The upper Klamath Basin figures to suffer through another drought this year. 

And when the skies don't deliver, groundwater is called upon to make up the difference. 

The Klamath Water and Power Authority pays irrigators to pump groundwater through its Water Use Mitigation Program. 

But the amount KWAPA is prepared to pay for is more than twice what the Oregon water agency recommends. 

Craig Henry

The WFMT Radio Network's American Opera Series returns to JPR's Classics & News Service on Saturday, May 16th following the conclusion of the Metropolitan Opera season. 

Jefferson Public Radio currently has multiple different opportunities for talented volunteers to join the programming staff at JPR.

Filing Suit To Clear The Air

Apr 27, 2015

The defendant name has changed, but the lawsuit is the same. 

A pair of Lane County teenagers are suing Oregon's governor (now Brown, not Kitzhaber) over climate change. 

Chernaik v Brown would require the state to develop a plan for dealing with greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

The suit is the brainchild of Our Children's Trust, based in Eugene. 


"Marriage" has almost become a fighting word in modern America. 

We've certainly had a number of political and court battles over the institution and who is entitled to it. 

Oregon Humanities takes on the topic as part of its "Conversation Project" series, with stops in Medford and Grants Pass on Tuesday. 

Northwest Veterans' Use Of GI Bill Surges

Apr 26, 2015
Courtesy of Ray Facundo

More and more veterans are going back to school, using the G-I Bill to get a degree. In 2013 alone, more than 35,000 veterans in Oregon and Washington were using the education benefit to attend colleges and trade schools.

With more vets on campus, schools around the country are figuring out how to help veterans succeed in the classroom. 

Dominic Barth

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other.

Dominic Barth

Juliana Hatfield was raised in Massachusetts. As a child she learned how to play piano, and during high school she played guitar in a covers group called the Squids before discovering alternative rock through the Velvet Underground. Following high school, she attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied voice. While at Berklee, she met guitarist John Strohm and drummer Freda Boner, with whom she formed the Blake Babies in 1986.

Almond Rush Raises Tough Questions During Dry Times

Apr 24, 2015
Leslie McClurg/CPR

Global demand for California almonds is driving prices to all-time highs. Experts predict this year’s crop will be the largest and most profitable ever. But meeting demand during a historic drought raises complicated questions. 

On this episode of BeerRadio, Ginger speaks with George Reisch, a 5th generation brewer for Anheuser-Busch Brewing.

Liam Moriarty/JPR

Two Oregon men accused by the federal Bureau of Land Management of illegal mining got a boost Thursday as dozens of supporters held a rally in Medford.

Tom Banse/Northwest News Network

You know the beautiful, mass-produced tomatoes you can buy at the grocery store? You can drop one and it'll bounce back unharmed, but doesn't taste like much.

Now in greenhouses, small farms and research plots across the Pacific Northwest there's a flavor renaissance afoot. Conventional breeding is being used to create tastier and more colorful veggies.

Southern Oregon University

The Oregon Legislature is getting closer to completing the state budget for the next two years (it takes effect July 1st). 

But before budget adoption, the budget writers will travel the state, getting an earful from people who want more money for their programs. 

The Ways & Means Committee's road show comes to Springfield Thursday, Klamath Falls Friday, and Grants Pass Saturday, and students from Southern Oregon University plan to be on hand in Grants Pass. 

Funding State Universities By Outcomes

Apr 23, 2015

While supporters of higher education in Oregon ask for more money for the system, the system itself is changing. 

By this summer, all seven of the state universities will have their own governing boards. 

And, by decision of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (pronounced "heck"), their future funding will be based in part on the numbers of degrees they confer--not on simple enrollment. 

Outcome of students will affect input of dollars.

Earth Day For The Mill Creek Forest

Apr 22, 2015
NPS/Public Domain

Earth Day is here once again, the 45th anniversary of the first celebration. 

One of the many recommended activities for the day is to plant a tree. 

That kind of work is a regular thing in the Mill Creek forest in the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. 

The restoration work is meant to preserve the mighty redwoods for many years to come.  But the work does involve removing some trees, too. 

Shakespeare Comes Alive (In A Sense)

Apr 21, 2015

For a guy who died nearly 400 years ago, William Shakespeare has some serious staying power. 

Southern Oregon University just expanded its Shakespeare focus with the creation of the ShakespeareAmerica Institute. 

Now that institute and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are joining forces for a symposium called "Much Ado About Shakespeare In Contemporary America," coming May 2nd. 

Assessing Tsunami Readiness--And Finding Issues

Apr 20, 2015

When--not if--the Cascadia subduction zone in our region produces an earthquake, it will likely also produce a tsunami. 

And a recent report indicates varying degrees of evacuation readiness in coastal communities. 

Dr. Nathan Wood at the U.S. Geological Survey is the lead author of the report. 

Kari Greer/US Forest Service

Nearly a quarter-million acres of forest burned in last summer’s fires in and around the Klamath National Forest in northern California’s Siskiyou County.

The US Forest Service is proposing a recovery plan that includes salvage logging and other elements critics say will damage wildlife habitat and make future fires more likely. 

Dominic Barth

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas.

Beekeeping For Beginners

Apr 17, 2015

So many people are interested in beekeeping right now, the next beginner class at the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association sold out. 

The word is spreading about just how important bees are to the pollination of many plants, including many we depend upon for food. 

So we'll present something of a mini-class for beginners.