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Talks Lasted Twelve Hours Yesterday
6:28 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Medford School Talks Continuing

Talks will continue today between representatives of striking Medford teachers and the school district. Progress was reportedly made during a marathon bargaining session yesterday.

The Mail Tribune reports that representatives of the teachers union and district administrators met face-to-face briefly yesterday in another round of state-mediated talks.

Talks yesterday lasted longer than 12 hours. The discussions reportedly ended with a district proposal on the table, and the union is expected to bring a counter-proposal to the table today.

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Half Day Classes Begin
6:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Substitute Teachers Cross The Lines

The strike continues in the Medford school district.

Tuesday students were met by substitute teachers who crossed picket lines to get to classrooms. District officials report about 68 percent of students showed up.  According to the Medford Mail Tribune, one North Medford High School student reported class sizes of as many as 60 students. The large size prompted a walkout by the seniors.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 12, 2014 | 8:00
4:19 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Retrenchment Looms At Southern Oregon U.

Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

"Retrenchment" is not a word used lightly on the Southern Oregon University campus.

SOU President Mary Cullinan explains the latest with retrenchment at SOU.

It is the term required when the university considers program cuts that would result in faculty jobs being lost.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Why The Oregon Chub Is A De-Listing Candidate

The Oregon Chub, a tiny minnow.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Rollie White at U.S. Fish & Wildlife gives a recent history of the chub, and its population explosion.

Not every species that enters the endangered species list stays there for decades. 

The bald eagle recovered enough to get de-listed, and so did several other animals.  But no fish ever came off the list… until now. 

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Strike Continues Today
6:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Medford Schools Re-Open With Substitutes

Many Medford students will return to class today, but their teachers won’t be there. District teachers have been on strike since Thursday.

After being closed for three days while the Medford School District made strike preparations, schools are reopening today with half-day schedules.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Superintendent Phil Long would not verify exactly how many substitutes the district had hired. He also declined comment on the number of teachers who had decided to return to school despite the strike.

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Rock, Meet Hard Place
6:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Medford Schools To Re-open Without Striking Teachers

Striking teachers picket at Central Medford High School, February 10, 2014
Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Medford Schools open despite a first-ever strike by teachers

The Medford public schools are re-opening this morning. But most of the district’s teachers will be out on the sidewalks picketing rather than in the classrooms.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Inside The Medford Teacher Strike

A rally in support of teachers, months before the strike began.
Credit S.O. Jobs With Justice

Teachers union reps, followed by the school superintendent, explain their sides in the Medford strike.

Long faces, tired eyes, and picket signs marked the start of the Medford teacher strike on Thursday (February 6th).

Teachers hit the picket lines after nearly 10 months of negotiating with the Medford district failed to produce a teacher contract. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

(Oregon) Shakespeare Back In Business

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Alison Carey lays out the plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season.

February includes a lot of important dates, one of great regional significance: it is the month the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens for the season. 

Previews begin later this week on OSF's indoor stages. 

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Strike Continues
5:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford

Medford's Washington Elementary School. Washington is one of the few that will not host double shifts during the strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Medford schools are closed today (Monday, February 10) as substitute teachers called in from throughout the state get ready to cross the picket lines tomorrow.

Medford teachers have been on strike since Thursday. The subs met with Medford Schools administrators for more than five hours yesterday.

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Seeking Compromise
3:38 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Wyden Gets Pushback On His O&C Timber Bill

Logging in the Oregon Coast Range in 2010
Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden pledges to do everything he can to get his proposed timber plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama this year. He’s gathered support from key players in both the timber industry and the environmental community, and he’s painting opponents as uncompromising extremists.

But, hold-outs on both sides say splitting the baby in half isn’t the wisest choice.

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