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Updated May 19, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Wolf OR-7 and his mate appear to be trying to add to their now-famous pack in eastern Jackson County.Biologists say the alpha male and female of the Rogue Pack appear to be denning in high-elevation U.S. Forest Service land east of Butte Falls and Prospect.The pair denned last year and successfully had three pups that apparently survived 2014 to earn the official designation as a pack by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists...

Updated May 18, 2015 at 6:44 PM

CENTRAL POINT — A Central Point man has signed on to a one-year pilot project this summer to determine whether running a commercial jet boat operation out of TouVelle State Park for interpretive boat trips along the Rogue River is a good...

Posted May 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Bear Creek is rolling through Medford even dirtier than its normal spring self, thanks to the remnants of a February storm and a fistful of other factors that might keep the creek this way indefinitely.The Feb. 7 storm that hammered...

Posted May 16, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is proposing to expand its summer operations with an outdoor adventure center featuring a zip line, rock-climbing wall and disc golf course.

Updated May 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has declared a local disaster because of drought conditions.Commissioners also voted unanimously this morning to ask Gov. Kate Brown to declare a drought emergency for all of Jackson County due to...

Updated May 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM

A typical Ashland water bill payer would see about a $16 increase per year to fund ongoing maintenance of Ashland’s watershed after the City Council decided on a 5-1 vote Tuesday to pursue a rate increase based on meter size.That...

Updated May 8, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Crater Lake National Park may soon have a sister-park relationship with a park in the Fujian Province of China.

Updated May 4, 2015 at 5:23 PM

High school juniors taking the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring or next may be spared from taking a two- to three- hour college placement test if they score high enough on the assessment and take college-level classes their senior...

Updated May 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM

ASHLAND — Anne Coyle will never forget that September day in 2009 when a 200-foot wall of flames blocked her view of Ashland from her house in the forest high above town.The Siskiyou fire came charging up the hillside toward her...

Updated May 4, 2015 at 3:14 PM

Local activists consider Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certification of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline almost a fait accompli.

Updated Apr 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM

Medford, Oregon, and Medford, Oklahoma, are worlds apart culturally and demographically. Suffice to say there are more students in the band at either North Medford or South Medford here than in the entire student body in Oklahoma's Medford...

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