Justin Bourke

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Name: Justin Bourke
Date registered: February 12, 2013

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  1. Structural Protection in Place for Homes — August 13, 2014
  2. Fire Camp Returns to TouVelle — August 13, 2014
  3. Suicide on the Rise, But Help is There — August 12, 2014
  4. National Guard Arrives at July Complex — August 11, 2014
  5. Local Fire Crews Prepare for Lightning — August 10, 2014

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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 »

Dispensary Sales Tax Paying Dividends

GOLD HILL, Ore. – In its first three weeks of business, Gold Hill’s only medical marijuana dispensary has generated $1,800 dollars for the city’s public safety fund. Those numbers, reported to the city last week, are thanks to a 5% sales tax on marijuana voted in by the City Council. Brie Malarkey, owner of dispensary … Continue reading »

County to Verify Gold Hill Recall Effort

GOLD HILL, Ore. — The Jackson County Elections Office is verifying a petition to recall four members of the Gold Hill City Council. The recall is being filed by a group opposed to the council’s decision of allowing a dispensary in town. All four petitions have enough signatures to force a recall vote in the … Continue reading »

Recreational Pot Could Impact Patients

TALENT, Ore. – As Oregon voters prepare for recreational marijuana on the ballot, dispensary owners say patients already benefiting from the medical program could have a lot to gain. The ballot initiative, led by New Approach Oregon, calls for the medical marijuana system to be left intact, and spared from the same high taxes applied … Continue reading »

Changes Coming to Lavender Festival

MEDFORD, Ore. – Despite a successful lavender festival, Southern Oregon growers are already looking to make changes for next year. The weekend-long festival brings tourists to farms all throughout the state to catch the beautiful sights and smells of lavender fields. But growers in Southern Oregon say the timing is tailored to Northern Oregon climates. … Continue reading »

Toddler Gets Life-Saving First Pitch

MEDFORD, Ore. – A local toddler is one step closer to the kidney transplant she needs to save her life, and it’s thanks to the Medford Rogues. Helen Lynn threw the first pitch at the big game Sunday night, part of a fundraiser that will see a portion of all ticket sales going to the … Continue reading »

Taking Wildlife Forensics to the Public

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Wildlife Images is partnering with the Wildlife Forensics Lab in Ashland to create an educational experience they say will be the first of its kind in the world. The partnership will allow the forensics lab to provide samples and eventually create an interactive crime scene investigation center at Wildlife Images for … Continue reading »

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