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Medford Council Honors Karen Blair

karen blairMEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford City Council opened its meeting Thursday afternoon by honoring councilwoman Karen Blair, who died last week after a long battle with cancer.

Councilors held a moment of silence, then asked for a standing ovation from those in attendance. They said Blair loved to serve the city of Medford, and pushed for projects like the Union Park restoration. Friends and colleagues said Blair stood up for what she believed in, and State Representative Sal Esquivel said people were better for knowing her.

The council was thankful they had a chance to tell Blair how much she meant to them in the weeks before she passed away.

“I think in Karen’s case, she was able to attend [meetings], almost up to the last here, and I think a lot of us expressed our gratitude to her,” said Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler.

Flags were flown at half-staff Thursday in Blair’s honor.