Karuk tribal member Molli Jane Myers has worked with the Klamath Justice Coalition for a decade to hammer out an agreement with the electrical utility Pacificorps and California state officials to remove four dams on the Klamath River.
This week the California state water Board moved forward on an environmental assessment of the dam removal, giving advocates a sense of cautious optimism.
The KBOO News spoke with Molli Jane this afternoon about recent victories in her tribe’s effort to reclaim the Klamath river, and what the dam removal could mean for endangered salmon and repair damaged environment. 16:30 minutes (15.1 MB)
The Oregon Department of Transportation is accepting public input as part of its Transportation Safety Action Plan.
State safety strategist Walt McAllister says the department is collecting ideas from the public and the next step is to evaluate them and secure funding.
KBOO’s Lisa Loving talked to him about what’s on the table and how Oregonians can weigh in.
Anyone who wishes can go to their website and file comments online. You can also read the draft plan.
Post your comments on the proposed state transportation safety plan at www.odot.gov and follow the links for Safety Programs. The site is live through February 9th. 2:50 minutes (2.6 MB)
The future of the signature traffic island in St. Johns called Ivy Island is currently up in the air.
Developer Farid Bolouri is working with the Portland City Council to remove the traffic island to make room for a new apartment complex.
But residents are not happy about this change to the Gateway of St. Johns.
KBOO reporter Brandon Wiley stopped by Ivy Island to speak to protestors. 3:10 minutes (2.89 MB)
Several hundred members of Portland State University’s new Graduate Employees Union gathered on campus today, to officially announce the creation of the union, and request neutrality from the University’s administration.
The new union is comprised of over eight-hundred graduate employees, who organized in support of fair wages, affordable healthcare, and reasonable workloads.
The members delivered their request for neutrality to University President Wim Wiewel.
The request also calls for the administration to respect the new union’s right to organize.
For more information, KBOO’s Jamie Partridge was there on the PSU campus, and talked with union members Drew Mahedy and Jane Carr. 5:34 minutes (5.09 MB)
Tomorrow begins the trial of the Montrose Nine in New York State.
The group of environmental activists was arrested in November in an attempt to stop work on a natural gas pipeline set to run through New York.
For more on the implications of this action and the upcoming trial we spoke with one of the nine activists. 6:05 minutes (5.57 MB)
This morning a rally was held at the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, here in Southwest Portland. Protesters met with community organizers, faith leaders, and attorneys to present ICE with a petition calling for the end of mass deportation taking place against Central American families. KBOO’s Jamie Partridge was there and brings us this in-depth report. 15:10 minutes (13.88 MB)
On January 26th the EPA and the Portland Harbor Citizen Advisory Group for the superfund site on the Willamette River held the first of many citizen hearings about the EPA's upcoming decision on cleaning up the Willamette River .
That plan, referred to as the Document of Record, will be released at the end of March.
This marks the end of over a decade of feasibility studies, citizen input and collaboration with some of the companies and individuals on a list of possible responsible parties.
After the release of the formal plan for cleanup in March there will be a 60 day public comment period. 4:55 minutes (4.5 MB)
Stephen Johnson is a home care specialist and a democrat who is running for Oregon Governor. He talked with Don Merrill about his support for guns in Oregon schools, why the state can't afford to pass up jobs that have been previously called a bad fit for the state's "character" and why he feels timber's possibilities to economically revitalize the state represent Oregon's "Back to the Future" moment.
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