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Posted at 11:01 PM

A word of advice to the Department of Veterans Affairs: Communication goes a long way. But communication was entirely absent from the planned expansion of the Eagle Point National Cemetery — except for a contractor who told neighboring homeowners that work would start the next day. They weren't told that hundreds of oak trees would be removed and a 15-foot retaining wall would go up adjacent to their backyards. They weren't given any details about the planned work or asked...

Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM

The eighth investigation of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi ended like all the many investigations targeting Hillary Clinton over more than two decades. Millions in taxpayer dollars were spent with next to nothing accomplished.

Posted Jun 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It was good to hear a local banker say his industry supports the city's efforts to clean up abandoned houses that are blighting neighborhoods, but the City Council should not be dissuaded from getting tough with negligent banks over concerns...

Posted Jun 27, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Nine years. If anyone asks you for an example of environmental regulations run amok, point them to Stewart Meadows Village, the new development soon to take shape on the old Kogap mill site between Garfield Street and Stewart Avenue off...

Posted Jun 25, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has approached her new job with great caution since being thrust into the state's top position by the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber a little over a year ago. As a result, Oregon voters don't really have a clear picture...

Posted Jun 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Oregon's secretary of state performs biennial audits of the financial condition of the state's 36 county governments, and the latest report is generally good: Four counties were found to be "at high risk of distress," down from nine two years...

Posted Jun 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Cheers — to the Medford City Council's decision to proceed with a pilot project of tiny houses for the homeless on a city-owned lot at Third and Front streets north of downtown. Rogue Retreat, a local nonprofit...

Posted Jun 22, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The idea of a private business building a recreation center in Hawthorne Park and making it available to the public during evenings and weekends is worth serious consideration. City officials should make sure the city's interests are fully...

Posted Jun 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Jackson County and its residents received some well-deserved credit when the Oregon Secretary of State's Audits Division released a new list of economically distressed counties this month. Jackson County is one of five counties no longer on...

Posted Jun 20, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Extending the life of the Medford Urban Renewal District might offer the best option for financing a second public swimming pool in the city. It's an intriguing idea, if city leaders keep the cost reasonable. The Urban Renewal District was...

Posted Jun 18, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It was only a matter of time before Southern Oregon's growing wolf population came into conflict with domestic livestock. Now that a wolf has killed a sheep and at least one goat in Jackson County, it's important to keep the incident in...

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