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9:20 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Met Opera HD Season Begins

Isabel Leonard as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The 2014-15 season of opera performances, transmitted live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera stage, begins October 11th with Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, starring Željko Lučić’s in the title role and Anna Netrebko as his mad and murderous mate Lady Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production also features Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo.

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

Dave Dotterrer, Oregon Senate Candidate

Credit Dotterrer Campaign

Dave Dotterrer still wants to be an Oregon State Senator. 

He came very close four years ago, narrowly losing the District 3 senate seat to incumbent Alan Bates. 

So this election amounts to a rematch, with both Bates and Dotterrer running again. 

Party control of the Oregon Senate could hinge on the outcome. 

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

No Whining In The Vineyards: Grape Crop Great

Credit Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/Wikimedia

It was not a good summer for water availability. 

And it was a terrible year for fires. 

But the drought and heat were not all bad for all living things.  Take wine grapes, for example. 

In fact, take a lot of them, because they appear to be quite abundant this year. 

Southern Oregon University climatologist Gregory Jones joins us. 

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Environment
2:24 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

The New Face Of The Forest Service in Six Rivers Forest

Merv George is the new supervisor of the Six Rivers National Forest. A member of the Hoopa Valley tribe, he's the first local ever to be appointed to the position.
Credit USFS

The Six Rivers National Forest  covers nearly one million acres, from the Oregon-California border south to Mendocino County.

The forest’s new  supervisor is the first local ever to be appointed to the position. And he’s taking the reins of an organization that’s redefining itself as it redefines how to manage the forest.

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Richardson/Kitzhaber In PDX
1:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

JPR To Carry Gubernatorial Debate Oct. 10th at Noon

John Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson
Credit OPB/Campaign Materials

Jefferson Public Radio will carry the next Oregon gubernatorial debate, Friday October 10th at Noon on the News and Information Service of JPR.

Democratic incumbent John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson will debate in front of the Friday Forum of The City Club of Portland. 

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Live Session Archive
11:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Lucy Wainwright Roche Live Session

Eric Teel

Lucy Wainwright Roche, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (the Roches) and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, was born and raised in New York City. Wainwright Roche spent her formative years traveling with and amongst her large musical family. After high school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, earned a Master’s degree in education at Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan, and eventually began teaching second and third grade.

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Sheriff Race Shocker
6:12 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Jackson County Sheriff Announces Retirement, Endorses Opponent

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters says he's dropping out of the race for a fourth term.
Credit Wintersforsheriff.com

The race for Jackson County sheriff just got a little more interesting. 

In an exclusive interview with Medford television station KDRV, three-term incumbent Mike Winters says he'll step down when his term ends on Dec. 31. And, he says, he's endorsing his challenger, Ashland Police Department Deputy Chief Corey Falls.

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

Travel And Toke: Rick Steves Backs Oregon Pot Measure

Credit RickSteves.com

Any statewide vote on legalizing marijuana for personal use is going to draw attention. 

Oregon's vote on Measure 91 in November already had plenty of that. 

Now it gets more, from an unlikely source. 

Public TV and radio travel expert Rick Steves is weighing in on the issue, on the Yes side. 

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

Election 2014: Alan Bates/Oregon Senate Race

Credit Bates Campaign

Campaign season is in full swing, with election day just a month down the horizon. 

One of the more closely-watched legislative races in Oregon is a re-match in Senate District 3. 

Incumbent Alan Bates faces Dave Dotterrer for the second time, after a narrow victory four years ago. 

The race could flip control of the Oregon Senate from the Democrats to the Republicans. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Food From A Box: Gro-Volution And Aeroponics

Tomatoes and Lettuce growing in an aeroponics system.
Credit Wikimedia

You've probably heard of hydroponics--growing plants in a water solution without soil. 

And there's aquaponics, combining hydroponics with a fish tank. 

Now we'll focus on aeroponics… growing plants in air and mist.  No soil, no water bath.  Confused yet? 

A Southern Oregon company called Gro-Volution is gearing up for a revolution in the field of aeroponics to grow food crops. 

