The Jefferson Exchange en Climate Change And Highways <p>Continued climate change will impact many things, transportation among them.</p><p></p><p>High sea levels, landslides, and wildfires can and do close roads.&nbsp; So the Federal Highway Administration is funding studies of potential climate change impacts in several states.&nbsp; California is one of them, and <strong><a href="" target="_blank">CalTrans</a></strong> will present updates on the process this week on the North Coast.&nbsp; Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:01:19 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17983 at Climate Change And Highways The Long Road To Jordan Cove <p>The decision on whether there will be a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay is still a while off.</p><p></p><p>But public officials in a position to influence the decision will certainly know the pros and cons.&nbsp; State and federal officials are getting an earful on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline plan.&nbsp; Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently met with a delegation from environmental groups.&nbsp; Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:53:52 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17981 at The Long Road To Jordan Cove From The Future: "The Collapse Of Western Civilization" <p>Try to imagine the Earth we're leaving for future generations.&nbsp; What might things look like in the 24th century?</p><p></p><p>Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, both historians of science, take a stab at this question in their book <strong><a href="" target="_blank">"The Collapse of Western Civilization."</a></strong>&nbsp; Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:47:26 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17980 at From The Future: "The Collapse Of Western Civilization" Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides <p></p><p>Complaints about pesticide use are fairly common around farms and forests.&nbsp; But a complaint about pesticide use on the Oregon coast is headed for court, with a unique approach.</p><p></p><p>Property owners in Gold Beach filed suit, challenging portions of the state's Right to Farm and Forest Law. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:34 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17921 at Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides West Nile Virus In Oregon <p></p><p>70 percent of people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms.&nbsp; That's the good news.</p><p></p><p>The bad news is that the people who do show symptoms can become very sick and take weeks to recover... and some can develop complications that lead to death. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:53:50 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17919 at West Nile Virus In Oregon A Love For Dogs That's Just "Off The Leash" <p></p><p>Who can resist a dog, with that fuzzy, warm face?&nbsp; A few people, actually.</p><p></p><p>Count Matthew Gilbert among them. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:50:04 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17918 at A Love For Dogs That's Just "Off The Leash" The Festival Of Eugene <p></p><p>Summer festivals continue across the region. Eugene steps up the activity late this week with the <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Festival of Eugene</a></strong>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:17:12 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17865 at The Festival Of Eugene Keeping The Wolverine Off The Endangered List <p></p><p>The federal Endangered Species Act seems to make everybody unhappy these days.&nbsp; Extractive industries don't like the way it changes the way they do business (think logging and the spotted owl).</p><p></p><p>And environmental groups are frequently frustrated by the federal government's slow moves to protect sensitive species. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:07:11 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17863 at Keeping The Wolverine Off The Endangered List The Glorious Vegetables of Italy <p></p><p>Put aside the meat and potatoes for a while, we need to talk about vegetables.&nbsp; And when you hear about Domenica Marchetti's book, you'll understand that need.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:02:22 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17862 at The Glorious Vegetables of Italy Southern Oregon's World Of Wine <p></p><p>The growth of the region's wine business gives residents and visitors alike ample chances to open a bottle.</p><p></p><p>And the regular events are supplemented by special gigs, like the <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival </a></strong>this week. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:17:09 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17802 at Southern Oregon's World Of Wine Medford Looks At Sign Regulations <p></p><p>Sign technology has gotten so good, some electronic signs offer an experience similar to watching TV.</p><p></p><p>And that's the problem for some people… the signs can be distracting to drivers as the pass by. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:13:13 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17801 at Medford Looks At Sign Regulations The End Of Absence <p></p><p>The connected life is just great… with a smartphone nearby, we need never be fully "away" from friends and loved ones. Sigh.</p><p></p><p>Writer Michael Harris says there's a unique opportunity for people of the "straddle generation." Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:23 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17800 at The End Of Absence The Value Of A Burning Forest <p></p><p></p><p>It's hard to think about the benefits of a forest fire when it's bearing down on your house or filling the air with smoke.&nbsp;</p><p>But fire is a natural part of the life cycle of forests.&nbsp;</p><p>And it is one that got pushed aside for many years, in favor of fire suppression.&nbsp; Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:21:16 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17677 at The Value Of A Burning Forest Giving Money To The City Council (Legally) <p></p><p></p><p>Think of the joys of being a city council member: you get to study difficult issues, you get to spend time in meetings, you get to interface with members of the public, often when they're angry.&nbsp;</p><p>And you don't get paid.&nbsp;</p><p>It is that last issue that a couple of members of the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Medford City Council</strong></a> want to explore.&nbsp;</p><p>John Michaels and Bob Strosser, both soon to depart the council, think perhaps a few dollars could sweeten the allure of a council seat.&nbsp; Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:16:41 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17676 at Giving Money To The City Council (Legally) Explosion Green <p></p><p></p><p>We've got many more people on the planet and many more devices requiring electricity, but electricity us is NOT rising sharply in the developed world.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because we've gotten good at energy conservation.&nbsp;</p><p>The green building movement figures heavily in the more efficient use of energy.&nbsp; Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:11:40 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17675 at Explosion Green Storm Large Sings Classical At Britt <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>With a name like<a href="" target="_blank"><strong> Storm Large</strong></a>, can you have anything but a big personality?&nbsp;</p><p>She's probably been asked that before, so we'll have to come up with a few more questions.&nbsp;</p><p>Storm Large is the Portland-based singer/writer/entertainer with a big following.&nbsp;</p><p>She'll perform Kurt Weill's "The Seven Deadly Sins" at the Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville tonight (August 15).&nbsp; Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17599 at Storm Large Sings Classical At Britt How Honest Are We? <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It might sell a few more bottles of tea, but it sets up a good question: how honest are we?&nbsp;</p><p>The organic beverage<a href="" target="_blank"><strong> Honest Tea </strong></a>started researching this a few years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>The company sets out coolers of its products, asking people not to take any.&nbsp;</p><p>You can guess what happens next... or maybe not.&nbsp; Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17598 at How Honest Are We? Afghanistan Through A Journalist's Eyes <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Afghanistan has been called "the graveyard of empires," because many a powerful country occupied Afghanistan, and NONE left on good terms.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Journalist Edward Girardet</strong></a> arrived in Afghanistan shortly before the Soviet Union invaded more than 30 years ago.&nbsp; After the USSR left, it ceased to be the USSR.&nbsp;</p><p>Edward Girardet has fared better, despite frequent trips to Afghanistan, getting to know the country and the people.&nbsp; Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17597 at Afghanistan Through A Journalist's Eyes Gonorrhea Infections Zoom In Southern Oregon <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>An increase in gonorrhea cases of 18 percent is enough to cause concern among health workers.&nbsp;</p><p>And that is the number for Oregon between 2012 and 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>Now consider the increase in Josephine County: 270 percent in the same period.&nbsp;</p><p>And that's not the highest... Jackson checks in with a 387 percent increase and Douglas County leaped 1,050 percent.&nbsp; Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17527 at Gonorrhea Infections Zoom In Southern Oregon Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Some of the prettiest waterways in our region could also be the richest in other ways.&nbsp;</p><p>Hard-money ways, because of potentially valuable mineral contents.&nbsp;</p><p>And miners have shown an interest in extracting some of the hard-rock riches of the streams.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is why environmental groups including <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>KS Wild</strong></a> just delivered thousands of letters to federal agencies, requesting a mineral withdrawal.&nbsp; Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17526 at Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams