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PHOTO: Students at the Paisley School say when too many townspeople are online at once, they can't get online to get their homework done. It's a pitfall of rural living that the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council is working to address. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Oregon's Broadband Advisory Council says 82-percent of adults in the state have Internet access at home, which is well above the national average. But in rural areas, it's a different story. In Paisley, for instance, the local Internet provider isn't signing up new customers. And f...Read More

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PHOTO: Friends of the Columbia and the Center for Biological Diversity have said the current Northwest Area Contingency Plan isn't adequate to handle an increased risk of spills and explosions if oil and gas rail traffic increases in the region. Photo courtesy U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

PORTLAND, Ore. - About two dozen projects have been proposed in the past two years to move the Northwest toward becoming a transportation hub for coal, oil and gas to Asia. A new Sightline Institute report examines the combination of rail shipment, pipeline and fuel-terminal proposals across Oregon...Read More

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PHOTO: Ranchers and conservationists, public agencies and private landowners all are working to stop the spread of juniper trees in the Oregon desert, which choke out sagebrush and other local plant life and make it tough for sage grouse to survive. This week, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell inspects their progress near Lakeview. Photo courtesy Northern Arizona University.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - Southern Oregon will get a rare visit from a Cabinet-level official on Thursday, as U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gets a VIP tour of sage-grouse habitat and what's being done to preserve it in this remote high desert. What Jewell will find in Lake County, said Brandi St. Cla...Read More

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PHOTO: A high percentage of people age 50 or older in Oregon don't apply for SNAP or food-stamp benefits even though they are eligible. For Hunger Action Month, AARP Oregon is calling attention to the need in this age group, particularly folks ages 50-59. Photo credit: Daniel Root for Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of people in Oregon age 65 or older who qualify for the SNAP or food-stamp program don't sign up, according to a report from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. In all but five Oregon counties, the study found, fewer than half of the eligible seniors receive federal food a...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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

Public News Service - OR

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/

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 600 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and nearly half of them were sentenced as adults. On Saturday, their advocates are getting together in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is ...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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