July 18, 2024

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Fire & Smoke

Salt Creek Fire spectators create safety, access concerns for fire crews

Spectators venturing down Highway 140 to get a look at the 3,300-acre Salt Creek Fire that sparked on Sunday are creating safety and access concerns for firefighters. Fire District 3 Division Chief John Patterson said a steady stream of “looky-loos” are slowing down and even parking along the highway to capture photos, video or drone footage.

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Fire & Smoke

Fire danger level in Southwest Oregon rises to ‘extreme’ Tuesday

The lands in Jackson and Josephine counties under Oregon Department of Forestry protection will go into “extreme” (red) fire danger at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the agency said in a release. The change in danger level from “high” (yellow) comes as wildfires burn in Southern Oregon, including the roughly 1,500-acre Salt Creek Fire about 10 miles east of Eagle Point, fueled by dry vegetation amid intense summer heat.

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Council agrees: A denser Ashland would make more city more ‘liveable’

In just an hour and half on Monday night, the Ashland City Council strongly affirmed that the city’s future will include major swaths of taller, denser development designed to reduce our dependency on automobiles, adapt to climate change, and provide a greater amount of multi-family and affordable housing, while striving to provide spaces for commercial and small-scale industrial uses.

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Chris Honoré: A debate narrative

Chris Honoré: Donald Trump simply cannot win the presidency. He must not return to the White House. Perhaps he can last four more years, but our Democracy won’t. With a mixture of regret and urgency, the number of elected Democrats calling for President Biden to step down grows.

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Obituary: Jed D. Meese

Obituary: Jed Meese died on June 24 at the age of 86. Jed started several successful companies, each with a physician partner in Japan, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, which designed and developed both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Jed was extremely generous and philanthropic to our community and nationally. He served on Boards of Directors and Foundations for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University, Ashland Community Hospital, Asante, Ashland Family YMCA, and many others.

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Obituary: Joyce Theresa (Brenner) Epstein

Obituary: Joyce Theresa (Breener) Epstein, 96, of Ashland died March 26. Her work has been dramatized by college and university theater arts departments, and she is the author of the chapbook, “A Journey Through Life Unguarded, The Book,” and “The Stars Gave Us Names.”

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