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Ashland News – December 18th, 2014

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Ashland News – December 18th, 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 Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced it received an $80,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant. The funds will support OSF’s 2015 U.S. premier of “Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land”.

*If you’ve seen smoke up in the hills above Ashland recently, you’ll know that forest restoration controlled burning has begun.

*Ashland teenager Hannah Thomas-Garner has been missing for nearly 3 weeks now, and many in the community gathered in the Ashland plaza to hold a vigil and pray for her safe return.*

*Ashland Parks and Recreation released their Winter/Spring recreation guide. Check it out if you haven’t done so already for their fantastic medley of classes and offerings!

*Speaking of Ashland Parks and Rec, the ice rink is opening tomorrow (December 19th)!

*Speaking of winter sporting activities, Mt. Ashland Ski Area will also open tomorrow!

*Now is a good moment to remind you we have all sorts of outdoor activity information on our website, including snowshoeing, skiing/snowboarding and cross-country skiing spots for you to check out.

*Oregon Ground Works share ideas for winter gardening projects.

*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.

*The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld the process by which Clatsop County commissioners rejected a proposed liquefied natural gas pipeline.*

*The Mail Tribune answers a readers question on whether the Ashland railroad line will carry passengers in the near future.*

*Employment figures in Oregon have finally surpassed pre-2007 levels. The state unemployment rate is at 7%.*

*SOU Sports Update:
-The SOU football team plays in the national title game against Marian on Friday. We wish them the best of luck! Go Raiders!!!*

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

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

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

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.

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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