Angela Decker

Morning Edition Host | Reporter

Angela Decker joined us as a backup host for Morning Edition in August 2016, and moved into the main chair in February 2017.  She has a long history in journalism, but is a relatively recent convert to broadcasting.  When she's not at JPR, Angela is a freelance writer and part-time poet.  She's the mother of two hungry teens and too many pets.  Angela is delighted to be back at Morning Edition after she and her family moved overseas for a year.

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Laura Sherr © The Marine Mammal Center

About 30 gray whales have washed up dead along the west coast this year.  Scientists say they expect some migrating whale deaths, but the high number is concerning. 

Courtesy PG&E

UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company issued this update:

More than 250 PG&E workers and partner utility workers are in the North Valley, where heavy, low-elevation snow and heavy rains on Wednesday fell trees and damaged power lines and poles.

The extensive damage to PG&E equipment, coupled with blocked roads and snowy terrain, impacted 60,000 PG&E customers at its peak on early Wednesday morning. 

As of 4 p.m. Friday, about 22,000 customer remain without power, most of them – or about 19,000 – are in Shasta County, which was hit especially hard by severe weather.

Nearly 3,000 are without power in Tehama County communities of Cottonwood, Lyonsville, Mineral, Mill Creek and Manton.

With adverse weather this weekend, there may be fresh power outages. PG&E crews and its partner crews are working to assess and repair damages to electric equipment.  

Jackson County

More adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities are thriving in their communities, living in foster homes rather than institutions. Jackson County’s need for homes where the developmentally disabled can live as independently as possible is growing. 

In January of 1852, mule-packers John Poole and James Cluggage, owners of ‘Jackass Freight,’ were carrying supplies from the Willamette Valley to Sacramento, California. They stopped to camp near what is now Jacksonville, and, while digging for water, struck gold. The men quickly staked a claim on the land in what turned out to be the biggest gold discovery in the state. When word got out, miners from all over the country headed toward southern Oregon to make their fortune. With the miners came saloons, post offices, wives and children. Towns sprang up all over the region.