Jackson County voters may be asked to approve new taxes to help improve how the Bear Creek Greenway is maintained. Local officials are looking at several options for how to better manage the 20-mile-long, multi-use trail.
Local physician Dr. Justin Adams has been elected to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission after a write-in campaign that saw him capture nearly half of the votes.
A healing oasis, covered by a lush and colorful fall canopy, awaits visitors at Lithia Park’s new, improved, authentic Ashland Japanese Garden. Rain drops couldn’t dampen the jubilant mood Saturday as more than 2,000 people walked through the gates of the Ashland Japanese Garden to celebrate its reopening.
Talent Garden Club and city of Talent officials are asking for the return of a small but important feature of the city’s new tiny park. The beekeeper Lego was a gift from Allie French, executive director of Talent Maker City, to the city of Talent, and was placed in the tiny park at its unveiling last week. The gift has gone missing from the park enclosure.
Ashland Pond will soon be the site of a major public works construction project starting this week and continuing on into late 2023, the city of Ashland has announced. People used to walking and bird-watching in the area along Ashland Creek near where it empties into Bear Creek should be prepared to expect trail and access point closures at various times during the project to ensure the safety of the public and the construction crews.
Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission is prepared to make between 5 and 10% cuts to its park services budget, as directed by Ashland City Manager Joe Lessard. Oak Knoll Golf Course could close, and the number of temporary employees could be slashed.
Lithia Park is often called Ashland’s “crown jewel.” Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it was among the first public parks in southern Oregon — but, if not for a group of persistent women, things would be much different.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced plans to offer free opioid overdose reversal kits to middle and high schools throughout the state. Ashland Superintendent Samuel Bogdanove shared his support for the increase in availability of Narcan, the brand name for a device that delivers naloxone, to Oregon schools, including in Ashland.
With local rescue groups still overflowing with cats and kittens, those wishing to bring home a new family member for the holidays will have opportunities to do so on two upcoming December weekends. On Saturday, Dec. 9, Ashland-based Friends of the Animals (formerly Friends of the Animal Shelter) will partner with Feral Cat Advocacy (FCA), Melly Cat Rescue, and Hero Tails Animal Sanctuary for a Feline Fair at the Rogue Valley Mall.
Dozens of area residents ushered in a spirited first night of Hanukkah on Thursday, gathering on the Ashland Plaza late Thursday afternoon to light the first flames on the menorah.