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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2013
11:54 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Beating Addiction: "Digging Holes in My Soul"

Credit Dean Scholl

Dean Scholl thought he was just living life to its fullest.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2013
11:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Kyron Horman Search: His Mother Continues

Kyron Horman as he was last seen by his family.

    

The Portland area is still riveted by the case of Kyron Horman, the seven-year-old boy who disappeared from his school in June 2010. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2013
11:26 am
Tue September 17, 2013

VENTSday-Raising (or Razing) Dams + Standardized Tests

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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2013
11:21 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Animals Around Us: "The Urban Bestiary"

Credit Hachette Book Group

People who live on the edges of cities and in the suburbs are constantly surprised by the activities of the wild animals who live nearby.  And they (the people) are constantly reminded that it is we, the humans, who built houses in the habitats of the wild creatures. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
2:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Credit Mark Lincoln

What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
2:06 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

East Medford, looking West.
Credit SOREDI

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
1:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Credit Garry Knight

Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2013
2:30 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Class Time Could Be Strike Time

SEIU members picket at OIT in Klamath Falls.
Credit SEIU Local 503

A union strike authorization has been delayed a week, but the academic year for Oregon public universities could be a great deal more hectic than usual.

Classified workers--custodians, cooks, clerks and more--for all seven state campuses could be on strike. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2013
2:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses

The Jenny Fire, part of the Big Windy Complex, and the Rogue River.
Credit PNW #2 IMTeam

The summer fires in Josephine and Douglas counties damaged few structures.

But they put a huge dent in the tourism business, especially during the time the Rogue River was closed to rafting. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2013
2:13 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Remembering JFK--And Asking Questions

The motorcade, November 22, 1963.
Credit IoSotoUnaFotoCamera / flickr.com

50 years.  It's been nearly that long since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

And the Americans who remember November 22, 1963 have many different ways of processing the events of that day.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 13, 2013
4:42 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

New Owners For Mail Tribune, Daily Tidings

Credit Ed Schipul

The days of sharing an owner with Fox News just came to an end for the Mail Tribune of Medford and the Daily Tidings of Ashland.

The branch of News Corporation that owned those and other newspapers was just sold to Fortress Investment Group, which will manage the papers through a subsidiary called GateHouse Media.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 13, 2013
12:31 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Lawyers for Little Money

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When we get stuck in a legal bind, we call a lawyer.  If we can afford one.

And if not?  The Center for NonProfit Legal Services is often the answer to that question in Jackson County.  The Center formed more than 40 years ago to help poorer residents with issues like housing, public benefits, and family dispute resolution.  You'll hear how the Center can afford to do its work... and how many people it can help.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 13, 2013
12:20 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Approaching The End: "Knocking On Heaven's Door"

Credit KatyButler.com

Most life events can come in multiples, but we each get one birth and one death.

And we prefer to focus on the first, not the second.  Which leads to all kinds of issues for people who really need to talk about death, accepting it, and even hastening it.  Katy Butler's experiences with her elderly parents led her to write Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.

Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Moving SLEEPS Around Eugene

Credit Lulu Vision

The back-and-forth of the Eugene SLEEPS protest continues.  SLEEPS, Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, features people camping in public places around the city of Eugene.   

A judge ruled that demonstrators have the right to remain overnight in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.  But then Lane County commissioners ordered the entire plaza closed for cleaning.  Commission Chair Sid Leiken explains the county's approach to SLEEPS and its issues.

Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:08 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Stink Bug Invasion

The brown marmorated stink bug.
Credit Steve Jacobs / Penn State University

There are stink bugs, and then there are stink bugs.  Our region is home to a native variety, but a foreign interloper concerns insect researchers.  The non-native stink bugs could eventually reproduce in great numbers, causing problems for homes and agriculture.  Oregon State University horticulturists are working on the issue.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:04 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Considering Syria More Carefully

The flag of Syria.
Credit mapsofworld.com

The news about Syria came so fast this week, news organizations struggled to keep up.  Just as Congress returned for a likely vote on authorizing military action, Syria showed a willingness to consider putting its chemical weapons under international control, perhaps rendering an American attack moot.  We'll get two viewpoints on Syria in this interview--from Arcadia University professor Samer Abboud, who studies politics and the economy in Syria and other countries, and from Veterans for Peace past national president Leah Bolger.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2013
4:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Siskiyou Secession Talk

The flag for the would-be State of Jefferson features not a pair of Xs, but a double-cross.
Credit publicceo.com

The "State of Jefferson" concept never translated into an actual state, but the idea is alive and well.  Siskiyou County Supervisors recently voted to pursue seceding from California, due to frustrations with a perceived lack of attention from the federal and state governments.  How far will it go?  You'll hear from supervisors pro and con.  

Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2013
4:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

VENTSday-Nullification + Tobacco Sales To Minors

On VENTSday, listeners are the guests.
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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.
THIS WEEK:
+Nullification of federal and state laws by state & local officials
+Tobacco sales to minors and how to stop them

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Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2013
4:01 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

At The End Of The Sewer Pipe

Credit humboldt.edu

As much as we'd like to think the contents of our toilets just go away when we flush, there is no such place as "away."  But communities around our region continue to look for ways to treat sewage and other waste products in ways that benefit the environment.  The efforts include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Biocycle Farm of the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission in the Eugene area.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 10, 2013
8:07 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Keeping Yreka's Past Safe For The Future

Yreka's Carnegie Library nearly finished in 1915.
Credit yrekahistory.blogspot.com

There's a lot of history in our region, and a lot of reminders of it--some of those in pretty rough shape from the passage of time.  And there's often more enthusiasm than money available for restoring historic sites.  The Yreka Historic Preservation Corporation works to preserve pieces of the past in its city, including a historic church given to the corporation a few years ago. 

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