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.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Mike Faught, Kim Parducci, and listeners discuss the "road diet" concept.

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Art Robinson in his laboratory
Credit Polk County GOP

Art Robinson talks about why he requested urine samples from Josephine County residents.

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways

U.S. Highway 199 on the Smith River in Del Norte County
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

EPIC Executive Director Gary Hughes explains opposition to the widening of highways in the Smith River canyon.

The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.

And them's fighting words for environmental groups, which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country's wild and scenic rivers.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

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Chip Lindsey of ScienceWorks and David Tourzan of Rogue Valley Farm To School talk about their respective missions and The Siskiyou Challenge fundraiser.

School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Boosting The U. of California: "Promise For Education"

University of California, Berkeley.
Credit U of California

Jason Simon of the University of California explains the "Promise For Education" campaign.

You've heard plenty about the challenges in public higher education: nearly universal reductions in state support, resulting in fewer programs and higher tuition. 

The University of California and its supporters just fired up a campaign called "Promise For Education," designed to raise money through social media and the concept of crowdsourcing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Special Session Ahead: Tinkering (or not) With Oregon PERS

Credit The Leaf Project

Sue Levin of Stand for Children Oregon and State Rep. Peter Buckley explain history and repairs to PERS.

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Eugene City Council To Allow Small Homeless Camps

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Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett explains the city's approach to camps for homeless.

The Eugene City Council voted this week to pass an ordinance allowing small camps for the homeless.

The ordinance would give the council the authority to create multiple volunteer-run camps for up to 15 people… if a tryout with a first camp goes well. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Ashland Vacation Rentals Face New Restrictions

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Ashland Development Director Bill Molnar and Lodging Association President Abi Maghamfar talk about requirements for vacation rentals.

Ashland property owners who rent out their homes as vacation rentals are now required to conduct business more like hotel owners.

The Ashland City Council recently passed new restrictions on vacation rentals, including business licenses, land-use approvals, and collection of a lodging tax. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Enrollment Begins October 1st: Services For Women In Health Care Law

Credit Kelly Piet Photography

Dr. Sophia Yen from Stanford and Terri Burke from Texas ACLU talk health care and reproductive rights.

Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

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Long Hot Summer
4:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fire Season Ends In Southwest Oregon

The Douglas Fire Complex in the early days of the firefight.
Credit NASA.gov

Fire season ended at last in most of Southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) dropped the fire danger to LOW at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, September 24th. 

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