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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Grant Money Stopped
7:15 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tribal Services Suffer Under Shutdown

If the government shutdown goes on too long, it will mean the end of services for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

The Confederated Tribes have enough funding to last two to three weeks. For now, the tribes have funding to maintain police and health care services.

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Over Half A Million Call The First Day
7:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

California Health Exchange Overstates Use

Credit Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons

Officials with California's health insurance exchange say internal miscommunication led them to significantly overstate the number of hits the exchange's website received on the first day people could enroll in it.

Officials tell the Los Angeles Times the site received 645,000 hits on Tuesday, well below the 5 million they initially reported.

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Water Issues Create Controversy
6:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Two Klamath Basin Counties Plan New Talks

Copco One Dam on the Klamath River.
Credit Amelia Templeton/EarthFix

Leaders in two Klamath Basin counties who oppose taking down dams as part of a regional settlement of water issues say they're planning an alternative to talks aimed at salvaging the agreements.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that commissioners in Oregon's Klamath County and supervisors in California's Siskiyou County met on Monday.

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Breaking
6:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

High Surf On The Coast

Humboldt Bay Bar on September 30, 2013
Credit NOAA/Coast Guard/Humboldt Bay Harbor

A high surf advisory has been issued for Eureka and the surrounding coastal areas.

The warning is in effect until late Monday morning for large breaking waves. The National Weather Service says the waves may be especially dangerous during high tide, slated for around 10 a.m.

Since the large waves are erratic and unpredictable, the Weather Service encourages beach goers to use caution near surf zones as the swells are capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters.

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Politics & Government
6:17 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Oregon Lamakers Head To Salem

Oregon lawmakers return to Salem today for a special session tackling pensions, taxes, and regulations over genetically modified crops.

Governor John Kitzhaber called the session earlier this month, nearly a year after he first proposed a budget that included cuts in pension benefits for retired government workers.

He has negotiated a deal with legislative leaders that would include pension cuts along with tax increases and tax cuts. He added a ban on local  governments regulating genetically modified crops as part of the session requirements.

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Media & Society
7:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Party Patrols Start In Eugene

University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
Credit University of Oregon

Classes start Monday at public universities in Oregon, and Eugene police are resuming party patrols to control noise and crowds in student neighborhoods near the U of O.

The Register-Guard reports police have already been called this week to quiet noisy parties near campus.

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Environment
6:34 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Early Snowfall At Crater Lake Park

Webcam shot from Steel Visitor Center at Crater Lake, September 26.
Credit National Park Service

Autumn has barely arrived in Oregon, and already snow has fallen at Crater Lake.

Park official Marsha McCabe says there was an unusually early snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday, with eight inches on the ground.

McCabe says September snowfall at the National Park is rare-usually a dusting of an inch or two.

But when things get going in the winter, the snowfall at Crater Lake averages more than 500 inches a year.

McCabe says the North Entrance to the part and West Rim Drive are temporarily closed, but should be reopened by the weekend as the forecast calls for nice weather.

Politics & Government
5:53 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Timber Subsidy Passes U.S. House

Credit Nicholas_T/Flickr

A one-year extension of federal subsidies for timber counties has passed the U.S. House.

Oregon counties would get about $100 million under the extension of the now expired Secure Rural Schools Program.

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California Buys Some Time
6:56 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A Reprieve Granted for California Prison Overcrowding

California prison, Los Angeles, 2006.
Credit California DCR

California has a few more weeks to find a solution to its prison overcrowding. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled state officials have until the end of January to comply with the court order to reduce prison overcrowding. The state had been facing a deadline of December 31st.

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News | September 25, 2013
6:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Modoc County Votes To Secede

Credit publicceo.com

  Modoc County California officials have joined Siskiyou County in voting to secede from the state. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports supervisors voted unanimously yesterday (Tuesday) in favor of secession. The vote comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County supervisors began the movement.

The goal is to form the new State of Jefferson and include part of Southern Oregon. Some of the residents in the counties along the California-Oregon boarder feel that those in the urban centers of state government ignor their needs.

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Court Supports Environmental Efforts
6:45 am
Thu September 19, 2013

California Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Efforts Upheld

California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been upheld by a federal court.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's low carbon fuel standard discriminates against out-of-state producers.

The ruling reverses a U.S. District Court ruling in favor of the fuel makers, and removes an injunction halting implementation of the law.

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O & C Compromise Opposed by President Obama
6:39 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Logging Bill May Be Vetoed

A bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing more money for Oregon timber counties, is facing a possible White House veto.

The Statement of Administrative Policy issued yesterday says if the bill were presented to President Obama, his senior advisors would recommend a veto.

It says the measure would harm national forests and the government's obligations to manage them by sidestepping environmental laws, which would lead to more conflict and delay.

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Party Lines May Disappear
6:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Jackson County Commisioners May Leave Party Designations Behind

Jackson County Oregon county commissioners may become non-partisan. The county's Board of Commissioners is considering a ballot measure that would change the current partisan set-up of the governing body. 

The Mail Tribune reports that if the measure makes it to the May 2014 ballot and is passed, the language of the county's home rule charter would be amended to make commissioner seats nonpartisan by the May 2016 primary election.

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Wildfire Aftermath
6:43 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Forest Fires Make Snowpack Melt Faster

Charred forests left behind by wildfires make the mountain snowpack melt faster, according to a new study.Western rivers depend on the snowpack.

Study author, OSU doctoral student Kelly Gleason, says they found more snow fell in burned forests than in green ones. But the snow melted off twice as fast in burned forests, and was gone 23 days earlier. The reason was the black bits sloughing off the charred trees onto the snow intensified the heat from the sun.

Eighty percent of forest fires are in the snow zone.

Computer Glitch
6:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Some Unemployed Californians Need To Wait For Their Checks

About 50,000 unemployed Californians have had their benefit checks delayed as the state struggles to implement a computer system upgrade.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the Employment Development Department processed about 15,000 of the delayed claims by Tuesday morning and hoped to finish the rest by the end of the week.

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Fires
6:37 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Clover Fire Cause Under Investigation

One week after the Clover Fire tore a 12.6 square-mile swath of destruction near Redding killed one man, fire investigators have yet to determine what caused the blaze.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials say that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and confirm that rumors of arson have been circulating.

The fire destroyed 68 homes and 128 outbuildings and damaged another 15 buildings.

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