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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Effects Of Salting Oregon Roads

Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

What's good for driving may not necessarily be good for the vehicle, or the environment.

Salt is commonly used to help road crews get rid of snow and ice in colder climates, but Oregon began using it in recent years, in places like the frequently snowbound Siskiyou Summit. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:27 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

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Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

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Whales Migrating South
6:36 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Winter Whale Watching Begins

Whale watchers in Coos County, 2009.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Winter whale watching week is almost here. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation has dubbed the week of December 26-31 Winter Whale Watching Week.

It is the annual migration of the gray whales as they make their way to warmer waters.

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Federal Officials Reject Program
6:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Oregon Must Do More To Protect Coastal Waters

South Slough in Coos County.
Credit Ian Poellet/Wikimedia

Federal regulators say Oregon is not doing enough to protect water and fish from pollution generated by logging on private lands, stormwater run-off from construction sites, and septic tanks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday they plan to reject portions of Oregon's program for limiting coastal pollution from non-point sources.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:57 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

A Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop in Texas.
Credit Ellen Spiro/University of Texas

Going to prison is no picnic, but it's hard on more than the person serving time. 

The Girl Scouts of America runs a program to help women in prison stay connected to their daughters, for the benefit of both.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Spotted Frog Take Two: Defending Protection

Credit Bendsource.com

And now the other side: our earlier conversation with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams examined the resistance to the possible placement of the Oregon spotted frog on the endangered species list.

The frog (and its defenders) have been waiting a long time: it was first proposed for listing 20 years ago. 

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Follows Executive Order To Protect Health
6:56 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Smoking Ban In Oregon Parks Considered

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

A rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, and common areas of campgrounds is under consideration by the Oregon Parks Department.

Department official Chris Havel said Wednesday the agency is following through on an executive order from the governor to reduce the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Wyden Plan Promotes Logging
6:40 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill today.

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The "Green Bags" Go Big
4:08 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Feeding The Neighbors: The Food Project Hits A Big Milestone

Mary Shaffer and sons Gabriel and Rio with a haul of donated groceries in the Food Project's distinctive Green Bags
Credit Giancarlo

With federal unemployment benefits ending for more than 45,000 jobless Northwesterners, and as Congress acts to further slash food stamps, putting meals on the table is about to become even more of a challenge for many. One innovative community approach to hunger just reached an impressive milestone. JPR’s Liam Moriarty spent a frosty morning with a family who is among those who’ve made the Ashland Food Project a potent model of compassion in action. 

www.neighborhoodfoodproject.com

"I seriously just wanted to die"
3:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

U.S. Immigration Policy Leaves Behind 'Orphans Of Deportation'

Ashley, 18, left, Brian, 21, and Karleen Tapia pose for a photo outside their home in Bend. Their single mother was deported to Mexico in September 2011.
Credit Jordana Gustafson/OPB

Divided families have become a focal point in the national immigration reform debate.  Many families separated by deportation are from Latino communities across the country. 

Three siblings in one family in Bend continue a long wait for their mother who was deported more than two years ago.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

What To Do About Oregon's Spotted Frog

Credit Bendsource.com

More troubles for the spotted frog. 

The Klamath County commissioners have voted unanimously against the idea of designating more than 56,000 acres in Oregon as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog.

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Northern California Clover Fire Killed One Man
6:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Alleged Arsonist Arrested In Fatal California Fire

The Clover Fire burns near Igo in summer of 2013.
Credit Garrett Frey/CalFire

A man has been arrested for arson for starting two small fires that joined and erupted into the fatal Clover Fire in Northern California in September.

Zane Wallace Peterson was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including suspicion of murder, arson on forest lands, and arson causing great bodily injury, according to Scott McLean, a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Numbers Of Covered Increasing
7:29 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cover Oregon Enlists People

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The director of Cover Oregon says the state's insurance exchange has enrolled an estimated 7,500 people in private health plans.

The number released yesterday is a significant increase over the 730 people who'd been enrolled a week ago.

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Protesters Jailed In Oregon
7:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey

Credit opb.org

More than a dozen megaload protesters are in Oregon's Grant County jail. A woman who works at the jail says the people were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

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Listener Announcement
5:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

2014 Program Lineup

Classics & News Schedule

Beginning in January, JPR made a number of changes to its three program service schedules.  In all, thirteen new shows were added to our schedules, including The Moth Radio Hour and American Routes

Many popular programs returned to the airwaves like Radiolab, and Science Friday, and a number of existing programs moved to either new spots in the schedule, or in the case of Fresh Air and Q, a different schedule entirely.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jackson County Food Banks Reach 1-Million Pounds

Credit The Medford Food Project

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

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More People Might Sign Up
6:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon's Health Exchange May Extend Date

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's health insurance exchange, and insurance carriers, are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get health coverage starting January 1.

Cover Oregon Acting Director Bruce Goldberg said Thursday that he's working with carriers and state regulators to push back the December 15 deadline for people to select a plan after the state has informed them of their options.

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Pots To Be Set Today
6:27 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Dungeness Crab Prices Set

Credit Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

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Not Guilty Plea Entered
7:14 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Accused Medford Bomber Has Trial Date

Credit Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune/AP

The man accused of bombing the district attorney's office in Medford, Oregon pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.

The Mail Tribune reports the trial for 46-year-old Alan Leroy McVay of White City is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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WIll Cardholders Be Able To Smoke In Shops
6:56 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Decision Soon On Marijuana Use At Dispensaries

Officials at the Oregon Health Authority will have to decide soon whether medical marijuana cardholders should be allowed to use the drug at dispensaries that will become legal next year under a new state law.

An advisory committee discussed that topic and others at its final meeting yesterday. The state expects to finalize dispensary regulations by next month. They'll take effect in March.

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