Four Counties Affected
4:03 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Here We Go: Fire Season Begins In Oregon

When the hills turn brown, the arrow moves to the right. This fire danger sign greets drivers entering Ashland from the north.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There wasn't much suspense, and now it's over: fire season begins at the start of the day (12:01 AM) on Monday, June 2, 2014 for Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties.

The Oregon Department of Forestry announced the declaration of fire season early Friday.

The declaration puts a set of restrictions in place on activities that could potentially cause fires to start: debris burning, use of certain kinds of ammunition, and logging, among others (restrictions list HERE).

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Hacking For Community Good

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Nick Skytland, Brandon Barnett and Rachel Hatch discuss who hacks what on the big day.

The term "hacking" still has some negative connotations, rather like "tagging." 

But plenty of people who are turned onto technology are determined to rehabilitate the term. 

Case in point: the National Day of Civic Hacking, set to take place this weekend (May 31-June 1).

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Restoring School Art Programs In Oregon

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Denise Baxter and Michelle Boss Barba describe "Studio to School."

When the budget ax falls on schools, it tends to fall first on the programs that are not seen as essential to learning, music and art among them. 

School funding and some programs are slowly rebounding from the recession, but many schools do without. 

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"A community is not the sum of its problems"
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

"Inside Out" Art Project Reflects Redding's Heart

Jared Capello & Janelle Fite help paste portraits from a boom lift at the Cascade Theatre

A recent Gallup poll named Redding as America’s third-most miserable city to live in. When nearly 500 residents were asked about their housing, job satisfaction, emotional and physical health and more, the city ranked 187th out of 189 communities polled.

Now, a local artist has brought to Redding a global participatory art project called Inside Out.  She hopes the project’s startling approach to humanizing the urban landscape can help Redding get its groove back.

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Live Session Archive
3:15 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Show Ponies Live Session

Aired 6-9-2014

The Show Ponies are an indie-folk outfit from Los Angeles with old time and country influences. Their new album, We’re Not Lost, is proof of the rewards of taking a leap of faith. Funded entirely by crowdsourcing, the album is a realization of both their ardent fan base, and the power of setting a goal and trusting the process. What they’re moving toward is becoming one of the hottest Old-Time groups on of the West Coast, with a stellar sophomore album that flirts effortlessly with a modern new-roots sound and a hard driven progressive beat.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On The Verge Of Fire Season

It will happen; the only question is: how much?
Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Bob Schumacher and Daniel Berlant survey what could be a rough fire season ahead.

Southern California is adjusting to the realities of a year-round fire season. 

So far, we do not have to face that reality where we live. 

But this fire season, which could be declared at any time (already underway south of the state line) , threatens to be a rough one in Oregon and California. 

It comes after several years of low rain and snowfall, and arrives during a drought. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Uses (And Abuses) Of Psychedelic Drugs

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Matt Vogel and Martin Ball talk about the renewed interest in psychedelic drugs.

The "Psychedelic 60s" are way behind us, and Timothy Leary died a generation ago. 

But the class of drugs that fascinated Leary--psychedelics like LSD--still fascinate some people today. 

Research and reporting on psychedelics is on an upswing, and an "Exploring Psychedelics in Culture, Religion, and Science" conference is planned for Friday at Southern Oregon University. 

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4:55 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Southern Oregon Beer Pioneer Dies

Lead in text: 
The man who started Rogue Brewery in Ashland 25+ years ago died this week...
His son, Brett Joyce, sent out this word yet on memorial gatherings, but we'd all do well to raise a pint to one of the founders of Oregon's craft beer community: Yesterday the Rogue Nation and Family lost our co-founder, leader, friend, and father as Jack Joyce passed away at the age of 71.
Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Healing, And Winning Awards For It

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Dr. Yvonne Fried and Bill Feagin explain why Ashland's hospital wins awards for wound care.

There are so many ways to damage a human body. 

And a whole lot of ways to fix bodies, too. 

Asante Ashland Community Hospital just won an award for the success of its Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Recovering Oregon's African-American History

Richard Bogle and Family, prominent in Oregon and Washington in the 19th Century.
Credit Oregon Black Pioneers

Kim Moreland and Kuri Gill explain the historic preservation program.

African-Americans were simply not allowed to live in Oregon, under the exclusion laws passed early in the state's history.  But the enforcement of the laws was spotty, and there IS a record of black habitation in the face of racism. The Oregon Black Pioneers and the State Historic Preservation Office are joining forces to make sure that history is highlighted and preserved.  

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