Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

New Performance Garden at Britt

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — This year five out of the ten concerts here at Britt’s performance garden are free. The performance garden is also where most pre-concert music will play before each main stage concert. At a cost of just over a million dollars, paid for largely by grants and donations, this garden also solved a … Continue reading »

Rafting Business Back On Track

SHADY COVE, Ore. — This time last year, thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and lightning sparked several fires. The smoke from those fires moved into the valley and just about put rafting companies out of business for the year. One company said so far this year, they’re back on track. Rafts are stacked up and ready … Continue reading »

Jackson County Fair Launches Survey

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. –  The board for the Jackson County Fair is looking to hear from fair goers about what worked and what did not work at the fair this year. Administrators launched a survey on the Jackson County Facebook page for those who attended the fair this year. The fair board says they have already gotten … Continue reading »

Search for Chief Continues Next Month

MEDFORD, Ore. — City officials say they are leaning toward keeping Medford Fire and Rescue and Jackson County Fire District 3 separate entities. The City Manager says they plan to make that official on August 21st when they move on the recommendations of a cooperative study. The position of Fire Chief was in question with … Continue reading »

New Businesses Moving into Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — The City Planning Department says construction is underway for new restaurants and other retail shops. Two new buildings are going up in south Medford near the WalMart. City officials confirm Panda Express, Starbucks Coffee and a GNC store will be in that retail center. The new Denny’s in Medford near Crater Lake … Continue reading »

Arrest Made in Serial Arson Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police arrested a homeless woman in connection to two arsons this week, and said she is a suspect in 21 other suspicious fires in Medford over the past month. 57-year-old Debra Irene Johns was arrested Thursday morning near Hawthorne Park, shortly after officers arrived on the scene of a tree on fire. … Continue reading »

Students Raise Funds for Fire Stations

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -An idea sparked by the major wildfires that destroyed over 70,000 acres of Southern Oregon last summer, Hidden Valley High School students Rachel Loughran, Jordan Gilbert, and Sylvia Marr have found a way to award $35,060 to their local Fire Departments in Josephine County. As members of the Josephine County Foundation (JCF)- … Continue reading »

O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is from  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

No Medford Fire and District 3 Merger

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire will continue to operate with a separate administrative body than Jackson County Fire District 3. In a study session today, the Medford City Council took an in-depth look at months worth of research. Originally, city leaders thought it might save money for the agencies to function as one body with … Continue reading »

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