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 »

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 »

WEB EXTRA: Police Speak on Arson Arrest

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have arrested Debra Irene Johns, who they believe is responsible for the multiple suspicious fires in Medford that began on June 25th. Medford Police believe Johns to be connected to 23 fires in downtown Medford in the past month, most recently in the Jackson County Jail bathroom on Wednesday morning. … 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 »

A Look at Fires from Up Above

MEDFORD, Ore. — 6,000 feet above Southern Oregon, a recon flight for the Oregon Department of Forestry laid out coordinates on nearby smoke. With weather conditions heating up and drying out since thunderstorms moved through earlier this week, smoldering fires are now growing. Lightning strikes plagued the region, and in the sky, on an iPad, … Continue reading »

Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police suspect that four more arson fires were set between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in areas around south Medford, including a large fire that burned through empty fruit crates. The most serious of the four fires began at about 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of South Fir Street. That fire … Continue reading »

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