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Paying The Bills
4:04 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Using Calculators To Fight Wildfires

Cal Fire Finance Section Chief Steve Hawks oversees the financial aspects of fighting the King Fire Sept. 22, 2014.
Credit Andrew Nixon/ Capital Public Radio

 

  A line of fire trucks winds past smoldering trees and brush in the Sierra west of Lake Tahoe. Firefighters spray down hot spots in the smoky air as the King Fire winds down.  The scene is quiet, stark and slightly spooky. And it’s hard to relate it to the fire’s bustling base camp in the foothills about 20 miles to the west.

There, in a hall at the Placerville Fairgrounds, firefighters are still hard at work. But their tools are not hoses and shovels, they’re spreadsheets and calculators. They’re paying the bills.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Rapid Response To Avert Another Klamath Fish Kill

Credit Wikimedia

It's a mouthful to say or spell "ichthyophthirius multifiliis," so most people just pronounce it "ick." 

Long or short, it's the name for a disease capable of killing fish by the thousands in the drought-stressed Klamath River

And there's evidence of a significant ich infestation in the river again this year. 

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Live Session Archive
10:55 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Pomplamoose Live Session

Eric Teel

Formed in 2008 by multi-instrumentalists/Stanford students Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, California's Pomplamoose (an English-spelling approximation of the French word for grapefruit) blend the quirky, jazz-tinged, anything-goes songcraft of Regina Spektor with the open-road, indie pop anthems of fellow male/female duos Mates of State, the Bird and the Bee, and Matt & Kim.

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Live Session Archive
10:29 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet Live Session

Eric Teel

The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, based in Saint Petersburg, Russia, formed in 1939, is a monument to Russian musical history. The present members Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola), Anton Andreev (cello) are graduates of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory who, by virtue of a shared background steeped in the grand tradition of Russian music making, achieve organic and convincing interpretations of a diverse repertoire of masterworks, Russian classics, and contemporary masters.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

A State-Backed Retirement Plan For Oregon?

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Oregon's state treasurer says a good guideline for retirement savings is to multiply the last year of earnings by eight. 

That's the number that should be in the bank upon retirement. 

But Ted Wheeler's research shows that half of Oregonians have less than $25,000 saved up for retirement. 

Wheelers says the situation could lead to a "generational crisis" of poverty-stricken senior citizens. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Bringing The "Imagination Library" To Kids

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A few simple steps early in life can make a big difference in a child's eventual success. 

Like reading: getting kids interested in reading while they're very young pays dividends in educational performance throughout their lives. 

The Eugene Public Library just started up its own version of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

It not only encourages reading, it gives out free books. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Mount Ashland Looks Ahead To A Real Winter

Mount Ashland's bleak snowpack, seen late last winter.
Credit Mt. Ashland Ski Area

Fall arrives with rising hopes for a good winter in the mountains. 

Last year's scant snowpack prevented the Mount Ashland Ski Area from opening--for even a single day--for business. 

That prompted a number of changes within the organization, including a change in management. 

New GM Hiram Towle is now in place and making plans for the coming ski season. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Restoring Weed After The Boles Fire

Credit Courtesy of Cal Fire

The best thing that can be said about the Boles fire sweeping through Weed on September 15 is that nobody died or suffered a serious injury. 

But losing 148 homes is not an event from which a community recovers overnight. 

There's a long road ahead before the lost homes are rebuilt, and the community will bear a permanent scar.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Shopper To The Stars: "I'll Drink To That"

Credit Penguin Books

Betty Halbreich's once-glamourous life bottomed out after she and her dashing (and philandering) husband divorced.  Now what? 

The answer came from the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, which picked Halbreich to run its first personal shopping service. 

Suddenly she was the personal shopper to the stars. 

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Crews Pull Back During Rains
4:55 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Happy Camp Fire Nearly Contained

Firefighters on the Happy Camp Complex Fire
Courtesy of the US Forest Service

UPDATED| Thursday 9/25/14 4:55 p.m.

The end is in sight for firefighters on the Happy Camp Complex of fires burning in Siskiyou County.  Containment reached 94% by this morning (Sept. 25).

Rain falling on the fire zone is helping.  But a flash flood watch that accompanied the rain prompted fire managers to pull firefighters off fire suppression efforts Wednesday and early Thursday.

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