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When The Jobs Disappear
6:01 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Mill Layoffs In Prineville Are About More Than Jobs

Mary Sanislow, Peggy Murphy and Willia Bucholz all worked at Woodgrain Mill for more than 20 years. "There were just different stages of your life, right there in that building," says Murphy.
Credit Amanda Peacher/OPB

Last November,  the Woodgrain Millwork company shut down most of its operation in Prineville, northeast of Bend, Oregon.  Nearly 200 workers were laid off. The mill was one of the largest employers in Crook County.

Now, both the town and the laid-off workers are struggling to recover. For many mill employees, the layoffs meant not only the loss of a paycheck, but also a lost community. 

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Perfect Storm ...
12:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Technical Report and Power Outage Update

It could have been worse ...

As you may know, it's been a rough few days here at JPR on the technical front. Widespread power outages caused by last Thursday night's storm and high winds have taken JPR silent in some areas. These outages have come at a terrible time as we've also been plagued by an unrelated NPR satellite problem which is causing intermittent skipping of many live audio feeds from NPR.

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JeffX | February 9, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Vaccination Exclusion Day In Oregon: Feb 18

After February 18th in Oregon: no shot, no exemption, no school.
Credit James Gathany/CDC

The whole country is talking about vaccines and vaccine exclusions, now that measles cases are popping up all over. 

And it's one of the diseases we thought vaccines got rid of. 

Parents of public school kids in Oregon face a February 18th deadline to vaccinate their kids.

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Health
5:35 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

California Lawmakers Want To Remove "Personal Belief" Exemption From Vaccine Law

Credit United States Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. and California State Senators say it’s time to change a law that allows parents to opt out of vaccinations for their kids. Democratic State lawmakers propose a bill to require children to be vaccinated before they attend school, unless there is a medical reason.

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Power Outage Causes Signal Loss
7:21 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Weather Related Power Outages Affect JPR Service

Update 2/8/15: Power remains out at Soda Mountain but our fearless engineer, Darin Ransom, has installed a generator today (Sunday).  Unfortunately it will run out of fuel tonight  and he will need to return tomorrow morning to refuel.  Pacific Power estimates that power will return to the site sometime late Monday.

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Series of Storms
11:13 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Batten Down The Hatches: Wet, Wild Weekend

Surf's up: storm water washes across Talent Avenue outside Talent in the Rogue Valley.
Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Rain and high winds caused a number of problems for travelers and utility crews across the region Friday.  A landslide closed Oregon 66--Green Springs Highway--east of Ashland for a while midday Friday.  Trees were also reported down in several locations, including across power lines.

Water and wind threatened to cause continued issues.  Late Friday morning, the National Weather Service upgraded flood watches to flood warnings in parts of Coos, Curry, Josephine and Siskiyou Counties.  

The warning text reads: "A rock slide was reported south of Callahan and flooding was also reported on highway 99 between Edgewood and Grenada in siskiyou county.  Ponding of water was reported and several roads were closed due to flooding near O`Brien, where 4.5 inches has fallen since Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain will exacerbate conditions through the day."

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Live Session Archive
10:41 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Kishi Bashi, Elizabeth & The Catapult, and Tall Tall Trees Live Session

Eric Teel

Kaoru Ishibashi, who goes by the professional name Kishi Bashi, is a singer-songwriter, composer and performing artist who appears both solo and with groups. He plays multiple instruments including violin, keyboard and guitar, and his musical repertoire ranges from indie pop and rock to psychedelic pop. He sometimes uses Japanese singing as one of many sound layers in his creations, helping to suggest (to Western ears, at least) a sense of the ineffable. His newest release, Lighght was released in 2014.

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 5, 2015

On Wings Of Eagles: Winter Wings 2015

One of the perennial stars of Winter Wings.
Credit Wikimedia

For some people, an interest in birds starts early in life. 

Take Richard Crossley for example.  He got hooked on birding at age 7 in England, now lives in the United States and pursues his passion here… in photos, in books, and in video. 

Crossley will be the keynote speaker at the annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls starting February 12th. 

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Britt Prepares Classical Festival Offerings

Teddy Abrams at work.
Credit Brittfest.org

Great things are expected out of the Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville this summer. 

Summer 2014 was a smash under first-year conductor Teddy Abrams, and he is back for a second year at the podium. 

Britt announces the classical offerings Thursday night, and we might be able to pry a few details out of Teddy Abrams ahead of time. 

