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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2013
11:20 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Wine Industry Grows Quickly In Southern Oregon

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Michael Donovan discusses the growth in the wine industry, growth he expects to continue.

From former pear orchards, a bounty of wine. 

Many of the same Southern Oregon agricultural plots that were once home to pear orchards are now home to vineyards growing wine grapes. 

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The Devil In The Details
9:25 am
Thu December 5, 2013

An End To The Klamath Water Wars?

Beautiful battleground: The landscape of the Klamath Basin, the watershed of the Klamath River in southern Oregon and northern California
Credit USFWS

A potential breakthrough in a long and contentious resource dispute

For decades, farmers and ranchers have engaged in a bitter tug-of-war with fishermen and Indian tribes over scarce water supplies in the Klamath Basin. Now, government officials and stakeholders have announced the broad outlines of an agreement they say could finally bring peace to the region.

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Hopes For A Better Year
6:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have asked for a budget by December 12th to cover mosquito monitoring and abatement next year at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2013
10:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

O & C Proposal-The Environmental Group Perspective

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Dominick Della Sala and Joseph Vaile weigh in on the Wyden timber plan from an environmental perspective.

Round two of our interviews on the Sen. Ron Wyden proposal to divide up the O & C timber lands in western Oregon… 

Environmental groups already pointed out problems they see with both the land treatments and the legal implications. 

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Politics & Government
7:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Eugene Utility Rates To Go Up

The Eugene Water & Electric Board voted last night to raise water rates by 6 percent and electricity rates by nearly 5 percent.

The Register-Guard reports the water hike is double what management recommended. Board members decided to start saving to develop a second water source for the city in case of an emergency, such as an earthquake.

Starting in February the water bill for an average single-family home will go up about $2 to $33 a month. The electric bill will go up more than $6 to $162.

Boats Remain In Port
6:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

California Crab Fishers Want Higher Prices

Crab fishers on California's north coast are keeping their boats tied to the dock in an effort to get a higher price from wholesalers.

The Santa Rosa Democrat reports boat captains want more than the $2.50 a pound being offered, saying $3 a pound is being paid to crabbers working fisheries farther south.

Skippers who fish off Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties say crabs are expected to be smaller than average this year, so they want a higher price.

Suit Filed To Stop Logging
6:32 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Conservationists Want To Protect Crater Lake

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Conservation groups are challenging U. S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Timber Legislation From O & C Counties Perspective

Logs at a Glendale mill in 2008.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Doug Robertson gives an O & C Counties take on the Wyden timber legislation.

The other shoe just dropped in the plan to reorganize some of Western Oregon's federal forests. 

The so-called O & C lands were already the focus of a bill passed in the U.S. House earlier this year. 

Now Sen. Ron Wyden has released his plan--different from the House version--for giving greater protection to a portion of the lands, while managing the remainder more intensively for timber production. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Higher Speeds For Applegate Lake?

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Oregon State Marine Board's Ashley Massey describes the Applegate Lake speed-limit process.

There's frequently a bit of tension between groups of people who want to enjoy public waterways. 

That tension is on display over Applegate Lake in Jackson County. 

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State Charges Dropped
6:54 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Feds Take On Case Against Alleged Medford Bomber

Credit Bob Pennell, Mail Tribune/AP

The case against a man charged with arson for allegedly igniting a bomb outside the Jackson County Oregon District Attorney's Office in Medford last month will be prosecuted only in federal court.

Federal prosecutors have filed a charge of malicious destruction of property by explosion in U. S. District Court against Alan Leroy McVay, making state prosecution for the same alleged crimes moot.

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