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The Long Struggle Over Medicine Lake Highlands

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Medicine Lake in the foreground, Mt. Shasta in the distance.

Mount Shasta is the very visible volcano in Siskiyou County.  But a few dozen miles away lies Medicine Lake Highlands, a shield volcano (flatter) that stretches on for miles. 

It is geologically and culturally significant, both to natives of the region and beyond.  And it is a potential site of geothermal energy production. 

As you might guess, the proposals to drill wells for geothermal development met with stiff opposition, both from the Pit River Tribe and the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center.  Michelle Berditschevsky founded the center and is still very much involved; she visits with an update on recent activity over the geothermal plans. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.