Charlotte Duren

Jefferson Exchange Producer

Charlotte Duren grew up in the Seattle area and previously worked as a reporter for NPR stations in Salt Lake City and Wrangell, Alaska.  She graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2010 where she spent her mornings as a student board operator for the Jefferson Exchange. Charlotte is responsible for booking guests on the Jefferson Exchange and is always looking to hear from community members about interesting events and issues going on in and around the state of Jefferson.


JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 8:00
11:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

More Wolves, Fewer Restrictions In Oregon

Credit Oregon State University

OR-7 is a trailblazing wolf.  Now other wolves have followed him from Northeast Oregon to establish new home territories in our part of the country. 

In fact, there are enough wolves in Eastern Oregon now (7 breeding pairs) for the state to change wolf protections. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups continue to push for wolf protection. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 8:30
11:02 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bobby Seale, Latter-Day Black Panther


Racism, fascism, male chauvinism… these were all the targets of the original Black Panther Party in the 1960s. 

But the party's "all power to the people" approach was widely misunderstood and feared, and the subject of investigation and infiltration by the FBI. 

Bobby Seale was there for all of it, and is still around to talk about it. 

Seale was a founder of the BPP, and he now brings his message and memories to college audiences. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 9:00
10:59 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Cascadia Quakes Past And Future

Credit Mark Lincoln

It's not an anniversary anybody celebrated, and it certainly is not one anyone wants to re-enact. 

But January 26th marked 315 years to the day since the last big earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Scientists tell us that time gap means Cascadia is due, if not overdue, for another major shaking. 

Oregon Emergency Management continues to warn of the likely destruction by such a quake. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Family-to-Family Help With Mental Illness

Credit Christian LInder/Wikimedia

We're still working as a society to shake the stigma that often accompanies mental illness. 

Roughly a quarter of American adults experience some kind of mental illness in a given year. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness--NAMI--works to overcome misconceptions and stereotypes. 

Its Rogue Valley chapter offers programs for people dealing with mental illness in a family member to receive training--from people in similar situations. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Next Steps On Ashland Biomass Project

Credit Southern Oregon University

It will NOT be like throwing logs on a fire, but Southern Oregon University is talking about burning wood for heating and electricity. 

A couple of the university's boilers are due for replacement, so SOU floated a plan for a cogeneration facility (to make steam and electricity) fired by biomass--wood waste. 

The process of gauging public opinions just wrapped up, and SOU reports generally favorable responses. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Hiking The Bigfoot Trail

A small lake in the Trinity Alps.
Credit Tom Hilton/Wikimedia

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, you can certainly follow in his/her footsteps. 

Our region is the supposed stomping ground of the large and furry creature, and home to The Bigfoot Trail

Nature lover and Humboldt County resident Michael Kauffmann is the brains behind the idea of the 400-mile trail, a way to enjoy the incredible diversity of the Klamath Mountain region. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Feb 2-6, 2015
11:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Wolves, Earthquakes, and First Friday Arts: Feb 2-6 on JX

More wolves in Oregon means fewer protections for wolves in parts of the state.  That's one topic we'll explore on the Jefferson Exchange the week of February 2nd.

We'll also get reminders of the looming Cascadia Earthquake, now that it's 315 years since the last one.

And our First Friday Arts segment lays out a cornucopia of arts events.

That's not all... below is the still-developing list for the week.

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Dollars In And Out: Making A State Budget

Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

It's tough enough to make a budget for ourselves.  Now imagine the complexity in producing a budget for an entire state government. 

Ashland state representative Peter Buckley counts that among his tasks in the Oregon legislature. 

Buckley is the house co-chair of the committee that preps the budget, which will be bigger again this year with the economic recovery continuing. 

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Homelessness So Close It Can't Be Ignored

Credit BuzzFarmers

The invitation to Southern Oregon University students is plain: "you will confront your fears and stereotypes surrounding homelessness." 

Students have been invited to take part in a Homelessness Immersion Experience in Portland in February. 

Participants will visit homeless camps and perform volunteer work as part of the project. 

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

JFK And Two Critical Days

Credit Random House

The historic civil rights legislation of the 1960s is often mentioned in the same breath with President Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969). 

But the case can certainly be made that his predecessor, John F. Kennedy, laid the groundwork before his assassination. 

