Brooks Nelson and Yee Won Chong are friends and housemates, and they consider each other family. So, when they were both diagnosed with cancer at the same time, it was a huge blow. Nelson and Chong are also both transgender, and though they both identify as male, they were facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Chong and Nelson have made a documentary called "Trans Dudes With Lady Cancer" about their difficulty navigating the medical system.
Oregon fish and wildlife commissioners approved a new plan last week for gray wolves. The plan sets protocols for potential hunts and new thresholds for when the agency may kill wolves after attacks on cattle and sheep. OPB's Tony Schick fills us in on the details.
The Medford city council is considering funding one-way bus tickets for homeless people who have the option to live with family members in another place. Portland has a program like this that's been up and running for a few years. We'll hear from Kevin Stine, the Medford city councilor who has championed this idea and George Devendorf, executive director of Transition Projects, the organization that runs the Ticket Home program in Portland.
Jacob Hendrickson pushed off from the coast of Washington last July in a boat made especially for him by a boat builder in Portland. He spent the next 10 months rowing across the Pacific Ocean. He's now anchored 30 miles off the coast of Australia, waiting for the weather to allow him to complete what will be the longest solo rowing voyage from North America across the Pacific.
The entire Wheeler County sheriff's office resigned last year after then-sheriff Chris Humphreys retired. Humphreys said that the lack of resources made the job too difficult. Mike Smith became the new Wheeler County sheriff in December, 2018. He tells us why he wanted the job, and what it's like to be a sheriff in rural Oregon.
We get opinions and analysis of some of the week's big news stories from Alejandro Queral with the Oregon Center for Public Policy, Laura Gunderson of The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com, and Doug Badger of Quinn Thomas.
Before the company town of Kinzua closed in 1978, it was the largest town in Wheeler County. At its peak, the logging town was home to about 700 people, a golf course, a lake full of trout, as well as grocery and department stores. Fossil resident Otis Cody and his father worked for Kinzua before it closed. Cody tells us about life growing up in the company town, and the lasting effects it's had on the county.
Asher Community Health Clinic is the sole health care provider for all of Wheeler County. Dr. Robert Boss, health officer for Wheeler County, has been working in the clinic for decades. He tells us about health care in rural Oregon.
The Cottonwood School in SW Portland emphasizes place-based learning, but when Sarah Anderson started teaching civil rights to her middle school students, she discovered that materials about Oregon's civil rights history were scarce. She set out to remedy that. A curriculum called "Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: The Black History of Portland, Oregon" is the result of her efforts, and Anderson is sharing it in a teacher workshop for the second time this summer. She hopes to empower educators from across the city to use it in their classrooms. We hear from Sarah Anderson as well as Darrell Millner, professor emeritus of African American Studies at Portland State University, who helped develop the curriculum.
Mollie Carter moved from Portland to Fossil three years ago to take a job teaching at the local high school. She says the students ask her a lot of questions about what it's like to live in a city, and she asks them a lot of questions to try to understand her new rural life.