In the city of Gladstone, Oregon, south of Portland in Clackamas County, a group of citizens continues its frustrating attempts to keep the city from selling a popular park.
The ten-and-a-half acre Gladstone Nature Park contains a hiking trail and is an example of the white oak savannah ecosystem.
The city is looking into selling the land to pay for new city buildings--one leading idea for future use is as a gravel pit.
KBOO reporter Sam Bouman filed this story.
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When Willamette River fans found a beach littered with dirty syringes last summer, they put out a call to clean it up.
Officials there say local syringe exchange programs are doing a good job.
But some users choose not to participate for a range of reasons.
This month the Health Department and the City of Portland launched a 12-month pilot project called “Healthy Streets’’ to reduce the number of discarded syringes along the river in downtown Portland.
The program also includes targeted outreach to drug users and a public awareness campaign.
Multnomah County Health Officer Paul Lewis spoke with KBOO’s Lisa Loving about the new program.
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The state Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday reported the Bullseye Glass factory in Southeast Portland is emitting high levels of cadmium and arsenic in the air near Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.
Community members are invited to an Open House next Tuesday at Cleveland High School to meet with staff from the Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Health Authority, and state and local elected officials.
The meeting itself is being convened by the Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Public Schools.
KBOO News spoke today with Mary Peveto, founder of the group Neighbors for Clean air six years ago. 5:09 minutes (4.72 MB)
Armed militia leader Ammon Bundy took over a federal facility in Burns, Oregon with a troop of volunteers on January 2nd. But his agenda goes beyond empowering farmers.
Far from just advocating for small rural businesses and families, Bundy has also spoken up on behalf of the auto industry, big pharma and the financial sector.
Air Cascadia’s Chris Andreae spoke this morning with Jonathan Thompson, senior editor of High Country News, about the role federal agents played there and continue to play.
The paper has detailed the intricate connections between politicians and conservative activists around the country that led up to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover. 3:43 minutes (2.55 MB)
The Obama administration will ask Congress for one-point-eight-billion dollars to respond to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Though officials have not documented the transmission of Zika from mosquitoes within the US, the World Health Organization has warned that the virus is expected in every country in the Americas except for Canada and Chile.
The White House said the emergency funding would be used for mosquito control programs, vaccine research, and education and improving health care for low-income pregnant women.
The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition associated with incomplete brain development in newborns.
The government’s response is focused on pregnant women or women who are hoping to get pregnant. 0:23 minutes (359.59 KB)
From housing construction and real estate to high tech and manufacturing, Oregon’s economic growth is so strong, it’s second only to the oil-boom state of North Dakota.
But hunger and food insecurity have also risen in the state despite the economic recovery.
That’s why increasing the state’s wage floor would benefit the business sector as well as families.
That’s according to the newest report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy.
Last fall the OCPP released a study showing that nearly one in six Oregon households doesn’t have enough to eat.
KBOO’s Lisa Loving spoke with Juan Paul Ordonez about their newest report.
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Creative artist and playwright Shalanda Sims is a renaissance woman.
As a writer, actor, singer, and playwright she has created stage-plays depicting Portland’s black history.
She sang with the Portland Opera in the Pirates of Penzance two years ago.
Shalonda is a songwriter who has also worked with local kids in theater for many years.
She speaks with KBOO’s Joe Mayer on her 10th annual production of ‘Who I am. Celebrating Me,’ a community production celebrating Portland’s Black history. 13:24 minutes (12.27 MB)
The annual Super Bowl broadcast is when advertisers bring out their newest ads, at least since 1984, when Apple introduced itself to the world with an ad based on Orwell’s novel 1984.
Advertisers promote ideas as well as products, for example, in 2002 the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy shocked and offended many viewers when they paid for Super Bowl ads accusing pot smokers of supporting terrorists.
This year, one of the most shocking and controversial Super Bowl ads only aired in one market.
For the second year in a row, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, which is based in Saint Louis, Missouri, ran an ad for heroin that aired only in the Saint Louis area. 5:25 minutes (4.96 MB)
On Saturday February 6th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported a serious leak of radioactive water from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, New York.
Radioactive Tritium was found in groundwater testing wells near the plant. This news adds Indian Point facility to the growing list of northeast nuclear plants investigating leaks. Other plants also owned by energy giant Entergy, such as Vermont's Yankee and New York’s Fitzpatrick plants, have reported leaks for years.
Governor Cuomo has directed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to assess the risk to public safety. The Governor has not however expressed the same concern over a natural gas pipeline project moving forward near the nuclear facility. 4:49 minutes (4.42 MB)