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PHOTO: Advocates from around the west attend the Justice Begins with Seeds conference in Portland, including (left to right) Cindy Black of Washington, Larry Pamm of California, former EPA senior scientist Ray Seidler, and conference organizer Rick North. Photo courtesy of Chris Hardy.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some Oregon farmers set aside their harvest plans for a couple of days to learn more about a growing trend known as "food sovereignty," which offers more local control over foods grown and sold in an area. At a weekend conference in Portland, hundreds debated the merits of a food s...Read More

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PHOTO: Scout Camp, on the Middle Deschutes River, is one area hikers will explore as part of the Desert Conference and Wilderness Weekend. Photo credit: Gena Goodman-Campbell.

BEND, Ore. - A wild week is coming up in Bend, with the 27th annual Desert Conference starting Thursday. This year, with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, three days of "Wilderness Weekend" activities are planned, from an outdoor-adventure film festival to a free block party. But there's ...Read More

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PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 6,700 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and their advocates are getting together Saturday in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is unfair punishment for juveniles under Oregon's m...Read More

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PHOTO: This image, from a presentation by Michael Hansen of Consumer Reports, shows the label of a candy bar sold in Europe, where food companies already are required to label their genetically-engineered ingredients. Photo courtesy Michael Hansen.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Backers of Measure 92, to require labeling of genetically-engineered ingredients in foods sold in Oregon, are getting some help this week from one of the "big guns" in the food labeling debate nationwide. Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumer Reports, is in Oregon making sev...Read More

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PHOTO: School budgets and Common Core concerns aside, learning is the priority in Oregon schools. A new school year is an exciting time, both for kids and teachers. Photo credit: AlexRaths/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The new school year is in full swing. For many Oregon school districts, this year marks the first that budgets have leveled out since the recession, which means no big staff or program cuts. At Centennial High School in Multnomah County, Spanish teacher Reed Scott-Schwalbach says t...Read More

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PHOTO: A new survey of workers who keep airplanes clean and fueled, load baggage and assist passengers at Portland International Airport outlines their concerns about working conditions, hourly wages, and overall lack of benefits. Photo credit: TravinkovStudio/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Portland International Airport are urging airline passengers to look beyond its recent designation as "America's Best Airport" to the working conditions behind the scenes. People who clean the planes, assist passengers, and handle baggage say that, like other major air te...Read More

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PHOTO: Conservationists have their eyes on the Owyhee Canyonlands as Oregon's next potential federal wilderness area, though legislation remains to be introduced. Chalk Basin is part of the 2.1 million acre area. Photo credit: Greg Burke.

BEND, Ore. - September 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of Wilderness Act, the federal law that created the National Wilderness Preservation System. Today, Oregon has about 2.5 million acres of protected wilderness, and while that may seem like a substantial number, it represents far le...Read More

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PHOTO: Oregon agriculture groups say many farms are critically shorthanded. Some farmers say they'll support Measure 88, allowing Oregon residents who don't have the necessary paperwork for a driver's license to get a driver's card instead. Photo credit: PattieS/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Or. - Oregon farmers have two things in common heading into fall – they're busy and they're shorthanded. So, many say they are supporting a ballot measure that would allow people to get driver's cards, no matter their immigration status. Opponents of the driver's card have warned allow...Read More

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