Peter Finkle

Ashland School District

Otterlifter canoe dedication ceremony coming up Oct. 6

The community is welcome at the Oct. 6 dedication ceremony for the Otterlifter canoe on the Siskiyou Boulevard side of Ashland High School. The new installation honors the Indigenous peoples of our region and pledges a commitment to our Native community, elder relatives, and Earth, according to the event announcement.

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Meet the 8 people in the BIPOC Celebration Mural

When you drive by the mural on the South Mountain Avenue side of Ashland High School, you might glance at the portraits, recognize one or two of the faces, then wonder who the rest of those people are. If you would like to learn a little about each of them, here is an introduction to the life and work of each person portrayed in the mural.

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Meet the teen artist: BIPOC Celebration Mural

“The Truth to Power club hoped to involve local residents with a community painting day. Their vision for the mural is to have it be an educational and motivating presence to reduce racism locally — both within the high school and the greater Ashland community. Involving as many locals as possible in the mural creation would contribute to their vision.”

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The Journey — a ‘lost’ sculpture now on Water Street

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.

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Ashland City Band, Part 2: Fourth of July stories

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.”

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Mental health commitment ordered for serial offender

A local transient with a history of physically and verbally harassing local residents has been deemed unfit to stand trial in a Measure 11 assault case. Mathew David Todd, 39, of Medford, was ordered to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluation and treatment at the Oregon State Hospital.

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