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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Celebrating A Birth Control Milestone (Cautiously)

Birth control pills.
Credit Wikimedia

Birth control is a fact of life in our society, but it was not always easy to obtain. 

It took a Supreme Court ruling in the mid 1960s to legalize contraception for married couples. 

The availability has only expanded from there, but not without challenges. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is taking note of the anniversary of that earlier court decision.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

"All The Way" To A Tony Award

"All The Way" begins as LBJ's presidency began, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Credit Public Domain

Fans of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival took delight in the recent Tony Awards ceremony. 

"All TheWay," a play that began its life at OSF, won the award for Best Play on Broadway this season. 

It's a feather in the cap of the festival and Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who directed "All The Way" in Ashland and New York. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Oregon Universities On The Road To HECC

The University of Oregon began the move to separate governing boards.
Credit University of Oregon

Big changes are coming to public higher education in Oregon. 

Some of those changes have already taken place, with the formation of separate governing boards for several of the state university campuses, and the creation of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. 

But the big questions remain: will the changes do anything to improve program offerings or hold the line on tuition increases? 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

From Renewables To Fish Restoration

Steelhead jumping a waterfall on the North Umpqua River.
Credit Public Domain

Using renewable energy in Oregon provides a double benefit. 

First, there's the obvious benefit of using wind or solar or geothermal power instead of burning fossil fuels. 

Second, money from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program goes to help restore fish habitat in key streams around the region. 

The streams include tributaries of the Rogue and Illinois rivers, among others. 

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"I'll Huff, And I'll Puff ..."
6:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return

The wolf designated by researchers as OR-7, caught on remote camera in southwest Oregon on May 3, 2014
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon.

That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 11, 2014

No School, No Lunch

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Kids may be happy that school is out for the summer (or will be shortly). 

But there's a downside, too, especially for children of low-income families. 

Free or cheap school lunches disappear in most locations when the schools shut down.  80% of the students who receive free or cheap lunches during the school year don't get to summer food programs.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Agreement Leads To New Timber Mill Activity

Logging ponderosa pine in the Malheur National Forest, 1942.
Credit Public Domain

It's a rare thing when a timber mill adds another shift. 

It's far rarer that an environmental group applauds the addition. 

But Malheur Lumber is adding a shift at its mill in the eastern Oregon town of John Day, and an agreement with environmental groups played a part in the move.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Medical Leave And Poetry With Bill Gholson

Bill Gholson reports occasional pain, but nothing like what he felt last year.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

It was just last year that Bill Gholson spent 30 days unconscious from a serious medical condition. 

He woke up with a lot of poetry to put on paper, with a new appreciation of life. 

Gholson was already a longtime professor of literature and rhetoric at Southern Oregon University, so no stranger to writing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Measles Returns From The Brink

Credit James Gathany/CDC

The year is not even half over, and there are already nearly as many measles cases in Oregon (five) as all of last year. 

Which is a problem, when you consider that public health officials considered the disease "eliminated" 14 years ago. 

For a dead disease, 280-plus cases across the country (60 so far in California) this year is a lot. 

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Not Pretty; Not Local
2:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Smoke From Bend Area Fills Rogue Valley Skies

Smoke obscures Mt. Baldy east of Phoenix Sunday afternoon.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Fire season is only a week old, and Rogue Valley residents are already asking "where's the fire?"

The answer: near Bend.  Oregon Forestry confirms that the smoke pall hanging over the Rogue Valley blew in from the Two Bulls Fire northwest of Bend, which had covered more than 6,000 acres of land by Sunday morning (June 8).

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Jefferson Exchange | June 6, 2014 | 8:30
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Fri June 6, 2014

Vicksburg... Antietam... Shady Cove?

A Civil War reenactment in Illinois. No actual battles were fought there, either.
Credit Wikimedia

    

The nearest Civil War battle was a long way from our part of the country. 

But the Civil War and its impact on the country are too big to contain on the actual battlefields. 

That's why re-enactors like the members of the Cascade Civil War Society don the blue and the gray and wage fake war. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Court Ruling Finds Fault In Ashland Forest Resiliency

Credit Nicholas_T/Flickr

Removing trees can reduce fire danger, but the process presents its own issues. 

Like what happens to the land when the trees are removed. 

That was the central issue in a lawsuit filed years ago against the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, meant to reduce the threat of wildfire in the city of Ashland's watershed. 

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"An Opportunity To Build A Future"
9:08 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Wyden's Klamath Water Bill Gets Hearing in DC

Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge will get more water under a pending Senate bill sponsored by Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Credit Edward J. O'Neill/National Fish and Wildlife Service

A Senate hearing in Washington, DC Tuesday  marked the legislative debut of an ambitious bill by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden meant to end, once and for all, the water wars in the Klamath Basin.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Eugene Council Considers Climate

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"Think globally, act locally" may get its biggest test in the realm of climate change. 

And local groups are indeed taking a number of approaches to the issue. 

In Eugene, young people presented the city council with a Climate Recovery Ordinance. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Designing Innovative Programs For Seniors & Disabled

Credit Garry Knight

The simple existence of the Baby Boom Generation means we will have more senior citizens over the next few decades. 

And it will take some innovative programs to deliver services to all the seniors and people with disabilities who will need them. 

The Oregon Department of Human Services is trying to spur some of that innovation by funding pilot projects. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Legislating The Klamath Basin

Credit US Fish & Wildlife

The people who use water from the Klamath Basin can come together and reach an agreement; many of them did. 

But it still takes federal legislation to give any agreement the force of law. 

Oregon and California senators recently introduced legislation to codify the recent Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. 

It gets a hearing in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Reality Check For Forest Owners
5:20 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Keeping Fire-Safe in Southern Oregon

Woodland homeowners walk a trail near Ashland as part of an OSU Extension course on making homes in the forest more fire-safe
Credit Bill McLean/JPR

The fire-prone forests of southern Oregon attract many people seeking their own “little slice of Heaven.” JPR recently tagged along on an OSU Extension Service seminar designed to teach newcomers from the city how to keep their woods from going up in smoke.

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Four Counties Affected
4:03 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Here We Go: Fire Season Begins In Oregon

When the hills turn brown, the arrow moves to the right. This fire danger sign greets drivers entering Ashland from the north.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There wasn't much suspense, and now it's over: fire season begins at the start of the day (12:01 AM) on Monday, June 2, 2014 for Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties.

The Oregon Department of Forestry announced the declaration of fire season early Friday.

The declaration puts a set of restrictions in place on activities that could potentially cause fires to start: debris burning, use of certain kinds of ammunition, and logging, among others (restrictions list HERE).

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri May 30, 2014

Hacking For Community Good

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The term "hacking" still has some negative connotations, rather like "tagging." 

But plenty of people who are turned onto technology are determined to rehabilitate the term. 

Case in point: the National Day of Civic Hacking, set to take place this weekend (May 31-June 1).

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Restoring School Art Programs In Oregon

Credit Wikipedia Commons

When the budget ax falls on schools, it tends to fall first on the programs that are not seen as essential to learning, music and art among them. 

School funding and some programs are slowly rebounding from the recession, but many schools do without. 

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