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Updated May 29, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Elevated bacteria levels in portions of Bear Creek and Neil Creek near Ashland are prompting health officials to warn people against water contact there in an ongoing problem likely exacerbated by drought.The Rogue Valley Council of Governments Thursday issued the advisories for Neil Creek east of Ashland as well as the stretch of Bear Creek between Lynn Newbry Park in Talent and Fern Valley Road near Phoenix.Bear Creek from its confluence with Griffin Creek to the mouth of...

Updated May 26, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Residents of Ashland near Lithia Park were surprised Saturday morning to discover three unexpected visitors during had arrived on Memorial Day weekend. A mama bear and her two cubs were caught off guard by the early morning human...

Updated May 26, 2015 at 6:56 PM

The rapidly-growing Mountain Bird Festival, sponsored this weekend by the Klamath Bird Observatory, is expected to bring in 140 “birders” and scientists who will spend over $70,000 in the Ashland economy, get to know and love the...

Updated May 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM

They came, they sang and beat on a dozen drums, they gave speeches of love for the Fremont Cottonwood tree that has stood on lower Clay Street since, they say, pioneer days — and they vowed support for both the tree and affordable housing...

Updated May 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Local journalist and documentary filmmaker Leslie Griffith has produced a wrenching, soul-pummeling movie, “When Giants Fall,” vividly detailing the slaughter of African elephants for their ivory — and giving them about five...

Updated May 17, 2015 at 11:56 AM

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is proposing to expand its summer operations with an outdoor adventure center featuring a zip line, rock-climbing wall and disc golf course.

Updated May 15, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Bear Creek is rolling through the south Rouge Valley even dirtier than it's normal spring self thanks to the remnants of a February storm and a fistful of other factors that might keep the creek this way indefinitely.The Feb. 7 storm that...

Updated May 13, 2015 at 11:50 AM

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has declared a local disaster because of drought conditions.Commissioners also voted unanimously this morning to ask Gov. Kate Brown to declare a drought emergency for all of Jackson County due to...

Updated May 8, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Ashland Creek Press is offering $1,000, a publication offer and a four-week writer's retreat to the winner of its Siskiyou Prize for environmental literature.

Posted May 7, 2015 at 2:00 AM

A typical Ashland water bill payer would see about a $16 increase per year to fund ongoing maintenance of Ashland’s watershed after the City Council decided on a 5-1 vote Tuesday to pursue a rate increase based on meter size.That...

Updated May 4, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Anne Coyle will never forget that September day in 2009 when a 200-foot wall of flames blocked her view of Ashland from her house in the forest high above town.The Siskiyou fire came charging up the hillside toward her 20-acre homesite,...

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