End of Season Results for Parks

HOWARD PRAIRIE, Ore. — The summer camping and fishing season is over, and that means the campground and other facilities are Howard Prairie will be closing by the end of the week. This year, Jackson County cancelled the contract with its former concessionaire and decided to run things themselves. County Parks also contracted with Mt. … Continue reading »

Parking Expansion Underway on Mt Ashland

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Bulldozers and dump trucks could be seen Wednesday where 101 parking spaces will be this winter. Ground was broken this week on a parking lot expansion project that Mount Ashland development director Rick Saul said has been a long time coming. “On any given year, there’s about 24 days that we … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Summer Projects Underway

ASHLAND, Ore. — The lifts have only been closed for a few weeks on Mount Ashland but the first phase of their summer project is already wrapping up. Crews are finishing up the process of cutting down trees to widen existing runs to increase safety and decrease congestion on the slopes, and officials say the … Continue reading »

Ski Season Ends at Mount Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. – Mount Ashland is closed for renovations. The mountain wrapped up its last day of skiing today. Mountain management says to expect around $250,000 worth of improvements by the time the lifts open next season. Some of the mountain’s biggest fans were enjoying their final runs today. “Mount Ashland has actually been such … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Ski Season Ends Sunday

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Mount Ashland officials say they will wind down the skiing season after this weekend capping off a season they say has been very successful. Skiers and snowboarders came out to Mount Ashland on Friday to enjoy the remaining snow and one of the final days the lifts will be up and … Continue reading »

Howard Prairie To Open Soon

HOWARD PRAIRIE, Ore. — The Mt. Ashland Association and Jackson County have reached an agreement that will allow the Howard Prairie resort to open as usual next month. The county took over the resort east of Ashland in February after the former owner fell behind in lease payments and taxes. In a four-year management deal … Continue reading »

Council Reviews Mt. A Expansion Plan

ASHLAND, Ore. — Mount Ashland is moving forward with its first improvements to the ski area in more than 15 years. After years of challenges now several city council members feel the Mount Ashland Association did not follow through with parts of the agreement. The Ashland City Council meeting room was packed. The Mount Ashland … Continue reading »

Weather Delays Drivers On I-5 South

NEAR MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — It’s been a long week for Oregon Department of Transportation crews at the Siskiyou summit and Sunday was no different. “It’s been a lot of hard work. You just don’t stop,” said ODOT worker Lori Reeves. After lifting full chain requirements earlier Sunday morning, Interstate 5 was hit hard again … Continue reading »

Weather Brings Fresh Snow To Ski Area

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Friday morning, Mount Ashland officials woke up to 29 inches of snow. That number is just the 24 hour total as of 6 a.m. As of about noon on Friday, another 8 inches had come down. The excess snow caused the ski area to open a little later than normal, but … Continue reading »

New Lawsuit Against Expansion Plan

MT. ASHLAND, Ore. — Several environmental groups are filing a new lawsuit, against the Mt. Ashland Ski Area expansion plan. The groups, the Sierra Club, Oregon Wild, and the Center For Biological Diversity are saying the plan could have negative effects on the environment. The expansion has been the subject of lawsuits and numerous appeals … Continue reading »

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