Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Voters to decide health coverage fate

Voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether to approve funding to preserve Oregon’s expansion of health insurance coverage. The Rogue Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters hosted a forum Thursday at the Medford library to urge voters to approve Measure 101. While the league doesn’t take a position on political candidates, it occasionally […]
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Since You Asked: Young steelhead are in Ashland Creek, but no one’s counting

Q: The piece and the photos on those urban fish (in an unnamed tributary of Medford’s Larson Creek) was awesome.  A friend is a recent grad of St. Mary’s School, where he was involved in monitoring that stream, so I’ve heard about it….. A: We at Since You Asked Central can’t help but let a […]
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Smoking, drinking, drug abuse decline among U.S. teens

They prefer pot and vaping, latest nationwide survey shows. About 1 in 3 middle and high school students surveyed in 2017 said they had used some kind of illicit drug sometime in their life. Two decades ago, that figure was 43 percent. Likewise, 17 percent of students surveyed in 2017 said they smoked cigarettes at […]
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Obamacare applications pour in as enrollment deadline arrives

Millions of Americans are signing up for 2018 coverage through the Affordable Care Act, defying the Trump administration’s hostility to the law and a yearlong campaign by congressional Republicans to repeal it. As a final enrollment deadline approaches Friday for consumers in 39 states, sign-ups appear likely to fall short of the 2017 total, due […]
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Editorial: Jordan Cove project suffers two setbacks

The proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon and liquefied natural gas export facility in Coos Bay had two setbacks this month when the state’s geologist raised questions about earthquake safety and Oregon’s junior senator changed his position to actively oppose the project. If approved, the project would install a 229-mile pipeline to carry natural […]
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Since You Asked: Yes, scofflaws try to scam the DMV – News

Q: I received a notice from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles requesting proof of my automobile insurance. What’s up? My registration isn’t due for another year. What brought this about? Are people just getting insured long enough to register their car and then dropping the insurance? A: Our editors were poised for yet another […]
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Medford residents are going it alone in their vehicles

Seven out of 10 people driving to work in Medford either go it alone for work-related reasons or by preference. The figure jumps to 92 percent when respondents to a community survey find there are no reasonable alternatives. The city of Medford is looking for ways to lower those numbers. Source: Medford residents are going […]
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Economist: Rogue Valley lags in building multifamily units

Apartment construction is soaring in many parts of the country, but not in the Rogue Valley. Avista Corp’s Chief Economist Grant Forsyth told a Chamber of Medford/Jackson County Forum audience Monday that the valley is not keeping pace with other regions when it comes to multifamily housing. He pointed out apartments constitute 48 percent of […]
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State geologist says LNG pipeline analysis inadequate

Oregon’s state geologist says the scientific analysis of potential earthquake and tsunami hazards for a proposed natural gas pipeline and export facility is inadequate and relies on outdated data. The concerns about the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove processing terminal were outlined in a letter by Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Director […]
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High rents, few vacancies have Jackson County residents in a bind

Rent hikes up to 40 percent at Mariposa Townhomes in Medford are just the tip of the iceberg as renters across the county find themselves priced out of their homes. “We get calls from several people a week who are losing their homes or will lose their homes,” said Jesse Sharpe, statewide organizer for Community Alliance […]
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