Community leaders are partnering with city officials in Ashland to craft an economic revitalization plan after the recent completion of an economic diversification study commissioned by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. Chamber representatives and members of ECONorthwest presented their findings and recommended next steps at the Oct. 3 City Council study session.
Southern Oregon University administrators and SOU faculty union representatives significantly differ on what details led to a breakdown in contract negotiations going back three years, drawing clear differences in perspective on how to resolve the issues.
After nearly a year of negotiations, Southern Oregon University’s faculty union announced an impasse in contract talks after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The union negotiated for more than 150 days and presented its lowest offer possible, an offer that the administration rejected, according to the union president.
Negotiators signed a tentative agreement Thursday, avoiding a possible strike by Ashland School District classified personnel. The agreement came after a third mediated negotiating session Tuesday, a day after about 70 demonstrators turned out for a rally outside the district office on Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland.
Negotiators for Ashland School District classified employees and the district have been unable to reach an agreement, so they’ll enter mediation Tuesday, Feb. 22, in an attempt to reach an agreement. The classified employees are currently working under terms of an expired contract.
Longtime SOU Professor Edwin Battistella, author of several widely known books, retires this month after 22 years at the university. In this profile, he reflects on all he has achieved and what he is looking forward to next.
Senior-ranking Southern Oregon University faculty and staff who are already considering retirement in the next 18 months are being asked to make their decision official by Jan. 12 to lessen the estimated blow of upcoming cuts to rightsize the university from its projected $13 million to $14 million deficit by summer 2024.
The Havurah Synagogue will host a benefit concert featuring renowned pianist Alexander Tutunov, the Siskiyou Violins, and concert violinist Faina Podolnaya on Thursday, Dec. 15. Proceeds will benefit Ukrainian refugees now living in the Rogue Valley.
The authors of a natural history book about the Klamath Mountains will discuss the geological feature at a free talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Southern Oregon University Science Building, 1250 Ashland St., Room 151.