepared this report.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski Promises More Money For Juvenile Justice
Oregon Steel Now Under Russian Ownership
UO Grad Off To Oxford On Rhodes Scholarship
Super Grass Spreads Beyond Its Oregon Test Plot

11/16/2006 - Reed Professor Receives National Carnegie Award

1116_brashier.jpgOregon professor Ken Brashier accepted a national Professor of the Year award Thursday in Washington D.C. It's one of four honors given by the Carnegie Foundation but the only one for undergraduate teaching.

Brashier teaches Chinese Religions, among other classes at Reed College in Portland. He's known for going to great lengths to engage students in the material. He talks with Oregon Considered host Allison Frost.
Complete article...

Hear an extended interview with Ken Brashier (MP3, about 13 minutes)

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Officials Plan More Harassment For Bonneville Sea Lions
Hillsboro Air Show To Continue With New Safety Precautions
Yakima Valley Soldier Dies in Iraq
Youth Philharmonic Tries To Inspire Minority Talent

11/15/2006 - Sandy River Changes Course

1115_sandy2.jpgThe latest storm hitting Oregon and Washington is bringing more rain and high winds tonight, even as those most affected by last week's flooding are still recovering. Officials in Clackamas County are watching the Sandy River closely.

The river changed its course at several points during a flood last Monday.

Colin Fogarty visited the Sandy River near the town of Hoodland, and chatted with Allison Frost about what he saw.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Tyson Offers To Move Laid-Off Workers, But Most Stay Put
Seniors Do The Drug-Plan Shuffle Once Again
Oregon Schools Also Facing Difficulty Of Homeless Students
Mount Rainier Park Starts Long Road to Recovery

11/14/2006 - Portlander Launches Family-Oriented Networking Site

1114_website.jpgTwo years ago, a pair of Stanford students scribbled the compound word "YouTube" on a whiteboard in their garage.

That video-sharing site recently sold for more than $1.5 billion.

If you wonder what it might have been like as Chad Hurley and Steve Chen started putting that business together, Kristian Foden-Vencil would like to introduce you to Melanie Salisbury -- a 25-year-old Portland entrepreneur who just launched her own new website.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Feds Start Investigation Into Civil Rights Violations At State Hospital
Protesters Voice Concern Over Lame-Duck Legislators
'Bi-Partisanship' The Watchword For Oregon House
Patriot Guard Riders Comfort Returning Vets

11/13/2006 - In Idaho, An Uneasy Peace With Wolves

1113_wolf.jpgWolves have a larger-than-life image from just about any perspective. Advocates say they embody a kind of wildness that's disappearing from the Northwest.

Foes say wolves are a symbol of everything that's wrong with government-led species protection.

As Idaho moves closer to full state management of wolves, correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went in search of a better understanding of what's at stake.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Portland Begins Downtown Marketing Campaign
Oregon Poised To Lead In Fledgling Biodiesel Industry
Windstorm Knocks Out Power For Thousands
Jefferson Students Aim To Set The Record Straight With Film

11/9/2006 - Music As Medicine

1108_garred2.jpgScott Garred is a Portland musician who has found a second outlet for his creativity: Garred practices music therapy at the Oregon State Hospital -- a discipline that's been practiced there in various forms since the 1900s.

April Baer sent us this report on how music is being used to heal.
Complete article...

You can listen to April Baer's Morning Edition feature on Scott Garred's music here.

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Accused Eco-Sabateurs Plead Guilty
New Definition For 'Wildlife' Brings An End To Enclosure Hunts
Highway 35 Likely Won't Reopen Before Ski Season
University Enrollment Sees Sharp Drop-Off
The Secret Of Autumn's Leaves (And Snow Gum, Too)

11/8/2006 - Empowered Oregon Democrats Pledge Bipartisanship

1019_election_2006.jpgDemocrats in the Oregon Legislature are pledging bipartisanship in the upcoming legislative session.

The party held on to firm control of the state Senate and gained just enough spots in the Oregon House to win a majority there.

One race still hangs open -- that's the high profile contest between Republican House Speaker Karen Minnis and Democratic challenger Rob Brading. Colin Fogarty reports.
Complete article...

Election Results
More Coverage of Election 2006 from OPB News

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Voters Approve Portland Schools Levy; Other Ed Measures Fail
Little Payoff For Massive Campaigns Funded By NY Millionaire
Rescues Continue As Flood Waters Recede
Without Measure 46, Implementing Measure 47 A Challenge


11/7/2006 - Headfirst, Down The Legislative Rabbit Hole

This falls' midterm elections are the most competitive in 12 years. And even though no members of Oregon's congressional delegation face tough re-election races, things could be very different when they return to Washington.

Control of both the House and Senate could flip this November. Deciphering the rhythms of Congress has always been a challenge. And it often flies in the face of much of what you may have been taught in high school.

In this special report from Capitol Hill, Chad Pergram unveils the "real" workings of Congress.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
The Money Behind WA Property Rights Initiative 933
Storm Brings Record Floods On Some Washington Rivers
Election Day Could Give Oregon Two New Cities

11/6/2006 - Lane County Considers Income Tax For Public Safety

1106_tax.jpgOne of the challenges for any community is how to adequately fund its cops and courts.

One Oregon county wants to try something different.

Correspondent Chris Lehman reports from Eugene on a unique tax measure that's on the Tuesday ballot
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Portland Students Practice Tap-Dancing -- Around The Issues
States Use Technology To Aid Disabled Voters
Saxton, Kulongoski Campaigns Begin Final Push For Votes
Bipartisan Support For Renewing Irrigation Act

11/2/2006 - Measure Opponents Focus On Bill Sizemore

1005_sizemore.jpgNow that Oregon voters have their ballots in hand, the people behind all of the campaigns are hoping their advertising messages pay off.

Voters have been subjected to a steady stream of ads about many high-profile ballot measures this year.

As correspondent Chris Lehman reports, some of those advertising blitzes have focused on the people behind the ballot measures, instead of the measures themselves.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Billions In School Bonds Face Voters Across The State
Wyden Threatens Hold For EPA Nominee Over Benzene Levels
Elections Hold Key To Future Of Foreign Policy
Commissioners React To Scathing Report On Jails

11/1/2006 - Pet Hospital, Meals On Wheels Provide Food For Pets

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Meals on Wheels -- the national program that brings food to hundreds of thousands of seniors every week -- did a little research recently and found: It has a problem.

A good portion of the food it serves up every day, ends up being scarfed by Fido, Snookums or Bowser!

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, a large Portland company is hoping to come to the rescue with a national Pet Food Drive launched Wednesday.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Measure 41, Explained
Rental Assistance Program Reopens After 4 Years

10/31/2006 - Candidates Enlist Environmental Record In Campaign Battle

1031_guv.jpgOne of the biggest differences between Oregon's two leading candidates for governor is the environment.

Incumbent Governor Ted Kulongoski has won the endorsement of conservation groups while challenger Ron Saxton is championed by the timber industry.

Ley Garnett takes an in depth look at the issue and where the candidates stand.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Measure 26-80: Preserving Open Spaces, Or Harming Farm Economy?
Justices Looking At Jury Instructions In Oregon Smoker Case
Be Alert For Flying Pumpkins
Oregon House Race Not Immune To Nasty Tactics

10/30/2006 - Clean Energy Mandates Headed To Voters & Lawmakers

1030_windpower.jpg Northwest politicians and voters will get a say in a matter that used to be the sole province of utility managers.

On Election Day, Washington State voters can demand that a percentage of their electricity come from clean, green sources. In January, the Oregon Legislature will grapple with a similar requirement for its state.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports some utilities and big power users are calling the measures unnecessary - and potentially costly.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Cantwell vs McGavick: The Race For U.S. Senate In Washington State
Senate Desks Store History Of Our Democracy
State Releases Annual Hospital Report
Parties Turn Eyes Towards Oregon Legislature

10/26/2006 - After 100 Years, Peter Iredale's Bones Still 'Bleach In The Sand'

1025_iredale1.jpg One hundred years ago this week, the sailing ship Peter Iredale ran aground off the coast of Oregon.

It's become the most visited shipwreck on the West Coast. Joanne Rideout reports.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Gubernatorial Candidate Saxton Makes Appeal To Moderates
Candidates For WA State Legislature Duke it Out
Council Requires PDC To Spend More On Affordable Housing

10/25/2006 - 'Africa House' To Provide Services To Immigrants And Refugees

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There's an estimated 20,000 African refugees and immigrants in Oregon, most of them in the greater Portland area.

Now, thanks to a grant announced Wednesday, new arrivals have a place - just for them - to get help: Africa House. Rob Manning reports.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
TriMet Breaks Ground On Commuter Rail Project
Al Gore Stumps For Kulongoski

10/24/2006 - Do Newspaper Endorsements Matter?

1024_debate2.jpgAn ad running in the contested race for Oregon governor includes nothing but quotes from the Oregonian newspaper's editorial endorsement.

The paper chose to support Republican challenger Ron Saxton over Democratic incumbent Ted Kulongoski. But do voters pay attention to newspaper endorsements?

Colin Fogarty explores the question.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Washington's Initiative 920 Could Separate Death And Taxes
OSPIRG Sends 'Net Neutrality' Petitions To Congress
Oregon DOJ Investigating Hood River Hospice
OregonGroup Wants Filmmaker Gore To Become Candidate Gore Again

10/23/2006 - Portland Schools Begins Discussions On Restructuring Plan

The Portland Public School Board will begin discussing recommendations Monday night from seven different neighborhoods, which have been meeting since June.

Superintendent Vicki Phillips asked communities for help in deciding how to deal with various problems, including declining enrollment and low student achievement in some schools and overcrowding in others. Rob Manning reports.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Get-Out-The-Vote Campaigns Switch To High Gear
Corvallis Firm Hopes To Eliminate Bioterror Smallpox Threat

10/19/2006 - Bridges Close Gap In 40-Mile Loop

1019_bike2.jpgDrivers on south McLoughlin Blvd --or 99E -- in Portland may have noticed an orange bridge spanning the roadway. Technically, officials say, it's not orange; it's Tabasco.

The bridge is one of three formally dedicated today. They're part of the Springwater corridor trail -- a multi-use path for walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and cyclists that stretches from Portland to Boring.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Wal-Mart's Drug Deal Met With Some Apprehension
Kitzhaber Worries Measures 41 & 48 Will Doom Oregon Health Plan
Glenn Family Considering Civil Suit In Police Shooting

10/18/2006 - Measure 39: Limiting Eminent Domain

1018_hogans.jpgSay you own a business on a run-down street corner. Now say the city wants something else there - perhaps another business, which might help spruce up the neighborhood.

Under current Oregon law, the city can force you to give up that property and move away, on two conditions. Number one, it has to pay you fair market value. And number two, it has to be for a legitimate reason that benefits the public.

That standard was upheld in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, involving the city of New London, Connecticut. Oregon Ballot Measure 39 would change that standard for the state.

If passed, Measure 39 would prevent the government from using its eminent domain power to acquire private property for a public purpose, if the government intends to convey the property to another private owner.

Rob Manning visited a run-down street corner in Portland to learn more about the claims for and against Measure 39.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Erickson Draws On Anti-Incumbent Vibe In Race Against Hooley
Cleaning Up Idaho's Toxic Silver Valley
Chasse's Family Disappointed By Grand Jury Finding

10/17/2006 - Changing The World, One Meal At A Time

1005_farmtotable.jpg Ask "where does food come from?" and you'll likely hear, "the grocery store."

For most of us, an arms-length relationship with the production and preparation of food is simply a fact of modern life. But a couple of organic farmers in Eastern Washington are taking an unusual approach to transcend the gap.

They invite chefs and culinary students to spend a week living farm to table. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went for a taste.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Measure 43 Supporters Launch TV Ad Campaign
'Saltier' Saline Could Save Lives
Food Retailers Partner To Fight Hunger

10/16/2006 - Registering Young Voters For The Good Of The Democracy

1016_vote2.jpg After weeks of flagging down students in dorms and on sidewalks, a coalition of Oregon non-profits said Monday it's registered 18,000 college students to vote.

That was the goal, and it's one day before the voter registration deadline. A bigger goal of 28,000 young people is in sight, as well.

The effort is geared toward getting Oregonians who often ignore politics to pay attention. Rob Manning has more on the impact young voters could have on next month's election.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Measure 42: Using Credit Scores To Determine Insurance Premiums
Duncan Pleads Guilty, Family Members Express Relief
'Suicide' Removed From Death With Dignity Act
Preferred Drug List Worked For A Short Time

10/12/2006 - Poop Power Could Be Next Energy Frontier

1005_cows.jpgDairy cow manure could be the next frontier of alternative energy in the Northwest. Lord knows, there's plenty of it around here. Machinery called a "digester" can turn poop into power.

This fall, the biggest digesters built to date in Washington and Idaho go online. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from south-central Idaho.
Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Military Needs Accelerate Takeoff For Washington Company
Peruvian Sheepherders: At Home In Idaho

10/11/2006 - Business Groups Unite Against Measures 41 & 48

1011_capitol.jpgOregon's largest business organizations came out Wednesday against two initiatives on the November ballot to cut taxes and cap state spending.

Associated Oregon Industries, the Oregon Business Association, and the Oregon Business Council are throwing their collective weight behind a campaign to defeat Ballot Measures 41 and 48.
Complete article...
Election 2006 coverage from OPB News

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Weapons-Related Expulsions Rate Rises, Again
Feds Laud Portland's Drop In Homeless Population
New Faces And Renewed Hustle Mark 2006-07 Blazers
Think Homegrown Eats Are Cheap? Think Again

10/10/2006 - Property Rights Issue On Your Ballot? Consider Measure 37

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This November, voters in Washington and Idaho will cast ballots on property rights measures.

Before you vote you might want to consider what's happened in Oregon.

Two years ago voters there passed Measure 37. But as correspondent Austin Jenkins reports, it hasn't been a clear victory for people who want to be compensated when the government regulates their land.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Schools Superintendent Calls For Saxton To Stop Running Ad
Police Dog Academies Face Growing Demand For K-9 Teams

10/9/2006 - Former New York Mayor Giuliani Stumps For Saxton

1009_rudy1.jpgFormer New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stumped in Portland Monday for Republican candidate for governor Ron Saxton.

Giuliani and Saxton share a rare position among Republican Party leaders: they support abortion rights. Yet Saxton won the support of the Oregon Right to Life, though the group stopped short of a full endorsement.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
OSU Center Breaks Bridges To Build For The Future
Kitzhaber, Babbitt Call For Snake River Dam Removal
Peace Vigil Still Going Strong In Corvallis
'Oregon Thrives' Initiative Hopes To Reduce Poverty

10/5/2006 - Tiny Idaho Town Considers Gun-Ownership Ordinance

City officials in a tiny town near the Idaho-Oregon border are considering an ordinance that encourages residents to arm themselves. And they want would-be criminals to know it.

But the attention they're getting might be more than they bargained for.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson explains.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Portland Protesters Take Part In "World Can't Wait"
Judgment Upheld Against Sizemore; Labor Groups Applaud
Bill Lunch On Oregon Politics This Week

10/4/2006 - Future Looks Sweet For NW Cranberry Growers

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The cranberry harvest has begun in the Pacific Northwest. The ruby red berries that grace our Thanksgiving tables grow in coastal peat bogs.

The farms are sprinkled between Bandon, Oregon and the suburbs of Vancouver, BC.

Seven years ago, Northwest cranberry growers were pushed to the brink by a crash in wholesale prices. But now cranberries are again a hot commodity. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the upswing.

Complete article...

 

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Biscuit Salvage Will Cost Forest Service $2 Million
Nurses, Union Leaders Rally Against NLRB Decision
Speaker Minnis 'Spaced' Israel Trip Report To Commission
Oregon Sees Decline In High School Dropout Rate

10/3/2006 - Millions Still Waiting To Be Spent In Measure Battles

The first campaign finance reports due in Monday show that millions of dollars are ready to be unleashed for and against Oregon's ten ballot measures. It's hard to trace the money directly.

Complete article...
Election 2006 Coverage From OPB News

 

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Measure 45: New Blood vs. Experience
Addressing The Housing-Schools Connection
Oil and Gas Companies Set Sights on Northwest

10/2/2006 - Seattle Attorney Dominates Food-Borne Illness Litigation

0929_ecoli_lawyer.jpg If your kid gets E. coli poisoning, who ya gonna call?

These days people from across the country dial-up Seattle attorney Bill Marler -- sometimes before they talk to the health department. He's made his name and his fortune suing the food industry to the tune of a quarter-billion dollars.

Now, as correspondent Austin Jenkins reports, he's going to bat for victims of the recent spinach E. coli outbreak.

Complete article...

 

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Quiet, Steady Eruption At Mt St Helens Starts 2nd Year
Oregon City Course Hosts Blind Golf Championship
Three Cases From Oregon To Be Heard By Supreme Court
Feds Cite Conflict Of Interest In U of O Ed Programs

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


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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

8/31/2006 - A Tale Of Two Neighborhoods

Two of Portland's neighborhoods are undergoing radical transformations, with housing designed to attract residents from very different income brackets. Both developments have received public funding in the form of subsidies or tax breaks, and both include a range of prices in an attempt to create some income diversity.

But the high-end South Waterfront development is as different as can be from New Columbia, a newly-remodeled neighborhood for low-income to middle-income families. Kristian Foden-Vencil profiles the new South Waterfront, and Rob Manning profiles New Columbia.

Read Rob Manning's story...

Read Kristian Foden-Vencil's story...





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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Yearlong Legal Battle Finally Gets Its Day In Court
Record-Setting 'Kicker' Refund Expected
Click here to listen to Eve Epstein's conversation with Mark Russell

8/30/2006 - Wind Power In Your Own Back Yard

windpower2.jpgNow you too can generate your own wind power. A small company in Newberg, Oregon is making and selling residential-sized wind turbines. But there are lots of details to consider. Not the least of which: the high purchase price and what the neighbors will think.

Read the entire article...



Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Live Cultures Compliments Of The Counter-Culture
OR Gas Prices Remain Higher Than National Average
Meet Jefferson High's Newest Principal

8/29/2006 - "Alphabet Houses" Part Of Hanford Heritage

1899517.jpgThe Hanford nuclear site rose out of the sagebrush of Richland, Washington, in the 1940s. So did thousands of houses built for Hanford workers. They're called the Alphabet Houses. Richland correspondent Carol Cizauskas explains from the Alphabet House she calls home.

Read the entire article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Limited Housing Funds Allocated Through Lottery
NW Coast Faces Development Boom
Legal Arguments Continue In Charity Wiretapping Case

8/28/2006 - Students Ready For School; Schools Aren't

As parents all over the state are getting their kids back in school mode, educators are trying to get their buildings ready. In many Oregon districts, they'll be opening the doors to overcrowded classrooms. Districts from Bend to Medford to Forest Grove are asking voters for help this fall with construction bonds.

The requests total nearly a billion and a half dollars - but that number could rise. The filing deadline is September 7th. As Rob Manning reports, much of the bond for North Clackamas' schools would pay for repairs to the area's aging buildings.

Read the entire article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Kulongoski Wants Measure 48 Debate With Backer
U.S. Pollution Law Targets Canadian Smelter
Fun For Canines At New Dog Park
What's Killing Bighorn Sheep?

8/24/2006 - Through The Rabbit Hole And Into The Trees

0824_awol2.jpgThe A-WOL dance company is swinging from the trees this weekend. A-WOL stands for Aerial Without Limits, and members of this dance collective will take to the air on a trapeze, a ladder, fabric, anything they can find to defy gravity.

Friday and Saturday, they'll hang from the branches to perform their interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland," at the Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn.

- View an audio slideshow of the A-WOL rehersal

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Constitution Party Candidate Will Remain On Ballot For Governor
Elder Suicide Is A Hidden Social Problem
Idaho Convenes Special Session On Property Taxes

8/23/2006 - Lookin' For 'Good Vibrations' In The Life Of Brian Wilson

0823_catch.jpg Sometimes it's easy to forget how revolutionary this sounded back in 1966.

(cue "Good Vibrations")

The songs Brian Wilson wrote and recorded with the Beach Boys are some of the most dizzlingly catchy pop music ever recorded. But his notoriously unhappy life remains a puzzle, even to people who love the music.

The psychological problems and drug abuse that marked his career have become the stuff of legend.

Peter Ames Carlin is a big Brian Wilson fan -- and also TV critic for the Oregonian. He's written a new biography that attempts to unravel Wilson's complex inner life.

It's called Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

Carlin sat down with OPB's April Baer recently to talk about why people seem so drawn to such a fragile person.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
BPA Looks To Create Two-Tiered Rate System For Power
Northwest Water Crisis: Odessa Aquifer Drying Up
Drawing The Line Between Religion And Politics

8/22/2006 - Washington State Democrats Courting the Latino Vote

0822_canvas.jpgLatinos traditionally vote Democratic, come election time. Northwest Democrats want to keep it that way.

They also want to capitalize on the momentum of the huge turnout of Hispanics last spring at immigration marches across the region.

Correspondent Carol Cizauskas went out with Democratic canvassers in Sunnyside, Washington and files this report.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Firefighters Use Backfires To Control Mt. Hood Complex Fires
Portland Officials Call For Healthcare For All Oregon's Children
Portland Art Museum Names New Director
Film Documents Efforts To Rescue Pets After Katrina

8/21/2006 - Counterpoint Program Offers Help For Juvenile Sex Offenders

0821_welder.jpgYou hear a lot about sex offenders in the media these days.

Which ones are classified as predatory and how you can find out where they live. But some say all the attention that's paid to labeling and tracking these felons may lead people to overlook the bigger threat.

