Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation — July 22, 2014
  2. Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod — July 21, 2014
  3. Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames — July 21, 2014
  4. SOU Improving Science Building — July 21, 2014
  5. Jacksonville Farmer’s Market Expands — July 20, 2014

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Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Brie Malarkey assists a flood of customers at her dispensary, Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill. Her patients are the first in Jackson County to pay a sales tax on marijuana. And in her first three weeks of business, they generated a lot. “We were able to return $1,800 dollars to the … Continue reading »

Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

SALEM, Ore. – The Independent Party of Oregon is announcing its support for Dennis Richardson in this November’s gubernatorial race. Richardson, a Central Point representative, recently won out among registered independents in a survey conducted by the party — 677 votes compared to John Kitzhaber’s 413. That means Richardson can list the independent party endorsement … Continue reading »

Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As more than 600,000 acres burn across the state, Southwest Oregon crews are still ready and waiting. Handfuls of southwest Department of Forestry firefighters have been shipping out one at a time to help with fires elsewhere. But the region has yet to see a major fire event. That’s obviously good … Continue reading »

SOU Improving Science Building

ASHLAND, Ore. – Southern Oregon University is investing $21 million into its science building, part of a series of capital improvements going on through 2016. This latest work is part of an investment from the Oregon University System. The science building is being remodeled for scheduled seismic upgrades, as well as electrical and plumbing modernization. … Continue reading »

Jacksonville Farmer’s Market Expands

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market is exploding this year, roughly doubling in size since last summer according to managers. They say part of the reason it is growing is because it offers some unique features others can’t. Since last summer, the market has gone from 20 to 25 vendors, to now roughly 50. … Continue reading »

Local Food Takes Center Stage

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local food is getting a new look, and new support in Southern Oregon thanks to a partnership among growers and food assistance agencies. The Rogue Valley Grown project is a collaboration between Thrive, ACCESS, and a number of local farmers in the area. The groups are working together to connect more than 17 … Continue reading »

Timber Harvest on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. – Timber harvest in Oregon is up to its highest level in seven years. According to the Department of Forestry, the statewide timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, making four consecutive years of gains. The majority of that increase is on private, industrial lands, where yield rose 61%. Experts say the … Continue reading »

Migrant Summer School Skyrockets in Size

MEDFORD, Ore. – While many kids are out enjoying their free time, Ernesto Hernandez is hard at work, flipping through theology notes with about 15 other students in history class. He says he’s grown used to the hard work since arriving from Mexico three years ago with barely a word of English to his vocabulary. … Continue reading »

Forensics Lab Takes On Wood Smuggling

ASHLAND, Ore. – A soft hum is the only sound that can be heard as a hulking piece of machinery is brought to life. A small sample is inserted with tweezers between two metal receptors on the device. Within seconds, a series of spikes and lulls, similar to a heart monitor, flash across a screen … Continue reading »

Heat Bitter Sweet for Pear Orchards

TALENT, Ore. – The hot weather is forcing local pear orchardists to adapt, although they say it should still be a good harvest this year. Ron Meyer, owner of Meyer Orchards, says hundred degree temperatures for weeks can halt growth, but a few days won’t have too much of an impact as long as they … Continue reading »

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