The Bridge:
A weekly half-hour public affairs program featuring the issues, events and people of the
Northwest and Greater Lower Columbia Pacific region

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Host and Producer: Kathleen Morgain

Kathleen produces news and features plus performs varied
operations duties at Coast Community Radio.    
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The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The 35th anniversary of the eruption of
Mt. St. Helens - eyewitnesses talk about the event, also how the city of
Longview, Washington is still dealing with the aftermath
.  Plus Tillamook
author Arlene Sochitano -  and why a tiny brewery in Washington's
Wahkiakum County had to change its name.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Preparations for a possible drought
season, treating video game addicts, Clark County, WA bans
e-cigarettes, regulating recreational pot in Oregon.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Using viral videos of violent incidents
involving police and the public for instruction in police academies, an
electric car on an extensive NW road trip, Yakama tribal member Natalie
Swan on saving heritage plants on tribal lands near Hanford, Anna King
on reporting from one of the world's most contaminated waste sites and
will U.S. customers develop a taste for eating insects?
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  An aborted school shooting in
Washington, the burden of medical debt, breeding better vegetables
and a conversation with coordinators of the
Mind and Body Conference
about adolescent development and sexuality to be presented at Clatsop
Community College May 8 and 9.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  A mixed welcome in Washington's Port
Angeles for Shell Oil's Alaska bound massive oil rig, opposition to the US
Forest Services recovery plan for the Klamath National Forest, changes in
Washington's medical marijuana rules, a Celilo Falls reveal plan and
workers tell of maintenance issues at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville,
before the roof caved in last winter.
The Bridge/David Paul.  Katheleen Morgain talks with Randy Dennis
about Razor Clam Festival at the Long Beach Peninsula Saturday April
18. We'll heart about a proposed towns to trails trail network in the
Columbia River Gorge. Conrad Wilson will tell us how colleges are
helping veterans returning to school the GI Bill.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The growing population of military
veterans in colleges and trade schools, reactions to Oregon's new
standardized testing in middle and high schools, agriculture vs fish when
it comes to marijuana cultivation and the missing Troy Kelley files.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  New standardized testing in Oregon
schools, Road and bridge improvements could mean a higher Oregon
gas tax, returning WW2 Japanese flags to their families,  the latest on
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelly and honoring U of O President Dave
The Bridge/David Paul.  Cleaning up PCBs in Spokane, NRA vs Idaho
gun owners, Greyhound racing ban faltering in the Oregon Legislature &
a proposed Coquille casino for Medford.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Jackson County's pot tax, Washington's
first government pot shop, domestic violence and digital privacy and how
you can learn to build your own wordpress website.
The Bridge/David Paul.  A conversation with Oregon Attorney General
Ellen Rosenblum.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The investigation continues in the police
shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington.  University
of Washington seismologists promote an early warning system for
earthquakes and about tonight's presentation on retirement planning in
Astoria by Thrivent and Grace Espiscopal Church at 4 and 6pm.  Free
The Bridge/David Paul  David talks with Larry Taylor about a proposed
change in the way Port of Astoria Commissioners are selected,
Correspondent Austin Jenkins looks at the issue of runaway foster kids
in Washington, Liz Jones talks with immigrant kids who face an uncertain
future regarding their residency in the US and reactions to the
resignation of John Kitzhaber.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  A tough week for Oregon Governor John
Kitzhaber, Columbia Riverkeeper Conservation Director Dan Serres on
LNG and salmon, runaway foster kids and a chilly reception for the idea
of transfering ownership of the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds to the
Port District.
The Bridge/David Paul.   Oppositon to a proposed casino for the Coquille
tribe, low teacher pay equals difficulty in recruiting new teachers to
Idaho, the first female submariners, snowmaking in NW ski resorts, a
NW nurse treats Ebola patients in Liberia and the last voyage of the
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Oregon communities prepare for "The Big
One', the Oregon legislative session starts next week, and should
Washington ban non-motorized vehicles on beaches?, and - ride the bus
free today (Jan 29) in Clastop County!
The Bridge/David Paul  David talks with Christopher Smith, Director of
the North Coast Forest Alliance about management plans for the Clatsop
and Tillamook State Forests.  Incorporating conservation, timber
harvests and recreation.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Project Homeless Connect Jan 29 in
Longbeach, WA, Avain Flu export woes in the NW, Klamath Basin water
disputes and will Vancouver WA, be home to the largest oil export
terminal on the West Coast?
