Gomez, Golden Vie For Votes At SOU-JPR Forum For Oregon 3rd District Senate Race

Oregon’s Third Senate District encompasses roughly the southern half of Jackson County, from Medford to the California line. It’s also a district that could determine whether the state’s Democratic legislators get the super-majority that would enable them to pass spending measures without Republican votes. The two candidates for the seat met in a town hall-style forum Thursday night sponsored by Southern Oregon University and Jefferson Public Radio.

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JPR Live Session: Patrick Sweany

Nashville vocalist/guitarist Patrick Sweany doesn’t hold back on his latest studio album, Ancient Noise . Sweany recorded the new tunes with GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Matt Ross-Spang after Ross-Spang invited Sweany to check out his new homebase at legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. The studio that Phillips had custom built in the 70s has been meticulously refurbished by the Phillips family. “ Sam Phillips Recording is the best place on earth to record a rock ‘n’ roll album, ” says Sweany. “ I live for going into the sessions with no pre-production rehearsals with the band, we just cut the album on the floor of Studio A song-by-song. ”

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Burning On Purpose: Klamath TREX

After a long and costly fire season, few people want to talk about burning trees. Unless it's their job to do so. We're reminded frequently that fire is a natural part of life in our forests, and the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership is right in the middle of its annual training exchange , or TREX. The 13-day event involves controlled burns and many other activities related to fire-adapted ecosystems.

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Can Genome Sequencing Help Northwest Orcas Recover?

This summer, an orca known as J-35 made national headlines while carrying the body of her dead calf for 17 days in the waters of the Salish Sea. Her loss gripped the nation and was also a huge blow for the Southern Resident killer whale population . That’s because over the past 30 years the population of these Pacific Northwest orcas has declined 25 percent.

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Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

If temperatures increase in California because of climate change, snow could melt earlier in the Sierra Nevada — and you might only find it at higher elevations.

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JPR Classics Live: Cassatt String Quartet

Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances in London for the Sapphire Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, New York's Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs - in Paris and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio's Performance Today, Boston's WGBH, New York's WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada's CBC Radio and Radio France.

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New Tool Allows Californians To Report Campaign Ads That Don't Disclose Donors

Oct 5, 2018
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With the election only a month away, campaign flyers, TV ads, and billboards will start to pile up.

This week California Fair Political Practices Commission introduced AdWATCH, a tool for the public to identify ads that violate campaign law.

The California Disclose Act requires mailers, lawn signs, billboard, TV and radio, and internet ads to show who’s paying for political advertising. FPCC Spokesman Jay Wierenga said the tool helps the public report the ad if the proper information isn’t listed.

Public Lands Grazing Helps Ranchers, Sage Grouse, Study Says

Oct 5, 2018

Grazing restrictions on public lands may have unintended consequences for greater sage grouse, according to a recent study. The imperiled birds depend on habitat on both public and private lands, and much of that habitat can be lost when ranching operations go under.

Meeting Thursday evening for the second of three planned gubernatorial debates, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler were more willing to attack each other's record than when they’d faced off two nights before.

On a wide array of issues, Brown and Buehler set forth at the Medford event to build a narrative about their opponent.

Oregon’s sanctuary law for immigration is simple on paper. It says no law enforcement agency can use its money, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending people whose only violation is being in the country unlawfully.

But what makes the law confusing is that it has not been interpreted by the courts.

In November, voters in Oregon will decide Measure 105, which asks whether to keep the 31-year-old law.

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. 


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.

UPDATE (Oct. 3, 1:35 p.m. PT) — The union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has asked the Oregon Department of Justice to conduct a criminal investigation into Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. They want Wheeler, who is the city's police commissioner, to relinquish his supervisory authority over the Portland Police Bureau.


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