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BLM/Public Domain

Some of the fiercest arguments over proper federal forest management in Oregon focus on the "O & C lands," forests once granted to the Oregon & California Railroad to finance construction. 

Back in federal hands, they are supposed to give half their timber revenue over to the counties containing them.  But with little timber being cut, county budgets have suffered. 

BLM is out with a draft of its management plan for Western Oregon forests, and will take comments into July. 

In this hour, we visit first with EarthFix reporter Jes Burns to get perspective on the lands and plans. 

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Curry County on the Oregon coast needs help.  The loss of timber dollars from the federal government hit the county hard, and county services have been cut to the bone. 

County leaders will try once again in the May 19th election to pass a levy to fund the sheriff's office.  This one differs from past efforts in that the property tax rates would not be the same for residents inside and outside the cities in the county. 

We hear from both sides of Measure 8-81 in this hour, separately. 

The supporters, including Sheriff John Ward, will go first. 

Social Psychology Network

How many times have you listened to someone make a case for their beliefs, only to wonder "what are they THINKING?" 

Carol Tavris puts a lot of work into answering that question.   She is a psychologist who studies the way people develop and hold onto beliefs. 

The title of her Ashland lecture (May 5th) should give you a clue to her focus: "Self-Justifying Delusions." 

Tavris comes to Ashland as part of Southern Oregon University's theme for the year, "Revolution." 

Modern Roots Foundation

String is in the air! 

Not a typo... stringed music instruction is the specialty of the Modern Roots Foundation, based in Ashland, our featured guests on the First Friday of May.

Music, theater, dance and more are celebrated on our First Friday Arts segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month. 

Southern Oregon University

For a place that's not a real state, there sure are a lot of things named "Jefferson." 

Those include an annual meeting to discuss history and archaeology in the mythical state of Jefferson, set for next week (May 7-8). 

Recent and not-so-recent developments and discoveries will be discussed. 

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The stakes are a bit higher in the quest to build--or stop--a liquified natural gas terminal on the Oregon coast, and a pipeline to it. 

A similar plan for Northern Oregon just got blocked by Clatsop county, and the supporters of that proposal plan to appeal. 

The Jordan Cove proposal for the Coos Bay area is still active, for the moment. 

The news cycle picked up momentum of late, and we've been scurrying to keep up on the Exchange.  In this week of the program, we WILL feature both sides of the public safety levies on the election ballots in Josephine and Curry Counties. 

We will also spend some time on the recently released draft plan for BLM timberlands in Western Oregon, and retired astronaut (and writer) Mark Kelly is scheduled as well.

Below is the outline of a big week on the air:


"Driving while hispanic" is not an official term, but it's one that surfaces from time to time in our region, indicating issues even here with law enforcement and race. 

And while much of the country is focused on those issues, Oregon Action and other groups want changes. 

OA is pushing for state laws that would curtail or end racial profiling by police. 


The stock phrases for learning other languages can grow old quickly. 

There are only so many times you can ask someone if they play tennis in Spanish or German or Italian. 

A Southern Oregon University instructor of German hit on a new idea: a Foreign Language Film Festival

Eight films, five languages, no charge for the first festival, May 1-3. 

Penguin Books

If pictures speak louder than words, Lynsey Addario has the potential to deafen us. 

Her remarkable photographs of human beings in all kinds of situations has won her much recognition and several prizes, including a share of a Pulitzer. 

In her first book, It's What I Do, Addario shares some her pictures from war zones in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and the stories of her subjects and herself. 

No EID For Downtown Medford

Apr 29, 2015
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It's back to square one for the Metro Medford Downtown Association

MMDA wanted the city council to create an economic improvement district to spruce up the look of the downtown streets. 

But business owners did not support the idea in big enough numbers, and the council decided against the plan. 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement, has powerful friends and many enemies.  And it is often referenced in other conversations on The Exchange.  So this week, TPP is one of our VENTSday topics.

The other: how you feel about moves to raise highway speed limits, in Oregon or anywhere.

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center.  We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.

Topics range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

OSU Press

There are SO MANY charities looking for help, either from money or volunteers. 

And now there is a book that gives a broad picture of the situation in the state of Oregon. 

State of Giving: Stories of Oregon Volunteers, Donors, and Nonprofits is a description of current conditions and a manifesto for greater civic engagement. 


The upper Klamath Basin figures to suffer through another drought this year. 

And when the skies don't deliver, groundwater is called upon to make up the difference. 

The Klamath Water and Power Authority pays irrigators to pump groundwater through its Water Use Mitigation Program. 

But the amount KWAPA is prepared to pay for is more than twice what the Oregon water agency recommends. 


The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal continues to climb by the hour. 

And the search for dead and survivors is accompanied by growing efforts to assist the living, many of them displaced by the destruction of their homes. 

American Red Cross and other aid organizations mobilize for such disasters. Menezes

Raj Patel eats, just like the rest of us.  But he also thinks a lot about food, where it comes from, and who controls it. 

Patel has seen many approaches to food and hunger from several sides; he worked for the World Bank and the United Nations, then protested against those organizations.

Patel will talk about food insecurity, GMOs, and more when he comes to Southern Oregon University later this week. 

Filing Suit To Clear The Air

Apr 27, 2015

The defendant name has changed, but the lawsuit is the same. 

A pair of Lane County teenagers are suing Oregon's governor (now Brown, not Kitzhaber) over climate change. 

Chernaik v Brown would require the state to develop a plan for dealing with greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

The suit is the brainchild of Our Children's Trust, based in Eugene. 


"Marriage" has almost become a fighting word in modern America. 

We've certainly had a number of political and court battles over the institution and who is entitled to it. 

Oregon Humanities takes on the topic as part of its "Conversation Project" series, with stops in Medford and Grants Pass on Tuesday. 

We venture into the archives once again for this hour of the Exchange. 

Leah Hager Cohen helped us explore three of the most fearsome words in the English language. 

No, not "I Love You."  The words are also the title of Cohen's book: I Don't Know

Friday = Love + Economics x Love + Age

Apr 24, 2015

We turn to our (voluminous) vault of previous interviews for the Exchange of Friday, April 24.  And both of the segments that came up ready for air deal with love and relationships, but from VERY different perspectives.

In hour one: Marina Adshade turns her economist's mind loose on relationships... her popular blog led to a book by the same name, Dollars & Sex.

In hour two: Suzanne Braun Levine, who writes about women in "second adulthood," writes about their love lives in How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50