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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up his weekend tour of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon on Sunday.

Among others, he met with a pro-monument group of conservationists, landowners and local elected officials, and with Oregon governor Kate Brown.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon Saturday. He’s gathering information as part of President Trump’s order to review monuments designated by previous administrations. 

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will launch a full investigation into whether former Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes used their positions for financial gain.


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit southern Oregon this weekend as part of the Trump Administration’s review of national monuments designated by previous administrations. 

Joan Osborne famously got her start performing her own songs in New York City’s downtown rock clubs, around the time that she began to rediscover Bob Dylan’s work with Oh Mercy. “When you’re playing in the nightclub scene in Greenwich Village, his trail is everywhere, and not just because he played in the same places, but because people still perform his music every night. He's part of the American musical education you get, whether you’re learning about him in some music conservatory or by playing in bars five nights a week."

Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Lyme disease is scary, plain and simple. 

It can cause a host of problems in humans, including damage to the joints, the heart, and the nervous system.  And it appears to be spreading. 

Geos Institute chief scientist Dominick DellaSala attributes the spread of Lyme to global warming, which allows the ticks that carry the disease to expand their range. 


Just a small percentage of Americans serve in the armed forces now. 

But that's still 20 million and more people with experiences taking up arms to protect the country. 

Southern Oregon Public TV--SOPTV--honors them periodically with "My Story of Service," personal tales of service from veterans of all ages. 

A second season of stories is now underway, and producer Jeff LeBeau visits with Larry Slessler, who has memories from Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis. 

Jerry Brown Lobbies For Cap-And-Trade, Loses Republicans

Jul 14, 2017
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Calling California’s cap-and-trade program the most efficient way to fight climate change, Governor Jerry Brown told lawmakers extending the program is “the most important vote of your life.” 

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It’s been a little over a year since the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the wake of that tragedy, two bars in the Rogue Valley started hosting parties specifically for the LGBTQ community. Organizers and participants say the events are a welcome change in a mostly-rural area that historically has had few such social opportunities.

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People continue to smoke and use tobacco in Oregon, despite programs in place to discourage smoking. 

The Oregon Nurses Association says there's a reason: the tobacco industry spending heavily to influence laws and policies in the state. 

ONA points to Oregon's low cigarette tax as one example.

Few of us are equipped to understand the challenges of mental illness. 

And that's why we hear the voices of people struggling with mental health in our monthly segment "Compass Radio." 

It is co-produced by Compass House in Medford, a center that functions on the clubhouse model of mental health care. 

Compass House residents talk about issues in their lives, including homelessness and unemployment, in recordings made at the house. 

A Disappointing Legislative Session For Oregon Environmentalists

Jul 13, 2017
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Paige Spence spread a few sheets of paper across her desk at the Oregon Conservation Network, listing out her organization’s goals for the recently adjourned 2017 legislature.

She made a mark for everything that passed, and drew an “X” by everything that didn’t. The first page has losses, but also a few wins. The next one doesn’t.

“Yeah, here’s where the X’s come in,” Spence said. “I think there’s a lot of real disappointments on this page.”

Calif. Cap-And-Trade Deal Hasn't Wooed The Groups It Intended

Jul 12, 2017

Update 2:06 p.m. – Democratic leaders in the Legislature have postponed a vote on the cap-and-trade measure, originally planned for Thursday. In a statement, Senate leader Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the vote will instead occur Monday. Interest groups and lawmakers have not coalesced behind the bill, despite changes to the program designed to attract them.

Rendon and de León say the delay “will also allow our discussion on long-term housing affordability solutions in California to catch up to the climate effort.” That likely signals the leaders will attempt to tie housing policy changes and funding—a priority for progressive lawmakers—directly to the cap-and-trade vote.

California Fish and Wildlife

The world-famous wolf who has several names and answers to none of them has a new one: Grandpa.  OR-7, also known as Journey, is the famous wandering gray wolf who moved to our part of the world and found a mate and started a family. 

Now one of OR-7's offspring is the male head of the recently discovered Lassen pack, California's second known wolf pack (the Shasta pack is the other). 

This is just the latest step on wolves reestablishing a presence on their historic range, a range from which they'd been absent for most of a century. 

News from around the world in an instant.  Summer movies.  Social media. 

The Internet alone gives us an almost unlimited supply of media options. 

And it gives us plenty to talk about with Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

They join us once a month to talk about media topics--news and not--in a segment we call "Signals & Noise." 

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You don't have to write like a journalist to be successful in most careers.  But it helps, actually. 

Being able to communicate thoughts in writing--briefly and clearly--is a handy skill no matter what the job. 

Professional journalist Mary-Kate Mackey, who taught at the University of Oregon, packages up some ideas on how to deliver punchy prose in her book Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style

That subtitle tells it all: even if you are reluctant to write, knowing how can only help. 

Next Hurdle For Oregon Recreational Marijuana: Legal Public Use

Jul 12, 2017
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When Oregon voters in 2014 approved the ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, they specified that use in public places would remain unlawful.

Democrats Test The Waters In Walden's Congressional District

Jul 11, 2017
Kathy Aney/East Oregonian

Democrats not only intend to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, they’re lining up to do it.

Teacher Tenure Debate Returns To California Legislature

Jul 11, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The teacher tenure debate is back in the California Legislature.

A bill up for debate Wednesday in the Senate Education committee would let school districts choose whether to allow teachers to reach permanent status after two years – or add a third year of probation.

Updated 8/1/2017  -- JPR engineers replaced the microwave system that delivers our Classics & News service audio to KNHT.  The system has been intermittently malfunctioning causing audio drop outs.  KNHT is now at full strength.

Updated 7/24/2017 | 9:00 am -- JPR's Classics & News service is now at 102.5 FM. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reassigned some of the frequencies in Humboldt County and is requiring JPR to move our Classics & News frequency to 102.5 FM. 107.3 FM will no longer be a JPR station.