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Updated Feb 7, 2016 at 3:55 PM

ASHLAND — Dave Clayton straddles a live trap with a slim, medieval-like iron cage attached to the end, ready for the five minutes of chaos that both the wildlife biologist and his rare, wild and feisty quarry know all too well together. Inside is F-03, a Pacific fisher whose unshakable taste for poultry has put her in Clayton's trap a dozen times since 2011. Clayton opens the wooden trap and taps on it to goose the animal into the iron cage, where assistant Devlin Madrone...

Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 11:37 AM

For more than 100 years people have been drinking out of the Lithia Fountain on the Ashland Plaza for its possible healthy qualities and sheer curiosity. It’s slightly rotten egg smell and bitter taste has amused tourists for decades. But...

Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Wild Side readers are mostly offered personal accounts of visiting wild areas and exploring the magnificent landscapes and wild rivers in northern California and southern Oregon. But given all the attention to our shared heritage of National...

Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Carl Sager is one of a growing number of heliotropic homeowners in Ashland — 214 so far — who are taking advantage of the city’s solar electric tax credit of 50 cents per watt up to $7,500, a maximum which most people...

Updated Dec 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Although Bear Creek has divided Nevada Street for generations, it appears, according to longtime residents, that there never was a bridge there. That means the upcoming construction of a $5.5 million bridge, with bike and pedestrian lanes, is not...

Updated Dec 8, 2015 at 4:47 PM

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to support the proposed resolution of a lawsuit over the county's ban on growing genetically modified crops. Farmers growing alfalfa genetically modified to withstand herbicides will...

Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 11:39 PM

A proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Jackson County’s ban on genetically engineered crops would allow continued growing of Roundup-ready alfalfa if it has already been planted. Farmers with the genetically modified or GMO...

Updated Nov 18, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Crews plan to burn brush piles today on the east side of the Ashland watershed on upper Tolman Creek Road as part of the fuels reduction and forest restoration efforts of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, a news release from the city of...

Updated Nov 15, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Some 500 people Sunday gave the Ashland Climate Challenge a big kickoff, vowing to prune the city’s carbon footprint by 10 percent or more, work on climate-friendly changes individually and hammer out a city-wide climate plan to be put in...

Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 5:44 PM

Mountain View Paving continues to operate its asphalt plant in Talent without land-use approval while the denial of permission to run its batch plant is under appeal to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals. Jackson County Development...

Posted Nov 8, 2015 at 11:01 PM

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is a long way from the halls of Washington, D.C. In fact, he’s a long way from anything resembling a hallway. It’s a clear fall day and Merkley is hiking through stands of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine in the...

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