Chris Lehman http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Feds Offer Wildfire Assistance, But So Far No Payments To Homeowners http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-offer-wildfire-assistance-so-far-no-payments-homeowners <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714CL_wildfireupdate_web_3.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.<p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:24:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49437 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Offer Wildfire Assistance, But So Far No Payments To Homeowners Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oregon-county-turns-public-health-function-over-state <a href="/failed%20Limelight" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Counties across the Northwest that are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services.<p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:34:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49373 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oregonians-will-vote-gmo-labeling-initiative <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072314CL_kaushik_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients <a href="http://egov.sos.state.or.us/elec/web_irr_search.record_detail?p_reference=20140044..ASCYYY">qualified for the November ballot</a> Wednesday.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49369 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative Historians Seek To Expand Knowledge Of Oregon's African-American History http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/historians-seek-expand-knowledge-oregons-african-american-history <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072314CL_blackhistory_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>We all have an image of the Oregon Trail: the covered wagon, mom with her bonnet, and dad handling the mules with a couple of kids riding shotgun. In that image, they’re probably all white.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49365 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Historians Seek To Expand Knowledge Of Oregon's African-American History Oregonians Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oregonians-will-vote-marijuana-legalization-november <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072214CL_ormarijuana_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>An initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon qualified for the November ballot Tuesday.<p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:59:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49301 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oregonians Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November Wildfire Season Starts Early And With A Vengeance http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wildfire-season-starts-early-and-vengeance <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072114CL_wildfireseason_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>So far, more than 150 homes in Washington state have been destroyed in what veteran firefighters are calling the worst fire season in decades.&#160;<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49230 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Wildfire Season Starts Early And With A Vengeance Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dead At 91 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/former-oregon-governor-vic-atiyeh-dead-91 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072014CL_atiyehobitfeature_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died. The 91-year-old passed away Sunday evening at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49191 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dead At 91 Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Clash In First Debate http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oregon-gubernatorial-candidates-clash-first-debate <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071814CL_debatesuperspot_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon's two leading candidates for governor faced each other on a debate stage for the first time Friday. Republican challenger Dennis Richardson repeatedly questioned incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber's commitment to the job during a 75-minute faceoff in Salem.<p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:35:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49099 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Clash In First Debate Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle In First Debate http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oregon-gubernatorial-candidates-tangle-first-general-electiondebate <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071814CL_debatespot_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrat John </span>Kitzhaber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Republican Dennis Richardson traded barbs Friday during the first debate of the 2014 Oregon governor's race. The 75 minute face-off was held during a meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in Salem.</span><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49074 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle In First Debate Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-crews-continue-battle-many-large-fires <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714CL_wildfireupdate_web_5.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The next few days will be critical for crews battling more than a dozen wildfires in the Northwest. Forecasters have issued a Red Flag Warning for a large swath of eastern Oregon and Washington.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:17:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 49038 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wildfires-blaze-their-way-across-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614CL_wildfires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>As wildfires continue to blaze around the Northwest, both Oregon and Washington have issued emergency declarations for fire-ravaged portions of their state. Affected are 20 of Washington's eastern counties and central Oregon, where most of the state's 13 active fires are burning.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:51:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48963 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest Southern Oregon Town On The Lookout For Serial Arsonist http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/southern-oregon-town-lookout-serial-arsonist <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614CL_budreau_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Police in the southern Oregon city of Medford are on the lookout for a serial arsonist. Officials say someone is suspected of setting more than a dozen fires so far this month, including <a href="http://www.ci.medford.or.us/News.asp?NewsID=4914">as many as four in one night</a>.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48961 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hot-weather-complicates-fire-fighting-efforts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114CL_vradenburg_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle&#160;<a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3937/">The Mills Canyon fire in central Washington</a>. &#160;<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48683 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts Northwest Wildfire Season Heats Up http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-wildfire-season-heats <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071014CL_wildfires_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Northwest is gearing up for a heat wave starting this weekend that could push temperatures into the triple digits in parts of the region. That could make things difficult for firefighters battling flames on the front lines.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48625 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Wildfire Season Heats Up Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/start-wildfire-expect-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914CL_wildfirecharges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.<p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48540 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill Oregon Marijuana Campaign Wants Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaign-wants-some-your-bitcoin-stash <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314CL_bitcoincampaigns_web_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon is now accepting bitcoin contributions.<p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48227 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Oregon Marijuana Campaign Wants Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash No Big Surprises On Oregon's Signature Deadline Day http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/no-big-surprises-oregons-signature-deadline-day <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314CL_signatures_web_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have <a href="http://egov.sos.state.or.us/elec/web_irr_search.search_form">a range of controversial topics to decide this fall</a>.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48224 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org No Big Surprises On Oregon's Signature Deadline Day Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-proposed-clean-water-act-revisions-0 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070214CL_ditchtherule_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters">wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:02:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48153 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-proposed-clean-water-act-revisions-1 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070214CL_ditchtherule_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters">wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:02:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48154 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-proposed-clean-water-act-revisions <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070214CL_ditchtherule_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters">wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48152 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions