Feed The latest headlines from the en-us Copyright 2018 Southern Oregon Media Group Emergency services, Feb. 24 Felony arrestsTheft — Jeffrey Lawrence Hunt, 24, of the 4600 block of Hillcrest Road, Medford. Medford police arrested Hunt Thursday on a felony warrant charging him with first-degree theft, a... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:49:29 -0500 Drury eager to launch Yankees career TAMPA, Fla. — After watching J.D. Martinez transform into one of baseball's most powerful sluggers, Brandon Drury decided his career could lift off with some of that long-ball technique.So the Grants Pass native commuted from his... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:42:46 -0500 2-hp skidder ASHLAND — Nick Rodgers attaches a freshly downed white fir log to the back of his eight-hoofed log skidder, on yet another journey for their day's pay in hay.Rook and Jody, Rodgers' team of Percheron draft horses, use the soft bed... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:26:01 -0500 Central Point will remain in SOESD Local reportThe Central Point School Board voted Tuesday to remain in the Southern Oregon Education Service District for another year.The Central Point and Medford school districts indicated in October they intended... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:58:31 -0500 Holmes makes academic all-district team ASHLAND — Tristen Holmes, Southern Oregon's junior point guard, has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 men's basketball team, as nominated on and voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:36:12 -0500 Day care owner charged with abuse got state funds A day care owner charged this week with sexually abusing two young children had passed a 2016 background check qualifying him for state funding, but a 2017 strangulation charge didn't suspend him from the program.Andrew Joseph Conaway, 32,... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:13:10 -0500 Zamora, Slagle top all-MVL honors Rogue Valley Adventist junior guard Savanah Zamora was a first-team selection and Red Hawks girls basketball head coach Marlene Slagle earned coach of the year honors during recent voting by the Mountain Valley League boys and girls basketball... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:10:39 -0500 Medford schools consider changing policy on lice Stories about education that reach the public eye often focus on clearly academic matters such as curriculum or discipline. But recent insight into the academic impact of head lice may lead the Medford School District to change its policy on the... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:01:07 -0500 Ashland to amend budget projections after finding 'major errors' ASHLAND — The city is working to amend its current biennium budget to reduce projected future deficits after petitioners cited the projection as one of several reasons to launch a recall of three parks commissioners. The current budget... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:58:26 -0500 Guest Opinion: A proper birthday celebration for Frank Moore As Americans we honor our veterans. It’s what we do. Our veterans and their families make huge sacrifices for the rest of us. And when they come home, many veterans turn to nature to help them transition to civilian life and to soothe the... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:47:32 -0500 People's Bank of Commerce enjoys banner 2017 Bolstered by Steelhead Finance's $1.4 million revenue contribution, 2017 proved a remarkably good year for People's Bank of Commerce.The Medford-based bank reported net income of $2.1 million, or 81 cents per diluted share in 2017,... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:23:22 -0500 Neighbors raise concerns about North Applegate work, zoning laws Jackson County officials have received complaints about work being done on North Applegate Road that some residents think may violate the land’s exclusive farm use zoning.Work on property, owned by 15877 North Applegate Road LLC,... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:43:09 -0500 On the slope again Snowboarders and skiers took advantage of a glorious break in storms to celebrate the reopening of Mount Ashland Friday. The ski area had to close Feb. 5 after eight days of operation because of a dry spell, but 19 inches of new snow the past... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:33:26 -0500 Podcast: First Thing — Feb. 23, 2018 Today's First Thing podcast touches on these top stories: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:27:36 -0500 Public meetings: Feb. 26 - March 2 MondayNoon — Medford Planning Commission, Lausmann Annex, Room 151, 200 S. Ivy St., Medford. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:05:25 -0500 Fee increase proposed at Crater Lake Entrance fees at Crater Lake National Park would increase under a proposed plan.Under the proposal, which could begin May 1, the single-vehicle entrance fee would climb from $15 to $25 for a seven-day pass, while the park's annual pass... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:51:34 -0500 Podcast: Whole Dish — Seafood stew, Southern Oregon style A little saffron goes a long way in Mediterranean-style seafood stew prepared by Southern Oregon food writer Sarah Lemon. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:56:21 -0500 Drama, comedy and music shimmer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 season officially opens Friday, Feb. 23, with "Othello," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Destiny of Desire" in the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the final part of William Shakespeare's history tetralogy, "Henry V,"... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0500 (No heading) Putting a price on pleasureThank you for asking my opinion about fee hikes for interpretive sites. I think it is a very poor idea.I am 93 now and my children are all grown, but I remember how much my children... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The Fourth Wall: Kiosk books are starting a new chapter in their shelf lives For those of us who love them, some books are all but impossible to dispose of … um, part with … no, say farewell to … hmm, how do I finish this sentence without ending with a preposition?OK, so I cheated.One... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:02:15 -0500 Looking Up: Bright yellow star Capella awaits you The bright yellow star Capella shines nearly overhead in early evenings in late February/early March, as seen from mid-northern America. At 7 p.m. this week, just step outside and look high up. If the sky is clear of course, Capella will be... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:51:26 -0500 Wine Me Dine Me: It’s all about how you feel How you feel in a restaurant is so important. In my 15 years as a restaurant reviewer, I’ve been to more than 800 different restaurants and that’s just “on the job”. I dine out at many restaurants for my own enjoyment,... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:46:29 -0500 The Whole Dish Blog: Saffron seasons this fine kettle of rockfish soup The Whole Dish Podcast: Adapt a traditional recipe to use ingredients on hand In anticipation of Lent, a special seafood event at Food 4 Less landed us 10 pounds of Alaska rockfish for the freezer. Before vacuum-sealing and freezing the haul, I... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:06:56 -0500 Beeler cartoon: Russian doping Nate Beeler cartoon on Russian doping. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:00:54 -0500 Emergency services, Feb. 23 Felony arrestsBurglary Tools — Cory James Bailey, 29, of the 3100 block of Juniper Ridge Drive, Medford. Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrested Bailey Thursday on an additional felony charge of... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500 Matthew T. Mangino: A win at the High Court doesn’t always bring success The Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole recently denied parole to a 71-year-old man convicted of killing a sheriff’s deputy. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:43:27 -0500 Travel: Museum-rich Steel City worth a day trip PITTSBURGH — A warm, sunny day might not be the best time to visit a museum, no matter how comprehensive or fascinating the collection.Ah, but the height of winter offers the perfect opportunity for a day trip to explore the... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:27:00 -0500 Ticket to Write: Beers on the canal; 'hygge' with your honey The canawlers who plied the Ohio and Erie Canal in the early 19th century enjoyed their beer, especially when they got to the summit at Akron. There, boats passing through the extensive series of locks connecting the Ohio River and Lake Erie... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:21:37 -0500 Outdoor show set for this weekend The stealth of a lynx and the transformation of a personal watercraft into something out of a Marvel comic are drawing top billing in the Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show this weekend.The 18th annual show, produced by ExpoSure, runs... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:19:00 -0500 Hiking the PCT ... in February? Two things seemed remarkable.The first: A couple of miles into our hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, which began from the trailhead on the north of side Dead Indian Memorial Highway, a sign at a trail junction teasingly declared, "Canada... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:17:00 -0500