ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Mt. Ashland Association and Jackson County have reached a four-year management agreement that will allow the Howard Prairie Resort to open as usual next month.

The Mail Tribune reports that the county took over the resort east of Ashland in February after the former owner fell behind in lease payments and taxes.

In a deal announced late Friday, the Mt. Ashland Association will run the restaurant and store while the county will operate the campground and the marina.

The nonprofit association has operated the Mt. Ashland Ski Area since 1992 and already runs a similar restaurant at the ski area. Its operating season runs nearly opposite of Howard Prairie's, which centers around the trout-fishing season of mid-April through October.

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