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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Arguing Timber And Terminology

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Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild explains his group's issues with the White Castle sale.

The Bureau of Land Management calls the plan for the White Castle timber sale "variable retention harvest."

Environmental groups prefer "clearcut."  Welcome back to the frequent battles over logging in Western Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ski Season Woes

Mt. Shasta in summer. It is NOT supposed to look like this in winter.
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Jason Young explains what happens at a ski area (Shasta) when it's closed for lack of snow.

It's already February and some skiers still haven't been able to hit the slopes.

Winter storms have been rare visitors this winter, and winter recreation areas have little or no snow to work with.  Both Mt. Shasta Ski Park and Mt. Ashland Ski Area remain closed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Angel Effect

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John Geiger gets into the stories and the research of "The Angel Effect."

Not every debate falls neatly within science or religion. 

Take angels as an example.  Even people well-versed in science claim to have felt a presence or even seen a figure guiding them to safety amid calamity. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Driving Toward An EV Future

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Jeff Allen and Richard Csuk talk about the wonders of electric vehicles.

If you're not driving a hybrid or electric vehicle yet, chances are pretty good that you will soon. 

Especially in Oregon, where the trade association Drive Oregon puts in a lot of miles (and watts, we presume) boosting electric vehicles, or EVs. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 31, 2014 | 9:00
10:25 am
Fri January 31, 2014

How To Build A Hovercraft (And More)

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Stephen Voltz explains the fun and the science behind the experiments in his book.

Maybe you're not a fan of either Diet Coke or Mentos candies, but they sure can put on a show together. 

A show Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe have been putting on for years now as the mad scientists of Eepybird. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:52 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Reducing Child Abuse: 90 by 30

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Phyllis Barkhurst and Jeff Todahl talk about the formation of the 90 by 30 program.

Child abuse is more widely recognized than ever before, and the work of eliminating it continues.

Lane County is home to the 90 by 30 program, an effort to reduce child abuse by 90% by the year 2030.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bringing Kids' Stories To Life

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Jeanne Renaux tells the story of how Stories Alive came to be.

Kids tell lots of stories, but those tend to be one-on-one kinds of events. 

A nonprofit called Stories Alive encourages literacy in children by making productions out of their stories. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:40 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Going For The Gold: The "New 49ers"

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Rich Krimm and Montine Blevins explain the workings of The New 49ers.

The first mention of "The New 49ers" came in a discussion of water quality on a recent Exchange. 

Like the 49ers of old, they are in search of gold in the region's rivers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ashland Considers Gun Regulations

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Dave Herring explains the effort to put new gun regulations on the books in Ashland.

Last year provided a good demonstration of what often happens to gun-control legislation in Congress. 

The aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut included an increase in public sentiment for some kinds of gun legislation, including universal background checks for gun sales. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:51 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VENTSday: Plastic Bag Bans + Anti-Smoking Campaigns

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Listeners chime in on anti-smoking programs and attempts to ban plastic bags.

California considers a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags, and Oregon gets a lousy grade for its anti-smoking efforts. 

Those news items provide the basis for this week's VENTSday segment. 

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