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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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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

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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

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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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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ski Season Woes

Mt. Shasta in summer. It is NOT supposed to look like this in winter.
Credit Wikimedia

Jason Young explains what happens at a ski area (Shasta) when it's closed for lack of snow.

It's already February and some skiers still haven't been able to hit the slopes.

Winter storms have been rare visitors this winter, and winter recreation areas have little or no snow to work with.  Both Mt. Shasta Ski Park and Mt. Ashland Ski Area remain closed. 

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Local Limits to "Open Carry"
2:54 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Ashland to Ponder Gun Restrictions

Credit Enoch Lai/Wikimedia

The Ashland  city council is poised to consider taking up a pair of ordinances proposed by a community group concerned about gun violence. Whether Ashland adopts the new laws or not, it raises questions about how far local gun restrictions can go, and what they can accomplish.

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Strike Set for February 6
5:52 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

No Negotiating As Medford Nears Teacher Strike

A rally in support of Medford teachers in September 2013.
Credit S.O. Jobs With Justice

The Medford School District and its teachers continue to march toward a possible teacher strike, despite pleas from the community to keep negotiating.

Medford Education Association members plan to strike on February 6th without progress toward a new contract.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Driving Toward An EV Future

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Jeff Allen and Richard Csuk talk about the wonders of electric vehicles.

If you're not driving a hybrid or electric vehicle yet, chances are pretty good that you will soon. 

Especially in Oregon, where the trade association Drive Oregon puts in a lot of miles (and watts, we presume) boosting electric vehicles, or EVs. 

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Buy Feed Or Sell
5:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Drought Forces California Ranchers To Make Tough Choices

Cattle owned by Jim Gates of Nevada County Free Range Beef. So far he’s used two year’s worth of hay this season because of the drought.
Credit Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

California Drought Takes A Toll On Ranchers
California’s ranchers depend on fall and winter rains to keep grasses growing for their livestock. But the state’s drought is forcing them to make tough decisions. With rangelands dry statewide, moving herds isn’t an option. Many are resorting to buying feed, but its rising cost is making that choice difficult.
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11:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

JPR & OPB Team Up: State Of Jefferson Issues

Lead in text: 
Oregon Public Broadcasting makes occasional treks to the State of Jefferson to explore issues of statewide interest to its audience. Listen Friday (1/31) at Noon as we air OPB's Think Out Loud, live from the Jacksonville Inn. If you'd like to attend the live broadcast, see below...
Peter Laufer/The Elusive State of Jefferson What is the State of Jefferson? Is is a historic secessionist movement? A state of mind? An imaginary, "mythical state"? An inevitable, soon-to-be 51st state? The answer - depending on who you ask - is "yes."
Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:52 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Reducing Child Abuse: 90 by 30

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Phyllis Barkhurst and Jeff Todahl talk about the formation of the 90 by 30 program.

Child abuse is more widely recognized than ever before, and the work of eliminating it continues.

Lane County is home to the 90 by 30 program, an effort to reduce child abuse by 90% by the year 2030.

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