Pot Taxes, Fire Updates, and Catching Catfishers: Next Week On The Exchange

Jul 10, 2014

Maybe you had a chance to get away from the daily routine lately. 

It's expected this time of year. 

But the events of the world continue non-stop... so we keep booking guests for the Jefferson Exchange. 

Here, minus the fancy pictures and links, is our road map for next week (July 14-18):

Monday, July 14, 2014/8:00        Ashland Considers Pot Taxes
Oregon law allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries until the spring of 2015.  So, many of them did… more than 150 jurisdictions banned dispensaries, rather than deal with the legal complications of dealing with a substance illegal under federal law, but allowed by state law.  Ashland stands apart; the city council passed a package of regulations on marijuana--even recreational marijuana, if it is legalized.  The regulations include provisions for the city to make some money off pot, by taxing it.  City Councilor Rich Rosenthal joins us to explain the approach.  

Monday, July 14, 2014/8:30        Rogue Valley Road Plans
The roads that are fine for today's traffic could become clogged if no plans are made for future traffic.  Fortunately, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking down the road (so to speak) a bit.  Two of the main highways in the Rogue Valley, Oregon 140 and Oregon 99, are both due for new "corridor plans."  ODOT's Gary Leaming joins us to talk about which portions of the roads are under consideration, and for what improvements.

Monday, July 14, 2014/9:00        "A Very Principled Boy" (And A Traitor)
He was bright, he was patriotic, he was trusted in American intelligence services.  So why did Duncan Lee turn against the United States?  That's a question that has been wrestled over for several generations.  Mark A. Bradley, himself a CIA insider, considers the case anew.  His book is "A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior."  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014/8:00        Fire Season Intensifies
By the time we talk about fire season with the Oregon Department of Forestry, fires could well be underway.  The region's propensity for high heat AND dry lightning often converge in raging wildfires in the month of July.  We survey the latest conditions and any fires underway.  Brian Ballou from ODF joins us.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014/8:00        Riding Beyond Cancer
Horseback riding is not for everybody, but it's good for a lot of people.  Horses, like therapy dogs, can be helpful companions for people with a variety of health challenges.  The organization Riding Beyond pairs up horses with women dealing with breast cancer treatments... with some encouraging results.  We hear about the features of the program.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014/8:30        VENTSday
We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014/9:00        Catching The Catfishers
Not everybody relishes the wild-west nature of the Internet.  Sure, it's fun to see old friends on Facebook, but how much information on you is being collected?  Short answer: a lot.  Tyler Cohen Wood works for the Department of Defense on cyber-security and social media issues.  She offers advice on how to protect your online activities in her book "Catching the Catfishers: Disarm the Online Pretenders, Predators, and Perpetrators Who Are Out To Ruin Your Life."  

Thursday, July 17, 2014/8:00        Bringing Broadband To The Rural Coast
Just because you live in a rural area doesn't mean you have to live with slow Internet service.  Actually, in a lot of cases, it does.  Not by design… it's just that providing broadband service in rural areas just doesn't add up financially for would-be providers.  So it takes some goosing from public coffers to get broadband to remote areas.  Like the recent state grant for the North Bay/North Coast Broadband Consortium, which includes Mendocino County.  We hear about the plans and their execution.  

Friday, July 18, 2014/8:30        Medford Goes To The Dogs, Again
Just because the Medford City Council backed down from a dog fight does not mean it's through with dog issues.  The council chose not to enact a ban on certain aggressive dog breeds earlier this year, after hearing a fair amount of barking (sorry) from dog owners.  But issues with dogs remain in town.  And in a "it's the deed, not the breed" approach, the council is considering moves to provide heavy penalties for dogs and owners involved in multiple biting incidents.  

Friday, July 18, 2014/9:00        Your (Re)Defining Moments
"I was born to do this!"  Have you ever said that?  Maybe someone else in your life?  We can argue with the concept of being destined for anything, but it is a concept Dennis Merritt Jones embraces.  He travels the country, urging people to figure out what it is they were born to do.  His latest book is "Your (Re)Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be."