It looks like the Canadian wildfires have lit a match into the pacific northwest. Governor Kate brown has declared a state of emergency here in Oregon on Wednesday due to,” the record breaking heat, continuing hot weather, and forecasts for thunderstorms." Multiple fires have been burning throughout the state, from the spruce lake fire near crater lake to the blanket fire near prospect, OR. Both fires are only at about 5 percent contained. Crews have been working to contain the fires as they threaten homes and other structures. Popular hiking locations have closed access to their trails and parks such as Jefferson trail and park, eagle creek trail, and pacific crest trail. This is another reminder to limit outdoor activities with exposure to the heat such as hiking, as temperatures continue to hike up in the region.
Charges have been dropped against Louis Hunter, the cousin of the late Philando Castile. Hunter had been arrested at a protest in Saint Paul Minnesota last July protesting the killing of his cousin by a police officer. Castile’s killing sparked nationwide protests, as his girlfriend live streamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook, and their four year old daughter was in the back seat. In the days following the killing, protesters took to the streets in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and many other cities. One of the protesters was Castile’s cousin, Louis Hunter. He was arrested and charged with Felony riot. Just yesterday, after months of organizing and publicity around his case, the charges were dropped. Many people still face charges from a summer full of protests following Castile’s killing last July.
Shawna Coronado from the Mother Earth News Fair talked to us about the upcoming fair held in Albany, OR from August 5-6th. There will be 150 speakers, many of whom are best selling authors, with Shawna being one of them. Booths will be selling green products such as: herbs, honey, locally created products, and food trucks. Talks by the speakers will be on topics such as gardening, wellness, cheese making, animal husbandry, bread making, home distilling, and canning. Mother Earth Fair has been been held annually for the past few years, however Mother Earth News has been issued for the past few decades.
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>>...a lot of money with the oil and you would've had assets and to the victor belong the spoils and all of that but forget that.
>>So that might be very instructive Jodi Vittori, your former military soldier. When looking at what President Trump's intentions are for Afghanistan right now, the New York Times reporting Trump is being pressured by a billionaire financer and a chemical executive to escalate the US war in Afghanistan in a bid to exploit Afghanistan's mineral wealth. Can you explain what you found?
>>Sure. Uh, it's a troubling parallel to the 2012 reports that you just noted out when it comes to a rock in oil. In the case of Afghanistan, our reports this morning that President Trump is deeply troubled that he acknowledges that the United States is not winning in Afghanistan. He doesn't like the strategy that his generals have given him from his National Security Staff and for some reason he has leaned towards this sort of vague plan put forward by the head of the private security company DynCorp, Steven Feinberg who is a major campaign contributor to the Trump campaign, that somehow the United States would come in-DynCorp would send in their private security forces that will somehow control these mining areas. Including areas with the mineral 'lithium' in it, which is important for our self-owned batteries and so forth, and somehow extract that, secure it so that other companies could extract that and it's unclear apparently take that money to pay back the United States for the invasion of Afghanistan. Obviously troubling on a conflict of interest level, an ethics level, a human rights social level and frankly it's just compeltely impractical as well.
>>Cathy Kelley, when you hear this and read this piece in the Times about exploiting Afhanistan for its mineral wealth, and hearing the previous comment about Trump even if he says he was opposed to the war in Iraq, 'one you're there take their oil', your thoughts?
>>I think it's recugnant.
>>Let's get Cathy Kelley's and then yours Jodi.
>>Well that it's recugnant for the United States to believe that we somehow we should be able to subordinate the rights and the hopes and the possibilities for another country to serve our national interest. We have no right whatsoever to take over resources in Afghanistan and we've already caused so much death and destruction, we should be paying reparations for that.
>>And Jodi Vittori can you talk about the mineral industry and who's currently benefitting from it in Afghanistan in the midst of this longest war in US history?
>>Certainly. In 2010 the US Geologic Survey estimated that Afghanistan at the time had up to one trillion dollars in minerals in reserve under the ground there. Not all of that would be able to be pulled out economically, and that was at a time when these mineral prices were at their high point. That estimate is certainly not accurate now. Afghanistan is a wash in minerals, it's-just-geography is incredible when it comes to minerals and possibly natural gas as well. But right now those who are benefitting seem to be primarily groups like the Taliban and groups like the various warlords and corrupt politicians in the country. What we don't see is the Afghan people normally getting a benefit from this mining. There is actually a tremendous amount of mining in Afghanistan. The German development agency GIZ estimates that about three to six percent of the population is involved in mining ores upstream or downstream activities. And yet at the same time a lot of that is really going to the hands of nefarious characters. United Nations has estimated that after narcotics trafficking, the second largest source of revenue for the Taliban is illegal mining and quarrying in Afghanistan. And Global Witness has done reports for example on the role that lapis plays both in hands of illegal armed groups, various corrupt officials and patronage networks and the Taliban itself. So it's very very troubling in the country.
