Face masks in public required state-wide starting Wed July 1st.

Governor Kate Brown has announced that everyone across Oregon will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday, July 1. The new rule applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements have been in effect in just eight counties, but it has now been extended to all 36 counties.

According to Governor Brown, "Over the last month, we have seen Covid-19 spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference. Face coverings that cover your nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of this disease because droplets from our breath can carry the virus to others without us realizing it. If we all wear face coverings, practice six feet of physical distancing in public, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when we are sick, then we can avoid the worst-case scenarios that are now playing out in other states."

Siskiyou Folk and Bluegrass Festival for 2020-- on KXCJ!!

You're invited to another awesome Siskiyou Folk & Bluegrass Festival!
Yes, although this popular local festival was initially cancelled this year due to the C-19 pandemic, KXCJ stepped in and we moved it over to 105.7FM!!

This will be a very special edition of our long-running weekly show, Smokin' Bluegrass, and it's happening this Thursday, June 25th, from 6-9pm.

We'll be featuring live conversations with Festival bands throughout the show!

The Trainmaster (DJ for Smokin' Bluegrass) and Caveman, (from Keep It Local) will be your hosts!

Catch it all on 105.7 here in the Illinois Valley, and of course, streaming on KXCJ.org everywhere else!

Sadly, we're not all 'equal under the law'.

Dear Listeners and Supporters,

None of us wants anyone we care about (including ourselves!) to be disrespected by a civil servant in a position of authority, abusing the authority given to them. Taking it several steps further, most certainly, none of us would want anyone we care about to be beaten down or even killed by such out-of-control civil servants!

But far worse than such a horrific individual tragedy, is when we are confronted with the facts that such inhuman violence is brought down upon specific types of people, unceasingly-- yesterday, today, and tomorrow, without pause-- and that these people are mainly black and brown, and usually poor.

Where does our everyday empathy go? Why does it break down? Why do we refuse to see, and then refuse to act against such injustice?

What does this say about us as individuals, and what does it say about the everyday culture we create, all over again, each day when we get out of bed and walk out the door?

There are many answers to these questions. Shall we dig into them?

Here's a short list of books i've found helpful in getting to know the past-- and therefore the present-- in this country, and all of them are available right here at our local Library!

The New Jim Crow, anniversary ed., by Michelle Alexander

The Half Has Never Been Told, by Edward E. Baptist

The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Condemnation Of Blackness, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Race Matters, 25th anniversary ed., Cornel West

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