Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Noah: Horse trading at the Capitol? Nah – Opinion

It was a hot summer night when the Guv and her posse strode into the Free Trade Saloon and bellied up to the bar, their parched lips lined with sweat from riding herd on the Capitol. “What’ll you have?” asked the well-kept barkeep, his cologne tingling their noses. Source: Noah: Horse trading at the Capitol? […]
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Neil Creek a fish magnet? It is now

A project to reclaim lost salmon habitat on a milelong reach of Neil Creek through a private ranch is turning into a wild-fish magnet one year after completion — and in the process it’s turning heads in the fish restoration world. The $1.5 million project on Dunn Ranch has become a potential long-term asset to […]
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Since You Asked: ‘Stripped,’ released steelhead real on the Rogue

Q: I have a question about the Friday fishing report. There was mention of Rogue River steelhead in the system now, and mention of some 8-pound fish. Some of those, it explained, were females that have been stripped of their eggs at the hatchery and returned to the river…… A: We at Since You Asked […]
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Skies choked by Douglas County smoke

Fires raging in eastern Douglas County have been sending smoke pouring into Jackson County the last couple days, according to weather officials. The 1,710-acre Umpqua North Complex, burning about 50 miles east of Roseburg, and the 1,100-acre Falcon Complex, 25 miles east of Tiller, are the main culprits, said meteorologist Ryan Sandler. The High Cascades […]
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Planning for ‘the big one’

Ashland and Oregon Department of Transportation officials Monday struggled to launch a “seismic triage” of bridges that are vulnerable in the inevitable Cascadia earthquake, deciding which can be detoured around, which can’t be detoured and would suffer major damage and those that would get minor damage and could be fixed in a few months. Source: […]
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Grizzly Peak trail system reopens

Closure signs and caution tape are no longer at the Grizzly Peak trailhead or its tributary trails. The Bureau of Land Management Medford District and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District have decided the area is now safe for public access. Source: Grizzly Peak trail system reopens

Oregon National Guard heads to wildfire near Crater Lake

Spc. Alex Beall, an Oregon National Guard member from Medford who fought in the war in Afghanistan, is being deployed along with more than 100 fellow guard members to take on a different foe: A wildfire at iconic Crater Lake. More than 100 members of the Oregon National Guard received refresher wildland firefighting training Tuesday […]
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Governor reverses Holly veto

Gov. Kate Brown did an about-face Tuesday and decided not to veto a $1 million grant for the Holly Theatre in Medford after the community voiced its support in Salem for the project.   Source: Governor reverses Holly veto

Grizzly Peak Trail system open again

The Bureau of Land Management has reopened the Grizzly Peak Trail system Tuesday afternoon, saying that the five fires that closed the trails last week have been fully contained. The trail was closed Aug. 11 following a series of lightning-sparked fires in the area, according to BLM and previous reports. Firefighters continued to gain ground […]
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Passenger stats soar despite pilot shortage

The Medford airport’s five commercial carriers reported 89,948 passengers in July, snapping the single-month record of 88,828 set in June. The total might have been much higher had Alaska not canceled roughly 20 flights during the month because of a pilot shortage. With firefighting tankers and spotter planes filling the smoky skies, the reduced number […]
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