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Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Just more than a quarter of the city of Ashland's managerial staff — and none of its appointed department heads — are female, a statistic described by a former councilor as an "institutional problem" but viewed by the city administrator as a "snapshot in time" that doesn't reflect the city's recruiting efforts.As the city of Ashland prepares to file a job posting by February and begin the recruiting process for a new police chief, former City Councilor Eric...

Updated Jan 21, 2015 at 6:32 AM

The pomp. The pageantry. The politics. The promises. The participants.From the sergeant at arms who proclaims the appearance of the president to the people positioned as props, the State of the Union offers a lot of sizzle...

Updated Jan 12, 2015 at 3:23 PM

The Oregon state House and Senate has formally convened for the 2015 legislative session, but lawmakers won't begin work until next month.Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Portland, was selected for a second term as House speaker. Kotek is the first...

Updated Dec 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Outgoing Medford City Councilman John Michaels took one final potshot in this year's political struggle over marijuana's place in local culture.The west Medford Ward 3 representative, who didn't seek re-election in 2014, made it clear in a...

Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

SALEM — Oregon's secretary of state has certified recount results that show the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods.Kate Brown's certification Monday makes the results of the recount...

Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

With time running out on the lame duck 113th Congress, funds channeled to Oregon's 18 O&C Lands counties haven't found a place in the federal 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill.

Updated Dec 6, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Local reportWhile Jackson County has not filed the results of its recount of the outcome of Measure 92, the GMO labeling initiative, results from other counties indicate the measure is not making headway in the count.

Updated Dec 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

A painstaking analysis of 85,349 ballots is under way at the Jackson County Elections Center as part of a mandatory statewide recount of the GMO-labeling initiative.Temporary workers hired for the job are being closely watched by 18...

Updated Dec 2, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Unfortunately for the Founding Fathers, they were all dead and gone before “The Princess Bride” hit movie theaters.Nonetheless, I think Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and their pals who penned the Constitution and the Bill...

Updated Dec 1, 2014 at 6:55 AM

East Medford and Jacksonville area voters helped push Sen. Alan Bates to a more sizable win this election than in 2010, when he barely beat his opponent, Dave Dotterrer.

Posted Dec 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Ashland, Talent and Phoenix voters continued to show strong solidarity in their voting habits in the Nov. 4 election, wholeheartedly embracing GMO labeling and legalization of marijuana.According to the Jackson County Elections Center...

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