Jefferson Exchange | March 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Protecting Older Buildings From Earthquakes

Ashland's Plaza, lined with pretty buildings with potential seismic issues.
Credit Wikimedia

Michael Grubbs discusses the process for changing Ashland's building codes for seismic retrofits.

The old buildings that give downtown areas character in places like Ashland are often made of brick.  

And there's a potential problem: older buildings made of unreinforced masonry are prone to heavy damage in earthquakes. 

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New Hope
7:30 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
Credit Taylor Winkle/Northwest News Network

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Oregon, there are more than 20,000 homeless students, in California, nearly a quarter million. And for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems.

Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Marijuana Dispensaries Under Review
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ashland To Consider Dispensary Ban

The Ashland City Council is following the lead of other Oregon cities, and considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.  The town faces six dispensary applications and mounting neighborhood opposition.

The Mail Tribune reports the council will discuss a temporary moratorium tomorrow night, in a meeting open to the public.

People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system. Two applicants have received business licenses in Ashland so far.

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Wiki-bills in Sacramento
3:52 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Lawmaker Turns to Crowdsourcing to Create Legislation

Credit Office of Mike Gatto

There’s a bit of a political experiment underway in Sacramento. An assemblyman is attempting to use crowd sourcing as a way to craft legislation.
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Jefferson Exchange | March 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Ashland And A Culture Of Peace

David Wick and Eric Sirotkin explain their push for a Culture of Peace Commission for Ashland.

Celebrations of peace draw crowds in Ashland.

Maybe the city should help encourage them, goes the thinking. 

Some city residents are pushing for the creation of a Culture of Peace Commission (CPC). 

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Live Session Archive
5:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Miner Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 3-21-2014

Miner is a Los Angeles/Silver Lake-based, folk-rock family band formed around husband/wife duo Justin & Kate Miner, along with brother Jeremy Miner.

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JPR Classics Special Series
10:38 am
Fri March 21, 2014

New Music from Bowling Green: Sunday Evenings at 7pm

Brad Cresswell hosts Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green Sunday evenings at 7pm on the Classics & News Service

JPR's Classics & News Service presents a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm through June.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Whale Watch Week: When And Where

A gray whale surfaces.
Credit NOAA/Public Domain

Renee Fowler gives the good tips on where and when to see whales on the Oregon Coast.

The whales are coming.  Again. 

Gray whales migrate from Baja California to Alaskan waters this time of year, passing the Oregon/California coast right about now. 

So spring break for many students and families coincides with Whale Watch Week. 

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Second Amendment Slugfest
1:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Public Weighs In On Proposed Ashland Gun Ordinance

Gun owners Sherry Lloyd, Christopher Lloyd and Bruce Cook (l to r) display their firearms at the Ashland City Council hearing on a proposed gun control ordinance
Credit Liam Moriarty/Jefferson Public Radio

It was standing room only at the City Council chamber in Ashland  last night, as elected officials heard from supporters and opponents of a proposed gun control ordinance. After passionate pleading from both sides, the council voted to take the next step toward enacting the law.

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No Bees, No Fruit
11:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Bees Feeling Effects of California Drought

Bees at an almond orchard near Turlock, California
Credit Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

California's drought has left honey bees without their normal supply of wildflowers to feed on. Beekeepers have supplemented their diet, but that lacks the nutrition to keep hives healthy. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton tags along with a local beekeeper to learn more.

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