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SOU awards its highest honor to former Guanajuato governor and his wife

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented SOU’s highest honor on Monday in Guanajuato to two prominent supporters of the university exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. An SOU delegation and about 200 guests representing wide segments of the Guanajuato community looked on as the awards were presented to Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, holder of two master’s degrees earned at SOU before he embarked on a distinguished political career in Mexico, and his wife, Frances “Faffie” Romero Siekman, a prime mover behind a scholarship program supporting student exchanges.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue warns of intensified wildfire seasons

Ashland Fire & Rescue has warned of more intense fire seasons in years to come as local impacts of climate change become more apparent. Division Chief Chris Chambers told the City Council Tuesday, Aug. 2, that coming fire seasons could see an increase in acres burned of between 200 and 400 percent.

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One Hiroshima survivor nurtures seedling sprouted from another survivor

The 77th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, was marked in Ashland for the 38th year on Saturday. A capacity crowd gathered at Thalden Pavilion, site of an eternal World Peace Flame, to hear remarks and celebrate the planting of a gingko tree sprouted from seeds from a tree that survived the Hiroshima inferno.

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Rain dampens McKinney Fire spread

After thunderstorms dropped up to 3 inches of rain on the east side of the McKinney Fire on Tuesday, the size of the fire grew only incrementally to 58,668 as of Thursday, up from 56,459 on Tuesday, according to Klamath National Forest reports. There were 2,219 firefighters working on stopping the fire’s spread. Containment was reported at 10%.

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Cooking fire starts grass fire in Lithia Park

Firefighters stopped spread of a grass fire late Wednesday night in Lithia Park believed to have started due to a cooking fire. The fire burned approximately one-half acre of grass and brush between Ashland Creek and East Pioneer Street above.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue: Training builds firefighting muscle memory

Ashland fire fighters don’t need flames to train for major wildfire events, as they showed during a Tuesday morning training at city-owned property on Oak Street, even as a major wildfire just over the state border was found to have claimed two more lives. Authorities said that fire does not pose any danger to Ashland.

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City Government

Election 2022: Eight candidates declare for three Ashland council seats

With filings due by Aug. 12, the field of candidates for Ashland City Council is becoming crowded as eight candidates, including one incumbent, have filed for three open positions. Seats currently held by councilors Tonya Graham, Stefani Seffinger and Stephen Jensen are set to be filled during the Nov. 8 General Election. Graham is running for reelection; Seffinger and Jensen are not.

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