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Lightning hits Southern Oregon region

More than 700 lightning strikes peppered a five-county area that covers Southern Oregon and Northern California Wednesday, with bolts sparking at least three small fires in Jackson County. Source: Lightning hits Southern Oregon region | Mail Tribune

Growing pains, and lines, at the Medford airport

It’s no illusion — Medford’s airport traffic continues to soar. Jerry Brienza, director of the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, said the facility is still experiencing unprecedented growth in its flow of passengers, sparking interest from airlines to add routes and bring in bigger planes. And, yes, it will mean longer lines, Brienza said. Source: Growing […]
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Lava Beds national park effort revived

Supporters say a proposal to redesignate Lava Beds National Monument as a national park would significantly increase tourism and provide an economic boost to the Tulelake Basin. Elizabeth Norton, one of the leader’s of last year’s failed effort to attain national park status for Lava Beds, said people and representatives of groups supporting the change […]
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Increasing student success in Oregon schools 

On Tuesday, the Oregon Legislative Student Success Committee convened in the Rogue Valley. They met with education and business leaders, student representatives and community members and toured pockets of excellence in Pre-K-12 education. The goal of the committee is to gather information statewide on strategies to close the achievement gap and improve graduation rates. There […]
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California cleavin’ idea appears doomed to fail

The latest in a long string of attempts to carve up California has actually qualified for the ballot, but it stands little chance of passing, and even if it did, it would probably not win the required congressional approval, let alone a green light from the state legislature. Nor is it likely to generate much […]
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Gun debate distracts from real solutions  

“How did things ever get so far, I don’t know,” Vito Corleone says to the heads of the five families in the epic movie “The Godfather,” trying to make peace after his son is brutally gunned down. Art resembles life. How did we ever get so far in society — exchanging agendas for solving real […]
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Smart meter fears persist

Despite assurances and a paucity of serious blazes reported, the potential for a smart electrical meter to catch fire worries Gold Hill resident Marty Becker. This summer, Pacific Power will swap out existing meters for its 88,000 customers in Jackson County with new ones that relay information through a cellular connection, but some residents are […]
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Weather Service upgrades will extend radar dome’s coverage

Medford’s National Weather Service soon will be the first in the country to aim its radar below the horizon, leading to better real-time forecasts for severe weather events as far away as Coos Bay. Since it was commissioned in April 1996, the Next Generation Weather Radar — NEXRAD — dome has sent out pulses of electromagnetic […]
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Commercial salmon fleet docked until July

Good catch rates and higher participation than expected have triggered a mid-season closure until July of the commercial chinook salmon-fishing season off the Southern Oregon coast. With Tuesday’s landings, commercial fishermen exceeded their 1,500-chinook quota for June in just nine days of fishing, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. That puts the […]
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OnTrack fined after employees exposed to asbestos

The Oregon Occupational and Safety and Health Division has fined OnTrack $19,350 after employees of the drug addiction recovery organization improperly handled asbestos at an apartment in west Medford. Source: OnTrack fined after employees exposed to asbestos | Mail Tribune