Liam Moriarty http://ijpr.org en Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform http://ijpr.org/post/northwest-wildfires-boost-call-funding-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry </span>wildlands<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.</span></p><p>With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:53:10 +0000 Liam Moriarty 16480 at http://ijpr.org Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform The Great Society: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s LBJ Saga Continues http://ijpr.org/post/great-society-oregon-shakespeare-festival-s-lbj-saga-continues <p>Last month, the Tony Award for Best Play went to “All The Way,” a look at Lyndon Johnson’s sudden rise to the presidency and his push to pass the landmark Civil Rights Acts of 1964.</p><p>The play – written by Robert Schenkken and directed by Bill Rauch&nbsp;-- premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, before going on to Broadway.</p><p>Next week, the sequel – “The Great Society” – opens at OSF. Jefferson Public Radio'’s Liam Moriarty spoke with Bill Rauch and got a preview of the next chapter in this historical saga.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:05:31 +0000 Liam Moriarty 16108 at http://ijpr.org The Great Society: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s LBJ Saga Continues Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition http://ijpr.org/post/oregon-nickel-mine-proposal-runs-stiff-opposition <p>A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.</p><p>The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances. &nbsp;They’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:55:40 +0000 Liam Moriarty 15972 at http://ijpr.org Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Oregon Clean Fuel Rules http://ijpr.org/post/supreme-court-decision-could-impact-oregon-clean-fuel-rules <p>This week, the US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law.</p><p>Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:32:11 +0000 Liam Moriarty 15246 at http://ijpr.org Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Oregon Clean Fuel Rules Getting Judgmental In The Newsroom http://ijpr.org/post/getting-judgmental-newsroom <p>I always get a chuckle when I hear people say they don’t follow the news because it’s ”filtered.” What they want, they declare, is “unfiltered” news.</p><p>Good luck with that.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:13:57 +0000 Liam Moriarty 15038 at http://ijpr.org Getting Judgmental In The Newsroom Soul Man: Krishna Das Comes To Ashland http://ijpr.org/post/soul-man-krishna-das-comes-ashland <p>The New York Times has called Krishna Das “The Chantmaster of American Yoga.” The one-time rock’n’roller turned spiritual devotee has earned a following with his soulful voice and heartfelt approach to traditional Indian devotional chant. JPR’s Liam Moriarty recently spoke with the Grammy-nominated singer, who will be performing in Ashland on July 1.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:51:12 +0000 Liam Moriarty 14812 at http://ijpr.org Soul Man: Krishna Das Comes To Ashland Getting Small: The Joys and Challenges of Tiny House Living http://ijpr.org/post/getting-small-joys-and-challenges-tiny-house-living <p>Since 1950, the size of the average American house has nearly tripled, to more than 2,400 square feet. Not coincidentally, US consumers on average also pay a much larger portion of their income on keeping a roof over their heads.</p><p>Now, as JPR’s Liam Moriarty reports, a small but growing number of people – in the Northwest and beyond -- are scaling back their housing needs and trading square footage for more time and freedom.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:37:31 +0000 Liam Moriarty 14656 at http://ijpr.org Getting Small: The Joys and Challenges of Tiny House Living Dr. Roy Saigo Appointed Interim SOU President http://ijpr.org/post/dr-roy-saigo-appointed-interim-sou-president <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Southern Oregon University has a new president.</span></p><p>Dr. Roy Saigo&nbsp;was approved as the interim president of SOU on Friday at a meeting of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Oregon State Board of Higher Education</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The vacancy was created when current </span>SOU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> President Dr. Mary </span>Cullinan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced she accepted the job as president at Eastern Washington University near Spokane.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:17:43 +0000 Liam Moriarty 14434 at http://ijpr.org Dr. Roy Saigo Appointed Interim SOU President Cullinan Takes Top Post At Eastern Washington University http://ijpr.org/post/cullinan-takes-top-post-eastern-washington-university <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Second time's the charm.</span><br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just a month after being a finalist for a job at Youngstown University in Ohio, Southern Oregon University President Mary </span>Cullinan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has announced she's leaving </span>SOU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the end of June to assume the presidency of Eastern&nbsp;Washington University near Spokane.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:39:33 +0000 Liam Moriarty 14211 at http://ijpr.org Cullinan Takes Top Post At Eastern Washington University The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return http://ijpr.org/post/wolf-door-california-wrestles-predator-s-return <p>It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon.</p><p>That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:40:01 +0000 Liam Moriarty 13963 at http://ijpr.org The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return