Debate over leaf blowers brews in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — In the midst of fall, a debate over leaf blowers is brewing in Ashland.

A potential ban was discussed in the state capitol this summer. Many cities across the country have banned gas-powered leaf blowers, including Coronado, California, but no statewide bans are in place.

Though the bill didn’t get far in Oregon’s legislature this summer, people in Ashland have strong feelings about them.

“We should ban them, they have been banned, they can be banned. Try walking through the park first thing in the morning. All you hear is leaf blowers,” Randy Dolinger, Ashland resident, said.

“It’s a lot easier than sweeping. It’s a lot easier to just blow everything away than it is to just sweep and sweep and sweep and sweep and really not get everything,” Clay Westlake, Ashland resident, said.

No leaf blower bans have been discussed in the city of Ashland.

Anna Weeks is the anchor of NBC5 News at 5 and 11 and Your Place @7 with Anna Weeks. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Originally from the Portland area, Anna loves exploring Southern Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and watching sports.
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