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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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Second Day of Snow
8:19 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Snow Closes Schools In Willamette Valley

The winter storm that pounded Northern Oregon forced school closings up and down the Willamette Valley on Friday, February 7.

SCHOOLS CLOSED:

  • Eugene
  • Springfield
  • Junction City
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Creswell
  • University of Oregon
  • Lane Community College
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No Contract Agreement
7:52 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Strike ON: Medford Teachers Walk

A pre-strike rally.
Credit Medford Education Association

Medford teachers walked off the job today (Thursday, February 6), after a deadline for reaching a deal on a new teacher contract passed.

The teachers' union and Medford School District reps met for hours yesterday and overnight without agreeing on contract terms.

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Brink Of Strike
2:48 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Medford Talks Continue, But No School Thursday

Washington Elementary School is one of several that would remain open if Medford teachers strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Medford School District canceled Thursday classes on Wednesday afternoon, bracing for a possible teacher strike.

School Superintendent Phil Long made the announcement on the school district's web site before classes ended for the day on Wednesday.

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Strike Deadline February 6
12:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Medford Schools Announce Strike Plans

Jackson Elementary is one of the schools that would remain open if Medford teachers strike.
Credit Medford School District

The Medford School District released its plan for school schedules if teachers strike Thursday morning.

The teachers' union set February 6th as its deadline several weeks ago: either a breakthrough in contract negotiations, or a strike.

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Strike Set For Thursday
6:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Strike Deadline Approaches: Medford Teachers Talk

An informational picket by teachers and their supporters.
Credit Medford Education Association

Medford teachers and the school district returned to contract talks Tuesday, but not before taking more public shots at each other.

Mediation sessions resumed a few hours after the union chief and the school superintendent published dueling guest columns in the Mail Tribune of Medford.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Concern Over Mercury In Oregon Rivers

Credit BLM/Wikimedia

Bill Meyers and Lori Pillsbury explain the reason for concern over mercury in Oregon rivers.

The Rogue River looks pristine in many places, but looks are deceiving. 

The Rogue, the McKenzie, and other Oregon rivers may be added to a list of streams bearing high levels of mercury.  In some of the native fish, though generally not the water.

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JPR News
5:20 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Medford Teacher Talks Resume Two Days From Strike Deadline

Staffing classrooms will be an issue if Medford teachers strike Thursday.
Credit Wikimedia

Two days before a planned strike date, the Medford School District and its teachers return to talks aimed at finding a contract both sides can live with.

Talks, plural.  The plan for the Tuesday sessions calls for negotiating teams from the district and the teachers' union to meet in separate rooms, with a mediator shuttling between them.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Arguing Timber And Terminology

Credit Nicholas_T/Flickr

Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild explains his group's issues with the White Castle sale.

The Bureau of Land Management calls the plan for the White Castle timber sale "variable retention harvest."

Environmental groups prefer "clearcut."  Welcome back to the frequent battles over logging in Western Oregon. 

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