Homeless camping on a Portland sidewalk in 2016.

Homeless camping on a Portland sidewalk in 2016.

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Editors Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the agencies who voted on the Eugene homelessness plan.


  • Northwest tribes are concerned about climate change. Specifically, they’re concerned about how drought and low snowpack levels are affecting traditional tribal foods like salmon and huckleberries. According to Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians climate change project director Don Sampson, Oregon and Washington tribes have taken the lead on policy changes to mitigate the effects of climate change. We’ll hear more from him about what that looks like.

  • The City of Eugene voted last week to move forward with an ambitious plan to reduce the number of unsheltered homeless people to zero in three years. We talk with Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz about the next steps.

  • In the past 20 years, the number of volunteer firefighters in Wheeler County has fallen by about half. In a county with only four sheriff’s deputies and no city police departments, the lack of volunteer emergency responders has a big effect. We talk with East Oregonian editor Tim Trainor, who’s been covering the issue.



  • This weekend, Portland-based stand-up comedian Mohanad Elshieky, was pulled out of a Greyhound bus by US Customs and Border Patrol agents and asked for his paper. Border Patrol has the authority to conduct such searches within 100 miles of the border. But last fall, the Spokane City Council passed an ordinance barring Border Patrol from entering the public spaces of the transit center. Spokane City Council member Breean Beggs Breean Beggs tells us why that ordinance was deemed necessary.

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