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REBROADCAST: Poet Ross Gay focuses on everyday delights

Perhaps especially in a year like this one, focusing on the small things is important. That’s something poet Ross Gay spent a long time doing for his latest collection of essays, “The Book of Delights.”

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A lot of Oregon fishermen had docked their boats in Newport by April 3 because of low seafood prices and uncertain markets during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s been a bad year for commercial salmon fishing

We talk to Oregon State Rep. David Gomberg (D, Central Coast) and Mark Newell, owner of Newell Seafoods in Newport, about how bad the last few years have been for salmon fishing off the coast.

Mohammad Noyeem attends an ESL Reading & Writing class at a community college on Jan. 7, 2019.

Clatsop Community College to forgive some student loans

Students at community colleges are getting some relief for education costs incurred during the pandemic, thanks to money from federal relief packages. At Clatsop Community College, students’ financial accounts can include tuition, books and fees. The overall amounts range from a handful of dollars to $7,000.

Americans will spend nearly $60 billion on their pets this year and a lot of that money goes for vet care. Some of those pet meds are contaminating our waters.

Oregon veterinarians struggle through the pandemic

While ICU beds are full and healthcare workers are overworked, they’re not the only ones dealing with an influx of patients. Throughout the state, veterinary hospitals and clinics are facing large amounts of new patients, understaffing and burnout.

Organizations urge donors to be mindful about reuse

Organizations that take in-kind donations are often in the awkward position of declining items that actually belong in the trash. Thrift stores and community centers want gently used items that they can feel good about passing along to new owners.

Portland firefighter looks back on his time in New York after 9/11

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11th, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four planes, killing almost 3,000 people. The attacks reshaped the U. S. Many weren’t sure what to do, but four Portland firefighters were decisive. They quickly made a plan to go to New York to help.

A screen in the Oregon Employment Department claims process.

Why is technology such a struggle for government agencies?

From epic hold times at the Oregon Employment Department to the rocky rollout of rental assistance, government agencies have struggled to keep up with the demand for public assistance. A big part of that is the outdated and clunky technology these agencies are using and Oregon is certainly not alone.

School superintendents face a challenging year

Running a school district has become even more complicated with COVID safety protocols, remote school and the political divisions in this country.

New advocacy group wants ‘bold action’ from Portland’s elected leaders

The new People for Portland nonprofit advocacy group was co-founded by two consultants usually on opposite sides of political causes. Dan Levy and Kevin Looper are calling for “bold action” from city government to house people living outside, clean up city streets and fund public safety.

Preventing the next big fire

Oregon has a $220 million plan to prevent the kind of destructive wildfires that burned thousands of homes and killed nine people last year. The plan covers everything from removing fuel from forests and de-energizing power lines to changing how we build and maintain our homes and communities. OPB’s Cassandra Profita has been reporting on the aftermath of last year’s big fires.

Lawmakers aid in wildfire rebuilds

It’s been one year since wildfires burned through Detroit, Oregon, leaving many residents without homes. State lawmakers have aided the town and those affected by passing bills focused on easing requirements for building permits and funding relief packages for residents and programs to prevent future fires.

Distrust contributing to low vaccination rates in Eastern Oregon

Two Republican state lawmakers from Eastern Oregon say requiring vaccines will not lead to more shots in arms and will only fuel distrust from rural Oregonians who are already skeptical of government mandates. Meanwhile, a doctor in Harney County is hesitant to recommend the vaccine to patients, instead encouraging them to “read both sides and make a decision.”

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