The boycott of a Spokane bar has gone national, after the owner, Jamie Pendleton, refused to rename a drink named "Date Grape Koolaid." KBOO's Erin J. Bernard spoke to Taylor Malone, a Spokane resident who organized the boycott. 4:31 minutes (4.13 MB)
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is considering adding the McKenzie River, which supplies water to the city of Eugene, to a list of mercury-contaminated waters it will submit to the EPA. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) is disputing the DEQ's methodology and standards. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Karla Urbanowicz of the DEQ's water quality assessment program for more on mercury standards and what they could mean for the future of the McKenzie--long considered one of the state's most pristine rivers--and those who rely on its water and wildlife. 5:05 minutes (4.66 MB)
The position for city commissioner is open, and incumbent NICK FISH will be in the running for re-election.
Portland native SHARON MAXWELL is running against NICK FISH to serve the community and gave a press conference TUESDAY at Portland Community College-Cascade campus to announce her running for district 2. Ballots to vote on the canidates will be mailed out on April 30th and the ballot votes will be counted on May 20, 2014.
Below is the audio from the press conference: 4:54 minutes (4.48 MB)
KBOO Grateful Dead & Friends Marathon goes LIVE at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 8th! It's gonna ROCK! It's gonna ROLL! It's gonna be CRAZY-GO-NUTS!
All you need to do is listen. Whatever you're doing, take KBOO with you and don't miss a single note or beat. Bring a phone too, because this is a Membership Drive Special! Become a member! Renew your membership! Get a gift membership for a friend, neighbor, loved (or loathed*) one, etc.
Log on, tune in, and ROCK OUT!
*Karl Rove's, GW Bush's, David Koch's, and the President's gift memberships have all lapsed. Just sayin'.
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This past week, the Portland Police Bureau has conducted sweeps of a number of camps of houseless individuals across the city, most prominently in the South Park Blocks and at St. Francis Park in inner SE Portland. KBOO's volunteer news team follows up on the police's activity at St. Francis and speaks with Israel Bayer of Street Roots for background on police sweeps in Portland and how houseless folks can respond. 6:17 minutes (5.75 MB)
A novel kind of transportation called the ‘ELF’ is coming to Portland, Oregon. The name comes from electric, light and fun. The ELF is a new style of recumbent bicycle with a solar panel shell surrounding it. Inventor and company founder Rob Cotter’s business includes plans to build the bikes where they are sold. For more, KBOO’s Joe Meyer spoke with a local machinist familiar with the product. 0:58 minutes (905.31 KB)
LINKS to prepare for Wednesday's Docudrama Mo Is Shy, 6-8pm
("reading the affidavit is a bit like reading MadLibs"--Trevor Aaronson, Terror Factory talk at Columbia University on the day of Mohamed Mohamud's conviction)
KBOO's Joe Meyer speaks with Tung Yin, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, about last year's trial of Mohamed Mohamud, who was accused of plotting to bomb the Portland Christmas tree lighting celebration in Pioneer Square in 2010. Prof. Yin discusses the entrapment defense, reasons behind the delays in sentencing, and how FISA and the Snowden revelation play into the case. 15:52 minutes (14.52 MB)
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today that called for an end to the collection of phone call metadata--who called who, when, and for how long--by the National Security Agency, or NSA. Robin Ryan spoke to Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International's Security and Human Rights Campaign, about the report, which he believes signals a shift in political will towards shutting down intrusive surveillance of American citizens. 6:41 minutes (6.11 MB)