>>This is part one of the discussion, we'll post the rest at democracynow.org. Jodi Vittori thanks for joining us from Global Witness on Afghanistan policy formerly served in South Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and other places. I'm Kathy Kelley thanks for joining us as well. I'm Amy Goodman, this is Democracy Now.
>>You are listening to KBOO Portland, the time is 5:03.
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>>Hi, I'm Ed Melnick. In solidarity with San Franscisco's 50 year anniversary of the Summer of Love, I'm inviting you to join me for a two hour special Monday sampler on August 7th.
From the 1967 music scene, artists like Janis Joplin, The Jefferson Airplane, the Beetles and many others will be featured. Join me for two hours to tune in, turn on and drop out. That's Monday, August 7th, 2 to 4 pm.
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>>Tune in to KBOO Saturday morning at 9 am for our annual live broadcast from Pick-A-thon. From 9 am to noon we'll be live at the festival with special appearances from Anna Elizabeth, Dori Freeman and Billy Strings. Again that's KBOO at the Pick-A-Thon, Saturday from 9 am to noon, here on your favorite community radio station, KBOO Portland.
>>This program is made possible by KBOO members and support from the Clinton Street theater featuring independent or viral films, the Rocky Horror picture show every Saturday at midnight, as well as KBOO Night every second Thursday. Clinton Street theater is located at the corner of SE 22nd and Clinton in Portland. Schedule and info at 503-238-5588, or cstpdx.com.
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>>And now your daily volunteer-produced community newscast; the KBOO Evening News.
>>Coming up on the KBOO Evening News, Governor Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the wildfires that are burning throughout the Pacific Northwest.
>>Charges have been dropped against Lewis Hunter after his arrest at a Minnesota protest last July.
>>Linn County welcomes the decades-long running Mother Earth fair this weekend where you can learn a plethora of information on Earthy living.
>>Good evening, this is the KBOO Evening News for Thursday, August 3rd, 2017. I'm Grace Ann Smith.
>>And I'm Tom.
>>Crypto sporidium. It's a word you don't often hear, and hopefully soon you'll be hearing about it even less. Crypto is a nasty little parasite that can be found in some sources of drinking water and is a leading cause of water-born disease among humans. While the city of Portland does remain in compliance with state and federal rules concerning water treatment, the city council has recently directed the water bureau to design and construct an additional filtration facility. This comes after a hearing that included presentations from several sources including Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis, concerning crypto. However, an article recently published on portlandoregon.gov states that the water is still just fine to drink and continues to be tested for the nasty little bug.
>>Small business lending has been on the decline since 2007. Particularly for people of color. But Senator Wyden thinks he may have a solution. He along with a few other democrat constituents is urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to compell banks to not only collect information pertaining to potential barriers effecting minorities, small business owners, but publish this information as well. The Dodge Frank Act already requires demographics information to be collected and made available to small businesses. But Senator Wyden doesn't think that this is enough. And he is hoping that making this new information available will hopefully shed some much needed transparency on the issue and help local businesses in the near future.
>>Portland city council voted unanimously 5 to 0 yesterday to appeal a decision by Oregon's Land Use Court of Appeals familiarly known as LUBA, that found Portland's fossil fuel terminal zoning restrictions unconstitutional. The Oregon State Court of Appeals will hear appeals on the case. Several commissioners voted that LUBA's ruling came from a single LUBA board member with two of the three voting members of LUBA recusing themselves from decision. Commissioners cited the need for the Oregon Court of Appeals to provide more clarity over the city's authority to protect the health and safety of residents as well as the health of the environment. And speaking of his vote in favor of the appeal, Mayor Ted Wheeler said quote, "The community expects us to defend policy," end quote. Members of the Portland Business Alliance began aligning with decision-makers in the fossil fuel industry in the past year in order to challenge the previous LUBA ruling, restricting the zoning pertaining to fossil fuel interests. Cities cannot directly or unilaterally ban fossil fuels from being shipped, used or transported but cities challenge policy and inact local local laws that place limits on the use of fuel if it affects the environment. It can take an upwards of 6 weeks to file with LUBA, and the Oregon Court of Appeals could be responding to the calls for clarification within the next 2 months.
>>Central City Concern went ahead with the destruction of a growth of old growth douglas fir trees today in southeast Portland. Despite the concerns of the neighbors and the environmental groups, the trees cut down without any notice at 12647 SE Stark. All of the dozen or so trees that were hauled away appeared well over one hundred years old, with trunks well beyond the 36-inch required by the city to designate them as heritage trees.
>>...keep as many as possible. But it just-it wasn't possible to create the aformal housing units that neighborhood needs. I can tell you though there is going be less transit activity on the property I think that it's really help the neighborhood clean up the area a bit. I know that there's been a lot of druggies on that property and things like that.
