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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Electric Cars And The Oregon Economy

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The people who drive electric cars certainly swear by their usefulness and economy. 

And their effects extend far beyond the vehicles wheels. 

Drive Oregon, always on the job of building the electric vehicle industry, says electrics have a profound effect on the Oregon economy and even the state budget. 

A report just released shows the figures to back up the case.

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Bottom Up
6:09 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Local Governments Setting California Policy Agenda

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California voters may eventually decide whether the entire state should implement a plastic bag ban, as more than 130 cities and counties have already done. But this story isn't about whether a bag ban is good or bad. It's about how we started talking about a ban in the first place.

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Criminalizing Homelessness In California

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Leaders of many cities refer to a nebulous "homeless problem."  And it appears the solution for some cities is to make being homeless a crime. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of California-Berkeley just released a research report about the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness across California. 

The authors say the report shows California cities engaging in the practice more than cities in other states. 

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Environment
6:18 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Is Compostable Cutlery Really Breaking Down?

Credit Lesley McGlurg/Capital Public Radio

There’s a growing market for disposable eating utensils. They have names like taterware or spudware -- forks and knives can be made out of potato starch instead of plastic. You might buy the tableware believing its better for the environment. But, that depends on where you toss it out.

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Innovation In Sexual Assault Handling At SOU

Sexual assault training exercise in the military.
Credit U.S. Navy

The rest of the country continues to take notice of the innovative programs for dealing with sexual assault in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University

The general approach: let the assault survivor call the shots on pace and depth of investigation. 

The city and SOU programs were featured on a national TV broadcast last month (20/20 on ABC). 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 23, 2015

"Ashland At Home" Studied By National Group

Ashland At Home volunteer assisting a client.
Credit Ashland At Home

The phrase "it takes a village" refers to the raising of children. 

But "villages" is also the term used for an approach to caring for the oldest members of society. 

Ashland At Home uses the village concept to help seniors stay in their homes later in life. 

And the program is now the focus of a national study on the effectiveness of villages. 

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Power Outage Affecting Service in NorCal
9:07 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Power Outage Causing Signal Loss in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

A power outage has caused our Classics and News station, KNHT, and our News and Information station, KNHM, to go off the air in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.  The frequencies affected are 107.3 FM in Eureka, 101.9 FM in Mendocino and 91.5 FM in Bayside/Eureka.

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Oregon's First Licensed Hemp Farmer

Hemp harvest in France, where hemp has been legal for a long time.
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Edgar Winters probably deals with a little confusion over his name.  But for an extra S, it's the same as the name of a legendary rock musician ("Frankenstein" et al). 

But Edgar Winters is making a name for himself as the first farmer in Oregon with a license to grow hemp. 

The versatile crop is now being allowed in Oregon fields, despite it being banned along with its sibling, marijuana, under federal law. 

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Connecting To Services For Seniors/Disabilities

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The aging of the population probably means more people using Oregon's ADRC in the coming years. 

ADRC, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection, provides a gateway to many services available to seniors and people with disabilities. 

A person or caregiver just beginning to deal with new issues related to aging or a disability can easily be overwhelmed with the situation... and the many choices for remedying it. 

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Business
11:28 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Ashland Crowd Urges Oregon Pot Regulators To Go Lightly

Participants in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's "listening session" in Ashland were asked to place red dot stickers on the issues they felt most strongly about.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

A crowd of about 400 turned out in Ashland Wednesday night to give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission their thoughts as the OLCC prepares to create regulations for the state’s soon-to-be-legal recreational marijuana industry.

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"Most People Just Buy It And Don't Worry ..."
6:30 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

The Koop: Reclaiming The Flood Of Electronic Waste

Charles McDaniels holds just one small part of the e-waste stream he helps recycle at The Koop in Arcata, California.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

Charles McDaniels likes to laugh. But if you saw where he works your immediate reaction might be to cry.

You see, he runs a warehouse filled with tons of discarded computers, monitors, printers, phones - just about anything with an on-off switch. Then it hits you: if it wasn’t here, where would it be?

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JeffX | February 18, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Back To The River: Atkinson On The Klamath

Copco #1 Dam on the Klamath, proposed for removal.
Credit Amelia Templeton/EarthFix

A new documentary on the Klamath River and the efforts to restore the Klamath Basin is due next month. 

Producer and former Oregon state senator Jason Atkinson is putting the final touches on the project. 

