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Updated Mar 20, 2015 at 5:01 PM

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area will hold its Big Mountain Bash party Saturday, March 28, and kick off its season pass sale for next winter.The party was originally scheduled for this Saturday but was pushed forward a week. Ski area runs and chairlifts are currently shut down but could start up again if a storm this weekend and early next week brings enough snow to the slopes.The Big Mountain Bash will go forward March 28 whether the ski runs are open or closed, managers...

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 7:24 PM

Just when it looked like the Mt. Ashland Ski Area could be closed for the rest of the season, a coming spring storm may bring snow to high elevations and allow the shuttered resort to reopen.The ski area has been closed since Sunday after...

Updated Mar 17, 2015 at 7:18 PM

If not for the extra puffy Patagonia jacket, I surely would have frozen to death on the side of the road that day. The temperature was sub-zero and I stood motionless in Yellowstone National Park for hours waiting to catch a glimpse of a grey...

Updated Mar 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area shut down its beginner hill chairlift Monday because of a lack of snow, but other chairlifts remain open serving intermediate and expert slopes.Most of the Sonnet beginner's run, which is served by the Sonnet...

Updated Mar 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

Record low snowpack amid a second straight drought year has wildland managers bracing for what they consider an upcoming wildfire season in which catastrophic fire in the Cascades or Siskiyous "seems inevitable."State and federal wildfire...

Posted Mar 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Members of the Oregon House on Wednesday vigorously debated Senate Bill 324 — known as the clean fuels bill — before approving it and sending it on to Gov. Kate Brown. The measure aims to cut Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions...

Updated Mar 3, 2015 at 11:09 AM

The only thing tougher than raking the shoreline and pulling soaking wet logs and limbs from Emigrant Lake on a frigid late-winter morning is the group of rowers doing the work.The young, spirited — and strapping — group of...

Updated Feb 23, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Face contorted, eyes bulging, a curly-haired girl sitting in the front row leaned back as far as she could, but not quite far enough to feel safe, so she traded places with a classmate about 10 rows back.Others squirmed and gasped but held...

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Fire officials warn that Ashland residents likely will see a column of smoke rising from the watershed on Friday as the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project does a controlled underburn.Trails and roads in the area will be closed...

Updated Feb 11, 2015 at 8:02 PM

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area plans to operate all lifts for the upcoming President's Day weekend after the biggest storm in two years dumped snow on the mountain

Updated Feb 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Local anti-GMO forces celebrated a Friday ruling allowing them to join Jackson County in defense of last year’s voter-passed ban on growing genetically engineered crops in the county.Our Family Farms Coalition and others have said...

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