California Air Resources Board Chair Sounds Off On New EPA Head

Dec 8, 2016
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California's top pollution regulator says her agency is not changing its approach to climate change and air regulation due to the election of Donald Trump and his nominee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Service Alert for KAGI in Grants Pass

Dec 8, 2016

Updated 12/15/2016 4:30 pm -- Some branches have been trimmed and the owner is assessing which additional branches to take. If we are not able to resolve the problem by trimming branches around the tower we are looking at the possibility of raising the antennae above the level of the trees.


It costs more than $21,000 a year to put a child in child care in Oregon, on average.

Which is a huge chunk of income for young families, and simply not affordable for many. 

ChildCare Aware of America compiled the reports for all 50 states (California is slightly more than Oregon).  CCAA policy chief Michelle McCready visits with details of the report. 

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The Oakland "Ghost Ship" fire killed 36 people, by the most recent count.

It is horrifying to all, but of particular concern to fire officials.  Because a similar tragedy could occur in just about anyplace where people gather, if their gathering places are not meant to handle crowds. 

Ashland Fire Marshal Margueritte Hickman and Grants Pass Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt are among the fire experts in our region asking for public caution. 

California Leads Country With Most Job Gains

Dec 7, 2016

California’s employment picture improved last month, with 29,000 new private sector jobs added. Experts see the trend continuing into next year.


Conservatives have complained for decades that college campuses are hotbeds of liberal, even radical, thought.

The conservative group Turning Point USA decided to take action.  It started up a web entity called "Professor Watchlist," so that the public can peruse news stories about various university professors with "demonstrated liberal biases." 

Turning Point USA has a chapter at the University of Oregon; student organizer Jacob Vandever gives his view of the effort and how the watchlist is developed. 

Sociology professor John Bellamy Foster is the first UO professor on the list.

Army.  Navy.  Marines.  Army Air Force. 

It took a lot of people to win the war that started for the United States 75 years ago today at Pearl Harbor.  And the list of services gets even longer when you add in the Merchant Marine. 

USMM ships and people helped supplies get through during the war, and the service suffered casualties at a greater rate per capita than any other branch. 

Toni Horodysky, whose husband served in the Merchant Marine in WWII and Vietnam, started a web page tracking USMM history

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Anti-Trump protests on the streets.  Anti-pipeline protests on the edge of the reservation. 

Just two examples of people taking their disagreements and disappointments public.  Free speech, protected by the first amendment, right? 

This VENTSday, December 7th, let's hear your thoughts on IF there is a line protestors can cross, and what that line is.  Are there situations and places where protest ceases to be free speech and becomes something else? 

Call the show live at 800-838-3760, email or, if you can't make it live, take the survey below or record a message at 541-552-6331.

Society has come a long way in acknowledging the lives and realities of people who change gender. 

Similar attention is focused on their life partners in the book Housewife: Home Remaking in a Transgender Marriage

Eugene's Kristin Collier wrote it, sharing the story of how her husband became her wife.  Her partner had a journey, but so did Kristin and their kids. 

Shifting POV via YouTube

If you don't feel like you've seen all sides of the confrontation over the Dakota Access Pipeline, Shifting POV has a remedy for you. 

SPOV is an Ashland-based collective of filmmakers, and its principals have been recording the events at the DAPL protest sites with virtual reality cameras... so a 360 degree view of the events. 

Jeris JC Miller and Aaron Moffatt were tear-gassed by police with cameras rolling.  But they felt it was important to document the events.

It's easy to be dazzled by the visuals of a movie and lose track of how great an influence the music exerts on our emotions. 

That's Joby Talbot's job as score composer... assist the mood while not overwhelming it.  Oh, and make the music work in time with the on-screen action. 

Talbot lives in Ashland and sees his work go worldwide... including in the coming animated feature "Sing." 

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The term "old growth" is one often used and perhaps less-often understood. 

Just big trees?  Big trees and spotted owls? 

No and not quite are the answers; Joan Maloof provides a bunch more in her book Nature's Temples

Maloof is the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, dedicated to preserving forests undisturbed by humans from coast to coast. 

New California Legislature To Be Sworn In Monday

Dec 5, 2016

It’s Inauguration Day Monday for the new California Legislature. The 80-member Assembly and 40-member Senate will gavel in at noon to swear in lawmakers before adjourning until early January.


California public employees belonging to SEIU Local 1000 planned a one-day strike for Monday (December 5th), and ultimately called it off in favor of further bargaining with the state. 

Issues on the table: raises, gender pay differences, and employee health-care payments.  SEIU is the largest public employee union in California. 

John Frahm of the Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council has a broad view of labor and its challenges in his part of California

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Jews make up less than one percent of Oregon's population. 

So a minority, but definitely an influential one.  Oregon Jews include political leaders, philanthropists, and the man who brought the NBA to Portland (Harry Glickman). 

These stories and more are featured in Ellen Eisenberg's book The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950-2010

Eugene Ballet

Christmas trees, holiday plays, art sales... and there's GOT to be a Nutcracker or two on stage this month. 

December is a HUGE month in the arts world, and we dedicate our First Friday Arts segment to listing as many events as possible.  We meaning... you. 

First Friday is all about the phones... grab one and call the show at 800-838-3760 to talk about the arts event you care about. 

It's a big party, and the more events, the merrier. 

Acappellaré Facebook Page

The Ashland singing duo known as Accapellaré chose a very appropriate name. 

Because Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé La Terreur travel without musical instruments, only their voices. 

And they happily sing a cappella in venues large and small, with plans for a European tour next spring. 

U.S. Navy

Wednesday December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

The attack launched the U.S. involvement in World War II. 

But there's a story to be told about the events that led up to that day, and Craig Nelson tells the story in his book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

The work starts long before Pearl Harbor, during the days of the First World War, to detail the events and trends that led to the second. 

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Well, that was fast.  One week after the election, the Coos Bay City Council voted to move ahead with replacing its worn out sewage treatment (wastewater) plant. 

The council had been deadlocked before the election over a plan to allow a private company to operate a new plant. 

Andrew Sheeler of The World in Coos Bay was part of the team covering the issue (and taking abuse from the players over his reporting). 

Courtesy of Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

The origin story of Silicon Valley typically centers on Stanford and steady funding from the US military. The marriage of technology and entertainment, as the story goes, came way later, with companies like Apple and Facebook.

But no. The first company to revolutionize entertainment from the Valley was Ampex, launched in 1944. The company manufactured the first reel-to-reel machine for commercial use in the United States (based on German technology), and later, the first video recording machine. All in collaboration/competition with Bing Crosby. Yes, that Bing Crosby.