In Fossil, Oregon — a town of fewer than 500 residents — one building serves as the home for the library, fire department and city hall.

In Fossil, Oregon — a town of fewer than 500 residents — one building serves as the home for the library, fire department and city hall.

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  • We get opinions and analysis of some of the week’s big news stories from Alejandro Queral with the Oregon Center for Public Policy, Laura Gunderson of The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com and Doug Badger of Quinn Thomas.

 

  

  • The entire Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office resigned last year after then-sheriff Chris Humphreys retired. Humphreys said that the lack of resources made the job too difficult. Mike Smith became the new Wheeler County sheriff in December 2018. He tells us why he wanted the job, and what it’s like to be a sheriff in rural Oregon.

 

  

  • Jacob Hendrickson pushed off from the coast of Washington last July in a boat made especially for him by a boat builder in Portland. He spent the next 10 months rowing across the Pacific Ocean. He’s now anchored 30 miles off the coast of Australia waiting for the weather to allow him to complete what will be the longest solo rowing voyage from North America across the Pacific.

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