Jessi Combs was attempting to break her own land speed record when she died in a fatal crash in Oregon's Alvord desert August 27, 2019.

Jessi Combs was attempting to break her own land speed record when she died in a fatal crash in Oregon’s Alvord desert August 27, 2019.

Photo courtesy of WARN industries

 

  

  • We often think of evolution as a biological process that takes thousands or millions of years. But new research in the journal “Science” indicates that our commercial fishing practices are causing dramatic evolutionary changes in a number of fish species we have come to rely on. We talk with University of Oregon biology professor David Conover who pioneered this research.

 

  

  • Last week, professional driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died in Oregon’s Alvord desert trying to break her own land speed record. She was 39, and known as “the fastest woman on four wheels.” We talk with her friend Darren Fretz with WARN Industries, an Oregon company specializing in vehicle recovery products. And we talk to her colleague Valerie Thompson, who is recognized as the world’s fastest female motorcycle racer.  

 

  

  • In the past 20 years, the small Eastern Oregon town of Umatilla has increased its population by 47%. This is partially due to the creation of hundreds of new jobs at local data centers. We hear from Umatilla’s City Manager David Stockdale about the town’s revitalization.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect WARN Industries’ name and products.

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