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Court To Again Weigh Fate Of California High-Speed Rail Project

Mar 22, 2017
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California’s high-speed rail project will be back in court Wednesday – with the return of a legal challenge that threatens a crucial funding source.

Updated 2/22/2017 | 10:15 AM -- The microwave transmitter in Yreka is experiencing complications. Our engineer will be at the site today to diagnose the issue.

The Siskiyou County News & Information service on 1490 AM is experiencing static. Our engineer is working to diagnose the issue.

In the meantime you can hear our News & Information service in Medford and Ashland at AM 1230 or by using our listen live feature at the top of the page.

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Just because people want to live in the country does not mean you know anything about caring for the land. 

Which is why the Oregon State University Extension Service offers programs in land stewardship.  Those include an annual offering called Tree School Rogue, coming to Rogue Community College in April. 

Max Bennett is one of the instructors, helping forest landowners know more about the care and feeding of the forest. 

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Douglas County is one of the more broke counties in Western Oregon. 

It is one of many counties that used to get most of its income from federal timber sales.  But the sales crashed in the age of the spotted owl, and the money crashed as well. 

Voters rejected a tax levy to fund a library district, so the county plans to shut its libraries April 1st. 

There is a determined pro-library faction working to get the libraries open again, led by Save Our Libraries. 

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The name Klebold should ring a bell, but not a happy one. 

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were the two Columbine High School students who shot and killed 13 people at the school in 1999; they wounded 24 others before killing themselves. 

The crime itself is incomprehensible to most of us, perhaps more so for Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother.  She wrote a book about her journey before and after Columbine, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

The book is now out in paperback, with all profits going to research and charities working on mental illness. 

Legislation Would Close Gaps Along Oregon Coast Trail

Mar 20, 2017
Zach Urness/Statesman Journal

Few pathways conjure up more conflicting emotions than the Oregon Coast Trail.

One moment you’re hiking to the top of a rocky headland and looking upon a vast sweep of ocean. The next you’re risking life and limb on the shoulder of Highway 101 as cars and trucks scream past a few feet away.

California May Leave Federal Flood Insurance Program And Go It Alone

Mar 20, 2017
Californbia Department of Water Resources

Massive storms and flooding in California this winter killed six people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Federal flood insurance will pay for a lot of the repair, but state water managers say in the future, they may not want federal flood insurance; it’s not worth it. Now, California could become the first state in the nation to dump federal flood insurance and go it alone.

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We grew up thinking about people living on other planets, thanks to the likes of Superman and Star Wars. 

But planets outside of our solar system (and outside science fiction) were really just a theory until the 1990s.  That's when telescopes and other detectors improved enough to find the first true "exoplanets." 

Now we know of thousands of them, and an overview is provided in Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System

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The Lakota people of the Standing Rock Reservation put up spirited fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), but President Trump's executive order cleared the way for the pipeline's completion, and oil may be flowing through it now.

The Lakota People's Law Project worked on DAPL protest issues, including on behalf of the 800 or so people arrested.

Project attorneys work on behalf of the tribe and its interests, and the team includes Daniel Sheehan, a veteran of high-profile cases, including representing the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case. 

Oregon State Parks Seek More Rangers, Money As Crowds Continue To Grow

Mar 20, 2017
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The number of people visiting Oregon’s state parks has skyrocketed during the past decade, hitting a record 51 million visits in 2016.

But the number of park rangers hasn’t changed much during the same period, officials said, leading to challenges in keeping parks clean and facilities up to date.

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Cass Ingram is a believer in marijuana as a healing agent. 

But there's room in his heart and in his osteopathic practice for other herbs, as well. 

Dr. Ingram wrote a book called "The Cannabis Cure," but recognizes its legal limitations.  So he also suggests the use of various herbs as remedies for various afflictions, things from hops to cinnamon. 

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Sunshine Week leads us straight into spring, but it's really not about the sun shining in the sky. 

Sunshine Week celebrates openness in government--the metaphorical sun shining into the workings of the people's business. 

Every year, the celebrations are tempered by news of public records withheld or meetings held out of view of the media. 

Open Oregon and other groups monitor the state of government transparency in the state. 

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released a report Thursday saying the new health care bill proposed by Congressional Republicans would triple Oregon’s uninsured rate and cut 23,000 jobs. 

Interference On 102.3 FM News & Information

Mar 16, 2017

Updated 3/21/2017 | 8:00 am -- The engineer for the interfering station will be on site Saturday to work on correcting the issue. 

The News & Information service on 102.3 FM is experiencing interference from a station on an adjacent channel. Our engineer is working with the station to correct their signal. 

In the meantime you can hear our News & Information service in Medford and Ashland at AM 1230 or by using our listen live feature at the top of the page.

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Service Alert Rhythm & News Coos Bay

Mar 16, 2017

The main transmitter for Coos Bay may need to be replaced. The service is currently running off our auxiliary transmitter at half power while our engineer assesses the main transmitter. The service may experience intermittent interruptions.

In the meantime you can hear any of our three services using our listen live feature at the top of the page.

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Rapidly rising prices for prescription drugs are being blamed for increased health care costs, as well as a growing number of people not being able to afford medicines they need. A bill pending in the Oregon legislature proposes to cap excessive drug prices. But the pharmaceutical industry is pushing back.

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One by-product of the November election is fear... including fear of nuclear war increasing for the first time in years. 

Peace activists consider the current landscape and how best to address it. 

In Ashland, Peace House hosts a discussion of the current state of American society (March 16th and 17th), and whether we'll opt for war or to devote money to societal concerns. 

Kevin Martin of Peace Action and Reiner Braun of the International Peace Bureau are the featured speakers. 

High-Speed Rail In California Faces Funding Headwinds

Mar 15, 2017
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California's high-speed rail project has taken a couple of recent funding hits, but state officials say the program remains on track, for now.

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Let the sun shine!  Sunshine Week celebrates the public's right to know the business of government... and observes the uneven delivery of the goods by various governments. 

The messes and mistakes of government transparency are celebrated (tongue-in-cheek) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Foilies."

Entities from the president to the sheriff of Milwaukee County ended up on the list this year. 

Southern Oregon University

Tight budgets are forcing state universities on both sides of the line to raise tuition. 

At this point, the only question for Oregon students is how MUCH tuition will rise. 

At Southern Oregon University, the president says the range is 8-12 percent. 

Humboldt State University students recently walked out of class to protest the planned tuition hike there. 

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