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Trump Policy Reversal Raises Concerns For Northwest's National Parks

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 4, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change.

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Community Courts | Portland Parks | Drag Queen Storytime

OPB | Aug. 24, 2017 noon

How do you use parks? Also, a Portland bookstore hosts Drag Queen Story Time, and the community court program in Eugene tries to help people arrested for crimes associated with homelessness.

Land use | local | Recreation | News | NW Life

Portland Parks And Rec Plans More East Multnomah Parks

Portland Tribune | Aug. 8, 2017 2:09 p.m.

Portland Parks & Recreation plans more parks in East Multnomah County east of 122nd Ave.

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Coast Trail | Senate President Peter Courtney

OPB | March 29, 2017 noon

Oregon's longest serving lawmaker, Peter Courtney joins us for an extended interview. And we discuss an effort to complete the Oregon Coast Trail.

NW Life | local | Recreation | Environment

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.

Recreation | local | News | Environment

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.

Politics | local | News | Environment | Election | Elections

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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Composer To Create Music Inspired By Crater Lake

OPB | Aug. 26, 2015 12:30 p.m.

The Britt Music and Arts Festival has commissioned composer Michael Gordon to create a piece of music evoking Oregon's iconic national park.

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No Smoking In Portland Parks

OPB | June 23, 2015 12:45 p.m.

A new smoking ban is taking effect in Portland's parks on July 1. Commissioner Amanda Fritz is working to amend the law to remove the misdemeanor consequence.

local | News

Portland Buys Land For New Park In St. Johns

OPB | June 9, 2015 12:59 p.m.

There is a new 3-acre park open to the public in the north Portland neighborhood of St. Johns.

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Should Smoking Be Banned In Public Parks?

OPB | Dec. 3, 2014 12:06 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The Portland Parks Board presented recommendations about smoking in public parks to Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

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Geese Create Poop Problem For Portland

OPB | Aug. 18, 2014 12:40 p.m.

MONDAY: Two groups have partnered in a pilot project to deal with goose droppings in public parks.

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Oregon Considers Smoking Ban On Coastal Beaches

OPB | July 30, 2014 12:06 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We'll learn more about the Oregon Parks Department's proposal to ban smoking on beaches along the coast.

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New Recreation Trail Would Go From Valley To Coast

OPB | June 26, 2014 12:25 p.m.

THURSDAY: The planned Salmonberry Corridor would trace 86 miles from Banks to Tillamook, often following railroad lines.

local | Music | Think Out Loud

Slater Smith's Quest To Visit All Of Oregon's State Parks

OPB | Nov. 22, 2013 12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Portland musician, Slater Smith, sets out to play a song in each of Oregon's state parks. We'll find out what happened.

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Oregon Opens A New State Park, On The John Day River

OPB | Sept. 20, 2013 12:45 p.m.

Oregon is about to open its newest — and soon to be second-largest — state park: Cottonwood Canyon, on sixteen miles of the lower John Day River.

Parks Project Designed To Boost Equity

OPB | July 30, 2012 1:46 a.m.

Today the city of Portland breaks ground on an initiative to build amenities in places with lots of families but little park infrastructure.

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Cuts to Portland Parks & Recreation

OPB | Jan. 11, 2012 9:40 a.m.

Portland Parks & Recreation has come up with a list of proposed cuts (at the request of the city council) — they include cutting daily trash pick up and closing park bathrooms and facilities like the Fulton Community Center.