Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban Under Review

MEDFORD, Ore. — This week, a federal judge will review Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. LGBTQ advocates in Southern Oregon and around the state will be holding vigils on the eve before Wednesday’s oral arguments. Same-sex couples in Oregon are waiting for the verdict on a state ban which they argue discriminates against gays and … Continue reading »

I-5 Traffic Slows to 50 mph for 25 Days

PHOENIX, Ore. — Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) analysts say drivers should expect delays on Interstate 5 for the next few weeks. Starting Monday, ODOT will drop travel down to one lane in each direction at exit 24 near Phoenix. This change will allow crews to install a storm water pipe below the highway. It’s … Continue reading »

Local Mom Drops Pounds for Better Life

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A local woman known for her efforts to help make playgrounds more wheelchair accessible in southern Oregon is now taking the time to re-build herself. Over the past year, Mona Pinon, the founder of the Blue Slide Project, has been focusing on making lifestyle changes of her own.  Once morbidly obese, … Continue reading »

Citizens Protest Proposed Pipeline

SHADY COVE, Ore. — On Saturday,  nearly 200 people rallied in Shady Cove to protest a proposed natural gas pipeline. The Jordan Cove Pacific Connector would transport billions of feet of gas obtained through fracking overseas. Protesters shared a number of concerned about the proposed pipeline.  Many are concerned about the effects on wildlife, property … Continue reading »

Shelter Celebrates Adoption Milestone

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon Humane Society is celebrating 5,000 dog adoptions this weekend through its “Saving Train” program. The shelter saves lives through that program, targeting dogs who are in line to be euthanized at other shelters. Saturday the shelter commemorated the milestone with a party. Also, every dog adopted Saturday left with a … Continue reading »

Early Earth Day and Arbor Day

ASHLAND, Ore. — Thousands celebrated Earth Day early at ScienceWorks in Ashland Saturday. There were 65 exhibits showing visitors different technologies, tips for energy conservation, waste management, habitat restoration and even a cardboard city. One of the event coordinators, Paige Prewett, says the focus of the event was education. “All of the exhibitors are here … Continue reading »

Secretary of the Interior at Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — The US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, is kicking off National Park Week with a visit to Crater Lake National Park. Secretary Jewell strapped on snowshoes and hit the trails with students and teachers from Eugene’s Network Charter School. She also held an informal question and answer session with students … Continue reading »

Governor Signs Basin Agreement

NEAR CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon and California leaders are gathering this morning for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. Members include Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath … Continue reading »

FDA Approved Allergy Immunotherapy Pill

MEDFORD, Ore. — People with allergies may soon see a new way to treat them, thanks in part to a Medford medical facility. The FDA has approved a pill therapy to treat hay fever at home in place of allergy shots. The Allergy and Asthma Center of Southern Oregon in Medford helped develop data for … Continue reading »

Oz Closing Spikes Other Gym Traffic

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oz Fitness Center in Medford will be closing its doors soon and members were surprised to hear the news, leaving them shopping for a new gym. Members were informed of the closing on Thursday with a simple note on the door of the center. It read that Oz attempted to renegotiate rent … Continue reading »

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