Children are much more likely to be violated by someone they trust -- like a neighbor, a relative or a member of their immediate family.

What most people don't know is that a significant number of abuses are committed by minors. The good news is that those who treat offenders say juveniles -- unlike hardened adult offenders -- can often be treated successfully.

And that's what Morrison Child and Family services has been doing in Multnomah County for more than 2 decades. Its Counterpoint program boasts a recidivism rate of 2 percent and graduates like Jack Stone, who's learning to become a welder.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
KPCN Will Give Voice To Valley Farm Workers
- View an audio slideshow of the KPCN work weekend
Jefferson Students, Parents Rally To Support School

8/17/2006 - Testing For Bird Flu Begins In NW

0817_testing.jpgHow to put this next story delicately? Biologists are swabbing the rear ends of a whole bunch of area ducks, geese, and sandpipers.

They're ruffling feathers to provide early warning for the deadly strain of bird flu.

Correspondent Tom Banse has more on the start of testing for avian flu in the Northwest.

Complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Senators Plan Expanded Mt Hood Wilderness Bill
Mult. County Gives SUN Program Reprieve
Tighter Regulations Creating Welfare Headaches

8/16/2006 - The Promise Of Juniper Ridge

0816_juniperridge.jpgOne project that seems to encompass all the dimensions of Bend's exponential growth is the region's most ambitious project to date: Juniper Ridge. It's expected to have some affordable housing. But backers also tout living wage jobs, and even a four-year university.

Advocates have called it a "utopia." Critics use the word "boondoggle."

Wednesday night, Bend city councilors are expected to approve a Memorandum of Understanding, signaling a significant step forward. In this last installment of our series, Rob Manning reports on the promise of Juniper Ridge.

Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Is The Portland Housing Bubble Deflating?
Modified Grass Found Growing Beyond Control Area
Meet The Horse Undertaker: A Man Alone In His Field

8/15/2006 - Bend's Growth Squeezing Out Affordable Housing

0815_bend1.jpgRising home prices in Bend and Redmond are hurting aspects of the area's economy.

Meanwhile, local officials are worried enough about the loss of affordable places that they discussed options with residents of mobile home parks.

In the second part of our series on growth, Rob Manning reports on what's being done to help central Oregonians afford housing.

Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

The Lighter Side Of The Immigration Debate
Large Turnout Shows Support For Roadless Areas
Crowded Field Vying For Idaho Congressional Seat

8/14/2006 - Program Provides Meals During Summer Vacation

0814_lunch2.jpgPublic schools are for education. For low-income families, they're also a source of child care and meals.

But what happens in the summer, when children in poverty might be left alone while their parents work?

Correspondent Carol Cizauskas visited White Swan in south-central Washington to look at a program that bridges the summertime gap.

Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Housing Shortage Causing Worker Shortage In Central Oregon
Looking To The Future Of Rural Oregon
Wildfires Close Two Oregon Highways

8/9/2006 - Older Students Having Trouble Reaching Benchmarks

0809_schools.jpgWe got another clue Wednesday about how Oregon's public school students are doing.

Last week, the feds gave their up-or-down evaluations under the No Child Left Behind Act. Wednesday, more detailed results have come from the state assessment. But regardless of whose test you're using, the results are similar.

Younger students do well. Older kids, struggle.

Yet at the individual school level, there are some particular highs and lows. Rob Manning has the numbers, and a look at one North Portland high school.
Complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Filmmakers Launch Into Frantic 48 Hour Project
Candidates Turning To Podcasting To Get Message Out

8/8/2006 - Wine Growers Provide Health Clinic For Workers

Just as Willamette Valley wine growers need the warm sun and soft rain to nourish their grapes, they also need a ready supply of labor at just the right moment.

Those migrant workers face a difficult life. One month they're picking grapes for one employer, the next it's berries for someone else and then Christmas trees for yet another business.

The temporary nature of the work means there's usually no healthcare. A minor infection or health problem can quickly become life-threatening if it's not taken care of.

To tackle the problem, wine growers in the five counties that make up the Northern Willamette Valley get together each year to raise money for a mobile health clinic.

Kristian Foden-Vencil visited the clinic and files this report.
Complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Could You Survive 30 Days On The Low-Car Diet?
Beaverton Council Says No To Wal-Mart

8/7/2006 - Water Cop Keeps the Peace in Walla Walla Basin

0807_watermaster.jpgThere's a saying in the rural West: "Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting." That's why there are more than 130 watermasters across the Northwest.

Essentially, they're cops. Their job is to keep the peace among farmers whose livelihoods depend on water.

Correspondent Austin Jenkins recently went on patrol with a watermaster in Washington's Walla Walla basin.
Complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Beaverton Council Faces Wal-Mart Decision
Medford Police Arrest Mike's Gulch Protestors
Measure 37 Brings Recall Attempt In Jefferson County

8/3/2006 - Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada

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The Willamette Writer's conference kicks off in Portland Friday. At a banquet on Saturday, the group will give a lifetime achievement award to Oregon poet Lawson Inada.

Inada has written about everything from growing up in Fresno, CA to jazz, to his family's experience in the Japanese American internment camps in World War II.

He was named Oregon's poet laureate, and he teaches at Southern Oregon University.
Listen to his interview with OPB's Eve Epstein
Listen to Inada's poem 'Radio'

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Stream And Trail Watchers Fight Crime
Small Morning Quake Rattles Area
Mercy Corps Aiding Lebanese Displaced By Fighting

8/2/2006 - Federal Officers Make Charges In Endangered Species Case

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The U.S. Attorney in Portland has charged five people with selling an endangered species and three others will be paying fines for smuggling federally protected animals.

The case involves the ocelot, a rare cat that looks like a small leopard. A new age spiritual organization in California, that sponsors an ocelot sanctuary, has entered into a plea agreement.

Ley Garnett has more on the federal investigation and efforts to preserve the ocelot.


Read the full story...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Adults Play in the Mud in Annual Footrace
Tribes Demonstrate For Klamath River Dam Demolition
Salvage Logging Issue Comes Before Congress

8/1/2006 - Some Black Crater Evacuees Return Home

0801_sistersfire.jpgCooler temperatures and a secure fire line are helping fight the Black Crater fire southwest of Sisters Tuesday. It's 30% contained and the lull means 1,000 residents have returned home.

But families from 200 homes in the Crossroads subdivision and Edgington Road have to wait until tonight to find out if they can return.

Read the full story...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Investigator Finds Sohappy Case Frustrating
'Rail' Still Rockin' Years After MTV Break
Federal Judge Sides With Bush Administration On Roadless Rule

7/31/2006 - Report Sheds Light On Mentally Ill Prisoners

A new state report out Monday confirms that Oregon's jails hold hundreds of people suffering from serious mental illnesses.

The survey shows nearly nine percent of prisoners have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or some other serious psychiatric problem.

It concludes that such inmates have more trouble following rules, spend more time in isolation and need extra staff supervision. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Read the full story...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Inspector Holds Officials Responsible In Indian Student Death
Environmental Groups Call For Even Tighter Mercury Rules
Police Adding Muscle Cars To Fleet
Protesters Demand Israeli Cease-Fire

7/27/2006 - Tribes, Scientists Still Divided Over 'The Ancient One'

0726_kman2.jpgIt's been ten years since a near-complete human skeleton emerged from the muck along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington.

His advanced age, 9000 years and counting, got scientists excited. But for local tribes, the discovery remains a high-profile example of a persistent divide.

In part two of our series, correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports on what's changed, and what hasn't, in the relationship between archaeologists and native peoples.

Read the full story...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Military Suicides On The Rise
An Early Flame, Rekindled Late in Life


7/26/2006 - Bach Festival Opens At Mt. Angel Abbey

0726_mtangel.jpg The path to Mt. Angel Abbey winds through a stand of trees then opens onto a hilltop with a panoramic view of the valley below.

Bells ring at various times of day, calling the monks who live here to daily prayer.

In the church, the Benedictine monks sing a modern version of Gregorian chant. Chants sung for generations.

Every year, the abbey invites the public to come to the hill and participate in the Abbey Bach Festival.

Read the full story...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Some Kennewick Man Mysteries May Last To Eternity
Gay Marriage Ban Stands in Washington State
Senate To Debate Food Labeling Bill
Supporters Of Israel Hold Pioneer Square Rally

7/25/2006 - Earth Homes Make For Affordable Housing

0725_adobe1.jpgIf you're like most people, you wouldn't think "striking architecture" and "low income housing" belong in the same sentence.

But an Okanogan, WA non-profit is planning just that -- a village of domed adobe houses.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports it's like nothing you've seen before.

Read the full story...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Measure 37 Makes Couple's Dream Home Possible
Senate Passes Parental Notification Bill
Feds Arrive To Assess Drug Abuse Prevention Programs

7/24/2006 - Technology Brings Security To Oatfield Estates

1887404.jpgThe older you are the more you likely think about where you're going to spend the last years of your life.

One Portland couple looked around for a while, but didn't find anything they liked, so they decided to build their own.

The result: Oatfield Estates, an assisted living community unlike any other in the country. Residents get the benefit of advanced technology, a family style atmosphere, and a natural setting -- which, as Mary Sawyers found when she visited, seems to be a winning combination.

Read the full story...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

A Hot And Dangerous Weekend In Oregon
Some In Oregon Watch The Mideast War With Special Interest
Northwest Land Rush to Build Wind Farms

'Are We There Yet?' And Other Favorite Questions From The Road

0720_author.jpgSummertime and "road trip" are synonymous in many families. The search for that elusive "getaway" or the chance to see a new part of the country has kept families traveling for decades.

Author Robert Sullivan is a veteran of the long haul. He has driven across the country nearly 30 times in the last 15 years, often beginning or ending a trip in Portland because his wife's family lives here, and he has chronicled his thoughts on a recent trip, with detours into the history of road lore, in his new book Cross Country.

He talks with Oregon Considered host Eve Epstein about the book and the adventures that inspired it.
Read the full story...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

River Patrols Gearing Up For A Warm Weekend
Fewer Oregonians Testing Positive For Meth
Facing Deadly Fires, Fire Managers Buying Liability Insurance
MultCo Library Levy Will Appear On Fall Ballot

7/19/2006 - Sneakin' Out For A New Sound

0719_sneakinout.jpgTime now for a pop quiz on local music.

Oregon is:

A. home to countless top-notch rock bands.
B. growing its reputation as a jazz hub.
C. country and bluegrass pickers' paradise.
or
D. all of the above.

Of course, the correct answer is "D". This weekend Oregon fans have a bumper crop of concerts to choose from, with shows to suit every taste.

Of course, if you'd like to cover all the bases at once, you could just go see Portland's acoustic trio, Sneakin' Out. April Baer has this profile.
Read the full story...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Portland WiFi Cloud Starting To Take Shape
BC Artist Wins Buffett Leadership Award
PPS Seeking Funding Through Property Tax Increase
OTC Approves $100 Million for New Projects

7/18/2006 - 2007 Lacrosse All-Star Game Slated For Portland

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The National Lacrosse League announced Tuesday that Portland will host its All-Star Game next year -- bringing about 15,000 fans from across the country.

The Rose City beat out the likes of Denver, Colorado and Edmundton, Alberta, for the game, which will be played March 10th 2007 in the Rose Garden. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

Read the full story...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Smith Votes In Favor Of Embryonic Stem Cell Bill
Portland's T-Horse Turns 10

7/17/2006 - Metro Looks To Fine Tune Recycling Efforts

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Think you know how to recycle at the curb? Portland's regional government begs to differ, at least a little.
While officials are quick to applaud Portland area residents for having one of the best recycling rates in the country -- at 59 percent -- they think it could be a little better.

As Allison Frost reports, Metro is launching a campaign Monday to nudge up the recycling rate.

Read the full story...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Crash Brings Air Show's Future Into Question
The Gem State Has High Hopes For Biodiesel's Future
State Regulators Prepare To Enforce New Utility Tax Law
'Our House' Reopens For Area AIDS Patients

7/13/2006 - Haystack Summer Arts Program Set To Begin

0713_judith.jpgThe ocean has been a muse to many authors and in that spirit, professional writers from the Pacific Northwest are gathering at Cannon Beach starting this week to teach courses at the Haystack Summer Program in the Arts.

One of the authors scheduled to teach a course in late July is Portland poet and memoirist Judith Barrington.

Barrington has a longstanding fascination with the sea, stemming in part from a family tragedy that she documented in her memoir "Lifesaving."

We spoke recently, and I asked her if she would read one of the early passages from that book.
Read the full story...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Mt. St. Helens Will Re-Open to Climbers
Risk Of Financial Abuse High For Older Citizens

7/12/2006 - Veterinary Hospital Moves Into New Facilities

0712_dog.jpgOregon's largest animal hospital, DoveLewis in Northwest Portland, is holding a grand opening party for its new campus Thursday.

Members of the public will get a chance to look at the eight new exam rooms, two new surgery suites and the 75 spaces in which animals can convalesce overnight. During the last 18 months, the non-profit has raised $2.5 million toward the new $8 million facility.

Kristian Foden-Vencil went on a tour and filed this report.

DoveLewis Audio Slideshow
Read the full story...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Interior Secretary Kempthorne Tours Volcano Observatory
Measure 37 Interpretation Varies From County To County

7/11/2006 - CD's From A Bank? What's Unusual About That?

A new CD featuring local musicians was released Tuesday by of all places -- Umpqua Bank.

The Oregon based institution is sponsoring the "Discover Local Music" project in an effort to enhance its image as a community-based bank.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, keeping up that image is a challenge since in recent years, Umpqua has gone from five to 127 branches on the west coast.

Read the full story...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Walla Wallans Wary Of Bend-Like Growth
Beaverton Wal-Mart Plan Draws Criticism

7/10/2006 - Go Climb A Tree (Like A World-Champion)

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This month, hundreds of people will turn out to watch the world championships in a sport you may have never heard of.

Here's a clue: the defending men's champion is from the Northwest. A past female champion is also from these parts. Still stumped? The sport is competitive tree climbing.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports the reigning champion honed his skills rescuing local cats.

Read the full story...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Commission To Examine Nursing Home Conditions
Ballot Measures Abound For November Elections
Laid-Off Custodians Asked To Come Back
Cheap and Reliable Power Nurtures Server Farms

7/5/2006 - Senators Unveil Catastrophic Health Care Plan

Oregon's two U.S. senators unveiled a plan today to create a new kind of federally subsidized health insurance plan for small businesses and poor individuals.

The insurance wouldn't provide any benefit for modest health problems, like colds or ear infections, but it would kick into gear if someone suffered a major emergency, like cancer or a serious car accident.

Read the full story...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Lawyers Represent Gitmo Detainees
Camp Reunites Siblings Split By Foster Care

7/3/2006 - The State Of State Parks

campers.jpgDuring this busy Fourth of July holiday, rotting buildings, outdated sewer systems, and dangerous wiring are just some of the concerns at aging state parks across the Northwest.

Deferred maintenance at Northwest state parks totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Austin Jenkins reports on the conditions vacationers might find at campsites across the region. Read the entire story.

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Read the complete text to "The State Of State Parks"
Police, Firefighters Warn Of Fireworks Damage
Local Waters Claim Two More Lives
Sizing Up The Next Cold War
Northern Smugglers Take To The Air

6/29/2006 - New Orleans Sound Blows Into Blues Fest

0628_saxman2.jpgPortland's annual Waterfront Blues Festival gets under way Friday, June 30, with a focus this year on New Orleans and Gulf Coast musicians.

Reggie Houston grew up playing the saxophone in New Orleans. He was a member of Fats Domino's band, among others.

He relocated to Portland the year before Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf, and this year encouraged many of his friends from the region to come play in the festival.

He stopped by our studio to talk, and to set the right mood, I asked him to play something with a real New Orleans feel...

Listen to the interview...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Kicks Off New Anti-Meth Law
Grocery Store Owner Defends Decision Not to Stock "Morning After" Pill

6/28/2006 - Oregon's Trail Band Is A Global Hit

0628_band2.jpgVisas to North Korea are hard to come by. The communist government of Kim Jong-Il severely restricts tourism. All foreign visitors must get official approval.

But Mercy Corps has a long track record of sending delegations and shipments of food and medicine to Pyongyang. It's an Oregon based non-profit that's been providing food assistance (ever since the 1995 famine that killed more than 2 million North Koreans).

Food assistance and now country music. Last year North Korean officials invited Mercy Corps to bring along some genuine American folk musicians for a festival in Pyongyang.

complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Supreme Court Victory Makes Oregon 3 For 3
Portland City Council Considering Biofuels Mandate
What Do Those Graduation Rate Numbers Mean?

6/27/2006 - Governor's Panel On Climate Change Convenes

0627_hood.jpgSome of the state's top scientists and business leaders, appointed by Governor Kulongoski to advise him on climate change issues, held their first meeting in Salem Tuesday.

As Ley Garnett reports, this panel is charged not only with looking at global warming's downside for Oregon, but also possible economic benefits for the state.

complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Thousands Of Fans Greet Champion Beavers
CA Assisted Suicide Bill Fails In Committee
Corvallis Musician Nears End Of Year With A Very Special Violin

6/26/2006 - Anglers Become Bounty Hunters In Effort To Help Salmon

0626_pikeminnow.jpgWildlife managers know that one way to help a threatened species is to go after the predators.

So Northwest states are paying anglers to bring in certain fish. In Oregon and Washington, the payment scheme has inspired some fishing enthusiasts to make a living as bounty-hunters.

The best can reel in as much as $40,000 a year. Now Idaho is trying its own approach: how about lottery tickets in exchange for trout heads?

complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
WA Gears Up for Oregon-Style Property Rights Battle
Beavers Win College World Series, National Championship
Iraq Veteran Says Sexual Harassment Prompted Desertion

6/22/2006 - Oldest Oregon Trooper Eschews Retirement

0622_trooper.jpgWashington recently ushered its most experienced state trooper out the door.

The veteran patrolman was forced into retirement because he turned 60 years old.

He carried the nickname, the "pewter trooper," because he aged so gracefully.

Oregon and Idaho don't have mandatory retirement rules for state police. The oldest active patrolman on the Oregon force turns 61 on his next birthday.

Correspondent Tom Banse has Robert Hereau's story in his own words.

complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Mayor Potter Names Sizer To Chief's Job
County Commission Cuts Funds To Popular SUN Program
Retrofiting Trucks May Help Clean North Portland's Air

6/21/2006 - Solar Power Buff Celebrates Solstice With Open House

0622_solar.jpgWednesday was the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. To celebrate, one Northwest solar-power buff dedicated the day to convincing people to go solar.

Correspondent Austin Jenkins filed this report from a solar open house in Tacoma

complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Oregon Education Officials Question Graduation Rate Numbers
Governor's Office Next Front In Mike's Gulch Timber Sale Battle
Government Moves To Consolidate Eavesdropping Cases

6/20/2006 - Batten Disease Unites Parents, Dog Owners

0620_batten.jpgIn what may be an unprecedented collaboration, a rare and as yet incurable illness has brought together two unlikely communities: parents of children and owners of dogs.

The two groups are linked by the fatal illness known as Batten disease.

Batten disease is a rare inherited genetic disorder leading to a breakdown of the entire nervous system.

complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Study Finds Oregon Failing African American Students
Oregon Struggling To Meet Mercury Emissions Limits
Distant War Hits Close To Home In Madras

6/19/2006 - Oregon's 'Big Look' Goes Under The Microscope

Oregon's land-use planning system is getting a thorough looking over these days.

The Urban Land Institute's forum convened in Redmond this weekend. The Metro regional government held a discussion on what it's calling its New Look last Friday. But the land-use task force created by the state lawmakers is drawing some critical eyes as it begins its work including it appears, those in the Governor's office.

As Rob Manning reports, the Governor said Monday he's planning to send a letter to the panel expressing concern about public involvement.

complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Ethics Commission Begins Search For New Director
Madras Soldier Abducted By Iraqi Insurgents
Irrigon Students Put Letters To Soldiers To Music

6/15/2006 - Late Spring Chinook Run Exceeds Predictions

0615_chinook.jpg This past season's run of Spring Chinook Salmon was like a roller coaster on the Columbia River but it ended on a high.

Fishery experts estimated 88,000 of the prized fish, also known as king salmon, would come back to spawn but in fact 130,000 ended up making it. Ley Garnett reports.

complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
New Shipping Line To Dock Weekly At Port Of Portland
Tribes Unite To Rebury Artifacts And Remains
Parents Facing A Difficult Summer Assignment
Bicycling's $63 Million Impact On Portland

Bicycling's $63 Million Impact On Portland
Anyone who lives in Portland knows that bicycling is big. But just how big is it? The city Office of Transportation wanted to know, so after sponsoring a study, it released the results Thursday that puts the economic impact of bicycling at $63 million. The city's Linda Ginenthal, who is also coorinating a regional bike summit this weekend, says people may take bicycling for granted now, but 10 or 15 years ago, the picture was a lot different. She says although Portland's been rated the number one city by Bicycling Magazine and given a Gold rating by the League of American Bicyclists, there's still a lot to be done in this weekend's bike summit.

Click here to listen to the interview. (about 4:15)


Biking in Portland Websites:

Portland Transportation Department

Bike Summit Website

Bike Portland

6/14/2006 - Knight Bringing Hollywood Magic To Tualatin

0614_laika.jpgOregon's richest man, Phil Knight, unveiled plans Wednesday to build a new state-of-the-art animation studio in Tualatin.

