Tag Archives: Southern Oregon

RECREATIONAL CRABBING CLOSES ON SOUTH OREGON COAST 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced the immediate closure of all recreational crabbing on the southern Oregon coast. The closure, which goes from Bandon to the California border, is due to elevated levels of domoic acid. That includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested in bays […]
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Southern Oregon tube man waves bye-bye to wolves

Southern Oregon rancher Ted Birdseye has received two inflatable tube men from the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife to help prevent further wolf attacks on his cattle. The display is almost hypnotic, watching the inflatable tube man twist and wave at Ted Birdseye’s ranch bordering the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon. Source: Southern […]
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Southern Oregon at ground zero for climate change

Southern Oregon is being hard hit by warming temperatures that worsen wildfire risk and reduce snowpack, but local agriculture could benefit from longer growing seasons, according to a new climate change report. The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University released its 2019 climate assessment Friday. The state Legislature has mandated the periodic […]
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Shutdown casts pall on effort to help Oregon winegrowers

Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback. Two Oregon wineries stepped in to buy the grapes, but getting the Oregon Solidarity wines they produced […]
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Walden frustrated by feds’ response

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden on Friday blasted the federal response to wildfires that have devastated the Southern Oregon economy, jeopardized local health and prompted an outcry from residents over what they believe is a “let-it-burn” philosophy. “I don’t know if there’s a policy like that, but I hear it enough,” Walden said to about 400 […]
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Oregon voters don’t divide neatly into red and blue

Voters in Southern Oregon said on Nov. 6 that they wanted a new governor, limits on publicly funded abortions and a repeal of the state’s immigrant sanctuary law. Voters in the Portland area felt differently — and they had numbers on their side. But this doesn’t mean Oregonians living outside the Willamette Valley are irrelevant […]
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2019: Dwellings on the negative

The list of obstacles contributing to a housing crunch in Southern Oregon — and most parts of the country — won’t magically disappear in 2019. It might even be worse with interest rates rising. There’s no escaping it, even with new single-family residences on the market, more home sellers, and new multifamily projects opening in […]
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Wildfire Smoke Continues To Disrupt Southern Oregon Economic Rhythms

The Rogue Valley didn’t directly experience any serious wildfires this year. But smoke from large wildfires burning hours away blew in and stayed for months — right at the peak of tourist season. You know the end is near when a business starts selling off its shelves, clothes racks and displays — and that’s what’s […]
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Farm bill fell short for Southern Oregon

When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. Those are the words of a father from Southern Oregon, whose family was torn apart by the all-too-common threat facing our communities every summer: wildfire smoke. In this very paper on Dec. 12, this father is quoted as saying, “It’s been devastating for us as a family. We […]
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Smoke-affected vineyards may get relief

Southern Oregon wine grape growers whose 2018 crops were rejected by wineries because of smoke taint may get a new source of relief. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is pushing to include compensation for vintners whose crops were damaged by relentless wildfires in the lame-duck session spending bill. Although many of the region’s grape growers […]
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