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An apartment complex in Portland.

Property managers struggle with rental assistance

Anna Zamarripa is the person that tenants in 140 different properties call when they realize they can’t pay their rent. She says the rental assistance process is just as obtuse from her perspective as it is for the renters she’s working with.


A tiny figure in a red jacket walks through tall trees, a bright green forest.

Oregon forests need help to keep up with rising temperatures

With the help from wind or local wildlife, forests have managed to migrate naturally with changing temperatures, gradually moving to more hospitable areas. However, as climate change continues, forests are unable to adapt quickly enough.

Vaccine doses are prepared in syringes and packaged in zippered plastic bags.

Oregon’s vaccine mandate deadline

Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority, tells us about the effects of the mandate, and what vaccination rates look like around the state.

What would tribal leaders want from the first Native American to lead the National Park Service?

The National Park Service could be getting its first Native American director. Charles “Chuck” Sams III is an enrolled member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes and the former director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Journalist Brian Oaster asked three tribal leaders what they want to see from Sams if he’s confirmed.

Washington’s vaccine mandate takes effect

Washington State Patrol announced departure of 127 personnel as result of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, including 67 troopers, 6 sergeants and 1 captain. Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins tells us how the vaccine mandate deadline has affected Washington State workers.


We listen back to an interview with Sarah Hennies, the composer of a piece called "Contralto." It’s part music, part documentary, and it features the voices of transgender women.

Modoc people sleep on ancestral lands for first time in almost 150 years

The Modoc Ancestral Run has been taking descendants of Modoc people to native lands of historical and spiritual importance for the past 11 years. This year, for the first time in 150 years, the Modoc people slept on the top of The Peninsula, the first piece of land the Modoc creator made when constructing the world, according to the people’s history.


Last week, Portland musician Ian Mouser was struck and killed by the driver of a pickup truck while bicycling in Arizona. He was pursuing his dream of cycling across the United States. Mouser was the founder of My Voice Music, which provides music lessons and recording opportunities to kids who would otherwise have none.

Pulling crimson clover seed from a bucket to throw on top of soil.

Climate change affects seed growers

Drought, extreme heat and smoke from wildfires have left seed producers feeling the effects of climate change. Farmers in the state have found themselves facing unexpected evacuations, lower seed yields and entire losses of crops.

Actors Jahi Winston and Peyton Kennedy star in Netflix's new filmed-in-Oregon series, "Everything Sucks."

Strike would impact Oregon film projects

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted to authorize a strike. IATSE represents production staff on at least three projects filming in Oregon right now.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer found among American women but Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages.

Portland resident creates resource for mastectomy patients

Laura Pike created The Empowered Mastectomy, a website resource featuring people who have undergone the process. She joins us with details on the project and why it’s needed as a resource.

Mountain bikers ride Whistler's iconic A-line trail. The growth of mountain biking as a sport and the sucess of Whistler's flow trails has inspired Stevens Pass, Mt. Bachelor, and Timberline to pursue their own trails.

Proposed mountain bike trail tests collaboration on public land use

Growth in Central Oregon continues to boom. But what does that mean for the region’s public lands? The Lemon Gulch trail system is a proposal for a roughly 50-mile mountain bike trail system that would run through Ochoco National Forest.

Teen pregnancy efforts at 80 institutions around the nation will lose more than $200 million dollars.

CDC recommends pregnant people should get vaccinated

The CDC is officially recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant. In September, the CDC reported that only 31% of expecting American parents were vaccinated and the percentage has only increased slightly since then.

Oregon still lacks crisis standards of care in hospitals

OPB’s Amelia Templeton tells us about the politically and ethically charged issue of how hospitals decide who gets priority for health care when there’s not enough to go around.

Steam rises from the Darigold facility in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Oregon lawmakers are proposing cap-and-trade legislation in an effort to curb emissions.

Oregon has a plan to cap emissions from fuels

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has developed a new set of rules that would cap greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduce them over time.

Kaiser Permanente nurse union vote to authorize strike

Even before COVID-19, the nursing shortage was critical. But nursing unions say the pandemic has created a staffing crisis. Nurses at Kaiser-Permanente have authorized their union to call a strike if staffing and patient care aren't addressed.

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