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"Going For Broke" Series Part 2
6:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Medford Casino Proposal May Hinge On Arcane Points Of Law

An architect's rendering of before and after views of Roxy Ann Lanes and the planned remodel into The Cedars at Bear Creek.
Credit Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Coquille Indian tribe’s controversial proposal to build a casino in Medford is facing its first major legal hurdle; getting the federal government to grant the site trust status, making it Indian land. In this second part of our series “Going For Broke,” JPR finds that whether the project gets the go-ahead may depend on how officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs interpret the fine print of laws and agreements that go back decades. 

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Eating Right Early In Life (And Before?)

Credit Wikimedia

Can you count the number of times your parents urged you to eat your vegetables? 

It's part of childhood, and good advice: eating right early in life makes a big difference later.  That knowledge led to the creation of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health Sciences University. 

The institute hosts nutrition forums across the state to make the case for proper nutrition for children, all the way back to the time of conception. 

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Starting April 21st
9:33 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Q Names Shad Kabango as New Host

Q's new host, Shad Kabango.

Q, CBC Radio One's award-winning daily arts, culture and entertainment program, have a fresh feel and a unique voice starting April 20th when it welcomes Shad (Shadrach Kabango) as the new permanent host.

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 3
8:30 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Medford Casino Proposal Pits Tribe Against Tribe

This billboard, displayed in several locations around Medford, is part of the Coquille tribe's campaign to win support for its casino proposal.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

The Coquille Indian tribe’s proposal to build a new casino in south Medford has garnered a lot of opponents. But perhaps none as vociferous as the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The Cow Creek have spent a lot of energy -- and money -- rallying opposition to the Coquille proposal. In this final part of our series “Going For Broke,” JPR looks at how these two tribes came to be at loggerheads.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Tweaking The BLM Version Of A Timber Sale

Credit Luke Ruediger

"If you want something done right, do it yourself," goes the old saying. 

Some Applegate Valley residents took that advice to heart when they had issues with a timber sale planned by the BLM. 

They found the Nedsbar sale timber-heavy and rough on habitat. 

So, with guidance from the Klamath Forest Alliance and other groups, they proposed their own version of the sale, a "Community Alternative."   

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Arsenic In Water And Its Different Forms

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Arsenic is all around us.  That's not as happy as "love is all around," but it's true… arsenic is abundant in the earth's surface, and it often finds its way into drinking water. 

But the KIND of arsenic can make a big difference, and a University of Oregon scientist says arsenic can cycle between toxic and less-toxic forms. 

Meaning we might be able to make it less troublesome in water.  The study focused on a number of wells in the Creswell area.

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Health
6:12 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Oregon Project Independence Helps Elders Stay In Their Homes

96 year-old Cecil Michael, in his Medford home. Project Independence pays for a part-time caretaker to help with the chores he can't do himself anymore, allowing him to stay in his own home.
Credit Bill McLean/JPR

For many elderly people, having to move into a nursing home is frightening and traumatic. It’s also very expensive, and taxpayers usually end up footing a lot of the bill. 

A groundbreaking program that originated in Oregon is helping many people stay in their homes longer, enhancing the quality of their lives and reducing the need for nursing home care.

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Reducing The Need for Oregon Prisons

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The state of Oregon will not be building new prisons anytime soon. 

The legislature decided two years ago to put more money into programs that will prevent crimes, avoiding the creation of new prison residents. 

In theory, that puts more money and emphasis into programs like Klamath County Community Corrections

The legislature is debating just how MUCH money right now. 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 9, 2015

"Legendary Locals of Ashland"

Credit Arcadia Publishing

Arcadia Publishing has figured out how to sell a lot of books in a lot of small towns. 

Arcadia publishes books of historical pictures from towns all over the country. 

The second wave is a set of books about the "Legendary Locals;" the noteworthy people in the history of a community. 

Legendary Locals of Ashland is now out. 

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Live Session Archive
11:32 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Penny And Sparrow Live Session

Eric Teel

Penny & Sparrow is American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke out of Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, the duo began their musical endeavor as a hobby and creative outlet. Their first tune, “Creature” was recorded in a small apartment behind an orphanage with one microphone and a laptop. “If you listen closely, you can hear kids screaming and laughing in the background of each song,” says Baxter. “After just one song, we knew writing and recording was something we didn’t want to stop doing.

