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Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 5:01 PM

  A panel will discuss the oil industry's influence on state government during "Dirty Energy & Dirty Money" forum hosted by Common Cause Oregon on Thursday evening in Ashland. The free public forum offers information about how the oil industry and its allies used campaign contributions, lobbying contracts and "dark money" attack ads to try and block a major bill dealing with climate change in a recent legislative session. Speakers include state Rep. Peter Buckley,...

Updated Jun 17, 2016 at 8:20 PM

It’s all about buildings at the Ashland City Council study session on Monday night. One building, the current City Hall, is being reviewed to determine its actual existence. Recent seismic studies show the building would not survive a...

Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 12:18 PM

UPDATE, June 9: Links to online polls Which do you prefer? Click here to vote in the Tidings poll, or click

Updated May 31, 2016 at 3:21 PM

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. — It is a glorious day in Northern California, and Lewis Elbinger, a 68-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter, is feeling great — or, as he puts it, "high vibe." In the five decades since he first painted a white...

Updated May 17, 2016 at 10:55 PM

Local report Preliminary results point to incumbent Joe Charter as the winner of the justice of the peace race, with a nearly 10 percentage point lead. Reports from the county Elections Office at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday...

Updated May 17, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Public bus supporters cheered Jackson County voters Tuesday night after they showed their overwhelming support for adding bus routes and avoiding cuts to service. “When I read off the results to everybody in this room, everybody...

Updated May 17, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Preliminary results point to Patricia Crain as the winner of Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Position 4, by a margin of nearly 20 percent.  Initial reports show a total of 22,404 votes for Crain, at 59.67 percent, against 15,064...

Updated May 15, 2016 at 2:57 PM

So, what direction is the electorate headed? In Ashland, anyway, for two days they'll be headed in one direction only: southeast in the alley that runs behind the Ashland Public Library. The ballot drop box draws a lot of drivers coming...

Updated May 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

You won't see his name printed on the Democratic primary ballot, but a just-retired Rogue Valley police chief still could end up challenging Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford) in the general election in November. Mike Moran, who retired as...

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