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March makes a difference

A march on city hall by community members and Southern Oregon University students on April 5 may have helped lead the City of Ashland to reject the proposed homeless exclusionary zone in downtown Ashland. The council decided to create an ad-hoc Homelessness Steering Committee to come up with solutions to Ashland’s alleged homeless problem. “There […]

Film festival attendee causes commotion

When Suzanne Savoie’s face first appeared on the screen, several audience members booed and hissed. One person even called out “Snitch!” The second time she appeared in the documentary, being interviewed by the director, there was some grumbling and hissing, but more subdued than the first time. Savoie’s face was popping up in the documentary […]

Students pitch in for hunger and homelessness

Students pitch in for hunger and homelessness

Twenty students gathered Saturday to pull up their sleeves and volunteer as part of the annual spring “Hunger Clean Up.” Hosted locally by the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, the event is a nationwide effort to address the problems of hunger and homelessness. “Our volunteers have been fundraising for the last month, and all […]

Students plan protest against new ordinances

Nate Coddington contributed to this story. A march on city hall is planned for Tuesday, April 5, by Phronesis, a student-led community group, in protest of proposed city ordinances that would allegedly discriminate against Ashland’s homeless. Emery Way, a member of Phronesis and an Associated Students of Southern Oregon University At-Large Senator, has been a […]

Mount Ashland Association pushes for more control

Mount Ashland Association pushes for more control

An Ashland city council study session last Tuesday discussed the possibility of transferring the ski area permit from the city to the Mount Ashland Association, the non-profit that operates the ski area. Mount Ashland officials believe that if the Mount Ashland Association has direct control over the ski area permit, potential donors might be more […]

Handling homelessness

Handling homelessness

Ashland may be a step closer toward a solution that could solve the city’s homelessness problem, after a town hall meeting was held at Southern Oregon University, Thursday. The meeting gave community members a chance to voice their concerns and offer ideas about how to solve the issue with local homeless man Aaron Fletcher, Ashland […]

Raider linebacker faces indecent exposure charge

Raider linebacker faces indecent exposure charge

After he was allegedly nude and masturbating while confronting two shoppers in the Rogue Valley Mall parking lot Mon., Jan. 31, a 19-year-old Southern Oregon University student was arrested the following day, on a charge of indecent exposure, police said. Lance Alan Tausaga, Ashland, was arrested by Medford police at the Daniel Meyer Fitness Center […]

Two new members join Ashland city council

Two new members join Ashland city council

Two new city council members emerged as election results came in Tuesday. Locally controversial council member Eric Navickas’ seat was up for re-election, but his position was taken by contractor Michael Morris in a roughly 65-35 landslide victory. Before becoming a council member in 2006, Navickas was politically active in the community. He advocated for […]