Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 8:00
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides

Credit Beyond Toxics

Crag Law Center's Chris Winter joins us.

Complaints about pesticide use are fairly common around farms and forests.  But a complaint about pesticide use on the Oregon coast is headed for court, with a unique approach.

Property owners in Gold Beach filed suit, challenging portions of the state's Right to Farm and Forest Law.

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Evacuation Advisory Lifted In The Applegate
9:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Southern Oregon Wildfire Update

Old Blue Mountain Fire
Justin Corns Oregon Dept of Forestry via

UPDATED | Thursday 8/21 9:30 a.m.

An evacuation advisory in the Applegate has been lifted by fire officials, who say significant progress has been made fighting the Old Blue Mountain Fire burning three miles from Applegate between the towns of Gold Hill & Rogue River.

The 99 acre fire is the largest of eight fires sparked by lightning Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties. 

Some Evacuations Lifted for July Complex
2:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wednesday Update: Happy Camp Complex Still Growing

Fire Near China Grade Road, Happy Camp Complex
Courtesy of USFS

UPDATE | Wednesday 8/20 2:00 p.m. 

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Patchy Sanders Live Session Friday, Aug 29th at Noon

Ashland's Patchy Sanders

On Friday, August 29th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with Ashland's own folk pop band Patchy Sanders on Open Air.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 8:30
1:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Medford Looks At Sign Regulations

Credit wiki commons

Bill Mansfield joins us to discuss the study.

Sign technology has gotten so good, some electronic signs offer an experience similar to watching TV.

And that's the problem for some people… the signs can be distracting to drivers as the pass by.

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JPR Classics
11:07 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Deadline For Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

With a little more than a month before the MET opera season opens, management has set Sunday night as a new deadline for reaching an agreement. The company has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions.  

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Afghanistan Through A Journalist's Eyes

Samangan province in Afghanistan.
Credit U.S. Army/Public Domain

Edward Girardet describes his experiences in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has been called "the graveyard of empires," because many a powerful country occupied Afghanistan, and NONE left on good terms. 

Journalist Edward Girardet arrived in Afghanistan shortly before the Soviet Union invaded more than 30 years ago.  After the USSR left, it ceased to be the USSR. 

Edward Girardet has fared better, despite frequent trips to Afghanistan, getting to know the country and the people. 

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Most Post Offices in Northern California Reopen
4:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

NorCal Post Offices Reopened

All post offices, except for one, that were closed due to the fires burning in Northern California have been reopened.

Augustine Ruiz, spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, says that all USPS branches are now running as usual, with the exception of the Sawyers Bar contract postal unit in Siskiyou County.

This privately managed site that contracts with the USPS to provide mail service is still cut off by the July Complex Fires.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gonorrhea Infections Zoom In Southern Oregon

The bacteria that causes gonorrhea, under a microscope.
Credit CDC/Public Domain

Dr. Sean Schafer details the rise in gonorrhea cases.

An increase in gonorrhea cases of 18 percent is enough to cause concern among health workers. 

And that is the number for Oregon between 2012 and 2013. 

Now consider the increase in Josephine County: 270 percent in the same period. 

And that's not the highest... Jackson checks in with a 387 percent increase and Douglas County leaped 1,050 percent. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams

The North Fork of the Smith River is one of the targets for mining.
Credit PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

Morgan Lindsay details mining plans, and the opposition to them.

Some of the prettiest waterways in our region could also be the richest in other ways. 

Hard-money ways, because of potentially valuable mineral contents. 

And miners have shown an interest in extracting some of the hard-rock riches of the streams. 

Which is why environmental groups including KS Wild just delivered thousands of letters to federal agencies, requesting a mineral withdrawal. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed August 13, 2014

There IS A Free Lunch, For G.P. Schools

Credit USDA/Public Domain

Michael Morris explains how Grants Pass schools can provide free meals.

The story of schools in our times is that many of them have to do without SOMETHING because of budget cuts. 

