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The Big Dry
7:10 am
Wed March 18, 2015

3,200 People Risk Running Out of Water In California Drought

Credit Mike Jenson / Merced Irrigation District

As California’s drought continues to deepen, one community that sits between two large reservoirs is running out of water. About 3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill enclave of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That’s forcing the community to find another supply. And so far, they've come up dry.

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JeffX | March 17, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Blooms Too Early For Bees

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The official start of spring is not until Friday, March 20th.  But the weather in much of the region has been spring-like for weeks. 

And that means flowers are blooming, and fruit trees are ready for pollination by bees. 

Trouble is, the bees aren't ready. 

Sarah Red-Laird, the Rogue Valley's "Bee Girl," is concerned the bees will not have enough to eat later in the year. 

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Programming Inconsistencies
11:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Listen for Inconsistencies in our Programming This Week

For the last month we’ve been in the process of transitioning to a new computer system that serves as the nerve center for recording and routing all the programming we broadcast. This system pulls in programs we receive from national sources, like NPR, PRI and other networks, and also controls all our local announcements, programs and station IDs.  After writing over 63,000 lines of programming code that tells this new system what to do at every second of the day, we launched it on Saturday, March 14th at about 10pm.

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JeffX | March 16, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Diving Into The AIFF Line-Up

A detail from the "Back On Board" poster.
Credit louganisdoc.com

Greg Louganis got off the Olympic diving board and dove into making films. 

He and his documentary, "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" will be featured when the Ashland Independent Film Festival returns, April 9th through 13th. 

The film details Louganis's odyssey as an openly gay HIV-positive athlete.

The festival has grown in size and stature over the years, making it attractive to both filmmakers and filmgoers. 

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Live Session Archive
6:43 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

decker. Live Session Friday, March 27th at Noon

decker. JPR Live Session 3-27-15

Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ based songwriter Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. “Tailor-made for a Coen Brothers western,” as one reviewer put it, “the music is dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest.

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Live Session Archive
2:48 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson Live Session

Dominic Barth

Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. They have a telepathic understanding that has come about through more than a decade of friendship, not just hundreds of hours on the bandstand and it blankets any audience lucky enough to hear their swinging high-wire act of trust and commitment.

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JeffX | March 13, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Dirt Band Founder John McEuen

John McEuen trades banjo licks with sons Jonathan and Nathan.
Credit JohnMcEuen.com

John McEuen was there at the very beginning, the dawn of dirt. 

Okay, not dirt itself, but the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 

McEuen is a founding member of NGDB, and he plays Ashland Friday Night (March 13). 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Gambling Recovery Services For Latinos

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As Oregon's Latino population grows, so do the numbers of people with issues to address. 

Those issues include problem gambling. 

Many services to help habitual gamblers are aimed at English speakers, but now the Oregon Health Authority and the lottery are joining forces with a Latino group to provide additional services, primarily through the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources site. 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu March 12, 2015

What Early Head Start Grants Are Supposed To Do

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When we're really young, our brains grow by leaps and bounds… in normal conditions. 

Now imagine what happens to a growing child's brain if conditions are sub-standard. 

Giving all children a shot at a good life is the aim of Head Start programs.  And Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants from the federal Office of Head Start are meant to expand programs for the youngest kids. 

An Oregon partner just got a grant to help programs in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, among others. 

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 1
8:32 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Medford's Casino Quandry

Kristin Sandfort of Roseburg, Vickie Prohoroff of Azalea and Rod Debban of Myrtle Creek display their opposition to the proposed Coquille tribal casino proposal in Medford at a hearing held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in early February
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

The proposal by the Coquille Indian tribe to build a new casino in Medford has taken heat from all sides, ever since it surfaced in 2012. Federal, state and local elected officials have lined up against it. The Cow Creek Indian tribe is adamantly opposed. And comments from the public at large have been overwhelmingly negative. JPR looks at some of the complexities that make this such a contentious debate.

