July 13, 2006 City Council discusses charter changes ASHLAND — The Ashland City Council will discuss possible changes to the city charter at a study session tonight at 5:15 p.m. in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St. O
City Council discusses charter changes
ASHLAND — The Ashland City Council will discuss possible changes to the city charter at a study session tonight at 5:15 p.m. in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St. Opportunities for public input are at the discretion of the council.
The council could decide to direct city staff to prepare ballot language for city charter changes that would go before voters in November.
At a December 2005 meeting, the council directed city charter consultant Tom Sponsler to prepare a document with a limited number of changes to the charter that would be the basis for one ballot measure.
A second ballot measure would ask voters if they want Ashland to move from having a city administrator to having a city manager. The city manager would have more power than a city administrator and would gain hiring and firing authority over city department heads.
16 ‘Idols’ advance
MEDFORD — Sixteen “American Idol” hopefuls will compete tonight at North Medford High School for a chance at auditions for the 2007 season on Fox television.
The finalists for this summer’s “Southern Oregon Idol” will be whittled down to eight by the end of the evening, leaving eight to compete Saturday at 7 p.m. at the high school.
Shaney Johnson and Fawn LeDesma of Ashland have made it to the next round.
Initial auditions drew some 110 singers to the Rogue Valley Mall at the end of June, said John Glaser, general sales manager of event sponsor KMVU.
Tickets for this week’s events — $12 to $18 per night — are available at the door or at Fox 26, 820 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford. Glaser recommended buying tickets to guarantee a seat.
Dog kills Scio’s famous rooster
SCIO — Big Red, the rooster whose daily tours of Main Street brought national attention to this mid-Willamette Valley town, died this week after getting mauled by a dog.
The Rhode Island Red was attacked Tuesday afternoon while walking to his home at the Scio Feed and Country Store. The dog leaped through the open window of a parked car and pounced on Big Red, said Marian Heikkila, who had cared for the bird with her husband, Audie.
Heikkila said the bird staggered for several steps and collapsed at the front door of veterinarian Sally Cole’s office. The cause of death was broken ribs and internal bleeding, the Albany Democrat-Herald reported. Big Red came to town in the bed of a pickup in 1998. No one knew who he belonged to or why he was in the pickup.
— Staff and wire reports
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