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When it comes to a home’s ability to withstand fire, the right building materials can make all the difference. That’s why Medford is leading the way in regulating new construction in wildfire-prone areas.

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The sheriff of Jackson County is continuing to campaign for a new jail to address what he says is serious overcrowding at the facility in Medford.

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The first public meeting in the Rogue Valley to discuss Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax was held Tuesday night in Medford.

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The Oregon Department of Revenue is hosting two town hall meetings in the Rogue Valley this week to discuss a new corporate business tax.


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Hundreds of high schoolers from throughout the Rogue Valley left school on Friday to demand political action to address climate change. Marches took place in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and half a dozen other small towns south to Redding.  

April 4, 1905, was a day of celebration in Medford, Ore., for the inauguration of the Medford and Crater Lake Railroad that opened access to the rich timberlands on the west slope of the Cascade Mountains.  Local citizens had raised $25,000 for the line.

The U. S. Congress encouraged settlement of the West by passing the Homestead Act in 1862.  People could file on unclaimed land, live on it, and then buy it for $2.50 per acre.  Within 50 years, virtually all land in Oregon had been claimed.

The Benevolent Order of Elks Lodge facing the corner of Central Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Medford, Ore., is a good example of Beaux Arts architecture.

Before the arrival in 1903 of the first automobile in Medford, Ore., pedestrians crossing the city’s dirt, and sometimes muddy, streets, had to dodge riders on horseback and horse-drawn wagons.  Runaways were frequent.

The usual explanation for why the railroad passes through Medford, Ore., instead of Jacksonville is Jacksonville’s failure in 1884 to pay a $25,000 “bonus” to the railroad toward anticipated construction expenses.

In 1865, three Holy Names Sisters traveled to Jacksonville, Ore., to establish St. Mary’s Academy. The school had 12 boarding students and 33 daytime students.  It soon outgrew its location and was moved to California Street.

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

Feb 15, 2014

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

Strike Talks Break Down

Feb 14, 2014
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Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

Substitute Teachers Cross The Lines

Feb 12, 2014

The strike continues in the Medford school district.

Tuesday students were met by substitute teachers who crossed picket lines to get to classrooms. District officials report about 68 percent of students showed up.  According to the Medford Mail Tribune, one North Medford High School student reported class sizes of as many as 60 students. The large size prompted a walkout by the seniors.

Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford

Feb 10, 2014
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Medford schools are closed today (Monday, February 10) as substitute teachers called in from throughout the state get ready to cross the picket lines tomorrow.

Medford teachers have been on strike since Thursday. The subs met with Medford Schools administrators for more than five hours yesterday.

A state of emergency has been declared by the Medford School Board. The move yesterday is part of preparations for a fast-approaching teachers' strike after negotiations using state mediators failed to produce an agreement with the union this week.

The Mail Tribune reports the board passed emergency resolutions that would give Superintendent Phil Long extra authority, prohibit picketing on school property, restrict signs and banners on district facilities and authorize spending to continue school operations in the event of a strike.

Medford Educators Meet

Jan 29, 2014

After more than eight hours yesterday, the Medford School District and the union representing its teachers ended a state-mediated negotiating session with no new agreements and no scheduled date as to when the sides would meet again.

The Mail Tribune reports that while the sides did not meet face-to-face during the day, they did exchange new proposals. That’s according to Alex Pulaski of the Oregon School Boards Association.

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

Jan 28, 2014

Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.

The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.

Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote

Jan 23, 2014
Medford School District

After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.

The Mail Tribune reports that bargaining teams from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association have met three times this month, totaling about 30 hours, to negotiate the remaining articles of a new contract.

The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union.

The Polar Express Comes To Medford

Dec 13, 2013
Rotary Club of Medford

Even people who do not love trains can get excited about them as Christmas approaches.

Especially since the publication of the book "The Polar Express" and the movie version that followed.  The train to the North Pole (somewhat modified) comes to Medford's Railroad Park on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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