>>Is this about the thing, the old growth?
>>Last year during Donald Trump's campaign trip, Trump indicated the costs associated with Air Force One were quote, "out of control". Recently the air force came up with a possible solution. It appears that senior air force officials have acquired some older, cheaper Boeing 747s in Russia. The air force is planning to purchase a pair of jets that were abandoned.
>>I'm Dr. Anthony [inaudible]
>>...that were abandoned when a Russian airline declared bankruptcy. Now, all these new jets will cut down on the price of the jets themselves. It's worth noting that the president's jet does require considerable customization. A one hundred and seventy million dollar contract has been awarded to Boeing to design these planes.
>>If you are a fan of the Oregon Coast and enjoy local music, you're in luck. On the 23rd of September, you'll have the opportunity to experience the first annual stackstock. A one day music festival at Cannon Beach near, you guessed it, the famous Haystock Rock. Musical line-up includes the Decembers, the Edna Vazquez Trio, Cardioid and Wonderly and many more talented acts.
>>It looks like the Canadian wildfires have lit a match in the Pacific Northwest. Governor Kate Brown has declared state of emergency here in Oregon on Wednesday due to the record-breaking heat, continuing hot weather and forecasts of thunderstorms. Multiple fires have been burning throughout the state. From the Spruce Lake fire near Crater Lake, to the Blanket fire near Prospect, Oregon. Both fires are only at about 5 percent contained. Crews has been working to contain the fires as they threaten homes and other structures. Popular hiking locations have closed, access to their trails and parks such as Jefferson Trail and park, Eagle Creek park and Pacific Crest trail. This is another reminder to limit outdoor activities with exposure to the heat such as hiking as temperatures continue to hike up in the region.
>>We'd like to wish a happy birthday to Leo, the new son of Tristen Reiss and Bif Chaplo. Tristen, a 34 year old transgender man is elated to have given birth to the healthy baby Leo saying, "I'm a narrow person and he's a big baby," which is not an exaggeration. Leo rang in at a whopping 9 pounds 6 ounces. The couple states they that they have received a lot of positive support on their Facebook profiles, although some folks haven't been quite as accepting. In an interview with Inside Edition, Tristen stated that some folks have gone so far as to wish the baby hadn't made it through the pregnancy. Saying quote, "A dead baby is better than growing up in their family," end quote. Many transgendered don't choose surgery as a part of their transformation. In this case, Tristen decided that hormone treatment was enough for him to feel he was a part of the world. Although he did not stop taking testosterone treatments the pregnancy. Tristen and Bif have two adopted daughters who are both very excited to have a brand new younger brother.
>>Now hear from our friends at Climate Connections.
>>[inaudiable] ...and this is Climate Connections.
>>Uhm, I was thinking-
>>Most of us take running water for granted. But it comes at a cost, and that cost is growing. Ed Osan, senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council says residential water and waste water rates have been rising for years. And climate change is making it worse.
>>Well, affordability may not have been an issue twenty or twenty-five years ago, we're just in a different place right now.
>>For one thing, many communities have aging water systems that are not prepared to handle the droughts, floods and extreme storms that are becoming more common. Renovating and repairing these systems is expensive, and the cost trickles down to consumers. Shortages are also a concern. Rising sea levels threaten coastal fresh water supplies, and warmer, drier weather mean lawns get watered more often. Increasing demand for shrinking water supplies. All of this effect the cost. As prices rise, some customers may struggle to pay for the water they need.
>>Both states and utilities should take a clear-eyed look at the situation and take steps to ensure that water remains affordable for the most disadvantaged consumers.
>>Climate Connections is produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication. Learn more at yaleclimateconnections.org.
>>Grey wolves from the Great Lakes region have won a battle to stay on the endangered species list. With populations growing in the upper peninsula of Michigan and surrounding areas, the Department of Interiors removed the Great Lakes region grey wolf segment from the endangered species list in 2012. Thus opening up a hunting season. The first in that region in over four decades. Court of Appeals judged that the department is not able to remove just one segment of an endangered species list without viewing the condition of the species as a whole. The initial removal of the Great Lakes wolf populations was due to an Obama era decision to hand over the decision processes to a state level management. Jonathan Levorn, the senior vice president of the Human Society stated that quote, "We are pleased that the court has recognized that the basis for the delisting decision was flawed, and would stop wolf recovery in its tracks," end quote. There are currently 2,800 wolves living in the Great Lakes region.
>>It's 5:26, time for daily commentary from Jim Hightower.
>>This is National Native News. I'm Art Hughes Infer Antonia Gonzalez. Calling it a way to reduce fractionalization of tribal lands, the US Interior Department announced this week that at a scaling back the land buyback program. The buyback started in 2014 under then-President Barack Obama, to consolidate tribal lands by allowing tribes to purchase sections from willing sellers. The program relied on nearly 2 billion dollars set aside from the Cobell settlement. The announcement sites feedback from tribal leaders and land owners as reasons behind the change. The announcement says the department leadership will determine how best to allocate the remaining 540 million dollars earmarked for the program.
