Government

Where have all the taxes gone?

A Call for New Budget Committee Members to Help Ashland Parce its Funds

rain extinguishes
the fiery leaves of autumn—
smold’ring fun’ral pyre

An overnight rainstorm.  Run-off gushes down the sidewalk and street, transporting fallen leaves as it carves away at the pavement.  Because of the hill’s slope, most of those leaves end up in front of my driveway.

I pull my garbage can to the curb, negotiating wheels over broken cement that been worn away a full two inches lower than street level. If I don’t leave my cans in this curbside dent, the garbage man refuses to pick them up.

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Senator Wyden Townhall – Jordan Cove, Free Trade, Fast Track

Over 1oo joined Senator Ron Wyden at the townhall meeting in Grants Pass.  The senate Democrat took questions from the community about a number of issues, including jobs, trade,  and the Jordan Cove energy project.

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Ron Wyden responds to questions about his support for Jordan Cove Project and dodges questions about Free Trade and Fast Track.

Local farmers speak out on commission report

Jackson County OregonFarmers, community members and GMO-free activists filled the Jackson County Commissioners meeting on March 19th to demand the commission retract cost claims made for ballot measure 15-119, a measure restricting the growing of Genetically Engineered crops in the Rogue Valley.

According to a report by County Administrator Danny Jordan, enforcement of the measure could cost the county a minimum of $219,000 per year.  According to Jordan, enforcement of the measure would require a full-time code inspector, time dedicated from a hearings officer, a contractor for testing and other county resources,

GMO free activists counter that argument, saying there is nothing in the ballot measure that would make it mandatory for the county to enforce the law.

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