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 »

Ballot Measure Begins Open Primaries

MEDFORD, Ore. – A newly-approved ballot measure in Oregon could soon drastically change the way the state votes. The Secretary of State’s office has verified the signatures on a petition to hold open primary elections. That means any voter — democrat, republic, independent, or non-affiliated — will get to vote on any candidate. The measure … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Talks Student Debt

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joined NewsWatch12 in the studio to talk about recent controversies surrounding immigration, as well as the ongoing issue of student debt.

Rep. Richardson on Run for Governor

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Gubernatorial race is shaping up in Oregon with Central Point representative Dennis Richardson officially accepting the primary win. That means he will run against current Governor John Kitzhaber in November. Unofficial results have Richardson winning by a wide margin with more than 66% of the vote. Retired businessman Gordon Challstrom took second … Continue reading »

Falls Leads Jackson County Sheriff Race

MEDFORD, Ore. – Ashland Police Deputy Chief Corey Falls jumped out to a big lead in the race for Jackson County Sheriff, and may end up facing off against incumbent Mike Winters in the November election. Falls received 46 percent of the vote as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Winters received 30 percent, and sheriff’s lieutenant … Continue reading »

Jackson County: GMOs Banned

MEDFORD, Ore.– Chances are, you’ve seen political advertisements surrounding the growth of genetically modified organisms or GMO’s. Both sides of Measure 15-119 have been campaigning for weeks, trying to influence voters about banning the growth of GMO’s in the county. It is a measure only Jackson County voters will have the chance to decide on, … Continue reading »

Jackson County: Rogue River Fire Levy

ROGUE RIVER, Ore.– The Rogue River Fire Department is looking to replace equipment and make upgrades to the fire station. To do this, the county is asking voters to approve a 25-cent per $1,000 of assessed property value this May. Measure 12-123 would increase property taxes for three years. A 20 year capital improvement bond … Continue reading »

Jackson County: Library Tax District

Here are the results so far: YES: 54% with 28,966 votes NO: 46% with 24,852 votes MEDFORD, Ore. — Measure 15-122 would create a permanent library taxing district and create a five-person board to oversee library funding. The board could impose a tax of up to 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to keep libraries … Continue reading »

Klamath County: Museum Tax

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.– Museums in Klamath County are looking to voters for a boost to continue operations. Measure 18-95 renews the current five-cent tax per $1,000 accessed property value for five years. Typically signatures must be gathered to get taxes and levies placed on a ballot. County commissioners made an exception for the museum levy … Continue reading »

Josephine County: Animal Control

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Thousands of signatures allowed a measure to ensure animal control services to get on the May ballot. Measure 17-60 will collect eight-cents per nearly $1,000 dollars of assessed property for the next three years. The measure was approved by voters, and is expected to raise about $509,000 the first year; $546,000 the second year, … Continue reading »

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