The Bridge/David Paul.  Familes dealing with hunger in Oregon, the
evolution of the Catholic Church in Yakima, Washington, dredging the
Snake River, and drones in Idaho.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  IRA changes for 2015, surveying species
using environmental DNA, Who regulates rental mobile homes in
Washington, and Chris Wright of The Harbor; Clatsop Counties domestic
violence shelter and resource center, explains how to become a
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Conservation nurseries in Oregon and
Washington prisons, Southern Oregon residents discuss the cultural and
economic impacts of recreational marijuana legalization and the
evolution of the legal pot business in Washington.
The Bridge/David Paul.  Saving a Yakama Nation sacred mountain, new
geologic mapping in Washington to avoid Oso-like landslides, breast
cancer dianosis and treatment for Latinas, pot tax deliberations in
Washington, and an update on wolf kills.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Should Oregon municipalities have the
authority to tax, regulate or ban recreational marijuana sales?  
Roadblocks in implementing smaller class sizes in Washington.  When
all is quiet on the seismic front, should we be listening more carefully?
Canadian 'medical tourists' come to a North Idaho hospital.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  US Senator Jeff Merkley on his Keystone
XL pipeline vote, Astoria will get a warming center.  Should politicians go
through a waiting period before becoming a lobbyist and the increasing
use of drones in the NW.
The Bridge/David Paul.  Wild horse roundups, HBO and a new Lewis and
Clark drama with Sacajawea portrayed be a Native American actress,
marijuana reform and medical pot, the aftermath of the Methow Valley
fires and Washington State celebrates a birthday.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Excerpts from the Warrenton city
candidates forum with mayoral candidates Mark Kujala, Mark Baldwin,
plus Warrenton commission position 4 candidates Pam Ackley, Richard
Frisbee, David Goldthorpe and Rick Newton.  Also on the show: the GMO
labeling initiative in Oregon and two gun control measures in
The Bridge/David Paul  The Bridge takes a look at local and state
political contests.
The Bridge/David Paul  Author Matt Love on The Ken Kesey Project;
AAUW Candidates Forum
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Bridge takes a look at recreational
marijuana in Washington and Oregon. Also: the aftermath of the 2014
fire season.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Sean Fitzpatrick of the Friends of the
Armory, about The Mayor's Ball, to be held October 4th at the Astoria
Armory.  The event will honor the career of Astoria Mayor Willis Van
Dusen.  It is also a fund-raiser for the continued restoration of the
Armory Building.  Also:  The Mayor of Oso, Washington reflects on the
aftermath of the landslide disaster this past spring, and the current state
of the Oregon Governor's race.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Will voters approve a top-two primary in
Oregon?, Female farmworkers speak out about sexual harrassment.  In
Ashland, lodging operators pushback against under the radar private
nightly room rentals, and Clatsop Economic Development Resources
teaches the basics of starting your own business.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  NEDtalks with the Astoria Downtown
Historic District Association, a couple moves on after fire destroys their
home and livilihood in northeastern Washington.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Bridge takes a look at midwivery in
the Northwest; also, the increasing use of C-section deliveries.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Reporter Alex Johnson takes us to
Gloria's Secret Cafe' where one energetic business woman does it
all--cooking, cleaning and serving.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Growing marijuana on a large scale in
Washington. Correspondent Anna King joins Kathleen to tour farms and
grow sites. We'll learn about the challenges and rewards of cultivating
pot professionally.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Who pays to fight and prevent wildfires?,
Why the present day percentage of blacks in Oregon's population is less
than 2%, testing for radiation in Oregon coastal waters after the
Fukushima disaster, preventing HIV and breeding queen bees in your
back yard.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Skamokawa, Washington
Singer/Songwriter Kerrie McNally talks about the inspiration for her
music; birds in the wild, rural life and the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion
Act in the Lower Columbia region.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Wildfire survivors in Oregon, how trees
recover from fire, no threatened species listing likely for the Woverine
and more low income children receive dental care in Washington than in
any other state.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Reactions to Washington's first legal
recreational marijuana sales, plus who will be held accountable for 7
deaths in the Tesoro Anacortes refinery explosion?
