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4:20 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ski Industry Praying For Snow After Record Dry Year

Scarce snow means many Northwest ski areas, like Mt. Shasta, haven't opened yet.
Credit skipark.com

Lack of snow is making life difficult for more than just skiers.

2013 was a record dry year in Eugene and Medford. Many areas around the region have gotten half of their average snowfall or less.

That’s got Northwest ski resorts, many of which haven’t even opened yet, nervously waiting for snow. So are thousands of workers and retailers who depend on the ski season. And there’s little relief in sight.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting Begins

A barred owl rescued after an accident.
Credit Terren J. Peterson/Wikimedia

Michael Harris details Friends of Animals objection to shooting barred owls.

The work long rumored recently got underway: gunfire killed barred owls in Northern California. 

And it was completely intentional, meant to give spotted owls some breathing room in their competition with the rival owls for living space. 

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
5:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Tunnel 13: How Forensic Science Helped Solve America's Last Great Train Robbery

Tunnel 13, Ashland, Oregon - site of the last “great” train robbery in the west.
Pepper Trail

Every fall, the maples and dogwoods color the foothills of southern Oregon with yellow and orange highlights, flaring vibrant among the dark green pines. Through these Siskiyou Mountains, the railroad line once known as the “Road of a Thousand Wonders” snakes its way toward California, crossing moss-covered ravines on rickety trestles and piercing the mountain ridges with long dark tunnels.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:00
11:02 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Record Dry Year For Medford Area

The story of this year: dry ground and blue skies.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Milt Radford visits to talk about high-pressure blocks and other reasons for the dry year.

Unless a massive storm hits, and soon (highly unlikely), 2013 ends with a weather whimper that amounts to a meteorological bang.

The bang is that the year will end with less precipitation in Medford than in any other calendar year since record-keeping began more than 100 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:30
11:01 am
Tue December 31, 2013

A Tribal Casino For Yreka?

The Karuk casino concept envisioned for Yreka.
Credit Karuk Tribe

Buster Atteberry and Jaclyn Goodwin of the Karuk Tribe describe the casino plan for Yreka.

While a pair of Native American tribes spent much of the last year squabbling over a plan for a casino in Medford, a third tribe quietly laid the groundwork for a different casino in nearby Yreka. 

And the Karuk Tribe got a further boost when California's governor signed a compact with the tribe, a key step toward locating the casino. 

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100th Annual County Fair Will Take Place
7:17 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Josephine County Fairgrounds Get Reprieve

The Arts building at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass.
Credit Josephine County

The Josephine County Oregon Board of Commissioners has voted to keep the county fairgrounds open through the end of the fiscal year.

The commissioners also voted yesterday to go ahead with the 2014 fair in Grants Pass, which will be the county's 100th.

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Testing May Start In Spring
6:54 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Drones To Fly Over Oregon

A Predator drone.
Credit NOAA/Public Domain

Unpiloted aircraft will soon be tested over Oregon by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA announced it had selected a joint proposal from Oregon, Alaska, and Hawai'i to be among six newly designated drone testing sites across the U. S.

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Rented Tent Counts As Home
6:46 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Charge Overturned On Concealed Weapon At Campsite

Persuaded by a man's argument that his campsite was his home, the Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed his conviction for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

The Oregonian reports that the appeals court held that 66-year-old David Wolf was entitled to tell jurors at his trial that Oregon law makes an exception to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit if a person is in his or her place of residence.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:38 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Military Interest In Sex Assault Program

Credit Ashland Police

Det. Sgt. Tighe O'Meara describes the workings of the "You Have Options" program.

The very title of Ashland's program for sexual assault victims says a lot: "You Have Options." 

Those options include waiting to decide whether to file charges, which can make a big difference in a victim's well-being. 

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Cities Begin Conservation Measures
6:44 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Driest California Year On Record Imminent

December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.

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