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Check out the Oregon coast for incoming surfperch

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    Bullard's Beach in Bandon provided Jasmyn Antos with this hog of a surfperch. Photo provided by Marie Cozine

Surfperch have arrived on Oregon shores. Those who do not fish for surfperch, or don’t know someone who fishes for them, are unlikely to get a chance to taste this fish. These fish can rarely, if ever, be found in fish sections of supermarkets. The May 23 recreational fishing report by the Oregon Department of…

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The lack of digital privacy in the United States

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The lack of personal control of digital data is a major concern to people of almost any demographic in the United States of America.  Federal congressional rulings have deemed the online data of U.S. consumers to be salable to any third parties internet service providers desire.  The ruling was made possible by the Congressional Review…

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League of Legends new campus club

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A new challenger has appeared on the UCC campus, but have no fear. . . it’s a gaming club. The Umpqua University League of Legends club, led by UCC student McKenzie Callahan, is working on their five-person team for competitive gaming. League of Legends is a multi-player online battle arena game. Other widely popular titles…

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An analysis of the bias in national media headlines

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  A news story’s headline can often be its most salient point, but a headline can also be misleading, divisive and inflammatory.  In a time where information is constantly transmitted and consumed as events unfold, viewers often only see news headlines. While many outlets claim to be fair and unbiased, this is not a realistic…

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Flags symbolize lives taken by Nazis

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    Kaya Maliglig / The Mainstream

The Days of Remembrance display at Swanson Amphitheater was organized to remember the 22 million lives lost under the Nazi regime during World War II. “It started with a student who was concerned with a lack of Holocaust awareness on campus a couple years back,” Perley said. Perley described the difference between “genocide” and “Holocaust”:…

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Coastal salmon seasons close in parts of Oregon, California

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    APRIL 11—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council decided to officially close both commercial and sport fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon along approximately 200 miles of the southern Oregon and northern California coasts for the remainder of 2017. According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council ‘s website: “Fisheries from the Florence South Jetty to Horse Mountain, California vwill be closed for the entire season to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook.” This closure primarily affects coastal waters from Florence to Horse Mountain, not inland rivers in Oregon. “Inland, spring-run Chinook fishing will still be allowed through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River. After these dates, both fisheries will close for the remainder of the calendar year,” according to the Lost Coast Outpost. The coastal closure was due to the sharp decline in returning salmon to the Klamath River in California; “returns of spawning Klamath River fall Chinook are projected to be the lowest on record in 2017 due to drought, disease, poor ocean conditions, and other issues,” according to PFMC. One parasite has been particularly impactful. The Oregon Public Broadcasting’s article “Drought Allows A Salmon-Killing Parasite To Thrive In The Klamath” details the complications of parasites on salmonids. The article points to the parasite Ceratanova, commonly known as “C” shasta, as the most prominent cause of salmon disease and death in the Klamath. While the parasite naturally resides in Northwest river systems, the abnormally warm water in the Klamath made conditions close to ideal for the parasite to multiply. According to the Eureka Times-Standard, “Tribal fishery scientists such as Michael Belchik of the Yurok Tribe stated the low return of spawners is the result of several severe years of drought conditions and river management practices, which caused the waters to warm and become hot beds for toxic algae and deadly parasites.” Native American tribes and commercial fishermen are most directly reliant upon the harvest. However, the decision will significantly impact coastal communities and economies. The closure impacts local industries dependent upon salmon beyond commercial fishing, such as tourism and dining. This spells more than frustration for those who rely upon salmon for food, tribal ceremonies or the economic stimulation that salmon bring to Pacific coast communities. “There is a lot of tears and there’s a lot of questions about how am I going to feed my family?” Yurok tribe General Council Amy Cordalis said to the Eureka Times-Standard. The article later said that the “Yurok Tribe Fisheries Department Director David Hillemeier said in good years the tribes would be allocated nearly 100,000 salmon by the Pacific Fishery Management Council for harvest. This year, Cordalis said they anticipate receiving 650 fish for the entire 6,100-member tribe.” Multiple reports have noted the dire issues facing communities that rely on the salmon. In the case of the Yurok people in northern California, allocations have been roughly one salmon per ten individuals. Removal of the dams along the Klamath is viewed as vital for salmon populations. OPB reported that “PacifiCorp is awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on a plan to remove its four Klamath River dams by 2020.” The Eureka Times-Standard estimated that “the removal project will cost about $450 million, with $250 million coming from California’s $1 billion water bond Proposition 1 and the remaining $200 million from PacifiCorp ratepayers.” PacifiCorp is a Portland-based company providing power to California, Washington and Oregon, including Roseburg. Information about which ratepayers may fund the potential dam removal is currently unavailable. Photo caption: Shown above are the Sport and Commercial zones affected; these zones keeping close to Eureka, CA and Florence, OR. Illustration by Peter Bordenave

APRIL 11—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council decided to officially close both commercial and sport fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon along approximately 200 miles of the southern Oregon and northern California coasts for the remainder of 2017. According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council ‘s website: “Fisheries from the Florence South Jetty to Horse Mountain,…

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What is a provost? Why are we about to have one?

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    Debra Thatcher will receive the Provost Search Committee's recommendation on March 23.

The selection for a provost is underway. The first candidate of five, Daniel Findley, PhD, spoke at a forum on March 7. Four other candidates have been scheduled to speak at UCC, but due to its publication date, the Mainstream was only able to cover the first candidate. The provost will replace the positions of…

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Mystery, romance and wit: Theatre Arts at UCC produces the award-winning musical “Curtains”

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    The Centerstage Theatre buzzed with excitement between cast and audience members immediately following the curtain call of the musical on Feb. 18.
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    The Centerstage Theatre buzzed with excitement between cast and audience members immediately following the curtain call of the musical on Feb. 18.
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    Jacob Mills (ensemble) and Aaron Carter (choreographer and ensemble) were not quite ready to stop practicing their blocking by the end of their Feb. 19 performance.
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    Jacob Mills (ensemble) and Aaron Carter (choreographer and ensemble) were not quite ready to stop practicing their blocking by the end of their Feb. 19 performance.

The Tony Award-winning musical “Curtains” delivered laugh after laugh at the Centerstage Theater this winter. The show opened Feb. 17 and runs through March 5. The direction, stagecraft, casting and acting all worked cooperatively under the direction of Stephanie Newman on the night of Feb. 18 to deliver a memorable performance to the audience members.…

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Caution advised during steelhead run

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    ODFW is using new counting methodology at the local Winchester Dam. Vladimir Sovyak / The Mainstream

Dedicated steelhead anglers face a strong steelhead run despite this winter’s high water, unfavorably cold water temperatures and poor water visibility. “We do anticipate that the run will be similar to last year’s. This run has been consistent over time and is likely due to steelhead’s life history that allows them to be more adaptable…

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