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Election 2014
12:26 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Alan Bates Holds Onto His Oregon Senate Seat

 

Four years ago, it took a recount to declare Oregon State Senator Alan Bates the winner by fewer than 300 votes.

This time – after a rematch with his Republican opponent Dave Dotterrer – Bates’ margin of victory in the Third Senate District was a more comfortable 52 to 45 percent. 

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Historic Reelections
10:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

In With The Old: 4th Terms For Brown & Kitzhaber

governor.oregon.gov

Oregon and California returned their governors to office in Election 2014, sending Democrats John Kitzhaber and Jerry Brown to record fourth terms.

News organizations called Brown's reelection just moments after the polls closed, while Kitzhaber's numbers took a little longer to firm up.

In fact, Kitzhaber's opponent, Dennis Richardson, refused to concede on election night, calling the numbers (49-45% for Kitzhaber at the time) too close to call.

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Measure 91 Passing
10:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Oregon Joins The Marijuana States

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Oregon voters legalized marijuana for personal, recreational use in Election 2014, passing Ballot Measure 91.

By 10 PM Election Night, returns showed a Yes vote of roughly 54%.  Major news organizations projected a final victory for the measure.

The vote allows Oregon to join Washington and Colorado in the ranks of legal pot states. 

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Election 2014
9:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Early Election Winners: Merkley, All Congress Members

While preliminary election returns in both Oregon and California show some races too close to call, the results of others in both states are clear. Among them:

Oregon:

* Governor John Kitzhaber has defeated his Republican challenger Dennis Richardson to claim an unprecedented fourth term.

* Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley has won a second term by defeating Republican Monica Wehby.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Rise Of The Rogue Valley Food System Network

Credit Wikimedia

The "eat local" movement is clearly not a fad. 

Food producers and consumers continue to pay greater attention to where food comes from, how it's distributed, and who buys what, and why. 

Now there's a new entity coordinating the many parts of the food chain, the Rogue Valley Food System Network

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Volunteers Needed For Road-Use Charge Study

How should we pay for highway maintenance: by the gallon, or by the mile?
Credit Ken Lund

Not only do modern cars burn less gasoline, people just drive a little less in Oregon these days. 

Which means less need for new roads, but also less gas tax money to maintain existing roads. 

That's why the Oregon Legislature authorized a large (5000 people) pilot project to see how road usage charges--like per-mile charges--would do in replacing gas taxes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

SOU Considers Biomass For Fuel

Biomass burners use waste products from the wood products industry.
Credit Public Domain

Southern Oregon University prides itself on its environmental friendliness and sustainability efforts. 

But its next big project in this area could take a big sales job. 

Two of the university's aging steam boilers need to be replaced. 

And the next boilers could be fired by biomass, woody waste material. 

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

Wild And Scenic And On Camera

Credit Wikimedia

Our region is home to some of the most scenic rivers in the country… make that the world. 

And, for the second year, it is also home to a film festival dedicated to wild and scenic waterways. 

The 2nd Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Ashland on Sunday, November 9, featuring a slate of short films about rivers near and far.

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

Monica Wehby's Case For The U.S. Senate

Credit Wehby campaign

In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term. 

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

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

(Sort of) Ghost Stories For Halloween

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Ghosts and goblins and more will take to the streets tonight.  Naturally: it's Halloween. 

But sometimes things happen to people that they simply can't explain.  Who you gonna call? 

In Oregon, the choices include Oregon Paranormal, which attempts to explain or at least debunk weird happenings. 

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Election 2014
4:38 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Power in Oregon Senate Could Hinge on Southern Oregon Race

Republican state Senate candidate Dave Dotterrer (L), and the incumbent Democrat, Alan Bates

Oregon’s Third Senate District – which comprises southern Jackson County including most of Medford – is one of several key districts where the outcome of the race could overturn Democratic control of the narrowly-divided state Senate.

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Live Session Archive
3:33 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Caroline Rose Live Session

Dominic Barth

A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid, that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ideas To Paper: Studio To School

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A teacher can stand in front of a class and teach writing, but some students can use a little extra help in visualizing story construction. 

Enter the Studio to School Project, in place in just a few Oregon school districts, courtesy of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation

The students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are among the lucky participants. 

They spent this week in a murder mystery involving their teacher. 

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

Art Robinson Runs For Congress, Take 3

Credit Robinson campaign

Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio. 

He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield. 

Which are the towns the two men call home. 

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California Governor's Race
6:42 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Brown vs. Kashkari: A Tale Of Two Campaign Styles

Credit Capital Public Radio

One candidate is trying everything he can to get your attention. The other isn’t campaigning for himself at all. Welcome to the 2014 California governor’s race, where Democrat Jerry Brown is doing the bare minimum in his bid for a record fourth term and Republican Neel Kashkari is doing as much as his campaign bank account will allow.

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Politics & Government
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tonia Moro's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

Credit Tonia Moro campaign

Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Tonia Moro got onto the ballot by write-in to become the Democratic nominee for  Commissioner Position 1. 

She faces Republican Rick Dyer (he joined us October 28) and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rick Dyer's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

Credit Rick Dyer Facebook page

Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Rick Dyer is the winner of the Republican primary for  Commissioner Position 1. 

He faces Democrat Tonia Moro and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

A (Legal) Trail For Mountain Bikes

Trail building on a previous project.
Credit BLM

Sure, there are plenty of trails available to mountain bikes in Southern Oregon, but Mountain of the Rogue Trail might be the first built with bikes in mind. 

Officially, anyway.  Illegal trails have been constructed, too. 

And that's part of the story of the Mountain of the Rogue... that its creation is meant to divert would-be trail builders. 

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Live Session Archive
7:13 am
Tue October 28, 2014

John Fullbright Live Session

Eric Teel

It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, From The Ground Up to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Getting To Know Oregon Rivers

The Rogue River.
Credit BLM/Wikimedia

Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water. 

He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers. 

Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream. 

It's called Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work. 

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