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February 23, 2024

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Ashland Creatives: When family history is American history

Ashland Creatives: It was 10 years after her father’s death, when she was 33 years old, that Barbara Hilyer first learned the family secret that she had African American heritage. She wrote a book about it, which she’ll discuss Monday, March 4, at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland.

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Tribute to a tremendous trio: Three earn Southern Oregon University’s highest honor

Not one, not two, but three individuals were awarded Southern Oregon University’s highest honor — The President’s Medal — on Jan. 10 at the Ashland campus. Former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada, artist Betty LaDuke, and founder of the sister university partnership between SOU and University of Guanajauto “Senora Chela” Tapp Kocks were recognized for their wide ranging achievements.

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City Government

Ashland residents recognized with public service awards

Three people were honored for their contributions to Ashland during the annual city town hall on Wednesday. Carol Carlson and Janet Troy were chosen for the James M. Ragland Volunteer Spirit Community Service Award. Brian Almquist was chosen for the Alan C. Bates Public Service Award.

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Art

Ashland artist’s works reach new heights: The Smithsonian

Ashland sculptor Wataru Sugiyama has had two major goals in the past decade: Showing his art at the Smithsonian Craft Show and finishing an anthropomorphic owl sculpture he has envisioned for years that now stands 13-feet-tall in his Phoenix studio. The 67-year-old Ashland resident is about to accomplish both.

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SOU hires new director of government relations

Southern Oregon University has a new advocate in Salem and Washington, D.C. Marc Overbeck has been hired as SOU’s director of government relations, the university’s primary liaison with state and federal lawmakers, and advocate for the university on matters involving higher education policy and funding.

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Council Corner: Ashland responds to the homeless crisis

Tonya Graham: We are clear about one thing — engaging in magical thinking doesn’t help. Ignoring this problem will not make it go away. Instead, it will make it worse — for young families, elders, teens, and people with mental illness who find themselves surviving on the streets, as well as for the quality of life in Ashland.

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