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Published Thursday, May 21, 2009

More than 200 gathered to honor the achievements of Southern Oregon University's departmental stars on May 16, 2009 at the AAUW Annual Honors Brunch held at the Stevenson Union. (Photo Scholarship winners)

Eight scholarship-winning women from Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University spoke of their sometimes difficult road to graduation.


Published Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We are in Paris. London was fun lots of walking and seeing the sights: The Victoria & Albert Museum, White chapel gallery, and Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theater; the Globe was for me the highlight of the London sights. we had a great run of Salvage, but didn't get the audiences we hoped. The critics loved it but as with so many festivals it was hard to sell tickets. The crew at the Riverside studios were the best. Anything we needed they were on it. Production Manager John Hare, and the festival director Michael Walling were the best of hosts. The lights and sound and set was beautiful...except no gravel. For those who didn't see the show in LA we had gravel on the set and it made for a nice country sound when we walked. But not in London...

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2009

After months of tinkering and toiling, we are now ready to unveil our new specialized, full-color map of the Klamath-Siskiyou as a laminated poster available for sale!

If you love the Klamath-Siskiyou, you will love this map. It is totally unique, beautiful to look at and full of information about this amazing corner of the world. (map:


Published Monday, May 18, 2009

Remember the old slogan, "What if they threw a war and nobody came?" Over the next several months that might well be changed to, "What if they held a peace march and everybody came?" (Photo by Jolie Clifford)

That's exactly what WorldWithoutWars and other sponsors of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence are hoping will happen when this worldwide event kicks off on October 2, 2009 (Gandhi's birthday) inWellington, New Zealand.

The March will take 90 days, ending in Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina on January 2, 2010. It will pass through 6 continents, 90 countries and travel 99,419 miles through every climate imaginable, from temperate to desert to polar to tropical. In 90 days the March will twice pass through all four seasons of the year.

The March aims to achieve the eradication of nuclear weapons, the progressive and proportional reduction of non-nuclear arms, the signing of non-aggression treaties among nations and the renunciation by governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts.


Published Friday, May 15, 2009

President Barack Obama says he wants unemployment insurance to become a steppingstone for future work by making it easier to enroll in school or job training. Whether that happens will depend on the willingness of states and colleges to change the rules. (Photo:

People who have been laid off and want to go back to school often have to give up their unemployment benefits. If they return to work, they often don't qualify for federal aid because eligibility is based on the previous year's income.

Under rule changes Obama outlined Friday, the Labor Department will ask states to make exceptions during economic downturns so that the unemployed can keep their benefits if they go to community college or pursue other education or training.


Published Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tell me if this seems fair.

Everywhere you turn around these days you hear about your obligation to live more sustainably, use resources more efficiently, tread more gently on the Earth, consume more consciously, reduce your carbon footprint, the whole green deal. Your elected officials are on you about it, as is the media, your neighbors, maybe your kids bringing new learnings home from school. You see why it's important and want to play a part, preferably without shaking up your life too much. You follow some of the popular tips on conserving water and energy at home and at work. So do others, and collectively you make a difference; in the case of Ashland, electricity consumption is essentially the same as it was in 1982, an impressive accomplishment by national standards.


Published Friday, May 8, 2009

Documentary Follows Community Responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change

When Leonora reviewed the Brit climate docudrama Age of Stupid, she was not entirely impressed. "A lot of stick and not much carrot", is the shortened version of her verdict. So I'd imagine she'll be super excited about In Transition, an hour long documentary about the Transition Movement - a rapidly spreading community-lead response to peak oil and climate change that we've been following keenly here at TreeHugger. The good news is the movie is almost ready - click below the fold for Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins' take on it, and to find out when and where you can get a peak.

Published Friday, May 8, 2009

Institute for Cooperation in Space General Counsel and Co-Director Daniel Sheehan, JD, is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a former Director of the Christic Institute, and is a Professor of World Politics at the University of California. Mr. Sheehan has a long and distinguished history as public interest counsel, and was legal counsel in the Pentagon Papers case, the Iran-Contra, Three Mile Island, and Karen Silkwood cases, as well as many other high profile cases. "During my thirty years in the field of public interest law and public policy, I have supervised professional investigations into the illegal smuggling of weapons-grade plutonium, the illegal supply of arms to terrorist organizations by covert operations and government agents, and into ultra-"black" weapons programs unknown even to the most trusted congressional officials. I have come to believe that keeping weapons out of interplanetary space is the most important contribution we can make to the future of this planet. The time to begin this task is now.

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