Designed to compete with Hollywood icons such as Pixar and Dreamworks, the Laika studio will hire hundreds of filmmakers over the next two years and produce everything from full-length movies to commercials.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, it's by far the most ambitious media project Oregon has seen.

complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Small-Schools Program Divisive For Lebanon Residents
Medford Judge Postpones Biscuit Salvage Logging Deal
Maintaining The Memory Of Oregon State Hospital's Patients
The Day Of The African Child

Maintaining The Memory Of Oregon State Hospital's Patients
One of the more enduring symbols of conditions at the crumbling Oregon State Hospital has been a small room in a former crematorium. It contains shelves of copper cans, stacked three deep, holding the cremated remains of patients from as early as 1913. More than 3,500 have gone unclaimed by their relatives. Wednesday, officials at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem began repackaging urns. Colin Fogarty paid a visit and filed this story.

Click here to listen to the story. (about 3 minutes)

The Day Of The African Child
drummer.jpgThis weekend in Portland, a unique gathering joins the line up of Rose Festival-sanctioned events for its final weekend. It's a celebration marking the Day of the African Child, designed to highlight the plight of children on the continent, who live in extreme poverty, get little to no education, and are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. One of the Northwest groups working in African countries to help make a dent in those problems is the Harambee Center, based in Portland. Jackie Goldrick, Co-founder and President, spoke with us earlier in our Portland studios. She says this Saturday's event has a lot to offer children here.

Click here to listen to the interview. (about 2 minutes)

Click here to visit the Harambee Center's website.

6/13/2006 - Curtis Salgado Benefit

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There's good news and bad news to report about long time Oregon blues musician Curtis Salgado, who was the inspiration for the late John Belushi's character in the Blues Brothers.

On the one hand, Salgodo is fighting liver cancer, needs a new liver and recently lost his health insurance.

On the other, he's fighting liver cancer, just got onto a donor waiting list and his friends--many music legends in their own right-- are playing alongside him in a benefit concert Tuesday.

He talked with us about some of the musicians like Steve Miller, Robert Cray and Taj Mahal and how he was drawn to music at an early age growing up in Eugene.

Click here to listen to the interview. (about 5 minutes)

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The benefit concert for Curtis Salgado is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Rose Garden arena's Theatre of the Clouds. If you can't make it, you can also catch him at the Waterfront Blues festival next month. And for all sorts of other information, check out his website -- http://www.curtissalgado.com

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Initiative Backers Racing Against Signature Deadline
Northwesterners Rediscovering The Craft Of Spinning
OSU Forestry Dean Hal Salwasser Receives Strong Vote Of Confidence

6/12/2006 - Academia and Activism Collide on NW College Campus

0612_protest.jpgLast month, nearly thirty people were arrested at the Port of Olympia. They were protesting the Iraq War and the use of the port for military shipments.

Many of those arrested attend Evergreen College - a state-funded school a few miles from the port. Some are students in a class on parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins examines the line between academia and activism.

complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Popular After-School Program On The Chopping Block
Governor, Legislators Agree On Plan To Revamp Mental Health Care
Mobile Clinic Brings Healthcare To Multnomah County Homeless
Reaction To Revamping Oregon's Mental Health Care: An Interview With Dr. George Keepers

Reaction To Revamping Oregon's Mental Health Care: An Interview With Dr. George Keepers
The addition of new hospital beds is welcome news to those on the front lines of dealing with mental illness in Oregon. Dr. George Keepers, who heads the department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, spoke with Allison Frost. He says new facilities are desperately needed. But he also cautions that the much greater need comes when patients are released.

Click here to listen to the interview. (3:18)

6/8/2006 - Portland Judge Allows Abuse Lawsuit Against Vatican To Proceed

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Two years ago, Portland made international headlines when the Catholic Archdiocese became the first to declare bankruptcy in response to clergy sex abuse lawsuits.

Now, a separate case in Portland raises the serious possibility that for the first time, the Vatican itself could be sued over priest sexual abuse. Colin Fogarty reports.

complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
World Cup Battle: Nike vs. Adidas
Environmental Groups Sue To Stop Biscuit Salvage Sale
Robots Help Pharmacists Fill The Pill Bottle

6/7/2006 - Reconciling Republicanism And Art

0607_book.jpgFormer Portland attorney Gary Cole saw no contradiction between his dual interests in arts and Republican Party politics.

But the co-founder of small theater in Portland found out the hard way: Sometimes art and politics don't mix.

Now as Colin Fogarty reports, Cole has written a memoir called Artless: The Odyssey of a Republican Cultural Creative.

complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Communities Near Weapons Depot Practice Contamination Drills
Blazers And Rose Garden Up For Bids
Unions Want Prevailing Wages, Healthcare For Workers
Oregon Pharmacy Board Adopts New Ethics Stance - an interview with executive director Gary Schnabel.

Pharmacy Board Adopts New Ethics Stance
The Oregon Board of Pharmacy adopted a clarification today on what should happen when a pharmacist refuses to fill a patient's prescription on moral or religious grounds. Gary Schnabel is the executive director of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. He says the board met with women's groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood to clarify language the panel adopted last summer. Schnabel also says the new language the board approved today also makes it clear that a patient can demand the prescription back from a pharmacist if that pharmacist chooses not to fill it.
Allison Frost spoke with Schnabel by telephone from Bend earlier today.

Click here to listen to the interview. (mp3, about 2:30)

6/6/2006 - Research Group Puts School Funding Numbers Online

With the click of a mouse, you can now find out how one Oregon school district spends money, compared with a similar one, maybe on the other side of the state.

Statewide school research group, the Chalkboard Project, unveiled an online database that reveals whether Bend schools spend more on teachers than say, Reynolds or Springfield.

But as Rob Manning reports, users on the first day came away enthusiastic, yet hungry for more information - and curious about political implications.

complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Exploding Price Of Oil Fuels Quest For Alternatives
Microsoft Moves Into Little Quincy, WA
Considering The Dangers Of What Goes On Online
Governor Dedicates Job Training Center At New Columbia

6/5/2006 - Tiny "Smart Cars" Make Their Northwest Debut

0602_smartcar.jpgA smart way to beat high gas prices could be a Smart car.

That at least is the sales pitch of the first Northwest dealership to carry the eye-catching European auto. "Smart" is the brand name of the tiny two-seater.

Correspondent Tom Banse takes us along for a test drive.

complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Biodiesel Coop Powers Cars For Less
OSHA Cites Boise Cascade In Death Of Mill Worker
Governor's Race Starting To Get Crowded
GAO Report Questions Oregon Tsunami Readiness

6/1/2006 - Kicker Refunds Grow, Governor Repeats Call For Rainy Day Fund

Oregon's kicker refunds will grow to more than a billion dollars in 2007. That was the eye popping headline from the quarterly revenue forecast Thursday by state economists.

Just as quickly as the refund prediction came, the debate over what to do with the money ensued. Colin Fogarty reports from Salem.

complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
State Looks For Allies In Its War On Weeds
Portland Kids Writing A 'Children's Bill Of Rights'
GED: A Different Kind Of Graduation Story
WA Board of Pharmacy Board Defends Controversial Rule

5/31/2006 - Estacada Soldier Killed On Memorial Day In Iraq

As an Oregonian wife mourns the loss of her husband in Iraq, details of how he was killed are emerging.

Medic, Jeremy Loveless, died Memorial Day after being shot in the shoulder while traveling through Mosul in a Stryker armored vehicle.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, apparently his unit didn't notice he'd been hit until it was too late.

complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Commission Wrestles With Utility Tax Law
Northwest Aid Agencies Quick To Respond To Java Quake
Foster Care Graduates Face Tough Transition
Emilie Boyles Pleads Her Case

5/30/2006 - Sizemore's Back In Politics, But With A Lower Profile

0530_sizemore.jpgBill Sizemore is back.

The once high-profile anti-tax activist has played a much more subdued role in Oregon politics in recent years, since a judge slapped him with a multi-million dollar judgment. But Sizemore is now trying to qualify a ballot measure for the November ballot.

Last week, he and other initiative activists submitted petition signatures for an early deadline. As Colin Fogarty reports, Sizemore's latest proposal has nothing to do with taxes.

complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Electronic Medical Records Could Save Money, Time -- And Lives
WA Foster Parents Announce Unionization
Tending 'Defiant Gardens' During Wartime

5/24/2006 - The Wellness Project and Training Institute

0524_wellness.jpgThe only free mental health clinic in the Portland metro area may have to shut its doors, after just two years in operation.

The Wellness Project and Training Institute in Clark County has kept more than 4000 appointments since 2004 and trained 70 graduate students in at universities throughout the region.

Oregon Considered host Allison Frost talks with the Executive Director of Community Services Northwest, the agency that runs the Wellness Project, Sharon Campbell-Krupski.

Click here to listen to the entire interview (mp3, about 11 minutes).

Wellness Project and Training Institute website

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Listen to Stacy Bolt's commentary "The Happiest Hour" here.
New Magazine Caters To Thirsty Readers
Potter-FBI Skirmish Highlights Domestic Surveillance Issues


More from Oregon Considered for Wednesday, May 24, 2006
This summer, the new Portland-based beverage magazine Imbibe is printing an essay from a commentator who's been something of a regular on OPB airwaves. Stacy Bolt contributes to Live Wire!, heard on the last Saturday night of the month. She says when she was growing up there was never a question about whether or what to imbibe. She describes what she calls the "happiest hour."

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

5/23/2006 - Foreign Pest Multiplies On NW Waterways

0523_nutria.jpgA buck-toothed rodent that can mow down waterfront gardens and turn dikes into Swiss cheese is expanding its range in the Northwest.

The non-native animal is called nutria. It's recently turned up in new places including Lake Washington, next to Seattle, and Oregon's Rogue River valley.

Some communities are resigned to its presence. Others are trying to eradicate the creature. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.
complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Judge Redden Voids Upper Snake River Plan
Judge Dismisses 'Loss Of Companionship' Claim
New Carissa A Step Closer To Getting Off The Beach
Kitzhaber Taking On Healthcare Reform

5/22/2006 - Trojan Implosion Ends A Chapter In Oregon's Nuclear History

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The familiar landmark cooling tower at Oregon's only nuclear plant is history.

All that remains of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant cooling tower today is a chunk of the lower tower wall about 50 feet tall and several hundred feet long.

That segment withstood the force of 3,300 sticks of dynamite detonated early Sunday morning.

Even though the demolition of the 500-foot tall structure was televised live throughout the region, thousands of people turned out to watch it in person.

Ley Garnett was among the crowd and has this report.
complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Colleges Offering More "Merit-Based" Finanical Aid
Commission Recommends Sobriety Rule For Legislators
Lawmakers Want National Guard Represented On Joint Chiefs Of Staff

Mt. St. Helens Still Active After 26 Years

helens.jpgToday marks the 26th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens' deadly eruption that killed 57 people and flattened 230 square miles of forest.

More recently, the volcano has sputtered to life again, but on a much smaller scale. Allison Frost spoke with Willie Scott, a vulcanologist at the USGS Cascades Volcano observatory in Vancouver, Washington. He says prior to 2004, the lava dome that had been building since the 1980s was getting buried by the glacier that was also growing inside the crater.


Click here to listen to the interview (mp3, about 8 minutes).

Click here to visit Mt. St. Helens' current eruption website.

5/18/2006 - Organic Biodiesel Could Pay Off For NW Farmers

0518_canola.jpgReducing our dependence on foreign oil. Producing homegrown fuel. It's all the rage when gas prices set new records practically every day.

Some of the puzzle pieces are falling into place. Ground will be broken soon on big new biodiesel and ethanol plants in Washington and Oregon (and possibly Twin Falls, Idaho).

But to make truly homegrown fuel, local farmers have to plant the raw materials. That's not happening, by and large. Correspondent Tom Banse found one dairyman who's trying to make the economics work.

complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Portland Police Disproportionately Target Minority Drivers
Wyden Accuses Nominee Of Violating Briefing Law
Immigration Issue Divides Idaho Congressional Candidates

Post-Primary Analysis With Bill Lunch

Pundits and political analysts are always being asked to make projections and predictions. OPB's Political Analyst Bill Lunch says those who do look into the crystal ball, including himself, risk treading later over the shards of broken glass. Nonetheless, we convinced him to say a few words about how November's political races might shape up, after the results of the yesterday's primary election.

Click here to listen to the entire interview (mp3, about 11 minutes).

5/17/2006 - Wheeler Beats Incumbent Linn By 3-To-1 Margin

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In Multnomah County, business consultant Ted Wheeler swept into the commission chair's seat with an overwhelming 69% of the vote. The embattled incumbent, Diane Linn, garnered just 23%.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, it seems Linn's critics -- who accuse her of everything from mishandling same-sex marriage to outright impropriety -- have finally caught up with her.


complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Candidates Already Gearing Up For November Fight
Burdick Concedes Race To Sten

5/16/2006 - Strange Piece of Paradise

0516_jentz.jpgIn 1977, a man with an axe made a seemingly random attack on two college students at a state park near Redmond. The women were brutalized and left for dead.

One survivor, Terri Jentz, revisits the unsolved incident, and her psychological journey to recovery. Her book is called "Strange Piece of Paradise".

She spoke with OPB Senior Producer Eve Epstein about the attack, and her return to Oregon.

Hear the web version of the interview (mp3 about 13 mins).

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Offender Treatment Program Linked To Lower Rate Of Recidivism
Low Turnout Expected To Rise By Deadline
Oregon Guard Troops Unlikely To Be Used Along Border

5/15/2006 - Oregon Reps Split On Medicare D Penalties

0515_medicare.jpgMonday is the deadline for eligible seniors to sign up for Medicare's new prescription drug benefit. But many who eligible still have not enrolled.

Correspondent Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill on the debate in Congress over whether to lift penalties for latecomers.
complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
For Some Seniors, Prescription Plan Has Too Many Options
Not All Washington Sex Offenders Face Hard Time
Preliminary Counts Indicate Turnout Rate Below 25%

5/11/2006 - Sasquatch Lives On In Sculpture

0510_sasquatch.jpgCruising down the highway you're used to seeing animal warnings such as "watch for deer" or "elk crossing."

Now think about how you'd react to a "Sasquatch crossing." It's in the works in north central Washington. A huge, hairy man is turning drivers' heads on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Naturally, we had to send correspondent Tom Banse for a look.
complete article...

If you're looking for that music at the end of Tom's piece, you can listen here - Theme from "Big Foot and Wild Boy"
More on "Big Foot and Wild Boy" - IMDb

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Phone Call Records Didn't Come From Qwest
Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Bowen's Death Sentence

5/10/2006 - "Voter Owned Elections" System Coming Under Fire

Advocates of Portland's public campaign finance system have been put on the defensive in the last few weeks because of allegations about a candidate who received $145,000 in taxpayer money.

Campaign finance reform advocates are trying to look beyond accusations against Emilie Boyles and are instead touting the overall effect of the so-called "Voter Owned Election" system. Colin Fogarty reports.
complete article...

Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Small Oregon Town To Vote On NASCAR Speedway Tax
Policymakers Struggling To Interpret Language Of Utility-Tax Bill

5/9/2006 - Potlatch Poplar Farm Greens A Patch Of Eastern Oregon

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Out of the scrub brush of eastern Oregon a huge forest sprouts like an oasis between Boardman and Hermiston. We sent Ley Garnett to check out this roadside curiosity.

complete article...

Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Officials Eyeing Mumps Outbreak In Eugene
PSU Looking To Fill The Computer Engineer Vacuum

5/8/2006 - Spring Chinook Finally Starting To Show Up At Bonneville Dam

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Columbia River fish managers are still clinging to hope that the Spring Chinook run will reach their pre-season expectations.

As Ley Garnett reports, biologists are optimistic that the low count so far is only because the run is extremely late in getting underway this year.

complete article...

Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Professor's Career Melds Science With Advocacy
Wyden Questioning Nominee's Statements On Wiretapping

Portland Kids Win Big With Soccer Poems

-w200_IMG_5908.jpgIt's not too often that Amercian schools win international competitions. Or win all expense paid trips to Europe. But that's just what happened to the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at the German American School of Portland. Their German poems about soccer propelled them into the group of 100 winning schools -- out of more than 12,000 from around the world. Allison Frost spoke with Blake Peters, who runs the school. He said they've never won anything quite as big the "World Cup in School" contest.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here. (mp3, 3:40)

5/4/2006 - A Broad Field Of Candidates Line Up For City Council Seats

Two seats are up for grabs on the Portland City Council May 16th, but incumbent commissioner Dan Saltzman is trying to retain his position and serve a third term.

He's fighting off about a dozen hopefuls, including a real estate agent, a nurse, and a single parent.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, five candidates turned up for a recent meeting of the Portland Eastside Democratic Club and left members undecided.
complete article...

Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
High Gas Prices Spurring Politicians Into Action
Reach Out And Touch Someone (And Maybe They'll Vote For You)
Eugene Schools To Adopt Stricter Soda Policy

Life With Stinky Stan

0504_sealion.jpgAll the news of late about dwindling Northwest salmon runs has captured the attention of commentator Ronault Catalani. He's noticed that more than a little blame has been heaped on a certain water mammal. It's funny, he says, because he's been having problems just like the Fish and Wildlife workers at Bonneville Dam.

Click here to listen to the comments of Ronault Catalani, a Willamette Valley writer. (mp3, about 4 minutes.)

5/3/2006 - An Oregon Chicken Farm Prepares For Avian Flu

0503_chicks.jpgOn the same day the Bush Administration revealed its updated plans to deal with Avian Flu, state officials appeared with an Oregon chicken farmer to detail the kinds of protections in place for the states poultry operations.

For months growers and the state have kept commercial chicken sheds under wraps - for fear of introducing disease to the large flocks. But Willamette Valley farmer, Curt Johnston, conducted the tour and spoke to Kristian Foden-Vencil.
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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Sen. Smith Pushes For Rural Broadband
Judge Considers How To Manage Snake And Columbia River Basins
Corvallis Struggles With Decision To Close A School

5/2/2006 - Immigration Debate Heats Up Republican Primary

0502_march.jpgFor weeks now, illegal immigration has been one of the top issues in the Republican primary for governor.

The debate got even hotter when 13,000 immigrants and their supporters rallied in Portland and Salem, along with several smaller cities across the state.

Ballots for the May primary are due in two weeks. But as Colin Fogarty reports, the issue will likely linger into the November election.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Portland Board Split On Closing Schools
But Will Plato Get Along With His New House Mate?
Candidates Band Together To Cover Oregon's Second District

5/1/2006 - Thousands Turn Out For Protests In Salem

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More than 13,000 mostly Latino immigrants and their supporters rallied and marched in Salem and Portland Monday as part of a nationwide "day without immigrants" protest.

The demonstrations were aimed at showing the economic impact of immigrants on Oregon's economy. Colin Fogarty reports from Salem.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Protesters Point To Immigrants' Role In Economy
Washington Asparagus Growers Switch to Fresh Spears

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)

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)

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawsuit Filed Against NSA For Wiretapping

0228_wiretap.jpgA lawsuit filed in Portland Tuesday alleges the federal government illegally wiretapped lawyers for an Islamic charity based in Ashland, Oregon.

The case is thought to be the most specific allegation of warrantless wiretapping against the National Security Agency. Colin Fogarty reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Assistance League Fills Gaps In Youth Dental Care
Idaho Looks To Attract Hollywood
Repeal Measure Fails Again
Blazers Considering All Options To Stem Losses

NW States Back in the Black, But Will it Last?

For the first time since the September 11th attacks, Washington and Idaho have healthy budget surpluses.

Even in Oregon, where human service costs are a $172 million more than expected, tax revenue is flowing into the state's bank account. But across the region, lawmakers hardly feel like they've won the lottery.

Instead they have serious concerns about the future. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this regional budget round up.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Medford Hearing Debates Salvage Logging
Parents Institute Offers Help For Dealing With Teens
Oregon Governor Pushes 'Healthy Kids' Initiative
Unionization of Day Care Workers

Sten Vs. Burdick Campaign Begins

State Senator Ginny Burdick marked the official beginning of her race for Portland City Council Thursday with a bike ride.

She is gunning for Commissioner Erik Sten's seat, saying city residents can't afford to pour money into what she calls pet projects like the Water Bureau billing system, the aerial tram, and the failed effort to buy PGE.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
State Of The State Preview
Logging Science
Shooting At Roseburg High School

Oregon Senators Work For More Money To Fight Meth

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith met with federal and local law enforcement officials in Portland Wednesday).

The topic was methamphetamine - how much money is being spent curbing the drug's use and what Congress is doing about it.

Next week, the U.S. Senate votes on a major anti-methamphetamine bill. But as Colin Fogarty reports, local detectives say meth is getting worse.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Former Portland Archbishop Levada To Become Cardinal
Crime Victims Summit Brings Together The Survivors
Oregon Sees Increase In CIM Graduates

Oregon High Court Upholds Measure 37

0221_court.jpgOregon's one-of-a-kind property compensation initiative, Measure 37, is back.

The Oregon Supreme Court reinstated the pay-or-waive initiative Tuesday, reversing a lower court decision that had found it unconstitutional.

Justices had piles of legal briefs; an hour-and-a-half of oral argument last month and thousands of compensation claims waiting. But the Court took just six weeks and a few dozen pages to unanimously blast the ruling Marion County Judge Mary James handed down in October.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
City Set To Start Digging On East-Side 'Big Pipe'
Medford Professor Selected As Oregon's New Poet Laureate
Kulongoski And Wyden Tout Threatened Program

Piano Prodigy Deals With Celebrity And Unlearning Bad Habits

0216_waters2.jpgLast October, we brought you the story of Stanley Waters, a piano prodigy who showed promise despite an unstable childhood.

