Barbara Dellenback

Morning Edition Host

Barbara Dellenback began her experience with radio journalism when she stopped at a pay phone and called KLCC in Eugene to ask if they needed a volunteer. She soon became the substitute Morning Edition host and then the permanent host. She has worked the morning radio shift at KLCC, KUGN, KPNW, KAVE, and KINK.

Barbara took a 13-year break from radio to work with non-profit organizations as an Executive Director and Development Director. Then she got a call from JPR to be the local host for Morning Edition, and jumped at the chance to share her mornings with the region.

A Medford native, Barbara is happy to be back in the Rogue Valley.  When she is not reading newspapers (before they’re gone forever) or books, she is knitting, swimming, walking, or laughing.  She and her fretted-instrument-teacher husband, Dave Ouellette, have two sons living in Eugene. 

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Rented Tent Counts As Home
6:46 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Charge Overturned On Concealed Weapon At Campsite

Persuaded by a man's argument that his campsite was his home, the Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed his conviction for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

The Oregonian reports that the appeals court held that 66-year-old David Wolf was entitled to tell jurors at his trial that Oregon law makes an exception to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit if a person is in his or her place of residence.

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Cities Begin Conservation Measures
6:44 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Driest California Year On Record Imminent

December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Nine People Died On Icy Highway
6:16 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Oregon Interstate Crash

A British Columbia lawyer representing 12 victims from the 2012 charter bus crash on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon filed a lawsuit this week seeking $700 million.

The East Oregonian reports the group is seeking a jury trial on accusations that tour operators were negligent. The lawsuit also accuses Oregon and the state Transportation Department for failing to make an icy stretch of the interstate safe, and failing to erect barriers to keep the bus from going over a cliff.

Troubled Health Exchange Scrambling
5:59 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Cover Oregon Suspends Ads

With its troubled health insurance exchange portal still not working, Cover Oregon officials say they have suspended its optimistic, feel-good advertising campaign after spending more than $8 million on it this year.

Cover Oregon official Michael Cox said Thursday that television, radio, and newspaper ads should no longer be running, while the "Long Live Oregonians" billboards will come down as payment expires.

The exchange has had to rely exclusively on paper applications and had to hire more than 400 workers to process them.

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Western States Attracting Residents
6:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Top Moving Destination In 2013

Oregon was the top moving destination for 2013, with 63 percent of interstate moves inbound. Oregon had been runner-up for four straight years.

In the new study by United Van Lines, the nation's largest household moving company, Oregon was followed by the Carolinas. South Carolina had the second-highest percentage of inbound moves, then North Carolina. South Dakota was fourth and the District of Columbia fifth.

At the other end, New Jersey repeated as the state with the highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Connecticut.

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Consultants Hired To Kick Off Campaign
6:29 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Battle Over Privatizing Liquor In Oregon Begins

The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.

The Oregonian newspaper reports Oregonians for Competition, a political action committee tied to the Northwest Grocery Association, has already spent $30,000 on consultants.

It reported campaign expenditures last week of $15,000 each to Winner & Mandabach Campaigns and to the Silver Bullet company. Silver Bullet collects signatures for ballot initiatives. Winner & Mandabach worked on the campaign to defeat proposed labels for genetically modified food.

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Whales Migrating South
6:36 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Winter Whale Watching Begins

Whale watchers in Coos County, 2009.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Winter whale watching week is almost here. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation has dubbed the week of December 26-31 Winter Whale Watching Week.

It is the annual migration of the gray whales as they make their way to warmer waters.

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Federal Officials Reject Program
6:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Oregon Must Do More To Protect Coastal Waters

South Slough in Coos County.
Credit Ian Poellet/Wikimedia

Federal regulators say Oregon is not doing enough to protect water and fish from pollution generated by logging on private lands, stormwater run-off from construction sites, and septic tanks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday they plan to reject portions of Oregon's program for limiting coastal pollution from non-point sources.

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Follows Executive Order To Protect Health
6:56 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Smoking Ban In Oregon Parks Considered

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

A rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, and common areas of campgrounds is under consideration by the Oregon Parks Department.

Department official Chris Havel said Wednesday the agency is following through on an executive order from the governor to reduce the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Wyden Plan Promotes Logging
6:40 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill today.

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Northern California Clover Fire Killed One Man
6:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Alleged Arsonist Arrested In Fatal California Fire

The Clover Fire burns near Igo in summer of 2013.
Credit Garrett Frey/CalFire

A man has been arrested for arson for starting two small fires that joined and erupted into the fatal Clover Fire in Northern California in September.

Zane Wallace Peterson was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including suspicion of murder, arson on forest lands, and arson causing great bodily injury, according to Scott McLean, a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Numbers Of Covered Increasing
7:29 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cover Oregon Enlists People

Credit oregonlive.com

The director of Cover Oregon says the state's insurance exchange has enrolled an estimated 7,500 people in private health plans.

The number released yesterday is a significant increase over the 730 people who'd been enrolled a week ago.

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Protesters Jailed In Oregon
7:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey

Credit opb.org

More than a dozen megaload protesters are in Oregon's Grant County jail. A woman who works at the jail says the people were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

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More People Might Sign Up
6:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon's Health Exchange May Extend Date

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's health insurance exchange, and insurance carriers, are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get health coverage starting January 1.

Cover Oregon Acting Director Bruce Goldberg said Thursday that he's working with carriers and state regulators to push back the December 15 deadline for people to select a plan after the state has informed them of their options.

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Pots To Be Set Today
6:27 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Dungeness Crab Prices Set

Credit Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

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Not Guilty Plea Entered
7:14 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Accused Medford Bomber Has Trial Date

Credit Jamie Lusch, Mail Tribune/AP

The man accused of bombing the district attorney's office in Medford, Oregon pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.

The Mail Tribune reports the trial for 46-year-old Alan Leroy McVay of White City is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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WIll Cardholders Be Able To Smoke In Shops
6:56 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Decision Soon On Marijuana Use At Dispensaries

Officials at the Oregon Health Authority will have to decide soon whether medical marijuana cardholders should be allowed to use the drug at dispensaries that will become legal next year under a new state law.

An advisory committee discussed that topic and others at its final meeting yesterday. The state expects to finalize dispensary regulations by next month. They'll take effect in March.

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Deadline APril 18th
6:44 am
Thu December 12, 2013

California Gets More Time On Prison Overcrowding

Credit California Department of Corrections

California's deadline to cut its prison population has been extended until April 18th.

A panel of federal judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Governor Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates.

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Snow & Ice
5:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

School Closings and Delays for Friday

The following schools have reported closures or delayed starts for

Friday/December 13, 2013:

Schools Closed:

  • Fern Ridge
  • North Douglas
  • Rogue River
  • Three Rivers District

Schools Opening Late:

  • Ashland: 1-hour delay
  • Central Point: 2-hour delay
  • Eagle Point: 2-hour delay
  • Eugene/4J: buses on snow routes
  • Grants Pass District 7: 2-hour delay
  • Junction City: buses on snow routes
  • Sutherlin: buses on snow routes
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Hopes For A Better Year
6:57 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have asked for a budget by December 12th to cover mosquito monitoring and abatement next year at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

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