April Ehrlich

Reporter | Newscaster | Producer

April Ehrlich is a reporter, newscaster and producer at Jefferson Public Radio. She helps host JPR's local newscasts during Morning Edition, produces radio spots and features as a general reporter, and organizes segments for JPR's daily talk show, the Jefferson Exchange.

Reach her at 541-552-7075 or ehrlicha@sou.edu.

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The Ashland City Council passed a controversial ordinance Tuesday night that opponents fear will criminalize homeless people and allow police racial profiling.

Those protestors lined outside the Ashland council chambers to voice their concerns on what they call the “stop and identify” ordinance, which allows police to arrest someone who they suspect of breaking city rules if they don’t provide their name and date of birth.

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A suspect died after an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning at the Oregon State Police office in Grants Pass.

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Ashland City Councilors will discuss a proposed ordinance Tuesday night that would allow police officers to demand someone’s name and birth date, even if they haven’t committed a crime.

Ordinance 3176 would create a new offense — “Failure to Provide Name and Date of Birth to a Peace Officer.”  Police can ask for that information if they suspect that person of committing a city violation. Under the ordinance, if someone refuses to provide their name and birth date to an officer who requests it, they could be charged with a misdemeanor. That charge could result in hundreds of dollars in fines and weeks in jail.

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing its popular Green Show indoors, at least when it’s too smoky outside to perform.

When a show is moved from the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre to the indoor Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, then the Green Show will also be moved indoors for streaming-only performances.

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The Milepost 97 fire in Douglas County is pushing clouds of unhealthy air into southern Oregon and even into California.

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Sundial Bridge in Redding Friday night to remember what was lost in  last year’s Carr Fire in Shasta County, which took several lives and destroyed more than a thousand homes.

Have you had to evacuate because of an oncoming wildfire in Northern California? What happened? How is your community preparing for future wildfires?

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America's biggest broadcast media company is financially backing the owner of the Rogue Valley’s largest newspaper in a way that’s raising questions about the influence of outside money on local news.

¿Ha tenido que evacuar su residencia debido a un incendio forestal en el Norte de California?

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California has charged a couple for allegedly taking advantage of a Guatemalan family by coercing them into the United States and forcing them to stay after their visas expired.

The indictment says that Nery and Maura Martinez promised the mother and her two children a more comfortable life with livable wages while they worked at a Mexican restaurant and carpet cleaning service in Shasta Lake. The couple owned Latino's Mexican Restaurant and Redding Carpet Cleaning & Janitorial Services.

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Ashland city councilors are considering an ordinance Tuesday night that requires someone who has been stopped by police to provide their name and date of birth.

Ashland police say people are increasingly refusing to provide their names when they are stopped for potentially violating a law.

An Oregon Supreme Court ruling in 2017 concluded that this sort of  “passive behavior” wasn’t in itself a violation. But without a name and date of birth, police can’t issue a ticket.

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Klamath County has long struggled with the highest unemployment rates in the state. And now, it’s likely to lose about 300 jobs this summer.

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As conservative states continue to challenge federal laws on abortion, in deep blue Oregon, the debate over abortion rights is happening on a much smaller scale, and it’s happening on your average street corner.

About 400 people turned out to a community meeting with fire managers in Merlin, Oregon, as the Taylor Creek Fire threatened hundreds of homes.
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Josephine County officials are again asking rural voters if they would like a publicly funded fire district. But this time, it’s in the form of an advisory question on the May 21 ballot.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has closed the book on a years-long battle to overturn a ban on suction dredge mining in Oregon’s salmon-bearing streams.

The court declined to hear their petition on Oregon’s 2017 ban on using industrial dredging machinery in streams that are critical coho salmon breeding grounds. The dredges suck up gravel from streambeds so miners could sift for precious metals.

Miners argued that a federal law dating back to the mid-1800s renders Oregon’s moratorium illegal.

Jim Carey of Klamath County Public Health / Oregon Smoke Blog

Smoke-filled summers caused parts of southern Oregon to violate national air quality standards in 2017. Now the state is asking federal regulators to disregard those smoky days when calculating overall air quality measurements.

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A rare salamander that only exists on the Oregon-California border is at the heart of a potential lawsuit against the federal government.



Wolf populations are increasing in Oregon, which makes a proposed wolf management plan released Monday all the more controversial. In fact, neither conservationists nor cattle owners are entirely happy with the proposal.


Many Oregonians continue to struggle to make rent, according to data the state released this month.

Thirty Oregon cities are severely rent burdened, which means more than a quarter of their renters put more than half their income toward housing. The number of severely rent-burdened cities in Oregon hasn’t changed since last year’s count.

Still, the number of individual households that are severely burdened by rent has slightly decreased from last year. Ariel Nelson with Oregon Housing and Community Services says the factors playing into those numbers are complex.

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When a wildfire ignites, bulldozer operators often carve lines through plant life to keep flames from spreading.