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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Firefighters Ready for Lightning Ahead

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – A group of Grayback Forestry firefighters carves through a section of woods near Butte Falls. The crew of 14, swinging hand tools and wielding chainsaws, is cutting a fireline for prescribed burning. It’s likely the last chance they’ll get to do fuel reduction work before the real action starts. “The window … Continue reading »

Rough & Ready Back in Business

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – The Rough & Ready Lumber Company is getting back up and running after more than a year of being out of business. Old and new employees are trickling in throughout the month, putting to use a swath of brand new machinery. “Change is always hard,” said Larry Mason, a Maintenance Supervisor … Continue reading »

Police Continue Search for IED Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford police are continuing to search for the suspect who detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) on one of their patrol cars over the weekend. Representatives for the department say they’re currently collecting security cam footage that could show the suspect either committing, or going to or from the scene of the crime. … Continue reading »

OSP Investigates Overnight Shooting

WILDERVILLE, Ore. – Oregon state police detectives in Josephine County are investigating an assault in which a woman apparently shot her husband in front of their children. Bethanie Jones of Wilderville is in the Josephine County Jail for allegedly shooting her husband, Darick Jones, in the leg during what state police spokespeople say was likely … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Say No to Transfers

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford schools are closing their borders to students looking to enter or leave the district. The changes are due to new state law that school board members say leaves their hands tied. New state policy as of march specifies that districts can’t in any way discriminate against transfer requests. Not only are … Continue reading »

OLCC Preparing for Marijuana Vote

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is getting ready for what could become the first market for recreational marijuana in Oregon. Last week the political action committee New Approach Oregon submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure in November. That measure would create a recreational market with the OLCC as its … Continue reading »

Medford Expands Summer School Programs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Mike Mayben grades a small stack of quizzes from his Algebra 1 class. A small handful of students sits quietly nearby, each diligently working on a series of equations. Over the next two weeks, those kids will go through a curriculum that normally spans a nine-week semester. “You’re doing three-and-a-half hour sessions,” … Continue reading »

Schools Spreading Word About Free Lunch

PHOENIX, Ore. – The Phoenix / Talent School District is calling all students to take advantage of free lunch. The Summer Feeding Program, part of a national initiative by the USDA, offers free meals for students who don’t have access to good nutrition at home. A number of districts offer the lunches, which are available … Continue reading »

Smart Irrigation Month Declared

ASHLAND, Ore. – The state of Oregon is joining a national movement to try and curb the effects of this year’s crippling drought. Governor Kitzhaber proclaimed this July will now be known as “Smart Irrigation Month.” The campaign is led by the Irrigation Association, which claims July is the peak month for water use. Over … Continue reading »

Bee Deaths Spawn New Pesticide Bans

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Home gardeners will face new pesticide restrictions after two massive bee deaths within the past week. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is temporarily banning the application of two active ingredients — dinotefuran and imidacloprid — on linden trees and other similar ornamentals. Improper use of those pesticides is believed to be … Continue reading »

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