Chris Lehman http://www.kplu.org en Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill http://www.kplu.org/post/start-wildfire-expect-bill <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158128826&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.</p><p>Jeff Bonebrake is with the Oregon Department of Forestry. It's his job to investigate how a fire started. Once that’s pinned down, he figures out who pays and how much. He says the bulk of the charges are for firefighter salaries and equipment use.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 17673 at http://www.kplu.org Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaign-would-some-your-bitcoin-stash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157696980&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:52:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 17595 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act http://www.kplu.org/post/farmers-object-epas-proposed-changes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157173284&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Farmers across the country are riled up over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters" target="_blank">plan to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.</p><p>Depending on who you talk to, these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:17 +0000 Chris Lehman 17569 at http://www.kplu.org Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act Supporters Of Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Submit Signatures http://www.kplu.org/post/supporters-oregons-food-labeling-measure-submit-signatures <p>Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.</p><p>Sponsors of an initiative to require labels turned in more than 150,000 signatures — nearly double the required minimum — Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November. Opponents have already denounced the measure.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:49:55 +0000 Chris Lehman 17550 at http://www.kplu.org Supporters Of Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Submit Signatures Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke http://www.kplu.org/post/fire-season-increases-potential-hazardous-smoke <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155262535&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires:&nbsp;thick, acrid smoke.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:02:30 +0000 Chris Lehman 17292 at http://www.kplu.org Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke Redwood Burl Poaching Spreads To Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/redwood-burl-poaching-spreads-oregon <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154262320&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Redwood burl poaching has long been an issue in the Redwood National Park in California. But now a conservation group says it has spotted evidence of this type of tree damage in a national forest in Oregon.</p><p>Burls are the knobby growths sometimes found at the base of the towering trees. They're highly valued for their intricate designs; cross-sections are used to make furniture or artwork.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:41:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 17162 at http://www.kplu.org Redwood Burl Poaching Spreads To Oregon Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-lawmakers-likely-not-running-house-majority-position <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154056735&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The surprising upset for House Majority leader Eric Cantor has the GOP looking for a possible successor.</p><p>Pundits are already throwing a few names around as possible replacements, including two Northwest lawmakers who have prominent roles in the House Republican leadership. But neither is likely to seek a promotion.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:27:18 +0000 Chris Lehman 17097 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position Oregon Has Highest Rate Of Prisoners With Post-Release Supervision http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-has-highest-rate-prisoners-post-release-supervision <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Fewer prisoners serve their entire prison sentence behind bars in Oregon than in any other state according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/reports/max-out-85899545969" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">a study released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts</a>.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Oregon also supervises its newly released inmates more than any other state.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Just a handful of prison inmates in Oregon serve their entire sentence behind bars. The vast majority are released under some form of post-prison supervision.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:32:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 16983 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage http://www.kplu.org/post/us-supreme-court-wont-block-oregon-same-sex-marriage <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court on Wednesday turned down a request to halt gay marriages in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:28:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 16969 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/weddings-begin-oregon-judge-overturns-gay-marriage-ban <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150437773&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Same-sex couples are getting married in Oregon now that a federal judge has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Shortly after noon on Monday, the news broke to crowds gathered in Portland that U.S. District Judge Michael </span>McShane<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">ruled the law violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:57:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 16704 at http://www.kplu.org Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban Judge's Ruling Clears Way For Same-Sex Weddings In Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/judges-ruling-clears-way-same-sex-weddings-oregon <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150328851&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div id="full_story" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 4px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;"><p>Same-sex couples can now marry legally in Oregon after a federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.</p><p>Weddings began almost immediately. County clerks started issuing marriage licenses minutes after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane issued his opinion. Same-sex couples lined up outside marriage license offices in Portland and Eugene in anticipation of a ruling in their favor.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:33:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 16672 at http://www.kplu.org Judge's Ruling Clears Way For Same-Sex Weddings In Oregon Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-mirrors-national-shift-away-single-family-homes <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149906790&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>New housing starts are a key economic indicator, but not all new houses are created the same. A new report issued Friday shows Washington and Oregon are following a national shift away from single-family homes toward more apartment complexes.</p><p>Multi-family buildings, defined as those with five housing units or more, make up more than one-third of new residential construction in both states. The number has nearly doubled over the past decade.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:36:22 +0000 Chris Lehman 16645 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes Oregon Judge Denies Motion To Intervene In Gay Marriage Case http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-judge-denies-motion-intervene-gay-marriage-case <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon has denied a national group's attempt to defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the National Organization of Marriage failed to prove why it should be allowed to intervene in the case.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:22:06 +0000 Chris Lehman 16562 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon Judge Denies Motion To Intervene In Gay Marriage Case Pre-K Enrollment Down, Especially Low In Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/pre-k-enrollment-down-especially-low-northwest <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149516999&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally. A national study released Tuesday shows that Northwest states are holding steady in terms of overall enrollment but continue to rank near the bottom in some key areas.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:10:44 +0000 Chris Lehman 16553 at http://www.kplu.org Pre-K Enrollment Down, Especially Low In Northwest Hearing Could Provide Answers In Oregon Gay Marriage Debate http://www.kplu.org/post/hearing-could-provide-answers-oregon-gay-marriage-debate <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149358735&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Wednesday could be a big day in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon. A federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments from a group that wants to defend a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Four same-sex couples sued the state to overturn the 2004 ballot measure that defined marriage as only between one man and one woman. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the law. As a result, a national group filed a last-minute motion to be allowed to defend the measure on the state's behalf.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:13:19 +0000 Chris Lehman 16529 at http://www.kplu.org