A sculpture called “The Journey,” depicting 12 characters representative of life’s stages, had quite a journey of its own before it was unveiled at a small ceremony on June 18 at a quiet, park-like location nestled between the Blue Giraffe Spa, Plaza Inn and Suites and Ashland Creek at 51 Water St., just across the creek from the public parking area on Water Street under the Lithia Way overpass.
Ashland City Band, Part 3: The band’s history since 1876! Including why the City Band is different from other bands, how it can rehearse as little as it does, and a reminder to see them play free in the park on Thursday evenings through Aug. 11.
Peter Finkle: “One of the highlights of Fourth of July in Ashland is hearing our Ashland City Band play at the Lithia Park Bandshell right after the Ashland Chamber’s 4th of July Parade. You can gather with hundreds of fellow community members and have a picnic lunch while you listen to John Philip Sousa marches and patriotic music.”
The threat of new fire starts due to expected “abundant lightning on dry fuels” has prompted the Medford office of the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for noon to 11 p.m. Wednesday for wide swaths of Southern Oregon and Northern California, including Ashland and the south end of the Rogue Valley.
While three Ashland City Council seats will be undecided until November, a number of other elected offices within the Ashland saw only the incumbents filing for office, though additional candidate information could be published later this week.
Two candidates have dropped out of the race for Ashland City Council as the city waits on signature verification to release the forms of additional candidates who filed by the Aug. 8 deadline. City Recorder Melissa Huhtala said she is waiting to hear from Jackson County to confirm the signatures of additional candidates and will post candidate information after this step is complete.
The City of Ashland is seeking dismissal of an $850,000 lawsuit alleging rampant sexism and discrimination among Parks and Recreation Department employees, claiming the allegations themselves are invalid.
MJ Daspit: “Caprettone got my attention because I’d never heard of it before. A light, dry Italian, it was refreshing and delicious. … ‘Caprettone is a white Italian wine grape variety that is grown in the Campania region of southern Italy … Caprettone is also grown in the Rogue River Valley of southern Oregon.’ Wait — what? We’re it outside Campania? How did that happen?”