News http://ijpr.org en C&N / R&N Off Air In Rogue Valley http://ijpr.org/post/cn-rn-air-rogue-valley <p>At approximately 9:05am, JPR's Classics &amp; News and Rhythm &amp; News transmitters went silent due to a failed air conditioning unit at the transmission site outside of Ashland. &nbsp;Our engineer is on the way, and we hope to have service restored as soon as possible. &nbsp;Thank you for your patience.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:09:03 +0000 Eric Teel 18382 at http://ijpr.org Touched By Fire: Stories From The Oregon Gulch http://ijpr.org/post/touched-fire-stories-oregon-gulch <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer is ending, but fire season in the Northwest is still with us. The Oregon Gulch fire was southern Oregon’s largest so far this season, blackening nearly 56 square miles of Jackson, Klamath and Siskiyou&nbsp;counties.</span></p><p>Several homes were lost, others were saved and a rural mountain community came face-to-face with the reality of sudden danger and loss.</p><p>Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty traces the path the fire took as it marked the lives of those it touched.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:33:33 +0000 Liam Moriarty 18364 at http://ijpr.org Touched By Fire: Stories From The Oregon Gulch Thursday: Northern California Fire Update http://ijpr.org/post/thursday-northern-california-fire-update <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE | Thursday 3:30 p.m.&nbsp;</span><br /><br />Wildfires burning near the Siskiyou County town of Happy Camp grew significantly Wednesday by almost 5,000 acres and causing spot fires. This led the Siskiyou County Sheriff to announce mandatory evacuations for some residents Wednesday evening and issue new evacuation advisories.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:30:05 +0000 Victoria Reed, Valerie Ing & Lily Tanner 17179 at http://ijpr.org Thursday: Northern California Fire Update iPads In Kindergarten In Eagle Point http://ijpr.org/post/ipads-kindergarten-eagle-point <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Welcome to kindergarten, kid; here's your iPad.&nbsp;</p><p>We suspect the wording will be somewhat different, but that is the essence of what will happen this year in the <a href="http://www.eaglepnt.k12.or.us/" target="_blank"><strong>Eagle Point School District.&nbsp; </strong></a></p><p>The district is moving to full-day kindergarten when classes start next week.&nbsp;</p><p>And all 300 or so kindergartners will have regular access to iPads and similar devices as part of the learning process.&nbsp; Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 18256 at http://ijpr.org iPads In Kindergarten In Eagle Point Why African-Americans Are Rare In Oregon http://ijpr.org/post/why-african-americans-are-rare-oregon <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About 13 percent of the American population is African-American.&nbsp; In Oregon, 2 percent.&nbsp; Yes, TWO.&nbsp;</p><p>A law excluding black people from Oregon stayed on the books until 1926.&nbsp;</p><p>That is one of many startling facts in the Oregon Humanities program <a href="http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/special-projects/oregon-black-history-tour/785/" target="_blank"><strong>"Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?&nbsp; A Hidden History."</strong></a>&nbsp; Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 18255 at http://ijpr.org Why African-Americans Are Rare In Oregon CA Governor Debate Sept. 4 at 7pm http://ijpr.org/post/ca-governor-debate-sept-4-7pm <p>On Thursday night, September 4th, JPR will broadcast the only California gubernatorial debate for the 2014 election between California Governor Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel&nbsp;Kashkari.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:32:38 +0000 Eric Teel 18253 at http://ijpr.org CA Governor Debate Sept. 4 at 7pm Closing A Gap In The Blood Supply http://ijpr.org/post/closing-gap-blood-supply <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Autumn is closing in, and blood banks need to close a gap in blood supply.&nbsp;</p><p>Blood supplies frequently dip in the summer, as regular blood donors skip appointments for vacations and other reasons.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org/pnw" target="_blank"><strong>Red Cross in the Northwest</strong></a> is beating the drum to bring in donors.&nbsp; Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 18216 at http://ijpr.org Closing A Gap In The Blood Supply Gold Hill Councilors Survive Recall Attempt http://ijpr.org/post/gold-hill-councilors-survive-recall-attempt <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill has fallen short.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:09:24 +0000 Chris Lehman 18229 at http://ijpr.org Gold Hill Councilors Survive Recall Attempt Deer (Over)Crossing http://ijpr.org/post/deer-overcrossing <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Highway workers post signs warning of deer along rural roads.&nbsp;</p><p>But do people really slow down when they see the signs?&nbsp;</p><p>The large numbers of deer hit by cars and trucks suggest the answer is no.&nbsp;</p><p>So the <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/Pages/index.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Oregon Department of </strong></a><a href="http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION4/Pages/index.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Transportation</strong></a>--ODOT--wants to give deer a safe place to cross one highway where the carnage is especially acute.&nbsp; Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 18143 at http://ijpr.org Deer (Over)Crossing Medicaid For Transgender Services http://ijpr.org/post/medicaid-transgender-services <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>While the arguments continue over health insurance, Oregon just took a big step.