Jefferson Journal

The Jefferson Journal is JPR's members' magazine featuring articles, columns, and reviews about living in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as well as articles about finance, health and food from NPR.   The magazine also includes program listings for JPR's network of radio stations. The publication's bi-monthly circulation is approximately 10,000.  To support JPR and receive your copy in the mail each month become a Member today!


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.

Scott Harding

A logjam on a river can be a beautiful thing—especially if you’re a salmon. Logjams collect the gravel salmon need to lay their eggs.

But if you’re a spring chinook on the South Umpqua, the slick gray-green sheets of rock that line the course of the river can be a bleak place.

“The water just rips through it. And because the bedrock offers very little resistance, all the gravel and substrate just move out and don’t get retained,” Forest Service fisheries biologist Casey Baldwin said.

As JPR completes its 50th anniversary year and NPR looks ahead to marking its golden anniversary in 2020, I thought it would be interesting to visit some of the founding documents that established public broadcasting as an American institution.

Newsroom News

Sep 1, 2019

It’s been a busy time at JPR. We’ve made significant progress advancing the expansion of our newsroom, with the goal of strengthening our local and regional journalism for both our radio listeners and digital audience.

When she was 46, a woman we’ll call Hope (who asked to remain anonymous for reasons which will become obvious) was finding it impossible to fall and stay asleep at night. She was working full-time, raising a child with extreme special needs, and dealing with worrisome health issues of her own. 

She had Lyme disease, as well as retinitis pigmentosa, a condition which resulted in the loss of vision in her left eye, and herniated disks in her back. On top of all that, Hope was leaving a job she’d had for over a decade to start a new career.

Into The Fire

Jul 15, 2019
Valerie Ing | JPR News


Volunteer firefighters are at the front lines of today’s larger, more dangerous wildfires. Are we up for the job?

The call came in on July 5, 2018, at 12:31 pm: a vegetation fire in the vicinity of Klamathon Road, near the town of Hornbrook, California, just a few miles south of the Oregon border.

It was a hot, windy day, and bone-dry. Tim Thurner, fire chief for the Hornbook Fire Protection District, was heading to Yreka to have lunch with his wife, Sherri, when they got the tone-out.

When I was promoted last month to be JPR’s news director, I got a little flash of déjà vu. Mostly, that’s because this is the second time I’ve held that title in the JPR newsroom.

Along with the national debt in the USA soaring to 22 trillion dollars, student loan debt in this country is 1.3 trillion. Come on, that can’t be right. Well, it says so on the Google, so I’m trusting it to be fairly accurate. Lots of links confirm that debt is how this country does business.

Wikipedia |

 The phrase “tragedy of the commons” was coined in 1833 by the British economist William Forster Lloyd. He used the term to describe the negative outcome of a hypothetical example of overgrazing by cattle on common land, “the commons”.

JPR Pioneers

Jun 13, 2019

On May 21st JPR celebrated its 50th anniversary.  50 years is a long time in the media world.  Programming tastes change, technology changes -- and through the decades every successful media organization has needed to evolve and adapt.  At the same time, every media enterprise that has endured has needed to remain true to itself -- to know who it is and what it’s trying to accomplish.

Pepper Trail

For a traveler, simply to say the word “Cuba” sets off a little shiver of excitement. Few other place names unleash such a jumble of associations, opinions, and questions in American minds. For most of the past 50 years, Cuba has been difficult or impossible for Americans to visit, and all the more tantalizing for that. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about citizen-funded journalism recently.  Likely, it’s because we’re in the midst of our Spring Fund Drive making the case to our listeners for our public service mission.  

But, deeper than that, I’ve been observing momentum within a broader segment of institutions supporting the idea that citizen-funded journalism, stewarded by non-profit organizations, should become a more prominent and important part of our journalism ecosystem.

In 1965, futurist and writer Alvin Toffler coined the term “future shock” to describe the “shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time”.

In 1970, Toffler published Future Shock in which he went in-depth about the many ways in which rapid technological and social change were leaving people disconnected and disoriented, severed from the past but not fully belonging to the future that was arriving too quickly to process.

OSF | David Cooper

In this my second and final piece on Bill Rauch, I want to concentrate on his legacy. As he prepares to leave OSF, two of the initiatives begun during his time here look to be assured of a future.

Women Of The Baton

Mar 1, 2019
Wikimedia Commons

The names Chiquinha Gonzaga and Elfrida Andree probably won’t ring a bell with many classical music fans today, but both were not only pioneers in music as the first female orchestra conductors in their respective hemispheres, they were both strong advocates for women’s rights, paving the way for women who wanted to follow in their footsteps with professional music careers.

The sexbots are coming. Well, not literally, not yet anyway—but that’ll happen soon enough with further advances in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence to the point that you would no longer be able to distinguish whether or not your sexbot was just faking it.

For those of you who haven’t made it past first base in the world of sexual machines and are asking, “Sexbot? What is this sexbot?” let me explain as clearly and couthly as possible.

The Lion And The Lamb Of Spring

Mar 1, 2019
Guillaume Galtier

I know what March is like. I remember one night last year when the March lion roared with vigor, flexing her muscle and exhibiting her power as the wind hurtled down the ridge. The next morning she was sitting satisfied on the mountain, licking her paws, letting the rain fall thickly, watching the snow deepen on the ski trails.

NPR | Stephen Voss

During the coming months, NPR will be convening leaders of stations around the country to explore a new way for member stations and NPR to work together in the years ahead.

Dubbed “The NPR-Member Station Compact” the effort seeks to replace the current relationship, that is primarily a producer-purchaser model in which NPR produces programs and stations buy them, with one that is deeper, more interdependent and dynamic.

The goal of the compact is to achieve three objectives:

Darren Campbell

You really can’t watch Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 tour de force, without cringing. The film begins with an ominous zwit zwit of helicopter blades, a sound that grows louder and more ominous as a lush palm jungle appears in the frame. 

Getting To Know You

Jan 3, 2019

When listeners meet me for the first time, they usually say “it’s nice to put a face to the voice.” I could practically say the same thing of them; when I’m on air, I feel like I’m speaking to a faceless void, an empty room. But I got to see a lot of faces for the first time during Jefferson Public Radio’s open house this fall. I never thought that I’d have a job interesting enough that people would want to tour my desk space, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw huge groups of people lining out our door to learn more about their local public radio station.