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Strong Medicine

For most americans, the gateway to healthcare is through a job, turning 65 or poverty. But what about the unemployed, the young and the working poor? About 637,000 Oregonians in 2008 were uninsured ­— 16.8 percent compared with 15.4 percent nationwide.

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The Oregon Kicker Law

Time to repeal the kicker law? Governor Kulongoski and anti-tax crusader Don McIntire slug it out over Oregon’s controversial tax rebate.

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A Commuter’s Green Machine

An ultra-green commuter car hits the streets of Portland reaching speeds of 85 mph while getting 100 miles per gallon. 

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The Greatest Ski Adventure

Carrying a tent, a sleeping bag and a heavy backpack, John Richard “Jack” Meissner strapped on his skis on a February afternoon in 1948 and began a 300-mile trek from Mt. Hood to Crater Lake.

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Government Camp

Winters are a delight for Lloyd Scroggins, a ski coach at Mt. Hood. Summers are a close second with hikes and mountain bike trails crawling all over Government Camp. 

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The History of Oregon Beer

While today’s aficionados drink in the benefits of the Oregon craft beer trend, each sip of this finely brewed culture in Oregon has been more than 150 years in the making.

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Art Through Ancestry

Ancestral connections are everywhere around us, from great-grandfather’s antiquity above the mantle, to traditional recipes made by grandma at Thanksgiving, and the bedtime stories of our youth. The Art through Ancestry project explores these types of ancestral relationships with three Native American artists – Rick Bartow, Pat Courtney Gold and Lillian Pitt.

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Land Use vs. Property Rights

Are Oregon’s land-use laws a public good or an infringement on personal property rights? A pointed debate from Oregonians in Action and Friends of the Columbia Gorge. 

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Highway 20: Bend to Burns

Wake up your recondite historian and geologist and the events of Highway 20 are perhaps Oregon’s most interesting combination of geology, and Native American and pioneer culture in one stretch.

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Enter the Brandon Roy Dynasty

As a teenager in Seattle, Brandon Roy worked on the docks, cleaning shipping containers while quietly nurturing his dream of playing college and professional basketball. By 2006, he was bound for the NBA, having graduated from University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in American Ethnic Studies.