JeffX | March 4, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Jackson County's Special Election On A Pot Tax

Tell people Election Day is less than a week away, and you'll get mostly blank stares. 

But it's true in Jackson County, which is voting on a measure to decide if marijuana should be taxed by the county. 

And it is not yet clear if the county would even have the power under the new Oregon marijuana law. 

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JeffX | March 3, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Wildland Fire Prevention Young

Creating defensible space involves removing potential fuels between fire and structure.
Credit FEMA/Public Domain

Wildland firefighting agencies frequently stress the importance of protecting rural homes from fire by clearing out "defensible space." 

So why not get the message across to a younger audience? 

Ruch School in the Applegate Valley plans to join with community partners to make the school grounds more fire resistant, with students taking part in the process. 

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Law and Justice
6:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

To Shoot Or Not To Shoot; That Is The Question

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Police shootings have been very much in the news in recent months, from Ferguson, Missouri to Pasco, Washington. And police decisions to use lethal force have been closely scrutinized and often criticized.

Last week, Southern Oregon University held an event where law enforcement officers from a variety of local agencies run students through realistic training exercises, including training in when to use – and not use – lethal force.

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The New Wolf Census: 77

OR-7, Western Oregon's first resident wolf in modern times.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

The latest gray wolf census just arrived in Oregon, and it shows exactly what scientists expected: more wolves. 

At an estimated minimum census of 77, it's not like there are wolves in every backyard. 

But the number is enough to concern livestock owners, yet still low enough that groups like Oregon Wild want wolf protections to continue. 

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Tim Palmer, The True Rivermaster

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Credit Public Domain

We could talk to Tim Palmer all day about the natural wonders of our region. 

But we only get him in one-hour increments, so we have to have him back from time to time. 

Tim is the author of the Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, another on California's rivers, and several other books on natural features that make our land unique. 

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Signal Out on the Oregon Coast
9:53 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Classics and News Signal Out on the Oregon Coast 3/2

The Classics and News Service is off the air on the Oregon Coast due to a problem with the transmitter in Coos Bay. We are working to resolve this problem as soon as we can.

In the meantime, we encourage our Classics and news listeners in the affected areas to listen to our Classics and News live stream.

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Live Session Archive
11:09 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Peter Bradley Adams Live Session

Eric Teel

Peter Bradley Adams was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in a musical family, taking inspiration from his grandfather, a jazz musician proficient in the piano and clarinet. Adams began learning the piano when he was six years old, and went on to study music at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

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JeffX | February 27, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri February 27, 2015

College Break On Top Of The World

Dhaulagiri Mountain in Nepal.
Credit Wikimedia

Not every college student spends breaks from classes on the beach. 

In fact, a group from Southern Oregon University got ready for the current academic year by spending three weeks at "the roof of the world" -- in Nepal. 

The trip was something of a joint venture of SOU's Civic Engagement and Outdoor Adventure Leadership programs. 

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6:15 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Free Community College? Here's How That Might Work In Oregon

Rogue Community College's Medford campus, a partnership with Southern Oregon University.
Credit RCC

Many in Oregon likely sat up and listened last month when President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would send Congress a plan to lower the cost of community college to zero.

But whether federal help eventually materializes or not, some Oregon lawmakers are pushing to make community college more affordable for everyone in the state.

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Airlift For An Ailing Turtle

Solstice at the aquarium in Oregon.
Credit Corinne Boyer/KLCC

The U.S. Coast Guard often makes headlines when it flies people to safety from hazards on the ocean. 

But the Coast Guard made headlines by flying a non-human to safety this week. 

Solstice the sea turtle arrived at Seaworld in San Diego this week, after some initial care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Solstice is an endangered olive ridley sea turtle.

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Electric Cars And The Oregon Economy

Credit Wikimedia

The people who drive electric cars certainly swear by their usefulness and economy. 

And their effects extend far beyond the vehicles wheels. 

Drive Oregon, always on the job of building the electric vehicle industry, says electrics have a profound effect on the Oregon economy and even the state budget. 

A report just released shows the figures to back up the case.

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Bottom Up
6:09 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Local Governments Setting California Policy Agenda

Credit Heal the Bay/ flickr

California voters may eventually decide whether the entire state should implement a plastic bag ban, as more than 130 cities and counties have already done. But this story isn't about whether a bag ban is good or bad. It's about how we started talking about a ban in the first place.

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Criminalizing Homelessness In California

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Leaders of many cities refer to a nebulous "homeless problem."  And it appears the solution for some cities is to make being homeless a crime. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of California-Berkeley just released a research report about the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness across California. 

The authors say the report shows California cities engaging in the practice more than cities in other states. 

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6:18 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Is Compostable Cutlery Really Breaking Down?

Credit Lesley McGlurg/Capital Public Radio

There’s a growing market for disposable eating utensils. They have names like taterware or spudware -- forks and knives can be made out of potato starch instead of plastic. You might buy the tableware believing its better for the environment. But, that depends on where you toss it out.

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Innovation In Sexual Assault Handling At SOU

Sexual assault training exercise in the military.
Credit U.S. Navy

The rest of the country continues to take notice of the innovative programs for dealing with sexual assault in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University

The general approach: let the assault survivor call the shots on pace and depth of investigation. 

The city and SOU programs were featured on a national TV broadcast last month (20/20 on ABC). 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

"Ashland At Home" Studied By National Group

Ashland At Home volunteer assisting a client.
Credit Ashland At Home

The phrase "it takes a village" refers to the raising of children. 

But "villages" is also the term used for an approach to caring for the oldest members of society. 

Ashland At Home uses the village concept to help seniors stay in their homes later in life. 

And the program is now the focus of a national study on the effectiveness of villages. 

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Power Outage Affecting Service in NorCal
9:07 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Power Outage Causing Signal Loss in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

A power outage has caused our Classics and News station, KNHT, and our News and Information station, KNHM, to go off the air in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.  The frequencies affected are 107.3 FM in Eureka, 101.9 FM in Mendocino and 91.5 FM in Bayside/Eureka.

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Oregon's First Licensed Hemp Farmer

Hemp harvest in France, where hemp has been legal for a long time.
Credit Wikimedia

Edgar Winters probably deals with a little confusion over his name.  But for an extra S, it's the same as the name of a legendary rock musician ("Frankenstein" et al). 

But Edgar Winters is making a name for himself as the first farmer in Oregon with a license to grow hemp. 

The versatile crop is now being allowed in Oregon fields, despite it being banned along with its sibling, marijuana, under federal law. 

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Connecting To Services For Seniors/Disabilities

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The aging of the population probably means more people using Oregon's ADRC in the coming years. 

ADRC, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection, provides a gateway to many services available to seniors and people with disabilities. 

A person or caregiver just beginning to deal with new issues related to aging or a disability can easily be overwhelmed with the situation... and the many choices for remedying it. 

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11:28 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Ashland Crowd Urges Oregon Pot Regulators To Go Lightly

Participants in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's "listening session" in Ashland were asked to place red dot stickers on the issues they felt most strongly about.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

A crowd of about 400 turned out in Ashland Wednesday night to give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission their thoughts as the OLCC prepares to create regulations for the state’s soon-to-be-legal recreational marijuana industry.

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