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Oregon legislators are a bit stumped by the budget realities facing them. 

State income is up, but preserving state services at current levels over the next two-year budget period will take nearly two billion dollars more than the state expects to take in. 

One major culprit: increased payments to retired worker pensions through the PERS system. 

Budget writers are taking the show on the road, asking for input in meetings across Oregon.  Ashland gets one on Friday, February 24th; Eugene gets a meeting the next day. 

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It is only appropriate that Southern Oregon's largest observance of Chinese New Year takes place in Jacksonville. 

The historic city was home to a significant Chinese population, back in the days when Jacksonville was a mining center and the county seat. 

Our in-house archaeologists from the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology have explored that period in history through digs in Jacksonville. 

And Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose return with another installment of "Underground History," with guest David Lei.  He is a featured speaker in Chinese New Year ceremonies this weekend (February 18). 

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Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday – without the support of Gov. Kate Brown – to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest.

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Travelers heading north on Interstate Five from Redding often notice a sharp intake of breath when Mount Shasta first comes into full view near Dunsmuir. 

The big mountain and the surrounding country are simply breathtaking.  Think of how much more you could see from a higher elevation. 

Cheryl Petty is already on it, touting the idea of an aerial tramway connecting Dunsmuir to the top of Mount Bradley to the west. 

The proposed Horsetail Falls Aerial Tram has a long way to go to become a reality. 

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Valentine's Day seems like a great time to talk about love and sex, and to do so frankly. 

Julie Gillis and Mario Fregoso are ready.  Gillis is one of the creators of BedPost Confessions, a storytelling project about sex and sexuality.  She's started an Ashland version of the event. 

And Mario Fregoso works to support LGBTQ+ young people through the Lotus Rising Project

Jerry Brown Hasn't Supported "Sanctuary State" Bill In The Past

Feb 13, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown may soon need to decide whether to sign a bill that would essentially make California a “sanctuary state.” The measure would ban state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Proposal Would Allow Hunting 'Problem Wolves' In Oregon

Feb 12, 2017
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Oregon wildlife officials have long maintained that no hunting season is planned for the state’s wolf population, even as the number of wolves in state continues to grow.

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Even volcanoes in remote places can cause problems for people. 

Example: the eruption of a volcano in Iceland in 2010; the ash plume shut down airports across Europe. 

Volcanology is one of the study areas addressed by a "Cluster of Excellence" at the University of Oregon. 

Volcanoes in and near Oregon made this a natural program emphasis. 

In this month's installment of "cUriOus: Research Meets Radio," Professor Paul Wallace lays out the cluster of excellence model and how it will help study volcanoes. 

S.O. Music Festival

It's been nearly three decades since the Medford Jazz Jubilee started bringing multiple bands to Medford for multiple days of musical performance. 

But there will not be a fourth decade, unless what's now called the Southern Oregon Music Festival is able to find a few wealthy friends. 

SOMF lost a few key sponsors last year, leaving it in need of $50,000 by March 1st. 

Festival leaders are hustling to bring in the cash to preserve SOMF and its award-winning programs

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It might be a challenging question to ask Naomi Shihab Nye where she's from. 

Nye is a poet-novelist-essayist, born in St. Louis, but raised in both San Antonio and Jerusalem.  Yes, THE Jerusalem. 

Nye is Palestinian-American, and her large body of work reflects the many influences in her life, from West Texas to the Middle East. 

She visits Ashland for a speaking engagement tonight (February 13th), and drops by the studio for an advance on the evening. 

Thousands Of Rounds Of Ammo Stolen From Crater Lake Park

Feb 10, 2017

Someone has stolen thousands of rounds of ammunition from a locked building at Crater Lake National Park, and the National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in finding the whoever is responsible.

Brown Sets California's Priorities For Trump Infrastructure Bill

Feb 10, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has released its list of California priorities for a potential federal infrastructure funding package backed by President Trump. The list is noteworthy not only for the projects it includes but for the ones left off.

Will They Or Won't They? Physician Participation In End Of Life Option Act

Feb 9, 2017
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Physicians must now decide whether to assist patients asking for an end-of-life drug under the state’s new aid-in-dying law. But how does a doctor decide if they should participate in the practice? 

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What does Planned Parenthood mean to you? We put that question to thousands of people in Southern Oregon and Northern California this week through a social media survey.

Their answers got personal, even as the question is steeped in politics. Last week Republicans in Congress renewed efforts to zero out federal support for the organization.

Planned Parenthood provides health services to people with minimal or no health insurance.

We hear from those who've been inside a PP clinic about why they went, and the care they received.

Shannon Rio is a Nurse Practitioner who provides reproductive health care, and abortions, to women in the Rogue Valley. She joins us with Riah Sadafy and Kendall Bartley from the Women's Resource Center at Southern Oregon University. 

Obama EPA Head Says California Must Lead Climate Change Action

Feb 9, 2017
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Less than three weeks out of her job as the nation’s top environmental regulator, former E.P.A. Administrator Gina McCarthy flew to California to discuss environmental action with Democratic lawmakers.

McCarthy says, since President Donald Trump and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have rejected mainstream climate science, she expects federal work to curb emissions will slow.

Classics & News Off The Air in Grants Pass

Feb 9, 2017

Updated 2/21/20016 | 10:30 am -- The break in the line was found and repaired yesterday. Our engineer discovered a transformer was also damaged and ordered parts for the repair. Once the transformer is repaired he will be able to assess if there has been damage to any equipment in the facility. We expect service to be restored by the end of the week. 

Updated 2/16/2017 | 10:00 am -- Our engineer is working with the owner of the private property our tower is located on to find where the power line was damaged.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

First comes Valentine's Day, then comes "Shakespeare in Love." 

A play based on the movie by that name is among the offerings at this year's season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, fast approaching. 

Previews of the season's first plays begin on February 17th (""in Love"" on the 18th). 

It is another big and ambitious season at OSF; its director of literary development and dramaturgy, Amrita Ramanan, visits. 

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It's a weird time in the history of information.  On one hand, the Internet makes so much information available so quickly, it's easy to stay informed. 

On the other hand, people fight about facts and truth far more than they used to, and the president himself even referred to a news organization as "fake news" shortly before he took office. 

We track the changes in the world of information in a new segment called Signals & Noise, starting today. 

Our partners: the Communications department at Southern Oregon University. 

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We can be wary of the earthquake potential of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and still appreciate what it's done for the landscape. 

The meeting of tectonic plates far beneath us makes our part of the world quake-prone, but beautiful, too. 

Mountains and other dramatic landforms are the products of the earth moving; Robert Lillie demonstrates in his book Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

Lillie taught geosciences at Oregon State and led ranger tours on geology. 

California Lawmakers Fast-Track Immigration Protection Bills

Feb 8, 2017

California lawmakers are expediting three bills in order to shield immigrants from deportation after the election of President Donald Trump.

This bill would make state-funded immigration attorneys available for public defenders to consult with.

Angie Junck of the Immigration Legal Resource Center says it’s a complex area of law that not all defenders are prepared for. Even residents with visas can face deportation after accepting a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge.

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