On a night when temperatures fall below freezing, some are left out in the cold. On Monday, a woman on her way to work found a man who died, apparently from exposure to the night cold temperatures.
The unnamed 29-year-old man, a known transient from Ashland was on his way somewhere. When police found him he was wearing only pants, with other clothing and belongings laying nearby. Because the Medford Gospel Mission is the only real shelter in the valley, some believe it may have been organizations rules and restrictions that kept the deceased man from going there.
The Medford Gospel Mission says they will welcome anyone on any night that temperatures fall below 32 degrees. A snowflake is placed in the front window to let people know they will make exceptions for anyone who has previously been restricted or have run up their time stayed.
There are no real shelters in Ashland, but a church opens as a warming station on Monday's as well as when those freezing temps hit the valley. Tonight's low according to accuweather.com is 22°.