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JeffX | January 27, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Redwood National Park Tree Cutting

Redwood National Park
Credit NPS/Public Domain

The distinction between national park and national forest is often lost on people who live close to neither. 

Here's an easy one: trees can be cut in the forests, seldom in the parks. 

But a forest restoration plan in the Redwood National Park would actually remove some trees from the park in Humboldt County, ostensibly to promote forest growth. 

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Politics & Government
6:13 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Oregon Democrats To Push “Middle Class Economics”

Oregon’s state legislature begins a new session next Monday. Job number one is crafting the next two-year budget.

In the last election, Democrats strengthened their majorities in both houses and leaders say they want to boost education and other priorities that suffered cuts in recent years.

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JeffX | January 27, 2015 | 8:00
10:57 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Comment Deadline Looms On Jack-Ash Trail

The existing Sterling Mine Ditch Trail near Jacksonville.
Credit BLM/Public Domain

Be careful if you say "Jack-Ash Trail" out loud… your words could be confused with something else. 

But at the moment, there's nothing quite like a trail that would allow hikers to walk the ridges between the Jackson County communities of Jacksonville and Ashland. 

Now you know where the name comes from. 

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JeffX | January 26, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Second Time Around For Speaker Kotek

Speaker of the House Tina Kotek receiving an award.
Credit Oregon Health Authority

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is the first speaker in ten years with experience. 

It's been that long since a House Speaker served back to back terms in that leadership position. 

Democratic victories in November put Kotek back in the Speaker's office, with a larger Democratic majority.

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JeffX | January 26, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Thoughts From Timber Country In "Overstory: Zero"

Credit Sylph Maid Books

A lot has changed in Oregon's timber country in the last 20 years.  So it seems only fitting that a collection of stories and essays about timber country should be brought up to date. 

Robert Leo Heilman of Myrtle Creek first published Overstory: Zero in 1995. 

And as he puts it, there's been a lot of water down Myrtle Creek since then. 

So he revised and polished and cut and added to the collection for a 20th anniversary edition. 

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Virtual Visitation
12:56 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Visit A Loved One In Jail? It'll Cost You

Advertisement for Homewav video visitation system. In Lewis County there is no human contact between inmates and visitors. Officials say this saves taxpayers money.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / NWPR

Over the years, local governments have turned to private companies to manage more and more of the American penal system. Sometimes prisons themselves, but also probation and drug treatment services, transportation, and phone systems. Now, add jail visitation to the list.

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"My Neighborhood Is My Family"
6:11 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Neighbors Hope To Derail Vancouver Oil Terminal

The dock at the Port of Vancouver where crude oil would move from tanks to ships. According to the Vancouver Energy Project, the oil would be moved by ship to refineries along the West coast.
Credit Conrad Wilson / OPB

An oil company is proposing to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country on the banks of the Columbia River. If completed, the Vancouver Energy Project could ship 360,000 barrels of oil daily from the Port of Vancouver, Washington. The companies backing the project promise jobs, but neighbors are worried.

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Ski Area Hibernates
2:14 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

No Storms Near: Mt. Ashland Lays Off Staff

Even a daring skier would not take on Mount Ashland's current conditions.
Credit mtashland.com

The snow-free January already closed the ski areas closest to the state line.  Now Mount Ashland operators have taken the extra step of laying off core staff.

The layoff, announced January 22nd, dates back to the previous Saturday.  Mount Ashland ski area opened for 13 days in December and January, after lack of snow kept it from opening at all the previous winter.

And like the previous winter, the snow just stopped around the first of the year.  Ski area operators last opened the slopes for business on January 5th.

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JeffX | January 23, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Oregon Jobs Bouncing Back

Credit Public Domain

Two recent reports show a building strength in the Oregon economy. 

This week the Employment Department announced a dip in the unemployment rate to 6.7%, its lowest level in more than six years. 

Just before that report emerged, a job vacancy survey also showed growth. 

But there are some qualifiers to each. 

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JeffX | January 23, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Speaking Out On The Gas Pipeline

Credit Cascadia Wildlands

If all the approvals fall into place, the Coos Bay area will be home to the Jordan Cove terminal, a natural gas liquification plant that will load liquified natural gas (LNG) onto ships for export. 

The plant would require a long (200+ miles) pipeline to deliver the gas, and that's the rub for a lot of people.

They got their chance to speak out at a series of meetings hosted by the state Department of Environmental Quality. 

