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

A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe

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Noah Greenwald makes the case for more grizzly habitat.

The grizzly bear roams just a small fraction of its historic range here in the Lower 48 states. 

But talk of expanding that fraction could draw some sharp reactions.  Already has, in fact. 

The Center for Biological Diversity recently proposed expanding the grizzly's range to areas including parts of California (the Sierra) and Oregon (somewhere in the Klamath-Siskiyou region). 

And people who like the idea of a healthy grizzly population were forced to confront their feelings about having that population nearby. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 28-August 1, 2014
5:09 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Sick Leave, Drought, and Crime Fighting: Another Week on The Exchange

Eugene's city council may vote on its proposed sick leave ordinance on Monday, six days after the Lane County Commissioners passed their own ordinance that may pre-empt any move on sick leave. 

Meanwhile, the City of Ashland plans a Drought Summit to talk about water conservation strategies, and Redding's Police Chief faces a potentially irate audience at a town hall meeting.

You'll hear about these and much more on The Jefferson Exchange during the week of July 28... here, minus pretty pictures, are our plans:

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon

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Jon Leiber explains the survey on small biz friendliness.

Nobody likes getting a bad grade.  Especially when it's a whole state. 

But Oregon just got below-average marks for its friendliness to small businesses from Thumbtack.com and a partner. 

The state got a C+ for overall friendliness and a D for the friendliness of its regulations.  California got a D and an F in the same categories.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Plugging The Job Skills Gap

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Oregon state Rep. Peter Buckley talks about jobs and workers.

The recent findings that Oregon job openings are staying open for long periods because of under-qualified workers got the attention of political leaders. 

State Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland and his Senate counterpart host a meeting this evening (July 24) to explore the factors in the "skills gap" and possible solutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

How To Stop Hating Yourself

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Anneli Rufus talks about her recovery from low self-esteem.

It's one thing to be hard on yourself, and take setbacks and criticism to heart. 

It's another thing entirely to actually hate yourself. 

Author Anneli Rufus is one of many people who struggled with low self-esteem all her life. 

And while she does NOT recommend going all the way to the other end of the spectrum, she does think it's high time to close what may be an epidemic of self-loathing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Expanding The Oregon Caves

Miller's Chapel inside the Oregon Caves.
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Sue Densmore fills us in on the Caves monument filling out.

It takes a very long time to make a cave. 

All that dripping and calcifying takes hundreds of thousands, even millions of years. 

But making the legal boundaries of the Oregon Caves bigger only takes an act of Congress. 

And Congress is on it; the Senate just passed the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act and sent it on to the house. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

VENTSday: Sick Leave + GMO Labeling

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Listeners vent on sick leave and GMO labels.

The Lane County Commissioners and Eugene City Council provide one topic for discussion this week: paid sick leave, who should provide it, and which level of government should regulate it.

And if that's not enough controversy, we'll also talk GMO food labeling on this week's edition of 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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Building Good Will At Goodwill

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Gayle Byrne describes Goodwill and her years there.

The inventory at Goodwill Industries of Southern Oregon will soon include a very large pair of shoes. 

Those currently belong to Gayle Byrne, soon to retire as the organization's president. 

During her 37-year tenure, Byrne more than tripled the number of stores and expanded the service area and number of people helped by Southern Oregon Goodwill. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Suing To Help The Bull Trout

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Nick Cady spells out bull trout issues.

Environmental groups are keeping their own and government lawyers busy. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups recently announced an intention to sue the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the bull trout. 

The groups say the land agencies need a "timeout" to consider how projects on the lands they manage would affect the threatened trout. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Where CFLs Go When They Die

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Denise Barnes gives us a recycling refresher.

We can certainly save a bunch of energy and money using modern light bulbs. 

They are uniformly more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. 

And--in theory, anyway--they last long enough to cover the addition upfront expense of buying them. 

But the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) contain some toxic substances that require more attention to disposal. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

A Mind For Numbers -- Yes, YOU

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Barbara Oakley takes us into the math mind. Turns out it's the mind for everything else.

Okay, non-math students, stop making those gagging sounds and listen up.  Your case is not hopeless. 

Barbara Oakley is now an engineering professor, but she's one of those people who flunked math in high school. 

Yet she turned things around as an adult, and points the way for other people to do the same. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Medford Considers Dog (Owner) Sanctions

An American Pit Bull Terrier.
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Chief Tim George and Maureen Swift detail the dog ordinance plans in Medford.

Just because the Medford City Council backed down from a dog fight does not mean it's done 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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Southern Oregon U's New President

Dr. Roy Saigo
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Dr. Roy Saigo talks about the challenges at SOU.

Roy Saigo stepped into the college president's office at a time of upheaval: both faculty and students were unhappy about many issues. 

And that was at his LAST job. 

Dr. Saigo inherits a similar situation as the interim president at Southern Oregon University, following program cuts and a faculty vote of no-confidence in the previous president. 

Saigo has work cut out for him in a time of change across the Oregon state university system. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Tech Will Save Us: Smaller/Faster/Lighter/Denser/Cheaper

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Robert Bryce stirs up a discussion on global warming and more.

In a world of finite resources and a (so far) continually expanding human population, something has to give. 

The case is often made that people will simply have to get by with less... fewer creature comforts, more bare-bones lifestyles. 

Robert Bryce is having none of it. 

Bryce points to many cases in which technology figured out solutions that did not involve deprivation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Tough Decisions At Start Of Library District

Library HQ in Medford.
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Maureen Swift talks about Library Board decisions.

The property taxes assessed for library operations in Jackson County will be the maximum allowed, 60 cents per thousands dollars of assessed value. 

Jackson County voters approved the formation of a library district in the May election, and supporters rejoiced. 

Then they took a look at the task at hand, and it's a big one. 

The library district, through its board, formally got the responsibility of running the county libraries on July 1, just a month and a half after the election. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rewarding A Drive For Science

A still from Rachel Lertora's video.
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Rachel Lertora shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for science.

Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Your (Re)Defining Moments

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Dennis Merritt Jones talks about finding the original self.

"I was born to do this!"  Have you ever said that? 

Maybe someone else in your life said it? 

We can argue with the concept of being destined for anything, but it is a concept Dennis Merritt Jones embraces. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21-25, 2014
2:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Meet The New Boss, Recycling CFLs and More: The Week On The Exchange

Southern Oregon University's new president pays a visit to the basement AND we get a lesson in recycling the little fluorescent light bulbs.

Plus, the bull trout gets ANOTHER lawsuit on its behalf and the Oregon Caves may get to expand. 

These are among the many highlights of The Exchange during the week of July 21st.

Minus the pictures and direct links, here's the list so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Bringing Broadband To The Rural Coast

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Jim Moorehead extols the virtues of broadband.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Translating Medical Into English--And Other Languages

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Helen Eby details issues with medical interpreters.

Not all the people who show up at the doctor's office or ER speak English. 

Oregon law recognizes this, and requires certified medical interpreters to be on hand when medical professionals treat non-English speaking patients. 

But that's easier said than done, with interpreters in short supply. 

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