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Kernan Turner will discuss "Toby Riddle: Pocahontas of the Lava Beds" as a part of the "Windows in Time" history series presented by the Jackson County library and the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

The lectures will start at noon Wednesday, April 3, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., and Wednesday, April 10, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The talks are free to the public and are part of a series that will occur monthly on the first and second Wednesdays throughout the year.

Turner is the Southern Oregon Historical Society's editor and coordinator of the daily "As It Was" radio feature on Jefferson Public Radio. His hourlong lectures will explore Riddle's role as an army interpreter during the Modoc War and how she came to be known as Winema.

For more information, call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689, or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123 or visit

A retired lawyer and professor will discuss the Second Amendment and assault weapons at 6:30 tonight at the Oregon Education Association building, 2495 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.

Speaker Wolf Hoppe was a civil trial lawyer and partner in a large Michigan law firm before he joined the U.S. Foreign Service. He also was an adjunct professor at the Wayne University Law School in Detroit and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Since retiring to Ashland in 1999, he has taught courses on the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court and related topics at Southern Oregon University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

At this free lecture he will discuss the question of privately held assault weapons. The presentation is sponsored by the Jackson County Democratic Party.

For information, see or call 541-858-1050.

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