Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Effects Of Salting Oregon Roads

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Jerry Marmon, Jeremiah Griffin and Gary Leaming detail the ODOT pilot project using salt on Siskiyou Summit.

What's good for driving may not necessarily be good for the vehicle, or the environment.

Salt is commonly used to help road crews get rid of snow and ice in colder climates, but Oregon began using it in recent years, in places like the frequently snowbound Siskiyou Summit. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:27 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

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Lisa Arkin and Peter Hayes discuss the effects of pesticide sprays on private forest land.

Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

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Whales Migrating South
6:36 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Winter Whale Watching Begins

Whale watchers in Coos County, 2009.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Winter whale watching week is almost here. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation has dubbed the week of December 26-31 Winter Whale Watching Week.

It is the annual migration of the gray whales as they make their way to warmer waters.

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Federal Officials Reject Program
6:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Oregon Must Do More To Protect Coastal Waters

South Slough in Coos County.
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Federal regulators say Oregon is not doing enough to protect water and fish from pollution generated by logging on private lands, stormwater run-off from construction sites, and septic tanks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday they plan to reject portions of Oregon's program for limiting coastal pollution from non-point sources.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:57 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

A Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop in Texas.
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Cassandra Ross and Sarah Miller detail the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program at Oregon's Coffee Creek prison.

Going to prison is no picnic, but it's hard on more than the person serving time. 

The Girl Scouts of America runs a program to help women in prison stay connected to their daughters, for the benefit of both.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Spotted Frog Take Two: Defending Protection


Noah Greenwald from the Center for Biological Diversity makes the case for spotted frog listing.

And now the other side: our earlier conversation with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams examined the resistance to the possible placement of the Oregon spotted frog on the endangered species list.

The frog (and its defenders) have been waiting a long time: it was first proposed for listing 20 years ago. 

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Follows Executive Order To Protect Health
6:56 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Smoking Ban In Oregon Parks Considered

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A rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, and common areas of campgrounds is under consideration by the Oregon Parks Department.

Department official Chris Havel said Wednesday the agency is following through on an executive order from the governor to reduce the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Wyden Plan Promotes Logging
6:40 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill today.

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The "Green Bags" Go Big
4:08 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Feeding The Neighbors: The Food Project Hits A Big Milestone

Mary Shaffer and sons Gabriel and Rio with a haul of donated groceries in the Food Project's distinctive Green Bags
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Ride along with the Giancarlo family as they help push the Food Project in Jackson County to its millionth pound of donated food

With federal unemployment benefits ending for more than 45,000 jobless Northwesterners, and as Congress acts to further slash food stamps, putting meals on the table is about to become even more of a challenge for many. One innovative community approach to hunger just reached an impressive milestone. JPR’s Liam Moriarty spent a frosty morning with a family who is among those who’ve made the Ashland Food Project a potent model of compassion in action.

"I seriously just wanted to die"
3:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

U.S. Immigration Policy Leaves Behind 'Orphans Of Deportation'

Ashley, 18, left, Brian, 21, and Karleen Tapia pose for a photo outside their home in Bend. Their single mother was deported to Mexico in September 2011.
Credit Jordana Gustafson/OPB

A visit with siblings whose mother had to leave the US

Divided families have become a focal point in the national immigration reform debate.  Many families separated by deportation are from Latino communities across the country. 

Three siblings in one family in Bend continue a long wait for their mother who was deported more than two years ago.

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