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Dan Cable on Sounds of PDX

Recently on the show I was joined by local podcaster, musician, and music promoter, Dan Cable. He’s usually asking the questions so I was excited to be able to pick his brain about the PDX music scene, new local … Continue Reading

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Commercial Composting Changes

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It is a common sight at most restaurants and shops in Portland. Three options to dispose of your waste: landfill, recycle, and compost. Almost as ubiquitous as these disposal options is compostable utensils and containers. Soon, however, where you put … Continue Reading

Keeping the Net Neutral – Not

Today is a historic day in the fight to save the Internet.  And you lost

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines to formally propose new “net neutrality” rules that may let Internet service providers … Continue Reading

In China, Michelle Obama Talks Free Speech

Free speech and China, normally two words at opposite ends of the polar cap came into full view this week during first lady Michelle Obama’s first trip to China.

The talk before a small, hand-picked audience of about 200 students … Continue Reading

#BanBossy Campaign Aims to Empower Girls

First, it was Lean In author and chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg, then the  Girl Scouts, and former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice. Now celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner and Geena Davis are teaming up to eliminate one … Continue Reading

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Oh, Canada.

The Canadian Institute of Diversity has launched a video response to Russia’s anti-gay stance, to coincide with the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The video shows two athletes  performing the customary luge starting movement, sliding back-and-forth, before … Continue Reading

Report: Timber Company Herbicide Use Dramatically Increased at Triangle Lake

Timber companies are spraying more herbicides than ever around Triangle Lake in Lane County. That’s according to an analysis of government documents released over the weekend. Environmental health group Beyond Toxics says herbicide use increased over fifty percent just from … Continue Reading

GE Apples

If an apple didn’t turn brown, how would you know how old it is? That’s one question at the heart of the genetically modified apple controversy. And today is the deadline to submit comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading

Chinatown Billboard Will Be Changed After Complaints

KXL Billboard

Asian racist jokes on billboards – in Portland? In 2013? Really? Whew. It’s hard to tell you this, but yes: Alpha Broadcasting, and specifically KXL, authored a billboard in Portland’s Chinatown,  declaring, “We love you long time,” apparently making fun … Continue Reading

Salem 13-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Hike the Triple Crown

Reed "Sunshine" Gjonnes

Source: Zach Urness, Statesman Journal

It would be difficult to know for sure, but there’s a good chance your average kindergartener doesn’t spend much time thinking about the Pacific Crest Trail.

At a time when learning to read, write … Continue Reading

Some Flustered Over Medicare Enrollment Deadline

Source: Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Open enrollment for people on Medicare runs until December 7.  But all the news about the Affordable Care Act and new state health exchanges, has some people confused.

The six-week window between October 15 … Continue Reading

Export Terminal in Newport Would Route Log Trucks Past Condos

Logging terminal near Condos

Source: Amelia Templeton, EarthFix

The Port of Newport on the Oregon coast is hoping to develop a new log export terminal. That’s led to a conflict with the port’s new neighbors.

Back in 1948, a private company built Newport’s first … Continue Reading

Was Crush Of Campaign Donations Related To GMO Bill?

Source: Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal

The moment Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a September special session focused on fiscal issues, campaign contributions from out-of-state agribusiness and biotechnology giants began pouring into state lawmakers’ campaign coffers.

Two weeks later a bill barring … Continue Reading

The Cost of a Bike-Friendly City

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Source: Elly Blue, The Guardian

Here’s an excerpt from Elly Blue’s article published in The Guardian.

For the price of a mile of highway, you too can have a bike-friendly city. Portland, Oregon is America’s iconic cycling city, but I’m

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A Value Pinot Noir that Tastes Great

Source: Victor Panichkul Wine in the Valley, Statesman Journal

I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical when I heard that Wine Spectator had given a $12 Oregon pinot noir an 87 points and named it to its Global Values … Continue Reading

Property Tax Dollars: Where the Money Goes

Where the Money Goes

Source: David Nogueras, Oregon Public Broadcasting

As Oregon homeowners begin to receive their annual property tax assessments, the League of Oregon Cities is out with a new report called “Where the Money Goes.”

It looks at tax collections … Continue Reading

Hanjin’s Departure Bad News For Portland Area

Port of Portland

Source: Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting

But the departure of shipping giant Hanjin from the Port of Portland could slow the recovery.

The report finds that much of Portland’s job growth has been in the high tech sector. And that … Continue Reading

New Crater Lake Lidar Map

A cool new map of the Crater Lake area is now out — based on Lidar (or light-detection images).

Because it’s based on remote sensing technology similar to radar, the images are very dense and accurate.

The new-generation map covers … Continue Reading

Hearing on Controversial Vancouver Oil-by-Rail

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There will be a hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 22, regarding one of the Pacific Northwest’s most controversial issues: railroad shipping of crude oil along the Columbia River to Vancouver.

At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Vancouver Port Commissioners will hold … Continue Reading

Drive Less Challenge Begins Today

Today is the day. If you commute to work alone in your car, it might be time to consider alternatives. The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced that this year’s Drive Less Challenge will be, for the first time, promoted … Continue Reading