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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rick Dyer's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

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Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Rick Dyer is the winner of the Republican primary for  Commissioner Position 1. 

He faces Democrat Tonia Moro and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

A (Legal) Trail For Mountain Bikes

Trail building on a previous project.
Credit BLM

Sure, there are plenty of trails available to mountain bikes in Southern Oregon, but Mountain of the Rogue Trail might be the first built with bikes in mind. 

Officially, anyway.  Illegal trails have been constructed, too. 

And that's part of the story of the Mountain of the Rogue... that its creation is meant to divert would-be trail builders. 

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Live Session Archive
7:13 am
Tue October 28, 2014

John Fullbright Live Session

Eric Teel

It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, From The Ground Up to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Getting To Know Oregon Rivers

The Rogue River.
Credit BLM/Wikimedia

Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water. 

He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers. 

Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream. 

It's called Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work. 

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Politics & Government
9:49 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Prop 45 Would Give California Insurance Commissioner Final Say on Health Premiums

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A measure on the California ballot would give the state's elected insurance commissioner the power to reject health insurance premium increases for people in individual and small group plans. On examination, it turns out that policy change could be more complicated than it sounds.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Sen. Merkley Makes His Case

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In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term.

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Sen. Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Plastic In The Global Ocean

Pretty above, contains more plastics below.
Credit Wikimedia

Dr. Giora Proskurowski knows the oceans, from top to bottom.   And that's not just metaphor. 

Dr. Proskurowski is a University of Washington professor who has studied everything from vents on the ocean floor to plastic trash floating on the surface. 

And he'll deliver a talk about the plastic part this weekend in Coos Bay. 

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Politics & Government
6:15 am
Thu October 23, 2014

California's Proposition 46 Has Attorneys and Physicians At Odds

As the November election approaches, one state proposition has drawn the most money from top contributors. Proposition 46 would raise the cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. But, the measure could change the way doctors practice.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Walking To End Domestic Violence

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There are lots of "awareness months" for physical and societal ills, and with good reason. 

When you think about it, some of the issues we face are only handled when we all know what we're talking about. 

Domestic violence can only be addressed by admitting that it happens. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with some key events in several communities.

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Live Session Archive
12:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Fink Live Session

Eric Teel

Fink, aka Fin Greenall, is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ, born in Cornwall and currently based in Berlin and London.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The No Position On Legal Pot

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Oregon can at least look to two other states for ideas about what might happen if voters legalize marijuana. 

Washington and Colorado both voted pot legal two years ago, learning a number of lessons since legalization. 

Passage of Measure 91 in Oregon's November election would add the state to the other two. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Cancelling The "Siskiyou Plus" Bear Hunt

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A proposal to expand bear hunting in the spring in southwestern Oregon recently died after quite a bit of controversy. 

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife ultimately decided there was too much risk to orphan young bears during nursing season. 

Animal rights groups worked hard for the decision. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Excitement Over Old Caves

Evidence of human habitation from 14 millenia ago. What kind of evidence? Uh, better listen...

In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago. 

They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves. 

And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Ashland Heads For A Bag Ban

California recently passed a statewide ban on plastic bags, but Oregon still handles the issue on a city-by-city basis. 

And Ashland is joining the list of cities banning single-use bags, effective November 6th. 

Stores and shoppers are already practicing for life after the ban. 

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Food Fight
5:33 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Measure 92: Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods in Oregon

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Last spring, voters in two southern Oregon counties passed measures to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops.  Now, Oregon voters statewide are being asked to approve a measure to require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.

As with the similar, unsuccessful ballot measures in Washington and California, lots of out-of-state money is flooding into the campaigns on both sides.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

RVTD Asks For Tax Money

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A federal grant allowed the Rogue Valley Transportation District to add bus service in the evenings and on Saturdays to its schedule. 

But grants expire, and now it's time for another funding source. 

So RVTD is asking voters to approve a five-year property tax levy so the additional service can continue. 

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California Burning series
7:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Past Forest Mismanagement Helps Spawn Megafires

The 2013 Rim Fire burned more than 257,000 areas in the Sierra Nevada region.
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More frequent and dangerous wildfires like last year's Rim Fire may be inevitable for California. How a fire behaves depends largely on how we manage our forests and lands.

But experts argue that poor decision-making led to forests choked with trees and homes built too close to the threat. In the conclusion of our series “California Burning,” Capital Public Radio reporter Amy Quinton looks at what may be needed to make our forests less prone to megafires in the future.

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Noon Friday, News & Information
5:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Four Minor Party Governor Candidates Debate, Oct. 17 at Noon

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The two major political parties tend to hog the spotlight in political campaign season. 

And the contentious race for Oregon Governor has only further focused attention on Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Dennis Richardson.

But there are four minor-party candidates for governor as well, and they will get a chance to explain their policy positions in a debate on JPR on Friday, October 17th at Noon.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

SOU Puts Time Pressure On Scholarship Campaign

People seem to respond well to deadline pressure, so why not provide some for a fundraising campaign? 

That's the thinking at the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

SOUF is mounting a 100-hour campaign for the SOU scholarship... in this case, SOU stands for "Supporting Opportunities for Undergraduates." 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kevin Talbert Mounts Indy Campaign For Commissioner

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Not a single Democrat signed up to run for the two open seats for Jackson County Commissioner in this year's primaries. 

But the Republicans will not run unopposed after all. 

A Democrat got on the ballot by write-in in Commissioner Position 1, and Kevin Talbert is on the ballot for Position 3 as an Independent (with a capital I, the party; Kevin points out that he's still a registered Democrat). 

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