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  David Curl of Solstice Forge in Naselle,
WA.  The process of forging iron, plus MetalFest, a benefit for the
blacksmithing program at Clatsop Community College.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Piumesha Treaty Days in Warm
Springs; the trend to tiny houses; a young woman who helped rescue
horses after the Oso mudslide rides the rodeo circuit.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Oregon Veterans Memorial, Friends
and family on Bowe Bergdahl's return, Klatmath waters wars resolution
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The City of Seaside's 2034 Visioning
process.  Workshops are underway.  The report so far from organizers
Esther Moberg, Seaside Library Director and Jay Barber, Seaside City
Council member. Also, what happened in Ryderwood Washington, when
citizens couldn't agree on the direction for their community, plus the
Maker Culture and a new hackerspace in Medford.       
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Astoria High School athlete Myra-Shay
Vazquez and Cross Country Coach Chuck Adams on sports programs at
AHS and how one student has been invited to a tournament in Australia,
also Vicki Allenbeck and Kyleen Austin of the Skamokawa Farmstead
Creamery with their first goat cheese sales, and Bob Duke, Outreach
Director for the Friends of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge about
programs for the public.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Clatsop County Historical Society
Executive Director Mac Burns talks about Astoria history and the Society's
annual meeting at the Liberty Theater.     
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  NW millenials and how they're shaping
society and the new economy.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Questions to, and answers from the
candidates for the Clatsop County Commission, from the AAUW
Candidates Forum Wednesday night. (April 30)
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Coversations with Clatsop County
Commission District 5 candidates Lianne Thompson and Dale Barrett.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  How to be a volunteer Skywarn Severe
Weather Spotter.  Classes soon in Nehalem, Cannon Beach and the new
online virtual training.   
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stand Up Stories with Clatsop County
District Attorney Josh Marquis on access to mental health issues and
Greg Delgado, organizer the the Oregon immigrants rights group:
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Oso update, travel tips from Clatsop
Community College.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories: Oso slide update, geologic
hazards mapping, two local tsunamis 50 years ago, and CERT training in
Nehalem, Oregon April 25, 26, 27 and May 4.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories: Preserving Native American
bones revealed by the Wanapum Dam drawdown, plans for the
restoration of historic salmon runs above Grand Coulee Dam, a doctor
shortage in Oregon's Lane County and hopes for legislation that would
put wildfire fighting federal funding on par with that of other disasters.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories: A new Clatsop County
Commissioner, stabilizing the educational experience for some Tacoma,
Washington homeless kids, new research from OHSU on pollutants.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories:  Homeless help in Astoria,
Oregon and Olympia, Washington.  Living downstream from Wanapum
and Hanford.  Speed speakers in Astoria.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories:  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories: Astoria City Council's Goal Setting
for 2014, more fines on the Flavel properties, Should it be easy for
parents to exclude their kids from immunization vaccinations?
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories:  Reorganizing Oregon's DMV
offices for better customer service, immigration legislation in
Washington, continuing problems with Washington State Patrol's trooper
radios and growing biofuels in Oregon.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories:  Oregon US Senator Jeff Merkley
on the Farm Bill, Microsoft gets a new CEO, Citizen concerns about
Astoria's surplus property sales and Oregon legislators consider
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories:  New standardized testing meant
to measure critical thinking, how to make basic household repairs with
Clatsop Community College, avoiding Lyme Disease, and Accessorize
with Assistance League - a Super Bowl Sunday event to aid children in
Clatsop County
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Stories:  Astoria's surplus property sales;
Search for new Astoria City Manager; Social Security - what you need to
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Market Biz Kids program of the
Astoria Sunday Market - an interview with Cyndi Mudge, Director.  Also
Project Homeless connect of CCA with Tony Degoede and Viviana
Mathews, plus Erin Skaa of Tillamook CARE.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  guest:  Melanie Drecksell on grants for
Value Added producers
details.  Also Eradicating English Ivy; Spotted
Frog; Ashland Food Project.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Historic Preservation in Oregon - Heritage
native Oaks in the Willamette Valley, and saving the Neacoxie Creek
Livery Barn in Gearhart.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  A sales tax for Oregon?  The Winter Brew
Cup, a local chef's syndicate and the Astoria Winter Market.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The latest on the Cover Oregon website
woes, and how large corporations have leaned on state legistatures in
Oregon and Washington to get exclusive concessions.  Also on the show,
how the Lincoln County school district uses the ocean as a classroom
integral to the way its students learn, and the Astoria City Council moves
forward with surplus property sales and transfers of some downtown
properties between the city, the Columbia Maritime Museum and a local
non-profit preservation group.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Board of Clatsop County
Commissioners approve transferring juvenile offenders to Cowlitz County
for housing, the Finance Director presented the fiscal first quarter budget
report - the General fund balance should cover 2 months of operating
expenses.  And public comment on a draft ordinance that would ban the
use of bullhooks and whips on animals in shows taking place in the
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Astoria 20-year Transportation Plan,
a rocky start for the new procedure for selling surplus city property in
Astoria, and how Russian fishers taught American fishers how to
transport catches to trawlers at sea.     