Author Andrew W. Cohen makes just such a case in his book Two Days in June.

The book details speeches Kennedy made in June of 1963... speeches Cohen says led to civil rights legislation and a nuclear test ban treaty. 

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JeffX | January 28, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Mount Ashland Seeks New Revenue Streams

Mount Ashland in full winter glory... not this winter.
Credit Alex Lockhart/Public Domain

Mount Ashland Ski Area operators still hope for snow and more days on the slopes for skiers and snowboarders this winter. 

But they're also thinking about ways the ski area could make money outside of the usual activities. 

First-year General Manager Hiram Towle and his staff are looking at possibilities ranging from cross-country ski rentals to mountain bikes for new revenue streams. 

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JeffX | January 28, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed January 28, 2015

OR-7 On The Red Carpet: The 2015 Siskiyou Film Fest

Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

The best seasons to play outdoors are still a while away.  Winter is often a better time to settle indoors for a while. 

So why not remain indoors and think about the great outdoors?  That's the activity set available at the annual Siskiyou Film Fest, coming to Grants Pass High School this weekend. 

Environmental matters large and small are featured, in films long and short. 

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JeffX | January 27, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Redwood National Park Tree Cutting

Redwood National Park
Credit NPS/Public Domain

The distinction between national park and national forest is often lost on people who live close to neither. 

Here's an easy one: trees can be cut in the forests, seldom in the parks. 

But a forest restoration plan in the Redwood National Park would actually remove some trees from the park in Humboldt County, ostensibly to promote forest growth. 

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JeffX | January 27, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Participating In The "Wellness Uprising"

Credit Midnight Star Publishing

We're not accustomed to quizzing our doctors about specific health issues, but Rob Pell of Grants Pass says we should get used to it. 

In his book Wellness Uprising, Pell makes the case for people taking greater control of their own health. 

That includes moving away from the standard pill-based approach to feeling better. 

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JeffX | January 27, 2015 | 8:00
10:57 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Comment Deadline Looms On Jack-Ash Trail

The existing Sterling Mine Ditch Trail near Jacksonville.
Credit BLM/Public Domain

Be careful if you say "Jack-Ash Trail" out loud… your words could be confused with something else. 

But at the moment, there's nothing quite like a trail that would allow hikers to walk the ridges between the Jackson County communities of Jacksonville and Ashland. 

Now you know where the name comes from. 

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JeffX | January 26, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

The Boy Who Flies, Chapter 2

Taking to the air can make you famous.  Especially if you do so without the benefit of an airplane. 

Godfrey Masauli is the first person to paraglide in the African country of Malawi. 

He has converted his success into motivational speeches, TED talks, and a film: "The Boy Who Flies." 

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JeffX | January 26, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Second Time Around For Speaker Kotek

Speaker of the House Tina Kotek receiving an award.
Credit Oregon Health Authority

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is the first speaker in ten years with experience. 

It's been that long since a House Speaker served back to back terms in that leadership position. 

Democratic victories in November put Kotek back in the Speaker's office, with a larger Democratic majority.

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JeffX | January 26, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Thoughts From Timber Country In "Overstory: Zero"

Credit Sylph Maid Books

A lot has changed in Oregon's timber country in the last 20 years.  So it seems only fitting that a collection of stories and essays about timber country should be brought up to date. 

Robert Leo Heilman of Myrtle Creek first published Overstory: Zero in 1995. 

And as he puts it, there's been a lot of water down Myrtle Creek since then. 

So he revised and polished and cut and added to the collection for a 20th anniversary edition. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Jan 26-30, 2015
10:37 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Trails, Trees, and The Speaker: Jan 26-30 on JX

Hike all the way from Jacksonville to Ashland?  You can do it now, but it'll be easier if a major trail plan becomes reality. 

That's one of the topics we'll cover on this week's Jefferson Exchange.

We'll also talk about trees... standing and not... and visit with the Speaker of the House in Oregon.  Even JFK gets a session.

Here's our list, in development...

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JeffX | January 23, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Oregon Jobs Bouncing Back

Credit Public Domain

Two recent reports show a building strength in the Oregon economy. 

This week the Employment Department announced a dip in the unemployment rate to 6.7%, its lowest level in more than six years. 

Just before that report emerged, a job vacancy survey also showed growth. 

But there are some qualifiers to each. 

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