The man charged in the abduction and murder of an 11 year old Navahoe girl entered a guilty plead Tuesday in federal court in New Mexico. Twenty-eight year old Tom Begay admits to the six counts stemming from the death Ashlin Mike in May of last year. The plea includes charges Begay abducted the girl's brother who managed to escape unharmed. Begay initially pleaded not guilty. On release by the US Department of Justice says this week's plea agreement requires a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of release. Family members and other filled the US District courtroom for the hearing. Afterwards the girl's father Garry Mike, told reporters that Begay finally admitted to what he and others already knew was true. In a written statement, Navahoe Nation president Russel Begay said his community has suffered pain since the crime occurred and that the plea agreement is once step forward in healing. The crime prompted review of Amber Alert systems designed to notify the public when a child is abducted, in this case the notification went out hours after the abduction report. Last month, the Navahoe Nation voted to support a congressional measure to expand the Amber Alert to reservations.
Chiefs from Canada's largest native organization have passed resolution calling for changes to the inquiry in missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. As Dan Carpinchuck reports, the chiefs would not go so far as to support a call to replace current commissioners.
>>The chiefs of the assembly of first stations were gathered in Regina for their annual summer meeting. And the issue murdered and missing indigenous women and girls was high on their agenda, specifically whether to endure growing calls for a hard reset for the commission of inquiry. Some argued that to do that, there might not even be another inquiry, or it could take a couple of years to get off the ground. And there were arguments that some families have already given testimony during the inquiry's first hearing. The assembly also heard from people who want a complete reset of the inquiry people like Hilda Anderson Pierce who lost family members to violence.
>>You failed in communications, you failed to build trust, you failed to build relationships with families, so for me I stand here today and I ask th commissioners to respectively step down...
>>Debate among the chiefs continued for nearly two hours, some saying Canada's indigenous people can't afford another delay, adding that although the process is flawed they can still work together to fix it. Others said to remove the commissioners would be to kill the inquiry. But in the end, the chiefs from the country's most powerful first nations organization rejected the called for the prime minister to replace the commissioners. But they did support calling for changes including some form of reset and rethinking the commission's mandate and process. For National Native News, I'm Dan Carpinchuck.
>>The US Supreme Court could take up a water rights case involving the Agua Caliente ban of Cahuilla Indians this fall. The Wall Street Journal reports the years-long case involving the small California tribe could affect water rights throughout the western United States. The tribe won a federal appeals court ruling in March, in their argument, to gain more control over management of the aquifer below tribal land. They say the Public Water Agency is in charge of the water, have mis-managed it. The aquifer helped drive development in California's Coachella Valley, including the city of Palm Springs. The paper notes tribes have won legal water rights challenges in the past, but the issue was less settled when it comes to groundwater.
Police on Maui, Hawaii arrested a half dozen protestors Tuesday during a blockade to stop trucks hauling equipment for a telescope under construction. Among other things, the trucks were carrying the four-meter diameter mirror for the Daniel K. Inouye solar telescope under construction on top of Haleakola, the tallest summit on Maui. The mountain is considered sacred by native Hawaiians. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports those arrested face charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing a highway and failing to obey a police officer. After officers cleared the road, the convoy of trucks passed through and made it to their destination. Construction on the telescope started in 2012, and is scheduled to be complete in 2019. Once finished, it will be the largest telescope in the world.
An external review has been released and allegations by several indigenous women who claim they were coerced into being sterilized after giving birth. As Dan Carpinchuck reports, the review found that the women clearly felt stressed and under-on due duress.
>>The 56 page review was compiled over 6 months and included interviews with 7 indigenous women, healthcare providers from the Saskatoon health region where the sterilizations are alleged to have taken place and members of the Ministry of Child and Family Services. It found that the women felt stressed from being coerced into having a tubal ligation while in labor. That's a procedure in which a women's fallopian tubes are clamped or severed. Considered a permanent method of birth control. The report says most of the women did not understand that the procedure was permanent. It concluded local health authorities did not serve the women's needs and impacted their womanhood, there mental health, self-esteem and their relationships. Bobby Cameron is a chief representing 74 first nations in Saskachewan. He says he didn't need to read the report to know what it was going to say.
>>[audio recording]: They're gunna say what we've known all along. That the doctors and the nurses bullied and they forced our first nations women to get that procedure done. Against their will.
>>At a news conference, the vice president of the regional health authority apologized to the women. At one point she was tears as she said she's sorry for what the women experienced under the health authority's care, and that they were not treated with respect, compassion and support. And she acknowledged that racism exists within the healthcare system. Health authorities say they will take guidance from indigenous elders, and will discuss further action with government agencies in the coming weeks. For National Native News, I'm Dan Carpinchuck.
