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Expect delays on Fourth near Bear Creek

A section of westbound Fourth Street in Medford near Bear Creek will be closed through noon Monday, Feb. 18, as Ledford Construction crews work to tie the Commons storm drain into a main line, city public works director Cory Crebbin said.

A detour will be put in place, sending traffic onto Jackson Street toward Central Avenue. The work area is between East Jackson Street and North Riverside Avenue.

Motorists should expect delays or seek alternate routes.

For more information, call 541-774-2100.

RVUUF's Bodacious Ball benefits local nonprofit

Proceeds from the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's fourth annual Bodacious Ball will benefit the Lotus Rising Project, a social justice nonprofit group.

The communitywide dance will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Tickets cost $15 at the door, or $5 for students. Attendees 12 and under get in free. The event is a tobacco-, alcohol- and drug-free event. There is childcare available.

County approves West Jackson Road realignment

A nearly $450,000 contract to realign the West Jackson Road intersection with Highway 99 was approved by county commissioners Wednesday morning.

Medford-based KOGAP Enterprises Inc. was the successful bidder out of six proposals to realign the busy intersection north of Ashland, according to Jackson County Roads and Parks officials. The contract was approved for $448,750.

The project's total cost will be between $800,000 and $850,000, including construction and engineering costs, right-of-way purchase and fees, said county engineer Mike Kuntz.

The project will be funded by a local improvement district, which will collect twice-yearly payments from adjacent property owners over a 15-year period.

Crews will realign a section of West Jackson Road with Valley View, creating a traditional four-way intersection with traffic signals. West Jackson currently connects with Highway 99 just south of the highway's intersection with Valley View.

Affected businesses include Lithia Springs Resort, El Tapatio restaurant and Town & Country Chevrolet.

Work is expected to start in the spring.

Habitat for Humanity holds Singles Build event

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual Singles Build event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the organization's home construction site on Dakota Street in Medford.

It invites single men and women to work together on the building project.

A $20 donation per person covers the cost of building materials, lunch and a Habitat for Humanity T-shirt.

To reserve a spot, call 541-779-1983 or email

FFA chapter joins Les Schwab in food challenge

The Phoenix FFA chapter will participate in the Oregon Les Schwab Tire Center's FFA 50,000 Pound Food Challenge.

Les Schwab Tire Centers from across the state are partnering with 113 local FFA chapters to raise food for local food banks and charities.

Each chapter is challenged to collect 500 pounds of food. Cash donations will count at a rate of 50 cents per pound of food. All chapters meeting this goal will be recognized on stage at the FFA Annual State Convention. Chapters that raise the most food based on their school size will receive a chapter scholarship.

Donations can be brought to Phoenix High School or the south Medford or Ashland Les Schwab stores.

Ashland poultry class aims for 'Happy Eggs'

Cynthia Care plans a "Happy Eggs" class on the care and raising of poultry from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. She will cover how to set up a free-range environment for poultry, how to provide safe nighttime housing, how to keep a flock healthy, and the raising of chicks and ducklings.

Register at or call the North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606. The class is available for ages 8 and older and costs $15.
UPDATE, Feb. 11: This class has been cancelled.

Medford Library friends plan book sale Feb. 15-16

The Friends of the Medford Library plan a "Groceries for the Mind" book sale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The sale will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the large meeting room.

Thousands of books from special stock will be available at $3 per large bag. Come early for the best selection. For more information call the Friends of the Medford Library Book Shop at 541-779-3246.

Gardener gives class on raising and pruning roses

Urban farmer and professional gardener Padme Blackwolf, who has been trained in French intensive gardening and biodynamic methods, will give a class this weekend on roses and their development as well as planting, care and pruning techniques.

The class will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9, at North Mountain Park, 620 N Mountain Ave., Ashland. Cost is $25 for ages 14 and older. Those interested in attending should register at or call 541-488-6606. Participants should wear gardening attire and bring gardening sheers, a notebook and a pen.

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