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February 23, 2024

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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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Fire & Smoke

Oregon ‘stumbling into future’ on wildfire funding, lawmaker says

Democratic lawmakers approached the February short session intending to create sustainable wildfire funding but their options have narrowed as the state nears another wildfire season with inadequate funding. The Oregon Department of Forestry and State Fire Marshal’s Office currently have $87 million for the next two seasons, compared with the $220 million for wildfire the agencies had two years ago.

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Ashland School District

Ashland School Board taps current Rainier superintendent for top district job

Ashland School Board has selected Dr. Joseph Hattrick, the current superintendent of Rainier School District in the city of Rainier, Oregon, about an hour northwest of Portland, as its next superintendent. During a special online-only session, school board members voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to select Hattrick as new superintendent of Ashland schools, a position he will fill officially on July 1.

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Oregon permanent standard time bill survives after Senate splits

An effort to switch Oregon to permanent standard time will live to see another day after hitting a temporary roadblock on Tuesday when the state Senate split evenly on the bill. Supporters agreed to amend the bill to add a trigger clause clarifying that Oregon would only ditch daylight saving time if and when Washington and California do the same. 

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Ashland Creatives

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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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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