First responders rescue dummies from crumpled cars during the Cascadia Rising earthquake simulation in 2016.

First responders rescue dummies from crumpled cars during the Cascadia Rising earthquake simulation in 2016.

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  • After Oregon lawmakers declined to allocate more funding to early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, scientists are concerned that the state is falling behind on natural disaster preparedness. We talk with Douglas Toomey, an earth sciences professor at the University of Oregon and director of the Oregon Hazards Lab.
  • Sheldon High School in Eugene recently unveiled a totem pole to represent its Native students, who come from 60 different tribes. The totem pole is a collaboration between the City of Eugene and the school district’s Natives program. We talk with program director Brenda Brainard about what the totem pole means to the Native community in Eugene.
  • The second-ever African American Footwear Forum is taking place in Portland this weekend as a part of Sneaker Week. Industry professionals, athletes, designers and others will gather to talk about the challenges of an industry that markets to people of color but doesn’t include very many people of color. Stephen Green is the director of operations at the footwear design school Pensole. Bimma Williams is the co-founder of Claima and a former Adidas employee.

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