But no student in Grants Pass schools will have to go without lunch in the coming school year. 

The Grants Pass district just announced free meals for all students this year. 

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"Fire Activity Is Very Low"
6:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Thursday Update: Rain, Cooler Temps Dampen Rogue River Drive Fire

UPDATE: THURSDAY, August 14, 10:30 AM

A let-up in thunderstorm activity -- plus significant rainfall and cloud cover -- has helped fire crews get a handle  on the fire between Shady Cove and Eagle Point in Jackson County.  

Brian Ballou, spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Forestry, told JPR that the shift in the weather has been a huge help to firefighters.

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Mule Team Helps Fight Coffee Fire
5:15 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Four-legged Firefighters Get the Job Done

Mule Team
Mike McFadin

When fires burn in rough, remote areas, it can be hard for even the most sophisticated aircraft or vehicle to reach them. One of the only ways to guarantee that firefighters can get the supplies they need, regardless of smoky conditions or gusty winds, is by mule team

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Jefferson Exchange | August 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Complaint Filed Over Power Plant Air

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

Chris Winter explains the approach to get cleaner air in West Eugene.

Opponents of toxic pollution have painstakingly documented the way in which such pollution causes greater risks to people in poverty. 

Think about it; if you had the money to move away from a power plant, wouldn't you? 

Now several groups are complaining to the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the situation, specifically about a biomass power plant in Eugene. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Another Kind Of Health Club

Jamin Giersbach and Michael Johnson discuss their dispensary.

You might hear the name "Talent Health Club" and assume it's a gym. 

That assumption is incorrect.  Start by considering the initials for Talent Health Club. 

THC is a medical marijuana dispensary, one of the few doing business in Oregon after many local jurisdictions banned them. 

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
10:35 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Br'er Rabbit Live Session Friday, August 22nd at Noon

Br'er Rabbit performs live on JPR Friday August 22nd at Noon
Credit Lindsey Bowen

On Friday, August 22nd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with the Bellingham, WA folk-stomp band Br'er Rabbit on Open Air.

Though all four members of Br'er Rabbit grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan didn't meet Miranda, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the edge, polish and fervor of big-city inclinations is at the root of the style they call folk-stomp Americana.

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Live Session Archive
10:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Quiet Life Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 8-15-2014

Quiet Life, led by brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman, has roots on the Jersey Shore, but musical sparks flew when they met further north in New London, where New England meets the Sound. From there, they ran down a dream to the California Coast, all the way to San Luis Obispo, and then fled the promised land for the northern charm of Portland, Oregon. Just a pair of brothers and a few good friends in a van that runs on waste veggie oil.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Yurok Tribes Raid Pot Farms

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Chief Leonard Masten explains how the pot raids worked.

The drought is bad enough… making streams run low and even dry in places. 

But its effects have been compounded along the Klamath River by illegal marijuana growing operations that divert water and cause streams to run dry artificially. 

The Yurok Tribe recently joined forces with law enforcement agencies from the local, state and federal level... to raid some of the illegal pot grows. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

OSF (and AIFF)'s Daedalus Project

Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Eduardo Placer and Joanne Feinberg detail the Daedalus events.

The performers of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival get only Mondays off. 

And they give even that up once a year, for the annual Daedalus Project, a fundraiser to stop HIV and AIDS. 

The project begins on Friday with the Daedalus Film Fest and climaxes with the major stage events on Monday, August 18. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Mount Ashland Considers Other Seasons

Mount Ashland in a better snow year.
Credit Alex Lockhart/Public Domain

After being unable to open last winter, the Mount Ashland Association is looking into alternative sources of revenue.

If winter is a bust, maybe summer activities will help Mount Ashland. 

The ski area there was unable to open last winter because there was never enough snow. 

And while a ski area needs skiing to survive, the Mount Ashland Association is looking beyond snow sports. 

MAA board members are talking about ways the ski area could be used outside of ski season for events that would bring in additional revenue. 

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