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December 8, 2023

Entre Amigos

Entre Amigos

Entre Amigos: SOU President’s Medal goes to outstanding Guanajuato couple

Juan Carlos Romero Hicks and his wife, Frances “Faffie” Siekman, who will receive Southern Oregon University’s prestigious President’s Medal next week, have connections with the university and Ashland dating back 44 years. Romero Hicks campaigned unsuccessfully to be president of Mexico in 2018 and is seeking his party’s backing again for the 2024 elections.

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Entre Amigos: Sister Cities Ashland and Guanajuato celebrate summer festivities

Entre Amigos: Two Guanajuato summer festival queens may travel to Ashland in late June to join its Fourth of July parade and celebrations, a sister-city tradition for more than 50 years; a small gathering in May marked the official opening of the revamped lower level of the Ashland Public Library; and Ashland organizations are preparing multiple Independence Day activities this year following a two-year, COVID-forced interruption in the annual festivities.

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Entre Amigos: Guanajuato percussionist to teach at SOU

Ashland sister-city related happenings include Mexican percussionist Ivan Manzanilla, a specialist in contemporary percussion music, will share his talents next year at SOU; the Amigo Club will again offer Mexican paletas during Ashland’s Fourth of July celebration; and longtime friend-of-the-club, artist Betty LaDuke, has opened a new show.

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Relocations: Politics far and near

Herbert Rothschild: Apparently, Kissinger insisted on recording practically every word he said. His aides later commented that he needed to keep track of which lie he told to whom.

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Ashland City Council approves camping ordinance in split vote

On a 4-2 vote, the Ashland City Council on Tuesday approved the first of two required readings of an ordinance to control time, place and manner of camping in Ashland. The ordinance will control occupation of public spaces and enforce behavior, rather than status, and does not seek to punish those who are homeless, the acting city attorney told the council.

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Mt. Ashland Ski Area pushes back opening day, despite snowstorm

Andrew Gast, general manager of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, had hoped that this Saturday would be opening day for skiing this season, but he admitted defeat on Thursday, despite the latest snowstorm. Things are now day to day, while he, a couple hundred employees and untold numbers of skiers wait for more snow.

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