In the Garden: Watering Priorities

Medford, Ore. — In the middle of a drought, it’s more important than ever to know where your water is going and use what water we do have wisely. OSU Master Gardeners said you should make a priority list.  They say established trees and shrubs need to be saved first because it’s more costly to … Continue reading »

Little Rain in the Forecast

WEATHER DISCUSSION Afternoon highs climbed back up to the triple digits today, making this now the ninth day in July that temperatures have hit 100 degrees.  Just a little bit of math…that’s over half of the days in July so far.  Fortunately, we are still expecting some relief by next week,  but the system moving … Continue reading »

Balancing Drought and Wildfire Risk

ASHLAND, Ore. — Homeowners will have to balance the risks of wildfire with the need to conserve water this summer, as the region goes through a drought. Local fire agencies said people can take steps to reduce water use and still prevent grass from drying out. Ashland Fire recommends homeowners water the areas within 10 … Continue reading »

Fire Officials on High Alert

TALENT, Ore. — Fire agencies all over Southern Oregon are on high alert today, saying drought conditions make the holiday even more unpredictable. Fire District Five says it has a game plan for the holiday, and it will also have extra staff on duty all day and night. Officials also say they will have staff ready … Continue reading »

Homeowners Trying to Reduce Water Use

PHOENIX, Ore. – Homeowners have taken steps to reduce the water usage in their own yards as the region goes through drought conditions. Landscapers said some homeowners are opting to put things into yards that don’t consume water, like rocks and bark. They said in the summer months, those alternative landscaping options become more popular … Continue reading »

Warming Up Into Summer

WEATHER DISCUSSION Early this morning, a very weak cold front moved through the area, bringing some fog to the coast and clouds to other locations.  Although the day began with clouds moving through, they didn’t stick around during the afternoon hours.  Temperatures were a bit cooler than Thursday’s highs, but only dropped near the seasonal … Continue reading »

Pipeline Project Underway Near Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — A move bringing more water to Ashland has been talked about for years by city officials and is now underway. Construction crews are working on a pipeline project near Ashland and Talent. Right now, the construction is on Highway 99 near the intersection with South Valley View Road. In the last 10 … Continue reading »

New Program Helps Water Conservation

ASHLAND, Ore. — The city of Ashland is helping residents replace their lawns with drought resistant plants, all in an effort to conserve water. This month, the city launched a new program in which approved applicants can remove their lawn, add drought tolerant plants and even low volume water irrigation units. When the work is … Continue reading »

Ashland Restaurants Conserve Water

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon remains in a severe drought as a forecasted hot, dry summer approaches. The city of Ashland is urging people to conserve water, and restaurants are already starting to put restrictions in place. Caldera brewery said it started making guests request water two months ago.  Since then it has seen about … Continue reading »

Water Leaders Discuss Drought Concerns

MEDFORD, Ore.– Community water leaders are trying to get the word out about drought conditions and what to expect with dry weather this year. Fire agencies, the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office, and Medford’s National Weather Service were just a few agencies at Wednesday night’s event for a drought discussion. Officials shared information about what the community … Continue reading »

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