Valerie Ing

Northern California Program Coordinator | Classical Host

Valerie Ing’s history with JPR goes back to the stone age, when she volunteered to answer phones during the 1981 fund drive. She was still a teenager when she hosted her first music program on the airwaves, and while getting her degree at SOU, she was JPR’s Student Chief Announcer and the station’s first volunteer in the news room. After graduating, Valerie’s adventures included living on islands in Greece & Alaska, but she came back to the State of Jefferson in 2002 as JPR’s Northern California Program Coordinator.  As the sole staffer of the Redding studio where she hosts Siskiyou Music Hall, Valerie is the unofficial foreign ambassador of JPR. Valerie often serves as mistress of ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre, writes a music column for anewscafe.com, and plays second base on the Dirty Dozen co-ed softball team. She used to play bass in a punk rock band, drove a school bus for a few years and can cook Thai food like nobody’s business. Valerie adores her family, which includes husband Eddie, two teenagers and Casper the friendly white Westie.

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Crews Pull Back During Rains
4:55 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Happy Camp Fire Nearly Contained

Firefighters on the Happy Camp Complex Fire
Courtesy of the US Forest Service

UPDATED| Thursday 9/25/14 4:55 p.m.

The end is in sight for firefighters on the Happy Camp Complex of fires burning in Siskiyou County.  Containment reached 94% by this morning (Sept. 25).

Rain falling on the fire zone is helping.  But a flash flood watch that accompanied the rain prompted fire managers to pull firefighters off fire suppression efforts Wednesday and early Thursday.

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For Documentary Film "The Wright Time"
3:25 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

JPR & Shasta Historical Society Win California Historic Preservation Award

Members of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding breaking ground on their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed church in 1960
Courtesy Shasta Historical Society

Jefferson Public Radio and the Shasta County Historical Society have been awarded the 2014 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for a collaborative film documenting the building of a Frank Lloyd Wright designed church in Redding, California.

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Exact Slide Cause Still Unknown
11:30 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Heavy Rains, But No New Shasta Mudslide

Cleaning up the roads is slow going.

UPDATED | Thursday 5 PM

The heavy rains that fell on the region Wednesday did not produce any new mudslide activity on the southeast flank of Mount Shasta.

A Saturday (Sept. 20) mudslide covered two roads near the mountain; mud, boulders, and debris made Pilgrim Creek Road and Forest Service Road 31 impassable.

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Boles Fire Aftermath
8:10 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Schools And Assistance Center Open In Weed

Weed Elementary School soon after the fire.
Dominic Barth/JPR

UPDATED | Tuesday 5 PM

Students returned to public schools in Weed Tuesday, the first day back since a fire destroyed nearly 150 homes in the city.

Weed Elementary School lost a classroom to the Boles fire on September 15th, and four teachers had to move to different rooms until repairs can be made.

Weed High School was undamaged in the fire, but both schools put restrictions on student movements: no students are allowed to walk to school because of potential danger in the burned area, and no high school students are allowed to leave for lunch.

A local assistance center opened Tuesday at the College of the Siskiyous campus in Weed, adding to the service centers now open (see map) for fire victims.

The center will be open 9 AM-6 PM through Saturday (September 27th), and will be staffed by government agencies from all levels, to let residents begin to replace lost licenses and documents and access services.

City crews began removing household hazardous waste from the burned-over area Monday.  The city continues to work with the county and state to develop a recovery plan for Weed.  Repairs to infrastructure are already underway.

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Over 180K Acres In 5 Counties
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Northern California Wildfire Update

Map of large wildfires currently burning in California
Credit Kerry Greene / US Forest Service

  UPDATE | Friday 09-19  3:30 p.m.

Nearly 6,000 firefighters are battling 12 major fires that are burning nearly 250,000 acres across the state of California, with the lion's share of resources focusing on Siskiyou County. More than 180,000 acres are burning in the Klamath National Forest, including the 130,139 acre Happy Camp Complex fire, which recently merged with the July Complex's Man Fire.

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1300 Acres Burned
8:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Shasta County's Gulch Fire 45% Contained

Gulch Fire, as seen from the air
Cheryl Buliavac Cal Fire

Updated: 8:35 a.m. 9-12-14

Firefighters have made great progress towards containing a wildfire in Shasta County that quickly spiraled out of control Wednesday afternoon, and officials have lifted evacuations in the community of Bella Vista. The Gulch Fire, east of Redding in Jones Valley, jumped from 15 to 45% containment and has burned 1300 acres.

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Human Caused Fire at 75% Containment
4:08 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fire Near Redding Closes Part Of I-5

The view from the fire zone Thursday afternoon (9/4).
Credit Victoria Reed/JPR

UPDATED 4:08 p.m.

A wildfire north of Redding forced new evacuations and a temporary closure of Interstate Five late this morning.

First fire reports came in around 11 AM.  The fire that Cal Fire says was human caused burned more than sixteen acres in the community of Mountaingate.

Police evacuated homes, businesses, and a school along Wonderland Boulevard and Fawndale Road, and opened an evacuation center at the Family Celebration Center. The evacuations were later lifted.

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Happy Camp Evacuations Still In Effect
12:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Wednesday: Northern California Fire Update

Frying Pan Fire, Happy Camp Complex
Courtesy of USFS

  UPDATE | Wednesday 12:27 p.m. 

