10/20/20 Wildfire update: Emotional support
Many of us are sad, anxious, traumatized and grieving after the fire. Please consider calling this hot line for emotional support:
SALEM, OR – It is normal to feel sad, stressed or overwhelmed after a major disaster. For adults and children having negative feelings or thoughts, free crisis counseling is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline.
Call 800-985-5990 (Spanish Press 2) or text “TalkWithUs” ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Thousands in Medford for Women’s March
A crowd spanning generations and genders filled Medford parks Saturday, joining in a national demonstration of discontent over the country’s — and its leaders’ — direction.
For the thousands marching through downtown Medford in the second annual Southern Oregon Women’s March, Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “You Don’t Own Me” became a rallying cry as the crowd packed Pear Blossom Park and spilled over nearby.
The park’s lawn was filled close to ...