Liam Moriarty

Reporter for Jefferson Public Radio

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Energy
7:13 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Paying Wind Generators Not To Produce Power

The first powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Chances are your utility bill has gone up this year. One small part of the reason may be that you’re paying for electricity that was never generated.   Northwest electricity customers got saddled with more than $2.5 million in payments for power they didn’t use.

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November 2014 Election
6:23 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Power in Oregon Senate Could Hinge on Southern Oregon Race

Republican state Senate candidate Dave Dotterrer (L), and the incumbent Democrat, Alan Bates
Credit Liam Moriarty / JPR

Oregon’s Third Senate District – which comprises southern Jackson County including most of Medford – is one of several key districts where the outcome of the race could overturn Democratic control of the narrowly-divided state Senate. JPR's Liam Moriarty looks at the re-match between incumbent Democrat Alan Bates and Republican challenger, Dave Dotterrer.

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November 2014 Election
7:16 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods in Oregon

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn.
Credit Lindsay Eyink

Last spring, voters in two southern Oregon counties passed measures to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. Now, Oregon voters statewide are being asked to approve a measure to require genetically engineered foods to be labeled. As with the similar, unsuccessful ballot measures in Washington and California, lots of out-of-state money is flooding into the campaigns on both sides.

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November 2014 Election
6:54 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Merkley and Wehby (Finally) Debate

Credit OPB News

U-S Senator Jeff Merkley and his Republican challenger Monica Wehby went head-to-head Tuesday on Medford TV station KOBI. In their only scheduled debate, both candidates sought to portray the other as extreme and out of touch with everyday Oregonians, while positioning themselves as champions of working people. 

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Transportation
7:45 am
Thu September 25, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

A pair of Nissan Leaf electric cars charging up at a public charging station.
Credit Kowloonese/Wikipedia Commons

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads. This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100-thousand electric cars sold in the state since the end of 20-10.  

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Wildfires
7:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Touched By Fire: Stories From The Oregon Gulch

Summer is ending, but fire season in the Northwest is still with us. The Oregon Gulch fire was southern Oregon’s largest so far this season, blackening nearly 56 square miles of southern Oregon and northern California. Several homes were lost, others were saved and a rural mountain community came face-to-face with the reality of sudden danger and loss. In Ashland, Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty traces the path the fire took as it marked the lives of those it touched.

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Oregon Mining
7:39 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition

North Fork of the Smith River near Hiouchi, CA
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4-thousand-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon. The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances and, they’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.

Barbara Ullian minces no words.

Barbara Ullian: “The best time to stop a mine is before it starts.”

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Wildfire
6:58 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit Oregon Military Dept.

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse. And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more.

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Wildfire
6:53 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

The Two Bulls Fire burnt nearly 7,000 acres of federal and state forest land near Sisters in June.
Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 2-hundred homes. With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires.

In a conference call from Washington DC, Wyden said fire season in the West is changing, and fast.

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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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