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Newcomer Hansen embraces pragmatic agenda for council

Local businessman Eric Hansen wants to lead with a pragmatic approach when sworn into the Ashland City Council in January. He campaigned on a platform of economic and ecological sustainability and vitality but, for starters, suggests starting council meetings at 4 p.m.

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Judge partially dismisses suit against Ashland Parks & Recreation

A workplace discrimination lawsuit against the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department has been partially dismissed, with claims outside the statute of limitations to be removed. The judge ruled plaintiff Laura Chancellor, who worked for the department for 18 years, may refile an amended suit.

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Ashland emergency winter shelter needs volunteers

Ashland’s emergency winter warming center needs volunteers, and agency officials are hosting a training event for anyone interested in helping at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, according to a news release.

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VOTE 2022: Ashland City Council Position 6

Two candidates active in community engagement are seeking their first term in elected office, vying for the position held by outgoing Ashland City Councilor Stephen Jensen. Jim Falkenstein and Eric Hansen are on the Nov. 8 ballot for Council Position 6.

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VOTE 2022: Ashland City Council Position 2

Incumbent Tonya Graham and challenger Joy Fate are running for Ashland City Council Position 2. Graham, a one-term councilor elected in 2018 who has championed climate change reform, said she believes the city has become more resilient in the face of wildfires and COVID-19, and she wants voters to give her another term to continue being part of that resiliency. Fate, a retired local media producer, said the city has made poor decisions with taxes, utility rates and planning fees, and if elected she would reverse what she sees as undue financial burdens on the people and businesses of Ashland.

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