Ashland

Education
5:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

SOU Faculty To Forgo Salary Increases

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.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
10:36 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Ashland Chocolate Festival Celebrates Sweet Decade

Chocolate is an $83 billion a year business according to research firm MarketsandMarkets, putting that industry above the GDP of more than 130 nations.
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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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Settling Into New Reality At (Asante) Ashland Community Hospital

Ashland Community Hospital, before the Asante name was added
Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

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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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Ashland Vacation Rentals Face New Restrictions

Credit 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. 

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