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Occupy Ashland works to establish common goals as protest enters its fourth week

Occupy Ashland has worked diligently over the last few weeks to let citizens know that “We are the 99 percent,” or the majority of the population that is not considered wealthy. Now, the protest is focusing on creating concrete goals for the future and recruiting more support. The movement was originally started as a response […]

New pub does things right, caters to locals

A man stands in front of the broad windows of the Playwright, scanning the menu and the advertised events. After a few seconds he opens the door just enough to pop his head in and asks, “Are you guys open?” “For you we are,” replies Christopher Wells, the bartender, as he welcomes the man inside. […]

Monster Dash kicks off Halloween festivities

Monster Dash kicks off Halloween festivities

If you were to stroll down to the Ashland Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 29, you would have found yourself amidst a colorful rendezvous of ghouls and pop stars, comic book characters and costumes of every other design imaginable. Over the weekend, hundreds of Ashland residents of every age gathered in Lithia Park to participate in […]

Occupy Ashland protests continue as supporters rally in Medford

About 50 members of Occupy Ashland marched to Medford on Saturday, Oct. 15, hoping to gain more supporters with a renewed focus on their goals. Occupy Ashland is a protest that started Oct. 6, in Ashland’s downtown Plaza in response to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, a nation-wide protest that started on Sept. 17 in […]

What happened to student bus rates?

Commuter students make up approximately 54 percent of the student body at Southern Oregon University, according to SOU’s Commuter Resource Center, and most of these students spend several dollars a day using the Rogue Valley Transportation District’s bus network to get to and from campus. While in the past both SOU and the city of […]

Ashland city council organizes first-ever deer census

Nearly 80 enthusiastic Ashland residents filled the Meese Room of the Hannon Library on Oct. 11, ready to address one of the most serious problems the city of Ashland has faced to date – deer. Growing concerns regarding the city’s perceived deer problem have culminated in the first-ever citywide deer count in the state of […]

City council hears homelessness proposals

The Ashland City Council listened to the recommendations put forth by the ad-hoc Homelessness Steering Committee during the council meeting Tuesday night, but ran out of time before they could vote on which proposals to implement. The ad-hoc Homelessness Steering Committee was created by the council last April to hear input from the community on […]

Mt. Ashland expansion negotiations continue

Negotiations continue between the Mt. Ashland Association and the Ashland City Council as both parties argued over an agreement that would relinquish the city’s special-use permit over the mountain during the council meeting Tuesday. The MAA has been planning an expansion to its commercial ski area since 1998, and by giving up the special-use permit […]

SOU Students Build Community Garden

SOU Students Build Community Garden

Over the summer a group of Southern Oregon University students and community members came together to organize a community garden on the outskirts of Ashland in an effort to help homeless and low-income residents and, in the words of one organizer, “engender a sense of community.” “It was an idea that came from a few […]

Two New Exhibits in Schneider Museum

Two new exhibitions opened in the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University last Thursday, “Felt to Steel” by local artist Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller, and “Mi Linda Soledad,” a retrospective by Colorado artist Emilio Lobato. The reception was attended by well over a hundred SOU students and community members, and featured the smooth tones of […]