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In 2006 the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) sued the Oregon Department of Forestry for allowing muddy water runoff from logging roads to pollute streams and rivers in the Tillamook State Forest. The NEDC argued that this muddy water was industrial pollution as defined by the Clean Water Act, and by 2011 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of their argument. This decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided to defer to the EPA's interpretation of the Clean Water Act. The EPA has historically excluded this type of muddy water runoff as a form of industrial pollution, and recently changed the definition of industrial pollution to exclude logging road runoff. In other news, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have drafted a bill that would restore tribal ownership over land that was traded to the U.S. government in 1855. Though this is great news for tribal leaders who hope to revive former cultural and religious sites, Doug Robertson of the Association of O & C Counties has said he is concerned that this would mean a loss of timber revenue for counties that are struggling financially.
Segmentarticle - March 25, 2013
We'll kick off our show from the Capitol with Governor John Kitzhaber talking about a few hot topics in the legislature right now, including: Reforming the Public Employees Retirement Union Gun control Efforts to help timber counties
Segmentarticle - April 10, 2013
Baker City is a town that has seen a lot of ups and downs. The community of about 10,000 is situated in the high desert of eastern Oregon, surrounded by sagebrush and snow-dusted mountains. More than 100 years ago, miners came in search of gold and then settled in. Timber mills once flourished in Baker City, until major reductions of logging on public lands. The city was once a railroad hub, but after cars became popular the rail lines to Baker were abandoned. Even the name "Baker City" has gone through big changes. In 1911 residents dropped "city" from the name, deciding that it sounded too quaint. In 1990, citizens voted to go back to the original name (although you still hear longtime residents refer to the community as simply "Baker.") Today, Baker City is a town working to embrace its dynamic history while also forging a new economic path. The community is working to bring tourism to downtown with its brick storefronts, an historic (and possibily haunted) hotel, and old, opulent buildings. The natural beauty of the nearby Wallowa Mountains and Anthony Lakes ski resort give visitors a reason to stop in, too, and the community is also working to brand itself as a destination for cyclists. There are festivals and arts events year-round in this community, like the annual Great Salt Lick Contest or the short film festival that happens each June. Baker City is not near any metropolitan areas, which means it's a place that attracts people who really want to live there. As Baker City resident Ann Mehaffy says, people live in Baker either because they grew up there and they know it and love it, or because they're "city runaways who are looking for a sense of authenticity, history and community."
Segmentarticle - Dec. 17, 2012
For the final day of the Our Town tour this year, we head to southern Oregon: Lakeview and Roseburg. Lakeview The town of Lakeview sits in south-central Oregon a mere 15 miles from the California border. Residents can drive to Reno, Nevada in four hours — half the time it takes to get to Portland. Several schools, ranching, a mill, and a prison provide many jobs for the town. Additionally, natural resource industries are an integral part of Lakeview's economy. A natural gas pipeline finished construction last year, and PGE recently announced plans for its first commercial-scale solar power facility in Lakeview. The town has begun to embrace geothermal energy, though early attempts have sparked some controversy. The town was slated to be the site of an Iberdrola biomass plant, but low energy prices have put the project on hold indefinitely. Lakeview is also home to an FSC-certified timber operation. The surrounding area is known for its prime hang gliding and birding territory. As always, we've put together a companion website for Lakeview. Head over there to check out our interactive map which includes interviews and photographs of the people and places of Lakeview.
Segmentarticle - Dec. 28, 2012
Some Josephine County residents are taking law enforcement into their own hands. In May, voters in the county rejected a levy that would have directed property tax dollars to the county's underfunded Sheriff's office. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has said without the money from the levy, he'll need to cut his force from three deputies on patrol to one. In the meantime, Carol Smith, a retired Sheriff's deputy living in Cave Junction, has started a Facebook page called To Catch a Thief in order to engage the community in solving cases and preventing crime. Law enforcement agencies have even used the page to help investigate cases. But with a suspected arson at the Cave Junction post office and a shooting at the Junction Inn this week, it's clear the Facebook page isn't a panacea.
Segmentarticle - June 3, 2013
The financial distress of former logging counties is a familiar issue for many Oregonians — one which we've covered many times before. But with Josephine and Curry counties once more rejecting public safety levies, the conversation in Salem has taken on an even more urgent tone. Since the levies were voted down last month, Governor Kitzhaber has floated the possibility of imposing an income tax on the cash-strapped counties, and even mobilizing the National Guard as a last resort. Legislators are talking with commissioners and sheriffs from Josephine and Curry counties and are hoping to work out a plan by the end of the legislative session.
Segmentarticle - June 6, 2013
Voters in rural areas of Oregon will weigh in on public safety funding measures on the May 21 Special Election ballot. For many, this will not be a first. In Lane County, this is the tenth time law enforcement has appealed to the public for funds to keep criminals behind bars. To make a point, Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner recently held a press conference on the local levy to coincide with a routine release of inmates due to overcrowding. Josephine County and Curry County — which have both depended on timber money in the past — are also asking residents to approve tax hikes to beef up law enforcement efforts. There are also a few cities that are voting on local bonds and levies. In the small southern Oregon town of Phoenix, there's a measure on the ballot that would repeal a surcharge that funds public safety and other services.
