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Ashland OR News -August 7th, 2014

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Ashland OR News – August 7th, 2014

By Andy Harris

Welcome to our weekly blog feature – the Ashland Oregon news round-up! Simply read the short tidbits of information for a quick review of what’s happening in town, or click on the links for access to the full articles.

*We have a lot of fire related news to report this week. Let’s get started with our detailed report on the updates on the Southern Oregon wildfire activity that we posted on Monday.

*The Daily Tidings has a number of photos of the nearby Oregon Gulch Fire. There is also a time lapse video of the smokey plumes from the fire here.*

*There is good news with the Oregon Gulch fire as the firefighters have turned a corner in putting out the flames.*

*Ashland has placed additional restrictions to help cut down on any further fire risk. These include the banning of chainsaw use, using a weed whacker in tall, dry grasses, outdoor debris burning, and more.*

*Ok, last one…for fear of fire overload. There are a number of fires burning in nearby Siskiyou County in Northern California.*

*After just contemplating this very question just a couple of days ago, I came upon this article detailing current day gold seekers in Southern Oregon. It has become a fun day activity and hobby for some, and is legal without a permit in four nearby streams.

*The Southern Oregon University women’s soccer team has a preseason rank of #4 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference coaches poll.*

*We posted a great selection of ideas for what to do this week in Ashland in our special, weekly What to Do in Ashland this Week blog post. Or, if you’d like to catch up on all of our listed events for this week, you can do so by visiting our calendar page.

*There was a black bear in Lithia Park nearly a week ago, which is the second sighting in recent history in the area. Bacteria levels are high in the water of Ashland Creek as well, so all are warned not to enter in or ingest the water.*

*Take a peek at some of the recent Insight to Ashland articles – providing you Ashland Oregon news you can use:

Consider a visit to the Umpqua National Forest, the North Umpqua River, Diamond Lake, the many waterfalls of the region.

Rogue Riverkeeper has a new website and app dedicated to keeping you informed on the safety of various swim spots in Southern Oregon.

We recently posted our latest installment of our “photo blog” series – flowers along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

Oregon Ground Works shares tips on gardening during the dry summer here in Southern Oregon.

From our Photo Blog series – photos from a May hike to Grizzly Peak.

We’ve added our 13th hike to our hiking section – Hiking the PCT in the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

Local writer Leslie Caplan shares her opinion on the fine line between being New Age-y and simply being human.

Catch up on the happenings with the local culinary scene with our Ashland restaurant update.

We preview the Britt Festivals 2014 season.

Preview of the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Elizabethan Theatre shows
Preview of the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Bowmer Theatre shows
Preview of the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Thomas Theatre shows 

Click here for access to all of our Ashland Oregon blog articles, covering various topics like the outdoors, businesses, theater, music, calendar events, nature, shopping, health and wellness, art, films and movies and more! 

*Do you have news you’d like to share in this blog feature? Please email your news to Andy at info@insighttoashland.com.

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