&nbsp;</p><p>The state version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan, will now cover more procedures for transgender patients.&nbsp;</p><p>The coverage includes treatment for gender dysphoria, the basic condition in which people feel their gender identities conflict with their birth gender.&nbsp; Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 18142 at http://ijpr.org Medicaid For Transgender Services 2014 Rising Stars Winner Cee Cee James Live Session Friday, Sept 5th at Noon http://ijpr.org/post/2014-rising-stars-winner-cee-cee-james-live-session-friday-sept-5th-noon <p>On Friday, September 5th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with the winner of the 2014 South Stage Cellars/Britt Festivals Rising Stars Competition – Cee Cee James.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:46:48 +0000 Eric Teel 18193 at http://ijpr.org 2014 Rising Stars Winner Cee Cee James Live Session Friday, Sept 5th at Noon Nominees For Regional University Boards Announced http://ijpr.org/post/nominees-regional-university-boards-announced <p>The governor's choices to sit on the newly-formed boards that will oversee Oregon's regional and technical universities have been named.</p><p>The names, announced Monday morning by Governor John Kitzhaber's office, include prospective Board of Trustee members for Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Western Oregon University in Monmouth and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:42:39 +0000 Liam Moriarty 18172 at http://ijpr.org Nominees For Regional University Boards Announced Climate Change And Highways http://ijpr.org/post/climate-change-and-highways <p></p><p>Continued climate change will impact many things, transportation among them.</p><p></p><p>High sea levels, landslides, and wildfires can and do close roads.&nbsp;</p><p>So the Federal Highway Administration is funding studies of potential climate change impacts in several states.&nbsp;</p><p>California is one of them, and <strong><a href="http://www.northcoastclimatechange.com/" target="_blank">CalTrans</a></strong> will present updates on the process this week on the North Coast.&nbsp; Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17983 at http://ijpr.org Climate Change And Highways The Long Road To Jordan Cove http://ijpr.org/post/long-road-jordan-cove <p></p><p>The decision on whether there will be a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay is still a while off.</p><p></p><p>But public officials in a position to influence the decision will certainly know the pros and cons.&nbsp;</p><p>State and federal officials are getting an earful on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently met with a delegation from environmental groups.&nbsp; Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 17981 at http://ijpr.org The Long Road To Jordan Cove Br'er Rabbit Live Session http://ijpr.org/post/brer-rabbit-live-session <p>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.</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:35:20 +0000 Eric Teel 17394 at http://ijpr.org Br'er Rabbit Live Session Southern Oregon Wildfire Update http://ijpr.org/post/southern-oregon-wildfire-update <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED | Friday 9/22 10:16 a.m.<br /><br />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 &amp; Rogue River. A roadblock on Foots Creek Road was also removed on Thursday.<br /><br />The 99 acre fire is the largest of eight fires sparked by lightning Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties.&nbsp;<br /> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:16:02 +0000 Valerie Ing 17884 at http://ijpr.org Southern Oregon Wildfire Update Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides http://ijpr.org/post/challenging-right-farm-over-pesticides <p></p><p>Complaints about pesticide use are fairly common around farms and forests.&nbsp; But a complaint about pesticide use on the Oregon coast is headed for court, with a unique approach.</p><p></p><p>Property owners in Gold Beach filed suit, challenging portions of the state's Right to Farm and Forest Law. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:34 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17921 at http://ijpr.org Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides Patchy Sanders Live Session Friday, Aug 29th at Noon http://ijpr.org/post/patchy-sanders-live-session-friday-aug-29th-noon <p><strong>On Friday, August 29th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with Ashland's own folk pop band Patchy Sanders on Open Air.</strong></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:58:45 +0000 Eric Teel 17920 at http://ijpr.org Patchy Sanders Live Session Friday, Aug 29th at Noon Medford Looks At Sign Regulations http://ijpr.org/post/medford-looks-sign-regulations <p></p><p>Sign technology has gotten so good, some electronic signs offer an experience similar to watching TV.</p><p></p><p>And that's the problem for some people… the signs can be distracting to drivers as the pass by. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:13:13 +0000 Charlotte Duren & Geoffrey Riley 17801 at http://ijpr.org Medford Looks At Sign Regulations New Deadline For Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday http://ijpr.org/post/new-deadline-met-opera-negotiations-sunday <p class="story-body-text" itemprop="articleBody" style="margin-bottom: 1em; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.4375rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; max-width: 540px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">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. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:07:20 +0000 Don Matthews 17668 at http://ijpr.org