Stanley Waters was originally profiled in the Willamette Week newspaper. For most of his 18 years, his mother was addicted to crack cocaine. Now, she's clean and Stanley has begun the long journey toward developing his talent.

Colin Fogarty followed up and has this update.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
A $100 Million Summit On School Funding
Portland Jazz Fest Takes On A New Orleans Flavor
South Waterfront Project Grows In Shadow Of The Tram

City Continues To Dig Into PGE's Finances

0208_pge.jpgThe trial of Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling has moved into its third week in Houston and a witness with links to Portland is testified Wednesday.

Kenneth Rice headed Enron's broadband unit, which was based in the Rose City. Rice was asked about a 2001 meeting in Portland with Lay and Skilling where they decided to layoff 250 local workers of the broadband company.

As the trial grinds on, so does the city of Portland's probe of PGE, Enron's last standing U.S. company. Ley Garnett has this update.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Chapman Elementary Finds Ways To Help Homeless Students
Providence Offers Credit Protection To Customers Whose Records Were Stolen
Duplicate Signatures May Doom Campaign Finance Repeal

Westlund Plans To Run For Governor as Independent

0214_westlund.jpgOregon state Senator Ben Westlund announced Tuesday that he's dropping his Republican party affiliation and launching an independent bid for governor.

Westlund has represented Bend in the Oregon legislature for nearly a decade.

In a press conference at the state capitol he said the state is, in his words, "mired in mediocrity because extreme partisanship too often trumps good public policy."

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Another Gloomy Valentine For Portland Schools
A New Option In The Old Diaper Debate
A Valentine's Day Commentary by Ronault Catalani

Ski Areas Experiment With Extreme Sledding

0213_airboard.jpgIf the Winter Olympics are giving you fantasies about plunging downhill head first in daredevil style, we have a way to approximate the feeling without shelling out for a trip to Turin.

It involves a sleek, inflatable sled and a cooperative ski resort.

In the Northwest, there's Schweitzer Mountain in north Idaho and the Hoodoo Ski Area in Oregon's central Cascades. That's where we sent correspondent Tom Banse.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Oregonians React To National Forest Sale Idea
Congress Looks To Deal With Meth Problem
U of O Dismissal May Lead To Lawsuit
Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Have Counter Claim

Voices From the Front: Carla George

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To get a personal perspective on the meth problem in Oregon, we've asked four people who are living and working on the front lines to answer the question:

"If you had the power, what one thing would you change in Oregon to address the meth problem or its consequences here?"


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U.S. drug officials estimate that there are 1.5 million regular meth users in this country.

Carla George used to be one of them. She's been clean and sober for nine years, but her life spiraled into chaos before she found successful treatment for her addiction.

George now works as a program supervisor with Relief Nursery, in Eugene, that provides early intervention for children up to the age of 6 who are at risk of abuse.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Bush Budget Would Raise BPA Rates
Washington Signs On To Roadless Lawsuit
Kulongoski Creates Equity Task Force

Voices From the Front: John Trumbo

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The National Association of Counties reports that methamphetamine is the leading drug-related local law enforcement problem in the country. Local law enforcement agents, like Sheriff John Trumbo of Umatilla County, know all too well the damage meth can inflict on a community.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Two Democrats Vie To Challenge Walden
Groups Advocate For More Affordable Housing
Portland Appeals PGE's Stock Plan
Environmentalist Groups Blast Bush's Budget

Voices From the Front: Carol Chervenak, M.D.

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Hospitals across the country are reporting a surge in the number of methamphetamine patients showing up in emergency rooms.

The New York Times says 57 percent of hospitals in the Northwest point to meth as the reason for more emergency-room visits than any other drug.

As the medical director of ABC House in Albany, Carol Chervenak sees firsthand the effects of meth addiction on the drug's youngest victims.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Jim Hill Announces Run For Governor
School Funding Committee Named
Copper Prices Driving Push For Mine Near Mt. St. Helens

Voices from the Front: Rita Sullivan

0206_sullivan.jpgThe National Association of Counties reports that health officials nationwide say there is a growing need for programs to treat methamphetamine addicts, and that meth addicts need to be in treatment longer than those who use other drugs.

As the director of OnTrack, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment program in Medford, Rita Sullivan knows just how difficult it is to break the cycle of addiction ... and how easy it is to pass it on to the next generation.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Potter Heads To Far East On Trade Mission
Bush Budget Plan Would Slash Funding For Timber Counties
Saxton Kicks Off Campaign For Governor
OHSU Expands Southward, Way Southward
To Print or Not To Print
Some Question Super Bowl Outcome

You Can Blame (Some Of) It On La Niña

0202_flood.jpgFederal weather watchers confirm that a La Niña weather pattern has formed in the Pacific.

But Steve Todd of the National Weather Service says the phenomenon is not solely to blame for the heavy rain in the Northwest.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Spokane Settlement Doesn't Affect Portland Archdiocese
Attorney General Meets With Providence About Stolen Records
Oregon Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Smoker's Family
Funding Questions Continue To Test Portland Schools

Vancouver Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Speech

Vancouver Mayor, Royce Pollard, made news last summer when he bought and then smashed two coffee mugs -- emblazoned with 'Portland' logos -- from a Vancouver Starbucks.

His aim was to show how sick and tired he is of Vancouver living in Portland's shadow. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the mayor continued in a similar vein Wednesday with his state of the city speech.

The theme was 'Think Big' and he underlined the idea by saying Vancouver will continue to try to become Washington's second largest city -- by annexing 26 square miles of Clark County.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Walker Running For State Senate, Not Governor
Business Leaders Go Back To School As 'Principal For A Day'

Leave Fiction To Novelists, They're Less Likely To Make It Up

When James Frey went on Oprah last week to admit he fictionalized portions of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, journalists, bloggers and other members of the reality-based community all called for higher accountability in publishing.

But what about the people who write fiction on purpose? Oregon novelist Marc Acito speaks up for the fantasy-based community.

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Attorney General Looking Into Providence Breech
Northwest Snowpack Above Average
Obesity Epidemic Among Oregon Children
The Long Climb To A New Park

Wu To Face Young Challenger In Swingin' 1st District Race

0130_kittswu.jpgRepublicans have been trying to win Oregon's first Congressional district for 30 years. But Democrats have held on, even though Oregon's northwest corner is a traditional swing district.

Democratic Congressman David Wu is planning seek re-election again. But, 32-year-old Republican upstart, state Representative Derrick Kitts, hopes he can succeed where other GOP hopefuls have failed. Colin Fogarty has this profile of the race.

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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Eyman Attempts To Overturn Gay Rights Law
Critics Blast Eyman For Anti-Gay Rights Initiatives
Portland Quakes May Lead To Discovery of Geologic Fault
NW PUD's fight against Enron
Proposed Bend Resort Focus Of Heated Debate

Renovation Puts Historic Armory On Center Stage

0126_armory2.jpgTheater-lovers have been working to raise more than $36 million to turn Portland's historic armory into a new home for Portland Center Stage.

Thursday they announced substantial new donations and took a group of backers and reporters for a brief tour.

Kristian Foden-Vencil donned a hard hat and has this report.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
E-Coli Outbreak Prompts Consideration Of 'Cow-Share' Rules
BPA Selects Replacements For Fish Passage Center
Wal-Mart Meets Resistance In Northwest Towns
State To Take 'Big Look' At Land-Use System

Bend Debates Third Wal-Mart Store

0125_bend.jpgMulti-national corporation Wal-Mart expects to learn any day now whether its proposed super-store in Bend will get the go-ahead.

The hearings officer's decision looms as opponents of a third Bend Wal-Mart get ready to mark the one-year anniversary with a major demonstration next week.

Rob Manning visited the site of the possible store, and has this report.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Scientists See Dim Future For Salmon In Northwest
Providence Concerned About Stolen Customer Data
Ship Scrapping Idea Scrapped In Newport
Fake Sex Offender Notifications Cause Controversy in Washington Legislature

Mt. St. Helens Grows New Dome

0124_volcano.jpgUp until this week Mt. St. Helens had been covered with clouds and heavy snow since mid-December.

Not only were visual observations impossible, ice and snow were blocking signals from some of the instruments that scientists use to monitor the volcano.

When the skies finally cleared, geologists first noticed that the new lava dome appears to have outgrown the old dome, as Ley Garnett reports.
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Unanimous School Board Backs Jefferson Changes
WA Lawmaker Submits to GPS Tracking; Sex Offenders Next?
Idaho Ponders Tougher Child Care Licensing
Schwarzenegger Says Voters Should Decide Assisted Suicide Issue
Sen. Smith Thinks Oregon Law Is Safe From Congressional Tampering


Weight-Loss Surgery Worth The Risk For Lebanon Woman

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Despite recent findings that weight-loss surgery is more risky than once thought more and more Americans are deciding that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Last year an estimated 130,000 Americans had weight-loss surgery. One of them is a 46-year old woman from Lebanon, Oregon.

We first introduced you to her last summer when she had the surgery, now Mary Sawyers reports on her progress since getting out of the hospital.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered
Fish Passage Center Fighting For Its Life
Bend Plans For Growth As It Turns 100
Seahawks Score For The Bottom Line


Philomath Filmmaker's Hometown Documentary Plays At Sundance

0119_philomath.jpgA budding Northwest filmmaker hits the big time Friday when his first feature-length movie premieres at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Peter Richardson's documentary captures a showdown between the old guard and new arrivals in a small Oregon logging town. The conflict comes with a big money twist.

Correspondent Tom Banse visited the 26-year-old director in Corvallis.

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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
Tentative Settlement Reached In State Hospital Suit
Kulongoski Questions Leavitt About Medicare Payments
California Blackouts Have Lasting Impact On PGE Customers


Back To Work: A Soldier-To-Citizen Update

0112_work_vert.jpgAnywhere from ten to thirty percent of Northwest soldiers return from Iraq needing to look for work.

The numbers vary by region, depending on the job market.

A month ago, we brought you the story of one North Idaho man hoping to make the transition back to civilian life and employment. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has this update.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered
Assisted Suicide Foes Look To Congress
Heavy Rain Shows Flaws In Development Decisions
ODOT Moves Toward Toll Roads For New Projects
WSDA Finds E. Coli Cases Caused By Raw Milk


Supreme Court Upholds Oregon's Death With Dignity Act

0117_scotus.jpgMore than 11 years after Oregon voters became the first in the nation to legalize physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

In a 6 to 3 decision Tuesday Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft overstepped his authority in 2001 by threatening Oregon doctors with federal sanctions. Colin Fogarty reports.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered
Project Homeless Connect Offers Services
Oregon Coastal Coho To Stay Off Endangered Species List


No Child Left Behind Program Seeks To Improve Reading First

0112_read.jpgIt was four years ago this week that President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law.

The sweeping education package is most famous for adding sanctions for underperforming schools and getting tough on teacher qualifications.

Some state leaders said NCLB isn't sufficiently funded. But in Oregon, education leaders have looked for flexibility, not a fight.

As Rob Manning reports, Oregon's relationship with the feds is also tight, thanks to one of the law's hallmarks: the Reading First program.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered
More Mudslides Threaten Gorge Highway
Kitzhaber Plans To Announce His Political Plans Friday
Some Pharmacists Refuse To Dispense Emergency Contraceptive
Weather Fatigue Sets In With Approaching Rain Record

Portland To Sue EPA Over Water Purification Rules

0111_cityhall.jpgThe Portland City Council Wednesday approved a high stakes lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As Ley Garnett reports, the city is fighting a new rule that would force expensive treatment of Bull Run water that the city maintains is pristine.
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Choice? When It Comes To Abortion, Rural Women Have Less

Judge Prods Archdiocese Cases Forward


Gov. Gregoire Delivers State of the State; GOP Responds


'Nuremberg Files' Case Still On Appeal

As Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito continues to be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the issue of abortion remains one of the key lines of questioning.

OPB took the opportunity to look back at one of the highest profile abortion-related controversies in Oregon - the so-called Nuremberg Files case.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, depending on who you talk to, it was either responsible for stopping the shooting of doctors and bombing of clinics around the country, or for severely restricting free speech.
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Seattle at Forefront of Planning for Flu Pandemic

Sen. Smith Pushes For Heating Money


High Court Won't Hear Appeal Of Salmon Pesticide Ruling

0109_salmon.jpgSalmon advocates say they're delighted that the U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal of a ruling outlawing the use of 36 pesticides near fish bearing streams.

The action upholds a decision by a federal judge in Seattle that also requires warning notices be posted in stores where the pesticides are sold. Ley Garnett reports.
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Also on Monday's Oregon Considered

Abortion Group Readies Initiative For Fall Election

Business Leaders Meeting In Portland

Washington Legislature Convenes In Olympia


Burnside Bridge Repairs May Snarl Traffic For Awhile

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Another aging Portland bridge is about to undergo major repairs and that is likely to create a two-year traffic snarl for downtown commuters.

As Ley Garnett reports, fixing the Burnside Bridge will require some unique engineering.

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Oregon Progressives Consider Forming New Party

Budget, Energy and Sex Offenders Top WA Legislative Agenda

Mercury Discovered In Salem-Keizer School Gyms

More Information On Police Shooting Emerges

New Laws Could Improve Access To Living Wills

Oregon Is A Swing State In The Alito Campaign

0104_alito.jpgNext week in Washington, DC, the Senate Judiciary committee will begin hearings on President Bush's nominee for the US Supreme Court, Samuel Alito.

At times the fight over the appointment has taken on the tenor of an election campaign. And just like in the Presidential election, Oregon is seen as a swing state.

This week, Alito's critics and supporters are campaigning in earnest. Colin Fogarty reports.

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Early Morning Traffic Stop Turns Deadly

Portland Revises PGE Data Request

Idaho Takes Reins on Managing Gray Wolves


DEQ Director Discusses 2005 Environmental Issues

0103_gorge.jpgThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality made headlines often in 2005.

Late in the year the agency got the go ahead to enact California's rigid standards for tailpipe pollution. That was done despite an unresolved lawsuit challenging the action.

DEQ also ran into controversy when it attempted to revise water clarity standards using research funded by the pulp and paper industry. And a new study showed a potentially big problem with air pollution in the Columbia Gorge.

OPB's environmental reporter, Ley Garnett, recently sat down with DEQ director Stephanie Hallock to discuss these and other issues facing the agency in 2006.

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Sorting Out The Parish Ownership Ruling

Washington Awaits Gay Marriage Ruling

Closures And Deficits Mark 2005 For Portland Schools

Juries, Not Judges Decide

Looking Back On 2005

1229_scotus.jpgUnlike some years, 2005 did not have one single story that defined it. But certain issues did stand out.

OPB political analyst Bill Lunch and reporter Colin Fogarty agreed it certainly isn't every day that the U.S. Supreme Court hears a high profile case out of Oregon.

Justices heard the Bush Administration challenge to the state's Death With Dignity law in October, and Bill Lunch begins our lookback by summarizing the issue before the court.

Oregon Hospitals Using Music To Ease Suffering Of Death

1228_harp.jpgThroughout history many cultures have used music as a form of medicine.

In Medieval times Benedictine monks performed elaborate rituals for dying patients.

The modern version of this ancient tradition is called music thanatology -- deriving its name from Thanatos, the Greek god of death.

During bedside vigils music thanatologists perform prescriptive music to help patients achieve a more peaceful death.

Hospitals in Oregon were among the first to recognize the value of these vigils -- consequently there are more music thanatologists here than in any other state.

OPB's Mary Sawyers was recently allowed to attend a vigil and prepared this report.

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"Heat Or Eat" Choice Confronts Some Low-Income Tenants

DHS Budget Shortfall Perplexes Lawmakers

Illegal Spending in Portland Public Schools

The Portland school district has been spending federal money illegally, and has been lax in providing the right instruction for some students. That's according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Education.

The findings are based on visits to Portland over a week last October. Rob Manning reports on some of the 29 federal violations the state found, and what the district is doing to correct them.


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Oregon adopts California tailpipe standards

Signature gatherer sting

Oregon Senators key in Budget and Military votes

Both of Oregon's Senators were active in the two big bills facing the upper chamber today.

The Budget bill passed over the objections of Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden. But what made the military appropriations bill controversial was that it contained riders to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to provide hurricane relief to southeastern states.

Ley Garnett has been following the debate in Congress. He spoke to host Allison Frost in OPB's Portland studios.

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OSU Grad helps Tsunami victims


Winter Weather Melts

Ice and snow made driving hazardous across much of Oregon today. The storm mostly caused inconvenience, but it was blamed for two fatal accidents near Elkton in southern Oregon.

But early this morning temperatures rose above freezing and conditions gradually improved throughout the day. The National Weather Service has now cancelled the winter storm warning for the Willamette Valley.

The warning does remain in effect, however, for east Multnomah County, the Gorge and the northern Cascades until eight o'clock tomorrow morning. Ley Garnett reports.

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Volunteers Rebuild Ft. Clatsop

Riverdale Students Back from India


First Octave Program Offers Musical Opportunites For Students

1215_pals.jpgYou may not be able to tell but the musicians in that Marimba band are 4th and 5th graders at Marysville Elementary in Southeast Portland.

The CD has been a few years in coming but it all started with a Portland School's Foundation grant program called First Octave, which provides money to schools specifically for music education.

The program has been giving away money for the last five years, but it's holding its first annual holiday fundraising concert on Saturday at the Wonder Ballroom.

Another SE Portland school used its First Octave grant money to start a program called Musical Pals, which pairs kids at Grout Elementary with retirees at the Odd Fellows Retirement Center and holds regular sing-alongs at the home.

Principal Susan McElroy was a teacher and assistant principal for 20 years before taking her current position. She says she's seen the difference the arts make in public schools.

Oregon Considered host Allison Frost spoke with McElroy and asked her how the idea for Musical Pals came about.

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Oregon Wants To Try New Test Of Student Achievement
OLCC Preserves Pub Theater Rules

Judge Redden Promises Columbia River Management Plan

PUC Approves PGE Stock Distribution Plan

1212_pge.jpgIn a unanimous vote, the Oregon Public Utility Commission has approved PGE's plan to sever itself from Enron.

But the city of Portland says Enron's CEO will still control the utility for some time, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Re-Entry A Struggle For Former Prisoners

Social Service Caseloads Strain State Budget

Geologists Say Three Sisters Swelling Slows

Oregon Renters Paying More Than They Can Afford

TriMet Introduces Biodiesel To Its Fuel Mix

1213_biodiesel.jpgTriMet has taken a first step away from fossil fuels to power its fleet.

The transit agency Tuesday announced that it is testing a 5% biofuel mixture in 75 of its lift fleet buses. Those are the smaller buses that transport the elderly and disabled.

Even though biofuel now costs about 5 cents a gallon more than pure diesel, TriMet believes it will save money on the organically produced fuel in the not too distant future, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Listeners Come To The Defense Of Dwarf Mistletoe

State Investigating Mannix Campaign Finance Reports

Portland Approves Charter Schools

Guantanamo Chaplin Speaks In Portland

No One's Kissin' Under Our Mistletoe

1208_mistletoe.jpgYou might not realize it, but there's a lot of mistletoe hanging in branches overhead here in the Northwest.

Sadly perhaps, it's not the kind that inspires the traditional Christmas kiss.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports the native dwarf mistletoe is rather destructive.

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Unemployment Rate Inches Down

Judge Refuses To Dismiss PGE Tax Fraud Suit

Oregon National Guard Recruits Women

Will Oregon Voters Kick The Corporate Kicker?

Program Offers Humanities For Low-Income Adults

Dear Santa: Idaho Postmaster's Annual Ritual

1208_letters.jpgEvery December, the tiny post office in Santa, Idaho gets a few hundred letters intended for the big man himself.

Although it's not technically in his government job description, the local postmaster has been answering each letter by hand for more than 30 years.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to meet him. What she found was an unlikely elf: a bit of a curmudgeon with a red mustache and ink-stained fingers, who's not about to let a single child's letter to Santa go unanswered.

This is his story -- in his own words.

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Looming Budget Cuts Worry Social Service Managers

Suspected Eco-Saboteurs Arrested

OSU Researchers Record "Sounds from the Southern Ocean"

Oregon's Snowpack Has Good Start

Homeless Students Numerous In Oregon Schools

A half-million Oregon children attend public schools, and of those, 11,000 are considered homeless, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

That's about two percent statewide. But as Rob Manning reports, there are parts of the state where that number is a lot higher.

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City Wants More Tax Info From PGE

Soldier to Citizen II: From War to Work

Portland Goes For WiFi In City Hall

Spokane Voters Recall Mayor Jim West

Newport Faces Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma

1206_newport.jpgTuesday the coastal community of Newport will be introduced to the president of a controversial new business that wants to come to town.

Mike Dunavant, of Bay Bridge Enterprises, is visiting the central Oregon coast to try to open a ship-breaking' plant - possibly on the banks of Yaquina Bay.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, he's offering up to 125 well-paid jobs paying $20-an-hour, but conservationists and some locals worry the company could pollute their beloved bay.

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Bend Wal-Mart Slowed By Traffic Concerns

Judge Hears Parish Property Case

I-84 Restricted For Next Two Weeks

West Recall - A Campaign, But Not A Party

Dismal Nitch Land Adds To Lewis And Clark Park

1205_dismal.jpgAnother segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park was unveiled Monday.

Dismal Nitch is a parcel of land across the river from Astoria where foul weather trapped the expedition for six days.

Ley Garnett was on hand for the ceremonies at Fort Vancouver.

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Expert Warns Oregon Not Serious Enough About Terrorism

How Often Should Our Legislators Meet In Salem?

