Category Archives: Audio/Visual

Bend, Oregon, Is Now Home To The Last Blockbuster Video Store In America

At its peak, Blockbuster Video had more than 9,000 stores. But starting next week, there will be only one left in America. Two of the remaining stores are based in Alaska, and they will close on Sunday. That leaves the Blockbuster Video in Bend, Oregon, as the final store. Source: Bend, Oregon, Is Now Home […]
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Douglas County Libraries – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Douglas county voters declined to raise property taxes in 2016 to save their library system and, as anticipated, many of those libraries shut down. But library support in some cities was so strong that some branches reorganized and reopened, run by volunteers. And some cities have even dedicated funding to new city-run libraries. We’re joined […]
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Wheeler County Sheriff | I-5 Tolling | Faith Healing | Klamathon Fire – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys recently announced he was leaving the job, and all his deputies would also leave the sheriff’s office. That will leave Wheeler County without law enforcement, and county officials have no plans to fill the position. In late June the Value Pricing Advisory Committee met for its sixth time to discuss […]
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Hammonds Pardoned | Kids These Days – OPB’s Think Out Loud

President Donald Trump pardoned Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, whose resentencing for arson was used as a reason for the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll hear from the Oregon Cattleman’s Association and Leah Sottile, a freelance journalist and host of the “Bundyville” podcast. University of Portland sociology professor Martin Monto […]
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Eastern Oregon Drought – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Reporter Anna King joins us to share her reporting on new beef tariffs and their effect on Oregon ranching, and how ranchers are dealing with severe drought conditions. We also talk with Madras rancher JoHanna Symons about the view from her ranch. Source: News Roundtable | Eastern Oregon Drought | Immigrants Documentary . Radio | OPB

Deepening Drought In Western U.S. Costs Ranchers Money And Heartache

In the shadow of remote Dry Mountain in central Oregon, branding is the only way to guarantee a fair sorting of cattle among ranchers in the fall. Ear tags can rub off in the rough, sage-studded country. So each year, before cattle are let out to graze on the summer range, the young are branded, […]
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Abortion, Immigration Opponents Say They Will Have Oregon Ballot Measures In November

Supporters of controversial initiatives on abortion and immigration hope to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon. Supporters of controversial initiatives on abortion and immigration hope to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon after they turned in the last of their petition signatures before the Friday afternoon deadline. The two initiatives – which seek […]
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Is The U.S. Headed For Recession? 

A handful of experts are pointing to business uncertainty and a few financial and economic indicators as signs of a possible recession on the horizon. But jobs and the economy are still growing. The economic tea leaves right now are getting hard to read. The latest measure of economic growth showed the economy expanded at […]
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Summer Melt: Why Aren’t Students Showing Up For College?

As many as 40 percent of students who intend to go to college don’t show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon “summer melt,” and it has long been a puzzling problem. Every year, many students who have overcome daunting obstacles in high school receive good news — they’ve been accepted to college. […]
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Oregon Gun-Control Orgs Re-Group On Strategy

Twice in recent weeks, Oregon groups working to get gun-control measures on the ballot had to retreat. Pro-gun groups took the measures to court, delaying the collection of signatures.  The measure supporters opted not to try collecting signatures in a very short period of time before a deadline. One of the measures would have created […]
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