Yesterday evening, the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously approved a federal forest plan personally presented by Governor John Kitzhaber. The plan aims to direct the Board's actions in order to create a more favorable context for both commercial and stewardship activity on Oregon's federal forest lands (about 60% of forest in the state). KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Sean Stevens, Executive Director of Oregon Wild, for clarification on the plan's aims and what it implies for the future of Oregon's forests. 6:16 minutes (5.74 MB)
Negotiations began for this latest effort in the late nineties, but it wasn’t a first attempt, and according to Bob Salinger from the Audubon society of Portland, it’s not likely to be the last, as he explained to KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan.
The Federal Aviation Authority has named three sites in Oregon among the list of places to be used for testing drones. Robin Ryan speaks to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and Becky Strauss of the ACLU of Oregon, for more. 10:18 minutes (9.44 MB)
More than one thousand mostly small nonprofit groups work in local communities across Oregon to preserve their area's history. A new Oregon Heritage Plan, now up for public comment, is a way to prioritize and coordinate those effots statewide.
KBOO reporter Barbara Nelson has more, in collaboration with Oregon News Service.
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Last week, the Portland City Council passed a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the Portland Police Association, as well as an agreement between the city, the police bureau and the union on reforms called for by the U-S Department of Justice. A fairness hearing before a federal judge will be held on February eighteenth at which members of the community can make their voices heard.
KBOO spoke with Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch for more on problems with the agreement and how people can get involved.
Jenka Soderberg interviews Marco Mejia of Jobs for Justice about their picks for Scrooge of the Year--the individual, corporation, or entity that has harmed working families in our community the most this year. God bless us, everyone! 19:16 minutes (17.65 MB)