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Great Shake-Out preview with Director
of Tillamook Emergency Management Gordon McCraw, candidates for the
contested election for Position 1 ot the Port of Ilwaco commission and
Robert (Jake) Jacob, owner of Astoria's Cannery Pier Hotel, makes a
case for saving Astoria's Armory building.     
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  De-stigmatizing mental illness, the US
Supreme Court rules a NW couple can take the EPA to court and  - are
the growing number of craft breweries leading to a beer bubble?      
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Clatsop County Commissioners deny the
consolidated land use application from Oregon Pipeline LLC.  Testimony
from attorneys from both sides, a debrief on the Oregon Main Street
Conference from Astoria Downtown Historic District Association Executive
Director Alana Garner, and Maria Brooks visits with Ilwaco, Washington
Cranberry farmer Malcolm McFail.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The politics of GMO regulation,  and a
retail pirate buys then resells Trader Joe products.  He got sued for the
practice, but prevailed in court.    
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Two previously uninsured Washington
residents sucessfully navigate the new health insurance exchange, also
Clatsop Community College, the Oregon Library Association and KMUN
will produce audio stories about your life and how a library, reading or a
person in the library has impacted you.  The story may be funny, sad,
empowering; expressed in a way that communicates your truth.  To
submit your stories, contact
Candice Watkins, librarian.  Complete
information on the
Clatsop Community College website.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The federal government shut down, the
Oregon Legislature's special session, the Oregon Main Street Conference
in Astoria this week, and testing the potency of pot.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  How climate change can affect your
investments, an update on Astoria's Armory building, in-state tuition for
undocumented students, the Oregon capitol's 75th anniversary and JFK
in Hanford.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Highlights from the Lifeboat
Academy/Clatsop Community College Emergency Preparedness
Workshop, also how game and multi media producers are providing a
bright spot in the Northwest economy.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  A shifting job climate in the wake of the
most devestating recession in over a generation.  Aerospace giant
Boeing seeks to move more jobs out of the NW, getting into the
healthcare field is not the slam dunk some predicted, even having your
own business is no guarantee of a steady income.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Astoria Community Development Director
Brett Estes on the Astoria Transportation Plan, a return of earmarks to
the Washington State capital budget and a brand new farmers market
starts up just as the gardening season comes to an end.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  The Chinese-American experience in
Astoria from Ronald Law, highlights of the Clatsop Commissioners
meeting and Former Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District
Manager Mary Blake, now co-chair of a committee to support a bond
measure to establish a K-12 school campus for the Seaside School
District.  The campus would be contructed to withstand a magnitude 9
quake, plus be out of the reach of tsunamis.
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  A Seattle experiment in food security with
the establishment of a community arboretum, including tree crops.  Also
on the show, Cow Olympics from the Oregon State Fair, and a song
about Hanford radioactive tank waste.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  How a Vancouver, Washington start up
hopes to profit by reducing wastewater treatment costs for rural
communities, also, how a concerned dad became a citizen lobbyist to the
Washington legislature.   
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Urban homesteaders, the effects of
wildfire smoke on fish runs and a Hurricane Katrina refugee finds a new
home in Oregon.  
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Guest:  Board of Clatsop County
Commissioners meeting - Clatsop County Fair report, A land use appeal
and approval for the "Bridges to Breakers" bicyle ride and fundraiser,
also avain botulism in the Klamath Basin and life on the Warm Springs
The Bridge/Kathleen Morgain.  Guest:  Dian Cooper, Executive Director of
Cowlitz Family Health, on staffing rural health clinics,  also on the show:
GMO labeling rules many hurt some businesses, but help others.