Liam Moriarty

Reporter/Producer

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. He's reported on a wide range of topics – including politics, the environment, business, social issues and more – for newspapers, magazines, public radio and the web.  Liam was JPR News Director from 2002 to 2005, reporting and producing the Jefferson Daily regional news magazine. After covering the environment in Seattle, then reporting on European issues from France, he's returned to JPR, turning his talents to covering the stories that are important to the people of this very special region. moriartyl@sou.edu

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Maker Culture
5:55 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Rogue Hack Lab: Incubator For Innovation And Learning

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Maker spaces and hacker spaces are a growing phenomenon. They’re places where everyday people gain access to the tools – and the collaborative inspiration – to combine art, engineering and technology in new and innovative ways. Sometimes these projects become incubators for products and inventions with enormous potential. 

In Medford, the Rogue Hack Lab is a local expression of this global movement.

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Environment
2:06 am
Wed May 21, 2014

GMO Bans Win Big in Jackson, Josephine Counties

Rogue Valley farmer Jared Watters supported Measure 15-119. The ban on growing GMO crops passed with 67 percent of the vote.
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The proponents of measures to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops in Jackson and Josephine Counties have pulled off solid wins.

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Law and Justice
1:44 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Josephine County Voters Say No to Public Safety Levy (Again)

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The third time was not the charm, as Josephine County voters once again shot down a measure to raise property taxes to pay for law enforcement.

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Environment
6:07 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Arrests Highlight Threat To Ancient Redwoods

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Two northern California men have been charged with damaging old growth trees in the Redwood National and State Forest. The arrests are the first in response to a recent increase in illegal poaching of redwood burl. JPR looks at the illicit trade in the North Coast’s legendary giants. 

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What's a "good neighbor?"
5:35 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

GMO Battle Divides Jackson County Farmers

Jim and Marilyn Frink farm 500 acres in the Sams Valley area in Jackson County.
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The people with perhaps the most direct economic stake in the fate of Jackson County’s proposed ban on growing genetically modified crops are the county’s farmers. JPR visited Rogue Valley farmers who stand on opposite sides of Measure 15-119 to find out how they see it.  

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A Hand Up
5:08 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

A Hot Shower For Ashland's Homeless

A homeless man who goes by Steve enjoys the new hot shower and laundry facility in Ashland
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

Most of us take for granted that we can have a hot shower pretty much anytime we like.  But for people without a home, such basic personal hygiene can be a rare luxury. Now, in Ashland, community groups have come together to create a solution that meets the simple human need for cleanliness with dignity and compassion.

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Education
5:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

SOU President Talks About Her Potential Move

Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan
Credit SOU

This has been a tumultuous year at Southern Oregon University; deep budget cuts, faculty layoffs, contentious contract negotiations, academic reorganization -- not to mention a dramatic restructuring of the entire Oregon University System.

On Monday, SOU president Mary Cullinan announced she’s a finalist for a position as president of Youngstown State University in Ohio.

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Free Bird?
5:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

SOU President Is Finalist for Job In Ohio

SOU president Mary Cullinan
Credit Sou.edu

Mary Cullinan, embattled president of Southern Oregon University, announced Monday that she’s a finalist for the job of president at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Cullinan, president at SOU since 2006, made the announcement in a campus-wide email Monday afternoon. She indicated she had not been actively seeking another job.

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NPR Story
10:44 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Nearly 150-Year-Old Federal Mining Law Could Need Update

Highly acidic mine runoff flows from a culvert near the abandoned Formosa mine near Riddle, Oregon.
Liam Moriarty/Jefferson Public Radio

The federal legislation that regulates mining for copper, zinc, gold and many other minerals was originally signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. In ways, the law reflects a 19th century view of natural resources: limitless and there for the taking.

Now, a legacy of pollution at tens of thousands of abandoned mines across the West is prompting an Oregon congressman to head a new effort to revise the General Mining Act of 1872.

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Environment
6:14 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Time To Update the 1872 Mining Law?

Highly acidic mine runoff flows from a culvert near the abandoned Formosa mine near Riddle, Oregon.
Credit Liam Moriarty / Jefferson Public Radio

The federal legislation that regulates mining for copper, zinc, gold and many other minerals was originally signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. In ways, the law reflects a 19th century view of natural resources: limitless and there for the taking.

Now, a legacy of pollution at tens of thousands of abandoned mines across the West is prompting an Oregon Congressmember to head a new effort to revise the General Mining Act of 1872.

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