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Jefferson Exchange | July 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ending Old-Growth Logging

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Dominick DellaSalla talks timber and carbon sequestration.

The most contentious portion of the debate over forest management concerns old-growth timber. 

Can the timber industry be healthy without cutting down ancient trees? 

Scientists, including Dominick DellaSala at Ashland's Geos Institute, say yes. 

Geos and other organizations just teamed up on a study showing that old-growth logging could be phased out in Alaska's Tongass National Forest in just six years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Bracing For The Sparks

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Margueritte Hickman talks about fire station preps for the 4th.

If only the Declaration of Independence had been signed in March. 

Then we'd have fireworks in the part of the year when it's not so hot and dry. 

Alas, we celebrate independence on July 4th. 

Even in towns where consumer fireworks are illegal--like Ashland--firefighters keep a sharp eye out for sparks around the holiday. 

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Happy Birthday!
6:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

At 150, Yosemite's Roots Go Deep

Vernal Falls, in Yosemite National park
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It’s nearing midnight, and the full moon is bathing North America’s tallest waterfall in its milky glow.

A few die-hard photographers have timed their visit to Yosemite Falls so they can catch a glimpse of a rare phenomenon: a rainbow at night, emerging from the mist.

It’s called a moonbow, and you can only see it a few times a year.

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Low Carbon Fuel Standard
6:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Oregon Clean Fuel Rules

A biofuels pump dispenses 5 different blends of fuel at the 2010 Washington Auto Show
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This week, the US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law.

Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Life And Success At Opportunity Village Eugene

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Rita Arellano and Al Hutt talk about life in the village.

It took longer than its supporters envisioned, but Opportunity Village Eugene finally got off the ground, and has a track record now. 

The village is a place for homeless people to stay while they look for permanent housing. 

It's a constant challenge for Eugene's large homeless population. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Making Movies In The Rogue Valley

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Gary Lundgren talks movies and how to make them (and make them small).

Who needs Hollywood when you have the Rogue Valley?  Not Gary Lundgren. 

The director of "Calvin Marshall" and "Redwood Highway" and his producer/wife Anne Lundgren enjoy making films in Southern Oregon, and they are using Kickstarter to raise the funds for another movie. 

"Black Road" is envisioned as a thriller set in the future, in the "lawless State of Jefferson." 

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Health
4:14 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey
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Unlike Oregon and California, Idaho doesn't have medical marijuana. In fact, in 2013, Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason.

But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session, many of those same lawmakers held closed-door discussions about creating an exception to the state's strict anti-pot laws. And it was all because of a little girl from Boise and her mom.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Going Up The Country (Fair)

The Oregon Country Fair in 2005.
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Charles Ruff talks up The Oregon Country Fair.

What a difference a single letter can make.  Take "R" for example. 

Oregon is loaded with county fairs, but add the R in there, and there's only one Oregon COUNTRY Fair. 

And it is coming back to the woods near Veneta for the 45th time, the weekend of July 11th. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Teacher Education Lags In Oregon

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Mary Cadez describes ideas for improving teacher education.

The ongoing focus on raising the quality of American public education generally falls on teachers. 

And a recent report rated more than 2,000 teacher training programs across the country. 

None of the top 100 are located in Oregon. 

Oregon's Chalkboard Project is dedicated to improving education, including raising the level of teacher education. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Mapping GMO and Non-GMO Crops

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Chris Hardy talks about GMO and non-GMO farms and their issues.

Jackson County voters decided to ban GMO crops in the county, but that is far from the end of the issue. 

Genetically modified crops are still the focus of great debate. 

The state of Oregon is considering moves to map GMO and non-GMO crops, to better keep them apart. 

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