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James Webb Telescope first images celebrated in Ashland

The public has a chance to see spectacular first image footage from the James Webb Space Telescope and learn more about the mission with hands-on activities at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland this weekend, including a visit from a NASA ambassador mid-day Saturday.

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Community

Soroptimist Report: 13 scholarships and awards given at annual luncheon

Soroptimists of Ashland distributed scholarships and supportive monetary awards to 13 local female students at their first in-person annual luncheon after two years of cancellations. Several winners are mothers, several are the first in their family to graduate high school or attend college. Some recipients are women of color or the daughter of immigrant parents. All awardees are exceptional women with drive, dedication, intelligence and talent, the club reports.

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Environment

‘Burn to learn’ underway at Pompadour Bluff just east of Ashland

Smoke and flames may be visible from the slopes near Pompadour Bluff just east of Ashland through Saturday this week, but there’s no cause for concern. Jackson County Fire District 5 and Southern Oregon Land Conservancy are cooperating on a “Burn to Learn” operation, giving firefighter trainees practice in extinguishing a house fire and other situations.

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Environment

High school students help with post-fire restoration

High school students recently helped Ashland-based nonprofit Lomakatsi Restoration Project restore areas of Bear Creek near Ashland Pond that were burned by the 2020 Almeda Fire. Working in partnership with United Way of Jackson County on March 19, a dozen youth from Phoenix High School and Armadillo Technical Institute braved a light rain to plant native trees and shrubs along the Bear Creek Greenway.

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SOU awards its highest honor to former Guanajuato governor and his wife

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented SOU’s highest honor on Monday in Guanajuato to two prominent supporters of the university exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. An SOU delegation and about 200 guests representing wide segments of the Guanajuato community looked on as the awards were presented to Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, holder of two master’s degrees earned at SOU before he embarked on a distinguished political career in Mexico, and his wife, Francis “Faffie” Romero Siekman, a prime mover behind a scholarship program supporting student exchanges.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue warns of intensified wildfire seasons

Ashland Fire & Rescue has warned of more intense fire seasons in years to come as local impacts of climate change become more apparent. Division Chief Chris Chambers told the City Council Tuesday, Aug. 2, that coming fire seasons could see an increase in acres burned of between 200 and 400 percent.

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Birds’-Eye View: An Ashland-based bird conservation organization

Birds’-Eye View: Ashland-based nonprofit Klamath Bird Observatory keeps on eye on bird life in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Since birds are a key indicator species and migratory paths from much of the Western Hemisphere pass through this area, KBO data helps inform natural resource management on a broad scale.

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One Hiroshima survivor nurtures seedling sprouted from another survivor

The 77th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, was marked in Ashland for the 38th year on Saturday. A capacity crowd gathered at Thalden Pavilion, site of an eternal World Peace Flame, to hear remarks and celebrate the planting of a gingko tree sprouted from seeds from a tree that survived the Hiroshima inferno.

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