News

Pages

Libraries Win In Jackson
8:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Election Highlights: GMO Bans And Library Levy Win

Jackson County GMO ban supporters celebrate in downtown Medford Tuesday night.
Credit Charlotte Duren/JPR News

A measure to ban crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) won easy passage in Jackson County in Tuesday's primary election.

A similar measure in Josephine County also won handily.

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | May 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Marine Mammals Sick And Stranded

Credit Public Domain

Jeff Boehm explains the issues showing up in marine mammals in California this year.

Sick and stranded seals and sea lions are found from time to time along the West Coast. 

But usually not as many as are turning up this year. 

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito reports 446 of the animals brought into the center this year. 

That's already a record, and the year is not even half over. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | May 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Scourge Of Sea Star Wasting Disease

A healthy ochre sea star.
Credit Wikimedia

Jim Burke describes the gruesome effects of Sea Star Wasting Disease.

Sea stars--starfish--are in trouble in much of the West Coast. 

Sea star wasting disease causes the animals to lose arms and ultimately disintegrate, and scientists do not know yet what causes it. 

Oregon's population of sea stars had been left unscathed until recently. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | May 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Airlines Depart Klamath Falls

SkyWest served Klamath Falls under the United Express nameplate... until the last flights out on June 4.
Credit Wikimedia

John Longley talks about the factors that led to Sky West leaving Klamath Falls behind.

Beyond transportation options, it's a matter of prestige for a city to have commercial airline service. 

So Klamath Falls took a punch to the gut lately when SkyWest announced it would no longer serve Klamath Falls (as United Express) with daily flights to San Francisco and Portland. 

The final flights left before dawn on Wednesday, June 4.

Read more
Riverbend Live
8:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

2014 Riverbend Live Season Announced

The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform at Winston's Riverbend Park on July 11th.

The critically acclaimed Carolina Chocolate Drops will play Winston, Oregon as part of the recently announced Riverbend Live concert series.

Read more
Politics & Government
6:15 am
Mon May 19, 2014

As Brown Seeks Re-Election, California Progressives Voice Frustration

Credit Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown may be a near-lock to win a record fourth term this fall, but that doesn’t mean he’s universally popular with his fellow Democrats.  There’s growing frustration among progressives over what they see as the governor’s fiscal conservatism and business-friendly views.

Read more
Environment
6:07 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Arrests Highlight Threat To Ancient Redwoods

Credit Two+two=4/Wikimedia Commons

Two northern California men have been charged with damaging old growth trees in the Redwood National and State Forest. The arrests are the first in response to a recent increase in illegal poaching of redwood burl. JPR looks at the illicit trade in the North Coast’s legendary giants. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 16, 2014

High Marks For High Schools

Ashland High School and the district administration building.
Credit Wikimedia

Michelle Zundel and Bob King talk about the work of improving a high school.

Several high schools in our region gained some bragging rights recently, as U.S. News & World Report issued its annual rankings of American high schools. 

Ashland High School, South Medford and South Eugene all ranked highly, along with Central Point's Crater Renaissance Academy. 

Read more
On Determination
7:15 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Blind Northwest Marathoner To Attempt Summiting North America's Tallest Peak

Bruce Stobie is seen on a recent climb to Camp Muir on Mount Rainier.
Credit Courtesy Dave Marcy


Bruce Stobie may be blind, but he’s getting ready to do something that most of us with perfect eyesight would never attempt. On June 10, he’s setting out on a three-week round-trip expedition to climb North America’s tallest peak, Denali.

Read more
Gut Check Time
6:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

California GOP's Future At Stake In June Primary

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (L) , former US Treasury official Neel Kashkari (R)
Credit Capital Public Radio

 For an election expected to have very low turnout, the June 3rd primary could play an outsize role in shaping California’s political landscape.  That’s because of the stark ideological battle shaping up in the Republican Party between gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari.

Read more

Pages