9/18/20 Wildfire Update Day 10: Recovery – FEMA Assistance & New Resources
A week and a half after the devastating Almeda fire ripped through our communities, we are beginning to understand the nature of this catastrophe.
Initial assessment has pegged the number of lost homes, including apartments, manufactured homes, and houses at more than 2,350. In addition, businesses along the corridor from just north of the Valley View interchange through Phoenix were consumed by fire. Thousands of us were displaced, and many more are grieving for the losses sustained by ...
COVID RENTAL SUBSIDY MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER
In this critical moment, it is essential that individuals and families who still have homes get the support they need to stay housed.
Funding is available to help tenants who have suffered financial loss associated with the COVID pandemic. Applicants may qualify for subsidies for rent due between April and December of this year. Here are English and Spanish versions of a one-pager that describes where and how to get help.
Although the CDC has extended an eviction moratorium ...
9/13/20 Wildfire Update -Sunday night: Almeda fire response
This is Day 5 after the horrific Almeda fire swept through the communities of Talent and Phoenix. This post summarizes key information I know at this moment.
Fire impact. We know the fires took a devastating toll, but an inventory of loss is yet to come. However, at least a dozen manufactured home and RV parks were destroyed, including more than 1500 homes. Added to that are apartments units and many single family homes. Thousands of individuals and families, all treasured members of our ...
Extended interview with State Rep. Pam Marsh (D) about letter demanding Feds leave PDX
by KATU.COM STAFF - Friday, July 24th 2020
Democratic state representative Pam Marsh of southern Jackson County, along with 44 other Democrats in the Oregon legislature, sent a letter on July 23rd to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, demanding that federal personnel be removed from the streets of Portland.
Federal law enforcement officers have been cracking down on protests outside a federal building in downtown Portland. &nb...
‘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
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
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
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.