Weekday Wrap: Renaming Lane County; Jackson County adopts psilocybin business regulations

Councilor representing north Clark County sworn in early

Newly elected Clark County Councilor Sue Marshall is beginning her term as the District 5 representative a little sooner than expected. Marshall said she learned of the swearing-in ceremony the day of.

“It seems like it’s caught people by surprise,” she said.

Marshall was sworn in Wednesday afternoon, replacing outgoing Councilor Richard Rylander Jr. (Shari Phiel/The Columbian)

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Options for Lane County name change include rededication

Lane County staff said the power to rename the county is limited and would need to be approved by voters. The board of commissioners can, however, rededicate the county by formally renouncing the county’s namesake Joseph Lane. The board can select a different Lane, or no person at all, to honor, said county spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge. The county is still in early discussions about renaming or rededicating. (Megan Banta/Register-Guard)

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Jackson County approves regulations for psilocybin business locations

Jackson County approved the planning commission’s recommendation, adopting time, place and manner regulations for where psilocybin businesses will be allowed to operate. This affects the production, manufacturing and service centers.

“There’s plenty of options to be able to take advantage of the benefits without us creating unnecessary and undue burdens and potential issues out in the rural and remote areas of Jackson County,” Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer said. (Zack Larsen/KOBI5)

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Medford and Ashland libraries now open every day

Two of the largest library branches in Jackson County will now be open every day of the week. The Medford and Ashland libraries will have identical hours: 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and noon to 5 pm on weekends. The new hours went into effect Dec. 1, according to a release issued by Jackson County Library Services, bringing each branch to a seven days a week service. (Mail Tribune staff)

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