Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Getting Former Soldiers To "Stand Down"

Credit Robert Neff/Fifth World Art

Our attitude toward the military has come about-face since the Vietnam war. 

Where once we reviled soldiers and blamed them for the unpopular war, we now praise service members as heroes, without question. 

But once they settle back in society, they still have need to be met. 

And "stand down" events are designed to connect them to services to meet those needs. 

The North Coast Stand Down comes to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds next weekend (October 3-5). 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Tracking Senior Financial Exploitation

Credit Garry Knight

We've been hearing for some time about how people take financial advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. 

And it's more than anecdote, it's demonstrable fact. 

Oregon now has back-to-back year-long reports on senior financial exploitation, and the latest shows a rise in incidents from the year before. 

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Exact Slide Cause Still Unknown
11:30 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Heavy Rains, But No New Shasta Mudslide

Cleaning up the roads is slow going.

UPDATED | Thursday 5 PM

The heavy rains that fell on the region Wednesday did not produce any new mudslide activity on the southeast flank of Mount Shasta.

A Saturday (Sept. 20) mudslide covered two roads near the mountain; mud, boulders, and debris made Pilgrim Creek Road and Forest Service Road 31 impassable.

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Boles Fire Aftermath
8:10 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Schools And Assistance Center Open In Weed

Weed Elementary School soon after the fire.
Dominic Barth/JPR

UPDATED | Tuesday 5 PM

Students returned to public schools in Weed Tuesday, the first day back since a fire destroyed nearly 150 homes in the city.

Weed Elementary School lost a classroom to the Boles fire on September 15th, and four teachers had to move to different rooms until repairs can be made.

Weed High School was undamaged in the fire, but both schools put restrictions on student movements: no students are allowed to walk to school because of potential danger in the burned area, and no high school students are allowed to leave for lunch.

A local assistance center opened Tuesday at the College of the Siskiyous campus in Weed, adding to the service centers now open (see map) for fire victims.

The center will be open 9 AM-6 PM through Saturday (September 27th), and will be staffed by government agencies from all levels, to let residents begin to replace lost licenses and documents and access services.

City crews began removing household hazardous waste from the burned-over area Monday.  The city continues to work with the county and state to develop a recovery plan for Weed.  Repairs to infrastructure are already underway.

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Live Session Archive
5:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

John Reischman Live Session

Eric Teel

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

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Over 180K Acres In 5 Counties
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Northern California Wildfire Update

Map of large wildfires currently burning in California
Credit Kerry Greene / US Forest Service

  UPDATE | Friday 09-19  3:30 p.m.

Nearly 6,000 firefighters are battling 12 major fires that are burning nearly 250,000 acres across the state of California, with the lion's share of resources focusing on Siskiyou County. More than 180,000 acres are burning in the Klamath National Forest, including the 130,139 acre Happy Camp Complex fire, which recently merged with the July Complex's Man Fire.

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Trespassing, Fines, & Danger for Hikers
5:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mossbrae: The Forbidden Falls of Dunsmuir

Mossbrae Falls
Victoria Reed

Mossbrae Falls is one of Siskiyou County’s most scenic tourist attractions, tucked away in the small town of Dunsmuir just south of Mount Shasta. But you can’t actually get there—not legally, anyway. There's an unusual controversy surrounding this waterfall, which, until further notice, is officially closed to the public.
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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Medford's New Downtown Art and Sound Event

Credit Wikimedia

Medford comes alive this weekend (September 19-20) with a brand-new event. 

The downtownART+SOUND (that's how the organizers spell it) will present music and visual arts at a number of venues around Medford. 

Those include an art display at the Holly Theatre, the first real event at the Holly in nearly three decades. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Blazing Trails With ATA

Credit BLM/Public Domain

Some of us are leaders, some are followers. 

Some walk trails, and some blaze them. 

Put the Applegate Trails Association into the "blaze" category. 

ATA members put in a lot of time and effort, leading hikes and working to make new trails. 

The association's main efforts are focused on the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), designed to allow a continuous hike from Jacksonville to Grants Pass. 

