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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:40:46 +0000There are still plenty of people in Oregon who remember when state law made the ocean beaches public property. And there's a big anniversary coming up: the 50th birthday of the law. Brent Walth is on the journalism faculty at UO. He is the author of Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story .
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:36:37 +0000You CAN own the beach in California, unlike in Oregon. But an array of groups and government agencies exist to make sure that members of the public get maximum beach access, and minimum abuse to the coastline. The California State Coastal Conservancy is a part of that array. The conservancy is unusual for its lack of regulatory powers.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:32:40 +0000Do you look around before you speak your mind? Are you concerned by what other people will think about what YOU think? You're not alone in a country as politically divided as ours is. Oregon's own Sharon Schuman pushes for something she calls "dialogic freedom" -- freedom to say what you think, within certain guidelines. She goes back in history for examples, in her book Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World . It's a helpful reminder that today's polarization is not new.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:58:01 +0000Well, that didn't take long: if a new report is accurate, more than 12,000 people work in the cannabis business in Oregon. And this is just a couple of years after pot became legal for personal use in the state. The Oregon House of Representatives asked for the report to get a handle on the economic impact of cannabis in Oregon.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:54:41 +0000You're familiar with the role of a midwife: assist mothers-to-be with bringing their children into the world. But the ancient role of midwife has been given a twist: now you can be a DEATH midwife, helping people OUT of the world. Kate Riley is certified as a death midwife, dedicated to making dying people and their loved ones comfortable with the process of dying. She is the author of a book about her mother's death, Launching Vee's Chariot: An End-of-Life Tale .
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:48:24 +0000Shakespeare scholars and fans are already debating whether "Edward III" is a Shakespeare play. Did he write all of it? Part of it? None? The point is moot at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which commissioned a modern-language version of the play as part of its "Play On!" series. Octavio Solis got the task of rewriting the play, to be presented Monday (March 27th) by the Ashland New Plays Festival .
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:32:00 +0000Just because people want to live in the country does not mean you know anything about caring for the land. Which is why the Oregon State University Extension Service offers programs in land stewardship. Those include an annual offering called Tree School Rogue , coming to Rogue Community College in April. Max Bennett is one of the instructors, helping forest landowners know more about the care and feeding of the forest.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +0000Douglas County is one of the more broke counties in Western Oregon. It is one of many counties that used to get most of its income from federal timber sales. But the sales crashed in the age of the spotted owl, and the money crashed as well. Voters rejected a tax levy to fund a library district, so the county plans to shut its libraries April 1st. There is a determined pro-library faction working to get the libraries open again, led by Save Our Libraries.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:25:00 +0000The name Klebold should ring a bell, but not a happy one. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were the two Columbine High School students who shot and killed 13 people at the school in 1999; they wounded 24 others before killing themselves. The crime itself is incomprehensible to most of us, perhaps more so for Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother. She wrote a book about her journey before and after Columbine, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy . The book is now out in paperback, with all profits going to research and charities working on mental illness.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:36:37 +0000Odd-numbered years are the ones that require more work of Oregon legislators . Those are the years in which the two-year state budget is prepared and passed, and it has to balance. This year, balancing will either mean cuts to programs of roughly $1.6 Billion or new revenue, or a combination. And that's just the money part of the state's business. Chris Lehman covers the session for JPR and other organizations.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:29:22 +0000We grew up thinking about people living on other planets, thanks to the likes of Superman and Star Wars. But planets outside of our solar system (and outside science fiction) were really just a theory until the 1990s. That's when telescopes and other detectors improved enough to find the first true "exoplanets." Now we know of thousands of them, and an overview is provided in Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System .
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:21:02 +0000The Lakota people of the Standing Rock Reservation put up spirited fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), but President Trump's executive order cleared the way for the pipeline's completion, and oil may be flowing through it now. The Lakota People's Law Project worked on DAPL protest issues, including on behalf of the 800 or so people arrested. Project attorneys work on behalf of the tribe and its interests, and the team includes Daniel Sheehan, a veteran of high-profile cases, including representing the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:36:58 +0000Cass Ingram is a believer in marijuana as a healing agent. But there's room in his heart and in his osteopathic practice for other herbs, as well. Dr. Ingram wrote a book called "The Cannabis Cure," but recognizes its legal limitations. So he also suggests the use of various herbs as remedies for various afflictions, things from hops to cinnamon.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:31:37 +0000Sunshine Week leads us straight into spring, but it's really not about the sun shining in the sky. Sunshine Week celebrates openness in government--the metaphorical sun shining into the workings of the people's business. Every year, the celebrations are tempered by news of public records withheld or meetings held out of view of the media. Open Oregon and other groups monitor the state of government transparency in the state.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:22:00 +0000Blast from the Past: enjoying the night sky is one of the features of living in the State of Jefferson. The lack of gigantic cities and the corresponding presence of open and wild spaces makes for places to see the sky in all of its glory. But in much of the world, lights from the ground tend to obscure our view of the lights from the sky. Paul Bogard wrote about this in his book The End Of Night .
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:50:42 +0000One by-product of the November election is fear... including fear of nuclear war increasing for the first time in years. Peace activists consider the current landscape and how best to address it. In Ashland, Peace House hosts a discussion of the current state of American society (March 16th and 17th), and whether we'll opt for war or to devote money to societal concerns. Kevin Martin of Peace Action and Reiner Braun of the International Peace Bureau are the featured speakers.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:39:17 +0000Politicians are fond of talking about our country's "founding fathers" and what they envisioned for the country. The women standing in the shadows of those men had dreams and visions, too. And some of them even stepped out of the shadows to help guide the young country forward. Cokie Roberts of NPR fame wrote of them in the book Founding Mothers and followed that with a picture book for children, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:57:20 +0000Let the sun shine! Sunshine Week celebrates the public's right to know the business of government... and observes the uneven delivery of the goods by various governments. The messes and mistakes of government transparency are celebrated (tongue-in-cheek) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Foilies." Entities from the president to the sheriff of Milwaukee County ended up on the list this year.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:54:53 +0000Tight budgets are forcing state universities on both sides of the line to raise tuition. At this point, the only question for Oregon students is how MUCH tuition will rise. At Southern Oregon University , the president says the range is 8-12 percent. Humboldt State University students recently walked out of class to protest the planned tuition hike there.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:50:33 +0000Johnny Cash and Prince might not have had a great deal in common musically, but there is a link. Her name is Sylvia Massy , who worked in the production of songs for both artists. She spent years working her craft in Los Angeles, before moving to first Weed and later Ashland. She still keeps a hand in the recording studio, guiding bands and helping train a new generation of engineers and producers.