Portland Considering Single-Sex Schools

Pilots Return With Second National Title

Tool Library Celebrates First Year Of Building Community

1201_saw.jpgOregonians have a national reputation for welcoming all things quirky. We've embraced free yellow bikes, open beach laws and worm composting.

Now a new project -- the North Portland Tool Library -- is celebrating its first anniversary.

The library is similar to a regular library. Members of the public come in, ask for a specific tool and return it in a week or two.

Kristian Foden-Vencil visited the innovative project to find out if any good can come from handing out sharp power tools to an inexperienced public.

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Oregon Honors Rosa Parks On 50th Anniversary Of Her Arrest

GAO Head Tries To Make Deficit Real To Oregonians

Oregon Guard Leader Blames Recruitment Woes On Army

Washington Foster Care Reform Plan Is Vetted

Portland Police Chief Making Changes

Portland's police chief proposed the creation of two new divisions in his force Wednesday -- at a cost of $700,000 a year.

One division will help stop officers suffering stress, from dealing with those problems on the street.

The other division will deal with internal investigations and audits.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, Chief Derrick Foxworth is trying to address the public relations problems stemming from the shooting of two unarmed motorists and the failure to investigate the selling of stolen property in local pawn shops.

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How To Pay For Measure 37 Claims?

Funding Muddies The Waters Of DEQ Standards Proposal

No Republican Opponent Yet For Rep. Hooley

NPR:Hunger In America -- Housing Costs Play Role in Urban Hunger

The One That Got Away, Fish Passage Center To Close

1129_dam.jpgA little known federal agency, based in Portland, has been abolished by a paragraph in a massive Congressional budget bill.

For 22 years the Fish Passage Center has provided data on Columbia River fish. But in four months the agency will apparently be dissolved.

Idaho Senator Larry Craig inserted the language that abolishes the center. Craig claims the agency favors environmentalists and salmon advocates, a charge the center vehemently denies.

Ley Garnett paid a visit to the center and filed this report.


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Church Officials Say Gay Priests Still Allowed

Beaverton Schools Bursting At The Seams

NPR:Hunger In America -- Hunger Hidden, But Real In America's Suburbs

Former Sheriff's Report Blasts Guisto For Overtime Pay

Multnomah County's former sheriff, Dan Noelle released a report Monday lambasting the current sheriff, Bernie Guisto for spending millions on unnecessary police overtime.

Noelle alleged that a $40,000 contribution to Guisto's election campaign from a police union effectively bought" the race. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

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PCC Receives ODOT Money To Train Future Workers

Vale Shelter Leader Faces Contempt Charge

NPR:Hunger In America -- A Rural Struggle to Keep the Family Fed

Fort Clatsop Dig Yields No Smoking Gun

Archeologists digging at what they believed was the 200-year-old camp site of the Lewis and Clark expedition have not found the smoking musket they’ve been searching for.

After three weeks of looking, researchers have found no evidence linking the site visited by thousands of tourists to Lewis and Clark.

As Colin Fogarty reports, that likely means the 50-year-old replica was likely in the wrong spot.

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UP Pilots: A Season Like No Other

Memory: It's Quality Of Filing, Not Quantity Of Storage That Matters

Christmas Tree Farmers On Needles During Harvest

1118_trees2.jpgIt's not yet Thanksgiving, but the commercial Christmas tree harvest is about to peak. Fully a third of Christmas trees sold in the U.S. are grown in our region.

Oregon is the nation's number one producer of real Christmas trees. Tree growers have to buck some knotty problems before they enjoy a happy holiday.

Correspondent Tom Banse checked on the frenzied harvest.

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Sewage Woes Pile Up For Portland

Lewis And Clark Visitors Brighten Coastal Winter A Little

Rural Bus Service Returns To North Idaho

Kulongoski In For 2006 Race, Shakes Up Staff

State Capitol Turns Into County Courthouse

The building where the states laws are written was taken over Monday by the people who interpret and enforce those laws.

The state capitol in Salem is now the temporary digs for Marion County judges, displaced by a man who allegedly crashed a pickup truck into the downtown Salem courthouse and set fires inside.

Colin Fogarty was in Salem today and filed this report.

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Nike CEO Relieved After Safe Landing

Rep. Blumenauer Calls For U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq

Turnouts for Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Disappoint Towns

More School Strikes On The Way?

The Selling of Santa, Idaho

1117_santa.jpgInternet marketer Mark Hughes in Santa, ID The tiny hamlet of Santa, Idaho is like a lot of Northwest towns: it's on the brink of financial crisis.

But just when things are really starting to look bad, along comes a proposal: an internet entrepreneur is asking Santa to change its name to "SecretSanta.com."

The business goal is to promote a website. Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson went to find out what's in it for Santa.

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Expanded Web Site Tracks Corporate Deeds

Confluence Project Dedicates A Bridge To The Past

Back To School In Oregon Trail District

Parties Agree To Contract In Oregon Trail Teachers' Strike

1115_strike.jpgThe three-week long teachers' strike in Clackamas County appears to be over, though first rank-and-file teachers and school board members will have to ratify the deal tonight in separate votes.

The details of the deal won't be public until after those votes. Rob Manning reports.

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Police Ticket Bikes And Cars Alike

Church To Open Line Of Credit To Pay Abuse Claims

Chinook Tribe Commemorates Lewis & Clark Its Own Way

Make It Snow, Make It Snow, Make It Snow

1114_snow.jpgLast year at this time, area ski resorts were bare and brown. This year, Mother Nature is being kind to skiers and snowboarders.

Mount Hood Meadows, White Pass, and Lookout Pass, Idaho opened Friday. They join a lengthening list of Northwest ski areas that have started up weeks early.

Even though the white stuff is falling, some resorts are hedging their bets. They're investing lots of money in snowmaking machines.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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You Write The Check, But Where Does Your Tax Dollar Go?

Church Bankruptcy Plan Already Being Argued

Beaverton Board Rejects Metro Schools Tax

Mercy Corps Continues Work In Pakistan

Retracing The Lewis & Clark Journey

1114_clark.jpgIn 1803, a team of men led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from Pennsylvania to seek the western edge of the continent.

Exactly 200 years later, a team of history buffs, retirees and even a teenager set out to retrace the expedition -- by canoe and on foot.

Correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson visited Chinook, Washington where they're marking their own arrival at the Pacific Ocean after a two-year journey.

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Lewis And Clark Exhibit Opening At Oregon Historical Society
Those wanting to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial on the coast this weekend got a dose of the cold windy rain that the explorers complained of 200 years ago.

If you're looking for an indoor activity marking the anniversary of Lewis and Clark's arrival at the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Historical Society has the most comprehensive showing of items from the expedition possibly since the journey itself.

Before opening the doors to the public this weekend, the Historical Society gave reporters -- including OPB's Colin Fogarty -- a sneak preview.

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Tired Of Lewis And Clark Already?

Suit Filed Against Oregon Youth Authority

Dredging Continues As Opponents File Arguments

Soldier To Citizen: A New Reality

1110_soldier.jpgThousands of National Guard soldiers are returning to the Northwest after more than a year in Iraq.

Each faces the challenge of reintegrating back into the lives they left behind. In the first of an occasional series, correspondent Elizabeth Wynne Johnson has this portrait of a veteran soldier in Lewiston, Idaho as his body recovers and his family adjusts to a new reality.

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An Interview With Lewis & Clark Expert James Ronda

An Independent Run For Governor?

Students Use Day Off To Prepare For Future

Wirth Spends Down Budget Before Leaving Office

Democrats in the Oregon House are demanding State Representative Kelley Wirth reverse a steep increase in pay to her legislative staff.

The Corvallis Democrat has said she'll resign from the legislature November 15th. But after getting embroiled in an apparent love triangle that turned violent, and pleading not guilty to drug possession, Wirth quadrupled spending from her office. Colin Fogarty reports.

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Supporters of Medical Malpractice Initiatives Vow to Fight On

Elections Results From Washington and California

Telephone Companies Want Relief From Franchise Fees

Cat Survives Plunge Off Columbia River Bridge

Riverdale Students Pack For 'Adventure' In India

DePreist To Receive National Medal of Arts

Initiative Would Open Up Oregon's Primary

A group led by two former Oregon Secretaries of State launched an initiative campaign Tuesday to open Oregon primary elections to voters not affiliated with any party.

Under the measure, the two top vote-getters in the May primary would advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

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$340 Million Powerball Winner Finally Collects

Two Oregon Teachers Surprised With Millken Awards

Hop Farmers Turn To Technology To Save Industry

Study Finds Teenage Drinking Increasing For Girls

Speaker Minnis Faces Tough Run For Re-Election

Oregon House Speaker Karen Minnis might was well have a bull's eye on her chest.

Democrats believe they have a chance to defeat the Wood Village Republican in next year's election.

But as Colin Fogarty reports, the House Speaker appears calm and collected, campaigning for a seat that's been held by a member of the Minnis family for 20 years.

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Oregon Trail Schools Will Be Out For At Least Three Weeks

Initiatives Bring Washington Voters To The Polls

A Quiet Election Lineup In Oregon

Judge To Decide Fate Of Vehicle Exhaust Rules

Tourism Commission Launches 'Oregon Bounty' Campaign

1103_bounty.jpgThe state kicked off an expanded Oregon Bounty advertising campaign Thursday aimed at convincing Pacific North Westerners that the Beaver State is a gastronomic Nirvana.

Pear growers, vintners, cheese artisans and hazelnut farmers are combining forces to persuade tourists that despite the seasonal rain, November is a great time to visit. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.

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Wirth Pleads Not Guilty In Brief Court Appearance

Grant Money Will Help Portland Schools Improve

Rep. Walden Pushing For Faster Salvage Logging

Listening To Wolves' Private Lives

1793416.jpgPet dogs or cats might find the sounds you're about to hear upsetting. You, on the other hand, might be fascinated to eavesdrop on the private lives of wolves.

A Sun Valley couple spent six years living in tents beside a captive wolf pack.

The wildlife documentary filmmakers shared some of their recordings with our correspondent Tom Banse.

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Health Officials Practice For Emergency

Mannix Is First Republican To Announce

Sen. Smith Accused Of 'Waffling' On ANWR Drilling

Bittersweet Homecoming for Oregon and Idaho Guardsmen

Report Says Salvage Logging Is Bad Policy

1102_bandb1.jpgThe American Lands Alliance, a conservation group, released a report Tuesday that's highly critical of logging after wildfires.

The report analyzed several western salvage logging projects. One of them is the Biscuit Fire Recovery plan in the Siskiyou National Forest. Logging continues in southwest Oregon three years after the fire, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Providence Settles Uninsured Charges Lawsuit

Fluoride Debate Rages In Bellingham; Voters To Decide

Stumps of the Northwest: History, Old and New

Oregon Teachers Learning Lessons In Labor Mediation

Oregon Senators Uncommitted On Alito

1031_alito.jpgOregon's two Senators are uncommitted as to whether Judge Samuel Alito should ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But as Ley Garnett reports, state political interest groups are speaking out on the nomination.

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Forecast Calls For Wi-Fi Cloud Over Portland

Minutemen Leave After Month Of Watching A Quiet Border

Work Begins On New Columbia Elementary School

The Three Rabbis' Profiles Leaders Of Portland's Jewish Community

1027_rabbi1.jpg'The Three Rabbis' that airs on OPB Television Thursday and Sunday profiles Joshua Stampfer, Emanuel Rose and Yonah Geller, all of whom came to Portland at nearly the same time in the 1960's.

OPB Producer Jessica Martin wrote and produced the film and she spoke with Oregon Considered host Allison Frost in our Portland studios.

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NW Volunteer Reflects On Hurricane Relief Experience

Senate Democrats Consider Closing Caucus To Media

Sen. Wyden Puts Foward Flat Tax Proposal

Mediators Want Oregon Trail Talks To Continue

Digging For The Past At Fort Clatsop

1026_clatsop.jpgNext month is the climax of the nation's bicentennial celebration of Lewis and Clark's arrival at the Pacific Ocean.

But when all the dignitaries, tourists, and historical re-enactors converge on the site thought to be the explorers' 1805 winter camp, they'll find an empty clearing in the woods.

A 50-year-old replica of Lewis and Clark's Fort Clatsop burned to the ground earlier this month. But archeologists see the blaze not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity to find actual evidence of the Corps of Discovery.

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Tri-Met Breaking Ground With Fuel Cell Technology

2000th Death Inspires Vigils And Memorials

12 Oregon Schools On Federal Watch List

Bankruptcy Bills 'Staggering' For Portland Archdiocese

1025_catholic.jpgSince declaring bankruptcy in the summer of 2004, the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has spent more than $6.5 million on attorneys fees.

One lawyer called the cost staggering. Yet, the money has not yet resulted in major breakthroughs in resolving the case.

But as Colin Fogarty reports, the church is scheduled to offer a reorganization plan next month.

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Deschutes Commissioner Resigns After Groping Charges Made Public

School's Out As Contract Talks Fail In Oregon Trail District

Portland Aquires Slough Land For Natural Area

Water Bureau Workers Help Out With Hurricane Damage

After 29 Years, Woman May Be Deported Under 'Widow's Penalty'

Canadian immigrant Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn faces deportation by the end of this month.

She's lived and worked in Portland for the last 29 years, but a little known immigration law says surviving spouses of U.S. citizens must leave the country if they were not married for at least two years.

Colin Fogarty reports.

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Grand Jury Returns No Indictment In Kaady Case

Air Still Hazy Around Oregon's Efforts To Adopt Emission Standards

County's Wapato Jail To Open Next Year

Governor Hopes Vegas Trip's A Winner

Crossing East: Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest

IKEA To Open Store In Cascade Station Near Airport

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Swedish furniture giant, IKEA, announced Thursday that it plans to build a new store in Portland.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the company says it will employ about 350 people locally.

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Former-Rep. Doyle Sentenced To 10 Months In Jail

Officials Declare Fort Clatsop Fire Accidental

Forest Restrictions Lifted Just In Time

Portland District Looking To David Douglas For Ideas

Three Counties Halt Measure 37 Claims Process

Three of the Oregon counties that have received the bulk of claims under property compensation initiative, Measure 37, have stopped waiving regulations for landowners.

Their action comes days after the Marion County court decision that overturned the measure.

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Wyden Sees ANWAR Battles Ahead For Senate

'Nation's Report Card' Shows Oregon Students Doing Well

Deschutes Commissioner Won't Face Prosecution

Oregon Senators Get Lobbied From Both Sides Of Abortion Issue

As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider Supreme Court nominee Harriett Miers, both sides of the debate over abortion rights are raising doubts about her, albeit for different reasons.

Colin Fogarty reports.

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Dept. Of Education Given Additional Time In TAG Case

Opponents Say Smoking Ban Initiative Goes Too Far

Recovery Program Will Fill 'Big Hole' Downtown

AFL-CIO To Be One In Oregon

The national labor movement may be split, but the Oregon AFL-CIO will likely remain intact.

The national president of the labor federation, John Sweeney, told a convention of state labor leaders in Portland Monday that break-away unions can remain unified on the state level.

Colin Fogarty reports.

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Clackamas DA Investigating Kaady Shooting

Dam Demolition Planned on White Salmon River

PUC Wants More Tax Information From PacifiCorp

Measure 37 Transfers Face Court Test

The state Attorney General has intervened in a case involving Oregon's property compensation initiative, Measure 37.

Jackson County had asked a court for permission to allow property owners to sell -- or transfer -- lands with Measure 37 rule exemptions.

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Ft. Clatsop Cleanup To Begin Soon

Wirth Turns Herself In To Salem Police

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt Steps Down

Utility Tax Revenue Cap Proposed

Zoo Focuses On Global Warming Threat To Polar Bears

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One of the favorites at the Oregon Zoo may be among the first victims of global warming. The zoo held a news conference Wednesday to warn of the dangers facing polar bears in their natural habitat.

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Homegrown Biodiesel Industry Drives Twisting Road

Oregon Schools Show Improvement On State Report Card

Corvallis Rep. Faces Meth Investigation

Portland Mayor Seeks To Create A Safer Downtown

1011_portlandia.jpgPortland Mayor Tom Potter announced a plan Tuesday to crack down on panhandling and property crimes downtown.

Police officers will start by targeting aggressive panhandlers, drug dealers, and people who commit property crimes near the bus mall and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Past attempts to go after people hanging out on Portland's downtown sidewalks have sometimes gone too far, and infringed on Oregon's free speech provisions.

Potter says he's calling for more precise enforcement this time.

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What Will Oregon Do If Disaster Comes Our Way?

Student Nurses Experience Refugee Plight

The Money Trail: Who's Bankrolling Washington's Initiatives?

Board Votes To Build New North Portland School

Oregon Christian Coalition Head Stepping Down

Lou Beres has stepped down as head of the Oregon Christian Coalition after accusations surfaced that he sexually molested three female members of his family.

The long time political activist issued a statement Monday saying he intends to withdraw from public life to deal with his wife's illness.

Beres has not been charged with any crimes. And it's still unclear exactly what he's being investigated for. But a multidisciplinary team of metro-area child abuse detectives is responding to accusations by three female members of his family.

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Medical Malpractice Looms Large on Washington's Ballot

Local Agencies Responding to Pakistan Earthquake

Plans For A New Damascus Receive Public Comment

Listen to Allison Frost's interview with The Oregonian's Harry Esteve on the Democratic Party meeting in Sunriver

Portlandia Has Watched The City Change For 20 Years

1006_portlandia1.jpgPortlandia, the large hammered copper statue of Lady Commerce' that stands over the entrance to the City of Portland building, turns 20 years old Thursday.

The 36-ton piece of art has become one of Stumptown's best known icons and as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, seen the city turn into a very different place.

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Ballot Measures Take Aim At Taxes

Young Musician Shows a Talent For Chopin

BTA Looks For Ways To Improve Portland Bike Commuting

Death With Dignity Act Takes Center Stage

1005_court.jpgAdvocates of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act left the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday optimistic the justices will uphold the state's one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law.

After an hour of intense debate, the justices took the case under advisement.

Colin Fogarty was in Washington, D.C. to attend the hearing and has this report.

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Welfare Checks Frozen in Time

Katrina Cats and Dogs Fly To Oregon

Plaintiffs Claim Archdiocese Is Using Mediation To Stall

The Death with Dignity Act: From Oregon Ballot to the Supreme Court

1004_court.jpgWednesday the Oregon Death with Dignity Act gets its ultimate test.

The U.S. Supreme Court will debate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has the authority to block doctors from using federally controlled drugs to help their terminally ill patients die.

The lawsuit is the latest challenge in what has been a string of skirmishes over the law. Colin Fogarty has this brief history of physician assisted suicide in Oregon.

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Clearing The Air: Senators Feud Over Exhaust Rules

Officials Debate Rebuilding Fort Clatsop

Portland Streets Getting Safer For Bikes and Pedestrians

1003_powells.jpgThe number of accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists and cars has decreased significantly in Portland over the past eight years -- according to a new study released by the City's Office of Transportation Safety.

Officials held a 'Transportation Summit' Monday to discuss the figures.

Kristian Foden-Vencil talked to several participants and files this report.

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Design Team Considering Future of Jefferson High School

Mercury Levels in Willamette Fish Exceed EPA Standards

The Death With Dignity Act's Eight Years of Surprises

A Book Reading That Breaks Out in Song

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Piano music is not usually the sound of a book reading about to begin but Portland author Marc Acito is no ordinary reader.

He spent 10 years as a professional opera singer and his novel -- How I paid for College -- is subtitled: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theatre.

Emphasis, he says, on the musical theatre part.

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Governor Signs Elderly Protections Bill

Court Rules Live Sex Shows Are Protected Speech

Oregon Landmark Added to National List

Is It 'Assisted Suicide' or 'Aid in Dying'?

0928_court2.jpgIf the U.S. Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice, one of the first cases he'll hear is the Bush administration's challenge to the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

Oral arguments before the US Supreme Court are scheduled for next week.

In advance of the big day, right to die advocates held a conference call with reporters Wednesday asking them not to use the most common term for the procedure allowed by the Death with Dignity Act.

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With Winter at the Door, Energy Prices Keep Rising

Proposals Aimed At Bringing Parents Into Schools

Sen. Wyden Announces He Will Vote for Roberts

More Protection or Less for Endangered Species?

027_eagle.jpgSupporters of a Congressional bill, the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act, say it reauthorizes the 32-year old Endangered Species Act and makes it more productive.

But opponents say H.R. 3824 essentially destroys the landmark environmental law.

The House of Representatives is expected to debate the measure later this week, as Ley Garnett reports.

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Families Mourn Oregon Guardsmen Killed in Afghanistan

Homeless Count Finds Many Children

Oregon AFL-CIO Cuts Staff

Hidden Treasures: Mrs. Parmeter's Klan Quilt

City's Battle With Enron Far From Over Leonard Says

Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard says the city's fight with Enron is not over.

He says last week's council resolution, seeking financial information from Portland General Electric, is just the latest chapter.

As Ley Garnett reports, Leonard made the comments at a national public power convention in Portland Monday.

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Northwest Farmers Raising Acres of Worms

Disaster in Gulf Boosts NW Oyster Profits

Gay Marriage Ban Challenge Goes To Court

Oregon Volunteers Reach Out To Help Hurricane Victims

You Wanna Build a Bridge? You Gotta Pay the Toll

0922_sellwood.jpgMultnomah County is looking for private sector help to replace the Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River in southeast Portland.

The county Thursday appointed Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey to work with ODOT.

As Ley Garnett reports, the plan is to take advantage of a new public-private mechanism called the Innovative Partnerships Program.

