UPDATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, NOON. … Over 140,000 acres have burned and containment is above 25 percent in all the fires except the River Complex near Denny. An Air Quality Alert has been issued with "hazardous" conditions in Hyampom, Denny, and Hayfork. Very unhealthy conditions persist in Burnt Ranch and Mad River. Forecast for the next few days is for high temperatures approaching 100 degrees and humidity below 20 percent.





Stouts Fire Facebook page

UPDATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 4:30 P.M. ... Burnout operations began yesterday on the Stouts fire with a small section of line along the southeastern portion of the fire line, along Forest Service Road 3201, one-half mile northwest of Diamond Rock. 

The Stouts Creek Fire Incident Management Team is hosting a public meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at the Azalea Community Church, 362 Upper Cow Creek Road, Azalea, Oregon. Fire managers will present the plan for the burnout and contingency plans for structure protection.

The fire is 24,389 acres and 67% contained. 

National Creek Complex Blog

UPDATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 4:50 P.M. ... Yesterday’s cooler temperatures and higher humidity moderated fire behavior and the Crescent Fire did not increase in size significantly. No major smoke columns were visible in the afternoon. Firefighters continued to extinguish any smoldering vegetation on the spot fires north of Highway 230.

Fire crews also extended the length and depth of their burn-out operations along State Highway 230 to further secure and strengthen that containment line.

The closure of State Highway 230 remains in place. 

US Forest Service-Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Facebook page

UPDATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 4:30 P.M. ... Crews are making progress on the Collier Butte fire burning in Oregon's Kalmiopsis Wilderness, east of Gold Beach in Curry County.

But a coming change in weather could pose challenges for firefighters.

The fire has burned 5,607 acres so far and is 20 percent contained.

UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 4:14 P.M. ... The Gasquet Complex of fires burning in the Six Rivers National Forest in Del Norte County now totals 3,069 acres. The fires are 29 percent contained.

Maybe you know one of those people who is just afraid of bees, and runs when they come near.  They may not change quickly, but society's attitude toward bees is evolving. 

Massive bee kills and ongoing population problems have highlighted the importance of, and challenges to, bees. 

They got their own day this year, with August 15th designated Native Bees Conservation Awareness Day in Oregon. 

The Klamath River's vital importance to both Oregon and California explains the frequent disagreements over how its water will be used.  The debates rage even in non-drought years, and 2015 is not one of those.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation continues work toward an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Long-Term Plan for the Protection of Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River. 

Shorter version: it's a plan that should take some of the annual ups-and-downs out of the late-summer releases of additional water into the Trinity River.

BOR just finished a series of open houses on the project and will take public input until Thursday, August 20. 

Mary Jo Heath, who has worked as producer and guest host for the Met over the past nine seasons, will become the fourth full-time radio host in the company’s history this September.

Washington Smoke Map

UPDATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2:15 P.M. ...  Most air quality monitors in southern Oregon and northern California are registering 24-hour averages in the "Moderate" or "Good" ranges.

Like yesterday, the main exceptions remain areas close to major fire complexes.



Depending on how you measure it, Oregon's high school graduation rate is either the worst in the country, or just near the bottom. 

Neither version provides any solace for educational leaders, who clearly have some work to do. 

Nancy Golden is Oregon's Chief Education Officer, responsible for a system now aimed at education from birth to career. 

University of Oregon

Fractals, those mathematical patterns, are fun to look at. 

And they may also help people with the ABILITY to look. 

University of Oregon physicist Richard Taylor was just awarded a patent for a fractal-based implant designed to help blind people see. 

Courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Bard has been dead for 400 years, but the offerings of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are hardly stuck in the past. Living playwrights also grace the stages of this Ashland institution.

JPR’s Geoffrey Riley sits down with playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes  whose play "The Happiest Song Plays Last" is now at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.




The end of container service at the Port of Portland may sound at first like a story affecting just the Portland area. 

But the port says ships carried containers going to and from 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, affecting exports and imports across the state. 

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the State of Oregon and other entities are hosting workshops across the state, to help importers and exporters find solutions that do not involve shipping out of Portland. 


Peninsula Airways out of Alaska generally goes by the name PenAir these days. 

Air travelers in Klamath Falls and Crescent City are not about to quibble with the name, because PenAir has agreed to fly to those airports. 

This will bring commercial flights back to Klamath Falls for the first time in a year. 

Simon & Schuster

The Oregon Trail's role in the westward expansion of the United States is beyond dispute. 

But that's different from actually recreating the journey in today's world. 

Who'd want to, with the long, dusty days, the chilly nights, the lack of water and creature comforts? 

Rinker Buck, that's who.  And the writer even convinced his brother to join him for a journey retracing the Trail, from Missouri to Oregon. 

It's all in his book The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

Service Outage Affecting Douglas County

Aug 7, 2015

The microwave transmitter sending our signal north has gone down. Our engineer is at the site as of 3:00pm on 8/7 and is working to fix the issue. 

In the meantime you can still hear JPR on the three live streams found on our website:

Thank you for your patience!


Police and mental illness... not an ideal combination, but one that happens all the time. 

And it turned ugly last month in Eugene. 

Police arrested a woman who tried to protect her son, reported to be having an episode of mental illness, from police.  The woman's brother happens to be Eric Richardson, the president of the Lane County chapter of the NAACP

He has taken his condemnation of the incident public, while police point to an ongoing issue with officers having to respond to people dealing with mental illness. 

USFS / via Twitter

UPDATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 11 AM  - The Frog Fire has reached 100 percent containment while the Dodge Fire is 30 percent contained. Lightning is forecast for both areas throughout the day. 

Pacific Power and PG&E have notified us of scheduled maintenance that will affect JPR service this coming Friday, August 7th in the Klamath Basin and Northern California. Details are listed below:

Humboldt and Mendocino Counties - Planned outage from 8am - 12pm

Klamath, Lake, Siskiyou, and Shasta Counties  - Planned outage from 10am - 3pm

We are working to maintain service for as long as possible, however, we are not able to use portable generators due to current fire risk.