Viewpoint: Urban renewal would help Talent recover from the Almeda Fire

Joi Riley: “The lives of Talent’s least wealthy residents were uprooted and flung in all directions by the Almeda Fire. They have not returned to normal, and won’t, without this one-time opportunity afforded the Urban Renewal Agency by post-fire legislation, designed specifically, to make all of us all whole again.”

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City Government

Talent Council agrees to scale back urban renewal plan, put it before voters

A draft urban renewal plan should be scaled back and the revised plan put before city voters next spring, the Talent City Council unanimously decided at a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16. Staff was instructed to prepare a resolution formalizing those decisions for adoption by the council at its meeting starting at 6:45 p.m. today, Aug. 17, its second meeting in two days.

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Cooperative efforts get major solar projects off the ground

Projects designed to provide solar power to residents and businesses in Ashland and Talent were discussed during a Thursday night Zoom gathering that included representatives from several groups, including Solarize Rogue, Energy Trust of Oregon, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative, and the Ashland Solar Cooperative.

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Firefighters quickly corral blaze just north of Ashland

Multiple fire agencies responded to a fire reported at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, on a hillside west of Highway 99 between Ashand and Talent. Within about a half-hour the wildfire’s spread was held to about a half-acre off Frank Hill Road just west of Jackson Wellsprings.

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Beekeeper Lego taken from Talent’s tiny park

Talent Garden Club and city of Talent officials are asking for the return of a small but important feature of the city’s new tiny park. The beekeeper Lego was a gift from Allie French, executive director of Talent Maker City, to the city of Talent, and was placed in the tiny park at its unveiling last week. The gift has gone missing from the park enclosure.

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Viewpoint: Talent prepares next step on housing, small business, fire prevention

Matt Witt: “Affordable housing, getting small businesses back on their feet after the Almeda fire, and fire prevention and emergency preparedness are the public’s three top priorities for Talent’s urban renewal plan. Talent’s mayor and city councilors, who also serve as the TURA board, meet Wednesday to consider an urban renewal proposal based on those priorities after months of public input. If approved, that will trigger a period for additional comment from the public and other agencies before the board adopts a final plan later this summer.”

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Newcomer Hansen embraces pragmatic agenda for council

Local businessman Eric Hansen wants to lead with a pragmatic approach when sworn into the Ashland City Council in January. He campaigned on a platform of economic and ecological sustainability and vitality but, for starters, suggests starting council meetings at 4 p.m.

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Inner Peace: Retirement as a road to inner peace

Victoria Leo: ‘If you think that you are the career, and you feel the power over your life choices that getting those monthly earnings gives you in a market economy, the future generates fear, and fear is not conducive to inner peace.’

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Relocations: The heartbreaking futility of still another Blitz

Herbert Rothschild: “It’s hard to dismiss spite as a motive for aerial assaults on civilian targets unassociated with ground offenses against them. That’s especially true because retrospective studies of such assaults during World War II revealed that they do little to impede fighting capacity and, if anything, strengthen the popular will to carry on.”

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