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Salem Amber Alert Was Based On False Report

Families Sue Over First Strike Firefighters Crash

Education Officials Failing at Scoring Tests

NW Drought Emergency Eases, But Some Farmers Struggle

On The Trail Of The Mythical 'Exploratory Committee'

Several candidates are in the early stages of jockeying for their party's nomination for Oregon governor next year.

One common status announced by hopefuls in recent weeks is the formation of an "exploratory committee" for a potential gubernatorial bid. But just what is an exploratory committee?

As Colin Fogarty found out, it depends on who you ask.

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Katrina Blows Tulane Students All The Way To Corvallis

Oregon Relief Groups Ready for Rita

Portland Council Wants Information on PGE's Rates

Katrina Offers A Teaching Moment for NW Charities

State Archivist Retiring After 20 Years Tracking Oregon's History

0921_archives2.jpgMention archives to most people and you're likely to provoke a mental image of stacks of dusty boxes piled up to the ceiling in a non-descript warehouse.

For Roy Turnbaugh, that's exactly how things looked when he took over as state archivist 20 years ago. But by the time Turnbaugh retired this month, the job and the whole concept of a public records archive had changed dramatically.

Kristian Foden-Vencil spoke with Turnbaugh just before he retired last week.

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Seeking a Solution to Oregon's Health Care Problems

Spending Cap Initiative May Make Oregon Ballot

Fewer Screeners Won't Mean Longer Lines TSA Official Promises

Clackamas County Considering Hamlets and Villages

People living in unincorporated parts of Clackamas are invited to visit their county government Monday -- to learn how to enhance their influence on local politicians.

The main aim of the meeting is to gather community leaders and invite them to form official 'villages' or 'hamlets.'

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, it's a new idea for Oregon and doesn't sit well with some.

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Place Your Gorge Casino Bets Tonight

Judge Rules on Sex Abuse Counseling Sessions

Gresham Prepares for Industry in Springwater

Few Traces Remain of the Lewis & Clark Exposition

0915_forestrybdg.jpgThis fall, Oregon is celebrating the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark Expedition's arrival in the Pacific Northwest in 1805.

But an event getting less attention is Portland's centennial celebration back 1905.

The Lewis and Clark Exposition attracted 1.7 million visitors at a time when Portland was about the size of present day Salem.

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ONE: The Musical

Portland Evacuee Center to Remain Open

Polishing Our National Crown Jewels

0914_craterlake.jpgFive years ago, President Bush pledged to erase the maintenance backlog in America's National Parks.

The President has increased funding, but overall, critics say the nation's crown jewels are deteriorating.

One Republican member of Congress is so concerned he's holding hearings around the nation. His latest stop? Bellevue, Washington.

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Council Considers Registering Lobbyists

Commentary: When Moving is a Luxury

The Dalai Lama's Affect on Idaho

State Creates First Elderly Suicide Prevention Program

Portland Offers Help to New Orleans Musicians

Matsutake Season Draws Thousands to the Forest

0912_mushrooms.jpgAs the summer recedes and rain begins to moisten the woods, Oregon's higher altitude forests bloom with all kinds of mushrooms--morels, shitake and chanterelles.

But the fungi that captures the imagination of those in-the-know' is the Matsutake.

The commercial matsutake mushroom picking season opened Monday in Oregon's Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests.

The harvest has grown into quite an event, with hundreds of pickers gathering from all over the world.

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Hearings Could Explore Roberts' Take on Assisted Suicide

Some Evacuees Come to Portland on Their Own

Portlander Helps FEMA Get the Word Out

Study Finds Spill Increased Salmon Survival Rate

The Dalai Lama Marks 9-11 Anniversary in Idaho

Portland Designers Prepare for Fashion Week

0908_fashion1.jpgWhile New York and Paris get all the attention during Fall Fashion Week, Portland designers are also staging their own shows in a flurry of activity that kicked off Wednesday night.

With fifteen big fashion shows in ten days, with smaller shows at local boutiques, Portland designers are aiming to get on the fashion map.

OPB's Pete Springer wanted to know who's behind this burgeoning fashion scene.

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Portland May Get 500 Evacuees on Saturday

Mediations Break Down in Woodburn Priest Abuse Cases

9-11 Observance Strives for Better Understanding

Salvage Logging the B&B Complex Fire

STREB Aims for 'Pure Action'

Chief Justice Wallace Carson to Retire

0907_carson.jpgOregon Supreme Court chief justice Wallace Carson says he plans to retire at the end of his term next year. He's led Oregon's highest court since 1991.

Often Supreme Court justices retire from the bench mid-term, allowing the governor to appoint a replacement who then runs for election. But Carson's retirement leaves a rare open seat on the state Supreme Court.

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Mercy Corps Brings Expertise to Gulf Coast
Cracking Down on Meth Trafficking

State Gathers Donations, Waits for Word on Evacuees

Gore Gives Encore Speech on Global Warming

Both Sides of Assisted-Suicide Case Confident About Court

0906_roberts.jpgThe U.S. Supreme Court now has two vacancies, after chief Justice William Rehnquist died over the weekend and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement earlier.

It's not clear what that means for Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The Bush administration's challenge to the one-of-a-kind law comes before the high court next month.

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Portland Prepares for Evacuees

Evacuees or Refugees?

Northwest Natural Disaster Would be Earthquake

Commission Begins Review of Legislature

Spokane School Caught in Budget Crosshairs

Commentary: Serious Play

Three Bridges Project Pedaling Towards Completion

0901_bridges.jpgSummertime puts a lot more people on their bikes, and work is underway on a missing link in metro Portland's nationally renowned bicycle trail system.

When it's completed, the Three Bridges Project will provide cyclists with an easy ride between Boring near Mt. Hood and the bike trails of the Sellwood neighborhood in southeast Portland.

Ley Garnett went to the scene for this construction update.

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Idaho Six Year-Old Trains for Rodeo Glory

A Profile of Archbishop William Levada

Oregonians Respond to Calls for Help on the Gulf Coast

Commentary: A Prophetic Tale in New Orleans

Scientists Test Gigantic Spillway Weirs

0831_weir.jpgA federal court order to spill water at five Northwest dams expires at the end of Wednesday. Federal judge James Redden issued the decision after he threw out the government's salmon recovery plan earlier this summer.

The judge agreed with environmentalists that opening the spillways helps young fish pass the dams on their way to the ocean.

The rejected salmon plan also called for installation of gigantic devices called Removable Spillway Weirs on several of the dams. As Ley Garnett reports, scientists are testing the newest weir at a dam in southeast Washington.

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A Symbolic Last Gasp for Idaho Aryan Nations

Some Oregonians Stranded in New Orleans, Others Go to Help

Archdiocese Objects to Some Abuse Claims

Turning Homemade Crafts Into a Business

Oregon Joins Suit Over Reversal of Roadless Rule

0830_forest.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski announced Tuesday that Oregon is joining California and New Mexico in a lawsuit against the Bush administration's roadless area policy.

It's the latest move in a battle over former President Clinton's rule that set aside 58 million acres of US forest land for conservation.

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Child Poverty a Continuing Problem for Oregon

More Wildfires Left to Burn

Creative Solutions to Limited Farmworker Housing

Candid Camera in the Wilderness

Veto Makes Way for Tougher Emissions Standards

0829_traffic.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski announced Monday that new cars sold in Oregon will be required to have California-standards for tailpipe emissions.

The Democratic governor is directing the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt a new administrative rule requiring stricter pollution standards for new cars - the limits will be the same as for vehicles sold California.

Washington state lawmakers took a similar step last year, but only if Oregon joined in. So, Kulongoski told a crowd in Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square his decision creates a West Coast block of tighter pollution regulations.

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$7 Million for Sellwood Bridge Just the Start

Oregonians Help in Hurricane Aftermath

Latinos Trying Out the Wine Business

Station Camp Will Also Honor Chinook Tribe

T-A-V Spells Scrabble Victory for Portland Man

0825_scrabble.jpgA Portland man became the 2005 National Scrabble champion Wednesday night.

He beat the current world title-holder in Reno, Nevada.

David Wiegand is back in his Lake Oswego office today. That's where Mary Sawyers caught up with him.

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Delay on Portland Air Guard Base Decision

Gov Still Intends to Sue If Cuts Made at Air Base

Starter Money Comes in for Bypass Projects

Remembering Vortex 1

Measure 37 Claims Less Common in Cities

The Portland City Council approved its first Measure 37 claim at a hearing Wednesday. To date, commissioners have looked at only three claims.

They denied one earlier this year, and a decision on another claim they reviewed Wednesday was postponed until fall.

Claims in cities have been less common than in rural and suburban areas.

"Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost asked Rob Manning to explain a little about why things are different in cities.

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Comment Period Begins on Cascade Locks Casino

Former Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Cox Changes Parties

Pacific Northwest Spoken Here

OHSU Tests Unique Contraceptive Gel for Women

Glass, Tin, Paper, Plastic: Recycling 101

0823_recycle.jpgDid you ever wonder what happens to your recycling when it leaves your curb?
Does your plastic milk jug transform into another one? Does the paper from today's newspaper eventually show up on your doorstep in another edition?
And what about the stuff that's improperly recycled? Glass that gets mixed in where it shouldn't. The plastic wrapping on a newspaper that wasn't read but is thrown away anyway?
Today we begin an occasional series examining what happens to what you put on the curb.

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Groups Seek To Stop Salvage Logging

Shooting Range Proposal Has Neighbors All Fired Up

Oregon Is Only State Not Putting On Weight

Despite Protections, Spotted Owl Still at Risk

Portland Schools Program Held Up As Example

Museum Reveals Chinese History in Eastern Oregon

0822_dochay.jpgThis month the Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum in John Day celebrated a major milestone.

With a federal grant of $400,000 the museum, which documents an important period in Chinese Oregonian history, it has nearly two thirds of the money needed for its restoration.

It was the only site in Oregon to receive money from the Department of Interior Save America's Treasures fund.
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Gas Prices Drive Some Stations Out of Business

Gov Signs Tax Rebate for Movie Makers

Pombo Sticks with Stance on Wild Sky Wilderness

Gimre Siblings Thrive as 'Exceptionally At-Risk' Kids

North Bend Airport Project Defies Partisan Politics

0712_northbend1.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski signed a bill Thursday, providing $10 million to expand the North Bend Airport. The new law ends a partisan squabble in the Oregon House.

The North Bend Airport is the largest near the Bandon Dunes, where two golf courses have become internationally known in recent years.
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Final Push to Preserve Northwest Air Bases

Portland Teen Challenges Water Quality Findings

Hanford Marks Two Clean-Up Milestones

New Northwest Women's Journal Debuts

Muslim Sisters Swimming Group

Milwaukie the New Real Estate Hot Spot

0817_forsale.jpgReal estate prices in metropolitan Portland continue to boom. Last month the value of an average home climbed to $240,000.

Milwaukie and north Clackamas County led the region with an annual appreciation of more than 17%.

We sent Ley Garnett to that part of the community to find out why it's leading the market.

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Suicides Lead to Call to Resume Victim Counseling

Group Hopes to Spread Progressive Ideas State by State

Stereotypes of Getting Into a Liberal Arts College

Grinding Out a Living with a Coffee Cart


Growing Fire Danger in the Northwest

0816_fire.jpgCampfire restrictions take effect at midnight Tuesday on the Mt. Hood National Forest. It's just the latest sign of growing fire danger in the Northwest.

Meanwhile two big wildfires continue to burn in far corners of the state. Oregon's largest wildfire is now called the Tryon complex.

The Tryon Fire merged with the Cherry Creek and Haas Ridge fires, and together they've burned more than 42,000 acres in rugged northeast Oregon.
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Governor Signs Anti-Meth Legislation Into Law

GAO Report: Prices for Textbooks Soar

Report Examines Progress on Nursing Shortage

Mercy Corps Co-Founder Ellsworth Culver Dies

'Ocian in View!' or Not?


Mental Health Parity Now the Law

0815_capitol2.jpgDemocratic Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Senate Bill 1 into law Monday. It requires insurance companies to offer as much coverage for mental illnesses as they do for physical ailments.

Businesses and insurance companies have argued that state mandates for insurance increase health care costs. But Kulongoski disputed that notion, saying mental health care is as important as physical treatment.

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Jobs and Jobless Rate Up

Blumenauer and Walden Go Hiking

Rust Fungus Threatens Blackberry Plants

Robert Vasquez, Foe of Illegal Immigration

Oregon Mother to Mourn Her Son at Crawford Vigil


An Additional Market for Oregon Wines

0811_wine.jpgStarting Friday, wineries in Oregon--and other states will be able to ship their wares to New York state.

That follows a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that struck down bans on out-of-state wine shipments.

"Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost spoke with Harry Peterson-Nedry who directs the Oregon Wine Board and owns the Chehalem Winery in Newburg. He welcomes the additional market for Oregon wines.

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Public Employees Lose in Latest PERS Ruling

Portland Schools Improve on State Test Scores

Preventing Telemarketing Fraud

Portland Shootings Lead to Greater Police Presence

Epidemic Memorial Masks

0810_mask.jpgEven before the Lewis and Clark Expedition, smallpox and other diseases were killing Northwest Indians.

A special collection of memorial masks, some of them made by a Portland artist, is creating a link with that past.

Historically, mask making for use in storyteling and rituals was an important tradition for some tribal groups.

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Federal Policy May Nullify B&B Fire Suits

Port Approves PDX Noise Reduction Plans

Wind Whips Up Pomeroy Fire

Reversal on Opening Inverness Jail Beds

Retired Hanford Scientist Keeps Story of Nagasaki Alive

0809_gorge.jpgThe American bomb dropped on Nagasaki 60 years ago Tuesday was fueled by plutonium made at Hanford.

Every year, a retired Hanford scientist organizes a ceremony he calls the Atomic Cities Peace Memorial to remember the people who died from the A-bombs dropped over Japan.

Correspondent Rachael McDonald has this profile.

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Air Pollution Growing Problem in the Gorge

'Big Look' Planned for Oregon's Land Use System

Detective Works Uncovers Smurfit Dumping

Levada Dogged by Archdiocese Bankruptcy Case

Dems: Bush VA Budget Would Hurt Veterans

Tanner Springs Park Designed for Contemplation

0808_tanner4.jpgOver the weekend, Portlanders got to take their first walks through the newest park in the city's Pearl District. Tanner Springs Park is part wetland, part outdoor art installation.

The park's designer and city organizers hope Tanner Springs will help to redefine the idea of an "urban" park.

On the surface, there's nothing radical about the basic ideas behind Tanner Springs Park.

City planners wanted it to be a place for contemplation and a place where people could appreciate the natural beauty of the area. But unlike some other parks, there are no basketball hoops, no swing-sets, or even an open field to toss a Frisbee.

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Why Bly Was Picked for Terrorism Training Camp

Kulongoski Poised to Run Again?

Portland Surpasses Goal on Homeless Plan

Energy Bill Repeals Consumer Protection Law

Native American Literature Focus of New Collection

0804_cat.jpgThe Multnomah County Library has set its sights on gathering the most comprehensive collection of Native American literature on the West Coast.

The library has already acquired rare manuscripts and first edition copies of books by well-known Native writers such as Sherman Alexie and Leslie Marmon Silko.

The library hopes its new collection can draw attention not only to those authors, but also to lesser-known writers who have remained in obscurity for more than 150 years.

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What's Been Accomplished This Session

Before the Final Gavel Falls

Supporters Celebrate Channel Deepening

City Drops Part of Motor Pool for Flexcar

More Schools Fail to Meet Federal Benchmarks

Flurry of Activity in Legislature's Final Days

Oregon CapitolIt's been a busy day in Salem.

The Oregon House and Senate recorded votes on a number of bills on subjects such as identity theft, land use planning and NASCAR.

Colin Fogarty spoke with "Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost about some of the bills passed today.

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Break in Wilberger Case

Oregon Manufacturer Eyes Streetcar Business

Northwest Labor at a Crossroads

The Shadow Project

Yahoo Opens Hillsboro Call Center

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski welcomed the internet company, Yahoo, to its new customer calling center in Oregon Tuesday.

The California-based business has already hired about 50 staff locally and plans to add up to 180 within the next year.

The upbeat ceremony in Hillsboro was something of a throwback to the boom years of the dot-com bubble.

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What's Left Before Adjournment

Army Believes It Knows Cause of Depot Fires

Multnomah May Opt Out of Housing State Prisoners

First Hearing on Pacificorp Sale

The Slow Pace to Sine Die

0726_capitol2.jpgOregon lawmakers are hoping to bring the 2005 session of the legislature to a close this week. It's already the third longest legislative session on record.

If they don't end by Thursday, this session will move into the #2 slot in length.

The 73rd regular session of the Oregon Legislature has been marked by a clear absence of marathon voting sessions in the wee hours in a mad dash toward final adjournment.

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Utility 'Phantom Taxes' Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Governor's Measure 37 Intervention Too Late?

Local Leaders Seek to Reclaim Islam

Grand Jury Transcripts Likely to Stay Closed

Unwiring Portland

0408_portlandia.jpgPortland is poised to ask for bids to unwire the city -- that is create a so called wi-fi cloud that allows anyone with a laptop computer to jump onto the internet from just about anywhere.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, it's a controversial idea that, depending on your point of view, is either a bold vision or a waste of taxpayer money.

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House Committee Passes Mental Health Insurance Bill

Idahoans Speak Out Against Property Tax

DEQ Fines Oregon City Company For Dumping Recyclables

Day of Condemnation

Extended interview with Imam Mamadou Toure

Nanotechnology Conference Promotes Small Success Stories

Oregon companies did their best to wow competitors and consumers at the Micro Nanotechnology Breakthrough Conference in Portland Wednesday.

The four-day conference brings together dozens of businesses and researchers in the hope they can develop new products and boost the local economy.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, one medical company unveiled a product that could save thousands of lives every year.

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What's The Best Way To Move Fish Down A River?

Oregon Senate Concerned About Federal Combat Meth Act

Transportation Funds May Ease Metro Congestion

Oregon Better in Kid Count Report

Horning's Hideout Faces a Quieter Future

0726_hideout.jpgOn a handful of summer weekends the last few years, a valley outside North Plains has erupted with music.

Horning's Hideout concertgoers have been able to camp for days at a time while bands played to the forested hills. But complaints from neighbors and questions about safety led Washington County to stop three of this season's concerts.

Rob Manning reports that county commissioners will decide Tuesday night the fate of a multi-day festival, featuring the Colorado jam band, String Cheese Incident.

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Oregon Health Plan Continues to Shrink

Budget Compromise Receives Jeers and Cheers in Salem

Federal Dams on Snake to Continue Spill for Fish

Oregon Workers React to AFL-CIO Breakup

Two of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO severed ties to the federation Monday.

Two other unions have boycotted the coalition's national convention in Chicago this week.

The moves are seen by many as the biggest shake-up in union structure since the 1930's. But as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, local union leaders say that regardless of what happens nationally, they'll continue to work together.

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Thermofluids Pleads Guilty to Pollution of Johnson Creek

The Next Steps in Enron's Stock Redistribution Plan

Schools Get Good News/Bad News On Federal Funding

Clinic Offers Dental Care to Low-Income Children

Secret Budget Deal's a Secret No More

Civil Unions Bill Won't Get House Vote

The Oregon House will not be granting civil unions to gays and lesbians. That's the upshot of a committee vote Thursday on Senate Bill 1000.

The measure gained support in the Democratic Senate and backers had hoped to convince Republican House Speaker Karen Minnis to allow an up or down vote on civil unions.

But as Colin Fogarty explains, that is not to be.

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Enron Pulls Out of PGE Talks With Portland

Oregon National Guard Base May Stay Open

Judges Consider Clackamas County Jail Plan

NARAL Pushes For Emergency Contraception Bill

Presenting Short Stories On Stage

The Sounds of Flamenco

0719_flamenco.jpgOver the next several days, the air in Portland will be filled with the sounds of flamenco the nimble strumming of guitar strings, rapid-fire clapping and the percussive clack of dancer's feet on the dance floor.

The first Portland Flamenco Festival runs through the weekend.

Gretchen Lehmann stopped by Solo Flamenco dance studio in Southeast Portland to get a sense of the history and passion of this 15th century dance, rooted in gypsy culture.

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House Votes to Make Pseudoephedrine Prescription-Only

Roberts' View on Physician-Assisted Suicide Not Known

Opposition to Asbestos Trust Fund Bill

Jefferson H.S. Closed Meeting Upsets Parents

Signature Gathering Begins to Stop Portland PGE Bid

0719_pge3.jpgAn effort to block the city of Portland from buying PGE went public Tuesday.

Opponents began collecting signatures to refer the city's bonding authority to the ballot.

If they gather enough valid signatures by the end of the month, Portland voters would have to ratify their city council's vote to float $3 billion in revenue bonds.

That money could be used to buy Portland General Electric.

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Corvallis and Vancouver Await Word on HP Cuts

Children's Photos Help Africa Measles Campaign

Lawmakers Test Availability of Pseudoephedrine

Legislature Could Go Under Microscope

0503_capitol.jpgThe Oregon Legislature is about to undergo a top to bottom review of itself.

A bill before the Oregon House Tuesday would create a 30-member commission to study the legislative process.

Everything is fair game, from campaign finance reform to how committee chairs are chosen to how often the legislature meets.

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Kulongoski's Willamette River Initiative in Rough Waters

Jury Selection Begins in Hanford Pipefitters Case

Many See Opportunity in Dam Re-Licensing

Dinosaur School in Session for Portland Kids

Budget Negotiations Slow to a Crawl

0714_capitol.jpgDemocratic and Republican negotiators in Salem report little progress in balancing the state budget.

