Oregon Trails: Prohibition

  Grants Pass, Ore.–The passage earlier this month of a statewide ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana comes almost exactly a hundred years since the prohibition of alcohol.  Oregon was one of the first states to outlaw alcohol. But by the time Oregon voters got a chance to vote whether to outlaw alcoholic beverages, some southern … Continue reading »

Chimney Blamed for Fire in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Rural/Metro Fire confirms a chimney fire started a house fire in the 3,400 block of Elk Lane. Fire Crews were called out at 2:35 A.M. Tuesday after the property owner reported being awakened by the smoke alarm, and seeing a red glow where the wood stove pipe went into the wall … Continue reading »

ER Visits Reach All-Time High

MEDFORD, Ore. – Emergency room visits are at an all-time high. New data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows there have been 140 million in the past year, and that number is expected to increase. Hospitals in the area said the main reason for the increase in patients visiting the emergency room … Continue reading »

District Attorney Vacancy in JoCo

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon’s governor is searching for the next district attorney for Josephine County. With only a few months left until the current District Attorney Stephen Campbell leaves office, time is running out to find a replacement. Two years into his third term, Campbell said “I just decided it was time” to step … Continue reading »

Another Admits Guilt in Iron 44 Crash

MEDFORD, Ore. — A new development was released on Monday in the deadly Iron 44 helicopter crash that killed 9 people in 2008. Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced another former Carson Helicopters official is admitting guilt to criminal charges for lying about the aircraft’s safety. Steven Metheny, 44, of Medford, Oregon pleaded guilty to … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Launches Funding Campaign

ASHLAND, Ore. — Mt. Ashland launched “The Next 50 Years of Mt. Ashland” Campaign Monday. The Campaign will raise funds to be used to improve services and create more events at the Southern Oregon community ski area. The Campaign officially launched on indiegogo.com a crowd-funding website. The indiegogo launch is part of a broader effort … Continue reading »

Crews Investigating 2nd Alarm House Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. – Crews are investigating a structure fire that damaged the attic and roof of a home on the 100 block of Pinecrest Terrace. It happened Monday at about 10:50 AM. According to reports, firefighters from Ashland Fire and Rescue and Jackson County Fire District #5 arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the roof … Continue reading »

Local Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

MEDFORD, Ore. – Total payroll in Jackson County rose by 1,630 in October, dropping the local unemployment rate nearly one full percent from the same time last year. According to a new report from the State of Oregon Employment Department, the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Jackson County is 8.5 percent, down from 8.6 … Continue reading »

Police Search for Suspect After Attack

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police are searching for a suspect in an attack in Union Park, after an alleged drug deal went bad. At about 6:00 P.M. Sunday night, officers were dispatched to the park after reports of a fight. They determined that an 18 year-old man was involved in a physical altercation with another male who … Continue reading »

Counties Fighting for Fire Season Funds

MEDFORD, Ore. – County commissioners in Oregon are fighting for awareness about a law in place that does not allow money to be pumped back into counties after timber is burned during fire seasons. Currently, 16 U.S.C. § 579c does not allow or address the fact that when timber is burned or destroyed by fire, and … Continue reading »

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