August 2010 Blog Posts (4)

CERT Steps Up | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Just came back from a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) outing up in the Oak Knoll subdivision on Ashland's southeast edge, 18 hours after fire destroyed eleven homes. We canvassed the neighborhood, making sure everyone was ok and looking for smoldering… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

One Way "Our Strength is Our Community" | Commentary

By Jeff Golden



Our Strength is Our Community
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It's our campaign slogan, and today I walked into an inspiring nuts-and-bolts example. It was a meeting of the Jackson County Task Force on Homelessness. There I found about 30 dedicated people from a couple of dozen organizations, some of whom have been meeting monthly for 20… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

"The Man Who Loved Trains: The Life and Times of Alfred E. Perlman" | Historical Review

By Lee Perlman



An another amazing presentation at Ashland Historic Railroad Museum," The Man Who Loved Trains: The Life and Times of Alfred E. Perlman" by Lee Perlman, local journalist and Ashland Historic Railroad Museum, Vice-President. The Museum was at full capacity again for this one.



If you missed the presentation, the exhibit is still on for the month of August and September. If you… Continue

Added by Ashland Historic Railroad Museum on August 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Three Poems | Poetry

By Charu Colorado



Shore in August


At the end of day birds bright and bold

proceed into eternity

Speed across the darkened sky

and disappear in a sweep of golden light.



I watch the torn asunder cloud

reveal the hover of plover wing

Above their final cliff side habitat

Serene the chant of wind and surf subsides.



What Matters

My father

The captain of… Continue

Added by Charu Colorado on August 6, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

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Ecology News

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution | The Independent

China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage.  A large regiment from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland. The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city.

Good News: This Year's Monarch Butterfly Migration Is Larger Than We've Seen in Recent Years | Better Homes & Gardens

Every autumn, monarch butterflies migrate across the U.S., heading south (and in some cases, west) for the winter. They are one of the few butterfly species that makes such a long migration—it can be up to 3,000 miles, and they often travel in such large groups that they fill the sky with their orange-and-black wings and blanket vegetation when resting. But over the past two decades, their numbers have been steadily declining, to the point that this insect is being considered for the endangered species list. Since 1997, when an estimated 682 million monarchs swooped through the air, the population has dwindled as low as 25 million monarchs in 2014 before rebounding to 150 million in 2016. So when reports of this year’s migration seem to indicate more of these winged wonders than usual, it could be a sign that their populations are continuing to make a comeback.

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy | Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Berlin — Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.

New urban algae canopy produces as much oxygen as four hectares of woodland | The Plaid Zebra

An urban canopy created with algae has got people talking about the link between technology and environment. According to Gizmag, the bio-digital structure pumps a fluid with microalgae around a transparent shelter, which in turn produces shade, energy in the form of biomass, and an impressive amount of oxygen amounting to the equivalent of four hectares of woodland. When it comes to photosynthesis, microalgae organisms are ten times more efficient than large trees and grass. Buildings and architectural surfaces are efficient spaces to utilize this technology.

U.S. House votes to ban uranium mining near Grand Canyon | Arizona Mirror

The U.S. House approved legislation Wednesday to permanently ban uranium and other hardrock mining near the Grand Canyon.  The bill from Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, passed by a vote of 236-185. 

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