Ashland Oregon News – November 5th, 2014
Ashland Oregon News – November 5th, 2014
By Andy Harris
Welcome to our weekly blog feature – the Ashland Oregon news round-up! Simply read the short tidbits of information for a quick review of what’s happening in town, or click on the links for access to the full articles.
*The local voters have spoken and Councilor Pam Marsh will be retaining her seat on the Ashland City Council. Steffini Seffinger will be joining her as well, after previously working at the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission.*
*Another local race that was decided yesterday was for Jackson County sheriff. Ashland police Deputy Chief Corey Falls won the vote and will replace incumbent Mike Winters.*
*A number of local candidates won their races unopposed. These positions include Ashland City Recorder Barbara Christensen, municipal judge Pam Burkholder and city councilor Michael Morris.*
*Two Republicans are in line to win their races for two Jackson County Commissioner positions. Colleen Roberts and Rick Dyer are expected to win their races over Kevin Talbert and Tonia Moro, respectively.*
*On to state politics, incumbent Oregon governor John Kitzhaber has been elected to an Oregon record 4th term. He defeated Republican opponent Dennis Richardson.*
*Oregon senator Jeff Merkley, a democrat, was reelected on Tuesday by defeating Republican Monica Wehby and Libertarian and Pacific Green challengers.*
*State Senator Alan Bates appears to be on his way to winning his race against main challenger Dave Dotterrer, a Republican.
*Legalizing marijuana was one of the handful of Oregon State Measures on the ballot on Tuesday. After failing in the last election, Oregon voters have decided its time to legalize marijuana for people over 21. Washington D.C. also approved marijuana legalization on Tuesday.*
*The GMO debate is close to being settled, for now. It appears mandatory GMO labeling won’t pass this time around, but it was a very close vote.*
*There were 5 other state measures that were voted on on Tuesday. Here are their results:
–Measure 86, College Fund: A measure that would have allowed the state to take on debt for financial aid was denied.
–Measure 87, Judicial Jobs: Judges will now be able to serve in the National Guard or teach at the University of Oregon law school as it passed.
–Measure 88, Driver’s Cards: A measure designed to allow drivers who don’t have proof of their legal status in the U.S. to be able to get driver ID cards was denied.
–Measure 89, Equal Right’s Amendment: This measure adds new language to the Oregon Constitution: “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the State of Oregon or by any political subdivision in this state on account of sex.” The measure passed handily.
–Measure 90, Top-two primary: An attempt to change Oregon’s primary system was turned down by voters.
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*Pacific Fishers are important and little-known creatures that live in the Ashland Watershed. The Ashland Watershed Art Group is commissioning a sculpture of a Pacific Fisher to be displayed at various spots around town.*
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*Take a peek at some of the recent Insight to Ashland articles – providing you Ashland Oregon news you can use:
There is a proposed liquid gas pipeline that would run through Jackson County and would end at Coos Bay.
Writer Chris Robideaux shares a poetry piece he wrote about the Rogue Valley, entitled “In the Rain of Roguish Kingdoms”.
On sailing at Lake of the Woods in the Cascade Mountains.
We recently wrote up a piece on camping at Mt. Ashland, so if you are interested, please take a peek.
Interested in taking a hike right from downtown Ashland? The Bandersnatch trail is the hike to take, in our estimation.
Here is a late summer update the Ashland Oregon restaurant scene and the new hotspots to visit.
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