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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

First Friday Arts (On THURSDAY) For July

Peter Wickliffe and Marci Irene in "Leave It on the Stage" at Thanks For The Memories Theatre
Credit Thanks For the Memories Theatre Co.

Peter Wickliffe of Ashland's newest theatre company joins us with other guests.

Ashland gets another community theater group, and Camelot Theatre takes on Les Miserables.

Those are the highlights of this month's First Friday Arts segment. 

And then there's the BIG highlight that needs to be mentioned: since the First Friday this month is the Fourth of July, First Friday moves to the first THURSDAY of the month. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Bracing For The Sparks

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Margueritte Hickman talks about fire station preps for the 4th.

If only the Declaration of Independence had been signed in March. 

Then we'd have fireworks in the part of the year when it's not so hot and dry. 

Alas, we celebrate independence on July 4th. 

Even in towns where consumer fireworks are illegal--like Ashland--firefighters keep a sharp eye out for sparks around the holiday. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

When The Food Is Truly "Done"

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James Peterson tells us how to get foods right.

Your dinner plan was perfect… good foods, a good mix of flavors, and all healthy to boot. 

But then it just didn't turn out right. 

The food was either over- or under-done. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Life And Success At Opportunity Village Eugene

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Rita Arellano and Al Hutt talk about life in the village.

It took longer than its supporters envisioned, but Opportunity Village Eugene finally got off the ground, and has a track record now. 

The village is a place for homeless people to stay while they look for permanent housing. 

It's a constant challenge for Eugene's large homeless population. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

VENTSday: Consumer Fireworks + Supreme Court


Listeners vent on SCOTUS and fireworks.

The wisdom of consumer fireworks in a dry region and the recent rulings of the Supreme Court are the topics for this week's VENTSday segment.

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 | July 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Making Movies In The Rogue Valley

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Gary Lundgren talks movies and how to make them (and make them small).

Who needs Hollywood when you have the Rogue Valley?  Not Gary Lundgren. 

The director of "Calvin Marshall" and "Redwood Highway" and his producer/wife Anne Lundgren enjoy making films in Southern Oregon, and they are using Kickstarter to raise the funds for another movie. 

"Black Road" is envisioned as a thriller set in the future, in the "lawless State of Jefferson." 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Going Up The Country (Fair)

The Oregon Country Fair in 2005.
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Charles Ruff talks up The Oregon Country Fair.

What a difference a single letter can make.  Take "R" for example. 

Oregon is loaded with county fairs, but add the R in there, and there's only one Oregon COUNTRY Fair. 

And it is coming back to the woods near Veneta for the 45th time, the weekend of July 11th. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Teacher Education Lags In Oregon

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Mary Cadez describes ideas for improving teacher education.

The ongoing focus on raising the quality of American public education generally falls on teachers. 

And a recent report rated more than 2,000 teacher training programs across the country. 

None of the top 100 are located in Oregon. 

Oregon's Chalkboard Project is dedicated to improving education, including raising the level of teacher education. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Snorkeling From The Rogue Valley

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Rich and Sharon Schieber take us snorkeling in Maui.

Rich Schieber and his wife Sharon loved living in the Rogue Valley. 

They also loved snorkeling. 

You can see a bit of a mismatch here… snorkeling is more interesting in tropical waters, and Oregon has none of those. 

So the Schiebers packed up and moved to Maui to enjoy their pastime. 

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

From Ditch Bank To Trail To ...?

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Rocky Houston talks trails, present and future.

One of the region's older trails is up for consideration as part of Oregon's system of State Designated Scenic Trails. 

The Sterling Mine Ditch Trail began life in Jacksonville's mining days, alongside the ditch built to carry water to hydraulic mining operations. 

The public can help decide if the trail will be included in the state system. 

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