ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — When thunderstorms move into the area as they did on Tuesday afternoon, Fire Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry are prepared to use all resources they have available. Lookout points are often perched on mountain tops, and the staff use their unique perspective to track storms, lightning strikes, and fires that … Continue reading »

County Residents Use Online Watch

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Cave Junction may have a small presence of law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t eyes and ears watching and listening. “You might out run the police, but you’re not going to out run Facebook,” said Cave Junction resident Tim Duffy. A Facebook page with nearly 4,000 followers is updated … Continue reading »

Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Brie Malarkey assists a flood of customers at her dispensary, Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill. Her patients are the first in Jackson County to pay a sales tax on marijuana. And in her first three weeks of business, they generated a lot. “We were able to return $1,800 dollars to the … Continue reading »

Lightning in Southern Oregon

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The owners of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill in Cave Junction say every time a thunderstorm rolls through southern Oregon during fire season, they are anxious to see if their privately owned forest land survives. Last year they lost some land due to the Douglas Complex fire. They say they manage … Continue reading »

Man Arrested for Eluding Police on ATV

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore.– A man is expected to face charges for running from police on an ATV. Oregon State Police said Michael Murphy was seen popping wheelies and driving recklessly on Highway 199 in Cave Junction, Monday evening. When they tried to stop him, OSP said he took off. They said they eventually caught up … Continue reading »

Armed Robber Arrested Monday

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Police Department arrested Francisco Javier Mercado-Chavez for armed robbery on Monday. On Feb. 8th, 2014 at about 8:30 p.m., officers were sent to the Astro Gas Station at 449 E. Main St. in Ashland for a report of an armed robbery in progress. The clerk at the gas station said … Continue reading »

First Peaches Ready for Picking

TALENT, Ore. – Juicy, red peaches fell off the trees Tuesday at the first annual Sugar Plum Acres “U-pick” event. Sugar Plum Acres is a family owned and operated 16-acre farm that’s hosted U-pick’s for more than three decades. Peaches this year will cost 60 cents a pound for up to 75 pounds. The farm owners … Continue reading »

WEB EXTRA: Gold Hill Councilor Statement

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The four Gold Hill city councilors at risk for recall all submitted letters of justification that qualify them for a special vote next month. Monday at 4:30 p.m. was the deadline for the councilors to either submit a statement of justification or resign from their positions. Lorraine Parks, Gus Wolf, Margaret Dials, and Doug … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Councilors Recall Election

GOLD HILL, Ore. — The four Gold Hill city councilors at risk for recall all submitted letters of justification that qualify them for a special vote next month. Monday at 4:30 p.m. was the deadline for the councilors to either submit a statement of justification or resign from their positions. Lorraine Parks, Gus Wolf, Margaret Dials, and … Continue reading »

Jackson County Fair Numbers Up From ’13

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. –The Jackson County Fair is over the Expo is nearly empty. Organizers said numbers in key categories significantly increased over last year. Paid attendance is up 20% compared to 2013. Food and beverage sales increased between 25% and 30% compared to 2013, while the fair’s carnival did record business on Saturday. This … Continue reading »

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