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Ashland News – December 12th, 2014

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Ashland News – December 12th, 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.

*The storm that ripped through town did its share of damage, but tragically killed a man who was camping near Mt. Ashland when a tree fell on a man.*

*In excellent environmental news, Bighorn sheep are being reintroduced in the Upper Klamath River area. They were once native to the area, but last lived there in the 1940’s.*

*”In order to expand economic development, increase recreational opportunities, and protect the drinking water for some 80,000 visitors a year, Congress is expected to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument before the end of the lame duck session.”

*”County Calls for local Control of Federal Lands – Jackson County commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation calling for control of federal lands to be handed over to Western states, a proposal environmental activists dismiss as extremist.”

*Three well known Ashland businesses closed their doors recently – restaurants Dragonfly and Mystic Treats and outdoor store Ashland Mountain Supply.

*Oregon State Police pulled a driver over for a seatbelt violation near Ashland and found over 37 pounds of cocaine. Seriously? What a way to end up in jail.*

*The Culture Trip came out with a top 10 list of Ashland restaurants. Obviously some excellent places were left off the list, but these are all great choices.

*A new land use ordinance – which could increase commercial building height limits from 40 to 55 feet – is up for a vote on December 16th, and is being reported as likely to be passed. *

*If you’d like to catch up on all of our listed calendar events, you can do so by visiting our calendar page.

*Insight to Ashland is asking for you to send in your favorite photos of Ashland for us to share with the community in a new, occasional photo slideshow for our website! Please email any photos to us at info@insighttoashland.com.

*Poet Chris Robideaux shares two poems inspired by the majestic Mt. Shasta.

*SOU Sports Update:

SOU volleyball team’s season ended a little over a week ago in a loss to Vanguard at Nationals.
-A 12-2 SOU football team won the semi-final NAIA game in Chicago last weekend and now head to Florida for the championship game on December 19th. Good luck Raiders!

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

We recently posted a series four short poems by William Parker.

Ashland City Council voted to divest from fossil fuel investments.

There is a proposed liquid gas pipeline that would run through Jackson County and would end at Coos Bay.

Writer Chris Robideaux shares a poetry piece he wrote about the Rogue Valley, entitled “In the Rain of Roguish Kingdoms”.

On sailing at Lake of the Woods in the Cascade Mountains. 

We recently wrote up a piece on camping at Mt. Ashlandso if you are interested, please take a peek. 

Interested in taking a hike right from downtown Ashland? The Bandersnatch trail is the hike to take, in our estimation.

Here is a late summer update the Ashland Oregon restaurant scene and the new hotspots to visit.

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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