Category Archives: Mail Tribune

New solutions needed for ‘new norm’ 

With fire seasons growing longer and forests choked with too many trees, fire officials said everyone has to play a role in combating wildfires and smoke. A panel of fire officials briefed the public on issues facing the community during a Thursday night wildfire forum in Medford hosted by state Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland. Source: […]
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New solutions needed for ‘new norm’

With fire seasons growing longer and forests choked with too many trees, fire officials said everyone has to play a role in combating wildfires and smoke. A panel of fire officials briefed the public on issues facing the community during a Thursday night wildfire forum in Medford hosted by state Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland. Oregon […]
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Where there’s no fire, there’s no smoke

Is a smoke-plagued summer really unavoidable? We cannot prevent summer lightning storms like that of 2018, nor can we be assured that human-caused wildfire ignition, accidental or intentional, will not turn a portion of Southern Oregon’s millions of acres into roaring conflagrations. Increasingly dry and warmer years parch our forests and brush, raising fire susceptibility. […]
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Regulations block impromptu firefighting

Q: Shortly after we moved to the Applegate in the early 1970s, we were driving home when our truck was stopped by Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters and my husband and brother-in-law were immediately given shovels and sent off to fight a nearby fire that had just started. What happened to this old program? I […]
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Good news and bad on transparency

The Oregon House of Representatives struck a blow for transparency on Monday by adopting three rule changes proposed by a bipartisan group of legislators. But on the Senate side of the Capitol, a bill was introduced that would undermine the state’s public records law, taking a step toward less transparency in government. Source: Good news […]
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February SNAP benefits to come early

February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be issued early due to the partial government shutdown, even if the stalemate ends by Jan. 20, a release from Oregon Department of Human Services said Tuesday. The early benefits will not result in a surplus of benefits being issued, said Self-Sufficiency Director Kim Fredlund. Source: February SNAP […]
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Wildfire summit: Officials on the hot seat

Officials from local, state and federal fire protection agencies will discuss how to protect communities during a wildfire forum from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The free event is at the Smullin Health Education Center, located at E. 2825 Barnett St. on the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center campus in Medford. Source: Wildfire summit: Officials […]
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Has Oregon given up ‘Let it burn’ policy?

Q: The Klamathon fire was brought under control so quickly I wondered whether CalFire has more resources and speed priority than Oregon. But then the lightning fires around our valley were dealt with quickly too, so I wondered whether Oregon has changed its policies? For instance, have they given up the “let it burn” idea […]
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Your View: Jordan Cove would benefit Oregonianss

In a recent editorial the Editorial Board said “We don’t think exporting U.S. and Canadian gas for the profit of a Canadian company constitutes a public benefit.” While I have no argument with that comment, it has absolutely nothing to do with the issue of whether or not the project would be of benefit to […]
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Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants. In a 277-page decision that won’t be the final word on the issue, Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled […]
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