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California allocated 2,800 acres of land to the Shasta Indian Nation. The Shasta County Board of Supervisors hired a former deputy district attorney as its new county clerk. And a wildfire map now categorizes some communities in Jackson County as "high hazard." That's among the stories JPR News covered in the week spring slides into summer. There's…
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Summer is here, and things should be growing in area gardens, growing like gangbusters. Except there are a few things that might get in the way: It might get very hot very fast, which was a feature of early June. And even when the plants are not very active, the bugs sure can be. We take up these and other early-summer gardening issues in a new edi…
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Maybe you don't like sauerkraut much, and figured that means you don't much like fermented foods. You could well be wrong about that, since bread and beer and wine and even coffee go through some fermentation. Kirsten and Christopher Shockey from the Applegate Valley have long sung the praises of fermented foods, calling themselves "fermentistas." …
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June 4th could be called Black Monday in Oregon journalism. That's the day two chains owning multiple newspapers across the state announced changes, and not the kind companies are proud to announce. Pamplin Media Group in Portland announced the sale of its entire collection of newspapers to a Mississippi company, and company operators said they exp…
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The Internet, and social media particularly, made it easy for anyone with a web connection to talk to the entire world. Kind of like what local terrestrial broadcasters do, but with a potentially much greater reach. Somehow, broadcasting has survived, both the professional and the amateur kind. Amateur radio operators--it's okay to call it "ham rad…
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Ashland-based Anima Mundi Productions has gained a reputation for staging new, original operas based on the stories of real people. The latest work from AMP goes a step further, coming out as an opera on film. Dreams Have No Borders is a story of Latino immigrant families in the Rogue Valley, fictionalized but based on interviews with real people a…
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(Sharona Jacobs) Juneteenth finds the JX crew taking the holiday, and we devote today's program to reflections on life in Black skin. Louis Chude Sokei is the guest, in an interview from 2021, talking about his amazing journey from child of celebrities in Biafra to the streets of Los Angeles--with Jamaica in between. He learned that "acting Black" …
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Once upon a time, advertisements of Medford claimed "a mountain spring in every home." That's not quite the truth, but the water supply for Medford and surrounding towns does come from Big Butte Springs in the Cascade. A fire in that area would be devastating, so plans are in the works to thin the forest and reduce the danger of catastrophic fire. …
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A recent ranking of how well the states care for their children put Oregon in the "best" category for health (at number 12; California is 10). But the same ranking put Oregon in the "worst" category for education (number 43, California at 35). Clearly there is some work to do in improving lives for children in both of our states. Our Children Orego…
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Type "pride month" into Google and watch what happens. Last time we did it, there was confetti and flags and celebration: June is Pride Month around the country, a chance for LGBTQ+ people to celebrate who they are and who they love. It wasn't always possible, especially when homosexuality could get a person arrested. Medford celebrates on Saturday…
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A couple of facts are indisputable: 1) Jackson County suffered greatly from the fires of early September 2020, and 2) Hard-hit communities are still rebuilding. Where things get complicated is in the process of rebuilding, and the federal government put a lot of money into that. But the state of Oregon distributes the money, through OHCS, Oregon Ho…
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Most of the time--especially in our part of the world--we're grateful for rain. Unless it just keeps on coming, soaking the ground and making rivers rise. Which happens more and more as Earth's climate changes. So plenty of people are questioning the wisdom of consistently rebuilding communities ravaged by flood, without moving away from the source…
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It's a rare college student today who can afford to pay for college without the aid of student loans. And it should come as no surprise that interest rates on the loans have risen, as the Federal Reserve pushed up its rates, and most others followed. So what WILL a student loan cost over time, at an interest rate of 6% rather than 5%? Brian Walsh h…
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Juneteenth is a federal holiday now, but why celebrate for a single day, when you can celebrate for several? That's the spirit in Coos and Curry Counties, as the South Coast Equity Coalition celebrates Juneteenth 2024--dubbed The Family Reunion--from June 18th through the 21st at multiple sites. Some of the events take note of the infamous 1902 lyn…
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Take this quick quiz: In what TV show did a character with a German accent frequently say "I know NOTHING!"? Bonus points if you can identify the character, Sergeant Schultz, but you win the prize if you guessed "Hogan's Heroes." American prisoners of war in a German camp may seem like a tricky subject for a comedy show, but it lasted six seasons, …
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Rice was white, and it came out of a box. That's the way it was for many American households... until the hippies of the 1960s came along. The counterculture also countered the prevailing food culture, embracing organic foods and vegetarianism and brown rice. Applegate Valley resident Diana Coogle was a true hippie, living on several communes. Her …
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The jet boats get a lot of attention, but they represent just one of many issues regarding the use of the Rogue River between the old Gold Ray Dam site and Lost Creek Dam (roughly 30 miles of river). State agencies have been gauging public opinion on recreation and conservation activities on that section of the Rogue, a process managed by the group…
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The Oregon State University Extension Service presence in Josephine County has been hanging by a thread. Services are still provided, but largely from money in the bank. Josephine County Commissioners, unhappy with the 4-H program, did not collect the property tax that provides the regular income for extension in the county. A budget hearing Tuesda…
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(qimono / Pixabay) The problems in Oregon's foster care system for children are numerous and long-running. Too many children are taken from their homes and placed into a foster care system that has too few available foster homes. The situation has led to children being taken out of state to be housed, children being put up in motels while awaiting …
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What are you up to this summer? For Peter Bay, the answer to the question was something like "I have a little time open." So Bay, who spent two decades conducting the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, is coming back for half of this summer's orchestra concerts. He'll also help in the search for a permanent music director, a position left op…
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