Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Brown signs Holocaust bill into law

Oregon public school students will be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, a measure that was in response to spikes in anti-Semitic incidents across the country. The law was introduced by 14-year old Claire Sarnowski from suburban Lake Oswego. She […]
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Lawmakers must tread carefully on new digital technology laws

Without the internet and the affordable digital tools that followed, millions of American small business owners would not be as successful as they are today. In today’s internet and app economy, almost every business is a digital business. This has me worried that lawmakers might hurt our digital opportunities unintentionally as they consider sweeping new […]
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Earthquake wake-up call

Eric Dittmer often refers to what he calls “earthquake memory.” Oregon has a short one, said Dittmer, a veteran geologist and an advocate for disaster preparedness. “California has a better general awareness,” the 74-year-old retired Southern Oregon University professor said. Source: Earthquake wake-up call | Mail Tribune

Homeless count down

A dip in the number of homeless people counted in Jackson County this year is good news for multiple social service organizations, the police and the public. “We are actually going down now,” said Constance Wilkerson, chairman of Jackson County Continuum of Care, an organization that pools county resources to deal with homelessness. Her organization […]
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Agencies boost efforts to stop wildland firefighter suicides

Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national disasters. On some days he directed a thousand firefighters and helped coordinate aircraft attacks […]
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Securing the landing

Keeping wildlife away from airport runways is a tough job considering birds can touch down anywhere and coyotes can scale chain link fences. Workers at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport have to be as wily as the animals to keep plane passengers safe from wildlife strikes. The first line of defense is a chain link […]
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EPA allows pesticide ‘very highly toxic’ to bees

The Environmental Protection Agency approved broad new applications Friday for a controversial insecticide, despite objections from environmental groups and beekeepers who say it is among the compounds responsible for eviscerating the nation’s bee populations. Alexandra Dunn, head of the EPA office that oversees pesticides, said the agency was “thrilled” to be able to approve new […]
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New election systems use vulnerable software

Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems. But […]
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Education, experience obscure average teacher salaries

Q: There is so much talk lately about Medford School District teachers being underpaid. I was wondering what the average salary including benefits is. I was also wondering what support staff make, too. A: We’re going to answer your question, Chuck, the best that we’re able to in a brief column. Unlike some of the […]
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Legislature fails to deliver fire help

The 2019 legislative session will be remembered more for what it didn’t accomplish than for what it did, thanks in large measure to the two walkouts staged by Senate Republicans to block legislation they didn’t like. That makes it all the more frustrating that a relatively tiny request by Southern Oregon lawmakers to address the […]
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