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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

A New Tool To Fight Crime: "Shasta's Most Wanted"

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The criminal justice system in California is still trying to find its bearings in the post-"realignment" world.

AB109, the "realignment" law, took some pressure off the overcrowded state prisons by shifting some prisoners convicted of lesser crimes to county jails. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tuition Equity Law Now In Use At Oregon State Universities

Oregon State University
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The terminology has changed a bit, and so have some of the approaches. 

The people once called "illegal aliens" are now generally called "undocumented immigrants," and laws are being written to accommodate the ones who came to the United States as children. 

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Shutdown Stops Work
7:32 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Logging On Federal Lands Shut Down

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The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed it is shutting down logging operations on national forests across the country due to the partial government shutdown.

The agency plans to notify 450 timber purchasers across the county early this week that timber sales and stewardship contracts will be suspended.

Logging is being shut down on 150 national forest nationwide.

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Governor Signs TRUST Act
7:26 am
Mon October 7, 2013

California Immigrants Get New Protections

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that immigration advocates have long considered a top priority.

The measure, known as the "TRUST Act" is one of a number of bills backed by immigration advocates that the governor signed over the weekend. It's intended to protect undocumented immigrants arrested for minor crimes from being turned over to the federal government for possible deportation.

Brown vetoed the "TRUST Act" last year, citing concerns from law enforcement groups. This year, he worked with both sides to craft a compromise.

Grant Money Stopped
7:15 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tribal Services Suffer Under Shutdown

If the government shutdown goes on too long, it will mean the end of services for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

The Confederated Tribes have enough funding to last two to three weeks. For now, the tribes have funding to maintain police and health care services.

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Workers Furloughed
5:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Sen. Boxer Says Shutdown Damaging California Economy

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Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters today that the federal government shutdown is not hampering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in California, but it is damaging the state’s economy.

Boxer says some 50,000 of California’s estimated 169,000 federal employees have been furloughed. She called on House Republicans to restart the government immediately with back pay for furloughed workers.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 4, 2013
11:01 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Believing What You See: "Eyes to Burma"

Fred Stockwell with refugees.
Credit eyestoburma.org

Former Ashlander Fred Stockwell made his living taking high-quality photographs that dazzled the eyes. 

But he could scarcely believe h is own eyes when he saw refugees living in garbage dumps in Myanmar (Burma). 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 4, 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Digging Up Jacksonville's Chinese Memories

Eni Yan cooked for Jacksonville pioneer and community pillar C.C. Beekman
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When the precious metals in the streams around Jacksonville (Oregon) began to play out in the mid-19th century, many of the white miners abandoned the search for riches.

And that just created opportunities for Chinese miners, their friends, and other workers. 

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Winds Up, Humidity Down
4:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

California On High Fire Alert

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CalFire says the gusty winds and low humidity expected throughout California over the next few days will dramatically increase the fire danger.

The state agency is calling in hundreds of firefighters who would normally be off duty, and it’s moving equipment to the areas where the fire danger is greatest.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water, Wings, Survival & More: Biodiversity Conference

Credit Humboldt State University

Subjects ranging from wildfire management to the fate of bats will be on the table at Bio Conf this weekend at Humboldt State University. 

If the nickname doesn't ring a bell, we're talking about Biodiversity Conference 2013, running October 4th through the 6th. 

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Over Half A Million Call The First Day
7:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

California Health Exchange Overstates Use

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Officials with California's health insurance exchange say internal miscommunication led them to significantly overstate the number of hits the exchange's website received on the first day people could enroll in it.

Officials tell the Los Angeles Times the site received 645,000 hits on Tuesday, well below the 5 million they initially reported.

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National Parks Off-Limits
5:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Shutdown Frustrates Crater Lake Visitors

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Crater Lake National Park is closed due to the federal government shutdown—opening up problems for visitors from across the country and across the globe.

From the Herald and News in Klamath Falls, Devan Schwartz reports.

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Water Issues Create Controversy
6:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Two Klamath Basin Counties Plan New Talks

Copco One Dam on the Klamath River.
Credit Amelia Templeton/EarthFix

Leaders in two Klamath Basin counties who oppose taking down dams as part of a regional settlement of water issues say they're planning an alternative to talks aimed at salvaging the agreements.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that commissioners in Oregon's Klamath County and supervisors in California's Siskiyou County met on Monday.

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12:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

JPR And OPB Join Forces On Media Project

Lead in text: 
Oregon Public Broadcasting, based in Portland, commissioned a survey on Oregonian attitudes toward the media. OPB presented the findings in Medford on Wednesday, October 2nd on its talk show "Think Out Loud." JPR's Geoffrey Riley joined the panel discussion, and JPR aired the program live on the News and Information Service, Wednesday at Noon. Follow the link to listen to the recording.
Editor's Note: You're invited to join us for this show. We will broadcast from the Higher Education Center in Medford at 12pm. Pre-show reception starts at 11am. Admission is FREE but seating is first come, first served. This show will air live on both OPB Radio and Jefferson Public Radio.
Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

California state prison overcrowding, 2006
Credit California DCR

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:08 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

The Oregon Capitol building at night
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While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Art Robinson in his laboratory
Credit Polk County GOP

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways

U.S. Highway 199 on the Smith River in Del Norte County
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.

And them's fighting words for environmental groups, which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country's wild and scenic rivers.

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Breaking
6:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

High Surf On The Coast

Humboldt Bay Bar on September 30, 2013
Credit NOAA/Coast Guard/Humboldt Bay Harbor

A high surf advisory has been issued for Eureka and the surrounding coastal areas.

The warning is in effect until late Monday morning for large breaking waves. The National Weather Service says the waves may be especially dangerous during high tide, slated for around 10 a.m.

Since the large waves are erratic and unpredictable, the Weather Service encourages beach goers to use caution near surf zones as the swells are capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters.

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