Category Archives: Jefferson Public Radio

Wild Bees May Benefit From Cleaning Up After Clearcuts

After cutting down trees in a section of forest, logging crews can do their local bees a favor by sticking around to clear the debris and flatten the ground. A recent study from Oregon State University suggests that removing timber harvest residue — also known as “slash” — could help wild bee populations thrive in […]
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The Entire Northwest Is Abnormally Dry, With Severe Drought In Parts Of Washington And Oregon

The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state of Washington is abnormally dry. In Oregon, nearly 90 percent of the state is facing moderate to severe drought. “What we’re experiencing is part of what the entire western united states is experiencing,” Kristin Johnson-Waggoner said. She’s a communications manager with the Water Resources Program in Washington Department of Ecology. […]
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Oregon Fires: Weekend Winds Alternately Clear Smoke, Rev Up Fires (& New Smoke)

Southern Oregonians got a dose of fresh air over the weekend from an increase in wind speeds. But the same winds that cleared wildfire smoke increased wildfire activity. Source: Oregon Fires: Weekend Winds Alternately Clear Smoke, Rev Up Fires (& New Smoke) | Jefferson Public Radio

Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon

As drought conditions continue statewide, Douglas County is taking further action to save water. Source: Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon

Wildfire Smoke Challenges Homeless, Sensitive Populations in Southern Oregon

Wildfires are pouring smoke into the valleys of southern Oregon, making hazardous air that’s nearly unbreathable. Even healthy people may experience chest Source: Wildfire Smoke Challenges Homeless, Sensitive Populations in Southern Oregon

Worth A Thousand Words Or More: Southern Oregon Fire Map

An updated map from a new unified information center for Southern Oregon Fires released Monday shows just how much work awaits firefighters. Source: Worth A Thousand Words Or More: Southern Oregon Fire Map

HIV Numbers Wobble In Oregon

HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is not as scary as it once was.  Testing positive for HIV used to mean a progression into AIDS, and an early death.  Treatments for people with HIV have improved vastly. And the numbers of cases have generally trended downward.  But parts of the region, including Coos County, have noticed […]
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Campfires Temporarily Banned At Oregon State Parks

A ban on campfires and open flames was announced by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Thursday. This just a day after Governor Kate Brown declared a statewide wildfire emergency. All fires on campgrounds, day-use and ocean shore areas in Oregon state parks are prohibited. Liquid fuel stoves are permitted but must be attended. Source: […]
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Wildfire Agencies Make Plans To Coordinate Better

After nearly a week of fighting dozens of lightning-caused fires, agencies in several levels of government announced plans to better coordinate the firefighting. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest announced “a multi-agency coordination group that will provide a mechanism for prioritizing incidents, sharing resources and putting fires out more efficiently.” Source: Wildfire Agencies Make Plans To Coordinate Better […]
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Threatened Silverspot Butterflies Return Home To A Coastal Oregon Mountain

For the first time in 40 years, there are Oregon silverspot butterflies on Saddle Mountain. With Tupperware full of caterpillars loaded painstakingly into backpacks, a team of biologists, zookeepers and park rangers winds its way up an increasingly steep trail. They’re headed for the few, isolated meadows capable of supporting the endangered butterfly. Source: Threatened […]
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