>>An employ of the Washington DC office of the Navahoe Nation is charged for bringing a loaded handgun on the grounds of the US Capitol. The Washington Post reports capitol police arrested Kimberly Barber after they found the firearm in a suitcase she brought through a security entrance of the canon house office building. Barber told police she had no knowledge the gun was there. The paper reports the gun belonged to a Navahoe Nation police officer who left it in a hotel room, Barber boss asked her to bring the suitcase not knowing the gun was in there.
A utility plans to challenge the Navahoe Nation's appeals court win that nation officials view as a victory for tribal sovereignty. The case involves the public service company of New Mexico's effort to run power lines across the Navahoe Nation. Tribal officials fought the plan and won a tenth circuit court of appeals decision. PNM filed a motion to state that decision last week while he persues an appeal to the US Supreme Court.
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is urging the attorney general to approve federal reimbursements for law enforcement costs during the Dakota accessed pipeline protests. In a letter to Jeff Sessions this week the Democrats says state and local law enforcement officials quote, "admirably under immense pressure and scrutiny". She blamed the US Army Court of Engineers for the extended length of the protests, saying the agency failed to make a timely decision on the permit for the pipeline company to move ahead. She also says the Army Corp neglected to limit the size of the protest camp on their land. She tells the attorney general the law enforcement agencies deserve to recover at least part of the estimated 40 million dollars in additional costs they incurred during the months of protests. With National Native News, I'm Art Hughes.
>>So we're going to....
>>Charges have been dropped against Lewis Hunter, the cousin of the late Philando Castile. Hunter had been arrested at a protest in Saint Paul, Minnesota last July protesting the killing of his cousin by a police officer. Castile's killing sparked nationwide protest as his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook, and their four-year old daughter was in the backseat. In the days following the killing, protestors took to the streets in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and many other cities. One of the protestors was Castile's cousin, Lewis Hunter who was arrested and charged with felony riot. Just yesterday after months of organizing and publicity around his case the charges were dropped. Many people still face charges from a summer full of protests following Castile's killing last July. And a quick apology, that was actually Native News, Jim Hightower will be on in a little bit.
>>The governors of many states are boldly stepping forward these days to stop grassroots democracy. Yes, noting that local citizens and officials had been passing local laws to govern themselves. A flock of right-wing governors are asserting an autocratic power called 'State Premption' to overrule democratic decisions made by locals. Why do these governors hate democracy? Because their corporate funders don't like some of the laws local people support. So democracy must go. This is not a matter of a rogue governor here or there, but a coordinated effort by corporate interests to get governors to usurp local authority. The main coordinator of this power grab is Alec, the American legislative exchange council, [unintelligible] in 2014 when Fight for '15 and other activist groups began winning city campaigns for minimum wages hikes. Alec responded by holding a corporate forum on how state officials can stop such local actions. Alec circulated a model bill called the 'Living Wage Premption Act', and sure enough it's already been passed by nearly half of our states. Ohio was the latest by a large margin. People in the buckeye state favor raising the wage floor and Cleveland inacted its own increase last year. But a small group corporate profiteers howled in fury. So last December, the state's replublican leaders rushed to appease by adapting the 'Alec Premption Bill' and ramming it into law. It was a political mugging of people's will. Retroactively negating Cleveland's increase and outlawing increases by any other locality. This is Jim Hightower saying, used sparingly and properly, premption can be a democracy enhancing tool to serve the common good. But when governors pervert this power to use it as a cudgel against the people, we the people must rise up against the governors. To learn more, visit mayorsinnovation.org.
>>What do the corporate powers from Wall Street to Walmart have in common? They hate the high tower lowdown. You can why at www.hightowerlowdown.org.
>>You're listening to the KBOO Evening News. Stay tuned after this newscast for an in depth report on the decades-old Mother Earth Fair. At 6, it's Rose Native Radio. And at 7, it's Hard Knock Radio, News and Views from a Hip Hop Perspective. Tonight's weather; hot but east of the Cascades, even a little hotter. Keep hydrated out there folks. Today in history; in 1936, Jesse Owens won his first Gold Medal in the 100 Meter Dash. Much to the consternation of Adolf Hitler who had been planning to use the Berlin Olympics as an opportunity to display the superiority of the German people. Instead, he got to witness Jesse Owens, a black man, win three gold medals. Thus crushing any kind of aerian myth. But also he himself entering into the realm of legend. Owen stated that quote,"when I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted, I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either," end quote.
The quote of the day is from Jesse Owens. Quote,"The road to the Olympics leads to no city, no country. It goes far beyond New York or Moscow. Ancient Greece or Nazi Germany. The road to the Olympics leads, in the end, to the best within us."
