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Two hotly-contested discussed topics headline the Ashland City Council agenda for its regular meeting Tuesday. The council plans to continue discussion surrounding the cleanup of about 20 acres of Union Pacific Railroad property in Ashland. Based on a record of decision from 2001, UPRR is in voluntary cleanup status with the Department of Environmental Quality regarding the site, which is contaminated with petroleum waste and heavy metals. Representatives from the DEQ will be on hand...

Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Prompted by a general decline in the population of bees and other pollinators, a dozen volunteers began work on a pollinator garden behind the Ashland Emergency Food Bank (AEFB) on Sunday, Sept. 13, designed not only to help with more forage and...

Updated Sep 16, 2015 at 7:37 PM

The application for a cell phone tower on Steinman Butte (also called Beacon Hill) on Old Siskiyou Highway, approved earlier by Jackson County, has been approved again with some changes — a decision which nearby appellant-landowners could...

Updated Sep 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

When it comes to deer, Ashland's population of does, bucks and fawns is a doozy, charming some, infuriating others — and even, from time to time, threatening and even injuring residents and visitors. The situation has prompted another in a...

Updated Sep 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Plans to discuss the cleanup of hazardous materials at Union Pacific’s property in Ashland have been postponed until next month. The Ashland City Council was slated to hear an update on the cleanup of railroad-owned land within the...

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