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After a series of tests and waiting for Federal Aviation Administration certification, the Medford airport staff finally got to put its CASPER, or cable attached system providing effective release, cloud-seeding device into action for real on Thursday morning.

The system was put to work at 6:40 a.m., and within 25 minutes the runway visual range was improved by 1,000 feet, according to airport personnel, allowing for commercial flights to land and take off.

CASPER was developed after FAA regulations ended a half-century of cloud seeding two winters ago.

Mountain View Senior Living, managed by Emeritus Senior Living, will hold a grand reopening, following a major renovation, from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Alexander Ben-Israel is executive director for the 112-unit Mountain View Senior Living, 548 N. Main St., Ashland. The community provides assisted living and independent retirement services to seniors. The community offers one- and two-bedroom apartments, restaurant-style meals, scheduled transportation, medication management and a beauty salon/barber shop.

Compiled from wire reports