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Live Session Archive
9:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Willie Watson Live Session

Eric Teel

Born in Watkins Glen, N.Y.—best-known for its race track and the rock festival of the same name which took place there, featuring the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Band—Willie Watson grew up listening to his father’s basement record collection, including Bob Dylan and Neil Young, before stumbling on a Leadbelly album at the age of 12. Combined with having heard plenty of local string bands—featuring old-time banjo and fiddle—Willie experienced an epiphany. “As soon as I heard that record,” he recalls, “I was hooked.”

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
5:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Wood Brothers Live Session Friday, Jan 30th at Noon

Chris Wood, Jano Rix, and Oliver Wood

On Friday, January 30th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with The Wood Brothers on Open Air.

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Follows Oregon's Death With Dignity Act
4:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

California Lawmakers: Time Is Right For "End Of Life Option" Law

California lawmakers announce introduction of the "End OF LIfe Option Act" (SB128)
Credit Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”

The measure is modeled after a similar law in Oregon.

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JeffX | January 22, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Okay, Tell Me: Paula Poundstone Visits

Credit Paulapoundstone.com

We're glad comedian Paula Poundstone likes public radio. 

She is a regular member of the panel on the popular quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," and she consented to a second interview with The Exchange. 

We chat with Poundstone prior to a Medford appearance this weekend. 

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Live Session Archive
4:09 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Jonah Tolchin Live Session

Eric Teel

Jonah Tolchin's new album, Clover Lane, gets its name from an astonishing coincidence. Tolchin grew up in New Jersey on Clover Lane. As he tells it, “My parents bought the Clover Lane house in 1996. Fast forward to 2012. At the suggestion of a friend, record producer Marvin Etzioni came out to a show of mine in Los Angeles (Room 5). After an inspired conversation, a few weeks later Marvin and I were recording an album together in Nashville.” The pivotal phone call to Etzioni that night had come from Jonah’s friend, singer-songwriter Alex Wright. He and his wife Chris had met Marvin through their friend and neighbor in LA, Anna Serridge. When Jonah met Anna at the Wright’s, he discovered, quite by chance, that she had lived in the very same house on Clover Lane and had sold it to Tolchin’s parents sixteen years earlier.

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Clearcuts To Court In Lane County

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

Members of Congress from Oregon continue their efforts to increase timber cutting on the BLM lands that share half of timber income with Western Oregon counties. 

But the prospect of returning to old logging methods leaves conservation groups cold. 

Witness the recent filing of a lawsuit against the "Second Show" timber sale proposed for BLM land in Lane County. 

Cascadia Wildlands opposes on the basis of clearcutting. 

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Making A Case For More School Money In Oregon

Isaac Villalpando of Klamath Falls is one of the students profiled in "The Promise of Oregon."
Credit promiseoregon.org

Oregon's state government income is rising so fast, taxpayers might get refund checks under the state's "kicker" law this year. 

But education advocates want to see some of the increased revenue going to schools, to reduce class sizes and make other improvements. 

The Oregon School Boards Association--OSBA--demonstrates school successes with its "Promise of Oregon" campaign. 

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

"A River Between Us": Klamath Restoration On Film

Shooting "A River Between Us" on the Klamath.
Credit Jasonaatkinson.com

Restoring the Klamath River and the lands around it is far more than a conservation project; political decisions will have to be made to make it all  happen. 

Jason Atkinson was a politician himself, a longtime member of the Oregon legislature and a candidate for governor. 

His latest work steps outside the political system: a documentary film on efforts to restore the Klamath Basin. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 19, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Coquille Casino Plans Move Ahead

The site proposed for a casino in Medford. Roxy Ann Lanes is the building with orange highlights, South Pacific Highway is at bottom.
Credit Coquille Tribe

Dueling billboards along Pacific Highway in South Medford give a clue to a battle shaping up. 

The Coquille Tribe wants to build a casino on the former site of Kim's Restaurant. 

That explains the Coquille billboard.  The other is rented by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, which opposes the casino plan. 

Local and state officials have also spoken out against a Medford casino, but the Coquilles are moving ahead.  A public meeting is planned for February 3rd. 

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Business
10:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

New Farmer Training Seeks To Boost Ranks Of Food Producers

New farmers Jon Steiger and Tyson Fehrman -- graduates of the Rogue Farm Corps' hands-on farmer training program -- on their 87-acre farm in the Applegate Valley.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

It used to be that if your parents were farmers, you became one, too. And eventually you passed the family farm down to your children. These days? Not so much. In fact, the average American farmer is nearly 60 years old, and young farmers aren’t coming up in nearly the numbers needed.

Now, a non-profit in Oregon is running a two-year hands-on course to train aspiring farmers in everything from seeds to livestock to reading a spreadsheet.

JPR went to southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley to visit a farm couple starting their own operation after graduating the course.

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