Dave Young

Host/Reporter

Dave has worked in broadcasting for over 30 years as an on-air host, producer, writer, and recording engineer, and has regularly hosted public broadcasting pledge drives since 1982. He is also an active freelance voice talent and audiobook narrator, working from his own home studio. Dave has also owned and operated a live-sound company providing large-scale public address systems for concerts and other live events. Dave returned to college mid-life to study human performance and athletic training. This lead to coaching professional athletes and the opening of his own health club in the Seattle area from 2004 to 20015. After long stays in San Francisco and Seattle, Dave settled in Ashland in early 2019. Outside of media and business pursuits, Dave’s primary passions are hiking wilderness trails and long-distance motorcycling.

Like everyone else, the country's motor vehicle agencies are having to adapt to conronavirus concerns. In Oregon, all field offices of the DMV have been closed since March 25 in direct response to Governor Kate Brown's stay-at-home order. The only access to DMV information is online, and the public's only access to transactions is by mail.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new federal grant announced Wednesday provides additional funding to address COVID-19 health care for traditionally underserved populations in the northwest.

This is shaping up to be the driest February on record in parts of the west. The combination of low rainfall and warmer than average temperatures has produced an official state of “moderate drought” in both Northern California and Southern Oregon. And there’s little good news in the forecast.

The first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed in Humboldt County. Humboldt County Public Health says the individual is doing well and self-isolating at home. 

A federal grant of over $16 million has been awarded to 9 Oregon tribes to provide affordable housing for tribal communities. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is conducting a count of this year’s migrating gray whale population. 

The number of Coho salmon in Northern California's Shasta and Scott rivers in 2019 was too low to sustain a viable population. That’s according to a just-released report from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The most recent count identified only 334 Coho on the Scott, and 61 on the Shasta.

Felice Pace, with the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club, says, "Biologists tell us that you need 500 spawners minimum to have a viable genetic population. If you have less spawners than that the genetics start to get too narrow and that can make these species vulnerable."

Douglas County officials are reporting at least 9 drug overdose cases, and at least one death, tied to fentanyl-laced opioids since Monday. That’s compared to an average of one to two overdoses every two weeks for the county.

In 2020, Oregon’s electricity providers will be required to produce a record 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources, like solar and wind. These renewables are replacing fossil fuels-and their greenhouse gas emissions. But total emissions in the state are still on the rise.


Picture of a wind farm
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A deeply controversial proposal to put 60 wind turbines along the Highway 101 corridor south of Eureka was shot down last week by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

Why was a clean energy project met with such hostility in the famously-green county? JPR's Dave Young recently asked Shomik Mukherjee, a reporter with the Eureka Times Standard.  He followed the story from the beginning. 


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Enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2020 through the Affordable Care Act ends Sunday at midnight.