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Man murdered on bike path in Hunter Park Saturday evening

Man murdered on bike path in Hunter Park Saturday evening

A 23-year-old man was found murdered on the bike path in Hunter Park on Saturday, making this the first murder in Ashland in more than seven years. The Ashland Police Department said that David Michael Grubbs was found dead on the Bear Creek Greenway between Walker Avenue and Normal Avenue on Nov. 19 around 5:30 […]

Larry’s takes the cake: creative confectioner crafts crazy cupcakes

With the establishment of Larry’s Cakes, a revolutionary phenomenon has taken the local cupcake industry by storm: using the humble cupcake as a unique and creative art form, a showcase of the creator’s talent and ingenuity. Larry’s Cakes, located at 66 N. Pioneer St. in the heart of Ashland, offers over 50 flavors of cupcakes, […]

Caldera Brewing Company constructing new brewery

The Caldera Tap House has been a popular music venue and social hub for Southern Oregon University students for years, producing widely-distributed award-winning beers and specializing in locally made products. As a result of their success, the company has decided to take the next big step, vamping up production through the construction of a new […]

“I Heart Ashland” day of service draws thousands

“I Heart Ashland” day of service draws thousands

People in red shirts with white hearts filled the streets and parks of Ashland on Saturday during the “I Heart Ashland” event, a day of community service organized by local Christian churches. After months of coordination and planning, the “I Heart Ashland” movement kicked off at Ashland GracePoint Nazerene church with internationally recognized evangelical speaker […]

Oxfam Banquet to address theme of world hunger

It’s funny that, in the proverbial land of plenty, nearly one in six Americans has to deal with hunger on a daily basis, a staggering statistic that highlights the often overlooked fact that poverty, homelessness, and hunger are all very real problems in the United States. In an attempt to raise awareness about hunger in […]

Jackson County Fuel Committee: Helping low-income families fend off the winter cold

Jackson County Fuel Committee: Helping low-income families fend off the winter cold

Many in Southern Oregon are familiar with the challenges that the winter months bring, and one of the most important aspects of the winter is something that most people take for granted: heat. The Jackson County Fuel Committee has been working non-stop since 1977 to ensure that low-income people have the basic necessities of heat […]

Local businesses adapt to changing economy

Local businesses adapt to changing economy

Ashland’s annual Festival of Light is approaching, and along with serving as the kick off for the holiday season, it also signifies the end of the profitable tourist season and the beginning of the more difficult months for many local businesses, both old and new. Ashland is not immune to the economic hardship that the […]

New program designed to help minority students come to SOU after graduating high school

A new agreement between Talent Middle School and Southern Oregon University guarantees minority junior high and high school students admission into SOU once they graduate, so long as they fulfill certain application requirements. The fledgling program, called Pirates to Raiders after the mascots of both schools, was introduced to students and parents of the Phoenix-Talent […]

Flowers for Edrik Gomez

Flowers for Edrik Gomez

Intelligent. Quirky. Compassionate. These were only a few words that can be used to describe the “funny brother.” A passion for politics, good humor and Latin American history. These were only a few topics the “eternal optimist” was interested in. Anyone who fights for the poor, anybody who fights for social injustice, against tyranny, oppression, […]

Phronesis: A model of student-based community activism

Phronesis: A model of student-based community activism

Despite the peaceful clearing of the plaza by the Ashland Police Department on Oct. 31, the Occupy Ashland protest against economic inequality and corporate greed continues, as the nation-wide movement hits the two-month marker. One of the many groups involved in the Occupy Ashland movement is Phronesis, a community organization started right here at Southern Oregon University in Oct. 2010 by a group of students with the specific […]