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New R&N Program
2:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

JPR Adds Mini-Show 99% Invisible to Saturday Nights

Beginning this Saturday night at 8:55pm, JPR's Rhythm & News Service will begin weekly broadcasts of the 5-minute radio program 99% Invisible with Roman Mars.

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Scenes From A Fire
11:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Weed: Images Of The Aftermath

A pickup truck in a residential neighborhood of Weed.
Eric Teel/JPR

The Boles fire that swept through the the Siskiyou County town of Weed on Monday left a swath of devastation through this community of 3,ooo that sits in the shadow of Mount Shasta. 

Officials say at least 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed: homes, commercial structures, even two churches. And while much of  the town remains undamaged, entire neighborhoods were reduced to charred rubble and many residents lost everything they owned.

New Morning Edition Segment
9:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NPR Adds Marketplace Morning Report to Morning Edition

Marketplace Morning Report Host David Brancaccio

Beginning Monday, September 22nd, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will become a regular daily feature of NPR's Morning Edition. JPR listeners can hear the program at 5:50am and 7:50am on the Rhythm & News Service, and at 5:50am on the Classics & News Service.

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Hot, Dry Weekend Forecast
8:02 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Crews Making Progress on Onion Mountain Fire

An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Onion Mountain fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County, Oregon.
Credit John Luerding/

UPDATE: Friday 9/19/14 10:35 a.m.

The Onion Mountain fire in Josephine County  is now estimated at 4,102 acres with 20 percent containment.

The fire is burning in grass, brush and timber in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 13 miles west of Grants Pass. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Language Immersion Arrives in Central Point

Credit Eric E. Johnson/Flickr

"Immersion" programs in schools do not involve throwing students in actual water. 

But they do end up in a pool of students who speak either English or another language, and the class is taught in both languages. 

Language immersion programs are fairly common, but brand new in the Central Point school district. 

Jewett Elementary is home to a first-grade class taught primarily in Spanish, with a mix of English- and Spanish-speaking children. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Pushing For More Deliberate Fires

Credit Wikimedia

The question is often asked during fire season, when thousands of acres are going up in smoke: weren't we talking about restoring regular fires to the ecosystem? 

The answer is yes. 

Or yes, BUT... the scientific answer is one thing, the political is another. 

The Bureau of Land Management and other agencies do perform prescribed burns. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Working Through Life's Challenges Through Art

Credit Wikimedia

Can a paintbrush be a good substitute for a fist? 

In some cases, yes. 

Think about it… young people dealing with some of life's thornier problems can act out in a number of ways, including through violence. 

But when they are given a chance to express themselves through art... the story changes. 

That's the approach of the Life Track program, a project that combines Medford's LifeArt program with the counseling services of OnTrack. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri September 12, 2014

SOU & SOB Team Up For Beer Brand

The SOU logo is now emblazoned on beer bottles.
Credit Southern Oregon University

It's not like Southern Oregon University has a huge budget for marketing. 

But a few strategic partnerships might help to raise awareness of the school and its work. 

Like, say, a brand of beer. 

It's true… SOU signed a licensing agreement with Southern Oregon Brewing (SOU + SOB) to create a new beer called "Raider Red," after the school's mascot. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

The money is not great--the governor makes a little more--but oh, the prestige of being Oregon's Poet Laureate. 

Peter Sears is getting used to the feeling. 

Earlier this year he was chosen to spend the next two years as the state's chief poetry booster. 

Sears replaces Paulann Petersen, who visited the Exchange a couple of times. 

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1300 Acres Burned
8:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Shasta County's Gulch Fire 45% Contained

Gulch Fire, as seen from the air
Cheryl Buliavac Cal Fire

Updated: 8:35 a.m. 9-12-14

Firefighters have made great progress towards containing a wildfire in Shasta County that quickly spiraled out of control Wednesday afternoon, and officials have lifted evacuations in the community of Bella Vista. The Gulch Fire, east of Redding in Jones Valley, jumped from 15 to 45% containment and has burned 1300 acres.

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40% Of All Electric Cars In US Sold In California
7:31 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

A pair of Nissan Leaf electric cars charging up at a public charging station.
Credit Kowloonese/Wikipedia Commons

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.

This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100-thousand electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.

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