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Ashland Oregon News – October 30th, 2014

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Ashland Oregon News – October 30th, 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.

*Big Ashland news last week for environmentalists as the Ashland City Council voted to divest from fossil fuel investments from the Board of Oregon’s Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) and the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

*On the topic of the environment and climate change, there is a proposed liquid gas pipeline that would run through Jackson County and would end at Coos Bay. SOCAN provides reasons why this is a bad idea.

*A couple of calendar reminders: OSF’s final weekend is this weekend, so now’s the chance to see any performance that you’ve been wanting to see but have been putting off! Also, the Ashland Chamber Halloween parade and Children’s Celebration is on Friday afternoon.

*Halloween is tomorrow, and Jason Franklin writes an article about “local ghost stories and spirit legends” in the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon.

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

*The statue in the plaza, dubbed “Iron Mike”, will be missing from the plaza for perhaps a year as his arm and rifle were torn off the statue a couple of weeks ago and repairs need to be made.*

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

*Popular HGTV tv show “Restaurant: Impossible” – where the show visits restaurants to try to help them revamp their efforts to become successful, is in town at Mystic Treats this week. We wish Mystic Treats the best of luck in turning their business around.*

*U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited Southern Oregon University yesterday, and was given a platform to discuss what he believes – including the reduction of massive student debt in our country. The article shares the beliefs he is running on in his re-election campaign.*

*SOU sports news:

*The #11 SOU Volleyball team is coming back to Ashland for two big matches, and is riding a 7 match win streak.

*The SOU Football team is back in the top 5 in the NAIA coaches poll.*

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

Thomas Sexton shares his perspective on the GMO debate, and argues that both sides make good points.

Oregon Ground Works supplies us with fall gardening project ideas that are ideal for this time of year.

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.

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.

ScienceWorks has opened a new exhibit, Sportsology, an exploration of the science of sports. 

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. 

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

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! 

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