June 14, 2024

Public Safety & Courts

Fire & Smoke

Drug addiction, housing and homelessness to dominate legislative session 

Oregon lawmakers are starting the legislative session, promising to aim squarely at the state’s homelessness and drug addiction crisis. From Gov. Tina Kotek to Democratic and Republican legislators, elected officials agree on the priorities, especially with fentanyl overdoses skyrocketing in Oregon and across the country.

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New detectives assigned to David Grubbs murder investigation

Two new detectives have been assigned to the investigation into the homicide of David Grubbs on Nov. 19, 2011. The assignment of new detectives to the case is in response to new leads in the case, according to a release issued by the Ashland Police Department on Thursday afternoon.

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Latest data show overdoses continue to skyrocket in Oregon

As lawmakers prepare to tackle the state’s addiction crisis, new data from the Oregon Health Authority shows how dire the addiction crisis has become. In 2019, 280 people died of a drug overdose in Oregon. Fatalities rose every year after, more than tripling by 2022, when 956 died. And last year, even more people died, according to preliminary data.

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Oregon Democrats would make drug possession a crime, widen treatment

Oregon Democratic legislators plan to fight the state’s war on drug addiction and overdoses on multiple battle fronts. The proposal would not abolish Measure 110, and it would still allow money to flow into those programs, which pay for peers to counsel people, harm reduction services like overdose reversal medications and help with housing and other services. But the proposal would change a key part: the decriminalization of possession.

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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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