Tag Archives: Air Quality/Monitoring

Your View: Prescribed burning has no place

The Mail Tribune’s front page Sept. 30 asked, “What is being done” for what was the worst air in the nation this summer in our valley. The repeated solution is more logging, thinning, prescribed burning and salvage logging. And then Sen. Ron Wyden asked for funding for residents to seek refuge from the smoke, saying […]
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H&N View: Move now on preventing next year’s fires

It was good to see Gov. Kate Brown take an interest in the economic impacts of smoke in Southern Oregon from the summer’s wildfires at last week’s hearing in Ashland attended by local leaders, including some from Klamath Falls. The fires caused the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to cancel several shows, meaning a loss of some […]
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New filters in place at H&V

Hollingsworth & Vose is in the final stages of a project to upgrade the air pollution control equipment at its South Corvallis glass fiber plant. Hollingsworth & Vose is in the final stages of a project to upgrade the air pollution control equipment at its South Corvallis glass fiber plant. A family-owned manufacturing firm headquartered […]
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Gov. Kate Brown Wants Environmental Rules Upheld In Oregon When Feds Roll Them Back

If passed, the Oregon Environmental Protection Act would solidify a statewide policy opposing environmental deregulation. Source: Gov. Kate Brown Wants Environmental Rules Upheld In Oregon When Feds Roll Them Back

ROSEBUD ORIGINAL VIDEO: Smoke is Back

Wildfire smoke returned to the Rogue Valley on Friday, and it was thick enough to warrant postponing local football games. Cancellations have a cascading effect on Medford activities, with less event related traffic throughout the evening. While the football stadiums sat empty, I visited local businesses to investigate the impact on their sales. Paul Cloutier, […]
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CLEAN AIR: What is being done?

The summer of 2017 saw some of the worst smoke in Southern Oregon in recent memory. The nation watched as its largest wildfire that season, the Chetco Bar fire, burned through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to the coast, threatening homes from Cave Junction to Brookings. Music festivals and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival canceled or moved performances. […]
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Smoke is back, but for how long?

A shift in the wind and an abrupt spike in temperatures this week are bringing smoke back to Medford skies. Harkening back to the height of summer, Table Rocks disappeared from view in downtown Medford Thursday; Roxy Ann Peak, too, was hidden behind a veil of brown haze. Source: Smoke is back, but for how […]
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A call to action for clean air

An editorial on the front page is a departure for this newspaper, but the Mail Tribune Editorial Board believes the wildfire smoke that has plagued our valley in recent summers is the biggest threat to our economy and the livability of Southern Oregon that we have ever seen. We want to change that. Source: A […]
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Frustration after OHA finds closed glass company posed low health risk in 2016

A new report says much of the so-called “toxic air scare” surrounding a North Portland glass company two years ago was unwarranted. The business, Uroboros Glass, shut down its factory in the city last year. Raphael Schnepf, an artist who worked with the company and patronized it for more than 20 years, told KATU Friday […]
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Working on smoke prevention — and cure

As locals reel from a wildfire season that’s already consumed more than double the average number of acres burned over the past decade, leaving behind still-lingering smoke in its wake, local business leaders say they’re learning to adapt while state officials place new ideas on the table. Diversifying the local economy beyond tourism was an […]
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