Conservative Casey Runyan, a candidate for Oregon's 9th House District, is multifacted. He served as a US Marine, he is the son of longtime Michigan school teachers and he has a passion for politics. As such, he is a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment. Don Merrill talked with Casey Runyan about statesmanship, the alienation of Oregon's Eastern region and why the central plank of his platform is at the center of the America he knows and loves. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
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Monica Beemer and Mic Crenshaw, two very well-known local non-profit leaders begin their stewardship at KBOO later this month. They’ll share the duties of Station Manager.
Monica plans to focus on KBOO’s financial well-being while Mic looks forward to working closely with personnel — both paid staff and volunteer programmers. In a joint statement, the two expressed eagerness at the prospect of team management: “We would each hold responsibility for parts of the position that best utilized our strengths, skills and interests and support each other in fulfilling those parts.”
8AM – Voices from the Edge – Greg Palast, investigative journalist and author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy; Democracy and Regulation, Armed Madhouse; Vultures' Picnic;Billionaires; and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.
9:30AM – Fight the Empire – James Howard Kunstler, author of Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking. Technology and the Fate of the Nation. Kunstler says we are living on borrowed time and we’re still partying like it’s 1959.
A coalition of Oregon environmental groups claimed victory after they reached a settlement with the state of Oregon, resulting in the cancellation of 28 timber sales in the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests. These lands include crucial habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet. KBOO's Evening News and Public Affairs director Jenka Soderberg spoke to Josh Laughlin of Cascadia Wildlands for more on the settlement. 8:47 minutes (8.04 MB)
The boycott of a Spokane bar has gone national, after the owner, Jamie Pendleton, refused to rename a drink named "Date Grape Koolaid." KBOO's Erin J. Bernard spoke to Taylor Malone, a Spokane resident who organized the boycott. 4:31 minutes (4.13 MB)
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering adding the McKenzie River, which supplies water to the city of Eugene, to a list of mercury-contaminated waters it will submit to the EPA. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is disputing the DEQ's methodology and standards. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Karla Urbanowicz of the DEQ's water quality assessment program for more on mercury standards and what they could mean for the future of the McKenzie--long considered one of the state's most pristine rivers--and those who rely on its water and wildlife. 5:05 minutes (4.66 MB)
Frann Michel offers a Well-read Red on education in the age of neoliberalism. She outlines the historical transfers of power and responsibility for public education that have deformed the public university into a crass commercial project. From there she interrogates how this situation has led to bloated administrative staff and obcene executive salaries, but also the proletarianization of faculties and the hollowing out of professional autonomy, as well student debt. In the end, she calls for a reinvigorated movement to assert the public mission of the university.
Read the written version with links HERE.
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Visegrad Group PDX is an independent association of Czech, Hungarian and Polish Saturday schools working together to promote central European cultures in Portland metro area.
With our project we acknowledge the mission of the European Visegrad Group founded in 1991 with the idea of mutual support of Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in the transition period from the totalitarian regime towards the democratic societies. Our diverse cultures coming together under one roof support an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding in our community. We higlight educational opportunities for youth and adults alike.
Visegrad Group PDX are:
Czech School of Portland
Polish Cultural Enrichment Program
Bobita Hungarian Language School 27:35 minutes (25.25 MB)