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Bag Bans, No On Pot, and Yes On Merkley: JX October 20-24

Excitement should be building in the region about now. 

Ballots are arriving in Oregon mailboxes, and candidates are running left and right (literally, not politically) to make their cases for election. 

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visits The Exchange to make his pitch for reelection this week (we're awaiting a return message from Monica Wehby's staff). 

The NO side on Oregon's marijuana measure also speaks up, and we hear about plastic at the checkout counter (disappearing) and in the ocean (still there). 

Here's our list, still in development:*************

Jefferson Exchange for October 20-24, 2014

The Jefferson Exchange (www.jeffexchange.org) is an interactive talk radio program heard live each weekday from 8-10 a.m. and rebroadcast 8-10 p.m. on Jefferson Public Radio's News & Information Service. The Jefferson Exchange encourages listeners to call in during the program at 1-800-838-3760.  Emails are taken during the live broadcast at jx@jeffnet.org.

Stations in Oregon: KSJK-Talent, AM 1230; KAGI-Grants Pass, AM 930; KTBR-Roseburg, AM 950; KRVM-Eugene, AM 1280.  Also heard in Klamath Falls on a translator at 91.9 FM.

Stations in California: KNHM-Bayside/Eureka, 91.5 FM; KMJC-Mt. Shasta, AM 620; KSYC-Yreka, AM 1490; KPMO-Mendocino, AM 1300; and KJPR-Lake Shasta City/Redding, AM 1330.

The program is also heard live on the internet at www.ijpr.org. Program information, online comment areas and links to podcasts can be found at www.jeffexchange.org, also through Facebook and Twitter.

What follows is a partial list of confirmed guests; content may change without notice.
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Monday, October 20, 2014/8:00            New Excitement Over Old Caves
In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago.  They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves.  And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places.  We discuss the celebration and other events of Archaeology Month.  
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/hcd/pages/index.aspx

Monday, October 20, 2014/8:30            Ashland Heads For A Bag Ban
California recently passed a statewide ban on plastic bags, but Oregon still handles the issue on a city-by-city basis.  And Ashland is joining the list of cities banning single-use bags, effective November 6th.  Stores and shoppers are already practicing for life after the ban.  We discuss the advantages and features of the new law.  
http://www.ashland.or.us/

Monday, October 20, 2014/9:00            Crossing The Ocean: "Salt, Sweat, Tears"
Most of us would gladly cross the ocean on a ship.  Start reducing the size of the ship, and you reduce the numbers of people willing to take the journey.  For example: would you cross the ocean in a rowboat?  Adam Rackley did.  He and a partner spent 70 days crossing the ocean in a boat just seven meters (23 feet) long.  He tells the story in the book "Salt, Sweat, Tears" and joins us in the studio to recap the book and journey.  
http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780241967041,00.html

Tuesday, October 21, 2014/8:00            The No Position On Legal Pot
Oregon can at least look to two other states for ideas about what might happen if voters legalize marijuana.  Washington and Colorado both voted pot legal two years ago, learning a number of lessons since legalization.  Passage of Measure 91 in Oregon's November election would add the state to the other two.  Mandi Puckett from No on 91 joins us with the case against legalization.  
www.VoteNo91.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014/8:30            The "Siskiyou Plus" Bear Hunt Cancelled
A proposal to expand bear hunting in the spring in southwestern Oregon recently died after quite a bit of controversy.  The state Department of Fish and Wildlife ultimately decided there was too much risk to orphan young bears during nursing season.  Animal rights groups worked hard for the decision.  We visit with the Humane Society of the U.S. about the issues involved.  
http://www.humanesociety.org/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014/8:30        VENTSday
VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics.  They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

Thursday, October 23, 2014/8:30            Senator Merkley Makes His Case
In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term.  Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon.  Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races.  Senator Merkley joins us with his case for reelection.   
http://www.jeffmerkley.com/

Friday, October 24, 2014/9:00            Plastic in the Global Ocean
Dr. Giora Proskurowski knows the oceans, from top to bottom.  And that's not just metaphor.  Dr. Proskurowski is a University of Washington professor who has studied everything from vents on the ocean floor to plastic trash floating on the surface.  And he'll deliver a talk about the plastic part this weekend in Coos Bay.  He joins us in advance of the talk to tell tales of the ocean's challenges.  
http://www.socc.edu/news/plastic-in-the-global-ocean.shtml
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.