On January 26th the EPA and the Portland Harbor Citizen Advisory Group for the superfund site on the Willamette River held the first of many citizen hearings about the EPA's upcoming decision on cleaning up the Willamette River .
That plan, referred to as the Document of Record, will be released at the end of March.
This marks the end of over a decade of feasibility studies, citizen input and collaboration with some of the companies and individuals on a list of possible responsible parties.
After the release of the formal plan for cleanup in March there will be a 60 day public comment period. 4:55 minutes (4.5 MB)
Stephen Johnson is a home care specialist and a democrat who is running for Oregon Governor. He talked with Don Merrill about his support for guns in Oregon schools, why the state can't afford to pass up jobs that have been previously called a bad fit for the state's "character" and why he feels timber's possibilities to economically revitalize the state represent Oregon's "Back to the Future" moment.
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Maryalice Coleman is author of the book, Shatter Shame and SHINE, Transformational guidance for women silently struggling with their childhood abuse, and trauma issues and those who think they are not. In addition to being an author, Maryalice is the creator of the Change Your Aim, Change Your Life workshop. An inner life coach, mentor, and workshop leader -- her passion, compassion, and effectiveness in supporting women around the world to heal their lives and fulfill their dreams, springs from her own profound recovery from the pain of childhood abuse and the effects of living by default. She also stays current with leading-edge research into neuro-plasticity and the brain's capacity to outgrow limiting patterns that developed in response to trauma.
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The Graduate Employees Union (GEU) at Portland State University held its kick-off rally at University Plaza and marched to President Wim Wiewel's office, where they presented testimony and a demand letter for university neutrality in their struggle for union representation. KBOO's Labor Radio host, Jamie Partridge, interviews graduate student activists, records the rally and captures the drama at the president's office.
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The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon has brought widespread attention to long-simmering (and occasionally boiling-over) conflicts over federally-owned and managed public lands in the West. Competing ideologies (states' rights vs. federal control; private property rights vs. public land management; "free market" access vs. 58:21 minutes (80.12 MB)
Steve Phillips is the author of the new book, "Brown is the New White", a critical discussion on changes that are coming to the American body politic in advance of the population shift from majority white to "other than white" by 2044. He talks with Don Merrill about Bernie Sanders' progressivism, the preparation of the left to lead and how the word "Trump", for some, is the new "N" word. 26:46 minutes (24.5 MB)