In the end, it was an ‘Everything Everywhere’ night at the Oscars
Everything Everywhere All at Once swept the Oscars! Learn more here.
Everything Everywhere All at Once didn’t win every award for which it was nominated — it was nominated for 11 and won seven. But it won big ones, again and again: best picture, best original screenplay, best director, best supporting actor and actress, best actress, and best editing.
For a stretch in the middle of the ceremony, it seemed like All Quiet On The Western Front might be coming on very strong, but the pendulum swung back. What’s perhaps most surprising is how many films that once seemed like strong contenders for…
Pacific salmon seem to be getting smaller. Here’s what that might mean for the future
Returning Pacific salmon numbers are high, but the fish themselves are smaller. Learn more here.
By Paul Marshall (OPB)
The number of salmon returning to Bristol Bay Alaska from the Pacific Ocean last year was higher than it’s been in at least 20 years. But the fish themselves are smaller. And that seems to be true for other salmon across the region. Science and nature writer Miranda Weiss talked to scientists and fishermen about why the fish might be getting smaller, and what impacts that will have in the Pacific Northwest.
OPB’s Paul Marshall spoke with Weiss.
Paul Marshall: You…
Eugene becomes first city in Oregon to restrict natural gas in new residential construction
Eugene passed a bill to restrict natural gas in new residential construction. Learn more here.
Natural gas infrastructure will be banned in new low-rise residential buildings in Eugene.
City Council passed the surprise resolution 5-3 Monday night, during a discussion on whether to send the issue to the ballot.
Developers will have to use electric appliances and power when building new residences of three stories or less. The ordinance applies to building permits submitted on or after June 30, and it does not affect existing buildings.
Eugene will be the first city in Oregon with…
Oregon’s new gun laws remain blocked, won’t go into effect early Thursday
Ballot Measure 114 concerning gun laws will not go into effect today. Learn more here.
By Jonathan Levinson (OPB)
Ballot Measure 114 will not become law at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 8.
The Oregon Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a state Department of Justice petition asking the court to throw out a lower court’s temporary restraining order blocking the law from taking effect.
Harney County Circuit Court Judge Robert Raschio issued the order Tuesday, saying the law violated the Oregon state constitution’s right to bear arms. Raschio said Oregonians would be “unable to lawfully purchase a firearm or bear a magazine capable…
Company scraps lithium project in Oregon’s Alvord Desert
A lithium mining project in the Alvord Desert has been called quits. Learn more here.
An Australian company is calling it quits on a lithium project in southeast Oregon’s Alvord Desert.
The Reedy Lagoon Corporation, a mineral explorer based outside Melbourne, announced Friday that it would stop work on its project near the town of Fields, Oregon, after finding out the land was off limits to new mining.
It’s the second lithium project to flop in Harney County this summer as companies look to cash in on the United States’ hunger for the mineral known as “white gold.” Lithium is the main ingredient in batteries for…
A well-positioned skylight is a simple way to harness ‘passive solar’ power, Oregon research finds
Enjoy this article about the new research out of University of Oregon on skylights and their benefits for passive house heating.
Heating houses is a major energy suck. Behind passenger cars and trucking, it’s the largest energy draw in the United States.
But it turns out homeowners looking to stay warm don’t need to rely just on a pile of electrons or a pipeful of methane.
Research out of the University of Oregon shows that, even on the cloudy western sides of Oregon and Washington, a large chunk of our heating needs could be met with a few well-positioned (and well-managed) skylights.