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Oregon State University Athletics discusses COVID-19 safety

As coronavirus cases continue to surge nationwide, collegiate athletic conferences have dealt with an unusual season. The Pac-12 has had to cancel or postpone games as it works to keep players and staff safe. We check in with Oregon State University Athletics Director Scott Barnes to see how his department is working to ensure player safety amid a constantly shifting sports schedule.


Oregon Legislature takes up rental and landlord protections

Lawmakers are working on a proposal that would extend the state’s eviction moratorium. Currently it’s set to expire at the end of the year. The new proposal would allow renters to delay payments until June 30 and not be evicted from their homes. The proposal also creates a fund for landlords whose tenants cannot pay rent. Democratic State Rep. Julie Fahey is the chair of the House housing committee.

Portland NAACP has a new president

After former Portland NAACP president E.D. Mondainé resigned from his position following allegations of sexual abuse, the organization has a new leader. Sharon Gary-Smith, a longtime community activist, hopes to lead the oldest NAACP chapter west of the Mississippi with transparency and accountability as its newest president-elect.

Frontline healthcare workers reflect on COVID-19′s toll in Oregon

COVID-19 rates are at the highest level they’ve ever been in Oregon. For almost 10 months, frontline workers have been facing the virus head-on. Now, medical professionals are working longer hours as more ICU beds keep filling up. We speak to two health care workers in Oregon who have been caring for COVID-19 patients since March.

New season of Class of 2025 podcast focuses on middle school disrupted by coronavirus

Eight years ago, OPB began following a group of children in Portland as they started kindergarten. Now the class of 2025 is in middle school, living in a world where school and social drama meet a pandemic, online learning and an economic downturn. We'll hear the first episode of the latest Class of 2025 podcast.

Long-term care ombudsman on the latest coronavirus restrictions

For residents in long-term care facilities, the realities of COVID-19 have made it very difficult to see their loved ones. While some have been able to visit outdoors, most visitors haven’t been allowed inside facilities for months — except for a brief two week window — as coronavirus cases continue to surge. We speak with Oregon’s long-term care ombudsman Fred Steele on striking a balance between quality of life and keeping families safe.

The Wallowa Mountains from outside Enterprise

REBROADCAST: The Nez Perce War

After the Civil War ended, Gen. Oliver Otis Howard was put in charge of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, the first social welfare organization in this country. But after the efforts of Reconstruction collapsed, Howard got as far away from the politics of Washington, D.C. as he could — he came to Portland. And it was in Oregon that he met Chief Joseph and led a four-month military campaign against the Nez Perce Tribe. Historian Daniel Sharfstein's latest book, "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War," tells that story.

How Oregonians can celebrate the holidays safely as COVID-19 cases rise

COVID-19 rates in Oregon are at the highest they’ve ever been. OPB Health Reporter Amelia Templeton has been covering the pandemic since March, and recently spoke with health professionals about the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Oregon as the holidays grow closer. We get details from Templeton, as well as a doctor and epidemiologist, on the higher risks around gathering right now and advice to celebrate the holidays safely.