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Ashland Fire & Rescue has promoted Battalion Chief David Shepherd to deputy chief. Chief Shepherd has served the Ashland community since 1997 as a firefighter/paramedic, engineer, captain and battalion chief.Shepherd began his career as a volunteer with Jackson County Fire District 5 in 1994. After working as a manager in private industry, Shepherd says, “I wanted to work in a field where I could make a difference in people’s lives.”Shepherd is an...

Updated at 8:34 PM

Predicted lightning activity fell flat in Jackson County Monday night, but the National Weather Service anticipates lightning and stormy weather could affect the Rogue Valley through Thursday.The...

Updated at 8:27 PM

In this era of increasing climate change, the West is going to see more drought and more heat — and therefore, more fire. The key to coping with this is not endless aerial bombing of retardants, but letting this fire-adapted ecosystem...

Updated at 7:07 PM

Now, generally, if I can help it, I don't like writing columns about individual months. I prefer seasonal summaries since individual months just don't have enuff data. But June 2015 was so extraordinary that it's getting an article all by itself.

Updated at 6:17 PM

Monday, 8:09 a.m. — A man reported his backpack stolen in the 100 block of East Main Street. Items reported stolen included the man's Oregon Trail card.Monday, 9:08 a.m. — An unknown suspect made $2,700 of fraudulent charges...

Updated at 6:07 PM

Oregon Shakespeare FestivalWednesday — "Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land," 1:30 p.m. at the Angus Bowmer Theatre, many; "Antony and Cleopatra," 8 p.m. on the Allen Elizabethan Stage, many; "Guys and Dolls," 8 p.m.

Updated at 6:04 PM

Several years ago my sister called me from San Diego and said, “We’ve just been notified that we need to evacuate. What do I take? Should we drive separate cars or go together?” As we talked through the general stuff...

Updated at 3:33 PM

The Ashland Pilots Baseball Summer Clinic, for players between the ages of 8 and 14, will be held July 14-16 at North Mountain Park.The cost is $60 per player and includes a baseball signed by Ashland High alum and Kansas City Royals...

Updated at 2:38 PM

EUGENE — Vernon Adams is a step closer to joining the Oregon football team, but his first workout will have to wait.The UO registrar’s office confirmed that Adams, a quarterback transferring from Eastern Washington, has...

Updated at 1:34 PM

Adrienne Simmons shared this photo collection from Ashland's Fourth of July parade.

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Jared Fogle, the Subway spokesperson who gained fame for losing nearly 250 pounds on what he called the...

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