Segmentarticle - May 13, 2013
The most high-profile ballot item in this week's special election is no doubt Portland's vote on fluoride, which has been garnering national attention. But there are other important issues on ballots across the state. Lane, Josephine, and Curry counties are all considering tax hikes to increase funding for law enforcement. Residents of Clackamas County are voting on a measure that could complicate TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line. And ten districts across the state are asking voters to increase school funding.
Segmentarticle - May 22, 2013
Two bills passed in the Oregon House this week aim to curb protesting on state forest lands. HB 2595 would make it a crime to interfere with logging operations in state-owned forests. A first offense would be considered a misdemeanor, but a subsequent conviction would be considered a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 13 months. HB 2596 would allow private contractors hired by the Oregon Department of Forestry to sue activists for costs such as damage to their equipment and loss of wages. Both bills passed the House by wide margins. They now move on to the Senate.
Segmentarticle - May 2, 2013
Segmentarticle - Dec. 27, 2013
Segmentarticle - Dec. 19, 2013
Peter DeFazio has served 26 years in Congress, making him the longest serving of Oregon's representatives (though Senator Ron Wyden gets the nod for longest time in D.C. when you include his term as a representative from 1981-1996). DeFazio rose to the ranking Democratic seat on the House Natural Resources Committee this summer. Unsurprisingly, some of the most high profile work of his current term has involved trying to find a solution to the ongoing financial problems on Oregon & California Railroad lands. The proposal that DeFazio, and fellow Oregon congressmen Greg Walden and Kurt Schrader introduced in the House, has been met with varying degrees of criticism from environmental groups, Sen. Wyden, and DeFazio's predecessor in the 4th District, Jim Weaver. The bill has been supported by many officials in the affected counties. DeFazio has also been pushing a bill that would increase legal liability for companies that collect patents in bulk and then sue businesses that may violate those patents. The bill would make the so-called "patent trolls" responsible for all legal fees in the case. He has also been pushing for resources to fight wildfires, keep rural post offices open, and sustain funding for food stamps.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 19, 2013
After 32 years in Congress — first as a representative, then a senator — Ron Wyden is enjoying the highest public profile he's probably ever had. His rise to chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year was already a boost in stature, but his prominence ballooned even further when Edward Snowden disclosed NSA surveillance practices. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Wyden had been warning of the surveillance tactics of the U.S. government for years, but the issue wasn't as important to Congress and Americans until the Snowden leaks. Wyden has continued to express skepticism and concern over the Obama administration's statements regarding the NSA disclosures. In his role at the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, he has focused on waste cleanup facilities at Hanford, small hydropower projects, wildfire prevention, and Klamath Basin water issues. His plan for how to manage the O&C timber counties is expected to be announced in the fall, when work will begin to reconcile it with the House plan, introduced by Representatives DeFazio, Schrader, and Walden.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 22, 2013
The Polk County Commissioner's Office unanimously voted to add a public safety levy to the ballot in the November elections. The levy would collect 60 cents for every 1,000 dollars of property value. Recently, the Polk County Sheriff's was forced to switch to 20 hour patrol shifts, and were only spared layoffs when 4 deputies voluntarily left the department. If the levy fails, the Polk County District Attorney's Office said they would be forced to stop prosecuting Class B and C misdemeanors, such as shoplifting and tresspassing. The proposal comes on the heels of Josephine and Curry counties rejecting similar levies in the wake of major public safety concerns.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 20, 2013
In our recent congressional recess conversations with Representatives DeFazio and Schrader, we spent time digging into their legislation that would increase timber harvests with O&C forests. The congressional delegation is trying to find funding for formerly logging-dependent counties, as federal subsidies to those counties have all but dried up. The plan is to divide the land roughly in half, with part of the land dedicated to logging, and the rest held for conservation. The legislation was influenced by a panel convened by Governor Kitzhaber that included stakeholders from the counties, timber companies, and environmental interests. But the members of that panel aren't convinced the proposed law serves all of their interests. Conservation groups are concerned with how the land was divvied up — they say some of the land dedicated to logging is critical for spotted owls and other species.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 21, 2013
The U.S. Congress is in recess and its members are now back in their home districts. We'll catch up with Oregon's delegation, starting with the 5th District's Kurt Schrader, a Democrat and member of the Blue Dog Coalition. Just before the recess, Schrader saw a bill he helped write with Oregon representatives Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden pass out of the Natural Resources Committee. The bill, if it passes, will allow Oregon loggers to more than double their harvest of lumber in Federal forests formerly part of the Oregon and California Railroad. Oregon Wild has called the plan "a bad deal." We'll talk with Representative Schrader about that bill, his attempts to foster bipartisanship, the federal budget, and much more.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 13, 2013