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July 18, 2024

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Understanding the past to move forward: Oregon author to speak about ‘Uncovering Difficult Truths’

The book “The Place We Make: Breaking the Legacy of Legalized Hate” will serve as a jumping-off point to discuss the importance of understanding Oregon’s history of racism and how that knowledge can be applied to address racial injustices that the state still faces. Monday’s free talk, the third in a series presented by Ashland Sunrise Project, is entitled “Uncovering Difficult Truths.” 

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City Government

Six days of 100-plus weather forecast for Ashland

Ashland will see highs of 101, 106, 107, 103, 101 and 100 Thursday through Tuesday, respectively, according to the National Weather Service forecast as of Tuesday afternoon. The Ashland severe weather shelter will open from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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Ashland School District

New superintendent starts with Ashland School District on Monday

As Joseph Hattrick takes the helm of Ashland School District on Monday, July 1, preparing to oversee a recently approved overall budget of more than $95 million, about 400 employees and about 2,500 students in the district, he told Ashland.news ahead of his first day that he’s up for the challenge and committed to Ashland for the long term.

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City Government

Ashland City Council takes summer break, skips first meetings of July

Ashland City Council will not meet July 1 or July 2 for a “summer break,” according to posts on the city of Ashland website. Council will not meet again until July 15 and July 16. The Homeless Services Master Plan Subcommittee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at 51 Winburn Way. The newly created 2200 Ashland St. Ad Hoc Committee meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at 2200 Ashland St.

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City Government

Homelessness master plan for Ashland almost complete

The due date is fast approaching for a homelessness master plan requested by Ashland City Council. The Homeless Services Master Plan Subcommittee created to produce the plan met Wednesday for what was initially intended to be a final meeting. After two and a half hours of wide ranging discussion, committee members present agreed with a show-of-hands vote to meet one more time after falling short of working through the entire 76 pages of the final draft of the master plan.

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Housing

Oregon Democrats, homeless advocates disappointed in Supreme Court homelessness ruling

Democratic lawmakers, homeless advocates and legal experts in Oregon expressed disappointment Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Grants Pass homeless case, while conservatives welcomed the decision. In a 6-3 decision split along partisan lines, the court sided with the Southern Oregon city in its prohibitions against homeless people using blankets, pillows or cardboard to protect themselves in severe weather while sleeping in public places.

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Police gather downtown — for a good cause

The Ashland Plaza was alive with police activity early Friday morning, but no crimes were being committed. Officers from Ashland, Eagle Point, Medford and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department were gathered for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, a fundraiser for Jackson County Special Olympics.

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Latest posts

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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