An artist's rendition of the NuScale nuclear power project planned for construction in Idaho

An artist’s rendition of the NuScale nuclear power project planned for construction in Idaho

Courtesy of NuScale Power



  • Following last month’s announcement of a new construction project by NuScale, an Oregon company focused on modular nuclear reactors, we talked with energy consultant Scott Montgomery about the NuScale technology — and the perils and promise of nuclear power in the context of climate change. We get another perspective, including the history of the region’s experience with nuclear energy, from University of Oregon emeritus history professor Daniel Pope, the author of “Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System.”



  • About 5% of the young people in Oregon Youth Authority custody are Native American. That’s more than twice their representation in the general population. Culturally specific events run by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde aim to give these Native youths mentorship and connection. We hear from David Fullerton, general manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, and one of the young people who’s taken part in the events.



  • The nation’s top law enforcement agency is overwhelmingly white. When James Comey was still head of the FBI, he called the lack of diversity a “crisis.” Later this week, the local office will hold an event to recruit diverse agents. Joan Schiller, the chief recruiter, and a Special Agent share their experience with the agency.

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