July 21, 2024



A day of guided hikes on Mount Ashland supports the Siskiyou Crest Coalition

The Siskiyou Crest Coalition, based in southwest Oregon, sponsored a unique fundraiser on July 13: a day of guided hikes at a private property on Mount Ashland. The emphasis of the day’s activities was on the ecological value of the Siskiyou Crest: the unparalleled biodiversity resulting from ecosystem niches influenced by six biotic regions; its importance as a wildlife connectivity corridor; and its astonishing number of endemic botanical species.

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Mt. Ashland Ski Area to open Thursday

It’s taken longer than usual but the wait is almost over.  The Mt. Ashland Ski Area will open for the season Thursday. Despite the later than usual opening, Thursday’s opening is fitting because Mt. Asland’s 60th anniversary season will begin exactly 60 years to the day after its first-ever opening in 1964.

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Waiting and hoping at Mt. Ashland

The waiting continues at Mt. Ashland Ski Area. Just when the mountain will have enough snow for the area to finally open for downhill skiers, snowboarders and other winter sports enthusiasts remains uncertain.

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Gearing up: Skiers, snowboarders descend upon Ashland Ski Swap

Piled high with ski boots, snowboards and other snow apparel, Southern Oregon’s Stevenson Union building was packed with people Saturday morning looking to purchase fresh equipment at the annual Ashland Ski Swap. While nearby Mt. Ashland Ski Area remains closed until the mountain receives a healthy dose of new powder, many ski swap attendees were eager to buy gear for the upcoming season.

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Breaking the ice: First Frost skaters know how to get around

Families made good use of the recreational skating period kicking off the annual First Frost Community Skating Event on Saturday at Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink. Visit for skating schedule and admission information and updates, or call 541-552-2258 for more information.

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Mt. Ashland Ski Area pushes back opening day, despite snowstorm

Andrew Gast, general manager of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, had hoped that this Saturday would be opening day for skiing this season, but he admitted defeat on Thursday, despite the latest snowstorm. Things are now day to day, while he, a couple hundred employees and untold numbers of skiers wait for more snow.

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Air quality alert issued through Monday for Jackson County

Smoke from wildfires in Douglas County prompted issuance of an air quality advisory on Saturday evening by Jackson County Public Health, effective through Monday, July 22. Depending on weather patterns and fire activity, air quality could be impacted for longer, the announcement said.

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Ashland New Plays Festival announces October lineup

Four plays among 350 submitted to the Ashland New Plays Festival will be performed during the group’s 2024 Fall Festival this October. The playwrights will be in Ashland for a week of readings, development, and collaboration and will present their plays from Oct. 16 to 20.

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