Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Happy Camp Complex Hits 57,000 Acres — August 30, 2014
  2. Pot Law Unlikely to Cause DUII’s — August 29, 2014
  3. Klamath Shooting Suspects in Court — August 29, 2014
  4. New Details Emerge in Officer Shooting — August 28, 2014
  5. Shelters React to Animal Abuse Law — August 23, 2014

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Salt Creek Fire Closer to Containment

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – While the Oregon Gulch fire continues to grow, crews are reporting good news on the other end of the Beaver Complex. Officials at the Salt Creek fire say they’re getting closer to containment by the day, allowing them to slowly shift to a one-front battle. Right now the Salt Creek fire … Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion Plagues Firefighters

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As if the fires themselves weren’t enough to keep crews on their toes, fire officials say the heat and dry conditions are putting unusual strain on them this year. In Jackson County alone there have been five reported cases of firefighters having to be evacuated to the hospital because of heat … Continue reading »

Pinehurst Inn Remains Open During Fire

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. – Despite the Oregon Gulch Fire being just a few miles away, owners of the Pinehurst Inn say they’ll continue to stay open and operate as a rest stop for visitors and fire personnel. Thick clouds of smoke could be seen over a ridge next to the inn, right off Highway 66. … Continue reading »

Ashland Fire Urges Evacuation Planning

ASHLAND, Ore. – In light of stormy conditions and numerous fire starts in the area, Ashland Fire & Rescue is advising all residents to prepare for evacuation, even those who don’t live near any of the areas being affected. Spokespeople with the department say those who wait until an evacuation notice is issued often forget important items. … Continue reading »

Ashland Park Director Search Hits Snag

ASHLAND, Ore. – Ashland Parks & Recreation has hit a snag in the search for a new director after one of their top candidates turned down the job. The department has been looking for a replacement director for most of the summer after current director Don Robertson announced his retirement. Over the weekend it looked … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … Continue reading »

Ashland Rental Battle Moves on Slowly

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fight over vacation rentals in Ashland continues despite what would-be hosts say have been some unexpected delays. A group called “The Hosts” in Ashland recently got the city council’s attention, calling for the drafting of an ordinance that would loosen restrictions on short-term vacation rentals in designated R-1 zones. Originally the … Continue reading »

Growler Demand Opens Doors for Brewers

MEDFORD, Ore. – Paul Woolley pours a fresh serving of his latest IPA. After waiting for the thick head to subside, he sniffs it and gingerly takes a sip. The yet-to-be-released beer, the 5-Speed IPA, is the newest batch from Rusty Bucket – Woolley’s tiny, one-barrel operation. “I’m sure Caldera spills that much on their … Continue reading »

Fairgrounds Calling All Homebrewers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Fair is accepting admissions for the homebrew judging competition. The fairgrounds were mostly silent Saturday in preparation for the 100th anniversary fair in a few weeks, with the exception of a small keg to welcome amateur brewers. The competition has been a part of the fair for four … Continue reading »

Poverty Rates Spike in Jackson County

MEDFORD, Ore. – Under-stocked refrigerators and bare pantry shelves await families at the Maslow Project, one of Medford’s biggest homeless support agencies. Their limited resources are being stretched thinner and thinner by growing demand. The agency serves only families that meet federal guidelines for homelessness. In the past year, the number of families that qualify … Continue reading »

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