Homelessness Declines Sharply In Oregon

Nov 6, 2014

The Great Recession doubtless had a hand in the rise in the numbers of homeless people across the country. 

The numbers peaked in 2010, when new federal programs to reduce homelessness began. 

Now the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development--HUD--reports homelessness in decline.  It's an especially steep decline in Oregon, noticed by the state Department of Housing and Community Services

A New Approach To Curbing Unwanted Pregnancies

Nov 6, 2014

The ongoing efforts to overhaul health care in America include some decidedly new wrinkles. 

The Oregon Health Authority plans a new strategy to reduce unwanted pregnancies through the CCOs, coordinated care organizations like Umpqua Health Alliance.

Women on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) will be asked if they plan to become pregnant in the next year.

Joi Riley/JPR News

Governors and senators and marijuana and top-two primaries. 

It's been a big election season in Oregon. 

And now what happens? 

The people elected have to govern, and the state has to implement the ballot measures passed. 


Efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods have gone 0 for 3 on the west coast, as Oregon's Measure 92 loses by a slim margin.

As of 8:01 Thursday morning, the Oregon Secretary of State's office showed the labeling measure at 49.7 percent yes t0 50.3 no, a margin of less than 10,000 votes, with more than 95 percent of the estimated votes counted.

Super VENTSday: The Election And YOU

Nov 5, 2014

The events of Election Day will give us a lot to talk about on VENTSday. 

This week only, VENTSday expands to fill most of an hour of The Exchange. 

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 


Four years ago, it took a recount to declare Oregon State Senator Alan Bates the winner by fewer than 300 votes.

This time – after a rematch with his Republican opponent Dave Dotterrer – Bates’ margin of victory in the Third Senate District was a more comfortable 52 to 45 percent.

Oregon and California returned their governors to office in Election 2014, sending Democrats John Kitzhaber and Jerry Brown to record fourth terms.

News organizations called Brown's reelection just moments after the polls closed, while Kitzhaber's numbers took a little longer to firm up.

In fact, Kitzhaber's opponent, Dennis Richardson, refused to concede on election night, calling the numbers (49-45% for Kitzhaber at the time) too close to call.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Oregon voters legalized marijuana for personal, recreational use in Election 2014, passing Ballot Measure 91.

By 10 PM Election Night, returns showed a Yes vote of roughly 54%.  Major news organizations projected a final victory for the measure.

The vote allows Oregon to join Washington and Colorado in the ranks of legal pot states. 

While preliminary election returns in both Oregon and California show some races too close to call, the results of others in both states are clear. Among them:


* Governor John Kitzhaber has defeated his Republican challenger Dennis Richardson to claim an unprecedented fourth term.

* Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley has won a second term by defeating Republican Monica Wehby.

Rise Of The Rogue Valley Food System Network

Nov 4, 2014

The "eat local" movement is clearly not a fad. 

Food producers and consumers continue to pay greater attention to where food comes from, how it's distributed, and who buys what, and why. 

Now there's a new entity coordinating the many parts of the food chain, the Rogue Valley Food System Network

Volunteers Needed For Road-Use Charge Study

Nov 4, 2014
Ken Lund

Not only do modern cars burn less gasoline, people just drive a little less in Oregon these days. 

Which means less need for new roads, but also less gas tax money to maintain existing roads. 

That's why the Oregon Legislature authorized a large (5000 people) pilot project to see how road usage charges--like per-mile charges--would do in replacing gas taxes. 

SOU Considers Biomass For Fuel

Nov 3, 2014
Public Domain

Southern Oregon University prides itself on its environmental friendliness and sustainability efforts. 

But its next big project in this area could take a big sales job. 

Two of the university's aging steam boilers need to be replaced. 

And the next boilers could be fired by biomass, woody waste material. 

Wild And Scenic And On Camera

Nov 3, 2014

Our region is home to some of the most scenic rivers in the country… make that the world. 

And, for the second year, it is also home to a film festival dedicated to wild and scenic waterways. 

The 2nd Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Ashland on Sunday, November 9, featuring a slate of short films about rivers near and far.

Monica Wehby's Case For The U.S. Senate

Oct 31, 2014
Wehby campaign

In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term. 

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

(Sort of) Ghost Stories For Halloween

Oct 31, 2014

Ghosts and goblins and more will take to the streets tonight.  Naturally: it's Halloween. 

But sometimes things happen to people that they simply can't explain.  Who you gonna call? 

In Oregon, the choices include Oregon Paranormal, which attempts to explain or at least debunk weird happenings. 

Oregon’s Third Senate District – which comprises southern Jackson County including most of Medford – is one of several key districts where the outcome of the race could overturn Democratic control of the narrowly-divided state Senate.

Dominic Barth

A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid, that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision.

Ideas To Paper: Studio To School

Oct 30, 2014

A teacher can stand in front of a class and teach writing, but some students can use a little extra help in visualizing story construction. 

Enter the Studio to School Project, in place in just a few Oregon school districts, courtesy of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation

The students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are among the lucky participants. 

They spent this week in a murder mystery involving their teacher. 

Art Robinson Runs For Congress, Take 3

Oct 30, 2014
Robinson campaign

Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio. 

He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield. 

Which are the towns the two men call home. 

Brown vs. Kashkari: A Tale Of Two Campaign Styles

Oct 30, 2014
Capital Public Radio

One candidate is trying everything he can to get your attention. The other isn’t campaigning for himself at all. Welcome to the 2014 California governor’s race, where Democrat Jerry Brown is doing the bare minimum in his bid for a record fourth term and Republican Neel Kashkari is doing as much as his campaign bank account will allow.