Ashland

It’s hard to imagine the City of Ashland without Siskiyou Boulevard lined by shops, the public library, the university and stately homes. Until 1888, Ashland’s streets were narrow and crooked, and Siskiyou Boulevard did not exist.

If you’ve hiked anywhere in the Northwest, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an illegal trail. Often they’re quick shortcuts or paths to off-trail viewpoints. But in extreme cases, they’re longer, surreptitiously constructed paths that wind through public and private land.

The unauthorized trails can cause a range of problems in wild areas. As more and more people spend time in the woods, closing down these illegal trails has become increasingly difficult.

Southern Oregon University

Faculty members at Southern Oregon University say they have agreed to forgo salary increases this year and next in an effort to soften cuts proposed across the university.

The Mail Tribune reports the faculty union has settled a new two-year contract with university administration.  

Union President Jim Rible said the union hopes that giving up raises will help save positions and money for the university.

University administration announced in November its plan to embark upon retrenchment, a process in which it can cut staff and academic programs as it sees fit.

George Rubaloff

The artisan chocolate industry in Southern Oregon has found its sweet spot.

Ten years ago about the only local chocolate you could buy was made by Harry & David, Endangered Species, or Dagoba. The Oregon Chocolate Festival, which celebrates its 10th year from March 7-9, has helped nurture a local artisan chocolate industry and granted new shelf space to many new startups.

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It's been quite a year for what was called Ashland Community Hospital. 

The small hospital needed to find a merger partner, had one, then watched as the merger fell through. 

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There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

Ashland Vacation Rentals Face New Restrictions

Sep 25, 2013
bizmology.hoovers.com

Ashland property owners who rent out their homes as vacation rentals are now required to conduct business more like hotel owners.

The Ashland City Council recently passed new restrictions on vacation rentals, including business licenses, land-use approvals, and collection of a lodging tax.