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Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs has said that she didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during her youth.

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Proponents of an initiative headed for the November ballot that would give Californians new Internet privacy rights have reached a deal with state lawmakers.

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Backers of a proposal that would have required Oregonians to lock up their guns announced Wednesday they are shelving their effort for now.

The group behind the proposal to strengthen the state’s gun laws, which includes two people who lost family members during the 2012 mass shootings at the Clackamas Town Center mall, said they will work to strengthen the state’s gun-storage requirements during the 2019 legislative session and ask voters to weigh in on the issue again in 2020.

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It's a natural fit, for churches to help the homeless population. 

The founders and leaders of most major religions speak with compassion about caring for people down on their luck. 

Ashland churches are making moves to increase the quantity and quality of the community's offerings for homeless people. 

Rev. Dan Fowler from the First Presbyterian Church visits, along with Ken Gudger, president of Options for Helping Residents of Ashland

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Too many people already spend nights in their cars because they don't have any other place to sleep.  But some other vehicles, with a little work, can be comfy places to spend some time. 

Ashland-based Forever Homes, Vehicles for Change plans to convert retired school buses to new uses as temporary homes for homeless people. 

FH,VFC leaders envision both short- and longer-term modifications for the big yellow buses. 

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About two miles up the hill from Sheridan's lone coffee shop, 123 immigrant detainees are being held inside the nearby Federal Correctional Institution.

Michael Ryan, 70, sips his coffee and wonders why.

California Net Neutrality Measure "Gutted" Yet Advanced In Hostile Takeover By Committee Chairman

Jun 21, 2018
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A push for California to establish its own “net neutrality” doctrine, after the Trump administration rescinded federal rules, has technically advanced in the state Legislature. But the bill’s author says his proposal has been “eviscerated.”

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Many of the activities that once kept people busy in rural areas just require fewer people now.  So it's hard to keep people down on the farm (or forest). 

One solution for improving rural productivity is to make sure that broadband Internet service is available. 

This is a pet cause of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, who is pushing for Congress to fund broadband expansion in rural areas. 

We hear about the needs and the uses of additional money from Zachary Cikanek at Connect Americans Now, and Christopher Tamarin, a broadband specialist in the Oregon Business Development Department.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

The recent discovery of an unusual looking wolf (or is it bear?) shot in Montana has a connection to Oregon. 

Because the federal Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab performed the work to identify the creature, which is indeed a wolf. 

Ken Goddard has been the director of the lab since its inception.  And he can tell us plenty about the tools at the lab's disposal... it's the only fully-equipped lab of its kind in the world, serving 182 countries. 

JPR invites you to the 2nd Annual Great Umpqua Food Truck Competition, Battle of the Bands, & Roseburg Hometown Fireworks, July 4th from 2-11pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

California Legislature Discusses New Policy On Sexual Harassment

Jun 19, 2018
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California lawmakers are moving toward adopting a new policy on how the Legislature will investigate sexual harassment complaints.

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Rural Oregonians who need specialized health treatments can't always get to Portland.  So Portland, in a sense, is coming to them. 

An ongoing relationship between Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls will create the Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center. 

Construction started recently, with completion planned for next year. 

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Juniper must be good for something besides flavoring gin. 

The woody plant grows easily in Oregon's high desert; a little too easily.  Juniper has been encroaching on high desert ecosystems, and land managers want to cut it back a bit. 

So there's an effort to find uses for juniper that go beyond using berries for gin and the rest for firewood. 

Rancher Duncan Livingston has been taking part in juniper management experiments

Affordable housing is still out of the grasp of many low-wage workers.  The National Low Income Housing Coalition just put out its annual report, which shows that workers earning minimum wage and working full time can afford housing in just a few counties in the entire country. 

We explore the numbers, the issues, and the solutions raised with Diane Yentel, the CEO of NLIHC. 

We get local input from the Rogue Action Center in the person of Michelle Glass. 

ACCESS, Inc, also contributes, in the person of James Raison. 

‘Water Tax’ Debate Continues After California Budget Passage

Jun 18, 2018
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The California budget doesn’t include it, but Gov. Jerry Brown is not done pushing for a new charge on water users, which would fund clean drinking water in rural areas of the state that currently have unsafe tap water.

Special Olympics Oregon Cancels 2018 Games

Jun 18, 2018
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Special Olympics Oregon suspended its 2018 State Games on Monday, citing financial problems.

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It's been a long odyssey for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) project proposed for the Oregon Coast near North Bend. 

The plan, resurrected after an earlier federal denial, requires a pipeline crossing the region from North Bend to the Klamath Falls area. 

State agencies make up a piece of the regulatory puzzle, and a comment period is now open on whether the state should issue a water quality permit.

The Army Corps of Engineers is also accepting comments.

Rogue Climate is one of several groups opposing the permit and the project. 

What It Takes To Save Bald Eagles In California

Jun 17, 2018
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Half a century ago there were only 30 mating pairs of bald eagles in California. Today that populations has jumped due to a nationwide effort. But it still isn’t easy.

So, sometimes wildlife experts go to great lengths to save America’s national bird.  

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The US Forest Service has just released a new science report that will guide how National Forests are managed in the Pacific Northwest.

Puppeteers For Fears

School is out, and parents are looking for things to do with the kids.  Oh, look, a puppet show!  But Puppeteers For Fears says "Cthulhu: The Musical!" is NOT child-appropriate. 

The Halloween-themed show based on an H.P. Lovecraft story begins a summer tour this week, including several days in Hollywood. 

Josh Gross, our Rogue Sounds co-host, is the driving creative force behind P4F and the musical. 

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