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Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

State water resources managers are coming to Medford Wednesday to hear how Rogue River Basin residents want to see the basin's drought resiliency improved amid upcoming land-use changes here and expected changes to the climate. The Oregon Water Resources Department is in the midst of its first update to 2012's inaugural Integrated Water Resources Strategy, which outlines goals for managing surface water and groundwater, and seeks out projects that could improve and protect water volume...

Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM

As many as 30 agricultural chemicals were released into the air and soil during a three-alarm warehouse fire in northwest Medford Friday, though only one was confirmed to have spilled into local waterways, the Oregon Department of...

Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Conservation groups plan to sue the federal government for backtracking on more than a decade's worth of studies when it failed this spring to list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species, saying isolated populations, including those in...

Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Three years of drought are taking their toll on Southern Oregon forests now dotted with dead and dying trees hit hard by lack of water or by insects in seemingly worse fashion than in past droughts, and the death likely will continue. The...

Updated May 31, 2016 at 1:40 PM

A heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Medford a month earlier than normal is moving in, and it's bringing the region "within touching range" of fire-season restrictions, authorities said. A high-pressure system began to...

Posted May 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

TRAIL — A wet winter and once-plentiful snowpack have recharged Jackson County's two reservoirs enough that both the Rogue and Applegate rivers head into summer with the first near-normal forecasted flows in three years. The...

Posted May 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

A temporary steel bridge once used to access forestland isolated by the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 is now creating access to forestland near Applegate Lake. A 220-foot structure known as a Bailey Bridge, invented for Allied armies...

Updated May 20, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Angler groups seeing red over the rampant introduction of non-native fish into Southern Oregon waterways are hoping a little green will curb the practice and perhaps lead to someone getting caught in the act. Three nonprofit organizations...

Posted May 15, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Even as Ashland Mayor John Stromberg prepares to attend a White House Roundtable next week on using fire to fight fire through the nationally recognized Ashland Forest Resiliency Partnership, controlled burns are underway throughout the Southern...

Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:01 PM

A group representing the sheriffs in Oregon has joined the chorus of boos for the Bureau of Land Management’s latest forestry plan. In a statement released Thursday, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association said the...

Updated May 14, 2016 at 5:20 PM

REDMOND, Oregon (AP) — Last year, Lindsey Pate and her husband, Christopher, bought 15 acres of high desert covered in junipers in central Oregon, where they planned to grow marijuana in greenhouses to sell for recreational use. In...

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