Ashland Prepares for Plastic Bag Ban

ASHLAND, Ore. –  The Ashland City Council expects a plastic bag ban to become a reality in a matter of months. Tuesday night, the council held the first reading on the issue. The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law. This ban would impact all stores and businesses in … Continue reading »

Local Seed Growers Support GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops. The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said it does not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference Tuesday at … Continue reading »

SOU Awarded LEED Building Certification

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is continuing to strive to make its campus more environmentally friendly. SOU announced Monday that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold for the construction of its new Raider Village Complex. The new development consists of two new residence halls and a dining facility that … Continue reading »

GloryBee Foods Hosts Bee Weekend

EUGENE, Ore. — Veteran and novice beekeepers are coming together this weekend for GloryBee Foods Annual Bee Weekend. The GloryBee Foods parking lot just off Highway 99 was filled with vendors and visitors for the 40th year. There are demonstrations and you can try some free honey. Organizers say it’s a great opportunity to learn … Continue reading »

Riverkeepers Look to Improve Waterways

EUGENE, Ore. — A team of riverkeepers will spend the next few days on the water looking to improve the health of our local waterways. A group of five canoeists left from Whitely Landing in Santa Clara Friday morning on a 120-plus mile trip. The Willamette Riverkeepers are calling the four-day trip “The Willamette River … Continue reading »

OSU Research Helps Prevent Fire Blight

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Researchers at Oregon State University have helped find a way to fight a disease that kills apple and pear trees. The disease is called fire blight, and scientists say it can spread quickly when flowers are in bloom. OSU researchers say spraying a yeast-based product will help prevent fire blight. That or … Continue reading »

Philomath Named Tree City of the Year

PHILOMATH, Ore. — A small town in Oregon is getting a big honor for a big project. The city of Philomath has been named the Tree City of the Year for its dedication to tree planting and maintenance. Oregon Community Trees, the state’s urban and community forestry council, says kids helped public works crews with … Continue reading »

GMO Ballot Measure Draws Big Money

MEDFORD, Ore. – One house at a time, nearly 50 volunteers charged through Jackson County neighborhoods Saturday morning trying to spread the word. “We’re looking for assistance on the phone, we’re looking for assistance on the streets, we’re looking for stuff in envelopes, fliers, whatever it is,” said volunteer Mariska Pactwa. The canvassing is part … Continue reading »

Local Farmers to Showcase CSA Programs

EUGENE, Ore. — Ever wonder who grew the corn you eat with your dinner? Tuesday night is your chance to find out and enroll in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. It’s the annual That’s My Farmer event held at First United Methodist Church at 13th Avenue and Olive Street in Eugene. The event is a … Continue reading »

Volunteers Clean Up Coastal Beaches

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s not just those who live on the coast who are taking part in cleaning up local beaches. Some people traveling through Florence Saturday picked up a bag and gloves to clean up trash along the coast. Some volunteers make it a point to clean up the coast. “Well we like to … Continue reading »

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