Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Don’t wait for campaign finance reform

Gov. Kate Brown says there’s no hurry to pass campaign finance limits during the 2020 legislative session, preferring to wait for voters to decide in November whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow it. In remarks to reporters during a session preview last week, Brown said she has “really strong thoughts” about the issue […]
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Southern Oregon schools reach new graduation highs

Of the 164 students who finished their senior year at Phoenix High School in 2019, 92.1% earned a diploma in four years, new data from the Oregon Department of Education show. A 5.03% jump between 2018 and 2019 pushed Phoenix High’s four-year graduation rate above 90% for the first time, which the school community is […]
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Medford ranks No. 2 in the U.S. in pot stores per capita

Medford has the most pot stores per capita in Oregon, and the second-highest number compared to 600 U.S. cities with a population of 50,000 or more. “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Clay Bearnson, a Medford city councilor who works at a downtown dispensary, Oregon Farmacy. “I reckon it’s better to be first in […]
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Biologists hope gravel creates more chinook spawning habitat in Rogue, Big Butte Creek

TRAIL — With an if-you-build-it-they-will-come approach, state fish biologists are hoping to refortify lost wild Rogue River spring chinook spawning grounds with new gravel to create more spawning habitat for these increasingly rare fish to lay eggs. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is eying strategic gravel introductions at historic wild spring chinook spawning […]
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Oregon Outdoors: Still kill wild steelhead?

Wild steelhead advocates are preparing for the latest salvo in this year’s public debate about whether fishermen should be allowed to catch and keep these wild icons of the Rogue River and other South Coast streams. Catch-and-release advocates will ask the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday for an emergency ban on killing wild winter […]
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Game camera photographs gray wolf in new territory inside Jackson County

A Jacksonville man has captured the image of the first confirmed gray wolf west of Highway 62 in Jackson County. One of Eric Anderson’s game cameras picked up a Jan. 3 image of a gray wolf on federal Bureau of Land Management land about 300 yards from a road in the Sams Valley area northwest […]
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Highway 230 reopens following 9-day snow-related closure

Highway 230, a 24-mile stretch of Highway 230 near Crater Lake National Park that connects the Rogue Valley to the Bend area, reopened Tuesday following a nine-day closure prompted by heavy snow and falling trees, Oregon Department of Transportation officials reported. Source: Highway 230 reopens following 9-day snow-related closure | Mail Tribune

Overdose danger drops, but Jackson County officials urge caution

Jackson County health officials have lifted a yellow alert that has been in place warning the public of higher than usual nonfatal and fatal overdoses from illicit opioids such as heroin. The number of hospital emergency department admissions for illicit opioid overdoses fell to two patients last week — an average number for the area, […]
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Anniversary makes the case for Oregon millionaires’ tax 

To find the way forward, it often helps to look at the past. That’s certainly the case when it comes to tax policy. Rather than rely on preconceived notions, it’s essential to examine the real impact of significant policy changes. An important change in tax policy took place a decade ago this month, when Oregonians […]
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Sparking the Rogue Valley economy

Southern Oregon is often one of the first areas in the state to nose dive in a recession and one of the last to pull out of it. To strengthen our economic base for an anticipated downturn in the next five years, a local economic development organization is refocusing its efforts to retain companies and […]
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