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 2
6:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Medford Casino Proposal May Hinge On Arcane Points Of Law

An architect's rendering of before and after views of Roxy Ann Lanes and the planned remodel into The Cedars at Bear Creek.
Credit Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Coquille Indian tribe’s controversial proposal to build a casino in Medford is facing its first major legal hurdle; getting the federal government to grant the site trust status, making it Indian land. In this second part of our series “Going For Broke,” JPR finds that whether the project gets the go-ahead may depend on how officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs interpret the fine print of laws and agreements that go back decades. 

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Eating Right Early In Life (And Before?)

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Can you count the number of times your parents urged you to eat your vegetables? 

It's part of childhood, and good advice: eating right early in life makes a big difference later.  That knowledge led to the creation of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health Sciences University. 

The institute hosts nutrition forums across the state to make the case for proper nutrition for children, all the way back to the time of conception. 

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Starting April 21st
9:33 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Q Names Shad Kabango as New Host

Q's new host, Shad Kabango.

Q, CBC Radio One's award-winning daily arts, culture and entertainment program, have a fresh feel and a unique voice starting April 20th when it welcomes Shad (Shadrach Kabango) as the new permanent host.

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 3
8:30 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Medford Casino Proposal Pits Tribe Against Tribe

This billboard, displayed in several locations around Medford, is part of the Coquille tribe's campaign to win support for its casino proposal.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

The Coquille Indian tribe’s proposal to build a new casino in south Medford has garnered a lot of opponents. But perhaps none as vociferous as the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The Cow Creek have spent a lot of energy -- and money -- rallying opposition to the Coquille proposal. In this final part of our series “Going For Broke,” JPR looks at how these two tribes came to be at loggerheads.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Tweaking The BLM Version Of A Timber Sale

Credit Luke Ruediger

"If you want something done right, do it yourself," goes the old saying. 

Some Applegate Valley residents took that advice to heart when they had issues with a timber sale planned by the BLM. 

They found the Nedsbar sale timber-heavy and rough on habitat. 

So, with guidance from the Klamath Forest Alliance and other groups, they proposed their own version of the sale, a "Community Alternative."   

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Arsenic In Water And Its Different Forms

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Arsenic is all around us.  That's not as happy as "love is all around," but it's true… arsenic is abundant in the earth's surface, and it often finds its way into drinking water. 

But the KIND of arsenic can make a big difference, and a University of Oregon scientist says arsenic can cycle between toxic and less-toxic forms. 

Meaning we might be able to make it less troublesome in water.  The study focused on a number of wells in the Creswell area.

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Health
6:12 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Oregon Project Independence Helps Elders Stay In Their Homes

96 year-old Cecil Michael, in his Medford home. Project Independence pays for a part-time caretaker to help with the chores he can't do himself anymore, allowing him to stay in his own home.
Credit Bill McLean/JPR

For many elderly people, having to move into a nursing home is frightening and traumatic. It’s also very expensive, and taxpayers usually end up footing a lot of the bill. 

A groundbreaking program that originated in Oregon is helping many people stay in their homes longer, enhancing the quality of their lives and reducing the need for nursing home care.

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Reducing The Need for Oregon Prisons

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The state of Oregon will not be building new prisons anytime soon. 

The legislature decided two years ago to put more money into programs that will prevent crimes, avoiding the creation of new prison residents. 

In theory, that puts more money and emphasis into programs like Klamath County Community Corrections

The legislature is debating just how MUCH money right now. 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 9, 2015

"Legendary Locals of Ashland"

Credit Arcadia Publishing

Arcadia Publishing has figured out how to sell a lot of books in a lot of small towns. 

Arcadia publishes books of historical pictures from towns all over the country. 

The second wave is a set of books about the "Legendary Locals;" the noteworthy people in the history of a community. 

Legendary Locals of Ashland is now out. 

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Live Session Archive
11:32 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Penny And Sparrow Live Session

Eric Teel

Penny & Sparrow is American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke out of Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, the duo began their musical endeavor as a hobby and creative outlet. Their first tune, “Creature” was recorded in a small apartment behind an orphanage with one microphone and a laptop. “If you listen closely, you can hear kids screaming and laughing in the background of each song,” says Baxter. “After just one song, we knew writing and recording was something we didn’t want to stop doing.

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