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Now Playing:The brown pelican has rebounded so successfully, the government has removed it from the endangered species list. Today, the largest pelican roost site in the Northwest sits in Oregon. But when thousands of pelicans lingered too long, winter storms caused severe injuries. Volunteers with the Wildlife Center of the North Coast rushed to save them, nurse them and months later, release them to the wild. More Information Wildlife Center of the North CoastUS Fish & Wildlife: Pelican Fact SheetUS Fish & Wildlife: Pelican ProfileInternational Bird Rescue Research CenterPelican Island...

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Psilocybin Measure Approved For Oregon's November Ballot

Psilocybin Measure Approved For Oregon's November Ballot

Now Playing:An initiative to allow the therapeutic use of psilocybin in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot.  If approved by voters, Oregon would be the first state to allow some legal use of the drug, which is found in psychedelic mushrooms.Backers of the initiative, who collected well over the 112,020 valid signatures needed to qualify, said they believe .“This careful, regulated approach can make a real difference in peoples’ lives and we’re looking forward to bringing this program to the state,” said Sheri Eckert in a statement from the psilocybin campaign. She is a chief...

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Portland Police Union Votes 'No Confidence' In City Council

Portland Police Union Votes 'No Confidence' In City Council

Now Playing:Portland’s police union announced Wednesday that all members of the executive board have voted “no confidence” in the City Council, decrying what they call a lack of council support.Protesters scramble to get away from approaching police firing tear gas and impact munitions in downtown Portland, Ore., July 4, 2020, during demonstrations against systemic racism and police violence.Jonathan Levinson/OPBDaryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, the union for rank-and-file bureau members, said in a press conference Wednesday he no longer believed the Council was...

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Bluebird Lady

Bluebird Lady

Now Playing:Elsie Elzroth is one very dedicated woman. She has spent most of her life helping restore Western bluebird populations to the Corvallis area.First Broadcast: 2009Producer: Vince PattonMore InformationCorvallis Audubon Bluebird TrailPrescott Bluebird Project Follow Oregon Field GuideSend Oregon Field Guide A MessageThanks to our Sponsors:Thanks to our Sponsors

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Oregon Universities Wrestle With New ICE Order That Forces International Students Out Of U.S.

Oregon Universities Wrestle With New ICE Order That Forces International Students Out Of U.S.

Now Playing:International students pursuing degrees in the United States may be forced to leave the country if their universities switch to online-only courses this fall, the .RELATED COVERAGEThe new ICE regulations come as universities across the country consider moving to remote learning as coronavirus case numbers surge across the country. ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program is responsible for the order, which would upend thousands of international students’ lives, forcing them back to their home countries or to other colleges with in-person classes. The ICE order states the...

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Celilo Revealed; Effigy Beach

Celilo Revealed; Effigy Beach

Now Playing:Season 20 Episode #2008Celilo Falls has been the center of an emotional controversy for more than fifty years. We all know it disappeared when the Columbia River was dammed but some tribal members believe the government blew it up first. You'll see brand new history-making images which might finally settle the matter.Follow Oregon Field GuideSend Oregon Field Guide A MessageThanks to our Sponsors:Major Support Provided By: Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Fund for Lifelong LearningCarol and Velma Saling FoundationWilliam K. Blount Family Fund of the Oregon Community...

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A Cuisine of Our Own

A Cuisine of Our Own

Now Playing:James BeardDan Wynn, courtesy of the James Beard FoundationFrom Razor clam souffle’ to her famous currant teacakes — Mary Beard loved to cook, and always with the freshest seasonal ingredients.  Her son James embraced his mother’s passion for food.   And even as the proclaimed “dean of American cookery” later moved away and traveled the world,  James Beard would forever champion Oregon as a food-lover’s paradise.Today, good food has become a movement. “Fresh and local” is the mantra of cooks throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yet many have forgotten the name of the man, the...

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Thousands Of Inmates Quarantined In Eastern Oregon Prison In COVID-19 Outbreak

Thousands Of Inmates Quarantined In Eastern Oregon Prison In COVID-19 Outbreak

Now Playing:More than 3,100 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution outside Ontario are under quarantine because of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility.Attorneys say they’re unable to reach their clients, many of whom have upcoming hearings.That puts more than 5,400 inmates, roughly one-third of the state’s prison population, on lockdown, unable to leave their cells. Another serious outbreak of the disease remains at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.RELATED COVERAGEInmates in prisons, jails and detention centers are at greater risk for contracting the virus because...

