The Human Beat June 13th 2022

To honor Juneteenth I want to revisit a 2020 conversation with four friends about race and justice, and where things stand for people who look like them.  All are black. We’ll hear from Denise Reed, Bereniece Jones-Centeno, Amber Hope Duffy and Charles Withers. Oregon is still mostly white, and I started by asking what it…

The Human Beat May 9th 2022

This morning we’re talking with a local person who is homeless. This will be the first in what I hope will be a series of discussions to help us better understand the individuals among the human beings we may tend to lump together as, “The Homeless.” I went to Lifeboat Services downtown, which houses both…

The Human Beat March14 2022

Welcome to the Human Beat!  I’m Roger Rocka.   The City of Astoria is engaged in a process intended to provide some affordable housing downtown, in the area bounded by Duane, Exchange, 11th and 12th streets.  Some additional units would be used by Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare to provide housing and treatment for their clients.   The City is engaged in exclusive…

The Human Beat Febuary 14 2022

The United States is facing a national blood crisis, brought on by complications from the pandemic. A significant portion of hospital blood needs for patients is not being met.  Doctors are forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who has to wait until more becomes available. The American Red Cross is…

The Human Beat January 10 2022

On the north side of Commercial Street in Astoria – between 10th and 11th streets – is a building housing the Beacon Clubhouse and Filling Empty Bellies. The two organizations are filling gaps in the community – meeting vital needs – but they serve and attract homeless people and that has caused concern from some neighbors….

The Human Beat December 13 2021

Welcome to the Human Beat!  I’m Roger Rocka. Clatsop Community Action is a non-profit agency that has been providing services to low-income residents of the county for over 30 years.  CCA tries to help people meet their critical needs like shelter and food.  Their clients include people who are homeless. The executive director of Clatsop…

The Human Beat, August 09 2021

Finally, two weeks ago, the overture began and Astoria’s Cascadia Chamber Opera Company emerged from the long pandemic shutdown. The new season began with a performance at the Performing Arts Center of the comic opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. I talked with opera Artistic Director Bereniece Jones-Centeno about how things went.  

The Human Beat, June 14 2021

He is Oregon’s all-time winningest high school baseball coach. He has five state titles and seven state championship game appearances. 18 league titles, including 5-for-5 with Astoria High School. In 30 years of coaching, his teams never missed the playoffs. He took the Astoria baseball team to the state championship game four times and won…

The Human Beat, May 10 2021

For more than 40 years, Economist Ernie Niemi has investigated and described the relationship between the natural environment and local economies, in Oregon and elsewhere. Niemi, President of Natural Resource Economics, spoke before North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection recently about some of the economics of logging in Oregon. He discussed logging profits, taxes, jobs,…

The Human Beat, September 14 2020

Today’s program focuses on Consejo Hispano, formerly the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council. In a wide ranging conversation – edited here for time – we talked about the one stop, range of help provided through Consejo Hispano, which has expanded services in Clatsop, Tillamook, Columbia and Pacific counties. But our conversation also led us to immigration, to hate and…

The Human Beat, August 10 2020

Astor Street Opry Company will be doing a tribute to Shanghaied in Astoria… outdoors this Friday in the parking lot of its playhouse.  The idea is to provide some theatrical fun, safe from COVID-19.  You’ll find details on the Facebook page for Astor Street Opry Company.   This would have been Shanghaied’s 36th year.  In…

The Human Beat, Feb 11, 2019

Join Host Roger Rocka for The Human Beat. Show Synopsis: “Welcome to the Human Beat. I’m Roger Rocka. Oregon Forest laws were the topic when representatives from Oregon Wild spoke recently at the Fort George Lovell Room. Chandra LeGue and Jason Gonzales argued that Strong Forest Laws Are Good For Business and jobs, even as…