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5:56 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Transgender Student Law Takes Effect in California

Ashton Lee gets ready for the second to last day of finals for the Fall semester. He is wearing formal clothes as a sign of support for classmates who are giving presentations for finals.
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A new law requires California public schools to accommodate transgender students

As of the start of the year, all California public school districts must allow transgender students to use facilities and play on sports teams according to the gender with which they identify. Supporters say the law will protect a vulnerable group of students. But opponents think voters should have a say.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting: USF&WS Perspective

Saving spotted owls is the point of the shooting of some barred owls.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Paul Henson of U.S. Fish & Wildlife explains the shooting of barred owls to keep spotted owls from going extinct.

Time for a few more words on the shooting of barred owls. 

The process recently began, in an effort to help spotted owls survive in areas where the owls compete for territory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:28 am
Fri January 3, 2014

More Fair Days Ahead For Josephine County

Credit Josephine County

Commissioner Simon Hare explains the current financial picture at Josephine County, with a focus on the fairgrounds.

Things are looking up, at least a little, for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. 

Commissioners decided months ago that the fairgrounds had to be self-sustaining, because the cash-strapped county could not afford to support them.

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First Time Event
6:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Some Federal Court Hearings Going Online

Credit Keith Burtis/Flickr

Members of the public can now listen to hearings from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals online.

The court said Thursday it will offer online access to all of its proceedings beginning with its hearings next week in Pasadena. It's the first time a federal appeals court has provided the service.

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Was Under Fire For Problems
6:46 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Cover Oregon Leader Resigns

The man who led Oregon's problem-plagues health insurance exchange has submitted his resignation.

Rocky King has been on medical leave since December 2. His resignation is effective at the end of his leave, March 5.

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No-Show Snow
4:20 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ski Industry Praying For Snow After Record Dry Year

Scarce snow means many Northwest ski areas, like Mt. Shasta, haven't opened yet.
Credit skipark.com

Lack of snow is making life difficult for more than just skiers.

2013 was a record dry year in Eugene and Medford. Many areas around the region have gotten half of their average snowfall or less.

That’s got Northwest ski resorts, many of which haven’t even opened yet, nervously waiting for snow. So are thousands of workers and retailers who depend on the ski season. And there’s little relief in sight.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting Begins

A barred owl rescued after an accident.
Credit Terren J. Peterson/Wikimedia

Michael Harris details Friends of Animals objection to shooting barred owls.

The work long rumored recently got underway: gunfire killed barred owls in Northern California. 

And it was completely intentional, meant to give spotted owls some breathing room in their competition with the rival owls for living space. 

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
5:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Tunnel 13: How Forensic Science Helped Solve America's Last Great Train Robbery

Tunnel 13, Ashland, Oregon - site of the last “great” train robbery in the west.
Pepper Trail

Every fall, the maples and dogwoods color the foothills of southern Oregon with yellow and orange highlights, flaring vibrant among the dark green pines. Through these Siskiyou Mountains, the railroad line once known as the “Road of a Thousand Wonders” snakes its way toward California, crossing moss-covered ravines on rickety trestles and piercing the mountain ridges with long dark tunnels.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:00
11:02 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Record Dry Year For Medford Area

The story of this year: dry ground and blue skies.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Milt Radford visits to talk about high-pressure blocks and other reasons for the dry year.

Unless a massive storm hits, and soon (highly unlikely), 2013 ends with a weather whimper that amounts to a meteorological bang.

The bang is that the year will end with less precipitation in Medford than in any other calendar year since record-keeping began more than 100 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:30
11:01 am
Tue December 31, 2013

A Tribal Casino For Yreka?

The Karuk casino concept envisioned for Yreka.
Credit Karuk Tribe

Buster Atteberry and Jaclyn Goodwin of the Karuk Tribe describe the casino plan for Yreka.

While a pair of Native American tribes spent much of the last year squabbling over a plan for a casino in Medford, a third tribe quietly laid the groundwork for a different casino in nearby Yreka. 

And the Karuk Tribe got a further boost when California's governor signed a compact with the tribe, a key step toward locating the casino. 

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