Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Local Tattoo Shop Giving Back — April 18, 2014
  2. Beef Prices Pressure Local Restaurants — April 18, 2014
  3. New Medford Superintendent Announced — April 15, 2014
  4. Volunteers Clean Central Point Cemetery — April 13, 2014
  5. Drought Could Help Save OSU Extension — April 13, 2014

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Activists Protest GMO “Dirty Money”

MEDFORD, Ore. – A wall of dollar bills stands outside the Jackson County Elections Office. It’s part of a Tuesday morning protest, using 800 bills representing the roughly $800,000 spent to stop a genetically modified crop ban. “This is what’s coming in right now to Jackson County via these big chemical companies,” said Elise Higley, … Continue reading »

Timber Payments Continue to Dwindle

MEDFORD, Ore. – Another year, another round of timber payments. For years the pie has been getting bigger, but Southern Oregon’s slice has been getting smaller. “Right now we have… maybe 700 counties that are now included in the pot for what used to be the 18 original O&C counties,” said Southern Oregon Timber Industry … Continue reading »

Jackson Elementary Receives Rare Grant

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson Elementary School is receiving a $75,000 early education grant, becoming one of nine schools in the state to qualify. The grant will be unveiled during a Monday night meeting at the school. It will be used to fund pre-kindergarten education efforts, both in the community and through the school’s family neighborhood … Continue reading »

Giving Victims of Crime a Voice

MEDFORD, Ore. – Each year thousands of people in Jackson County fall victim to crime. Suzie Jones became one of those victims four years ago when her then husband attacked her in her home. That assault sent her on overwhelming and confusing path of court dates, therapy, moving, and medical treatments.  Even the simplest of … Continue reading »

Vaccines Could Help Stem Heroin Rise

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Heroin and opiate abuse is on the rise in Oregon. But local experts say new vaccines being tested by the FDA could someday help stop the drug epidemic. According to the Oregon Health Authority, 10.4 percent of people receiving treatment for substance abuse in 2011 were heroin users. In 2013, it … Continue reading »

GMO Ballot Measure Draws Big Money

MEDFORD, Ore. – One house at a time, nearly 50 volunteers charge through Jackson County neighborhoods Saturday morning trying to spread the word. “We’re looking for assistance on the phone, we’re looking for assistance on the streets, we’re looking for stuff in envelopes, fliers, whatever it is,” said volunteer Mariska Pactwa. The canvassing is part … Continue reading »

Officers Cleared in Suspect Shooting

MEDFORD, Ore. – Two Idaho fugitives said to be responsible for an officer involved shooting will face prosecution in a Jackson County Court. On Thursday evening, a grand jury gave the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office the go-ahead to press charges against Wayne Pearson and Shavon Willard. The two suspects face charges after motor vehicle … Continue reading »

Ashland Considers Marijuana Tax

ASHLAND, Ore. – Paul Ash scans the shelves at Puff’s Smoke Shop as he waits for a budtender to make her way over. Patients like Ash already pay a premium over black market prices for that retail experience. Now they’re being asked to consider paying more. “I would not mind paying the extra to have … Continue reading »

Kairos Opens New Mental Health Center

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Five years ago Sandy Heine watched as her adopted daughter suffered a psychotic episode. It lasted 11 days. “It was difficult for her to speak. It was difficult for her to think,” said Heine. “It was terrifying.” After a stint in the hospital, it was Kairos that eventually helped Heine’s daughter … Continue reading »

Change Comes to Jackson County Jail

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is testing a new initiative that they say could help relieve overcrowding in the jail. The change, in partnership with County Courts and Community Justice, replaces their old “Matrix” system with a new method for processing inmates. Instead of packing every bed and releasing those who committed … Continue reading »

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