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The Devil In The Details
9:25 am
Thu December 5, 2013

An End To The Klamath Water Wars?

Beautiful battleground: The landscape of the Klamath Basin, the watershed of the Klamath River in southern Oregon and northern California
Credit US Fish & Wildlife

For decades, farmers and ranchers have engaged in a bitter tug-of-war with fishermen and Indian tribes over scarce water supplies in the Klamath Basin. Now, government officials and stakeholders have announced the broad outlines of an agreement they say could finally bring peace to the region.

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Hopes For A Better Year
6:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have asked for a budget by December 12th to cover mosquito monitoring and abatement next year at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2013
10:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

O & C Proposal-The Environmental Group Perspective

Credit Michael Richardson/Wikimedia

Round two of our interviews on the Sen. Ron Wyden proposal to divide up the O & C timber lands in western Oregon… 

Environmental groups already pointed out problems they see with both the land treatments and the legal implications. 

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Politics & Government
7:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Eugene Utility Rates To Go Up

The Eugene Water & Electric Board voted last night to raise water rates by 6 percent and electricity rates by nearly 5 percent.

The Register-Guard reports the water hike is double what management recommended. Board members decided to start saving to develop a second water source for the city in case of an emergency, such as an earthquake.

Starting in February the water bill for an average single-family home will go up about $2 to $33 a month. The electric bill will go up more than $6 to $162.

Boats Remain In Port
6:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

California Crab Fishers Want Higher Prices

Crab fishers on California's north coast are keeping their boats tied to the dock in an effort to get a higher price from wholesalers.

The Santa Rosa Democrat reports boat captains want more than the $2.50 a pound being offered, saying $3 a pound is being paid to crabbers working fisheries farther south.

Skippers who fish off Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties say crabs are expected to be smaller than average this year, so they want a higher price.

Suit Filed To Stop Logging
6:32 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Conservationists Want To Protect Crater Lake

Credit Gifford Photographic Collection

Conservation groups are challenging U. S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Timber Legislation From O & C Counties Perspective

Logs at a Glendale mill in 2008.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

The other shoe just dropped in the plan to reorganize some of Western Oregon's federal forests. 

The so-called O & C lands were already the focus of a bill passed in the U.S. House earlier this year. 

Now Sen. Ron Wyden has released his plan--different from the House version--for giving greater protection to a portion of the lands, while managing the remainder more intensively for timber production. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Higher Speeds For Applegate Lake?

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/public domain

There's frequently a bit of tension between groups of people who want to enjoy public waterways. 

That tension is on display over Applegate Lake in Jackson County. 

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State Charges Dropped
6:54 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Feds Take On Case Against Alleged Medford Bomber

Credit Bob Pennell, Mail Tribune/AP

The case against a man charged with arson for allegedly igniting a bomb outside the Jackson County Oregon District Attorney's Office in Medford last month will be prosecuted only in federal court.

Federal prosecutors have filed a charge of malicious destruction of property by explosion in U. S. District Court against Alan Leroy McVay, making state prosecution for the same alleged crimes moot.

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Drought Stricken Region May Get Relief
6:46 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Klamath Water Deal Made

Upper Klamath Lake.
Credit downtowngal/Wikimedia

Ranchers and the Klamath Tribes have reached a tentative deal for sharing water in the drought-stricken Upper Klamath Basin.

Members of a special task force signed an agreement in principal Monday in Klamath Falls. Thier goal is to reach a final agreement early in 2014 that will guide legislation to be offered by U. S. Senator Ron Wyden.

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New Year's Day Specials
1:13 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

JPR's Classics & News Service Rings In '14 With Live Concerts From Vienna And Boston

On Wednesday, January 1st, at 8am, get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! JPR's Classics & News Service will take you to Vienna for The Vienna Philharmonic's annual salute to the waltz.

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Price Increase Possible
5:54 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Christmas Tree Season Is Here

Christmas Tree Farm, Silverton, OR, July 2006.
Credit Cacophony/Wikimedia

The peak of the shipping season for Christmas trees has arrived.

Christmas tree farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley are optimistic about this year's harvest. An oversupply of Christmas trees, which began to take hold in 2005, made it rough going for tree growers for many years.

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Result Of Prison Reform
5:46 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Violence Increasing In California County Jails

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California County jails have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

Assault records requested by The Associated Press show that many of the 10 counties that account for 70 percent of California's total jail population have experienced a surge in the number of inmate fights and attacks on jail employees.

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A Third Way Forward?
1:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Wyden Proposes Timber Compromise

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has unveiled a bill to balance competing demands on more than two million acres of federal forest land in the state. So far, opinions differ on whether he’s found an approach that can resolve this long-standing tug-of-war.

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Live Session Archive
2:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tony Furtado Trio Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Before Tony Furtado became a highly-regarded slide guitarist/banjo player, he studied art and music at Cal State Hayward. It was during that time that he went on a whim to Kansas and entered the Grand National Banjo Championship - and won.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Taking On The State Over Raw Milk

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You can sell raw milk in Oregon, but because of health concerns--the milk is not pasteurized--the state controls such sales tightly. 

For example, farms can't advertise the fact that they sell raw milk. 

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O & C Lands Proposal Revealed
6:28 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Wyden Would Double Timber Harvest

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Oregon U. S. Senator Ron Wyden wants to double the timber harvest on 2.1. million acres of O & C timber lands in Western Oregon.  In a proposal to be released Tuesday, environmental reviews would be streamlined.

The Proposed Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013 calls for increasing the harvest to a little over 300 million board feet annually. The yearly harvest in the past decade has averaged about 150 million board feet, according to officials.

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(Really) Small Town Politics
4:23 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Meet The Politicians Who Run One Of Oregon's Smallest Towns

Prescott City Council member Jim Larson stands in front of the City Hall he helped build in 1970.
Credit Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network

  There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician.

  

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2013
10:27 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Curbing Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

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The medical powers-that-be are so concerned about bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics that Oregon has a program in place to discourage the unnecessary use of the drugs. 

The AWARE program (Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education) can report some success, too. 

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Sports
4:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Daredevils Woo Twin Falls To Recreate Evel Knievel Canyon Jump

Snake River Canyon. Evel Knievel’s 1974 launch ramp is the hump on the rim, top right.
Credit Tom Banse/Northwest News Network

  A passel of daredevils aims to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed.  They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon.  But first, one of the modern stuntmen has to secure the rights to both a launch and a landing spot on opposite sides of the canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. That has the potential for another wreck in the making... a bureaucratic one.  

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