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect and have been expanded for residents living in the area threatened by the Happy Camp Complex Fire burning in Siskiyou County. That fire is threatening about 250 homes along Highway 96. More information about the Happy Camp Complex Fire is available here.

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Evacuation Advisory Lifted In The Applegate
10:16 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Southern Oregon Wildfire Update

Old Blue Mountain Fire
Justin Corns Oregon Dept of Forestry via www.rogueweather.com

UPDATED | Friday 9/22 10:16 a.m.

An evacuation advisory in the Applegate has been lifted by fire officials, who say significant progress has been made fighting the Old Blue Mountain Fire burning three miles from Applegate between the towns of Gold Hill & Rogue River. A roadblock on Foots Creek Road was also removed on Thursday.

The 99 acre fire is the largest of eight fires sparked by lightning Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties. 

More Storms Forecast for Tuesday
1:00 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

August 5th Update: Wildfires Rage On, Evacuations Still in Effect

Fireside Village, Hat Creek's only restaurant, burned over the weekend, along with numerous residences.
Todd Westlund

UPDATED | Tuesday 1:00 pm 

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"A community is not the sum of its problems"
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

"Inside Out" Art Project Reflects Redding's Heart

Jared Capello & Janelle Fite help paste portraits from a boom lift at the Cascade Theatre

A recent Gallup poll named Redding as America’s third-most miserable city to live in. When nearly 500 residents were asked about their housing, job satisfaction, emotional and physical health and more, the city ranked 187th out of 189 communities polled.

Now, a local artist has brought to Redding a global participatory art project called Inside Out.  She hopes the project’s startling approach to humanizing the urban landscape can help Redding get its groove back.

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And Your Little Dog, Too!
6:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Behind The Curtain At The Wizard Of Oz

The Scarecrow (Brian Bisetti), Dorothy (Jana Leard), the Tinman (Ryan Nemanic) and the Cowardly Lion (Matthew Goodman), from the Cascade Theatre's current production of The Wizard of Oz.
Michael Burke

The Cascade Theatre in Redding is halfway through the two-week run of its annual spring musical. With almost 8,000 tickets sold already, the Wizard of Oz is poised to become the biggest grossing production the theater has ever presented. But it’s also one of the most complicated. Valerie Ing went behind the curtain with the show’s creators to find out about the technical magic that went in to putting together the production.

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Recordings
11:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Raindance

Credit Wikimedia Commons

I read somewhere recently that music flowed from Franz Schubert’s pen as naturally as rain falls from the clouds. Such a fitting analogy. Not just because he was one of the most prolific composers in history, but also because he used rain and water so often in his lieder (poetry written by others that he set to music). He’s not the only one, of course.

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History
5:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Redding Congregation Recalls "The Wright Time"

Members of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding breaking ground on their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed church in 1960
Shasta Historical Society

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed over a thousand buildings during his long career.  Only ten were houses of worship, and one of them was the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding. A team of Shasta County historians has produced a film documenting how the church convinced the man who was designing the Guggenheim Museum to take on their commission.

But the  film is less about the famous architect, and more about "the little congregation that could,"which ended up using its own members to build a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark.

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9:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Century-old Music Mystery Solved

Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados
Century-old Music Mystery Solved Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados Walter Clark searched for two decades for the original version of the opera "Maria del Carmen" by Enrique Granados. RIVERSIDE, Calif.
9:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Violinist Pays A Huge Price For Failure To Declare Instrument

Well this doesn't seem right. The Canadian Border Services seized an antique violin from the concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for failing to declare the instrument when flying back into the country. They held on to the instrument for several weeks, and fined him a pretty outrageous sum. It's kind of like someone taking my microphone away.
One of Canada's most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments. Yosuke Kawasaki claims when he was crossing the border into Canada in 2012 the CBSA wrongfully seized his $385,000 violin and three bows worth $90,000, $6,800 and $2,000 each.
More Studies Made On Kids & Classical Music
3:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Mozart Effect ... Revisited

Credit Flattop341 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1657626179/

Remember when the original Mozart Effect study came out in the '90s that claimed exposing babies to classical music (even in the womb) would make them smarter? That study has been expanded, but according to a recent article in The Guardian, it's really hard to measure. Read all about it here.

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11:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

By The Numbers: The World Of Classical Music

Want to take a stab at who the busiest conductor was over the past year? Or the top female in classical music? The folks at BachTrack have been compiling the stats on classical music over the past year, and some of it's pretty fascinating. Well, it's more fascinating than fantasy football league stats! Check it out.
For the fourth year running at Bachtrack, we've taken a look through our extensive database of classical music, opera and dance events worldwide, and drawn together a few of the most interesting statistics to emerge from them all.
3:40 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Simon Rattle, Davies, Hough Receive Rare Honors

Three prominent classical musicians, including conductor Sir Simon Rattle, composer Peter Maxwell-Davis & pianist Stephen Hough were recently honored with awards from Queen Elizabeth II.
The outgoing Berlin Philharmonic conductor has been appointed to the Order of Merit in Britain's New Year's Honours List. The OM is restricted to 24 living individuals at any given time. Rattle is the first musician of his generation to be included.
Leon Berliner 1935-2013
12:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Leon Berliner Takes His Last Bow

Leon Berliner in his cd library
Credit North Coast Journal

Jefferson Public Radio lost a longtime listener, supporter, underwriter and friend when Leon Berliner passed away December 15th. But if he were here today, he’d tell you he left this world exactly when he wanted to:  just in time to wish Beethoven a happy birthday.

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