Joe Zavala, Ashland Tidings

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Ashland Tidings

Medford, OR, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

Tennis players have options after club shutters

The number of indoor tennis courts in the Medford area took a sizable hit when the Rogue Valley Swim and Tennis Club closed its doors Dec. 31 to make way → Read More

Saying farewell to the Tidings

I had just settled into a fold-up chair behind home plate at North Mountain Park one ordinary late-spring afternoon when a man I vaguely recognized began → Read More

If you build it...

To Ashland Middle School assistant wrestling coach Marty Downs, wrestling, at its most fundamental level, stripped of fat and nuance, is really just “one human being imposing their will upon another.”Downs’ description likely rings true to anyone familiar with the sport, but it also happens to be an appropriate characterization of a man — in this case, Ashland High School wrestling coach Adam… → Read More

Three 100-mile runs in six weeks

Sharon Mosley has been a competitive athlete for her entire adult life and, as such, has grown accustomed to pushing her body to its limit in pursuit of a → Read More

SOU enrollment bucks the trend

Southern Oregon University’s efforts to combat the enrollment effects of rising tuition costs with an increased focus on recruitment and retention appear to be paying off.SOU saw a slight bump in enrollment this fall compared with fall term 2016 and was one of two Oregon public universities to experience gains in full-time equivalent enrollment. Those figures are considered crucial for… → Read More

Do or die time

You don’t go 10-0 during the regular season without attracting a few bandwagon-hoppers along the way, and while Pete Stanton isn’t likely to label himself a Southern Oregon Raiders fan, he’s not afraid to confess his admiration for SOU’s physicality.For the time being, Stanton’s impression is based entirely on game film, but on Saturday, Dickinson State’s head football coach will see the Raiders… → Read More

Siskiyou School braces for WinterFaire

True, it’ll raise a little money, maybe more than a little depending on the weather. But really, says The Siskiyou School’s director of development Katie LaCroix, the annual WinterFaire is much more than a fundraiser.“It is a fundraiser,” she said, “but the primary goal is for the community to come to this event. It’s a family friendly, old fashioned, and offers a way for families to get… → Read More

Novices shine for speech and debate team

The school year may be only two-and-a-half months old, but it’s already been a memorable season for the Ashland High School speech and debate team. → Read More

SOU: Watch out for spiked drinks

Southern Oregon University Director of Campus Public Safety and Parking Fred Creek warned students last week through social media and a mass email that → Read More

SOU's botanical tour goes digital

She may look stately and benign, but in its life-or-death struggle for elbow room the juglans nigra (a.k.a. black walnut tree) which sits in front of Southern Oregon University’s Plunkett Center on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Mountain Avenue wields a secret weapon deployed just below the surface. It secretes toxic chemicals through its roots to poison the plants around it, eliminating… → Read More

Out with the old

The Ashland Schools Foundation has raised $350,000 toward restoring Ashland High School’s dilapidated track and needs to find $20,000 more in the next two weeks to move forward on a project that unofficially began with the removal of the track’s surface last week.Robert W. Julian Track and Field was closed to the public in May after a risk management company deemed it unsuitable for use, and the… → Read More

SOU kicks off new program

When Craig Switzler arrived in Ashland three years ago to take a job as an athletic trainer at Southern Oregon University, a couple things about the local → Read More

Grizzlies fare well at national speech and debate tourney

Recent Ashland High graduate Gracia Dodds advanced to the 11th round in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and finished in the top 30 overall to lead the school's → Read More

Local candidate picked to replace longtime Rogue Valley Farm to School director

Rogue Valley Farm to School has hired former Lomakatsi Restoration Project Director of Development Sheila Carder as its next executive director, the local → Read More

OLLI opens its doors

Most people like to take it easy on their birthday, sleep in, eat out, maybe catch a movie.Not Margaret Pashko. The vice president for the Osher Lifelong → Read More

Big Al's returns for 42nd showing in Ashland

Gail Patton has been playing and teaching tennis in the Rogue Valley for so long she knows just about everything there is to know about the sport, from → Read More

Headed to the Hall

Tito Soriano still remembers his first trip to Japan for the Pacific Rim Bowl. It’s hard to forget. Besides walking through buildings that are centuries older than any in the U.S. and touring the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the assistant football coach and former player was humbled even before leaving Ashland, having lost his passport.As a Grizzly player, Scott Chadick had a similarly… → Read More

Summer school

American Legion A is supposed to be the developmental arm of the summer baseball league, and that’s precisely what the Ashland Pilots aim to do this summer: develop talent.The Pilots boast one of the youngest rosters in team history as they continue their season today at home with an Area 4 South doubleheader against North Jackson. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at North Mountain… → Read More

Ashland High School speech and debate team headed to nationals

Twelve students and two coaches from Ashland High School's speech & debate team are headed to Birmingham, Alabama, for the National Speech & → Read More

Looking back, looking forward

Docents from the New York Museum of Modern Art hosted a group of men and women from an assisted living facility last summer, showing off works of art in → Read More