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Oregon Says It Has 600 Health Workers Ready To Track Coronavirus. Many Have Other Jobs

Oregon Says It Has 600 Health Workers Ready To Track Coronavirus. Many Have Other Jobs

Now Playing:Last week, as coronavirus infected a growing number of Oregonians for the fourth week in a row, the Oregon Health Authority shared from a survey of county health departments statewide. Oregon’s counties, OHA said, had trained a workforce of about 500 case investigators and contact tracers ready to support people who test positive for COVID-19 and track down others they might have infected.  RELATED COVERAGEIn combination with a team of about 100 people the Oregon Health Authority has got trained and ready to deploy to outbreaks, that put the state on track to meet its target of...

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Blue Mountain Wildlife

Blue Mountain Wildlife

Now Playing:Producer/Editor: Bruce Barrow   Camera/Audio: Nick Fisher   Post Editor: Michael BendixenMeet Lynn and Bob Tompkins,  an eastern Oregon couple who started Blue Mountain Wildlife, a raptor rescue facility.What started out of their home  now serves 10 counties across eastern Oregon and southern Washington, caring for hundreds of birds every year. Follow Oregon Field GuideSend Oregon Field Guide A MessageThanks to our Sponsors:Thanks to our Sponsors

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Oregon Field Guide | Sea Lions | Season 27 | Episode 2706

Oregon Field Guide | Sea Lions | Season 27 | Episode 2706

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How Did Oregonians Come To Own The State’s Beaches?

How Did Oregonians Come To Own The State’s Beaches?

Now Playing:Cars and bathers on an Oregon Beach Oregon State ArchivesIn the age of COVID-19, a socially-distance day on the Oregon coast may be one of the few ways to celebrate the Fourth of July this year. The majority of the state’s scenic beaches are still open this holiday weekend, . Normally, Oregon’s beaches are accessible to the public at all times. The reason why is, unlike California and Washington, all of Oregon’s coast is publicly owned. And we have one person to thank for that: Gov. Tom McCall. McCall has been called the most influential governor in Oregon’s history. Looking...

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Fire Up Your Fourth With Grilled Asian Salmon Burgers

Fire Up Your Fourth With Grilled Asian Salmon Burgers

Now Playing:The secret to Portlander ’s authoritative new is that she never stopped tracking industry changes or cooking with the delectable fish after her first salmon cookbook came out 11 years ago. Morgan has your salmon covered.In the book’s opening global perspective on wild versus farmed salmon, Morgan says “I eat wild to save wild,” a privilege of living in the Pacific Northwest. Her confidence-building primer covers shopping (how to decode labels and check for freshness), storage and a range of preparation techniques from scaling and filleting to skin-drying and brining. Whether...

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Jul 2
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Mecate Rope Makers

Mecate Rope Makers

Now Playing:Producer: Ed Jahn  Camera/Editor: Todd SonfliethAt 98 years old, Frankie Dugal carries on a ranch tradition of horse-hair “mecate” ropemaking, a skill she’s passing on to the next generation in the southeast Oregon town of Jordan Valley.Dugal has lived her whole life without modern conveniences — like electricity — but what she does have is her horses. Along with running her 3,200 acre ranch, Dugal uses hair from her own horses to make “mecate” steering reins.And did we mention she is 98?Hand-made mecate rope by Frankie DugalTodd Sonflieth/OPBFollow Oregon Field GuideSend Oregon...

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Gov. Kate Brown To Expand Mask Mandate Throughout Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown To Expand Mask Mandate Throughout Oregon

Now Playing:Gov. Kate Brown will require Oregonians throughout the state to wear face masks while in indoor public spaces beginning Wednesday.As new cases surge in Oregon, Brown announced Monday she is extending a that went into effect June 24. The statewide requirements kick in July 1, and will require residents don facial protection at locations like grocery stores, shopping centers, and restaurants and bars while not eating or drinking.“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be...

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Jun 29
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Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell Says Injuries 'More Likely' If Gas Is Restricted

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell Says Injuries 'More Likely' If Gas Is Restricted

Now Playing:As two Oregon civil rights organizations wage legal battles trying to bar the Portland Police Bureau from deploying tear gas and munitions during nightly protests against police brutality, the city’s police chief said Tuesday such restrictions could result in more dangerous situations for protesters.“CS gas is uncomfortable, but effective at dispersing crowds. We would rather not use it,” said Chief Chuck Lovell . “… When tools are restricted that help us disperse crowds, the options are limited to batons or physical force. This makes it more likely people will be injured.”My...

