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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Dispensary Owners Cautioned
6:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws

Credit Jorge Barrios/Wikimedia

The committee drafting Oregon's rules for medical marijuana dispensaries warned potential operators to check with their local government before investing too much time and money.

Medford and Tualatin have already banned dispensaries, and members of the committee said it will likely be up to the courts to decide whether those cities have that right.

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Filling In For Law Enforcement
6:21 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Armed Citizen Patrol Forms In Josephine County

Another group has formed to provide armed citizen patrols in the rural outreaches of Josephine County, Oregon, where voters have consistently refused to raise their taxes to pay for sheriff's patrols as federal timber revenues have dried up.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the group patrolling the rural area east of Cave Junction brings to three the number of armed citizen groups filling the law enforcement gap in the county. Only two deputies are on the road in an area bigger than Rhode Island.

Fundraising Beginning For Satellite
6:42 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rural Medicine Center Planned For Klamath Falls

OHSU Main Campus in Portland. The Klamath Falls facility will be much smaller.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Oregon Health & Science University is planning to create a satellite campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon to focus on rural medicine.

OHSU's provost and vice president announced Wednesday that the campus would become a hub. A dean is expected to be hired by July so that campus planning can begin.

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Hinges On New State Money
6:37 am
Fri November 15, 2013

California University System Approves Budget

U. C. Berkeley Campus
Credit U of California

The University of California's Board of Regents has approved a proposed budget for next school year that hinges on the state giving the system an additional $120 million for pension cuts, enrollment growth, and improvements to academic programs.

The Board of Regents passed the spending plan unanimously at a meeting Thursday.

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Removal Has Begun
7:30 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Toxic Liquids Create Threat For Humboldt Bay

Humboldt and Eureka file photo.
Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

An emergency effort has begun to remove millions of gallons of toxic liquids from an abandoned pulp mill that poses a pollution threat to Humboldt Bay.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to remove more than 4 million gallons of pulping liquors from the old mill site.

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The Online System Falters
7:26 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Cover Oregon Continues To Struggle

Credit coveroregon.com

Oregon has long been a pacesetter in health care, and state officials laid out bold plans to uphold that reputation with a health insurance exchange bigger and better than anyone else's.

But more than a month after Cover Oregon's online enrollment was supposed to launch, reality is lagging far behind Governor John Kitzhaber's grand vision.

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California Trial Ending
6:58 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Prison Pepper Spray Use Under Debate

Credit Ardiart/Wikimedia

Attorneys for California, and those representing prison inmates, are presenting a federal judge with starkly different views of prison guards' use of pepper spray against the mentally ill.

At issue in the trial that ended yesterday is whether guards' heavy use of pepper spray against some mentally ill inmates violates prisoners' civil rights.

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Change To State Owned Stores Possible
6:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Oregon Liquor Laws Under Study

Credit Ziko/Wikimedia

An Oregon Liquor Control Commission task force says the state needs to change the system to increase consumer access to spirits.

It will be up to the Legislature to decide, and the task force suggested some ideas Thursday in recommendations to the commission.

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Coordinated Care Working
7:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Oregon Health Plan Members Make Fewer Emergency Visits

Credit Kelly Piet Photography

New state data show that Oregon Health Plan members are making fewer visits to the emergency room and more visits to primary care providers.

Per-person spending growth fell by 1 percentage point.

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Legislative Committee Rules
6:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Localities Can't Turn Down Marijuana Dispensaries

Credit Jorge Barrios/Wikimedia

The Oregon Legislature's legal advisors say local governments cannot 'just say no' to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Oregonian reports that the opinion was sought after the city of Medford adopted a local ordinance saying business licenses will not be given to anyone who violates local, state, and federal laws.

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