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3:06 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Silver Lake Fire Kills at Least 40 People in 1894

One hundred twenty years ago this month, a Christmas Eve fire in Silver Lake, Ore., killed at least 40 people and seriously injured many more. Silver Lake is on State Route 31 in northern Lake County.

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The Only Game In Town
6:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

When A Marketplace Only Offers One Health Insurer

Dennie and Kathy Wright look at a pile of medical bills in their northern California home.
Credit Pauline Bartolone/CPR

As the Covered California open enrollment period continues, many people in Northern California find there is only one insurer available in the exchange.

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"Everybody Deserves A Place To Sleep"
6:25 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Alternatives For Homeless Campers

Tiny houses in the micro-community of Quixote Village, in Olympia, Washington.
Credit Quixote Village

In last week’s sweep of the Bear Creek Greenway in Medford, police evicted more than two dozen homeless campers. Many lost their tents, sleeping bags or other belongings. This was the seventh greenway sweep this year.

Rather than continue this cycle of eviction and relocation, some Northwest cities are using innovative approaches to help homeless people get off the street – and save public money in the process.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
5:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Haas Kowert Tice Live Session Friday, Dec 26th at Noon

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, and Jordan Tice

On Friday, December 26th at Noon, JPR's Live Sessions series continues with the amazing acoustic trio Haas Kowert Tice.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Stay-At-Home Grandmoms: Project Independence

Credit Garry Knight

Oregon started Project Independence nearly 40 years ago, to help senior citizens stay in their homes, relatively independent. 

The aging of society will undoubtedly put new pressures on the program, but it just got an infusion of cash from the state legislature. 

State Senator Alan Bates is one of the champions of the program. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Answers For Oysters With Shell Trouble

A Pacific oyster in Washington state.
Credit University of Washington

It's a tough life for a newly hatched oyster.  Shellfish have 48 hours after hatching to form a shell, or they die. 

And current ocean conditions make it harder for the shellfish larvae to make shells. 

Ocean researchers including George Waldbusser at Oregon State just studied the factors. 

The increasing acidity of the oceans is one, but there are others to take into account. 

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Revolving Door
7:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Sweep Evicts Greenway Campers (Again), But Are There Better Solutions?

The Bear Creek Greenway in the Rogue Valley attracts families, cyclists, joggers ... and dozens of homeless campers.
Credit ZabMilenko/Wikipedia Commons

Just as last week’s winter storm was about to blast into southern Oregon, police in Medford were conducting an overnight sweep of the Bear Creek Greenway.

The bike path and greenbelt that snakes along the floor of the Rogue Valley is an inviting refuge for homeless campers. Police cited more than two dozen people for illegal camping and cleared their camps, forcing them to seek other shelter.

In this two-part series, JPR looks at the problem of homeless campers and some of the creative approaches being used in Northwest cities.

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No Competition
5:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

After Blue Shield Pulls Out of Zip Codes, NorCal Consumers See Limited Insurance Options

People living in Indian Valley live in a zip code where insurer Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual policies at the beginning of 2014.
Credit Pauline Bartolone/CPR

Many northern Californians find themselves with little or no choice among health insurance providers. Capital Public Radio's Health Reporter Pauline Bartolone traveled to rural areas of the state to see the impact of the new landscape for health insurance.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Moving Forward On The Elliot Forest

Credit Michael Richardson/Wikimedia

Oregon's Elliott State Forest will not be sold to timber companies, but it could very well get some new owner. 

The Oregon Land Board decided against a plan to sell the Elliott, but now a new proposal to seek another public buyer, or a public-private partnership, is in the works. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups strongly opposed the earlier sale idea. 

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JPR Classics Special Series
9:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Music from Bowling Green, Season 2: Sunday Evenings at 7pm

Brad Cresswell hosts Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green Sunday evenings at 7pm on the Classics & News Service

JPR's Classics & News Service presents the second season of a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm Beginning January 4th.

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Living on the Line
5:39 am
Wed December 17, 2014

California Border Residents Grapple with Out-of-State Health Insurance Restrictions

Stacey and Kory Felker in their Quincy, California home. The Felkers live near the California-Nevada border, and recently learned that their individual insurance does not cover routine out-of-state care.
Credit Paulinr Bartolone/CPR

  For some people living along California's state borders, the closest or most convenient care is out of reach. Capital Public Radio's Health Reporter Pauline Bartolone traveled to the town of Quincy, California, where major insurers Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California aren't covering routine out-of-state care. This is the first of a three-part series.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Diversity On The Road Ahead

Credit Wikimedia

The work doesn't change much over time, but the workers do. 

The highway signs that once said "men working" are now non-gender specific. 

And with good reason… more women now work on road construction crews. 

In fact, the Institute for Women's Policy Research just recognized Oregon and Maryland for their state laws that push for more women and minorities on the crews. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Back To Square One For Josephine Libraries

Credit keepourlibrariesopen.com

What next for libraries in Josephine County

They've already been shut out of the county budget and run as a non-profit for several years. 

And a recent vote to create a library district--as Jackson County did--failed with voters. 

That leaves new efforts to raise money, or budget cuts, or both. 

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Music, Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Sowing A Legacy Of Community Arts

Dancers from the Dancing People Company of Ashland highlight the troupe's upcoming winter solstice performance, "Call Back The Sun."

Oregon businessman and philanthropist Fred W. Fields cared about education and the arts so much that, before he died, he planned a little surprise for the Oregon Community Foundation. Now, his bequest is showing up in the Rogue Valley.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Roving From The Rogue To...

Credit Rogue Rovers

Farming in harmony with nature can take some special tools. 

Take the FarmDogg, for example.  The what? 

It's a light duty electric all-terrain vehicle designed to get farm workers around farms. 

And it is the creation of Rogue Rovers, with offices in Ashland, Oregon and Brazil. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

SOU Lauded For Sexual Assault Response

Credit DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

The terms "sexual assault" and "campus" keep showing up in news headlines. 

College leaders, police and Congress are taking notice. 

A recent Senate hearing featured testimony from Southern Oregon University about the school's program for dealing with sexual assault, called "Campus Choice."

It is a partnership with City of Ashland police and the "You Have Options" program, which puts victims in control of the investigations into their assaults. 

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:56 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Cold Specks Live Session Friday, Jan 2nd at Noon

On Friday, January 2nd at Noon, JPR's Live Sessions series continues with Cold Specks.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Flu Season Deepens

Credit CDC

Not the news anybody was hoping for: this influenza season could be a bad one. 

The federal Centers for Disease Control made the announcement recently. 

Part of the issue is a potential mismatch between this year's flu strains and vaccines. 

The vaccines are prepared well in advance, and the flu making people sick is not always the flu targeted by the vaccines. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

No Money, No Problem: The Abundance Swap

Credit Wikimedia

Picture a holiday bazaar at which no money changes hands.  Having trouble? 

Such an event already exists, including an example from the Rogue Valley. 

The Abundance Swap returns to Ashland for its 13th edition this weekend (December 14th). 

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Brace Yourself
5:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Why Record-Low California Voter Turnout Will Mean Even More Ballot Initiatives

Sign at a California voting place.
Credit John Myers/KQED

It’s sobering to consider how many things have changed since the last time so few votes were cast in the race for governor of California: The state’s population was 40 percent smaller. Donna Summer had the No. 1 song on the charts. Jerry Brown handily won re-election as governor.

Actually, that last one is pretty much the same as it was 36 years ago, which brings us back to the reality of what happened on Nov. 4.

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