June 14, 2024

Public Safety & Courts

City Government

Police office coming to Tolman Creek Plaza

The Ashland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the lease for a new police presence on the south side of the city in response to years of increasing crime in the area. It is expected to take about two weeks for the new location to open.

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Latest news

Fourth star to be added to Ashland police badge

A fourth name will be added to the list of Ashland Police Department officers who have died while on duty. Officer George Martin Lowe, age 54, was struck and killed by a train while on foot patrol in 1919. The fatality was recently brought to the department’s attention by a Michigan-based nonprofit that works to honor officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

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Fire & Smoke

Ashland audience questions Sen. Merkley on wide range of topics

Nearly 200 Ashland residents turned out to ask questions of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley during a town hall meeting Sunday afternoon in the Ashland High School gym, pressing him on international crises in Gaza and Ukraine, as well as local issues including the epidemic of substance abuse, the housing shortage and funding for education. 

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Ashland School District

Educational assistant on paid administrative leave after allegation of sexual misconduct belatedly reaches school

Dozens of parents gathered in a room at TRAILS Outdoor School on Walker Avenue on Monday for a meeting with school officials after an educational assistant at the school was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 21 after the district belatedly learned of allegations of “sexual abuse/misconduct” that happened in 2022 at an off-campus location.

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City Government

Ashland announces new program to connect residents and first responders

A new Ashland city program dubbed “Community Connect” allows residents to input information that could assist first responders as they answer calls for service. Through an online portal, residents can give first responders information the responders can access on their way to answering calls that could be helpful to know — such as if there are pets in a home.

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Lawmakers take first deep plunge into proposals to address the drug crisis

As Oregon lawmakers start to work on the state’s drug addiction and overdose crisis, the complexity of their undertaking is still emerging. In a 35-day session that started Monday and ends March 10, legislators want to change how police interact with people who possess small amounts of hard drugs, increase addiction treatment and fund residential facilities.

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Latest posts

Service Notice: Celebration of life for Rick Bevel

Service Notice: Rick Bevel lived on the streets of Ashland for the final years of his life, forming relationships with many. Any who wish to remember him are welcome to attend a celebration of life from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Triangle Park at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Liberty Street, according to an event announcement. 

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Garden of the Month: A labor of love

Garden of the Month: There is an extraordinary garden at 891 Beswick Way, home of Scott Allison. Scott is a naturalist, forester, orchardist and apiarist. This is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for June 2024.

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