Our View: Medford is safer than raw numbers suggest

“Medford Ranks #1 For Violent Crime in Oregon” was an alarming headline that showed up on Facebook recently. It wasn’t fake news — that is, a complete fabrication — but it wasn’t quite true, either. And even when it was true — three years ago — it doesn’t mean Medford residents need to fear being […]
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Guest Opinion: Farmers have a right to grow vineyards or marijuana

Jackson County’s rural landowners took a big hit 35 years ago. I helped do it. I was a Jackson County commissioner from 1981-1985, and in November 1982 we approved an ordinance that reduced the market value of most local farmland by rezoning it Exclusive Farm Use. We changed zoning rules people had counted on. We […]
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Guest Opinion: Monument boundaries based on science, shaped by politics

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came to Southern Oregon last week to gather information on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as part of the Trump administration’s broader review of national monuments. As scientists with many years of research experience in the monument area, we met with Secretary Zinke. Source: Guest Opinion: Monument boundaries based on science, shaped […]
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Medford’s migrant summer school is exploding

The Medford School District’s migrant summer school program debuted six years ago with only six elementary students. Now it serves more than 300 kindergarten through 12th-graders at five locations. MSD and Southern Oregon Education Service District officials attribute the growth to more attractive programming and better outreach to migrant families in the area. Source: Medford’s […]
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Sometimes-opposing sides join to protect rare alpine oasis

Two groups that don’t always play together are coming together to protect a rare, spring-fed alpine meadow straddling the Oregon-California border, one that has been riddled for decades by the hooves and cowpies of illegally grazing cattle. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest this week teamed with its occasional adversary — The Ashland-based Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center — to build […]
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Riding the green revolution

Rubberneckers along Interstate 5 might catch a glimpse of a new billboard announcing a big organic hemp farm just below Paschal Winery on Suncrest Road in Talent. “I’m not ashamed of what we’re doing,” said Chris Bourne, chief executive officer of MediSun Farms, a co-op of about 10 farms on hundreds of acres in Southern Oregon. “I’m […]
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Invaders: 1 Inspectors: 0

Oregon’s first line of defense against outside aquatic invasive species might see its time cut back unless a new source of income can make up budget shortfalls. A bill that would have added smaller boats as well as some kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to the $5-a-year permit program to fund the fight against aquatic invasive […]
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Feds Examine Military Flares In Mysterious Oregon Wildfires

Federal and state agencies are investigating a string of wildfires in southeastern Oregon with a potential link to military training exercises. Seven small fires ignited across state and federal lands on July 11, all attributed to human activity — a suspicious pattern that indicates they could be connected, according to federal officials. Source: Feds Examine Military […]
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Jayne: Oregon’s hare-brained to want to toll Washington drivers

For some reason, it calls to mind Wile E. Coyote. When you can’t catch Road Runner, you drop an anvil on him from atop a cliff. Or strap yourself to a rocket. Or purchase some jet-propelled roller skates from Acme Corporation. When you are this clever, after all, what could possibly go wrong? So it […]
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The cafeteria conundrum

The third lunch period at Lincoln Elementary School started at noon during last school year, and like the other lunch periods at the school, lasted 20 minutes. At least, they lasted 20 minutes on paper. “If you are around here long enough you’ll hear us say ‘on paper’ a lot. The reality is different.” said […]
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