Ashland Park Director Search Hits Snag

ASHLAND, Ore. – Ashland Parks & Recreation has hit a snag in the search for a new director after one of their top candidates turned down the job. The department has been looking for a replacement director for most of the summer after current director Don Robertson announced his retirement. Over the weekend it looked … Continue reading »

Ashland First Reading for Marijuana Tax

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland City Council discussed and voted on several ordinances at Tuesday night’s meeting that will move it closer to eventually lifting the moratorium for medical marijuana dispensaries. At Tuesday’s meeting, there were several ordinances up for discussion. One of those ordinances adressed whether or not to add up to five percent city … Continue reading »

Ashland Closer to Lifting Moratorium

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland City Council passed the first reading with a 5-1 vote of an ordinance Tuesday night that determines where medical marijuana dispensaries can open. The new ordinance would allow dispensaries in specific zones on Main Street, Siskiyou Boulevard, and Ashland Street. “This would then be the first step that whoever then … Continue reading »

Ashland Prepares for Plastic Bag Ban

ASHLAND, Ore. —  The Ashland City Council expects a plastic bag ban to become a reality in a matter of months. Last night, the council held the first reading on the issue. The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law. This ban would impact all stores and businesses … Continue reading »

Ashland Weighs Tighter Dispensary Rules

ASHLAND, Ore. –Three weeks after allowing dispensaries to apply for business licenses, Ashland city leaders are considering more restrictions on where those facilities can open. The move comes as neighbors raise concerns about the locations of those dispensaries. The city has received six business license applications to open dispensaries, including one at 400 Williamson Way. … Continue reading »

Ashland Debates Gun Restrictions

ASHLAND, Ore. – Vigo Fox rarely exercises his right to carry, but he doesn’t want to give it up either. “I carry because I believe in the very real concept and principal of personal responsibility,” said Fox. Fox wears his sidearm openly by his hip as he strolls through Ashland Plaza, something he can legally … Continue reading »

Marijuana Dispensaries Open in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — Medical marijuana dispensaries are now opening in Ashland, as the city begins approving business licenses for those facilities. In January, the Ashland city council took out language in city ordinances that deny business licenses if a business conducts “illegal” activity. Now with that language eliminated, dispensaries can now apply, and some are … Continue reading »

Rental Laws to be Discussed in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland City Council is preparing to hear arguments on the city’s controversial vacation rental laws. Monday the council will discuss whether renting out homes to tourists for a short period of time should be easier or more restricted. Under current law, home owners in mixed residential-commercial zones are restricted from renting … Continue reading »

Ashland Offers Grant For Homeless Center

ASHLAND, Ore. – The city of Ashland is looking for a new way to give assistance to people on the streets; it’s offering a $50,000 grant to help create a homeless resource center. For years, the city of Ashland has debated about ways to give assistance to its homeless population, and now they hope this … Continue reading »