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Campaign Cash Reports Show Races For Oregon Governor, Ballot Measures Chugging Along

Oct 4, 2018
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The two leading candidates for Oregon governor have now raised nearly $20.74 million, showing no signs of stopping as the record-breaking race chugs along.

Summer is officially behind us, and everything is turning orange.  As long as it's not the orange-colored air quality warning, we're okay with it. 

Autumn brings renewed vigor to many things, including the arts scene.  We sync up with First Friday Art Walks in our region by offering our First Friday Arts Segment: half an hour of nothing but phone calls boosting arts events in all corners of the region. 

Join in by calling 800-838-3760, live on Friday morning. 

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We get voices blended in the studio all the time, but not usually blended in song.  So it's a rare treat to have some barbershop quartet singers pay a visit. 

The Rogue Valley Harmonizers are the host group for "Hee Haw and Harmonies," Saturday at the Craterian in Medford (October 6th). 

And the other artists include the group Main Street, international champions a year ago.  How do they make such harmony, with no instruments and not so much as a drum? 

Denti-Cal ‘Remains a Seriously Troubled Program’, Commission Report Finds

Oct 4, 2018
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The latest report on California’s low-income dental program finds it’s still plagued by cost and accessibility issues, making it tough for patients to find care.

The Little Hoover Commission, an independent watchdog group led by state legislators, found that policy changes to Denti-Cal in recent years haven’t translated to major improvements.

At their practice in Ashland, Southern Oregon University football players kneel to the ground and growl, their eyes bulging, their tongues sticking out. Lineman Masi Tunoa leads the chant.

Tunoa and his family used to perform luas for tourists back home in Hawaii. They also did the haka, a battle cry that originated from the indigenous people of New Zealand. It’s a powerful ritual that Polynesian cultures still perform today for ceremonies like weddings or funerals, or before a big game.

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An “on-again-off-again” proposal for a nickel mine in southwest Oregon is on again. And members of both Oregon’s and California’s congressional delegations have written to federal officials to demand the lawmakers be kept in the loop.


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The world is aware of the conversion of forest to farm in many places.  And governments and businesses have dedicated themselves to stopping deforestation for commodity production. 

A recent scientific report shows that much more work is needed; the rate of deforestation has not declined. 

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Oregon already had some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, before the legislature passed House Bill 3391 last year.  That extended state payments for abortions to include people living in the country illegally. 

And it made putting Measure 106 on the ballot easier for its supporters.  106 would forbid state tax money from being used for most abortions. 

Supporters of the measure--No on abortion is Yes on the measure--visited on October 2nd. 

Forward Together and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon are among the groups opposing 106. 

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We cast our attention backwards on the musical timeline pretty easily, from hip-hop back to Bach.  But before that?  A little fuzzy, generally. 

And that's why Musica Matrix exists, to share music from the time of Shakespeare and earlier with audiences young and old.  The group plays this Saturday (October 6th) at Ashland Springs Hotel. 

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Josh Gross expresses his passion for music so well, we only give him 15 minutes on the air.  A month. 

And he makes the most of the time, exposing us to a handful of bands making appearances in the region in the coming weeks. 

It's a segment we call Rogue Sounds, and it's an early kickoff to a weekend that includes our First Friday Arts segment. 

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Increasingly hot and dry summers in Oregon and Washington have started to affect some of our most impressive travelers – the songbirds that migrate thousands of miles to breed here each spring.


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The Yurok tribe is looking for funding for "wellness villages," which are planned living sites along the river where the tribe can help reintegrate people who have struggled with addiction.

Yurok Chief Judge Abby Abinanti, among others, proposed the wellness villages as a possible remedy. But it will take a few dollars to move the idea from concept to reality. 

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Several counties will vote in November on versions of a “Second Amendment Protection” measure.

The measure expands the definition of firearms and limits enforcement of firearms in laws. If passed, it would mandate that definitions of firearms be interpreted as including firearm accessories and ammunition. 

In general, it would put the county on record as opposing state efforts to curtail gun ownership rights.

Jackson County's version is measure 15-181, the Right to Bear Arms Amendment.  Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon is against the measure.

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The rain finally returned before the end of September, but it will take a lot more of it to reverse the region's drought. 

All of Oregon west of the Cascades is in either moderate or severe drought, and our part of California is not much better. 

So what do we do when it's been this dry for this long, and what are the prospects for catching up on precipitation?  We put those questions to Eric Dittmer, geologist, professor, and former water resource planner for the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, and to Ryan Sandler from the National Weather Service in Medford. 

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First the Hollies. Then Crosby, Stills and Nash. Then Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. Then, a long solo career.

Graham Nash hasn't just seen the history of contemporary popular music, he's made much of it.

Nash plays tonight (October 3rd) at the Cascade Theater in Redding, and he's making a major donation to help victims of the Carr fire.

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU are holding a Grand Opening Celebration and Open House at the new JPR Broacast Center and SOU Theater Building on Saturday, November 10th. 

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Oregon's list of statewide ballot measures in the November election includes a measure on abortion. 

Measure 106 would change the state constitution and forbid the spending of public money on abortions. 

A coalition called Oregon Life United is leading the campaign to pass the measure. 

Featured Works for October – First Concert
(*Indicates October birthday)

Oct 1 M Paul Dukas*: La Péri
Oct 2 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 11
Oct 3 W Aaron Copland: Duo for Flute and Piano
Oct 4 T Manuel Ponce: Concierto del Sur
Oct 5 F Eduard Franck*: Violin Sonata in E major

The JPR Foundation is seeking an Audience Service Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio (JPR). The position works out of the brand new JPR Broadcast Center on the Southern Oregon University (SOU) campus in Ashland, Oregon. The JPR Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support JPR’s mission to feed the human intellectual and creative spirit of Southern Oregon and Northern California communities.

Through her acclaimed international concert appearances and her award-winning Naïve recordings, Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today's most exciting young artists and as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe... the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.

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