The group Oregon Wildlife hosts Atkinson discussing the project tonight (Feb. 18, at 6:30 at the Craterian) in Medford. 

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"Never Give Up, Right?"
4:55 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Coming To America: Taco Truck Entrepreneur Makes Good

Esteban Gonzales with his truck La Chiquita, at the corner of Tenth and H in Arcata, California.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

They have names like Curry Up, Burger She Wrote, and Dogzilla.

They serve wild boar, plantains, and sea-salted this and caramelized that.

They’re in converted airstreams, school buses, even ambulances, with some being solar powered and others fueled by vegetable oil.

They are food trucks, and they’re now estimated to be a one-billion-dollar industry in this country. But for Esteban Gonzalez it started with about $66.

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JeffX | February 17, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 17, 2015

OLCC Talks Pot, Listens A Lot

High for users; high workload for OLCC.
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Got a few thoughts on HOW marijuana should be regulated when it goes legal in Oregon? 

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission--OLCC--will host several more "Listening Sessions" to take input on pot rules. 

Pot for personal turns legal on July 1st.  Public meetings are set for Ashland and Klamath Falls this Wednesday and Thursday (February 18-19) respectively. 

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"A Symbiotic Kind Of Experience ..."
9:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

The Minor Theater Has Seen The Entire History Of Motion Pictures

Co-owner David Phillips stands in front of the marquee for the Minor Theater, the oldest feature-movie theater in the US
Credit Michael Jouce/JPR

It’s a crisp, clear, December night in Arcata and locals are lined up to commemorate the centennial of the nation’s oldest surviving theater built for feature films -- The Minor.

Jeff Zeigler: "My mother’s, mother’s sisters were at the opening in 1914 and so as part of the family I came to fill one of the seats 100 years later."

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JeffX | February 16, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Jordan Cove Comment Period Comes To A Close

An artist's rendering of the proposed export terminal.
Credit Veresen, Inc.

A federal comment period on the Jordan Cove gas terminal plan just closed (Friday 2/13), and it closed with a bang. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission--FERC--got a pile of comments in opposition, as well as some in favor. 

The Western Environmental Law Center and other environmental groups shepherded and encouraged thousands of comments taking issue with the plan for the terminal and a long pipeline to it. 

The opposition includes an objection to the process of fracking to capture the gas to be sent through the pipeline to the terminal. 

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JeffX | February 16, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 16, 2015

More Student, Less Teacher: Competency-Based Learning

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Education has come a long way in this country. 

We're very far from the days of memorization and rote learning... but also far from satisfying ourselves that we're doing a good job teaching our kids, and students of all ages.

Now throw "competency-based learning" into the mix.  It further de-emphasizes the connection between student and classroom seat, and--in theory--lets students learn at their own rate. 

Southern Oregon University's Innovation and Leadership program is competency-based; it gives older students credit for what they've learned in life, though outside the classroom. 

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"You're Tapping Into The Psyche Of The Town"
10:34 am
Sun February 15, 2015

The Tin Can Mailman Reflects A Community's Changing Interests

Wadeth Bory owns the Tin Can Mailman Bookstore in Arcata, California
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

One of the reasons I love books is I can go to my bookshelf, find an old friend, leaf through the pages, feel them - smell them - and reconnect with a memory -  or, in this case, a quote I’ve been trying to recall.

And here it is, from Henry Miller, highlighted and even with an exclamation point:

“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.”

And that means a good bookstore is like 5-star adventure travel for the soul.

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And the winner is...
8:14 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

JPR Announces Regional Tiny Desk Contest Winner

Wesley Jensen & The Penny Arcade on stage at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville.

On February 12th, NPR announced Fantastic Negrito as the winner of their inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest. (See the winning video here.) Here at JPR, we watched nearly 35 excellent videos submitted by musicians from our region and decided to select our own winner -- the best of the State of Jefferson. When the dust settled, we had a clear winner.

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Live Session Archive
3:13 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Adrian Legg Live Session

Eric Teel

Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording Guitars and Other Cathedrals , Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by an ongoing avalanche of praise from critics, fans, top guitar magazines and peers alike. Guitar wizard Joe Satriani once said, “He's simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard…he plays like he has hammers for fingers.” The genius that the Boston Globe has called “technical brilliance paired with a troubadour's tale-weaving skill” led him from 1993-96 to be voted Best Fingerstyle Guitarist four years straight by the readers of Guitar Player magazine.

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