Coal mining has begun on a West Virginia mountain that activists have termed the nation’s ‘most endangered mountain’. Coal River Mountain is the tallest peak in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. But it will quickly become one of the smallest, if the mountaintop removal mining that began this weekend is allowed to continue. Local mountain activists hired experts to measure the site’s potential for wind power. They found that it has tremendous potential to provide a wind power source for the region – but that potential will be destroyed if the mountaintop is blasted away for coal mining. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Lenny Cohn of Appalachian Voices about the fight to save Coal River Mountain:
Pink ribbons are front and center for breast cancer awareness month, and now are also being prominently displayed in the health care reform debate, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama. On Friday she hosted a White House event where breast cancer survivors shared their health insurance challenges. Kboo’s Bron Stoll has more.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a non-profit membership group that works to promote bicycling and improve conditions for bicyclists, interviewed more than 2,000 people for their recent survey. And the Portland Planning Commission will host a hearing on its draft Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, tomorrow night. KBOO’s Crystal Leighty talked with Michelle Poyourow (POY-U-ROE).
This weekend, several events in Portland will be held to mark ‘Congo Awareness Week’. The Week aims to inform people in the U-S about the situation in the Congo, where over six million people have died from the effects of war since nineteen ninety six. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Francisca Thelan, who will be speaking tomorrow evening at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, about her experiences as an immigrant from the Congo:
This weekend, Climate Activists with the Three Fifty Campaign will join together across the United States to rally for real solutions to global warming and voice their support of clean energy solutions. The Three Fifty Oregon Movement and Rising Tide will be holding several events within the state and, locally, in the Portland area. KBOO’s Kurt Lauer has more on the story…
Oregon is known for its focus on alternative energy but what many people don’t realize, even those who live in oregon, is that virtually all the electricity supplied to the people of Portland is generated at the Boardman coal fired power plant. KBOO’s Crystal Alinsky brings us more on the issue from a protest held today at Pioneer Square.
Two young veterans of the Iraq war have decided to spread a message of peace and nonviolence. They’re in Portland tonight as part of a bike and walking tour called the Contagious Love Experiment. Stefan Kamp spoke with them earlier today.
The Tea Party Express, a national political bus tour promoting smaller government and deriding the Obama Administration, rolled into Portland today. They held a rally for lower taxes and against socialism at East Burnside and Twelfth Avenue, echoing hundreds of other rallys they have held across the country. The Tea party Movement claims grassroots support but seems to have the backing of powerful conservative think tanks and has been endorsed by the Republican Party. It has been heavily promoted by conservative media outlets like FOX news. Alternative media outlets have noted that the Tea Party Rallies are part of a uptick in vehement conservative sentiment following the election of President Obama last year. KBOO’s Maggie Starr visited the Rally to see wh
Although the unemployment rate dropped slightly this month in Oregon, the rate of home foreclosures continues to increase. Oregon had the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation this summer. Now the state is down to about tenth place, but job seekers take little comfort in this fact. To address the continued crisis in employment, the National Association of Black veterans will offer a different kind of Employment Expo in the Portland Convention Center this Monday. Marty Peterson is one of the organizers of the event:
Several protests have been held in Portland over the last few days calling on the US Congress to enact meaningful and substantial health care reform. One of these protests even involved civil disobedience, and a number of people were arrested. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg had a chance to speak with one of those who got arrested at the protest:
Today in downtown Portland, a group of protesters gathered to call for the ‘torture memo’ author to be arrested. One protester got arrested simply for standing on the steps handing out leaflets. Security guards started shouting at him at close range, then handcuffed him within seconds and hauled him inside the ninth circuit court. Judge Jay Bybee, who wrote the memo authorizing the use of torture by the Bush administration, continues to serve in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Lone Vet Joe Walsh, who was one of the protesters standing in the rain today calling for Bybee’s arrest:
Oregon’s homegrown Mad As Hell Doctors were met by Congressman Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC on the final days of their cross-country media blitz. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report from the nation's capitol.
The findings of the Portland Police internal review into the death of James Chasse [CHA-see] were released today. James Chasse was a musician and writer who died three years ago from injuries arising from his arrest by Portland Police. The review found that the use of force by officers at his arrest did not violate policy and that one of the officers “knew or should have known that Mr. Chasse had suffered a serious physical injury.’ However it found that Sergeant Kyle Nice violated a police board directive that should have lead to Chasse being taken straight to hospital, rather than to the Jail. KBOO’s Paul Munday talked to Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association, a friend of Jason Chasse, and Dan Handleman of Portland Copwatch, for their reaction.
More than 300 people gathered in the courtyard beneath Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon headquarters in downtown Portland today in support of comprehensive healthcare reform. Regence employees could be seen looking down on the demonstrators as the speakers shouted through a megaphone. Organized by MoveOn.org, the rally brought together both single payer and public option advocates. It ended with a march around the building. We're going to hear first from OHSU physician Kyle Gorman and then Tom Leedham with the Teamsters Union and Jobs with Justice. Both men spoke at the rally.
A seventy Year Old grandmother and a Nineteen year Exemplary Employee was fired by Fred Meyer on June 29th. The reason behind the firing was a twelve dollar cash handling mistake. Kboo’s Crystal Leighty spoke with Larry Hall from The Grocery Workers Union.
New Census numbers have revealed that the number of people living in poverty has increased to over thirteen percent, which is the highest poverty rate in twelve years. KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with Alice O’Connor, who is a History Professor at UC Santa Barbara.
Anti-nuclear activists came together in Portland this weekend to strategize about local actions to call for nuclear abolition worldwide. Paige Knight with Hanford Watch gave an update about the cleanup of Washington state’s nuclear dumping ground:
A Eugene activist is suing the Eugene Chief of police after he was arrested only to have the charges dropped when a police officer was found lying on video tape. KBOO’s Paul Munday talks to his lawyer.
The Fund for Peace compiles an annual "Failed States Index" that ranks countries with the most political, economic and social instability. The higher the ranking, the more critical the need for help. The world average is about 75 on a 100-point scale, but more nations have topped 100 this year - and Portland-based Mercy Corps works in many of them. KBOO’s Crystal Leighty has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service:
Across the country, people are feeling the effects of the massive economic recession which began last year. Oregon native Aaron Heideman decided to document the effects of the recession on everyday people by creating a traveling art exhibit made up of people’s stories of how the recession has affected them. On his van is a banner saying “man in a van project dot com. Share your stories about how the recession has affected you.". He asks people to write their stories on a long scroll of paper which he will display at the artprize contest in Michigan at the end of the month. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Heideman from the side of the road:
A union representing fourteen part-time recycling specialists at Portland State University has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Chancellor George Pernsteiner and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. They say the University refused to include the recyclers in bargaining negotiations over terms of a new contract for the four thousand five-hundred classified employees at the university. The recyclers, who voted unanimously to join SEIU Local 503, are believed to be the first group of undergraduate students to join a union in Oregon.
On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing 200,000 people. To commemorate the event, Eugene will have a community gathering. In Portland, there will also be a commemoration ceremony by the Oregon chapters of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Physicians for social responsibility. The ceremony will be held from 6 pm-7pm at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Waterfront Park. KBOO’s Robert Bancord has more...