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Medford pitches more car camping

Medford might open its doors to more overnight car camping this winter. Medford City Council will consider Thursday expanding its ordinance to allow car camping...

Build it because they’re coming

Medford must add at least 8,668 new houses to keep up with growth over the next 20 years, while boosting its stock of smaller units for older people and the gro...

The $170 million water plan

A 10-year plan to raise $170 million by the Medford Water Commission is designed to safeguard Jackson County’s drinking water against droughts, earthquakes and ...

Drought is killing pear industry

Pear orchardist Ron Meyer has literally pulled up roots and gotten out of an industry that has sustained his family for more than 100 years. “We have pulled up ...

Medford’s downtown could grow

Medford officials could expand a downtown business zone to help attract much needed high-density housing projects. “We see a lot of interest in the development ...

Redistricting is a ‘hot mess’

The redrawing of political maps in Oregon has ground to a halt amid catcalls of gerrymandering. “It’s a hot mess, there’s no question about it,” said Sen. Jeff ...

Medford hires sewer robot

A $184,040 robot steered by a joystick will soon tackle the messiest job in town — scouring obstructions from the city’s sewer system. The robotic cutter is equ...

Medford police chief to retire Dec. 31

Medford police Chief Scott Clauson announced his retirement this week after just over two years in office. Last year, protests, social unrest, the Almeda fire a...

Gas tax hike eyed for road projects

Medford City Council agreed Thursday to continue studying increases to the gas tax and other fees to close a $72 million gap to help build what’s known as the ...

Bus drivers say ’no’ to shot

More than half of the bus drivers at Rogue Valley Transportation District haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine, prompting a call for their termination. Bill Ma...

Construction nears for aquatics complex

The earth should begin to move Sept. 6, paving the way for a $60 million aquatics complex with two indoor pools in west Medford. On Thursday, Medford City Counc...

Downtown hotel project delayed

The pandemic and other market forces have delayed a five-story hotel proposed for downtown Medford. Western Hospitality has hit a couple of hurdles with the pro...

New home eyed for homeless camp

An urban campground for the homeless is about to pitch its tent in a new location. Medford officials have zeroed in on an undisclosed property to relocate the c...

Medford orders a fire warrior

The first line of defense against a house or woodland fire is a fire engine pumper that can often deal a knockout blow in less than a minute. “We can put a subs...

Street dining is a hit

Dining on the street during the pandemic was so popular it could become a permanent feature in downtown Medford. “We’ve had really positive feedback,” said Matt...

Don’t forget your zone

Are you in MD-3? Your life could depend on knowing it. Medford has divided the city into 14 emergency zones, but figuring out which zone you’re in during an eva...

Emergency fire escape takes shape

An emergency on-ramp onto Interstate 5 will soon give Ashland residents a quick way to escape in the event of another devastating fire. The gravel onramp will b...

Homeless ‘one-stop shop’ finds home

A long-awaited one-stop shop to provide homeless people with shelter, food and mental health care has found a home in Medford. On Thursday, Medford City Council...