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JeffX | March 6, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri March 6, 2015

A New Theater And Other Big Doings: First Friday Arts

The first production in TFTM's new home.
Credit Thanks For The Memories Theatre

Ashland's newest theater gets its own home this month.

Thanks For the Memories Theatre has been sharing space until now, and its move and coming productions headline the First Friday Arts segment for March. 

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days.  The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month. 

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$100,000 Special Election
6:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Jackson County Asks Voters To Tax Marijuana

The marijuana legalization measure Oregon voters passed last November says only the state can tax recreational cannabis. Twenty percent of that state tax revenue is earmarked for cities and counties. But a lot of local governments around the state say they need a bigger slice of that pie.

Jackson County residents are voting next week on a measure to add a county tax on production and sales of both medical and recreational pot.

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

It's Beneath Us: Groundwater Awareness Week

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Maybe something as important as drinking water should get more than a week for recognition. 

But next week, March 8-14, is Groundwater Awareness Week across the country. 

Our region traditionally relies on surface water fed by snowpack, but groundwater grows in importance in drought years. 

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JeffX | March 5, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Jordan Cove Backers Make Their Case

Jordan Cove as it looks today, with the bridge at North Bend in the background.
Credit Wikimedia

It's the top environmental issue in the region at the moment: the plan for a liquified natural gas export terminal near North Bend, and a long pipeline (230+ miles) to supply it. 

The Jordan Cove project has several regulatory hurdles to clear before any digging starts. 

Environmental groups are arrayed against it, and finding many similar opinions in the area. 

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What To Do WIth AirBnB?
6:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Bend Grapples With Short-Term Rentals

Most of Bend's short-term rentals are clustered in two neighborhoods close to the river and downtown.
Credit Amanda Peacher/OPB

Vacation rentals in many Northwest communities are on the rise, thanks in part to websites like Airbnb. The sites make it easy to rent your house, apartment or even just a spare room to vacationers to make some quick cash.

Cities with popular attractions are among the most hard-pressed by the growth of these new informal lodgings for tourists.

For instance, in Bend, the number of short-term rental permits has increased from around 50 to more than 500 in the last five years. Now, the city is struggling to balance the economic interests of tourism with neighborhood livability.

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

Jackson County's Special Election On A Pot Tax

Tell people Election Day is less than a week away, and you'll get mostly blank stares. 

But it's true in Jackson County, which is voting on a measure to decide if marijuana should be taxed by the county. 

And it is not yet clear if the county would even have the power under the new Oregon marijuana law. 

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

Teaching Wildland Fire Prevention Young

Creating defensible space involves removing potential fuels between fire and structure.
Credit FEMA/Public Domain

Wildland firefighting agencies frequently stress the importance of protecting rural homes from fire by clearing out "defensible space." 

So why not get the message across to a younger audience? 

Ruch School in the Applegate Valley plans to join with community partners to make the school grounds more fire resistant, with students taking part in the process. 

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Law and Justice
6:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

To Shoot Or Not To Shoot; That Is The Question

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Police shootings have been very much in the news in recent months, from Ferguson, Missouri to Pasco, Washington. And police decisions to use lethal force have been closely scrutinized and often criticized.

Last week, Southern Oregon University held an event where law enforcement officers from a variety of local agencies run students through realistic training exercises, including training in when to use – and not use – lethal force.

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

The New Wolf Census: 77

OR-7, Western Oregon's first resident wolf in modern times.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

The latest gray wolf census just arrived in Oregon, and it shows exactly what scientists expected: more wolves. 

At an estimated minimum census of 77, it's not like there are wolves in every backyard. 

But the number is enough to concern livestock owners, yet still low enough that groups like Oregon Wild want wolf protections to continue. 

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

Tim Palmer, The True Rivermaster

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Credit Public Domain

We could talk to Tim Palmer all day about the natural wonders of our region. 

But we only get him in one-hour increments, so we have to have him back from time to time. 

Tim is the author of the Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, another on California's rivers, and several other books on natural features that make our land unique. 

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