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People in parts of the region have grown accustomed to the sound of military jets flying overhead. 

The Oregon Air National Guard wing based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls puts planes into the air on a regular basis for training runs. 

The boundaries of the training maneuvers are clearly defined, but will expand under the Oregon Airspace Initiative

The initiative spent several years putting together the environmental documentation to change the limits. 

Ashland Automotive

Jump in the car, turn the key, and vroom.  It's that simple, most days. 

Then there are the OTHER times, when there's no vroom, or a clank-clank to go with it. 

Zach Edwards has heard many unusual sounds (and lack of them) in his years fixing cars.  He's now the owner of Ashland Automotive and our regular guest for a segment called "The Squeaky Wheel." 

Maybe your boss set up some exercises to help you and your colleagues work better together. 

And maybe you did become a better and more productive team as a result. 

But at least one psychologist believes firmly that knowing YOURSELF better is the key to success at work and elsewhere. 

Tasha Eurich is that psychologist, and the author of Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

Jerry Brown Heads To China For Climate Change Talks

Jun 2, 2017

California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China Friday for a week-long trip focused on climate change. It’s the governor’s first trip back to China since he led a trade delegation in 2013 and comes after President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday that he will pull out of the Paris climate accord.

CapRadio's Ben Bradford will be traveling with Brown. He spoke with Brown this week about the trip. 


A measure aimed at protecting Oregon renters is moving ahead in the State Capitol. But not before lawmakers took out a portion aimed at slowing the rise of rent.

June is busting out all over.  Yes, we borrowed the words from "Carousel," but it's true... arts events break out all over as summer approaches. 

One example: the outdoor theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens for the summer. 

So does the grassy hillside at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. 

Our First Friday Arts segment returns to take an audio tour of the arts events in the region in June.  At the center of it all is our on-air phone number: 800-838-3760. 

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Assembly Backs Education Incentives For CalWORKS Recipients  

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would offer grant increases to welfare recipients – and it’s authored by a Republican.   Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes says his measure would award an extra $100 to CalWORKS recipients who attain a high school diploma or equivalent. It would also provide up to $2,400 more a year to welfare recipients who enroll in a college or career technical education program.  

Measure To Legalize Psilocybin Proposed At Ashland Psychedelics Conference

Jun 1, 2017
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While psychedelic drugs rose to prominence in the 1960s, the attendees at an Ashland conference say the nation and world would be a better place if the non-addictive drugs regained their footing in society.

When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn’t heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it’s precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega’s fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention on a brand new EP, Til The Goin’ Gets Gone.

All three West Coast states are now hooked up to the ShakeAlert system, set up to provide some warning of seismic activity. 

California, Oregon, and Washington can all receive real-time warnings from a network of sensors monitoring the Earth for movement. 

There is much more left to do, both in placing sensors and in further developing the program. 

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If we all--all seven billion of us--got serious about reversing global warming today, change would not come overnight. 

This is the reality David Orr presents in his book Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward

He demonstrates the ways in which Earth is becoming a different planet from the one many of us knew. 

But there's some optimism in the book, too: Orr does not believe we're fated to destroy Earth. 

Rock Out: "Rogue Sounds" For June

May 31, 2017

Josh Gross has an addiction, and it's one we're only too happy to share. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger

And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

Today Caterpillar is afraid of a big change, and the Story Machine crew try to help. Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog and Gear as to one amazing story about a young boy who finds that he is the hero he needs in “The Black Tower” by Owen Johnson.

Redding Police Facebook page

Redding's Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) racked up some impressive numbers in curtailing crime in its first couple of years. 

But city voters rejected a sales tax in the November 2016 election that would have provided continued funding for NPU. 

Yet it persists; a campaign to raise the money privately has been set up, and Bethel Church pledged $500,000 and some additional funds to help keep neighborhood policing intact. 

Mount Ashland webcam

Mount Ashland Ski Area is closed for the season, and what a season it was. 

Heavy snowpack brought big crowds to the mountain. 

And right after the season ended, the ski area got STOKE certification, STOKE standing for Sustainable Tourism Operator’s Kit for Evaluation. 

Sustainable can and does mean different things... we sort out the meaning of the certification with ski area manager Hiram Towle and STOKE co-founder Carl Kish. 

Josephine Libraries

There's a lot of work to do at the Josephine County libraries

But for the first time in years, the future of the libraries is assured.  Voters just passed a ballot measure creating a library district and a property tax base to fund it, after years of non-profit/non-governmental library operation. 

All kinds of details have to be addressed to set up the new regime for the four libraries. 


"American Exceptionalism" is a phrase that floats through the body politic from time to time, usually in election years. 

Yet despite many Americans thinking our country is the envy of the world, we fight a lot with each other. 

Mugambi Jouet brings up many examples in his book Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Robert Goodwin hosts the author in the return of our "The Keenest Observers" segment. 

UC Davis

There’s a new study of the effects of ocean acidification on tiny shell-forming sea creatures in northern California. The findings suggest the ongoing buildup of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere could set up a destructive feedback loop with the deep ocean. And that could disrupt natural cycles for centuries to come. 

The study – from the University of California Davis – found that a common type of plankton had trouble growing and repairing their shells in acidic water. 

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About 200 people gathered in Ashland on Saturday night to celebrate the life of a hometown boy who died trying to protect a pair of women from anti-Muslim abuse in Portland.

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One of the victims of the hate attack on a train in Portland Friday afternoon was raised in Ashland.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, was one of three bystanders who attempted to intervene when a man began shouting slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim. The attacker stabbed the three men, killing two and injuring one, before leaving the train.