Liam Moriarty http://ijpr.org en Armed Citizen Groups Fill Law Enforcement Gaps http://ijpr.org/post/armed-citizen-groups-fill-law-enforcement-gaps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rural counties in southern Oregon are suffering from the loss of the federal timber money that used to be the mainstay of county government budgets.</span></p><p>After repeated failed efforts to get residents to approve tax increases, officials in Josephine County made dramatic cutbacks in county services, including law enforcement.&nbsp;</p><p>In response, a growing number of armed citizen groups are cropping up to fill that public safety vacuum.</p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:47:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10331 at http://ijpr.org Armed Citizen Groups Fill Law Enforcement Gaps Ag Industry Rallies to Defeat Jackson County Anti-GMO Measure http://ijpr.org/post/ag-industry-rallies-defeat-jackson-county-anti-gmo-measure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If voters approve, Jackson County would become the first in the state to ban growing genetically modified crops. A local farmers’ group has put a measure on the May ballot. The measure would apply to just one, mostly-rural county. But the campaign has attracted attention – and money – from around the state and across the nation, as </span>ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> groups and biotech giants have poured huge amounts of cash into the fight.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:18:20 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10039 at http://ijpr.org Ag Industry Rallies to Defeat Jackson County Anti-GMO Measure Public Weighs In On Proposed Ashland Gun Ordinance http://ijpr.org/post/public-weighs-proposed-ashland-gun-ordinance <p>It was standing room only at the City Council chamber in Ashland &nbsp;last night, as elected officials heard from supporters and opponents of a proposed gun control ordinance.&nbsp;After passionate pleading from both sides, the council voted to take the next step toward enacting the law.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:30:16 +0000 Liam Moriarty 9327 at http://ijpr.org Public Weighs In On Proposed Ashland Gun Ordinance Facing A Hot Wildfire Season, Officials Pitch New Funding Bill http://ijpr.org/post/facing-hot-wildfire-season-officials-pitch-new-funding-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This summer is shaping up to be a hot season for wildfires, especially on the west coast. Federal officials and lawmakers took the opportunity Monday to urge passage of legislation that would treat big wildfires like other natural disasters. They say this would fix a problem that’s hampered efforts to prevent the fires in the first place.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:44:54 +0000 Liam Moriarty 9268 at http://ijpr.org Facing A Hot Wildfire Season, Officials Pitch New Funding Bill NorCal Highway Projects Raise Environmental Concerns http://ijpr.org/post/norcal-highway-projects-raise-environmental-concerns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recently, an independent review of California’s transportation department </span>Caltrans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> concluded the agency is stuck in the past. Some activists say several </span>Caltrans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> projects along the North Coast are examples of the need for reform.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:17:36 +0000 Liam Moriarty 9014 at http://ijpr.org NorCal Highway Projects Raise Environmental Concerns 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up http://ijpr.org/post/2014-legislative-wrap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the 2014 legislative session. As might be expected, a lot of big ideas were brought forward in January, but by the end of the session relatively few survived. </span>JPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Liam </span>Moriarty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke with Northwest News Network capital correspondent Chris Lehman to get the lowdown on what did – and didn’t – get done.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:25:41 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8883 at http://ijpr.org 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up Rough and Ready Mill To Re-open http://ijpr.org/post/rough-and-ready-mill-re-open <p>Nearly a year ago, the last commercial sawmill operating in southern Oregon’s Josephine County shut its doors, laying off 85 workers. Now, the Rough and Ready Lumber Company is gearing up to re-open, with the help of financing facilitated by the government and conservation groups.</p><p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:01:17 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8774 at http://ijpr.org Rough and Ready Mill To Re-open Upon My Return http://ijpr.org/post/upon-my-return <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coming back to </span>JPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after nearly nine years has been a happy challenge for me. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In some ways, it’s been </span>déjà<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vu all over again...</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last time I was in the </span>JPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> newsroom, I worked in the same studio and sat at the same desk as I do now. I’m working with a lot of the same people, too. And when I was moving back in, deep in one drawer I even found some old business cards of mine, from when I was </span>JPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> News Director in 2002–2005.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:31:47 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8641 at http://ijpr.org Upon My Return Out of the Shadows: An Emerging Cannabis Industry Seeks Respectability http://ijpr.org/post/out-shadows-emerging-cannabis-industry-seeks-respectability <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority started accepting &nbsp;license applications for the first state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries. The law’s supporters hope to assure patients safe access to their medicine. But as a rapidly expanding list of states allows medical marijuana – and with Washington and Colorado legalizing recreational use of pot – a growing cohort of entrepreneurs hears opportunity knocking.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:26:28 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8405 at http://ijpr.org Out of the Shadows: An Emerging Cannabis Industry Seeks Respectability Are Whales At Risk From Navy Sonar Training Plans? http://ijpr.org/post/are-whales-risk-navy-sonar-training-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Active sonar is the Navy’s best weapon to detect the presence of hostile submarines. But that same powerful underwater pulse of sound can harm or even kill whales and other marine mammals. Now, the Navy is seeking permission to continue using a huge swath of the Northwest coast – from northern California to the Canadian border -- for a wide range of naval training and practice, including sonar. The Navy says it’s taking precautions, but others say it’s not enough.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:38:16 +0000 Liam Moriarty 8264 at http://ijpr.org Are Whales At Risk From Navy Sonar Training Plans?