April Ehrlich

Morning Edition Host/Jefferson Exchange Producer

April Ehrlich began freelancing for Jefferson Public Radio in 2016. She officially joined the team as Morning Edition Host and a Jefferson Exchange producer in August 2017.

April previously worked as a reporter covering local government, housing, and the environment in rural Oregon and Idaho. She also served a two-year stint with AmeriCorps, where she worked with nonprofits helping low-income communities in rural Oregon. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Cal-State University, Fullerton, where she worked as an editor for the campus paper.

April spends her free time hiking through nearby forests with a rambunctious border collie or reading fiction at home with her two favorite cats.

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Rogue Community College opened the doors to its new High Tech Center in White City earlier this month. Students filed into their classrooms for the first time this week.

The $4.2-million project offers an array of high tech training opportunities, including those in manufacturing, welding, engineering and more.

RCC President Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle joins us in the studio.

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Elementary schools have been back in school for a couple weeks now. That might be a relief for parents, but not so much for local teachers.

Medford school districts say there's been a  rise of violent and disruptive students in their elementary schools. We hear from Medford Education Association president Troy Pomeroy about the problem. He's joined by Dr. Todd Bloomquist, who is leading the trauma-informed efforts with the Grants Pass School District.

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Open enrollment is almost here. Oregonians can choose their health insurance policies between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15 for next year's coverage.

We hear the details about enrolling for health care this year from AllCare Health vice president Freddy Sennhauser.

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While the massive Carr Fire may have faded from national news, its affects remain in and around Redding, California.

Small business owners hit by the fires can find some respite from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is offering loans with a looming deadline. They have until next week to apply. Hear more in this return visit from Chelsea Irvine from the administration.

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  We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures of ancient Redwood trees on social media. It’s almost a necessity when you visit to take a picture and share it with the world. But are those posts harming the trees?

After seeing photos on social media, some adventure to find the exact local, where that specific tree is, even if it’s off the designated trail. Known as “social trails,” they are unmarked trails that humans create through repeated use, and they prove to be harmful to the surprisingly shallow Redwood roots.

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  Oregon's Measure 105 seeks to revoke Oregon's status as a "sanctuary state," which limits local law agencies' cooperation with federal immigration officers. The Oregon AFL-CIO took up a position against the measure. A union rep visits to explain why the union wants the sanctuary status to stay in place.

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Johnny Rotten had it easy in England. Try being an east German punk with the Stasi looking over your shoulder.

Tim Mohr, legendary Berlin-based DJ and music scholar, has written a history of the underground punk scene in East Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, called Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Homework help, computer lab, play place and more.  Those are among the functions of the new Spark Space opening at the Jackson County Library branch in Central Point. 

It's a STEM kind of place (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), but also gives teens and tweens a place to be creative with computers, blogging and coding and more. 

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Up for a vote in November is Oregon's Measure 105, which proposes repealing an Oregon law that forbids local law enforcement from apprehending people who might be violating federal immigration law.

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Simple concept, difficult execution: bringing peace to all the world.  The World Peace Flame was first lit in 1999, and now burns on all the continents of the Earth. 

Only one burns in the United States, at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.  A second one begins to burn in Ashland tonight (September 21), at the Thalden Pavilion on the Southern Oregon University campus. 

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Oregon recently approved a rule requiring licensed marijuana producers to notify the state when they harvest cannabis.

Growers have railed against the new rule as another bureaucratic step in an already complicated licensing process. But others see it as a means of keeping weed out of the black market.

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We live in the age of division, social media echo chambers and fake news. Which begs the question, is there any way we can ever reach a common ground, agree on a basic set of facts, and have a reasonable discussion? Mathematician Eugenia Cheng says, emphatically, yes.

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Wildfires plague our region every summer, threatening thousands of lives and livelihoods.

So when director Alex Jablonski set out to make a documentary about the lives of firefighters out in the field, he looked to Grants Pass, Oregon.

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It's a part of autumn just as much as falling leaves: the beginning of the Rogue Valley Symphony's concert season. 

Big pieces and big players are on the menu for the season, beginning next Friday (September 28) in Ashland. 

Music Director Martin Majkut splits his time between the Rogue Valley, another orchestra in New York City, and home in Slovakia. 

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In our current divided political climate the word "fascist" is an all-purpose insult used by the left to describe members of the alt-right. Much like "socialist" or "liberal" is hurled in the opposite direction.

But what exactly constitutes fascism? In his new book, How Fascism Works, Jason Stanley has a simple formula: fascist politics uses divisiveness to attain power.

He also describes the ten pillars of fascist politics. And he points out that a country need not be fascist to experience fascism. 

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That old brick warehouse at the corner of California and Shasta Streets in Redding may look nondescript.  But it's got a bright future, at least if the McConnell Foundation and Shasta Living Streets have anything to say about it. 

And they do... the foundation just gave a grant to Shasta Living Streets to develop uses for the warehouse, now dubbed California Street Labs

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Discussions of the opioid drug crisis often get well beyond the original reason for using the drugs: pain.  People take Oxycontin and the other opioids, or did at first, because they were suffering with pain. 

But the drugs turned out to be much more addictive than first thought.  The Oregon Health Authority put out guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain two years ago. 

Now a task force is wrapping up work on guidelines for using opioids for acute pain.  

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The Cascade Theater in Redding was inaugurated in 1935. By the mid-1990s, it was on the verge of collapse.

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It's become everyday in our age of anxiety. Many of us just don't sleep well, don't sleep enough, or both.

20 percent of Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disorder. Science writer Henry Nicholls comes to this topic from a different personal experience: he sleeps too much. He first noticed symptoms of narcolepsy when he was 21, and his disorder has progressed.

In his latest book, Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a Good Night's Rest, Nicholls digs into the latest neurological research on the spectrum of sleep disorders, from insomnia to narcolepsy to sleep apnea to restless leg syndrome, and finds that they have a lot in common. 

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Ocean fishing with large nets always catches creatures besides the intended fish; "bycatch," it's called in the business. 

But some large nets are known for scooping up and killing marine mammals as well as fish.  Driftnets were banned in Washington and Oregon years ago. 

Now California legislators have passed a law to ban driftnet fishing a few years down the road. 

Turtle Island Restoration Network and allied groups are thrilled with the passage. 

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