HARRISCredits: opb.orgEmily Harris, the radio host of Oregon Public Broadcastingâs Think Out Loud morning talk show, says sheâs been asked to leave the show and the network by OPB management. David Miller, the showâs online host, will take over for Harris the week of June 20. âWe have had some editorial differences, which management chose to resolve by asking me to leave,â Harris says. âI wish them good luck as the show continues to evolve. Dave will do a great job, and, as far as me, stay tuned.â OPB made an abrupt announcement Tuesday morning, as first reported on wweek.com, saying only that Harris had already left and âis pursuing other opportunities.â Morgan Holm, OPBâs vice president of news and public affairs, declined to say why OPB pushed Harris out.
The single biggest stake anyone has made in the 2012 City Hall campaigns to date comes from an unlikely source: Commissioner Amanda Fritz loaned her re-election campaign $25,000. The June 9 loan is the only real money sheâs collected so far. Itâs not clear how Fritz, who worked as a psychiatric nurse before joining the City Council, will finance the rest of her campaign. But maybe sheâs feeling lucky. Her annual financial disclosure report says more than 10 percent of her householdâs income last year came from online poker winnings hauled in by her son, Maxwell, on the Full Tilt Poker site.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams still wants a citywide plastic-bag ban now that the Oregon Legislature has again failed to pass a statewide version. Adams sponsored a 2010 City Council resolution that would introduce a plastic-bag ban similar to those in dozens of other cities and countries, provided the legislature failed to do so (âGreen With Envy,â WW, April 16, 2008). Why did Adamsâ staff propose an outright ban instead of a tax? âTheyâve looked at what has worked in other areas and what hasnât worked. Outright bans have been more successful,â says Adamsâ spokeswoman, Amy Ruiz. Adams is scheduled to leave for Baltimore on June 15 to attend a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) last week introduced a bill to expand the stateâs geothermal energy industry by allowing companies to search for new âhot spotsâ on federal land adjacent to existing geothermal production sites. Wyden wants to enable âremote sensingâ technologies (some subsidized by millions in federal economic-stimulus funds). Though lower profile than solar or wind power, geothermal drilling has proven controversial: The drillingâsometimes 2 miles deepâis suspected of damaging groundwater and increasing seismic activity. Oregon Wild Wilderness Coordinator Erik Fernandez tells WW that Wydenâs bill, which would allow public land to be leased for exploration without a competitive-bidding process, doesnât appear to violate existing environmental protections. âWe are supportive of geothermal energy as long as itâs done in the right place with a light touch on the landscape,â Fernandez says. âAt the end of the day, it really comes down to location, location, location.â