Court Allows Immediate Restart
5:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Loggers Can Go Back To Work

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Loggers may go back to work on national forests without waiting for federal agencies to lift logging bans prompted by the government shutdown.

Following a hearing in Medford yesterday, U.S. District Judge Owen Panner signed a temporary restraining order lifting the logging ban immediately.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
11:01 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Getting Land Use Ordinances Ready for Pot Dispensaries

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State Rep. Peter Buckley and Jackson Co. planning boss Kelly Madding explain the rollout of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries will begin showing up in Oregon in the near future, thanks to a law passed by the state legislature this year. 

The Medford City Council recently voted to ban dispensaries, but the state law may trump that.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
10:58 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Learning Oregon's New School Rating System

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Oregon's #2 education official explains the recent school report cards.

You can be forgiven if you have trouble keeping up with all of the changes taking place in public schools. 

Methods for testing students, teachers and entire schools continue to evolve. 

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Heard For The First Time
11:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

California's Poet Laureate Debuts A Poem On The Jefferson Exchange

Dawn sky in the Rogue Valley, October 16, 2013.
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California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera joined us on the Jefferson Exchange on Wednesday morning, October 16 (full audio here).

And when we asked him to share some of his work, he delivered a new poem, just written this morning on hotel stationery in Ashland.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2013
10:46 am
Wed October 16, 2013

I Heard It Through The (Jefferson) Grapevine: Mentoring Entrepreneurs

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Alex Pawlowski and John Lamy explain how Jefferson Grapevine works.

Quick, what's the first thing any business needs to get started?

Money is bound to be the number one answer, but supporters and mentors would not be far behind. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2013
10:37 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Meet Juan Felipe Herrera, California's Poet Laureate

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Life and art: same thing? Juan Felipe Herrera visits.

Both of our states can boast of official Poet Laureates, and today we meet with California's. 

Juan Felipe Herrera is a prolific poet, a professor at the University of California-Riverside, and the winner of several awards for his work. 

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Marijuana Dispensaries May Open In Medford
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

State Marijuana Laws Trump Local Ordinances

Oregon law trumps local laws that try to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.  Ashland Representative Peter Buckley who sponsored the measure passed by the Oregon legislature legalizing the dispensaries, says the state Legislative Counsel made that ruling yesterday.
 The law takes effect in March 2014.
The City of Medford has voted to prohibit any dispensaries in the city. The vote last month, and revealed this week, bans any business licenses if they violate local, state, or federal law.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2013
11:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Suing The Feds Over Wood Smoke Regulation

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Air quality expert Merlyn Hough discusses wood smoke and the lawsuit against the EPA.

Too much wood smoke is bad for you. 

That's well established by research, and so the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulates the particulate matter that makes up wood smoke. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2013
10:39 am
Tue October 15, 2013

When Letting The Forest Burn Is The Best Option

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Kerry Metlen talks about fires and how they help forests.

Fire helped create the forests of our region, but we've spent more than a century working very hard to stop fires from either starting or spreading. 

That has changed in recent years, but it's not an overnight process. 

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State May Have To Release Inmates
7:31 am
Tue October 15, 2013

California Loses Supreme Court Prison Ruling

The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.

The justices did not comment on their order yesterday, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600 inmates to improve conditions.

California Governor Jerry Brown has argued that the state cannot meet that goal without releasing dangerous felons and jeopardizing public safety.

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