>>This afternoon, a city council meeting was held to consider three police oversight ordinances and resolutions dealing with the complaint review process. A new community engaged policing committee, and the legality of disregarding the 48-hour rule. KBOO reporter Sam Bowman is reporting live from city hall. Hello Sam.
>>Hi, can you hear me alright?
>>Yeah, perfectly. So uh, what's the scene like down there?
>>Uh well we got here early at about 2:30, the hearing wasn't starting these measures until 3:10, but we didn't get here early enough. It's actually uh...So we have been sitting in the overflow room of the Lovejoy room for most of the time now. Uhm, and uh in there, there are about 20-30 people and uh council chambers are full but the balcony has not been opened to the public and there's a lot chatter. People think that that is where the police are probably sitting. Uhm the assumption that there will be some roudy interruptions as there have been in the past.
>>Uhm, tell us a little bit about what's at stake here, what's going on.
>>So the council's considering uhm, three new ordinances relating to police oversight. One of them would create a uh, Portland-a uh...well I'm not sure exactly what it stands for, but it's called PCCEP. The 'CEP' stands for Community Engagement Plan, and basically it's to replace the Community Oversight Advisory Board, which went and defuncted last year amid uhm internal strife and such. But since that doesn't exist anymore it put the city out of compliance with the DOJ's settlement agreement that it entered into in 2012. And so now they're trying to start this new community uh body to put them back into compliance. Another ordinance changes the grievance process through the uhm independent police review which is part of the city's auditor’s office and it just kind of streamlined that a little bit. And the other one uh, would do away with the infamous 48-hour rule which said that uhm, police officers were required to be given 48 hours’ notice before they could be interviewed after shooting somebody fatally. Uhm. And that has uh, been one of the main points of contension so far during this meeting but I should point out they're just now getting to public testimony. It has been lawyers, people with the city and the reverend Bethyl and Haines from the Albina Ministerial Alliance so far but that was all invited testimony.
>>Uhm I'm kinda curious about this like, community review process. Like, who would that community be? Are there any kind of...
>>That's a very interesting question. Uhm. The- so far the community engagement plan has uh, as it is presented and read about it by going to the council agenda and clicking on the exhibits for these uhm...uh, ordinances. But it is uh, so far to be apointed by the Mayor's office. Which is different from the way the oversight advisory board has set up and it's all so different from what a lot of people here would like to see. Which is a thoroughly independent community oversight forward. With the power to make recommendations to the city which currently doesn't and never really has.
>>And this 48-hour rule. So that basically says that an officer does not have to make a written statement for 48-hours after an incident with a gun. Correct?
>>Well they can't be compelled to make a statement to internal affairs. So that's the administrative investigation. That's like, you know, if somebody swears on the air at KBOO, the administrative investigation would be to determine if they broke KBOO's rules. In this case to determine if the officer broke the police directives. The criminal investigation would be what the FCC looks at for us, and what you know...the police bureau looks at uhm, when they investigate that shooting as just a shooting. So currently the 48-hour rule as written is defunct. It was thrown out during the negotiations with the police union last year. But the uhm-in the meantime, the police have been using the excuse that if they are compelled to make statements to internal affairs, that could grant them immunity from a criminal prosecution. Which of course as we've across the country, and in several incidents in Portland itself, police officers are very rarely criminally indited so that's just letting them the hook on two accounts. Both within the police and within the general uhm...criminal laws of the country. Uhm...But uh, the-sorry does that answer your question?
>>Yeah, uhm also we're kinda running out of a little time. Uh, is there anything else you'd like to add before we go Sam?
>>Uhm, I would just like to add that the uh, there seems to be a general sense of mistrust in the governments here. Uhm even from the people within the government who have been interviewed so far by the cou-by the-well not interviewed but invited to speak before the council. Uhm, so-uhm, I don't know if he would agree with that characterization but Constantine Severe spoke from the independent police review and he said that the city should really take ownership of their failure to properly dispose of the 48-hour rule. Uhm, and he said that he is personally ashamed of their failure to do that. And that's just one person within the city government and uh, that's not to say-I mean people have uh [inaudible]
>>Uhm sorry Sam but I'm gunna have to cut you off there sorry about that. It was nice talking to you, thanks for calling in.
>>You're listening to the KBOO Evening News. This is a volunteer-produced newscast and we encourage your participation. Call us with your breaking news stories at 503-231-8032. our production team for tonight's newscast is Fox Wild, Kunsel Dolma, Grace Ann Smith, Sam Bowman, and Jenka Soderberg. The producer, Zelos Marchandt, our engineer is Ben Sheragi. The KBOO Evening News and public affair [loud noise] ...and public affairs is Zeloszelos Marchandt. A podcast of this newscast is available on our website at kboo.fm/eveningnews. You can also find this on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at kboonews. You are listening to be KBOO Portland on 90.7 FM, k282BH Philomouth on 104.3 FM and K220HR Hood River on 91.9 FM. I'm Grace Ann Smith.
