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From all of us at JPR, thanks so much for your generous support during our Fall Fund Drive!  We appreciate your vote of confidence and commitment to our work. Although we landed just shy of our goal of $170,000, we were able to welcome 422 new members to the JPR family and our base of sustaining members continues to grow. 

Thanks again for being such a responsive and supportive public radio community! We look forward to creating more inspired radio for you in the months ahead.  Stay Tuned!

Funds Raised: $169,057

New Members: 427

Update 10/27/16 2:00 pm -- The Classics & Information service remains off the air in the Klamath Basin. All other services have been restored. 

There is an issue with the microwave system on Soda Mt., which feeds the transmitters for the Klamath Basin and Northern California. Our engineer is on his way to the site to diagnose the problem.

In the meantime you can hear all three services using the Listen Live feature at the top of the page.

Thanks for your patience!

JPR has been alerted that on Friday, October 28th, Pacific Power is planning an outage at Antelope Mountain, a critical JPR transmission site. We've been given a rather wide window of 9am to 3pm in which their work will conducted.

If the outage is brief, listeners may not even be affected, but if the power is out for an extended period of time, we will likely be off the air from Yreka south to Redding on all three JPR services.


The later in life people get help with learning deficits, the harder it is to correct them. 

That's why so much attention is lavished on Head Start and similar programs. 

The Oregon Community Foundation provides attention and money to such programs, in an effort to make sure all Oregonians have a shot at a good education and the good life that can result. 

Southern Oregon University

A lot of notable legislation came out of the 1960s.  You can tell by the number of 50th anniversary celebrations going on lately. 

Those include 50 candles for the National Historic Preservation Act, which created the National Register of Historic Places and a framework for protecting historical and archaeological sites. 

Which is music to the ears of our resident archaeologists, Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose. 

Ashland Parks Foundation

Ashland would have been a very different kind of place if that mill had stayed on the creek in the heart of downtown. 

Instead, the mill came down and the city developed Lithia Park, a green jewel curving up the canyon. 

Longtime journalist John Enders helps the Ashland Parks Foundation celebrate its centennial with a book about the park; Lithia Park: The Heart and Soul of Ashland

Enders' great-grandfather served on the first Parks Commission a century ago. 


The only thing certain about the race for Jackson County Commissioner Position #2 is that it will result in a new commissioner. 

Incumbent Doug Breidenthal went down to defeat in the Republican primary in May. 

Former Medford City Councilor Bob Strosser won the primary and now faces Democrat Jeff Thomas in the November election. 

Thomas is currently a member of the Medford School District board. 

Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic

David Cothran spends so much time in cold water, he may be an honorary penguin by now. 

Cothran is a scientist and photographer and ocean explorer who leads tours of remote and fascinating parts of the world for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

Many of his trips involve diving, with cameras, into Arctic and Antarctic waters.  When trip is done, he returns to his home here in the Siskiyou Mountains. 

João Felipe C.S./Public Domain

Working a farm is a very different business from 100 years ago. 

Farms are bigger and numbers of farmers smaller, due in large part to mechanization.  And in this age of local food and farm-to-fork events, more people seem to be paying attention to what happens on farms. 

The documentary film "Gaining Ground" explores some recent trends, with a focus on farming in inner-city California and rural Oregon.  The film visits Ashland on Tuesday (October 25). 

Corey Coyle/Wikimedia

A recent report from Oregon State University outlines some of the issues facing farming and farmers in Oregon. 

For one thing, many aging farmers are retiring.  And land costs are stopping some would-be farmers from getting into the business. 

Rogue Farm Corps is already at work on these and similar issues; in fact, the Corps co-wrote the report with OSU. 

Wikimedia/Public Domain

"You should see a doctor," people say when you're having health issues. 

That phrase has taken on new dimensions in the age of almost-universal health insurance.  It's the "almost" part that troubles some people; they want to see health care coverage for all. 

Count Health Care For All Oregon in that group.  HCAO endorses a local measure on the ballot in Ashland (Measure 15-154) which calls on voters to pressure the legislature for an improved health care system. 


You can complain about the weather, but you can't do anything about it. 

But in the minds of some people, the weather is changed by planes flying across the sky, spewing chemicals in "chemtrails."  To most of the population, they're just contrails. 

That's the way Paul Ruscher sees them; he's the Dean of Science at Lane Community College.  And he'll be debunking "chemtrails" in a talk at LCC on Wednesday (October 26). 

Shasta Community Access Channel

"The winners write the history books," goes the old saying. 

And it's a saying that has particularly grim implications right here in our country.  Because white settlers ultimately won the war with Native Americans. 

The situation is explored in a play called "Undamming History," to be presented at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.  It's a collaboration between the Shasta Historical Society and four tribes in the area, presented as part of Indigenous Peoples' History Day. 

Deviant Art/Wikimedia

Two things any business getting started needs: money and expertise. 

So it helps when the expertise can be obtained for little money.  Or none, as happens at the weekend (October 22nd) Business Resource Forum scheduled for Medford. 

The Small Business Development Center at Southern Oregon University is among the entities putting the forum together. 

The Siskiyou/Moro Campaign/JPArt

The race for the Third Senate District in southern Oregon was triggered by the sudden death in August of Dr. Alan Bates. Bates, a Democrat, was widely respected, especially for his work on health care issues.

Now, Democrat Tonia Moro – an attorney -- and Republican Alan DeBoer -- an auto-dealer -- are each making the case that they are the best choice to succeed Bates in a race that has implications for the balance of power in Salem.

JPR News

It's not just for catching up with old high school classmates: many people get news from social media. 

That should not be a huge surprise, as Americans have migrated to the web for their primary news sources. 

But going to Facebook is not the same as going to this and other news sites.  In fact, Nicole Dahmen at the University of Oregon says there are some dangers in getting your news just through social media. 

Public Domain

Gray wolves can't seem to stay out of the news in Oregon, and with good reason: they are growing in number. 

The effects are not always welcome: the Rogue Pack, OR-7's pack, gets the blame for recent livestock attacks in the region. 

Wolf biologist Richard Thiel has studied wolf recovery in other parts of the country; Beckie Elgin advocates for wolf recovery closer to home. 


Maybe you never heard of the 1950s musical duo Tom and Jerry (you mean, like the cat and mouse?). 

They gained much more fame using their own names: Simon and Garfunkel. 

Paul Simon's presence in, and influence on, the music scene is explored in Peter Ames Carlin's new book Homeward Bound

The examination goes beyond music, to the use of Simon's music as a soundtrack for generations of Americans. 

During the final presidential debate Wednesday night, NPR's team of journalists provided live fact-checking of the statements from both candidates. Below is a transcript, as well as NPR's comments.

Pierre Selim'/ Wikimedia Creative Commons

Many news organizations have found that their online comment sections have increasingly become places where a relatively small group of people dominate the discussion with crude rhetoric, insults and even threats.

Now, a growing number of news outfits are either radically revamping their comment sections or even dropping them outright.

What does this do to the model of “interactive” journalism heralded by the internet? And how are journalists adapting to these changes? J-P-R’s Michael Joyce brings us this report.