Category Archives: Audio/Visual

As It Was: Filbert and Hazelnut, Two Names for the Same Fruit

A Hudson’s Bay Company retiree, Sam Strictland, planted the first cultivated filbert tree in Oregon in 1857 in Scottsburg near the mouth of the Umpqua River. About 20 years later, French immigrant David Gernot, planted 50 imported trees in the Willamette Valley. Oregon’s present-day bountiful industry traces its origin to 1905 when a University of […]
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Illegal Cannabis Operations In Public Forests Are Poisoning Wildlife And Water

Water and wildlife in the nation’s public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal cannabis operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations. Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels, who take advantage of the forests’ […]
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PHOTOS: Veterans Day celebration in downtown Salem

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Wildfire-Resistant Building Materials Required For Some New Homes In Medford

When it comes to a home’s ability to withstand fire, the right building materials can make all the difference. That’s why Medford is leading the way in regulating new construction in wildfire-prone areas. This fall Medford became the first city in Oregon to pass regulations requiring new construction in designated wildfire hazard zones to include […]
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Climate Change Warning | Mayor Of NE Portland | Ghost Towns – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A new exhibit at the Oregon State Archives in Salem shines light on the history of 20 Oregon ghost towns. “Rust, Rot and Ruin” shows how gold mines, logging companies and even man-made jetties caused populations of towns like Sumpter and Bayocean to swell, then scatter. We hear from one of the curators of the exhibit. […]
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Gert Boyle | Sea Urchins | Sex Education . – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Populations of purple sea urchin have exploded up and down the West Coast, decimating kelp and crowding out other marine animals. In a recent count of one Oregon reef, the population of purple urchins was 350 million, an increase of 10,000 percent over the last five years. Shellfish biologist Scott Groth with the Oregon Department […]
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‘OPB Politics Now:’ Rep. Greg Walden Calls It Quits, Washington Affirmative Action Debate

Oregon’s only Republican in Congress announced he’s retiring next year. In this episode of “OPB Politics Now,” OPB political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart break down Greg Walden’s announcement and they talk to Northwest News Network Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the battle in Washington over affirmative action. Source: ‘OPB Politics Now:’ Rep. Greg […]
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News Roundtable | Apples & Tariffs | Missing Persons  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Richard Blaine has been an apple farmer for over 40 years, but the last 5 years have been so challenging, he recently had to declare bankruptcy. OPB business reporter Kate Davidson recently profiled the Blaines and their struggles with global trade, weather and tariffs. Sixteen-year-old Doug Faoa went missing on October 10 and was found miles away on […]
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It’s A Smartphone Life: More Than Half Of U.S. Children Now Have One 

Just over half of children in the United States — 53 percent — now own a smartphone by the age of 11. And 84 percent of teenagers now have their own phones, immersing themselves in a rich and complex world of experiences that adults sometimes need a lot of decoding to understand. These stats come from […]
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The Slants | Rodeo | Diversifying Construction | Trust In News – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Metro, the regional government for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, voted to approve guidelines that will benefit women and people of color who want to enter the construction industry. A new study by University of Oregon professors looked at the reasons why consumers trust and believe the news they read, watch and listen to. Assistant professor Jesse Abdenour is one […]
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