“Firewise” Spreads After Oak Knoll Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. — On August 24th 2010, a fire devastated the Oak Knoll neighborhood, and in the end eleven homes were lost. In the time since, homes have been rebuilt and the community is now more prepared. What began as a grass fire on one side of I-5 near exit 14 in Ashland turned into … Continue reading »

Summer Events Bring in Business

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Friday night, the duo Montgomery Gentry performed for thousands at Britt fest. Shops and bars in Jacksonville benefit when the Britt festival is booming. When the smoke blanketed Southern Oregon last year, the crowds and their cash stayed away. The Britt Fesstival in Jacksonville and Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, combined with the growing … Continue reading »

Transient Presence in Downtown Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — Many gather in the Ashland Plaza at all times of the day. Some transients say they try to be respectful of the people who work downtown and those passing-by on their way to different destinations in the city. It’s at night though, when the commotion in the plaza starts getting loud. One … Continue reading »

Actor and Activist to Speak About GMOs

ASHLAND, Ore. – Activist Elizabeth Kucinich and Actor Bill Pullman will be speaking at the Bellview Grange in Ashland on Monday, August 25th and will also attend a special screening of the documentary GMO OMG. They will be joining other supporters of the “Yes on 92” campaign. Kucinich is an environmental and food safety activist. She … Continue reading »

Tiny Homes to Help the Homeless

ASHLAND, Ore. — Tiny homes are popping up in parts of Oregon, and now Southern Oregon leaders are wondering how they could help the homeless. The director of the Ashland resource center says with the cost of living going up, a tiny home could help low-income families here afford a place to live. It could … Continue reading »

Police Looking for Missing Ashland Woman

ASHLAND, Ore — Police are searching for a 28 year-old missing Ashland woman by the name of Cassandra Maureen Barondeau. Barondeau is known to be a transient and drifts from town to town. However, she has not been in contact with her family for over 10 days. This is considered unusual behavior by the family. Barondeau is … Continue reading »

New ‘Bait Bike’ For Ashland Police

ASHLAND, Ore. — Three arrests have been made in the last day with Ashland’s Bait Bike program, but for the first time, the police are able to charge the thieves with a first degree felony instead of just a misdemeanor. The Bait Bike program was implemented in October of last year, and up until now, … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Hires New General Manager

MT ASHLAND, Ore. — It was a challenging winter for Mount Ashland. Not enough snow fell to get the lifts up and running for the first time in the slope’s history. The off-season has been busy and officials said the hire of a general manager will get them back on track to improving the skiing … Continue reading »

Residents Take Action During Drought

ASHLAND, Ore. — Earlier this summer, Ashland city officials were cautious to see if water curtailment would be needed for the first time since 2009. So far, it is not needed, thanks in large part to voluntary efforts of water conservation by Ashland residents. Six and a half million gallons of water are used in … Continue reading »

Officials Coordinate OR Gulch Resources

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. –  In just 24 hours, the Oregon Gulch Fire has escalated from just a few hundred acres to 11 thousand. Thick smoke can be observed at the fire, and it continues to linger throughout the valley. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the drought conditions have created extremely dry foliage, which paired with … Continue reading »

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