Health Employees Warn About Air Quality

MEDFORD, Ore. — Public Health employees say the haze that has covered Southern Oregon this week has been causing worse air quality. Jackson County Public Health said Tuesday was a “red” day for wood burning, meaning that you cannot use a wood stove that puts out smoke from your chimney. Doctors say the current air … Continue reading »

EV Company Goes Bankrupt

By Steven Sandberg MEDFORD, Ore. – Three years ago, car charging company ECOtality said it wanted to electrify Oregon highways. It partnered with local companies, was praised by state leaders, and, most importantly, received more than $100 million to get the job done. Thousands of electric-vehicle charging stations were planned, and the entire project was … Continue reading »

JoGro Will Remain Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A facility in Josephine County that disposes of yard trimmings and waste water bio-solids will remain partially open. In September, the Grants Pass City Council decided to close down JoGro and save money by taking waste to the Dry Creek Landfill in White City. On Thursday night, however, the council discussed … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Bill on GMOs

ASHLAND, Ore. — A bill to regulate crops and seeds statewide is now on its way to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk. If the bill is signed into law, it would prohibit counties and cities counties from regulating genetically modified crops on their own. Jackson County is currently exempt from the bill because it has already qualified … Continue reading »

U.S. House Passes “Healthy Forests” Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, a breakthrough has come on a bill to provide funding for Oregon’s O&C counties. The U.S. House passed the bi-partisan “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”, but Representative Greg Walden says the White House has threatened to veto it. “The President and his team clearly have no idea-none-about what’s … Continue reading »

Master Gardener and Food Bank Info

For full information on OSU Master Gardener Extension Programs, click here. You can also consult the OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines: Jackson County: 541-776-7371 Josephine County: 541-476-6613 Klamath County: 541-883-7131 Curry County: 541-247-6672 Need food assistance? ACCESS has a pantry or mealsite list for emergency food near you. For more information please call ACCESS at 541-774-4321 … Continue reading »

Business Recycles Newspapers For Pencils

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local students who have learned the importance of recycling are now getting a look at how green efforts are helping. On this Earth Day, TreeSmart Industries visited Hoover Elementary School. The Oregon-based company makes pencils by wrapping newspaper around a piece of graphite. A representative told the fifth grade students that one … Continue reading »

Green Energy Push In Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — The city of Medford is launching a push for more green energy and they are asking businesses to step up to the challenge. 40 Southern Oregon companies are already enrolled in Pacific Power’s “Blue Sky Program,” which helps fund renewable energy projects in the valley. Now the city of Medford wants to … Continue reading »

Charging Station Bill Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. — “As common as the vending machine” – that’s what one electric vehicle leader in the Rogue Valley hopes will come of e-vehicle charging stations if new legislation wins approval. The Senate approved a bill nearly unanimously on Monday morning. The bill would allow state agencies partner with any private business to install … Continue reading »

Growers Market Season Kicks Off

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market kicked off the 2013 season this morning outside the National Guard Armory in Ashland. Some vendors say they enjoyed the break but are excited to get back in action for market season. “Whistling Duck Farm” vendors say they have had a booth at the market … Continue reading »

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