>>And I'm Tom.
>>Coming up this morning, on KBOO, at 8 it's Voices from the Edge. Poet and activist John Slaughter welcomes Portland artists, mighty mike capes and more. At 9 it's Press Watch, Theresa Mitchell brings you the news you're not supposed to know. At 10, Eric Cascadia, headlines, interview and commentary. At 10:15, Flashpoints with Denise Burnstein. At 11 on Between the Covers, talks to author Julie Israel about her new book, 'Juniper Lemons Happiness Index'. A story of grief, friendship and secrets. At 11:30, Black Book Talk. Re-broadcasts it's interview with Portland poet, actor, vocalist and author Mario Depriest about his book, 'The Power of a Rose.' What he calls an attempt to interject the calming breeze of romantic hope into a world of turbulence. KBOO keeps you informed and involved and we need your help. Go to kboo.fm and click on Donate to become a member.
>>Great, I have with us today Shauna Cornado, an author and green lifestyle evangelist. Welcome!
>>Thank you! I'm so glad to be here.
>>Glad to have you here. So I understand that there's going to be really amazing fair happening.
>>In Albany, Oregon at the Linn County Fairgrounds. And it's this Saturday and Sunday.
>>Alright so what-
>>Which is the 5th and the 6th.
>>What can our Linn County community expect at the Mother Earth News fair?
>>You know, we get people from all around the entire region that come in for this every year. It's such an exciting event because we have a hundred and fifty speakers that come to the event. We have uh, many stages where all the speakers rotate around and speak about different topics that are sustainable and green and really interesting. And then there's also a giant show which is all the booths that might sell interesting green products. Everything from herbs and honey and you know, locally created things to items that are just really interesting for the organic kind of marketplace. So one of my favorite items that our-that's sold there every year, is uh, there is an ice cream place that sells dairy free ice cream. Oh my gosh, you must come and eat your face off because it's so delicious! And then lunchtime is treat there because every show that we have, we have the food trucks come in. And so you're going to enjoy delicious foods thats really local and unique. You can have all these amazing speakers that I am honored to be one of the speakers myself.
>>That's wonderful. Well, going to what kind of lectures people can catch? I understand that is one of the biggest draws is that people get to meet and hear from over a hundred different person-
>>Without a doubt yeah, a hundred and fifty people. I mean my gosh. I mean most of these people are authors. So you can show up at a you know, an event and have the opportunity to speak with a true expert about something. You can hear their speech and then afterwards you can speak with them. Some of the topics that are happening, like I talk on gardening and wellness. Other people are talking about cheesemaking, animal husbandry, uh breadmaking, home distilling, growing and using your own herbs like making soap...So this is really something that can generate a lot of ideas for you as a-for your home and for your family. One of my favorite speeches that anything to do with canning. [laugh] I'm learning how to process all those vegetables that are coming in. Right now. It's really important to know how to do it. And so coming to the Mother Earth News fair is a great opportunity to get all the in secrets and the hacks for doing home processing and also learning more about sustainable.
>>Right on, so is there anything pickling? I hear that's kind of becoming a more-it's coming back. Pickling's making a comeback.
>>It is! It is. Uhm, I'm not sure there's a specific an easy in on pickling, but anything that's fermented is really-kombucha is huge at these shows. And they'll have kombucha-making classes. And then you can go into the booth area and you can usually find a group that's selling kombucha products so that you can learn how to make it at home yourself. So I'm fascinated with it. Fermentation in general is supposed to be a very healthy way. If you eat fermented foods then it's such a good for your system in the bacteria within your body. So uh, it used to be that it was just sauerkraut. But now it's a whole wave of amazing vegetables and drinks and foods that you can use for-with fermenting in mind.
>>I never thought of pickling and fermenting as both seperate, because they're both sort of sour to me but I guess they're different. I guess pickling just tastes sour and maybe doesn't do anything for you. [laughs]
>>And fermenting actually makes good bacteria it sounds like that you want in your body.
>>The thing is, it all tastes good.
>>Right! I can see where my bottom line is. [laughs] Does it taste good? Then we're fine. Tell us about your lecture or your presentation some more.
>>You know, my favorite presentation really gets a large audience is uhm, Arthritis in the Garden. I have severe degenerative osteoarthritis. And with that and exercise I have reduced my pain down by 85 percent. Essentially I teach my audience, here's what you need to do reduce your chronic pain. And here's how I can help you. And so the combination of course of gardening, gardening techniques but it's also diet. And so the big portion is the beginning of my speech. I talk about the diet that I'm on, and how it really saved my life. And I feel like a million bucks. And uh, two years ago when I was first diagnosed I never could've predicted that. So it's really a joy to come to these shows and inspire people to do good and also feel better every day.
