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Strike Continues Today
6:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Medford Schools Re-Open With Substitutes

Many Medford students will return to class today, but their teachers won’t be there. District teachers have been on strike since Thursday.

After being closed for three days while the Medford School District made strike preparations, schools are reopening today with half-day schedules.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Superintendent Phil Long would not verify exactly how many substitutes the district had hired. He also declined comment on the number of teachers who had decided to return to school despite the strike.

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Rock, Meet Hard Place
6:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Medford Schools To Re-open Without Striking Teachers

Striking teachers picket at Central Medford High School, February 10, 2014
Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Medford Schools open despite a first-ever strike by teachers

The Medford public schools are re-opening this morning. But most of the district’s teachers will be out on the sidewalks picketing rather than in the classrooms.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Inside The Medford Teacher Strike

A rally in support of teachers, months before the strike began.
Credit S.O. Jobs With Justice

Teachers union reps, followed by the school superintendent, explain their sides in the Medford strike.

Long faces, tired eyes, and picket signs marked the start of the Medford teacher strike on Thursday (February 6th).

Teachers hit the picket lines after nearly 10 months of negotiating with the Medford district failed to produce a teacher contract. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

(Oregon) Shakespeare Back In Business

Credit Wikimedia

Alison Carey lays out the plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season.

February includes a lot of important dates, one of great regional significance: it is the month the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens for the season. 

Previews begin later this week on OSF's indoor stages. 

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Strike Continues
5:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford

Medford's Washington Elementary School. Washington is one of the few that will not host double shifts during the strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Medford schools are closed today (Monday, February 10) as substitute teachers called in from throughout the state get ready to cross the picket lines tomorrow.

Medford teachers have been on strike since Thursday. The subs met with Medford Schools administrators for more than five hours yesterday.

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Seeking Compromise
3:38 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Wyden Gets Pushback On His O&C Timber Bill

Logging in the Oregon Coast Range in 2010
Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden pledges to do everything he can to get his proposed timber plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama this year. He’s gathered support from key players in both the timber industry and the environmental community, and he’s painting opponents as uncompromising extremists.

But, hold-outs on both sides say splitting the baby in half isn’t the wisest choice.

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Several Majors Eliminated
5:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

SOU Releases Plan For Cuts

Hannon Library, in the heart of the SOU campus.
Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

Southern Oregon University will move ahead with plans to cut programs to save money.

On Thursday, SOU administration released plans for "retrenchment"--cutbacks in academic programs that allow the elimination of faculty jobs.

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Teachers On Strike
5:48 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Medford School Talks Set For Weekend

Medford's Washington Elementary School, pre-strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Teachers continue to walk picket lines in the Medford school district, as the first teacher strike in the district's history continues.

The district plans for schools to reopen on Tuesday with replacements, while both sides planned to meet with a state mediator over the weekend.

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Live Session Archive
3:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Eight Dollar Mountain Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 2-7-2014

Eight Dollar Mountain is Darren Campbell (guitar), Stuart Green (banjo), Phil Johnson (mandolin), Peter Koelsch (bass), and Mark Lackey (dobro). The band serves up high-energy, traditionally-inspired bluegrass music that reflects the roots of mountain music, blues, and old time country.

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Last Gasp For Endangered Salmon?
9:32 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Drought Forces Broadest Fishing Ban in California; Coho At Risk of Extinction

Credit CDFW

California’s state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction.

Fishery officials fear drought impacts on fish

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