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Sunday September 20, 2015    05:47 PM
The long-awaited completion of the $13 million Siskiyou Summit Railroad Revitalization project, stretching 60 miles south of Ashland, is going to take a little bit longer.

For months, the target date for completion has been September or early October, but work will take at least a few more weeks than that, Oregon Department of Transportation and Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad representatives say.

"Construction isn't complete yet," said Kelly Sparkman, ODOT's agency liaison for southwestern Oregon. An array of track work, tie installation, surfacing and some bridge repairs remain, she said. "But the bridge work is pretty minor, not structural." The Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad

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Sunday September 20, 2015    05:44 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon’s minimal wage will keep the identical in 2016.

The wage is re-calculated annually due to a state regulation handed by voters in 2002 that ties it to inflation.

The wage will stay caught at $9.25 this January as a result of it’s pegged to the Shopper Worth Index, which confirmed little inflation, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian stated Wednesday.

Roughly 100,000 Oregon staff make the minimal wage, which interprets to $19,240 a yr for many who put in 40 hours every week. In January, the wage went from $9.10 an hour to $9.25.

Oregon’s minimal wage is the second-highest within the nation — $2 above the federal minimal of $7.25. However the announcement that i

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Wednesday September 16, 2015    04:09 PM
We all know what it means to be AWOL — absent without leave — from active duty. That’s perhaps the best way to explain that AWOL has a cousin in the Oregon Court of Appeals. It’s called an AWOP.

If you deal with the higher courts at all, you already know it — Oregon’s Court of Appeals has a high frequency of AWOPs, or decisions affirmed without opinion. It’s the fancy way of saying that more than half the cases reviewed by the state’s second-to-highest court end up unchanged, with no written explanation for why the court didn’t tinker with them. This is the only Court of Appeals in the country that produces such a significant amount of its opinions without a written decision.

The reaso

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Tuesday September 15, 2015    09:42 AM
(Oregon Coast) - A Super Moon (which also brings a super red and orange moon), a lunar eclipse, and the autumnal equinox. It's a triple treat for Oregon, including the Oregon coast and the Portland area. The moon at its closet to the Earth all year happens just as we have an eclipse – both on September 27 – while the equinox is on September 23.

You'll get two chances to observe these with help in the Portland area and the Oregon coast range, with viewing parties held by OMSI on September 19 and 27.

On the 27th, the full moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth and for 72 minutes the only light hitting the Full Harvest Moon will be a reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises

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Tuesday September 15, 2015    09:31 AM
David Calahan (left) and Chandra LeGue (center) hike up a trail in Southern Oregon. LeGue is carrying the Google Trekker to photograph the sights.

Earlier this summer, EarthFix reporter Jes Burns took us on a walk in the Southern Oregon woods with Oregon Wild. The conservation group had been chosen by Google to use a backpack-mounted Trekker camera. The plan was to document trails on Bureau of Land Management lands that could be affected by upcoming changes to how the forests are managed.

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Monday September 14, 2015    04:36 PM
"When people walk in the door, their pace always seems to slow," says Sheri Moretz, official historian of the original, circa 1883 Mast General Store in tiny Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

Tucked in rural hamlets and along country roads, the American general store was a central part of daily life long before the arrival of the automobile. Farmers and locals gathered to load up on dry goods and share news with neighbors.

Today, people wander the worn wood floors in search of timeless souvenirs.

Some of these Americana institutions have turned into post offices and museums listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while others entice patrons by adding bakeries, delis, and liv

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Thursday September 10, 2015    02:33 PM
A Wisconsin woman adopted a large orange cat and within hours of bringing him home the feline rescued her from an insulin seizure.

Amy Jung, who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4, went to an animal shelter just to play with cats, not to bring one home. Luckily, she changed her mind.

Amy Jung and her son Ethan stopped into The Humane Society near their home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Feb. 8 to play with the cats, but one feline -- a 21-pound orange-and-white cat named Pudding -- stood out to the pair. Jung learned that the laid-back cat had been in and out of the shelter since 2003, and made an impulsive decision to adopt him and his friend Wimsy.

Jung said the cats wast

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Thursday September 10, 2015    02:32 PM
A high school senior’s simple idea is making nighttime less lonely for dozens of foster kids in California’s Central Valley.

17-year-old Conner Johnson decided to collect twin bed sheets for children in foster care — fun, colorful sheets sets, with stripes, superheroes and flowers, the kind that kids love. And in just over 7 weeks, he gathered $3,600 worth of bedding kindnesssmiling-police-officer-cc-PeterMartinHall

Police Kindness Toward 2 Girls Becomes ‘Beds for Kids’ Project

Johnson was inspired by his mother, who has taken in eleven foster infants in the past four years, caring for them until they are placed with a family.

“It gave me a first-person view on their struggle, ho

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Thursday September 10, 2015    02:30 PM
Graffiti artists are so often viewed as hooligans and rabble-rousers who vandalize property and cause trouble for respectable members of society. But perhaps their expressive spark can be put to good use?

The Mexican government asked an alternative art group specializing in murals and graffiti known as Germen Crew to paint a village of 209 houses.

The result is an entire town covered from street to rooftop with a 215,000 square-foot rainbow. The goal was to try and rehabilitate the town of Palmitas’ image and inspire the local youth.

Germen Crew made sure to ask for community participation to bring the town together for the project.

For the past 13 years, the young painters have

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Sunday September 6, 2015    09:25 PM
I'M from Aleppo", her Facebook message begins.

"I live here with my brothers, dad and mom in the middle of all this destruction and madness. We've tried many times to think about escaping and leaving this hell but there is no safe way.

Nobody give us the pass and the protection right. I want to travel but the death and drowning way is not the road which I want to walk on. I don't want to face the same distination which happened to those kids who drown or became homeless on roads.

I want to have a good education, a health care and a safe life. These are not offered here. Nothing is here but death ..

Is there anybody hear me.

If you care about me . ! Can you please share my

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