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.

Indian Country Today went dormant for a while. 

The online source of news about Native Americans and by Native Americans had to figure out a way to become and stay financially viable, like many a news organization in the 2010s. 

ICT got back in the game earlier this year with the naming of a new editor and associate editor. 

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A guy connected to Lego must know something about creativity. 

And that is indeed the case for Ronald Beghetto.  One of his many hats is serving as a creativity advisor for the Lego Foundation. 

But Dr. Beghetto wears many others in studying and working to inspire creativity, especially in education.  He is one of the speakers at the Creativity Conference at Southern Oregon University August 3-6. 

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The name "Grateful Dead" got ironic indeed after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia. 

The remaining "core four" of the band could not decide on an appropriate legacy for the band or its most famous, and now missing, member.  And it took 20 years for an agreement to emerge, and the "Fare Thee Well" tour was the result. 

The tour gave a title to Joel Selvin's book, Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

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Josh Gross has a passion for music. 

Safe to say that Josh loves music in many forms, and he gets to demonstrate it by making his own AND by covering the music of others in his writing. 

We plug Josh into the Exchange once a month in a segment we call Rogue Sounds. 

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When a wildfire hits and people have to evacuate their homes, they often refuse to leave their pets behind. They pack their dogs in carriers and crates and head to the nearest emergency animal shelter, if there is one.

But increasingly people are refusing to separate from their pets, even if that means they can’t sleep in an evacuation center.

That was the case during the massive wildfire in Northern California that erupted last week. 

Amy Faubion said she wanted to sleep in the air-conditioned shelter with her dogs, but she couldn't

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At times during this and any fire season, it can seem like every single person who works for the Oregon Department of Forestry is out fighting fires.  But somebody has to stay in the offices. 

Count Pete Parsons among them.  He is an ODF meteorologist, keeping track of the weather now and in the future. 

One of his duties is to prepare a seasonal climate forecast, and he just delivered one a matter of days ago.  So we have many questions, including just what we can expect for the rest of the summer and the early fall. 

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By now women have performed most of the jobs on the planet, so there are few surprises. 

But it was a first when Martha L. Walters took office as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

She is the first woman to occupy the position. 

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Even people who understand the stock market and a few things about finance can get overwhelmed by the wealth of information about money. 

Chad Gordon aims to keep people merely whelmed, with a grasp of what they need to know to keep some sense of order to their finances. 

Chad is an investment advisor who channelled what he knows and what he learned into a very accessible book, Wealth by Virtue

Maybe you're pining for fall already, and a break from heat and smoke. 

But we've got long, warm days and maybe even a little time off from work.  That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading.  Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment is back for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

Northtown Books in Arcata is the latest independent book store to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

You can't have a forest fire without an argument about what contributed to the severity of the fire.  Now researchers from the forestry departments at Humboldt State and Oregon State Universities weigh in with research on differences between public and private land. 

In general, the work found that the fire severity is greater on private lands with younger trees, most of the same type. 

Conversely, the fire severity was less on adjacent public lands with greater variety of tree species and age. 

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Creativity is admired and sought-after, if not always appreciated. 

But what does it take to be creative, what makes one person creative and another person less so?  These topics and more will be explored at the first-ever Creativity Conference held at Southern Oregon University, August 3rd through 6th. 

Daniel Deneui, a psychology professor at SOU, is the organizer. 

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Not all relationships are created equal.  But most contain some element of power dynamics... one person wielding--or trying to--some power over another person. 

Too bad there's not an owner's manual for relationships. 

There is, though, The Power Manual by Cyndi Suarez, which covers the keys to power and how to use them. 

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Hundreds of Redding residents didn’t have much notice before they heard sirens blaring through their neighborhoods Thursday night, calling for immediate evacuations. People who left were snagged by traffic. If they tried to find a hotel, they were likely out of luck; most were booked solid clear down to Sacramento.

So they ended at an evacuation center, like the one at Shasta College. Cots covered the gym floors, and despite the midday noise, many evacuees slept solidly. They were exhausted. It was hot. And they didn’t know when they could return home, or if their home was left standing.

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Technology can be a great help to a person who wants to go hunting. 

Even in the ancient skill of archery, all kinds of high-tech materials can be used to make bows and arrows.  No thanks, says Rose City Archery

RCA, based in Myrtle Point, makes arrows the old-fashioned way, out of Port Orford Cedar, abundant on the Oregon Coast. 

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If President Donald Trump has his way, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument straddling the state line will get smaller. 

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Jon Meacham has written some fine biographies of Americans, including one on Andrew Jackson that won a Pulitzer Prize.  Now it's not a person Meacham is examining, but a whole country. 

That's the gist of his latest work, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.  In the book, Meacham points out several times in American history when we were at each other's throats, figuratively if not actually, and managed to come through. 

The key: finding and accentuating those better angels. 

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Not only is fire season generally longer in our part of the world, but the fires themselves act differently. 

Managers on a number of recent fires reported fire behavior they had never seen before. 

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After every school shooting, the standard question is: what might have prevented this?  Metal detectors and armed teachers aside, there are efforts to figure out which students are thinking about committing violence on their classmates. 

But the process of identifying potential shooters brings some risks, too.  Like what if the assessment is wrong?  And how can a student be reintegrated into the school community after being singled out? 

These are issues considered by John Van Dreal, who runs the safety and risk management programs at Salem-Keizer schools, and by Jeffrey Sprague, who is the co-director of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the University of Oregon College of Education. 

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Wildfires are pouring smoke into the valleys of southern Oregon, making hazardous air that’s nearly unbreathable.

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When even Eugene hits a daytime high of 100°F, it's just plain hot out there.  It's possible you have to work out there when it's hot. 

By the accounting of several activist groups, millions of American workers lack protections from heat stress. 

Those organizations, including Public Citizen, are petitioning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require some protections to be provided by employers. 

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