May 25, 2024


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Obituary: Sue Kruse

Obituary: Sue Kruse, 94, a longtime resident of Ashland, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2024, at Celia’s House Hospice in Medford. A service to celebrate Sue’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Our Lady of the Mountain Church in Ashland, Oregon.

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Homeless man injured in fire on city night lawn dies

Rick Bevel was 68 years old when he died Friday, April 26, about a month after he was discharged from the intensive care unit at a Portland hospital where he had been treated for injuries sustained during an altercation and ensuing fire on Jan. 16 at the city of Ashland’s dusk-to-dawn sleeping area — an event his fiancée says led to his death.

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Obituary: Katja (Karen Louise) Machcinski

Obituary: Born Aug. 31 , 1954, in Danbury, Connecticut, Katja (Karen Louise) Machcinski passed through the heavenly gate on May 8, 2024. A talented ballet dancer, she was accepted into the Juilliard School and was a principal dancer of the Oregon Ballet Company. Katja lived in Ashland, Oregon, for many decades.

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Obituary: Don Ballew

Obituary: Don R. Ballew passed away peacefully April 17 at the age of 86. Don was athletic by nature and enjoyed skiing, fishing, traveling, playing cards, golfing and hiking. He will be remembered for his smile, wit, sense of humor and charm.

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Obituary: Ray Embry

Obituary: Charlton Ray Embry was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Nov. 29, 1941. The former Ashland resident, aged 82, who taught at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), passed away peacefully on March 11.

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Obituary: Phyllis Bulmer

Obituary: Phyllis Bulmer passed away at home on April 13 in Ashland, Oregon, at age 93. One of the many things that made Phyllis so unique was her adventurous spirit. I think the time it first became evident was after college, when she and three friends took a 10-week camping trip across the country.

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Obituary: Merilee Pearl Ford Barrera

Obituary: Merilee Pearl Ford Barrera died surrounded by her family on Friday, April 19, 2024, at home in Ashland, two months after she was diagnosed with her fourth cancer and 50 years after she arrived in this world to lead a life of joy, bravery, determination, pain and laughter.

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Rogue Valley community mourns passing of local humanitarian

With the sudden death of community servant Troy Ferguson earlier this month, many in Southern Oregon are remembering the work he did throughout his life to benefit those in need in the Rogue Valley. A funeral service will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, at First Baptist Church of Ashland.

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Obituary: Judith Norma Franco Bennett

Obituary: Judith Norma Franco Bennett, born Feb. 17, 1940, died in her home in Ashland, Oregon, on Monday April 15, 2024. She loved the saying “Duerme con los angelitos (Sleep with the angels),” and we rejoice that she is doing so now.

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Let’s talk: Collaborative conversation coaching order of the first Law Day

Local high school students relished their deep dive into navigating some of the thorniest political issues of our time at the first-ever Southern Oregon Law Day on Thursday at Southern Oregon University. The half-day event, held at Stevenson Union on the SOU campus, featured a number of experts in their respective fields, as well as opening remarks by Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, and closing remarks by Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland.

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OSF veteran depicts an actor’s haunting life in new novel

“Harriman’s Ghost” tells side-by-side stories of the life of the fictional Ben Harriman, a revered film and television star, and Janet Cooper, ghost writer of Harriman’s official biography. In “Harriman’s Ghost,” she is goaded into writing another book that unveils the truth about the actor’s troubled life.

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‘Beautiful Music in the Park’ returns Saturday for its next season

True to its name, the nonprofit organization Beautiful Music in the Park will bring, well, beautiful music to Lithia Park again this year, the second season for the program founded by longtime park cello busker Daniel Sperry, starting Saturday, May 25. The piano quintet “Friends of Flare” is set to play from 11 a.m. to noon on the small field past the lower duck pond, affectionately nicknamed the “cello lawn” after Sperry’s frequent busks.

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