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Updated Jan 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM

COLESTIN VALLEY — For the vast majority of its 400-plus years, a mammoth black oak rising from a hill outside of the Colestin Valley has been a vibrant giver of life.Oak titmice would nest in its cavities while everything from black-tailed deer, woodpeckers and even Native Americans feasted on its bountiful acorn crop, but 60 years of bad neighbors have inflicted a heavy price.Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine seedlings encroached on its space, sapping its water until the...

Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 3:24 PM

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is down to a skeleton crew of five after a lack of snow forced deep layoffs.The ski area had 139 permanent and seasonal employees ready to work this winter, General Manager Hiram Towle said.Enough snow fell...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 4:41 PM

Mt. Ashland Ski Area officials announced employees have been laid off because a lack of snow is keeping the ski area shuttered.The ski area opened for 13 days on Dec. 19, 2014, but then closed back down because of insufficient...

Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 6:55 PM

Despite the arbitrary nature of New Year’s Eve, nearly everyone ascribes to its mystical significance. We count the last 10 seconds with great celebration. We make resolutions about our health, our family and reining in our vices. Then...

Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 2:55 PM

To the resounding honks of passing vehicles, some two dozen Ashlanders waved signs and chanted that, when a bill allowing the Keystone XL pipeline project to go ahead passes the Republican Congress, President Barack Obama should veto...

Updated Jan 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Another wandering wolf has found its way to the Cascades of southwestern Oregon, where OR-7 has established his pack after trekking thousands of miles in search of a mate.

Updated Jan 15, 2015 at 5:39 PM

(Jan. 15, 2015: This story has been update to correct the name of the Ashland Forest...

Updated Jan 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

With trail use booming from 16,000 to 50,000 visitors in the mountains above Ashland during the past 15 years, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to the maze of trails — many of which were built by users without...

Updated Jan 7, 2015 at 1:05 PM

It's official: Southwestern Oregon now has its own wolf pack.Wolf OR-7, his mate and three pups have been designated the Rogue pack by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and they remain the...

Posted Dec 19, 2014 at 6:16 AM

A new pump station approved last week for the Talent-Ashland-Phoenix pipeline could eventually deliver to Ashland up to 3 million gallons of water a day in an emergency.The TAP project, completed in August, links Ashland to the Medford...

Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

The overwhelming majority of residents at a public hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon spoke against it, but plumbers, electricians and construction workers said the project would bring needed jobs.The...

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