>>Do you ever get pushed back using the word diet? It seems to have...I mean I think naturally it has a really dark connotation with people that stems back to self-hate. And people are seen usually imagining that they're going to be starving themselves. Can you maybe uhm, help our listeners know that they may not be starving?
>>I used the word because I'm really consuming no grain and no dairy. And I think that's you know, in anyone's virnacular, that's really a diet of sorts. But this is a lifestyle choice. I am permanently on these foods that I've used. And this is what's reduced the pain levels that I have. But I'll tell you, I thought that I would be starving myself like you said when you say 'diet'. You know, I'm gunna be eating a thousand calories a day, it's going to be horrifying. And instead it's been delicious! Uh, you know, all the foods that I can eat are fresh! Somewhere around the six month mark on the food consumption-you know. I really discovered something amazing which is my taste returned. I loved the taste of herbs, I loved food. Before I thought I loved it, but it didn't taste as good. I think there's something amazing that happens when you get rid of the grains, get rid of sugar, and instead focus on eating good vegetables, good meat, good proteins, things that are really delicious for you. And with no perscriptions. I am now off of all my perscription medication. So I don't take perscriptions, and instead I eat good food. So my theory is that food is the cure.
>>Oh wow. That's really profound. I do think there's something too once your body gets what it needs if it can get it then it is able to then give energy to things like taste buds and happy moods.
>>Well I think coming to the show, you'll discover a lot of people like me. I love the speakers, we always get together after the show event to compare notes and to help one another and what have you. And what was found is that almost all of us, particularly in the food category, are talking about healthy, nutritious, no chemicals, a better lifestyle and doing it with ease. And I think it's a powerful thing to come together with real people who are living this lifestyles and can inspire others.
>>How long have your [inaudible] take to-after you changed the way you eat, changed your lifestyle, for the pain to decrease to a point where you noticed it and then to a point where you realized, wow this is actually an 80 percent improvement.
>>It's a huge difference yes. So the first week, my nutritionist-I consulted with a nutritionist. She's certified and very talented and uh, she put me on the-Officially for the first 30 days, no grain, no dairy and no sugar. And I did this for the first 30 days. Within 4 days, I could sleep again. Because I hadn't been sleeping at all. I had such extreme pain. So within the first 4 days. So I'm telling you, within a week you would notice a significant difference and within about 3 weeks, I went off of all my high blood pressure meds. I've been taking blood pressure meds for 20 years. And I no longer needed them because my blood pressure went back to normal. And the real secret is I do this-you know, I eat a special way that I also walk everyday. I walk one hour every day, and I think that the combination of the two things really helped my blood pressure situation. The other big change that I noticed, like within 6 months, my pain had gone down considerably more. You know, I would say more closer to like you know, 50 or 60 percent of my pain has receded. And then uhm, my allergies started to lessen. I had severe allergies like neuron bronchitis all the time. And by consuming proper foods, I noticed that you know, my sinuses felt better. Generally speaking, it's an anti-inflammatory diet. So you're reducing inflammation in your sinuses, and then your body. And reduced inflammation means reduced diabetes, heart disease, all of these things that are giant problems in our culture right now. And so I think that uh, folks focusing on some good food makes a big difference in a short period of time.
>>To be my cap to you about the walking one hour a day, because the low impact I think doesn't get enough credit. The low impact, uhm, effort their body's put out that that, some people go, oh that's what is that walking? But that really does compound from what I understand. Yeah.
>>Oh my goodness. So agreeing, and I do because I was one of those people before that thought you had to kill yourself in the gym.
>>In order to-
>>Right? You'd must look like Arnold Achwarzenegger in order to be healthy. And that is so not true. You know, what you really need, is consistant daily exercise that it doesn't have to be overly strainuous. The one hour a day has been remarkable for me. In fact, when I was diagnosed, I had a really-and I'm an outdoors person and I was always gardening and all of that, but I had a uh, pulse raise of 90 beats per minute. Remember when we start walking, I wanted to start tracking that and making sure I was healthier. Now I'm at 70 beats per minute two years later. It's only with walking that I've done this. There's no miraculous, you know, gymnastic you know, routine that I do. I like yoga, because I like the stretching but I have osteoarthritis and it's proven that stretching isn't really good for runners to improve their running. It's been scientifically proven that it doesn't really make a difference for runners. But where it does make a difference is for people like me who have osteoarthritis and have joint range problems. And so I-you know, I thought that this was an old person's disease, and the number one person who's reached out to me are people that are under the age of 40 who have had rumitoid arthritis diagnoses and don't know how to live with the pain. And the secret is to reduce inflammation. Doing it without a medication makes much more sense then doing it with the medication, becoming addicted to opioids for instance. Uhm, we don't want pain medications, we want to find a natural solution for the...
>>Right. I wish my mom was listening. [insane wheezy laughter]
>>Make her listen!
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