Liam Moriarty

Reporter for Jefferson Public Radio
Climate Change
7:13 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Supreme Court Decision Could Impact NW Clean Fuel Rules

Credit Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz / Wikimedia Commons

Last week, the U-S Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law. Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.

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Arts & Culture
6:57 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Rogue Hack Lab: Incubator For Innovation And Learning

Credit Rogue HackLab

Maker spaces and hacker spaces are a growing phenomenon. They’re places where everyday people gain access to the tools – and the collaborative inspiration – to combine art, engineering and technology in new and innovative ways. Sometimes these projects become incubators for products and inventions with enormous potential. In Medford, the Rogue Hack Lab is a local expression of this global movement.

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Gray Wolves
7:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return

The wolf known as OR7.
Credit US Fish and Wildlife

It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon. That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf.

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Redwood Trees
6:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Arrests Highlight Threat to Ancient Redwoods

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Two men have been charged with damaging old growth trees in northern California’s Redwood National and State Forest. The arrests are the first in response to a recent increase in illegal poaching of redwood burl.

You’ve probably seen countertops or furniture made from redwood burl. The richly colored, swirling grain is prized for its beauty and can fetch a hefty price. A coffee table or bar top can sell for thousands. That kind of money – combined with a largely unregulated market for the wood – has proved irresistible to poachers in the northern California forests.

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May 2014 Primary
8:28 am
Tue May 13, 2014

GMO Battle Divides Jackson County Farmers

Jim and Marilyn Frink farm 500 acres in the Sams Valley area in Jackson County.
Credit Liam Moriarty / JPR

The people with perhaps the most direct economic stake in the fate of Jackson County’s proposed ban on growing genetically modified crops are the county’s farmers. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty visited Rogue Valley farmers who stand on opposite sides of Measure 15-119 to find out how they see it.

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Oregon Mining
6:54 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Oregon's 1872 Mining Law Could Get An Update

Highly acidic mine runoff flows from a culvert near the abandoned Formosa mine near Riddle, Oregon.
Credit Liam Moriarty, Jefferson Public Radio

The federal legislation that regulates mining for copper, zinc, gold and many other minerals was originally signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. In ways, the law reflects reflect a 19th century view of natural resources: limitless and there for the taking. Now, a legacy of pollution at tens of thousands of abandoned mines across the West is prompting an Oregon Congressman to head a new effort to revise the General Mining Act of 1872.

Chris Cora stands on what used to be a mountaintop in the Umpqua Basin of southern Oregon. Now, it’s essentially a landfill …

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