UPDATE: FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 9:30 a.m. -- Cooler, moister weather conditions are giving fire crews the change to make strong progress in containing the Delta fire. It's grown slightly to just over 60,000 acres and is 28 percent contained.

I-5 remains open and traffic is flowing while repairs are being made to guardrails and other infrastructure damaged by the fire.

NOTE: Since this fire seems to be in hand, we will make further updates to this report only if new developments warrant. To follow the daily updates issued by managers on the Delta fire, follow this link.

California Has One Of The Nation's Highest Poverty Rates, Again

Sep 13, 2018
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As housing prices continue to climb in California, experts say measures to bring down those costs, and the continuation of assistance programs such as Medicaid and food assistance, will be crucial for families on the threshold of poverty.


Slavery has long been illegal in the United States, but people are still forced to work and have sex against their will. 

Law enforcement continues to work to crack down on human trafficking, but it's a long haul.  Truckers are keeping their eyes out for people being trafficked; that's the focus of Truckers Against Trafficking

The program comes complete with a training program to make truckers more effective at spotting trafficking. 

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In late July, the Carr fire swept through parts of Redding, California and the surrounding area. Now, residents are faced with burned hillsides and more than a thousand home sites contaminated with toxic ash. What are the potential environmental impacts? JPR’s Liam Moriarty went to find out.

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In an effort to keep illegal marijuana out of the black market, an Oregon state commission has assigned grant funds to help counties beef up patrols. Southern Oregon is getting most of those funds.

A good chunk of the illegal weed pouring out of Oregon is grown in rural areas with underfunded sheriff’s departments, including Josephine and Jackson counties. That’s why lawmakers passed a bill that would open up 1.5 million dollars to counties wanting extra law enforcement.

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Since 2010, one Portland attorney has used public records requests to give his clients a glimpse of upcoming bills in the Oregon Legislature. But this year, lawyer Greg Chaimov says he got something new when he filed his request: A denial.

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Josh Horner faced 50 years in prison before an appeals court overturned his conviction this summer. And Monday, the Redmond, Oregon, man got an apology on behalf of the state of Oregon from John Hummel, the Deschutes County district attorney whose office prosecuted Horner on charges of child sex abuse.

As School Year Begins, California Ends Practice That Uprooted Migrant Students

Sep 10, 2018
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Oscar Ramos teaches students of migrant farm workers in his classroom at Sherwood Elementary School in Salinas, California. He sees students disappear because they must follow the crops with their parents, moving from town to town, making a steady education difficult. One year, a 4th grade teacher started the year with 28 students and ended with just three.

Southern Oregon University and Jefferson Public Radio will host a town hall meeting with Oregon State Senate District 3 candidates Jessica Gomez and Jeff Golden on Thursday, October 11th at the SOU Music Recital Hall at 7:00 pm.

Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) seeks a Broadcast Engineer to assist the Director of Engineering in maintaining, operating and developing the technical systems that enable JPR to fulfill its public service mission. 

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Despite a nationwide decrease in suicide rates, Oregon continues to rank among the states with the highest rates of suicide. The outlook is particularly bleak for seniors.

Oregon’s suicide rates have topped national averages for the past three decades. Federal data shows that those rates are highest among white men over age 70.

Sean Connolly is a behavioral health specialist with Senior & Disability Services at the Rogue Valley Council of Governments.

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The number of women who report being sexually assaulted in America are surprising enough.  But the numbers are shockingly high for Native American women. 

And the shock goes beyond sexual assault to murder and kidnap... these too happen at higher rates for native women than for the rest of the population. 

Southern Oregon Digital Archive

The back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s did a lot to populate the hills and hollers of our region. 

Thalia Truesdell was one of the people who came looking for a simpler way of life... she settled in Sawyer's Bar on the California side, buying some land there. 

Her experiences there and later in the Applegate Valley are the subject of this month's edition of Stories of Southern Oregon, curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella for the Southern Oregon Digital Archive

The great explorers all had a whole lot of unknown in front of them.  They had no idea what they'd find, and they came back with big surprises (think Charles Darwin, for one example). 

The mystery is mostly gone on an Earth now completely mapped.  Or is it? 

Oregon Governor's Latest Health Plan Looks Beyond Insurance

Sep 9, 2018

Gov. Kate Brown released a new plan Friday for improving the health of Oregonians.

In a policy paper called Health Care For All she said insurance alone doesn’t create healthy people. She said health is a result of everything from classrooms to housing.

More Fire Activity Brings Back The Smoke

Sep 7, 2018
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UPDATE: SEPT. 7, 4:00 p.m. -- Active fires in northern California and southern Oregon have brought back smoky air to much of the region. The new Delta fire between Redding and Mount Shasta, in particular, has made for deteriorating air quality along the I-5 corridor in that area.

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Protecting animals on the Earth can be a tricky proposition.  Case in point: creating marine reserves to protect fish and other ocean creatures. 

In the South Pacific, the announcement that reserves would be created in the future actually led to increased fishing before the reserves were established.  This is just one impact on fisheries tracked by economist Grant McDermott at the University of Oregon. 

He is this month's guest in Curious: Research Meets Radio. 

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One of the better features of modern cars is that they can tell you what's wrong with them.  Not in words, but with computer codes. 

The advent of computer diagnostics makes it a whole lot easier to figure out what ails a car.  But somebody's still got to fix it, and that's Zach Edwards' business at Ashland Automotive

Once a month he visits to answer our questions and yours about mysteries under the hood.  We call the segment The Squeaky Wheel, and invite you to call or write and be that wheel. 


Mark Leibovich's normal beat for the New York Times Magazine is Washington, DC and presidential politics. But for the last four years he's also been shadowing the NFL, publishing profiles of the game's more controversial figures, like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Leibovich says we've hit "peak football," and he sees the NFL's decline in the past few years as a metaphor for the country's political and cultural anxiety. His book is Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times