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Introducing OPB's Medford Bureau

Ecotrope | May 10, 2011 9:34 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:38 p.m.

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Welcome to Ecotrope, Amelia!

OPB has a reporter in Medford! Amelia Templeton is newly stationed at Southern Oregon Public Television in Medford. She grew up in Oregon, and has worked as a freelance radio producer in the Middle East, northern California, Wyoming and in Portland.

She’s one of the six new reporters in the Northwest’s nascent local journalism center. There are reporters coming on board in Seattle, Boise, Richland, Wash., Portland and Medford. You will see Amelia and others posting some of their news finds here. I asked Amelia to introduce herself with a list. Here it is – highlights from her first week on the job:

5 Highlights From Week 1 in Southern Oregon

Wildflowers: So many different flowers are in bloom! I got a little taste of the species diversity visiting the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area and the Jacksonville Woodlands trails. According to the Nature Conservancy, over half of Oregon’s 3,370 plant species are found in the Klamath-Siskyou.

Screech owl: Larry Smith with the Jacksonville Woodlands Association introduced me to the elegant screech owl that nests in the eaves right outside his front door. I hope to bring you some dispatches from the lives of Oregon’s less famous owls.

Dunbar Farms: I had dinner on a 230-acre working farm right in the heart of Medford. David Mostue is a fourth generation farmer. He’s experimenting with draft horse power and wants his farm to be able to grow everything a person needs to eat well. We ate homemade pasta made from Durham wheat grown on the farm. Also sampled tasty wine, tomatoes, salad greens, and asparagus

My bike parking: I’m based at SOPTV in Medford and have great colleagues here. I’m parking my bike underneath the station’s giant satellite receiver. Cool!

Laura Dunwald-Genter: Laura is 87 and she’s tough. She’s in a story I produced on an endangered native lily. She told me what it was like to grow up here in the 1930s and 40s. Laura says when she was a child, the women always planted daffodils around their farmhouses, which is why they practically seem to grow wild here.

Vicious plants: I visited a famous bog of endemic carnivorous pitcher plants, Darlingtonia californica. These pitchers use tiny translucent windows to let in light and disorient flies so they exhaust themselves. Much scarier, though, the hills here are covered with poison oak. I itch just looking at it. I wonder if the guys at Field Guide know how to get urushiol off of recording gear?

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