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Jackson County Considers Wolf Damage Payments

Credit Public Domain

Not so long ago, there were no wild wolves in Jackson County.  There are still fewer than a dozen, say wildlife officials. 

But Jackson County commissioners are considering setting up a system to compensate ranchers for livestock losses to wolves. 

Rob Klavins at the group Oregon Wild is experienced with such systems from his work on wolf recovery in Northeast Oregon. 

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Clashing Tribes
11:56 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Opponents Blast Coquille Casino Proposal At Federal Hearing in Medford

Kristin Sandfort of Roseburg, Vickie Prohoroff of Azalea and Rod Debban of Myrtle Creek display their opposition to the proposed Coquille tribal casino proposal in Medford at a hearing held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs at North Medford High School on Tuesday night.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

The Coquille Indian tribe operates a casino and resort in North Bend, on the Oregon coast. Tuesday night, opponents wearing fluorescent yellow T-shirts saying “No Medford Casino” packed a hearing on the tribe’s proposal to build a second gaming facility in south Medford.

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Making A Legislative Case For Tuition Relief

Credit Wikimedia

The last couple of decades have been hard on college students. 

The cost of higher education--even at public universities--skyrocketed. 

As a result, average student debt roughly tripled between 1990 and 2010. 

Which is why most sessions of the Oregon Legislature feature a rally by college students in support of tuition breaks. 

Associated Students of Southern Oregon University plan such a rally with other groups at the state capitol on February 12th. 

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Gearing Up For Shakespeare Season

Guys and Dolls is one of this year's OSF offerings.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sword fighters, craps players, and history's most famous queen will join many other characters on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the coming season in Ashland. 

OSF plays hit the stages later in the month, and the company is cranking up to full speed to get ready. 

We visit with OSF reps Lydia Garcia and Julie Felise Dubiner to talk about the general challenges of running a professional theater company in a small town... and this year's crop of 11 plays. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

More Wolves, Fewer Restrictions In Oregon

Credit Oregon State University

OR-7 is a trailblazing wolf.  Now other wolves have followed him from Northeast Oregon to establish new home territories in our part of the country. 

In fact, there are enough wolves in Eastern Oregon now (7 breeding pairs) for the state to change wolf protections. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups continue to push for wolf protection. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Cascadia Quakes Past And Future

Credit Mark Lincoln

It's not an anniversary anybody celebrated, and it certainly is not one anyone wants to re-enact. 

But January 26th marked 315 years to the day since the last big earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Scientists tell us that time gap means Cascadia is due, if not overdue, for another major shaking. 

Oregon Emergency Management continues to warn of the likely destruction by such a quake. 

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Squeezed By Rising Costs
4:54 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

In Rural Areas, Public Nursing Homes Close One By One

Alan Hole spends every single day visiting his wife at North Valley. If the facility closes, he says he'll have to move to stay near her.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

As the region’s population ages and rural nursing homes are squeezed between rising costs and declining revenue, a growing number of public nursing homes are being forced to close. Consider this snapshot from Eastern Washington’s  Okanagan Valley ...

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Live Session Archive
12:00 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

The Wood Brothers Live Session

Eric Teel

Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart, one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills, dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.”

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Next Steps On Ashland Biomass Project

Credit Southern Oregon University

It will NOT be like throwing logs on a fire, but Southern Oregon University is talking about burning wood for heating and electricity. 

A couple of the university's boilers are due for replacement, so SOU floated a plan for a cogeneration facility (to make steam and electricity) fired by biomass--wood waste. 

The process of gauging public opinions just wrapped up, and SOU reports generally favorable responses. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Hiking The Bigfoot Trail

A small lake in the Trinity Alps.
Credit Tom Hilton/Wikimedia

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, you can certainly follow in his/her footsteps. 

Our region is the supposed stomping ground of the large and furry creature, and home to The Bigfoot Trail

Nature lover and Humboldt County resident Michael Kauffmann is the brains behind the idea of the 400-mile trail, a way to enjoy the incredible diversity of the Klamath Mountain region. 

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Dollars In And Out: Making A State Budget

Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

It's tough enough to make a budget for ourselves.  Now imagine the complexity in producing a budget for an entire state government. 

Ashland state representative Peter Buckley counts that among his tasks in the Oregon legislature. 

Buckley is the house co-chair of the committee that preps the budget, which will be bigger again this year with the economic recovery continuing. 

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