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‘We face an invisible threat’

by Staff reports - The Mail Tribune Tuesday, March 24th 2020 The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center issued a message to the public after Gov. Kate Brown instituted a statewide order Monday for people to stay at home except for essential trips like going to work and buying food. The message comes from Jackson County officials and a bipartisan group of state legislators — Sen. Jeff Golden, Rep. Pam Marsh, Rep. Duane Stark and Rep. Kim Wallan. The Mail Tribune is printing the ...

New Legislation Would Address ‘Internet Deserts’ In Oregon

By Erik Neumann Published January 22, 2020 at 5:16 AM PST LISTEN HERE Southern Oregon state Representative Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, is proposing legislation in the upcoming session to increase funding for broadband internet in areas she describes as rural “internet deserts.” An estimated 400,000 Oregonians lack adequate internet, according to Marsh, including school districts and public libraries. To increase connectivity, she’s proposing the Rural Telecommunications ...

Oregon Wildfire Council Lays Out Some Options

The Jefferson Exchange, JPR LISTEN HERE One major outcome of the Oregon Governor's Council on Wildfire Response was a number: four billion.  That's the amount of money estimated to do all the work to make Oregon's forests more fire resistant, less prone to catastrophic fires.  It's a big number, but still less than the estimates of damage if Oregon has more large and destructive fires. So is Oregon and its people willing to put up huge dollars in the short term ...

Ashland Rep. gains House leadership role

by Damian Mann of the Mail Tribune Wednesday, September 18th 2019 Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, will take a more commanding role in the Oregon House in the next legislative session. Marsh was selected as assistant majority leader, making her part of the leadership group for her caucus in the 60-member House. “It will give me the opportunity to be a little more in the center of the decision-making process,” Marsh said. The House leadership, led by House Speaker Tina Kotek, ...

To fight wildfire, we must address climate change

by Rep. Pam Marsh Sunday, August 4th 2019 Mail Tribune AQI 134: Unhealthy for sensitive groups. I’m looking at this dispiriting air quality index reading for Ashland at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 30. The Applegate and Medford are worse: 157 and 160, i.e. unhealthy. By the time you read this, I hope you are seeing better numbers. Actually, the word “hope” is not nearly strong enough. I have been hearing from many neighbors and friends for the past five days, since smoke from ...

Rep Marsh asks House colleagues for an Aye vote on HB 2020, 06-17-19

https://youtu.be/cwB2HzP22yQ Representative Pam Marsh, HD 05, encourages fellow members of the Oregon House to support HB 2020, which will put Oregon ahead of the climate curve, give the state a competitive edge in the new renewable economy, and create opportunities to invest, particularly in impacted, rural communities.

Rep Marsh comments prior to her Yes vote on HB 2020, 05-17-19

https://youtu.be/BfbEm9N_xsU Representative Pam Marsh, representing Southern Jackson County, delivers comments before her vote in favor of climate legislation.

Oregon needs to step up and invest in more wildfire prevention tools

By Pam Marsh May 09, 2019 The Oregonian Marsh, D-Ashland, represents House District 5 in the Oregon Legislature. In summer 2017, Portland watched the beloved Columbia River Gorge go up in flames. Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. In November, we all watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like others in Oregon, burned to the ground. It is clear that smoke and fire threaten the health, economy, and future of communities ...

Forestry Department needs more funding now

by Rep. Pam Marsh Sunday, March 24th 2019 - Mail Tribune Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. A month later we watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like communities in our region, burned to the ground. Smoke and fire threaten our health, our economy and our future. The gravity of our situation is reflected in the numbers. Oregon wildfires cost a whopping $514 million in 2018 and that half billion is not the end of our ...

Marsh’s fire plan is the right approach

by Mail Tribune Editorial Board Sunday, March 24th 2019 We were critical of Gov. Kate Brown when she announced she was appointing a committee to study the state’s response to wildfires and smoke and report to the Legislature in the fall of 2019 — when this year’s fire season should be winding down. We’re still not thrilled with that measured response, although certainly the Wildfire Council can make a valuable contribution to fire prevention and suppression efforts going ...