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Working Goats

Working Goats

Now Playing:We tag along with shepherdess Briana Murphy as she wields her herd of brush-eating goats from the sublime vineyards of the Willamette Valley to the industrial wastelands of NE Portland.MORE INFORMATION________________________________________________Producer - Jule GilfillanVideographer/Editor - Tom ShriderFollow Oregon Field GuideSend Oregon Field Guide A MessageThanks to our Sponsors:Thanks to our Sponsors

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Oregon Considers Proposals To Change Racist Names In Jackson County

Oregon Considers Proposals To Change Racist Names In Jackson County

Now Playing:Three geographic features in Southern Oregon all have the words “dead Indian” in their names, but that could change.A topographic map of Dead Indian Soda Springs in Jackson County, a name that is currently under review by state and local officials.CalTopoJackson County Commissioners discussed a proposal to change the name of Dead Indian Mountain as well as its namesake creek and water spring at their Tuesday meeting. The proposal is under review by the Oregon Geographic Names Board, which is asking for feedback from local governments and tribes.RELATED COVERAGEThe proposal...

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Oregon Field Guide | Wilderness Healing | Season 26 | Episode 2601

Oregon Field Guide | Wilderness Healing | Season 26 | Episode 2601

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Portland Area Learns To Live With Urban Beavers

Portland Area Learns To Live With Urban Beavers

Now Playing:Producer: Vince Patton  Videographers: Nick Fisher, Todd Sonflieth, Michael Bendixen  Editor: Todd SonfliethAdditional Photos & Video: Metro, Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation, Cleanwater Services-Dave Weich, Vince Patton, Katie Harris, Frank MaestasDuring a decade-long building boom around the Portland area, many builders have ignored zoning laws, permit rules, and property lines.They steal their building materials and construct new homes in the secrecy of darkness.A beaver in Bannister Creek Greenway.Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation DistrictCharlie and Sue Kornahrens, who...

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How Internet Outrage Led to A Change In Lincoln County's Face Mask Policy

How Internet Outrage Led to A Change In Lincoln County's Face Mask Policy

Now Playing:It wasn’t hard to find Lincoln County’s mask directive. A summary — in large font — featured prominently on the COVID-19 web page of the Oregon county’s health department. It was topped with a link to the full text of the order. The policy was nearly identical to one instituted three weeks prior without much fuss, governing Lincoln County’s courthouses and other public buildings. And it looked a lot like the ones six other Oregon counties issued after Gov. Kate Brown mandated masks be worn in seven counties where COVID-19 was rising sharply.The one notable difference between...

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Jun 28
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Perfect And Improbable: Remembering The Oregon Eclipse Festival

Perfect And Improbable: Remembering The Oregon Eclipse Festival

Now Playing:by"Oregon Art Beat" takes you to an epic arts festival built around the 2017 total solar eclipse.Thanks to our Sponsors:Self-described “eclipse chaser” Bosque Hrbek experienced his first total solar eclipse in the early 2000s. He said the experience changed his life. It also inspired him to set his sights on creating a similar gathering in the U.S. when the phenomenon occurred in 2017. While anyone can dream, Hrbek had the experience, support and chutzpah to pull it off.Hrbek is a co-founder of the California-based festival group known as “” Each year, the group convenes a...

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Feb 15
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Black Lives Matter Demonstrations Are Not A Big Factor In Oregon's COVID-19 Spike

Black Lives Matter Demonstrations Are Not A Big Factor In Oregon's COVID-19 Spike

Now Playing:The Oregon Health Authority says Black Lives Matter demonstrations have not contributed significantly to the spike in coronavirus cases around the state.During a Friday morning press conference, Oregon State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that although some individuals who tested positive reported they did attend demonstrations, the agency has not seen large clusters in cases or gathered evidence of transmission in these settings.More than a thousand protesters gathered in Portland in the third week of widespread demonstrations against structural racism and police...

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Jun 26
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Oregon's Rat Race Paragliding Competition

Oregon's Rat Race Paragliding Competition

Now Playing:Organizers call it a yacht race in the sky. But for the 160 or so paragliding pilots navigating a series of checkpoints and complicated turns while flying within feet of each other, the Rat Race Paragliding Competition can also be a hair-raising experience. “They have to fly the course we want,” says organizer Mike Haley. “But it’s not easy.”  The Rat Race launches from the top of Woodrat Mountain near Jacksonville, Oregon, every summer. The event attracts the best paragliding pilots in the world for the seven-day event, though most of them will not complete the difficult...

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Jun 29
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Live Updates: OHA Reports More Than 120 New Known Coronavirus Cases

Live Updates: OHA Reports More Than 120 New Known Coronavirus Cases

Now Playing:UPDATE (2:54 p.m. PT) — Coronavirus diagnoses continue to climb in Oregon, with health officials reporting 124 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 7,568 known cases.Many of those new cases are in the Portland area with 29 in Multnomah County and 24 in Washington County.The Oregon Health Authority reported two new deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 197 deaths.OHA said both people who died were in Marion County. As of Thursday, 189 people are hospitalized with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the...

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