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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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?

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

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.

Complete article...

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.

Complete article...
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.

Complete article...

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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