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Ashland OR News, February 19th, 2014

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Ashland OR News, February 19th, 2014

By Andy Harris

Welcome to our weekly blog feature – the Ashland OR 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. 

If you notice a smokey haze rising from the Siskiyou Mountains today, it’s a controlled burn to improve the forest’s health and to reduce the forest fire threat to the area. LINK*

Possibly some great news for skiers and snowboarders – Mt. Ashland officials are testing the snow to see if they can open at least part of the mountain as they currently have roughly 16-20″ of snow. They also are expecting more snow on the way, so it’s quite possible that the ski mountain will open sooner than later. We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed. LINK*

The water and rain issue isn’t, obviously, just a matter for ski mountain, but also concerns each individual in the region. Ashland has taken a big step, unanimously approving an expedited construction project to bring an emergency water source from Medford. The water line currently reaches Talent, and the project is expected to be finished in August or September. LINK*

Want more water news!? There’s some good news and bad news in regards to the regions water supply in the reservoirs. Water in the Upper Rogue area is now above normal thanks to the recent precipitation, while on the other end of the spectrum, Emigrant Lake is only at 30% of average. LINK*

As we do every week, we posted an article on Monday regarding many of the events happening in Ashland this week. It’s another exciting week of film, music, theatre, and more! LINK

We recently posted our three part series on the 2014 OSF season. We are very excited for the upcoming year! Here you can read all about it: The three outdoor shows at the Elizabethan Theatre: LINK  The five shows at the Bowmer Theatre: LINK  The three shows at the Thomas Theatre: LINK

In case you missed these, here is a variety of previously posted Ashland focussed articles from our blog: Ashland’s Disc Golf Course: LINK  5 Free Things to Do in Ashland: LINK  Searching for the Siskiyou Mountain Salamander: LINK  Ashland’s Acid Castles: LINK  Hearts Trail: LINK  Growing a yard vs. Growing food: LINK  Ashland Art, Volume 4: LINK

Do you have news you’d like shared in this blog feature? Please email Andy at info@insighttoashland.com for more information.

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