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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Funds Pouring In For Possible Race
6:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Oregon Governor Considering Run

Credit governor.oregon.gov

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hasn't said whether or not he'll launch a re-election bid, but he's been busy collecting funds for one.

Kitzhaber's campaign has reported contributions of nearly $232,000 so far this year. More than half of it has come in during the last two months. He has matched the amount he raised in all of 2012.

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Western States Leaders Announce Pledge
5:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Governors Unite To Promote Clean Energy

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

The governors of Oregon, Washington, and California are joining a Canadian province Monday to announce a partnership to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy.

The regional leaders will announce the partnership today at a San Francisco event.

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Beachgoers Should Beware
6:35 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Sneaker Waves Possible In Northern California

Beachgoers along the Northern California coast are being warned to be careful of sneaker waves, large surf, and strong currents.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through Tuesday afternoon for the coast from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.

Beachgoers are advised to always keep their eyes on the ocean. Fishers are being told not to fish from rocks and jetties.

Another Month Granted
6:17 am
Tue October 22, 2013

California Gets Reprieve On Prison Reduction

California has been granted an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue on a longer-term delay.

Federal judges issue a one-paragraph ruling yesterday saying that a court-appointed mediator needs more time to seek agreement on how the state should reduce inmate crowding.

Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers want a three-year delay to give proposed rehabilitation programs time to work. Under a new state law, the alternative is to spend $315 million this fiscal year to house thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.

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Budget Cuts To Blame
7:39 am
Mon October 21, 2013

California Earthquake Faults Need Mapping

Earthquake fault in California's Inyo National Forest.
Credit Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD/Wikimedia

Very few earthquake faults in California have been mapped over the past two decades despite an ambitious campaign launched in the early 1970's to help scientists learn more about the state's seismic activity.

The Los Angeles Times reports only 23 maps have been drawn since 1991 and there haven't been any between 2004 and 2011 because of budget cuts.

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Task Force Forms
6:28 am
Fri October 18, 2013

California May Legalize Marijuana

Credit Jorge Barrios/Wikimedia

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom says it's time for the state to get serious about legalizing marijuana. He says he is willing to put his political reputation on the line to make it happen.

Newson and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced Thursday that he is leading a blue-ribbon panel of medical, legal, and law enforcement experts who plan to spend the next 18-24 months studying how California can tax and regulate legal marijuana in an effective way.

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Rep. Goes Against House Leadership
6:18 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Walden Votes Against Ending Shutdown

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R) Oregon 2nd District
Credit Official Congressional Portrait

Republican Greg Walden of Oregon voted against the bill to end the partial government shutdown.

He broke with Speaker John Boehner but aligned himself with most of the GOP caucus.

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Court Allows Immediate Restart
5:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Loggers Can Go Back To Work

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

Loggers may go back to work on national forests without waiting for federal agencies to lift logging bans prompted by the government shutdown.

Following a hearing in Medford yesterday, U.S. District Judge Owen Panner signed a temporary restraining order lifting the logging ban immediately.

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Marijuana Dispensaries May Open In Medford
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

State Marijuana Laws Trump Local Ordinances

Oregon law trumps local laws that try to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.  Ashland Representative Peter Buckley who sponsored the measure passed by the Oregon legislature legalizing the dispensaries, says the state Legislative Counsel made that ruling yesterday.
 The law takes effect in March 2014.
The City of Medford has voted to prohibit any dispensaries in the city. The vote last month, and revealed this week, bans any business licenses if they violate local, state, or federal law.

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State May Have To Release Inmates
7:31 am
Tue October 15, 2013

California Loses Supreme Court Prison Ruling

The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.

The justices did not comment on their order yesterday, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600 inmates to improve conditions.

California Governor Jerry Brown has argued that the state cannot meet that goal without releasing dangerous felons and jeopardizing public safety.

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Police Chief Says No
7:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be Banned In Medford

Absolutely no medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in Medford, Oregon despite a state law that makes them legal next year, according to city officials.

Medford police chief Tim George says dispensing medical marijuana violates federal law and currently violates state law.

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Officials Knew System Was Vulnerable
6:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

California Unemployment Computer Problems Known

California officials knew a computer upgrade for the state's unemployment insurance program was vulnerable to problems before it was installed.

The Sacramento Bee reports that officials underestimated how many unemployment claims would be affected by a glitch in the $188 million system upgrade.

The data-conversion problem eventually delayed jobless benefits for nearly $150,000 Californians.

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Voters May Reject Levy
7:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Federal Subsidies May Help And Hurt

A surprise extension of a federal subsidy to Oregon timber counties will prevent jail shutdowns and keep deputies on the road for now, but local officials say the money is only a fraction of what they need. In one cash-strapped county the infusion has started discussion that it could do more harm in the long run, than good.

The federal payout will bring about $100 million to Oregon. Some of the funds are earmarked for schools and roads. In parts of Western Oregon some is available for law enforcement.

BPA Discriminated In Hiring
6:56 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Bonneville Power Administration Told To Fix Hiring

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says problems with hiring practices that discriminated against veterans and other applicants at the Bonneville Power Administration must be fixed as soon as possible.

Wyden, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, says he met with the head of the Department of Energy to discuss how to get the BPA back on track.

A report from the U. S. Department of Energy's inspector general was released earlier this week. It blasted the BPA for consistently manipulating the rating process for applicants and subjecting whistleblowers to retaliation.

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Redesigned System In Use
6:40 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Oregon Schools Get Report Cards

Credit Eric E. Johnson/Flickr

Oregon has released its redesigned report cards for the state's public schools and districts.

The new cards track more information than in the past about student performance, school curricula, and college readiness.

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Strike Focused Attention On Issue
6:33 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Prison Security Housing Units Get Hearing

Democratic lawmakers on key policy committees say they want to limit California's practice of keeping hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement for years, sometimes decades, as a way of controlling violent prison gangs.

They held the first in a planned series of hearings Wednesday in response to an inmate hunger strike this summer that at one point involved more than 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in state prisons.

The inmates were protesting conditions for gang leaders held in isolation at Pelican Bay and three other prisons.

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Want Review Of Emissions
6:28 am
Thu October 10, 2013

EPA Sued By Oregon And Other States

Seven states, including Oregon, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.

The lawsuit fired Wednesday asks a federal court to order the EPA to review and adopt updated emissions limits for the boilers.

Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says 25-year old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. He says owners of old stoves will be allowed to keep the ones they have, and not be required to buy a new one.

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Online Enrollment Disfunctional
6:58 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Cover Oregon Continues To Have Trouble

Credit coveroregon.com

Nearly a week after launching, Oregon's health insurance exchange has received more than 230,000 unique website visitors and 7,300 phone calls.

But the website is still not able to finish enrolling applicants in coverage.

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Shutdown Stops Work
7:32 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Logging On Federal Lands Shut Down

Credit Nicholas_T/Flickr

The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed it is shutting down logging operations on national forests across the country due to the partial government shutdown.

The agency plans to notify 450 timber purchasers across the county early this week that timber sales and stewardship contracts will be suspended.

Logging is being shut down on 150 national forest nationwide.

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Governor Signs TRUST Act
7:26 am
Mon October 7, 2013

California Immigrants Get New Protections

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that immigration advocates have long considered a top priority.

The measure, known as the "TRUST Act" is one of a number of bills backed by immigration advocates that the governor signed over the weekend. It's intended to protect undocumented immigrants arrested for minor crimes from being turned over to the federal government for possible deportation.

Brown vetoed the "TRUST Act" last year, citing concerns from law enforcement groups. This year, he worked with both sides to craft a compromise.

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