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JeffX | March 5, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu March 5, 2015

It's Beneath Us: Groundwater Awareness Week

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Maybe something as important as drinking water should get more than a week for recognition. 

But next week, March 8-14, is Groundwater Awareness Week across the country. 

Our region traditionally relies on surface water fed by snowpack, but groundwater grows in importance in drought years. 

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JeffX | March 5, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Jordan Cove Backers Make Their Case

Jordan Cove as it looks today, with the bridge at North Bend in the background.
Credit Wikimedia

It's the top environmental issue in the region at the moment: the plan for a liquified natural gas export terminal near North Bend, and a long pipeline (230+ miles) to supply it. 

The Jordan Cove project has several regulatory hurdles to clear before any digging starts. 

Environmental groups are arrayed against it, and finding many similar opinions in the area. 

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What To Do WIth AirBnB?
6:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Bend Grapples With Short-Term Rentals

Most of Bend's short-term rentals are clustered in two neighborhoods close to the river and downtown.
Credit Amanda Peacher/OPB

Vacation rentals in many Northwest communities are on the rise, thanks in part to websites like Airbnb. The sites make it easy to rent your house, apartment or even just a spare room to vacationers to make some quick cash.

Cities with popular attractions are among the most hard-pressed by the growth of these new informal lodgings for tourists.

For instance, in Bend, the number of short-term rental permits has increased from around 50 to more than 500 in the last five years. Now, the city is struggling to balance the economic interests of tourism with neighborhood livability.

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JeffX | March 4, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Jackson County's Special Election On A Pot Tax

Tell people Election Day is less than a week away, and you'll get mostly blank stares. 

But it's true in Jackson County, which is voting on a measure to decide if marijuana should be taxed by the county. 

And it is not yet clear if the county would even have the power under the new Oregon marijuana law. 

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JeffX | March 3, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Wildland Fire Prevention Young

Creating defensible space involves removing potential fuels between fire and structure.
Credit FEMA/Public Domain

Wildland firefighting agencies frequently stress the importance of protecting rural homes from fire by clearing out "defensible space." 

So why not get the message across to a younger audience? 

Ruch School in the Applegate Valley plans to join with community partners to make the school grounds more fire resistant, with students taking part in the process. 

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Law and Justice
6:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

To Shoot Or Not To Shoot; That Is The Question

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Police shootings have been very much in the news in recent months, from Ferguson, Missouri to Pasco, Washington. And police decisions to use lethal force have been closely scrutinized and often criticized.

Last week, Southern Oregon University held an event where law enforcement officers from a variety of local agencies run students through realistic training exercises, including training in when to use – and not use – lethal force.

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Upcoming JPR Live Session
1:48 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson Live Session Fri. March 13th at Noon

Pianist Josh Nelson and vocalist Sara Gazarek

On Friday, March 13th at Noon, JPR welcomes jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson into the studios for a live session on Open Air.

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The New Wolf Census: 77

OR-7, Western Oregon's first resident wolf in modern times.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

The latest gray wolf census just arrived in Oregon, and it shows exactly what scientists expected: more wolves. 

At an estimated minimum census of 77, it's not like there are wolves in every backyard. 

But the number is enough to concern livestock owners, yet still low enough that groups like Oregon Wild want wolf protections to continue. 

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Tim Palmer, The True Rivermaster

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Credit Public Domain

We could talk to Tim Palmer all day about the natural wonders of our region. 

But we only get him in one-hour increments, so we have to have him back from time to time. 

Tim is the author of the Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, another on California's rivers, and several other books on natural features that make our land unique. 

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Signal Out on the Oregon Coast
9:53 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Classics and News Signal Out on the Oregon Coast 3/2

The Classics and News Service is off the air on the Oregon Coast due to a problem with the transmitter in Coos Bay. We are working to resolve this problem as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we encourage our Classics and news listeners in the affected areas to listen to our Classics and News live stream.

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Live Session Archive
11:09 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Peter Bradley Adams Live Session

Eric Teel

Peter Bradley Adams was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in a musical family, taking inspiration from his grandfather, a jazz musician proficient in the piano and clarinet. Adams began learning the piano when he was six years old, and went on to study music at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

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JeffX | February 27, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri February 27, 2015

College Break On Top Of The World

Dhaulagiri Mountain in Nepal.
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Not every college student spends breaks from classes on the beach. 

In fact, a group from Southern Oregon University got ready for the current academic year by spending three weeks at "the roof of the world" -- in Nepal. 

The trip was something of a joint venture of SOU's Civic Engagement and Outdoor Adventure Leadership programs. 

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Education
6:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Free Community College? Here's How That Might Work In Oregon

Rogue Community College's Medford campus, a partnership with Southern Oregon University.
Credit RCC

Many in Oregon likely sat up and listened last month when President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would send Congress a plan to lower the cost of community college to zero.

But whether federal help eventually materializes or not, some Oregon lawmakers are pushing to make community college more affordable for everyone in the state.

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Airlift For An Ailing Turtle

Solstice at the aquarium in Oregon.
Credit Corinne Boyer/KLCC

The U.S. Coast Guard often makes headlines when it flies people to safety from hazards on the ocean. 

But the Coast Guard made headlines by flying a non-human to safety this week. 

Solstice the sea turtle arrived at Seaworld in San Diego this week, after some initial care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Solstice is an endangered olive ridley sea turtle.

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Electric Cars And The Oregon Economy

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The people who drive electric cars certainly swear by their usefulness and economy. 

And their effects extend far beyond the vehicles wheels. 

Drive Oregon, always on the job of building the electric vehicle industry, says electrics have a profound effect on the Oregon economy and even the state budget. 

A report just released shows the figures to back up the case.

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Bottom Up
6:09 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Local Governments Setting California Policy Agenda

Credit Heal the Bay/ flickr

California voters may eventually decide whether the entire state should implement a plastic bag ban, as more than 130 cities and counties have already done. But this story isn't about whether a bag ban is good or bad. It's about how we started talking about a ban in the first place.

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Criminalizing Homelessness In California

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Leaders of many cities refer to a nebulous "homeless problem."  And it appears the solution for some cities is to make being homeless a crime. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of California-Berkeley just released a research report about the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness across California. 

The authors say the report shows California cities engaging in the practice more than cities in other states. 

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Environment
6:18 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Is Compostable Cutlery Really Breaking Down?

Credit Lesley McGlurg/Capital Public Radio

There’s a growing market for disposable eating utensils. They have names like taterware or spudware -- forks and knives can be made out of potato starch instead of plastic. You might buy the tableware believing its better for the environment. But, that depends on where you toss it out.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
11:32 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Penny And Sparrow Live Session Friday, March 6th at Noon

Penny and Sparrow
Credit JD Swiger

On Friday, March 6th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with the band Penny and Sparrow on Open Air.

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Innovation In Sexual Assault Handling At SOU

Sexual assault training exercise in the military.
Credit U.S. Navy

The rest of the country continues to take notice of the innovative programs for dealing with sexual assault in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University

The general approach: let the assault survivor call the shots on pace and depth of investigation. 

The city and SOU programs were featured on a national TV broadcast last month (20/20 on ABC). 

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