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Visitors To Oregon For Solar Eclipse Could Exceed 1 Million

The Register-Guard | March 27, 2017 8:03 a.m.

On Aug. 21, not long after the clock strikes 10 a.m. on the central Oregon Coast, the moon will blot out the sun, briefly turning day into night and warmth into coolness.

Environment | local | Recreation | NW Life

Oregon State Parks Seek More Rangers, Money As Crowds Continue To Grow

Statesman Journal | March 18, 2017 8:29 p.m.

The number of Oregon state park rangers hasn’t changed much the past decade, officials said, leading to challenges in keeping parks clean and facilities up to date.

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Oregon's State Parks Shattered Attendance Records In 2016

Statesman Journal | March 5, 2017 9:40 a.m.

For the fourth year in a row, Oregon’s state park system attracted a record number of visitors.

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As Smith Rock Crowds Skyrocket, A New Plan Will Shape Park's Future

Statesman Journal | Jan. 20, 2017 8:21 a.m.

A sharp increase in visitors, which have almost doubled since 2010, has stretched the park to capacity. An update to the park's master plan will guide decisions into the future.

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Obama Announces Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion

OPB | Jan. 12, 2017 2:46 p.m.

President Obama has announced an anticipated expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.

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Cape Kiwanda | Police Chief Mike Marshman | Tribes Protest Pipeline | School Bus Driver

OPB | Sept. 6, 2016 noon

We're exploring a variety of topics this hour: the collapse of a scenic Oregon  cliff; how officers are confronting gang violence  and homelessness in Portland; tribal reaction to a fossil fuel infrastructure; and school bus driving.

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Breaking The Rules: Visitors Misbehave As National Park Service Celebrates Centennial

AP | Aug. 28, 2016 9:20 a.m. | Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

From Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains to the Grand Canyon of Arizona, major parks are grappling with illegal camping, vandalism, theft of resources, wildlife harassment and other visitor misbehavior.

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Trump Skips Oregon, Citizen Panel Endorses M97, And More

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 12:16 p.m.

Host Geoff Norcross is joined by OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes, state political reporter Chris Lehman, and news director Anna Griffin.

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In Oklahoma, A National Park That Got Demoted

NPR | Aug. 9, 2016 4:37 p.m.

National parks are a big source of local pride, but about half the U.S. states don't have one. Oklahoma is among the park-less, but it wasn't always that way.

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National Parks Become Concert Halls To Celebrate Park Service's 100th Birthday

Northwest News Network | Aug. 2, 2016 10:09 a.m.

National parks will offer free admission on the final weekend of August in honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

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Becoming American At The Edge Of Crater Lake

OPB/EarthFix | July 5, 2016 2:06 p.m. | Crater Lake National Park

Immigrants from all over the world took the Oath of Citizenship at the Fourth of July ceremony on a ridge high above the lake.

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Metro Puts Parks Levy Extension On November Ballot

Pamplin Media Group | July 5, 2016 7:22 a.m. | Portland

Portland area voters will be asked Nov. 8 to extend a tax levy to carry on the work called for in a regional parks and nature system plan.

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Road Sessions: Hey Marseilles

opbmusic | June 30, 2016 8 a.m.

Watch the band perform "Eyes On You" inside of a church in the ghost town of Golden, Oregon.

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First-Of-Its-Kind Somali Language Program Starts In North Portland

OPB | April 14, 2016 5:12 p.m. | Portland

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School is teaching two Somali languages so children from different Somali communities can better learn what their parents and relatives speak.

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For Just $1 Per Year, You Can Have A Business In Portland's Ankeny Square

OPB | April 9, 2016 4:07 p.m.

Portland Parks and Recreation is open to lots of ideas for the space, including food carts, a flower shop, bike services, or arts and culture programming.  

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2 Airlifted Off Mount Rainier, 1 Presumed Dead

AP | March 28, 2016 7:15 p.m.

Crews rescued a climber and a snowshoer off Mount Rainier after they were caught in a weekend storm. A third climber is presumed dead.

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People Keep Dying At Cape Kiwanda, Despite Warning Signs

Statesman Journal | March 6, 2016 11:30 a.m. | Pacific City, Oregon

In response to the most recent incidents — two fatal accidents in February — state and county officials are taking part in a town hall meeting March 17 in Pacific City to discuss how to prevent future incidents.

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National Park Service Hiring For 200 Jobs In Pacific Northwest

Statesman Journal | Jan. 8, 2016 9:01 a.m.

The openings include a variety of positions, from backcountry rangers to entrance fee collectors. The jobs are available at multiple national park sites in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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Jackson County Commissioners Oppose Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal

Medford Mail Tribune | Dec. 3, 2015 9:14 a.m.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is voicing its opposition to a proposed Crater Lake Wilderness Area.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Land | Water | local | Animals | Oregon Field Guide

Portland Area Learns To Live With Urban Beavers

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015 8:30 p.m.

There's a beaver boom all around Portland. Local agencies let them stay where they are.