The Ashland Chronicle
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Tourists, How Many Come to Ashland?

Civic Action, Local Activism

Is Ashland using inflated tourism numbers? BY  David Runkel February 03, 2019 How many tourists visit Ashland each year? Is it the 450,000 claimed last summer in a city budget update document? Is it the 400,000 cited in the city’s 2017 official budget message? Is it the 300,000 the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor and Convention Bureau reported in 2016? Or …

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Hang on to your pocketbook - the $12-19 million city hall is back!

Civic Action, Local Activism

30-January-2019 FROM THE DESK OF GEORGE KRAMER Dear Mr. Mayor and Members of the Council I am writing to express my frustration and dismay that the City is still considering three multi-million dollar options to replace city hall with a new and larger structure. As a member of last year’s Ad Hoc Committee I urge you to stop this wasteful …

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Final Statement from Don't Uproot Ashland to the Hearings Officer

Civic Action, Local Activism

REBUTTAL TO VEGTER SUBMISSIONS TO 1/22/2019 Submitted by Dr. Denise Krause Supplemental materials submitted post-hearing by both parties with page numbers assigned by Jackson County In addition to our legal position, we rebut the following: Vegter Statement, Page 698 In Ms. Vegter’s January 22 letter she referenced the “ongoing efforts” Bill Meyers at DEQ has “acknowledged.”  She further states that …

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The Ashland Canal (TID) Capital Project – Is It Needed?

Civic Action, Local Activism

            The City’s master plan for water infrastructure was completed in 2012 when it was accepted by the City Council.  In reading the summary of the plan, I’m struck by two facts:  not much is “on schedule” and 2012 cost estimates are far under the current projected costs for these same projects.  Moreover, some projects were completely changed.  All this …

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A Multimillion-dollar solution in search of a problem

Civic Action, Local Activism

SSince moving to Ashland in 1991, I have walked along our irrigation canal trails nearly every morning, and I must say my morning walk is among the most peaceful and enjoyable parts of my day. I encounter neighbors running, walking dogs, enjoying the fresh morning air accompanied by birdsong and the sound of the water rushing by, appreciating changing seasons …

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