Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Poverty Rates Spike in Jackson County — July 23, 2014
  2. Firefighters Chase Down Hot Spots — July 23, 2014
  3. Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation — July 22, 2014
  4. Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod — July 21, 2014
  5. Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames — July 21, 2014

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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 »

Conservationists Sue Over Timber Sale

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – A Portland conservation group is filing a lawsuit over a timber sale near Crater Lake, which they say threatens the states’ most famous wolf. Oregon Wild is suing the U.S. Forest Service over the Bybee Timber Sale, covering a 2,000-acre area near Crater Lake. They say that area is too close … Continue reading »

Active Shooter Training Prepares Schools

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A shooting breaks out at Eagle Point High School. The gunman, armed with an airsoft gun, charges into a classroom, firing rounds at administrators seated at the desks. The victims, protected by paintball masks and armed with foam balls, unleash their payloads on the attacker. During the chaos, two administrators come from … Continue reading »

Restaurant Joins Fight to Save Toddler

MEDFORD, Ore. – A local restaurant is joining the effort to save the life of a toddler in need of a kidney. Three year old Helen Lynn was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure after an E. Coli infection last fall. For months the family has been rallying the community to raise money for her life … Continue reading »

Britt Festivals Begin

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – The Britt Festivals have begun. Concert-goers and “Britt-sitters” waited all day outside the newly-renovated pavilion, many of whom eyeing some of the new changes from line. A new performance garden now sits next to the main stage seating up to 150 people for smaller acts. The venue also added a slew of … Continue reading »

Beer Week Enjoys Blowout Year

MEDFORD, Ore. – Beer Week just ended but already signs are pointing to a blowout year for the festival. The week-long celebration of craftsmanship is made up of completely separate events, but each of those event organizers pays advertising dollars to be marketed as part of Beer Week. Beer Week co-organizer Chris Dennett says that … Continue reading »

World’s Ugliest Cars Bring GMO Awareness

MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon’s GMO battles have been making national headlines for months, and now they’re attracting attention in the form of the world’s ugliest car. “Are We Eating Fishy Food?” travels the country promoting GMO labeling initiatives through their eye-catching cars, boasting giant models of fruits and vegetables shaped like fish. They say the … Continue reading »

World Cup Fever Brings Big Business

MEDFORD, Ore. – Team USA is preparing to hit the pitch in the World Cup, and that has local sports bars gearing up for some serious business. Bars like Black Sheep and Buffalo Wild Wings market to soccer fans to kick up what is normally a slow time of the year. They say fans tend … Continue reading »

Farmers Speak Out on GMO Mapping Effort

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Jackson and Josephine Counties just placed bans on genetically modified crops, and now Oregon may become the first state in the country to map out GMO fields. Governor John Kitzhaber ordered the move last October, which would increase transparency among farmers in the state, helping to pinpoint the cause and location … Continue reading »

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