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Fire risk map brings heated response

Property owners are understandably concerned about a new fire risk map that some say is already affecting their fire insurance rates and availability. More than...

County GOP repeats election misinformation

They were a little late to leap aboard the “stolen election” bandwagon, but officials of the Jackson County Republican Party are now on record as denying that P...

Oregon led the way on ballot drop boxes

The 2020 election saw the expansion of ballot drop boxes for mail ballots in many states, leading to claims of fraud. Oregon election officials and Oregon voter...

Magic mushroom bans will be up to voters

A number of local cities are considering asking voters to ban or delay allowing psychedelic mushroom therapy in their communities when it becomes legal next yea...

Shared event/evacuation center makes sense

The Labor Day fires that devastated large swaths of Southern Oregon in 2020 showed just how unprepared the region was for a major disaster that left thousands n...

Access road shouldn’t scuttle 3D housing

Medford could be on the cutting edge of 3D-printed housing by next winter and provide truly affordable home ownership to Almeda fire survivors in the process — ...

Court system faces a constitutional crisis

The dispute between attorneys who take on public defender work and the agency that oversees the state’s contract with them may seem like a routine flap over pay...

Summer brings increased need for food

We normally write this kind of editorial around Thanksgiving, to encourage support for ACCESS Inc.’s annual holiday food drive. But these are not normal times. ...

Liberty Park project promises good things

Medford Urban Renewal Agency board members have delayed closing a deal to purchase a one-acre site on North Riverside Avenue to get a better handle on possible ...

Foothill Road project offers future benefits

The transformation of Foothill Road from a meandering two-lane route into a four-lane “mega corridor” is now set to begin next year. The project will provide a ...