Climate talks drew to a close in Copenhagen just before Christmas, with little concrete action to celebrate. Our guest Robert Engelman was there and he tells us what happened in Copenhagen, what didn't happen, what we can hope for and what we need to make sure happens soon.
From urban chickens and beekeeping to year-round food gardening, fermentation and preservation, City of Portland’s Urban Growth “Bounty” will be offering over 70 classes throughout 2010. More than 700 local residents learned how to transform their yards into “urban farms,” preserve their harvest and keep chickens and bees thanks to the last year’s classes. The overwhelming response has led to a tripling of course offerings for the 2010 with an expanded roster. Classes for all skill levels are offered from February through November and held at locations all over the city. On-line registration is available at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps More information at 503-823-4225.
What's going on with Portland's water? In light of the Thanksgiving weekend e coli outbreak in one of the Washington Park Reservoirs, we look at arguments for and against covering Portland's famously open-air reservoirs. We also talk about the underground water storage facility under construction on Powell Butte and the status of Portland's request for a variance from the EPA for its open reservoirs.
Our guests are David Shaff with the Portland Water Bureau and Friends of the Reservoirs representatives Floy Jones and Scott Fernandez.
On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake. Opponents say raising taxes during a recession will only make matters worse.
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Graham Annable now makes his home in Portland, where he recently drew storyboards for the film Coraline. A leader in the new generation of indy cartoonists, Graham brought together the team behind the comics compilation Hickee, and now brings a graphic sensibility to the short-story form with his critically-acclaimed Book of Grickle.
Many Portlander's think that we get most of our electricity from the Bonneville hydro system, but in fact 40% comes from burning coal, much of it mined by blasting the top off a mountain in Kirk, West Virginia. This week on Locus Focus, guest Judy Bonds, co-director for Coal River Mountain Watch, talks about the impact of this devastating practice on the lives, economy and culture of her community. We'll also hear an update on what's happening at the federal and local level to end mountain top removal mining and put a stop to the wholesale burying of streams under mountains of mine tailings.
This week Hala Gores and guest co-host Ned Rosch welcome PSU philosophy student and Gaza Freedom Marcher, Sarah Hassouneh, to OLMV to talk about her experiences in Egypt and Gaza earlier this month. Also on the program will be Reverend Dick Toll of Friends of Sabeel to talk about his October visit to Palestine and the Sabeel Conference in Seattle coming up in February. Join us for this special membership drive broadcast of ONE LAND, MANY VOICES!
OPEN LINES discussion on Supreme Court ruling regarding campaign finance limits and other current issues on the top KBOO Listeners' minds....
Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.
Come dance, watch performances, have drinks, at a Salsa/Tango fundraiser for the earthquake victims of Haiti. This event will be held TONIGHT, from 9:30 pm to 2 am at PEAR, located at 338 NW 6th Avenue, in downtown Portland. Suggested donation and sliding scale at the door. More information at 503-560-1266. www.pearmentor.org
Yemen, Cruise Missiles,The Christmas airline Bomber and Guantanamo "detainee's". What do they have to do with each other? Join host Linda Olson-Osterlund and guest Andy Worthington author of The Guantanamo Files and co-director of the powerful new documentary Outside The Law: Stories From Guantanamo. Tune in for the most up to date information with a focus in on the detainees and their ties if any to terrorism.
On the January episode of "Behind the Screen", Natalie Butto hosts a live studio discussion with guests sharing insights about the booming film industry in Oregon, recent legislation, and future outlook.