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Oregon Snowpack Suggests Good Streamflows For Summer

OPB | Jan. 8, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Portland

Last year was a really dry year. But heavy snows at the end of the year suggest healthier water levels in 2016.

Music | Arts | Best of 2015

opbmusic Best of 2015: Albums We Love

opbmusic | Dec. 22, 2015 noon

From sprawling hip-hop masterpieces to hushed folk confessionals, opbmusic's staff share their favorite albums of 2015.

NW Life | Arts | Think Out Loud

Think Out Loud Producers Pick Favorite Moments From 2015

OPB | Dec. 23, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Think Out Loud producers dig through the archives to choose their favorite moments from 2015.

local | Music | NW Life | Arts | Best of 2015

opbmusic Best of 2015: Songs We Love

OPB | Dec. 8, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Our staff select 10 of their favorite songs from Oregon musicians released in 2015.

Music | Arts

KMHD's Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2015

KMHD Jazz Radio | Dec. 4, 2015 10:42 a.m.

The staff at KMHD listened to tons of music this year and hand picked the top 10 jazz albums of 2015.

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Local Races In Oregon & Washington

OPB | Nov. 2, 2015 12:06 p.m.

We take a look at what's on local ballots for the Nov. 3 election.


MusicfestNW In Photos

opbmusic | Aug. 24, 2015 4:40 p.m.

Thousands turned out to Waterfront Park to hear Modest Mouse, Belle and Sebastian, Beirut and others despite the smoky air.

Drenik: Journey To The End Of Pickathon

opbmusic | Aug. 19, 2015 10 p.m.

We gave opbmusic contributor Matt Drenik a 1000 word assignment to cover the Pickathon music festival. He turned in 5000 words on dehydration, dirt, & joy. This is his epic journey.  

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MusicfestNW Returns To Waterfront Park

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015 12:45 p.m.

This year, Willamette Week's annual music festival features 22 bands with a mix of local and national acts.

Music | NW Life | Arts | State of Wonder

State of Wonder: Aug. 8, 2015

OPB | Aug. 8, 2015 noon | Portland

Seekers + savants: Kamasi Washington, Jason Isbell, painter Christos Koutsouras, Pickathon recap, fun and games with Jumpdrive Studios, and more.

Music | Pickathon Woods Stage

opbmusic Presents Blind Pilot At Pickathon Woods Stage

opbmusic | July 29, 2015 4:57 p.m.

In our final video premiere from the Woods Stage, local band Blind Pilot plays a sweet song, "White Apple."


Ready for the Weekend: Time for Pickathon!

opbmusic | July 28, 2015 2:18 p.m.

Enter for a chance to win tickets to the growing eclectic music festival, this weekend at Pendarvis Farm.

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New Oregon Law Could Lead To More Testing Opt-Outs

OPB | June 29, 2015 12:20 p.m.

It's unclear what kinds of consequences the state could face now that Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their kids out of standardized tests.

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Legal Marijuana In Oregon

OPB | July 1, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Recreational marijuana is officially legal in Oregon as of July 1. We talk to people around the state about how things will change.

Think Out Loud

Governor Signs Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights

OPB | June 18, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law this week that provides new protections for nannies, housekeepers, and other domestic workers.

Think Out Loud

Represented: Paid Sick Time

OPB | June 1, 2015 12:20 p.m.

In this installment of our "Represented" series, we hear from residents of Eugene about what a statewide paid sick leave policy would mean for them.

Think Out Loud

Should The State Keep The Kicker?

OPB | May 22, 2015 12:45 p.m.

Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) wants "kicker" money to be redirected to education and the rainy day fund, instead of going back to tax payers.

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Polk County Sheriff Relieved After Public Safety Vote

OPB | May 21, 2015 12:30 p.m.

We talk to Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe about what the county's public safety levy — passed this week — will mean for his department and the community.

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Medical And Recreational Marijuana Regulations

OPB | May 21, 2015 12:40 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are considering changes to the state's medical marijuana system while also working out new regulations for legal, recreational pot.

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Josephine County Rejects Safety Levy

OPB | May 20, 2015 12:06 p.m.

For the fourth time since 2012, Josephine County voters turned down a measure to increase funding to their sheriff's department.