After months of renovations and new construction, TRAILS Outdoor School celebrated its grand opening Thursday, Nov. 17, unveiling the space in an open house that evening, about a month after Ashland Middle School celebrated the completion of its renovations.
The Rotary Club of Ashland named Ashland High School student Violet Hering Student of the Month at its Oct. 20 meeting. The Student of the Month designation is awarded to a student who exemplifies the Rotary values of truthfulness, fairness, commitment to good will, and beneficial outcomes to all.
Oregon’s governor serves as the superintendent of public instruction, appointing leaders at the Department of Education, and is ultimately responsible for ensuring the state’s students are graduating prepared for life after high school. The next woman to hold the job will face the daunting task of guiding the educational system’s recovery from pandemic losses, and navigating through an environment where education in public schools is increasingly politicized and polarized. Here’s how the three candidates said they’d tackle the job.
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.
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.
As part of an approach to address a multi-million-dollar shortfall, and to invest in projects hoped to lead to revenue boosts and more housing opportunities for Southern Oregon University students, the university plans to demolish Cascade Hall and solicit proposals for building senior housing units as part of a new, mixed-use complex.
A donation of more than $12 million from Medford-based Lithia Motors CEO Bryan DeBoer to Southern Oregon University — the largest single donation to the university on record — will fund a $5 million scholarship geared toward first-generation students and those in minority groups and creation of a new Institute for Applied Sustainability, among other initiatives, SOU President Rick Bailey announced Wednesday.
“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.”
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.
Leda Shapiro: “Eric Hansen’s proposed new time for the Ashland City Council meeting is described as ‘pragmatic,’ and Eric describes it as being more accessible. My question is: more accessible to whom?”
Review: Depression and suicide, unwieldy topics themselves, paired with humor might sound like an unlikely, even uneasy combination, but the play “Every Brilliant Thing” handles it quite successfully. The Rogue Theater Company production runs through Dec. 10 at Grizzly Peak Winery.
Ashland City Council candidates Bob Kaplan and Jill Franko have commended each other on clean, proactive campaigns following the Nov. 8 election, though Franko has taken issue with a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed to oppose local measures.
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.