The two sides keep negotiating behind closed doors. The biggest stumbling block remains the more than $5 billion K-12 budget. Colin Fogarty has this update.

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ACLU: E-Mail Proves FBI Abuse of Patriot Act

A Bittersweet Last Day for Edwards Elementary

Idaho Aims for Tougher, Uniform Sex Offender Laws

State Strengthens Sexual Assault Protections

A Granddaughter Remembers Arthur Fletcher

Controversial Logging Note Attached to Forestry Budget

0713_logging.jpgThe Oregon House of Representatives remained in recess Wednesday while Republican and Democratic leaders continue to negotiate the state's next two-year budget behind closed doors. Progress appears slow.

In the meantime, the state Senate continues to pass bills and budget proposals for state agencies. Wednesday it was the Oregon Department of Forestry that was the subject of debate.

As Colin Fogarty reports, the controversy had little to do with spending.

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Police Focused on Nabbing Aggressive Drivers

McCain Bill Gives Tribes Greater Claim to Remains

Effort Begins to Prevent Portland PGE Bid

Arrest in McDonald's Arson Case

Opposition Mounts Against Possible Cell Phone Tax

Political Retaliation Downs North Bend Airport Bill

0712_northbend1.jpgIn any state legislature, the rule of you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours is so common it goes without saying. The flip side of that rule--retaliation for snubs and offenses--normally remains quiet and unspoken.

That's not the case with a proposal in Salem to expand the North Bend air.

Republican leaders in the Oregon House are not shy about the fact the plan appears dead because a Democrat from Coos Bay didn't cooperate with them on the issue of education funding.

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Sellwood Bridge Hot Topic for Neighbors

Study: Oregon Faces 5.5% Cut in Federal Funding

Initial Study of Kennewick Man Bones Underway

County Tries New Way to Curb Repeat Offenders

Umatilla Commissioner to Head NACo

Dispute Over Access to Hemingway House

0711_hemingway.jpgOn July 2nd 1961, Ernest Hemingway took his own life with a shotgun.

The literary and cultural icon died in his Northwest home near Sun Valley, Idaho. That house is now the object of a bitter dispute over whether it should be opened up to a curious public.

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Nike, Beaverton Annexation Battle Moves to Salem

Senate Approves Oregon Mutual Utility

Gift Will Create U of O Journalism Ed Program

College of Oriental Medicine Graduates First Doctors

Brits in Oregon Resolute in Aftermath of Bombings

0707_london2.jpgOregonians with links to England are absorbing the news out of London Thursday.

The greater Portland area has several spots where British people like to congregate.

Kristian Foden-Vencil visited some of those places and filed this report.

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Bombings Focus Oregon Lawmakers on Security

Tri-Met Under Orange Alert

Defazio: U.S. Needs More Security for Rails

Mosque Leader Focused on Progress, Not Bombings

What Orange Alert Means for Oregon

Hobby Miners Buoyed by Gold Price, Beset by Lawsuits

0706_gold1.jpgA slice of the Old West survives along some remote creeks and rivers of our region. It's the lure of gold.

Rising prices could swell the ranks of hobbyists who come out in summer to sift for nuggets. But small-time miners are dogged by lawsuits over environmental damage.

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Old Growth Battles Are New Again In Clark County

City Continues To Push For PGE Purchase

House Adjourns, Governor Enters Stable Funding Debate

Troopers Ride Shotgun to Reduce Truck-Car Crashes

Surgery Offers Solution to Extreme Obesity

0705_weightloss.jpgMost of us can relate to being overweight or obese two-thirds of Americans fit into one of those categories.

Exercise and diet can make a big difference for most overweight people, but for the estimated 5 to 10 million Americans who are extremely obese -- more than 100 pounds overweight -- many doctors now recommend surgery.

A recent study shows obesity surgery can reverse diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol but the procedure itself also carries risks.

Mary Sawyers followed a patient from Lebanon, Oregon to find out if the risks are worth it.

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Speaker's Plan Gets Senate Hearing

USFS Picks Logging Plan For B&B Complex

Clackamas Sheriff Seeks Solution to Jail Funding

Study of Kennewick Man to Begin

On Principle: Artist Analee Fuentes

1711451.jpgOPB continues "On Principle: Thoughts on American Democracy," our month-long series from the Oregon Council for the Humanities and independent radio producer David Welch.

Today we meet Analee Fuentes an artist and teacher who lives in Coburg.

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Legislative Session Winds Down Amid Chaos

Hillstomp Plays Blues Born of Necessity

Chinese Planners Study Portland's 'Smart Growth'

Finding a New Vocabulary for Forests

0629_trees.jpgIf you're a writer, philosopher, or poet prone to inspiration among ancient trees, the U.S. Forest Service wants you.

The federal agency is searching for deep thinkers to reflect on people's evolving relationship with their public lands.

The environment wars can quickly descend into bewildering mumbo-jumbo, a fog of anadromous, riparian, biennial bureacratese. How about some poetry and prose?

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House Debates Education Stability Plan

Pesticide Ban Near Salmon Streams Upheld

ODOT Chief Bruce Warner to Lead PDC

Multnomah Deputy to Serve on Terrorism Task Force

On Principle: Rancher Jane O'Keeffe

OPB continues "On Principle: Thoughts on American Democracy," our month-long series from the Oregon Council for the Humanities and independent radio producer David Welch.

In today's segment we meet Jane O'Keeffe who lives with her husband and family on a cattle ranch in southeast Oregon.

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Oregon House Prepares to Adjourn

Schools Practice Blind Budgeting, Again

Salem Residents Sound Off About Iraq

Vista House Re-Opens

Hanford Tours Resume

0627_tours.jpgOne of the hottest tourist tickets in the northwest this weekend was a bus ride through the Hanford nuclear reservation in south-central Washington.

The public's been kept out since September 11th 2001. Now limited access has resumed.

It's not a typical tourist attraction. Part of it's been torn down, part of it's in mothballs, and part of it's radioactive.

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Double-Dipping Not Part of Campaign Finance Bill

Wyden: No Problems at Guantanamo Bay

Dems Want Iraq Withdrawal Plan

Forest Thinning Could Feed Bioenergy

Tre Arrow Extradition Hearing Begins

Chamber Music NW Celebrates 35th Anniversary

On Principle: Attorney Steve Wax

OPB continues "On Principle: Thoughts on American Democracy," our month-long series from the Oregon Council for the Humanities and independent radio producer David Welch.

Today's segment features Steve Wax, the Federal Public Defender who was the attorney for Brandon Mayfield, the Oregonian falsely detained for alleged terrorist activities.

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Airbus Looks to Increase U.S. Presence

Teachers and Students Study Peace

Civil Unions Bill Goes to Full Senate

Former Dharma Bums Frontman Finds Independence

0622_dharma2.jpgIf you listened to college radio in the early nineties, you know the "Dharma Bums."

The Northwest foursome--led by front man Jeremy Wilson--was expected to be the next "Nirvana" or "Sound Garden" but it didn't quite work out.

In fact, Wilson, fronted two bands that signed contract deals with major record labels during the early 90s; but both labels folded in corporate mergers.

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Mayor Potter Shakes Up Portland Bureaus

Proposal Emerges for 60 Cent Cigarette Tax Hike

Cigarette Tax Proposal Too Late in the Game

Kulongoski Wields Golden Hammer

On Principle: Librarian Patricia Welch

1711451.jpgToday, OPB continues "On Principle: Thoughts on American Democracy," our month-long series from the Oregon Council for the Humanities and independent radio producer David Welch.

We hear from Patricia Welch of North Portland.

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Setback for 51% School Funding Plan

Initiatives May Upend Washington Gas Tax Compromise

The Northwest Forest Plan, A Decade Later

Australia Must Act to Get Patel

'Kennewick' Case Fails to End Battle Over Bones

1023_kman.jpgA debate over human remains in the Pacific Northwest persists.

Native Americans say studying or displaying the bones of their ancestors is disrespectful.

Scientists contend that some older remains are evidence that other cultures inhabited the region.

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Kendra James Shooting Lawsuit Begins

Portland Police Review Division Releases Report

Dueling DEQ Budgets

Beavers Strike Out at College World Series

100th Anniversary of Singing Festival

Kulongoski Calls For Draft Discussion

0616_ted.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski increased the urgency of his calls Thursday for a national discussion on a military draft.

His statement comes on the same day congressional representatives introduced a resolution in Congress calling for President Bush to announce an exit strategy from Iraq.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the governor says a discussion on the draft is needed because it's unfair to continually rotate citizen soldiers into combat.

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Agencies Appeal Salmon Spill Ruling

Teen Drop-Out Rate on the Rise in Oregon

On Principle: Veteran Carvel Cook

Hanford Workers Speak Out About Safety

More Get Help from Summer Food Programs

Bills Headed for the Parliamentary Graveyard

0602_capitol.jpgOptimistic insiders at the state capitol in Salem expect Oregon lawmakers to adjourn sometime in the next few weeks.

Those on the pessimistic side say it might take longer than that. Either way, the legislature has reached a point where bills of all kinds falling into a parliamentary graveyard.

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Judge Rejects Bid to Stop Channel Deepening

Room for Improvement of Warning System

Who Determines When It's Time to Flee?

Making the Case to Save Portland's Air Base

Demonstrators Prepare for Summer of Logging Protests

Only one logging company cast a bid today for the latest offering in the Biscuit Fire area. The U.S. Forest Service accepted the lone bid for the McGuire Timber Sale in the Siskiyou National Forest.

About a dozen protestors picketed outside where the auction was held and more demonstrators are headed to southern Oregon this summer.

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Beavers Fans Psyched About College World Series

Frustration Over New Portland School Proposal

Schools Try Screening Test to Prevent Teen Suicide

On Principle: Bookstore Owner Sylla McClellan

Cultivating New Farmers

0613_farmer2.jpgThe "buy local" trend has had a tremendous impact on agriculture in the Portland metro area.

Farmers markets are popping up everywhere; more people are buying weekly boxes of organic produce from specialty farms; and chefs are shaping their menus based on ingredients from local fields.

This trend has brought some new faces to agriculture, and it's finally reaching a group with a lifetime of farming expertise.


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Future of Minnis' Education Stability Plan in Doubt

Rural Organizing Project Begins March

Clarendon Elementary Featured in Writing Film

Commentary: A Parent's Graduation

De La Salle High School Graduates First Class

0609_delasalle.jpgHigh School seniors across Oregon this week are in the thick of final exams and graduation jitters.

At one North Portland private school, graduation anxiety is something of a novelty, the De La Salle seniors are the very first graduating class.

The Catholic school has had its ups and downs since it first opened with fewer than 80 students.

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Judge Expected to Limit Hydropower Production

Lawmakers Back Off Complete Pseudoephedrine Ban

On Principle: Former Lawmaker Norma Paulus

Rare Mushrooms Could Counter Bioterrorism

0608_mushrooms.jpgOver the years, you've no doubt heard people make different arguments for protecting the remaining stands of old-growth forest in the Northwest.

Here's a new twist on the subject: saving ancient forests as a matter of national defense.

The connection is a local mushroom that could be useful to counter a bioterrorism attack.

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Oregon Celebrates Mark O. Hatfield Day

Embattled PDC Seeks Public Input

Portland Meets First Goal of Kyoto Protocol

Business' Role in Preventing Identity Theft

Key Parts of Chalkboard Plan Tough to Meet

0607_writing.jpgThe education outreach group, Chalkboard Project unveiled recommendations today in hopes of improving K-12 education in Oregon.

Chalkboard addressed 15 areas--12 came with specific recommendations, such as better spending of transportation money and reducing elementary class sizes.

But Chalkboard's executive director, Sue Hildick said they don't have immediate ideas for the three biggest issues.

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Senate Committee Passes Civil Unions Bill

Charting an Environmental Course After New Carissa

Ripple Effect of Medical Marijuana Ruling

On Principle: Portland Activist Ben Moorad

Halt on Medical Marijuana Cards

0606_leaf.jpgThe state of Oregon has stopped issuing medical marijuana cards. That decision came after the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal government has the authority to prosecute patients who use pot for medical purposes.

The case came out of California. But it has ramifications for Oregon's medical marijuana program, which has swelled to 10,000 users since it began in 1998.

In a 6-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court says federal law clearly makes marijuana illegal and state laws allowing the drug for medicinal purposes don't change that federal policy

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Satellite Students Frustrated with U of O Fees

Judge Upholds Election of Washington Governor

Restoring PT Boat 658

Washington Job Losses to Idaho a Myth?

On Principle: Thoughts on American Democracy

0602_oplogo.jpgToday OPB launches a new month-long series: On Principle: Thoughts on American Democracy.

The Oregon Council for the Humanities and independent producer David Welch have been asking Oregonians to think and talk about core principles of American democracy: individual freedom, justice, economic opportunity, equality, and civic engagement.

More than two hundred years ago these ideals were central to the founding of our country. Can they still bind us together as a nation in the twenty-first century? That's precisely the question On Principle hopes to answer.

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VOICES of Poverty

Democrats Offer K-12 Budget Compromise

Adjusting to Civilian Life

A Multicultural View of Animals

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The different roles that animals play in your life depends not only on your culture but on your particular experience. If you grew up on a farm for example, you probably see a chicken differently than someone who only ever saw poultry shrink-wrapped at the grocery store.

That influence was dramatically illustrated for one Ugandan villager, Asaba Mukobi, when he moved to Oregon. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, Mukobi started an award-winning program bringing a multicultural view of animals to African children.

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Schools Try Dual-Language Education

Momentum to Ban Hard Tablets Used to Make Meth

Push to Recycle More Computers and Electronics

Measure 37 Fix Stalled

Oregon is Becoming Fashionable

0531_fashion3.jpgWhen it comes to fashion, fleece and jeans seem to figure prominently in the wardrobes of many Oregonians. But hundreds of local fashion designers are working to change that.

From Oregon resident Michelle DeCourcy, whose designer dress was worn by Norah Jones at the Grammys, to Allison Leigh Howard, an Oregonian who made People magazine's list of hottest new designers, it appears the Beaver State is becoming fashionable.

As Pete Springer reports, a version of Oregon Vogue magazine is still a ways off, but not as far as you might think.

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County Considers New Sellwood Bridge Proposal

Contentious Debate Over Reciprocal Benefits Bill

Ripple Effect from Hanford Layoffs?

Sealing the Cracks in the System

0526_ell2.jpgAll this week, OPB's Language of Learning series has been looking at Oregon's changing classrooms. Between 1994 and 2004, the number of students in Oregon schools who spoke languages other than English rose by almost 400% percent.

Earlier this week, we visited younger students. Yesterday, we heard about efforts to get teenagers from foreign countries up to speed in English.

Today, Rob Manning brings us the last story in the series with a look at what's being done to seal the cracks in an education system under stress.

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Judge Throws Out Federal Salmon Plan

Pesticide Reporting System on Hold Six Years

Rally Against Section 8 Housing Cuts

'Amuse' Boutique Seeks Home

High School Language Challenge

0525_ell3.jpgThis week, OPB is looking at the huge demographic changes occurring in Oregon and what those changes mean for the state's schools.

Gretchen Lehmann explored the challenges in elementary and middle schools she visited.

Today we turn our attention to high schools, where increasing numbers of teenagers are coming to school without a strong grasp of English.

Rob Manning has the next installment of our The Language of Learning series with a look at two Oregon high schools.

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Oregon Senate Considers 'Where's Molly?' Bill

Rebirth of Lower Elwha Klallum Tribe

The Multi-Lingual Classroom

0524_cornelius.jpgMore than half of Oregon public schools have students who have limited English skills. These students are known in the education system as English Language Learners or ELL students.

In order to make sure these students get an equal shot at a good education, many schools are retraining all their teachers so they can adapt their classroom material for students of all language abilities.

In this next installment of our series "The Language of Learning," Gretchen Lehmann visits two Oregon grade schools to see how this re-training plays out in the classroom.

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Kulongoski Calls for More Higher Ed Funding

Buffett Makes Offer for Pacificorp

Unique Archaeological Find in Port Angeles

Budget Break Through, Sort Of

Binnsmead: An ELL School

0523_binnsmead1.jpgThere are 138 languages spoken in Oregon public schools today. They range from Spanish, to Russian, to Punjabi, to Somali.

The majority of Oregon students speak English, but over the last 20 years the number of children who don't speak English has grown significantly.

All this week on we'll be exploring how this demographic shift is playing out in schools and in the classroom.

In this first installment of our series "The Language of Learning" Gretchen Lehmann takes us on a visit to Binnsmead Middle School in Southeast Portland, where a quarter of the students begin school with little English.

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Life in the State Hospital

Republicans Claim Democrats Stuffed the Ballot Box

Governor Touts New Graduation Requirements

'My Family, My Culture'

0519_viet.jpgThis spring marks 30 years since the fall of South Vietnam and 28 years since US troops withdrew. What may have been a political necessity for the United States felt like betrayal to the South Vietnamese, including one man who now makes his home in Portland.

As part of OPB's occasional series on immigrants and their journeys to Oregon, we track Trinh Li -- from his time as a soldier in Southeast Asia to his life in Southeast Portland.

As Rob Manning reports, this "New Oregon Trail" story is already familiar at one Portland middle school, thanks to a film project directed by Trinh's son, Viet.

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Heavy Rains Fill Willamette Reservoirs

Investigation Underway on Downtown Police Shooting

Split Decision in Downwinders Case

Globalized Joblessness

Mount St. Helens Special

0518_eruption.jpg25 Years After The Big Blast

Geologists say Mount St. Helens is a relatively young volcano -- about 40 thousand years old.

Northwest Native Americans called it "fire mountain" or "smoking mountain."

Because of the sharp cone on top, it was known as the "Fuji of America" until 1980 when it awoke from a 123 year slumber.

Geologists first detected earthquakes on the mountain on March 15th, 1980. They weren't sure the activity was significant at first. Then a larger quake struck on March 20th.

Dan Miller of the US Geological Survey says that was the day the mountain started its metamorphosis.

More St. Helens Anniversary Coverage from OPB and NPR

Stormy Anniversary at St. Helens Observatory

A Reporter Returns to Mount St. Helens

Memories of Mount St. Helens Still Strong

Visitors Flock to Observatory

Volcano Survivor Stories Still Rivet 25 Years Later

Where were you on May 18th 1980? Tell us your Mount St. Helens story here.

All Portland Beat Cops to Carry Tasers

0517_taser1.jpgThe Portland Police Bureau held a training for 40 officers Tuesday to prepare them to use stun guns.

Chief Derrick Foxworth has decided all his beat cops will carry Tasers beginning next month.

While Tasers are not as deadly as regular firearms, they do carry a tremendous kick and have contributed to a number of deaths around the country.

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Self-Enhancement Celebrates 'Potential Realized'

Globalization Good and Bad for Northwest

Parliamentary Sparks Fly Over Education Budget

Differing Indicators on Oregon's Economy

Oregon has received a series of competing economic indicators over the last few days: The Pentagon wants to close a number of military bases, the state revenue forecast has improved and Monday the state employment department says the jobless rate has jumped.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, while it's a mixed bag, economists believe Oregon's recovery is still alive and well.

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Supreme Court Sides With Wineries

Ringo Bill Aims to 'Fix' Measure 37

Architects Say State Hospital Building Not Sound

Bountiful Residents Defend Their Way Of Life


Homicide Bill Raises Questions About Abortion Rights

0405_capitol.jpgThe Oregon House approved a bill Thursday to classify the murder of a pregnant woman as a double homicide.

Backers argued that House Bill 2020 would have the law recognize the value of an unborn child.

But critics of the measure see the bill as an encroachment on abortion rights.


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Report: Child Caseworkers Not Given Enough Direction

Bridging the Credit Divide

Matricula Cards Come Under Fire

Encouraging Kids to Walk or Bike to School

Trusts Help Find Affordable Housing in Hot Markets

0511_house.jpgThe red-hot housing market in the Northwest is great if you've already got a home. But in communities from Orcas Island, to Ashland, people are asking how working class families can ever aspire to home ownership.

Correspondent Tom Banse reports on a tradeoff some lower-income buyers are making to get into a home of their own.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Statewide Drought Declaration No Longer Necessary

Feds Offer Grants for Surprise Student Drug Tests

Drought Spurs Water Fight in the Klamath Basin

Portland's Land Trust

Spring Chinook Run at 30% of Projections

0510_chinook1.jpgColumbia River fishery managers have lowered their estimate of the Spring Chinook Run again.

Tuesday the Columbia River Compact announced the run would likely total around 80,000 fish. That's only one-third of the preseason forecast of more than 250,000. Fish biologists are struggling to figure out what happened.

There were great expectations for this season's run of Spring Chinook. It was supposed to be one of the largest in modern history. But so far only about 52,000 salmon have made it to Bonneville Dam, which would make the run below the historical average.

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Teachers' Union and the Education Budget

Recent Graduates Try for School Board Seats

Trains Rolling Again From Northern Idaho

A Voice for Hollywood

Mayor Says Budget Will Not Harm City's 'Essential Services'

0318_portland2.jpgThe City of Portland will cut 58 jobs under a proposed budget unveiled by the Mayor Monday.

29 other positions will be opened, but they're temporary positions.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, this is the sixth year in a row that the city has had to make major cuts.


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House Votes to Cut Capital Gains Tax

Fans Get Closer Seat For Mt. St. Helens Show

Columbia Villa Residents Returning Home
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Sea Lions Scatter, For Now

0505_sealion3.jpgSea lions have been nibbling away at a disappointing run of Spring Chinook salmon and Thursday state fish agencies stepped up their harassment of the animals at Bonneville Dam.

