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Ashland OR News – October 1st, 2014

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Ashland OR News – October 1st, 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.

*”Each year, Mother Earth News selects a handful of sustainable communities to highlight in our annual Great Places feature.” Ashland was selected as one of the “8 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of, 2014.  

*Ashland High School has made a significant stand against stereotypical gender binaries when they announced this week that there would no longer simply be Homecoming King and Queen, but rather Grizzly Royalty within a Grizzly Court. We commend the students for their progressive and mature decision.

*After the Oregon university governing board system dissolved last year, Southern Oregon University will now have a local board of trustees oversee the institution. The board will host 13 local business and community leaders and one student representative.

*New Ashland live music venues are reinvigoration the music scene in town.

Dark Start Orchestra at the Historic Ashland Armory

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

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

*We’ve started a new weekly Ashland weather series on Mondays, providing a glimpse of what weather to expect in the coming week.

*Marijuana growers in northern California and southern Oregon are having an adverse impact on the environment, federal biologists have declared. Issues include illegal water use that negatively impact salmon populations, deforestation, and fertilizer and pesticide use which harms the water supply.

*ScienceWorks has opened a new exhibit, Sportsology, an exploration of the science of sports. “Sportsology introduces the science of the human body through popular pastimes and promotes healthy choices and increased body awareness.” The exhibit will be open through winter.

Sportsology Exhibit at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum

Sportsology Exhibit at ScienceWorks

*Those that love to garden, or are new to gardening, will enjoy this article with tips and advice on fall planting by Oregon Ground Works.

*In the event you missed the Sunset Magazine feature on Ashland in August, Anahata Katkin – the founding artist of PAPAYA in downtown Ashland – posted a picture of it and put it on her blog. Pick up the August Sunset Magazine for the full article.

*A new name for a local bike route is being consider. It starts in Ashland, climbs up the Greensprings Hwy., runs past Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes, and then descends down Dead Indian Memorial Hwy. It might be called State Scenic Bikeway.

*More than 500 climate activists joined together in Eugene in solidarity with the People’s Climate March the weekend before last in a worldwide march against climate change. More than two dozen supporters from Southern Oregon Climate Action Now participated as well.

Peoples March against Climate Change

Peoples March against Climate Change

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

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.

Local writer, and frequent contributor to Insight to Ashland, Leslie Caplan shares a new piece of poetry entitled “Stay with It”.

Oregon Ground Works shared their expertise on removing the difficult-to-remove blackberry patches.

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

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

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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