Library Taxing District on Ballot

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s now up to the community to decide the fate of Jackson County libraries. The city council voted in a 6 to 0 decision on Thursday afternoon for the city to be included in the special library taxing district. Residents will be able to vote on the May 2014 ballot for the … Continue reading »

One Measure on Jackson County Ballot

MEDFORD, Ore. – Tuesday night is the deadline to register to vote for the November election, but in Jackson County, only about 3,200 people will even receive a ballot. There is only one measure on the ballot this year and it will only impact residents living in the Applegate. An operations levy for Applegate Valley Fire … Continue reading »

State of Jefferson Discussion

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Tuesday night, advocates who want to create a 51st state will be taking their cause to Del Norte County. The Jefferson Declaration Committee will be speaking about the proposal to create the State of Jefferson at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The idea of creating … Continue reading »

Shutdown Affecting Oregon Services

MEDFORD, Ore. — In the first hours of the federal shutdown, we are getting a glimpse of its impact. Non-essential jobs have been furloughed. Monuments, museums, and politician’s offices are closed. On the long list of federal agencies closing their doors due to the government shutdown: the local Bureau of Land Management offices. BLM officials … Continue reading »

Federal Shutdown Closes Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The federal government will shut down if an agreement is not reached by Monday night. If it happens, all national parks will close, including Crater Lake. If the park does end up closing as a result of the shutdown, not only will guests not be allowed to come into … Continue reading »

Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate has rejected a House spending plan that would have derailed Obamacare. In a vote of 54 to 46 on Monday afternoon, the senate rejected the House proposal. The House plan would have delayed Obamacare for a year and repealed a tax on medical devices. The Senate’s move increases the chances … Continue reading »

U.S. House Passes Bill to Cut SNAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that cut funding to SNAP and place tighter eligibility requirements for those who need nutritional assistance. Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, who voted in favor of the cuts, says the program is growing too fast and needs to be changed. In … Continue reading »

Clean Air Act Cuts Carbon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA released new rules for power plants, and one Oregon senator says it’s a step in the right direction. Senator Jeff Merkley is praising the Clean Air Act. The EPA’S new guidelines combat climate change by making it harder to build new coal-fired power … 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 »

New Timber Payments Bill Discusssed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Southern Oregon counties are struggling without federal timber payments and the future those payments is being discussed in Washington D.C. They are part of the major forestry House bill called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”. Congressman Greg Walden says it contains the O&C trust, conservation and jobs plan offered by … Continue reading »

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