Technicians at the dam have shot firecrackers and rubber bullets at the sea lions before but this time they had help from Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife agents who rode in speedboats.

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State Takes First Crack at Measure 37 Claims

Judith Meller: A Remembrance

Dems Make Counter Offer on Budget

Critics File Suit to Stop Casino Projects


Sea Lions Back at Bonneville Dam

0415_sealion.jpgSea Lions are scooting up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam again. Hazing efforts have been stepped up against the salmon predators.

The first sea lion was spotted on the fish ladder Tuesday.

Corps of Engineers biologist Robert Stansell says they've chased two more away since.

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When Irish Eyes Are Prying...Sen. Smith Reviewing Travel Records

Civil Unions Up For Hearing


Families Return to New Columbia Villa

0503_newcol2.jpgOregon's largest public housing development officially started welcoming back its residents Tuesday.

It's been 17 months since bulldozers started work at the former Columbia Villa public housing project in North Portland.

The first phase of construction is now complete, with dozens of houses ready for returning residents.

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DNA Comes in More Than Double-Helix Form

House Passes Parental Notification Bill

Republicans Increase Education Budget Proposal

Smith: Troops May be Home for Good in October

Spring Chinook Forecast Now Under 100,000


CAFTA Debate Hits Oregon

About 250 people converged on the University of Portland Monday, to discuss Oregon's role in the global economy.

As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, the main question on the table was: how will Oregon's congressional delegation vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA?

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CAFTA Battle Lines Being Drawn

House Republicans Split With Senate Over Budget

Report: Oregon 9th in Uninsured Working Adults

Judge Sets Final Parameters for Governor's Case

Farmers May Be Paid To Put Dye In Fertilizer

Cars and Kids Still Don't Mix Well

Rail Company Makes Case to Re-Open Depot

Almost 200 Abuse Claims Against Archdiocese

0429_vlazny.jpgFriday is the deadline for victims of sex abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Portland to file a claim in federal bankruptcy court.

The so-called bar date is significant for defining the scope of the abuse scandal and determining how many victims will get compensation from the church.

As Colin Fogarty reports, the deadline sets the stage for both sides to negotiate a deal.

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The Urban Canopy

Creationism Enters N. Portland School Board Race

After Delay, Vote Expected on Terrorism Task Force

Salmon Plan Ruling Expected Soon

0427_salmon.jpgThe long-running debate over Columbia River fish resumed Wednesday in a Portland federal courtroom.

Environmentalists and fishing interests are challenging the federal government's new salmon recovery plan.

At the same time of the court hearing, fish managers from Washington and Oregon were meeting about this year's run of Columbia River Spring Chinook.

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Governor Positions Himself for Re-Election

Kids Turning Off TV This Week

Yamhill Co. Tackles First Measure 37 Claims

Kulongoski May Act Alone on Tougher Emission Standards

0426_ted.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski may bypass the Oregon Legislature to enact California-style vehicle emission standards.

The governor says the tougher air pollution rules could be ratified administratively through the state's Department of Environmental Quality.

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Sen. Smith Getting Lots of Attention in D.C.

School Board Votes to Cut 248 Teachers

New Amber Alert Website Offers E-Mail, Cellphone Options

Pow Wow Portraits

It's a Sellers' Market in Oregon

0425_house.jpgWhile first-time buyers might not want to hear it, Oregon's hot real estate market does not appear to be anywhere close to cooling down.

All over the state, sellers appear to be receiving their asking prices, and quickly.

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Washington Legislature Adjourns

Senate Okays Gift Card Interest For Schools

Portland Teachers Head North for Work

Salvation Army, OHSU to Open Homeless Infirmary

The Salvation Army and a Portland hospital announced Thursday that they're teaming up to open a new infirmary for homeless people.

The 15-bed facility will be in Old Town, where many services for the homeless are already located, and it will be staffed 24 hours a day.

Organizers say the fate of one homeless man prompted them to act.

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Students Try to Demystify Supreme Court

State Tests New Herpes Vaccine

Gov Signs Jobless Benefits Extension Bill

Wordstock Boosts Portland's Image

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John Irving fans flocked to Portland's Keller Auditorium Tuesday night to hear their favorite author read some of his writing and discuss his craft.

Irving who is probably best known for his books "World According to Garp" and "Cider House Rules"-- was in town to kick-off "Wordstock."

The week-long celebration of writing and books includes readings and workshops with more than 200 national and local writers.

Gretchen Lehmann went to the John Irving reading to see what Portlanders think of this new literary event.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Nursing Bill Passes Senate

From Metro Portland to Mayberry

Kulongoski Meets with Enron CEO


Kulongoski Wants to Improve Ports and Railways

0419_astoria.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski traveled to Portland Tuesday to stump for a bill that would provide $100 million to improve Oregon's railways and ports.

The governor says, the state's industrial rail lines have fallen into disrepair and it's time they're treated as a viable option for road cargo.

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Spring Chinook Sport Fishing on Hold

'Doyle Bill' Cracks Down on Campaign Finance Fraud

Portland Catholics on Pope Benedict XVI

Club Event Walks Line Between Artistic and Erotic



Gay Couple Just Wants To Be 'Normal'

0418_slide.jpgOne year ago, we brought you the story of Kelly Burke and Delores Doyle.

The lesbian couple from Portland was one of 3000 to get married with a license issued by Multnomah County.

Last Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court said the county overstepped its authority and nullified those same sex marriages. That means Burke and Doyle are no longer legally married.

Colin Fogarty has this update.

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Washington Plan For Columbia River Salmon Approved

Board Suspends Portland Doctor In Laser Surgery Case

Can Idaho County Use RICO Laws To Stop Illegal Workers?

"Run For Your Life' - Seaside Preps For A Tsunami



Major Victory for Opponents of Gay Marriage

0414_court.jpgIn the year since Multnomah County made international headlines by sanctioning gay marriage, 3,000 couples have assumed they were legally married.

The Oregon Supreme Court said Thursday those marriages were invalid from the very beginning.

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An Artistic Exploration of the Columbia

Students Take a Stab at Balancing State Budget

4th of July Comes Early to Bonneville Dam

Oregon Community Power Act

Nike Releases List of Factory Locations

0413_shoe.jpgActivists campaigning against sweatshops are reacting to Nike's decision to release the names and addresses of all 705 factories that it contracts with.

For years the footwear giant, and the industry as a whole, have refused to release such details.

Without them, activists have found it very difficult to research allegations of poor working conditions around the world.

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Also on Wednesday's Oregon Considered

Sea Lions to Blame for Low Salmon Run?

Some Think Sin Tax Increase a Cop Out

Kulongoski Proposes Civil Unions Bill

Portland Mayor Marks First 100 Days in Office

0412_cityhall.jpgPortland's mayor, Tom Potter, celebrates his first 100 days in office Tuesday.

Indeed, during that time he's taken on a number of seemingly intractable tasks -- like reorganizing city bureaus, getting better oversight of the local FBI's activities, and trying to make Portland the first city in the nation to allow publicly financed campaigns.

But as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, far from predicting failure, some insiders are whispering of a newfound excitement at city hall.

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Debate Over In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

Former Vioxx Users Want Right to Sue

First Meeting for Regional Electric Council

Military Families Speak Out

Hanford Downwinders To Have Their Day In Court

0412_hanford.jpgA trial 20 years in the making starts this month in Spokane. A federal judge will hear pretrial motions this coming Wednesday, with opening arguments to follow later this month.

The case spotlights the radioactive legacy of cold-war bomb production at Hanford in Southeast Washington State.

Several thousand people, some of whom have since died, claim radioactive releases in Hanford's early days made them gravely ill.

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Officials Puzzled by Lack of Chinook Returning to Columbia

Cash Reserves Enter Into Budget Debate

Priests Meet to Discuss Church's Future

Gov Wants to Extend Summer Food Program

City, State Look to Make Bids for PGE

0407_pge.jpgGovernor Ted Kulongoski weighed in Thursday on the Texas Pacific Group's decision to drop its bid for Portland General Electric.

The multi-billion dollar investment firm decided Wednesday night it would not appeal the decision by the state Public Utility Commission. The commission ruled last month that the multi-billion-dollar deal was not in the public interest.

The city of Portland said Thursday it's going forward with a counteroffer to PGE's owner, Enron. But as Ley Garnett reports, Governor Kulongoski says he prefers state ownership of the utility.

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Medal of Honor Recipient Battles Red Tape

Portland Considers Public Funding for Council Races

Lottery Commission Approves New Rates

State Would Get Some of Casino Profits

0405_slots2.jpgOregon could receive as much as 17% of the profits from a new tribal casino in the Columbia River Gorge.

That's one of the conditions in a new compact signed in Cascade Locks today by Democratic Governor Ted Kulongoski and Ron Suppah, the chair of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

State and local officials and tribal dignitaries gathered in a conference hall in a Cascade Locks park for a ceremony that included the local high school band, and tribal drums and song, and a prayer from the Wasco chief of the Confederated Tribes, Nelson Wallulatum.

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Idaho Tries a Private Prison

Portland Examines Wildfire Plans

After 30 Years, Gary Weeks Leaves State Service

So You Wanna Be a School Board Member...

Feds to Use Their Own Salmon Plan

0405_sockeye.jpgFederal agencies that manage the Columbia River system announced today that they're implementing their drought plan. Under the plan, young salmon and steelhead would be removed from the Lower Snake River and inserted in barges and specialized tanker trucks.

But as Ley Garnett reports, conservation and fishing groups say the fed's main concern is maximum power generation.

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Governor Kulongoski to Sign Deal for Cascade Locks Casino

Oregon Soldiers Home from Iraq

Zoo Honored for Condor Program

$150 Million Away from Budget Agreement

0806_capitol.jpgBudget writers in Salem failed to agree on a budget blueprint by a self-imposed deadline Monday. Instead, Democratic leaders in the Senate and House Republican released separate versions of a proposed two years spending plan.

Leaders from both chambers agreed weeks ago on how much they are going to spend in the coming biennium. The question was how to divvy up nearly $12.4 billion.

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Strong Earthquakes Hit Mount St. Helens

Oregonians Mourn the Pope

Education Service Districts Face Tough Scrutiny

Squaxins Open First West Coast Cigarette Factory

Will Recent Snow and Rain Make a Difference?

0331_snow.jpgScientists completed their final snowpack measurement of the season on Mt. Hood today.

They were eager to find out if the last two weeks of heavy rain and snow made much of a difference in a drought year.

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Amendment Would Overturn Double Majority Rule

Science Fair Season Competitive in the Tri-Cities

Ronault Catalani Commentary: Riding Tri-Met

Biscuit Fire Logging Protestors Block Downtown Street

0331_protest.jpgOpponents of the Biscuit timber sales in southwest Oregon staged an unusual protest in Portland Wednesday.

A demonstrator suspended himself on a tripod in the middle of Second Avenue and read from the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, while dozens of police officers watched and directed traffic.


It took more than an hour for police to get him down.
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Heat Over Bringing Natural Gas Terminals to Astoria

Delay on Final Decision on Portland Middle School

Demobilization Ceremony Planned

Minnis Plan Sends Half Income Tax to Schools

Idaho Man Devises New Theory on Shroud of Turin

0330_shroud.jpgAn unlikely protagonist has come up with a new way of looking at perhaps the most studied artifact in human history.

With one surprisingly simple experiment, a young literature instructor in Idaho thinks he's solved the most enduring puzzle behind the Shroud of Turin.

But its mystery persists.
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Lawmakers Weigh Whether to Cut Family Foster Care Program

Delay on Final Decision on Portland Middle School

Spring Rains Bring Slight Relief From Drought Concerns

Rally for Grandparents' Rights

Young and Restless Generation Comes to Oregon

0329_pdx.jpgOPB's occasional series The New Oregon Trail' has so far focused mostly on the ethnic minorities who've made their way to the Beaver State. But a recent demographic study shows that migration can be divided into age groups, too.

25 to 34 year-olds are flooding into the I-5 corridor - much to the delight of politicians and economists, who predict this so-called young and restless' generation will boost Oregon's economy.
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CIM on the Chopping Block, Again

Another Buyer Readies A Bid For PGE

Lawmakers Consider Minimum Wage Exemption  

Vancouver Dog Owners Pursue Privately-Funded Dog Parks

0324_dogpark.jpgResidents of Vancouver and Clark County have muttered quietly for years that Southwest Washington needs more space for dogs to run off-leash.

With money tight, local governments balked. But BPA agreed recently to let dogs run free under their power lines, so long as city and county officials didn't mind.

One of the key players in the deal is a local non-profit that's willing to put up money for fences and maintenance. Rob Manning visited with dog owners at the park Thursday.
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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

BPA: Drought Cuts Hydropower Potential by 35%

Call for More Transparency in Deadly Force Cases

Tsunami Clean-Up Three Months Later

State May Require U.S. Citizenship to Get Driver's License

0329_capitol.jpgA committee in the Oregon House heard testimony Wednesday on a bill to require proof of US citizenship to get a drivers license.

Backers of the measure site homeland security concerns. But civil libertarians and Hispanic groups say the new requirement would discriminate against immigrants.
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Congress to Debate Foster Care Funding Limit

Drastic Cuts Expected for Portland Schools

Millicoma Barge Pulled Off Beach

Danger Averted for Grounded Oil Barge

0322_millicoma.jpgA potentially dangerous situation has apparently been contained on the southern Washington Coast.

The Coast Guard says nothing has leaked from the oil barge Millicoma.

The barge has been stuck in a cove on the edge of a rocky beach since Saturday night.
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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Will Schaivo Case Affect Death with Dignity Act?

Study: 40% Fewer Teen Traffic Deaths in Oregon

Guard Deployments Could Hamper Forest Fire Fighting

Governor Ted Kulongoski said Monday he may issue a statewide drought declaration as early as next week.

Even though rain returned to the state over the weekend, the governor said Oregon is preparing for an early and severe fire season.

Fire fighting may be hampered by the National Guard's deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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New Yorkers Find Oregon a Land of Opportunity

Blumenauer and Wu Oppose Congress' Part in Schiavo Case

Investigation Underway of Police Shooting of Unarmed Man

Orchestra Explores Music of the Lewis & Clark Era

0317_pbo.jpgWhen you attend a Portland Baroque Orchestra concert, you expect a lively performance of sonatas or concertos.

But PBO is exploring some new musical territory this weekend with a concert of fiddle music, Sacred Harp singing and some pop tunes from the 18th century.

The orchestra is joining forces with Portland area singers to recreate the music of the Lewis & Clark era.


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Also on Thursday's Oregon Considered

Should the Legislature Convene Every Year?

Gov Wants Expansion of Senior Prescription Drug Program

Initiative Would Crack Down on Bad Doctors

Sen. Smith Breaks With Party to Defend Medicaid Spending

0316_smith.jpgThe U.S. Senate spent much of Wednesday afternoon debating a budget amendment from Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.

The proposal would remove a provision of the Senate's budget resolution to cut the Medicaid program by $15 billion over five years.
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Intel Uses Jobs Report To Support Tax Break Extension

Counties Create Processes For Measure 37 Claims

Oregon and Washington Senators Vote Against ANWR Drilling

Lawmakers Consider Tightening the Reins on Payday Loan Shops

0804_capitol.jpgSince payday loan shops cropped up in Oregon in the 1990s, their growth has been explosive. In fact, Oregon has more payday loan stores than McDonald's, as critics of the industry like to point out.

And low-income advocates argue that soaring interest rates on loans to poor people cripple their ability to make ends meet and put food on the table.

Oregon lawmakers held a hearing to consider capping interest rate caps.
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Progress at Pesticide-Free Parks

Are Caps the Answer for Escalating Malpractice Costs?

County Tries Blood Testing in Bars to Stem Rise in STDs

Location Stumbling Block for New Portland Skateparks

0314_skate.jpgAshland has one, so does Corvallis and Eugene. Newberg has one of the best in the nation.

But Oregon's biggest city, Portland, has no publicly funded skatepark in good enough condition to use.

That's about to change. The city has the money to build two new skateparks. But the tricky part is deciding where to put them.

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What to Do with State Hospital Remains

Cautious Optimism Locally Over California Gay Marriage Ruling

Forest Service Closes Part of Siskiyou National Forest

PUC Says Harm Outweighs Benefits of PGE Sale to TPG

0310_power.jpgThe Oregon Public Utility Commission today unconditionally rejected the Texas Pacific Group's bid for PGE. Even though the decision puts Portland General Electric's future in limbo, Commissioners said it is not a distressed company and is operating well.

The next move will be up to Texas Pacific, which is holding its cards close to the vest. Ley Garnett reports.complete article...

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Portland Back to Bargaining Table for PGE

Opposition to Beaverton and Gresham Wal-Mart Stores

Cancer Leading Reason For Assisted Suicide Requests

Latest Eruption a 'Minor Event' for Mount St. Helens

0310_volcano.jpgGeologists are swarming over Mt. St. Helens Wednesday to investigate last night's eruption of steam and ash. So far they have only visual clues from a distance.

Ley Garnett spoke with one of the scientists this morning and reports that the explosion is being classified as a minor event unlikely to change long-range predictions for the volcano.
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Committee Approves Mental Health Parity Bill

Oregon Businesses Know How to Generate Google Juice

Mediation Talks for Lane Transit District and Workers

Court Upholds Most of PERS Overhaul

0308_court2.jpgThe Oregon Supreme Court delivered a mixed bag Tuesday to state lawmakers and more than 300,000 public sector workers in the Public Employees Retirement System.

The justices largely upheld dramatic cost cutting changes to the system enacted in 2003. But the court also tossed out key aspects of the changes.
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Philips Sticks With School Closure Plan

Tribes Form New Gaming Alliance

International Women's Day

Arrests Follow Biscuit Fire Logging Protests

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The first attempt to log older trees in the Biscuit Fire area drew protestors today to southwest Oregon. At least eleven people--including a 72-year old woman--were arrested as they tried to block loggers from reaching the Fiddler timber sale.
The trees lie in an area that the Northwest Forest Plan designated for development of old growth forests.
Environmentalists filed a lawsuit to stop logging and got a temporary court injunction last year. That injunction has since expired.
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Widow Speaks Out on Assisted Suicide

Survey Finds Oregon is Business-Friendly

Beaverton's Growing Pains

A Year of Gay Marriage Confusion

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While the issue of gay marriage and civil unions is still alive and kicking in the Oregon Supreme Court and the the state legislature, the furor over the actions of Multnomah County commissioners has largely died out.

Kristian Foden-Vencil offers this retrospective.
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Civil Unions Issue Lingers In Legislative Limbo

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Where's Our Winter?
Ski Bust a Boon for Coastal Tourism

Trucks Parked To Protest High Diesel Price

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Some log haulers on the Northwest coast have parked their rigs to protest the skyrocketing price of diesel fuel.
This week, gas stations across Oregon and Washington are charging all-time record high prices for diesel.
It used to be a little bit cheaper than unleaded. But today it's way more expensive. Truckers are frustrated and suspicious.
Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Aberdeen, Washington.

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Prosser, WA: The Envy of France?

Chalkboard Project Will Continue Work on Education Outreach

Oregon Considers Amnesty For Tax Cheats

Governor Issues Opinion on Measure 37

Governor Ted Kulongoski's office released an official opinion Tuesday on how Measure 37 should be interpreted around the state. The property compensation mesaure, which voters passed in November, has had planners, environmentalists and others worried about what Measure 37 will mean for the state's land use planning system.

"Oregon Considered" host Allison Frost spoke with Lane Shetterly, the director of the Department of Land Conservation and Development about the opinion which includes focuses on the issue of "transferability."

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Also on Tuesday's Oregon Considered

Guard Families Push For Bringing Troops Home

Tribes Want Their History Taught in Northwest Schools

Notorious Ward 40 to Close

Tillamook Creamery Bans Use of Artificial Growth Hormones

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Despite its best efforts to keep it quiet, and private, the Tillamook Creamery stepped into a national debate this month. Today the Co-Op's farmers voted to ban all artificial growth hormones from their herds.

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Controversy Flares Up At Suicide Prevention Conference

Oregon House Planning Funds For A Rainy Day

Conservation Groups Announce Legislative Goals

Inaugural Ride for Streetcar Extension

0224_streetcar.jpgOregon dignitaries took an inaugural trip on a new extension of the Portland Streetcar Thursday. It runs about half a mile from Portland State University to Riverplace and cost about $15 million to build. Supporters call it an important addition to one of the most popular rail projects in the nation. But others say railways are expensive and outdated.

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Bills Would Give Abducted Children 'Victim' Status

Journal Illegally Uses Local Gay Couple's Picture

Multnomah County Looks to Develop Bio-Fuels Industry

Lawmakers Tread Lightly Near Measure 37

0224_legislature.jpgSome in Salem called Ballot Measure 37 the rhino in the kitchen. The property compensation measure approved by voters last November is widely seen as in need of amending by state lawmakers. Even its sponsors say they're willing to support some changes to the law. But no clear direction has emerged in Salem.

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Smith Parents and Students Try Direct Approach

Tentative Agreement in Teacher Contract Talks

Already Two Requests for Drought Declaration

Spruced Up for Oscar Night

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The hottest Oscar night party this side of Hollywood could be in a small Willamette Valley town. That's because McMinnville, Oregon is the final resting place for the Spruce Goose.
The huge flying boat figures prominently in the current big-screen biography of billionaire Howard Hughes.
Winter has turned to summer at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. We're not talking about the weather so much as the crowds streaming in at summer vacation strength.

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Smith Parents and Students Try Direct Approach

Tentative Agreement in Teacher Contract Talks

Already Two Requests for Drought Declaration

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