Category Archives: Jefferson Public Radio

As It Was: Roma, Also Known as Gypsies, Reach Oregon in 1890s

Oregon has a substantial population of Roma people, mostly in the Willamette Valley and around Portland. The Roma, also known as Gypsies, trace back to Northern India with tribes living primarily in Europe. The Roma emigrated from Europe to America in the 1850s. The earliest account of their presence in Oregon dates to 1893, when […]
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Oregon Lawmakers Concerned About National Emergency Declaration

The region’s Democrats and Republicans had equal concerns over President Trump’s national emergency declaration Friday. Republican Oregon Rep. Greg Walden said in a statement that he does not agree with the President’s willingness to spend money outside of Congressional authorization. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Concerned About National Emergency Declaration | Jefferson Public Radio

Oregon Legislature Treads Carefully Toward Pricing Carbon

This week, lawmakers are formally introducing a bill that would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Oregon Legislature Treads Carefully Toward Pricing Carbon

Deaf Community Asks Oregon Lawmakers To Update Terminology

Oregon’s deaf community is asking lawmakers to remove terms from state law that many of its members consider offensive. Decades ago, Oregon and many other states started referring to deaf people as “hearing impaired.” Source: Deaf Community Asks Oregon Lawmakers To Update Terminology | Jefferson Public Radio

Bill Would Ban Wildlife Hunting Contests In Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban wildlife hunting contests. Backers of the bill include animal rights organizations and conservation groups. They say at least five such events have been held in recent years in Oregon, mostly in Harney and Lake Counties. Source: Bill Would Ban Wildlife Hunting Contests In Oregon

Getting Help For Mobile Homes In Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Legislature is just getting down to business, and Ashland Rep. Pam Marsh is determined for that business to include manufactured housing. Source: Wed 8 AM | Getting Help For Mobile Homes In Oregon Legislature

Public Comment Ends Soon On Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan

The Oregon Coast Trail meanders along beaches, through forests…and sometimes along the shoulder of busy Highway 101. The Oregon State Parks Department says Source: Public Comment Ends Soon On Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan

Southern Oregon Wildfire Forum: No Easy Answers 

A panel of state and local fire officials told the audience at a forum in Medford Thursday. A panel of state and local fire officials told the audience at a forum in Medford Thursday night that the longer, more intense wildfire seasons the region has been experiencing are not going away anytime soon. Source: Southern […]
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Natural Gas Permit Draws Hundreds To Hearing In Southern Oregon

Nearly two-thousand people crowded outside the Jackson County Expo Center in Central Point Tuesday night to protest a proposed natural gas project that needs a state permit to proceed. The Jordan Cove Energy Project aims to build a natural gas export terminal on the coast and 230-mile pipeline across Southern Oregon. But before doing that, […]
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Oregon Considers Jordan Cove’s Dredging Permits

A proposed natural gas pipeline and processing facility is at the center of a series of hearings in Southern Oregon starting Monday, Jan. 7. The Canadian company Pembina has applied for what’s called a removal-fill permit for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The permit allows the company to dredge waterways and wetlands. Source: Oregon Considers […]
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