April Ehrlich


April Ehrlich is a reporter at Jefferson Public Radio. She covers a little bit of everything, including stories about wildfires, poverty and homelessness, and cannabis. She focuses on in-depth investigative journalism and data reporting. She advocates for journalists across Oregon as the vice president of the Oregon territory chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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

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Researcher Jordan Hollarsmith arrived at UC Davis as a graduate fellow in 2014 with the main goal of studying kelp forests in Northern California. 

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Oregon state regulators have fined five hemp businesses a total of $825,000 dollars for housing farmworkers in a dilapidated building in Josephine County.

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Terminamos el proyecto del "Oppressed By Wildfire." Pero aún estamos escuchando a sus experiencias. Para contactar con nosotros, favor de utilizar este formulario a continuación.

(For English, click here.)

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JPR spent several months investigating the impacts wildfires have had on marginalized groups in Northern California. You can listen to and read the entire series, "Oppressed By Wildfire," here.

Para español: https://www.ijpr.org/post/te-ha-impactado-un-incendio-forestal

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You may have heard of programs that help people quit smoking. But what about one aimed at teenagers who want to quit vaping?

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When it comes to a home’s ability to withstand fire, the right building materials can make all the difference. That’s why Medford is leading the way in regulating new construction in wildfire-prone areas.


We did it; we made it through the summer without a major wildfire plaguing our skies or our homes. After two years of smoke-filled weeks and wildfires threatening people’s lives, our region braced for the worst this summer. Major businesses and organizations—like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, vineyards and rafting companies—reworked their entire schedules around another smoky summer. Here at JPR, we also prepared for what we thought was to come.

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Grants Pass city councilors are trying to tackle a feral cat problem. The possible solution? Placing a limit on the number of cats a household could have within city limits.


Natural gas rates are set to increase in much of Oregon starting Nov. 1.

Air National Guard

Last year, high levels of carcinogenic chemicals were found at a military base in Southern Oregon. Now, environmental regulators are trying to see if those chemicals have leaked elsewhere.

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Federal agencies are proposing a new rule outlining if and when power companies can clear vegetation surrounding their equipment in federally owned forests.

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As temperatures drop, the City of Grants Pass is again trying to establish a warming center for people who are homeless. But city officials have made clear that they can’t pay for it.

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Umpqua Community College officials say there are low-levels of toxic lead dust in a former National Guard armory that is slated to become student housing.

However, they say they can't provide the lead test results to the public because the college doesn't have those results on file.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company restored electricity all of its customers over the weekend. Last week, the major California utility decided to shut power to prevent its equipment from sparking another wildfire during strong, dry winds.

In Shasta and Tehama counties, many people were inconvenienced — some even endangered — when the power went out. But mostly, people were just bored and out of work, leading them to find creative ways to pass the time without electricity.

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Pacific Gas and Electric officials say winds have died down enough to begin safety inspections of its equipment. Still, while the utility says power has been restored in Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties, electricity remains off in other parts of northern California, including Anderson, south of Redding in Shasta County. 


UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, OCT.9, 5:15 a.m. ... In a press release, Pacific Gas and Electric says it has begun proactively shutting off power to about 800,000 customers across California due to a high wind event. The shutoff is to prevent the utility's power lines and transmission equipment from sparking a wildfire.

Cal Fire

Cal Fire officials say a slower fire season has given them more time to ensure property owners are maintaining a defensible space around structures.

Michael Sullivan | The News-Review

Umpqua Community College administrators say they’re postponing the move-in date for students into a newly renovated student housing building due to the possible presence of toxic lead dust.

April Ehrlich | JPR News

The Fall term started Monday at Southern Oregon University, which saw another decrease in student numbers.

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The fire season is over in Oregon starting in October — at least officially.