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Douglas County government looks like a lot of other county governments in Western Oregon, but a change is in the offing. 

A "home rule" charter group proposes a shakeup.  If voters approve the change, the three-person board of paid commissioners would be replaced by a five-person board of volunteer county commissioners elected from specific electoral districts. 

It would potentially save the county money (in salaries), and bring the commissioners closer (physically, anyway) to the voters. 

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You don't have to tell any journalist that the world is changing. 

The days when they worked just for the next newscast or press run are long gone, thanks to the Internet. 

And this is the zone in which the Online News Association works. 

Southern Oregon University professor Erik Palmer just returned from the conference of the ONA, where he was identified as a "disruptive journalism fellow." 

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We depend on language a lot, often taking for granted how speech works. 

It only takes one slight hiccup--in either speaking or hearing--for "excuse me while I kiss the sky" to become "excuse me while I kiss this guy." 

This is the research zone in which the University of Oregon's Melissa Baese-Berk works.  She's an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, studying speech production and perception. 

An example of her work: trying to figure out if Neil Armstrong said "small step for A man." 

Bedouine is a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer. Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. “Moving around so much caused me at some point to feel displaced, to not really belong anywhere and I thought that was a good title.” Her development was shaped by political landscapes and family opportunities, her adult life patterned by paths of her own.


In card games, getting an ace is usually a good thing.  In life, not so much... at least when ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. 

Therapists and community service providers increasingly pay attention to the ACEs people have had in their life. 

It's part of taking a "trauma-informed" approach to providing services from education to public safety. 

This is a focus of Southern Oregon Success, working to build resilient communities in the region. 

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Siskiyou County officials shouldn't hold their breath waiting for a requested emergency declaration.

That's the message from Gov. Jerry Brown's office.

State senator Ted Gaines asked for the emergency declaration, so the governor could send the National Guard to help crack down on illegal cannabis farms.

But it seems the Guard will not be coming.

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October is here, as you might have guessed from the appearance of pumpkins and halloween decorations. 

And on the first day of the month, we roll out our First Friday Arts segment.  It's a celebration of the arts in all of their forms... music, dance, painting, sculpture, theater... you name it. 

And you make the segment by calling 800-838-3760 with information about arts events coming to your town in October.  There's no guest other than our callers.

Once upon a time kids got the day off from school on Columbus Day.  Then we learned a bit more about Christopher Columbus, and his day got downgraded a bit. 

The post office will be closed on Monday October 9th, but not much else. 

On the Southern Oregon University campus, Indigenous Peoples Day will be observed instead, with a variety of ceremonies. 

Lupe Sims is the student who advocated for the observance. 

Villaraigosa: Give California Mayors Control Over Local Schools

Oct 5, 2017
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Antonio Villaraigosa wants to give big-city California mayors control over their local schools – a power he strived for as mayor of Los Angeles but could never fully attain.

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A few gasps probably arose from the first crowd to see "Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo" in performance. 

It's a group of all men, dressed in ballet costumes normally worn by women. 

A recent documentary film about the troupe, "Rebels On Pointe," is the work of Southern Oregon University alum Bobbi Jo Hart.  The film shows at Varsity World Film Week in Ashland, which also coincides with Rogue Valley Pride Week

On Saturday, October 6th at 11am, JPR will debut NPR's new program Hidden Brain on the News & Information Service.  Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

If you want to start a conversation that you know will last a while, ask Josh Gross about favorite bands. 

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. 

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Oct 4, 2017

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Hispanic History Month is unusual among declared months, because it begins in the middle of September and goes until the middle of October.  There IS a reason: September 15th is Independence Day for five Latin American countries. 

Many celebrations are planned for the month, and we invited several guests to talk about advancements in Latino society in the Rogue Valley. 

Milo Salgado works for WorkSource Rogue Valley and served on the Hispanic Interagency Committee of the Jackson County Community Services Consortium

Javier de la Rosa works in admissions at Rogue Community College.

The academic year had not even begun for most West Coast colleges when President Trump announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.  Under DACA, President Obama suspended any moves to deport young people who had been brought into the United States illegally as children. 

In return, they registered with the government and agreed to work or attend college. 

College presidents uniformly condemned Trump's DACA decision, which puts pressure on Congress to do something. 

Linda Escot-Miranda is a Southern Oregon University student with some perspective on DACA and its impact. 

Another Set Of Gun Bills Awaits California Gov. Brown's Pen

Oct 3, 2017
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California added many new firearms restrictions in the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting, and even more currently await Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

Under one measure, school officials could no longer allow individuals to bring firearms to campus. Another would ban people convicted of hate crimes from owning firearms for 10 years. A third creates new security requirements at gun stores; a fourth requires updated signage and warning labels at gun stores, with firearm purchases and after safety trainings.

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After a long and smoky fire season, plenty of us are more than happy to not even think about outdoor fires. 

But then we remember that fire is part of the ecosystems of the lands around us.  And as a reminder, this week marks the beginning of the annual Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), hosted by the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council. 

So there will be smoke again in the Klamath River valley, just not as much as we saw over the summer. 

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Maybe you thought you'd do good things for the planet by buying an electric car, or at least a hybrid.  But what OTHER car might you have in your garage? 

This is a question explored by four economists, including David Rapson at the University of California at Davis. 

The team discovered that "attribute substitution" enters the picture: families that buy a fuel-efficient car may have a gas-burning SUV as their other vehicle.