Mt. Ashland Staff Layoff

ASHLAND, Ore. — Today Mt. Ashland Ski Area leaders announced they are laying off all staff, even the “core staff of employees”.  You can read the statement from the current General Manager below, and you can find out about an offer they have for skiers. ——————————————————————————————————- As you all know, we have had a challenging … Continue reading »

California Aided by Early Season Rains

CALIFORNIA – On Thursday, an announcement was made that recent storm systems will allow California to provide more water to local agencies and farms; even as the drought continues into its fourth year. State officials say that the storms in early December boosted supplies in its vast reservoir system. Now, they can give Southern California … Continue reading »

The Meteor Shower With No Constellation

ASTRONOMY NEWS Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peak Viewing Time: Sunday, Jan. 4th between midnight and 2 a.m. The first meteor shower of 2015 gets kicked off this weekend! The Quadrantids Meteor Shower, when compared to others, is one of a kind. Activity for this shower usually runs from the very end of December to the second week … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Re-opens After Holiday Snow

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of people hit the slopes on Friday as the Sonnet and Windsor Lifts were both up and running on Mt. Ashland. This season is already shaping up to be much different than last year. In the 2013-2014 season, the slopes did not open at all. This year, the ski park … Continue reading »

Opening Day At Mt. Ashland

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Skiers and snowboarders were able to load the ski lifts for the first time in 20 months. The last time was in April of 2013. “We are open,” said Mt. Ashland General Manager Hiram Towle. Mt. Ashland administrators started the day on Friday with 16 to 24 inches of snow, depending … Continue reading »

Best Meteor Shower of the Year Tonight

ASTRONOMY NEWS Geminids Meteor Shower Best View: Saturday Evening – Eastern Sky / Sunday Morning – Zenith (Straight Up) Tonight and tomorrow morning, the best meteor shower of the year will come into play. This particular meteor shower has been known to produce anywhere from 60-80 multicolored meteors per hour; and at it’s peak, can … Continue reading »

Fallen Tree Sparks House Fire

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. — Jackson County Fire District 3 officials say a tree blown down by strong winds from Thursday morning’s severe storm caused a house fire in Sams Valley. Fire fighters responded to the fire just before 6 a.m. on highway 234. Crews say the tree was blew over onto the roof of the house, … Continue reading »

Severe Weather Affects Travelers

MEDFORD, Ore. — A storm moved into the southern portions of the West Coast on Wednesday. Southern Oregon and Northern California saw strong winds and rains on Wednesday night. The Oregon Department of Transportation said heavy rains are always a concern for drivers. ODOT recommends drivers slow down, leave plenty of following room, make sure wipers are working, and watch … Continue reading »

Storm Causes Concern for California

CALIFORNIA – 50 year-old rainfall records are being shattered up and down California this morning, but it’s not all good news for the state. The torrential rains are triggering flash floods and mud slides in areas stripped bare by wildfires. The scorched earth of California, suffering through its worst drought in more than a century, … Continue reading »

Winds Bring Down Trees in Tigard

TIGARD, Ore. — Dozens of people in Tigard had to take a detour to work yesterday, after a massive tree came crashing down. Neighbors say the giant oak was pushed down by the winds. They also say on the way down, it took out power lines in the area and crushed a handful of cars. … Continue reading »

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