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Air quality alert in effect through at least Friday

Wildfire smoke from the McKinney Fire west of Yreka on Sunday prompted the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to issue an air quality alert for Jackson and Klamath counties Sunday, with the alert period expected to last at least through Friday. After exploding Friday night and Saturday morning to more than 30,000 acres burned, the McKinney Fire grew to 51,468 acres blackened as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Environment

Weather service issues heat warning for Monday through Saturday

An excessive heat warning will be in effect from 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, through 11 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in areas of Southern Oregon and Northern California, including Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and Yreka. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures between 105 and 110 are expected.

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Health

Many OSF plays canceled because of COVID-19 outbreak

Several plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have been canceled this week because of breakthrough COVID-19 cases and exposures. Jackson County is currently experiencing a high level of community transmission of the coronavirus, according to the CDC, which recommends people wear a mask indoors in public.

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Business

Historic resort could become psychedelic retreat

The new owners of the historic Buckhorn Springs Resort south of Ashland hope to include therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms among its offerings, along with seminars, workshops, yoga retreats, business meetings, religious retreats, reunions, weddings and personal retreats.

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Health

As county COVID-19 case rate ticks up, OSF requires masks

Masking is now required to attend performances at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the festival announced Friday, after Jackson County ticked up to the high risk level for COVID-19, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rankings. Jackson County’s total number of positive tests for COVID-19 for the week of May 29 through June 4 was 455 cases, an average of 65 per day, the highest weekly total since 772 test-positives in the week of Feb. 13.

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Red flag warning issued for Wednesday afternoon

The threat of new fire starts due to expected “abundant lightning on dry fuels” has prompted the Medford office of the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for noon to 11 p.m. Wednesday for wide swaths of Southern Oregon and Northern California, including Ashland and the south end of the Rogue Valley.

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Two council candidates drop out as others wait for approval to get on ballot

Two candidates have dropped out of the race for Ashland City Council as the city waits on signature verification to release the forms of additional candidates who filed by the Aug. 8 deadline. City Recorder Melissa Huhtala said she is waiting to hear from Jackson County to confirm the signatures of additional candidates and will post candidate information after this step is complete.

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Rogue Grapevine: How a fox’s tail became a goat’s beard

MJ Daspit: “Caprettone got my attention because I’d never heard of it before. A light, dry Italian, it was refreshing and delicious. … ‘Caprettone is a white Italian wine grape variety that is grown in the Campania region of southern Italy … Caprettone is also grown in the Rogue River Valley of southern Oregon.’ Wait — what? We’re it outside Campania? How did that happen?”

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