Memo's Kitchen is a classic story of the American Dream coming true. In 2010 Guillermo Sanchez was selected by habitat for Humanity to help build and ultimately own a home, funded by Thrivent financial. In 2013 he was able to open Memo's Kitchen in Medford. pp. 46 - 47
The mysterious death of local runner Todd Ragsdale had changed the way many trail runners approach their training. In January 2016 Ragsdale's body was found near Ashland Creek upstram from the Granite Street reservoir. His death was announced to be from "undetermined natural causes". SORE is Southern Oregon Running Enthusiasts. pp. 22 - 24
On August 24, 2010, a fast-moving fire consumed an entire neighborhood in one of the worst urban blazes in Oregon history. The Ashland Oak Knoll fire was started when John Thiry, a homeless man, tossed a cigarette into a field of dry grass. Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark Burns died six months after the fire after suffering servere smoke inhalation. The fire led Ashland Fire Rescue to redevelop its wildfire hotline, which was overloaded during the fire, to handle more calls.