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 »

Josephine County: Jail Operations Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Josephine County voters are once again faced with the decision to pay property taxes in order to fund the jail and youth detention services. Measure 17-59 will tax residents $1.19 per $1,000 in assessed property value for five years. Josephine County has been struggling to fund public safety since the government reduced … Continue reading »

Josephine County: Sheriff Race

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– While Josephine County residents look to vote on a measure to fund public safety, they are also looking to pick a leader. There are three candidates up for election for Josephine County Sheriff this May. The current sheriff, Gil Gilbertson is running for reelection and is up against current sheriff deputy Ed … Continue reading »

Josephine County: GMO Plant Ban

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Voters in Josephine county are being asked to decide on a measure to ban genetically modified plants from the county. Even if Measure 17-58 is passed, it will be hard to enforce. Last October Oregon Representatives passed a bill making it illegal to ban GMOs from any city or county in the … Continue reading »

Jackson County: OSU Extension Tax

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– If Ballot Measure 15-121 is approved, it would establish the “Jackson County 4-H, Master Gardener and Agricultural Extension Service District” encompassing all of Jackson County. Commissioners decided to add this measure to the ballot after cuts in federal funding to Jackson County threatened to eliminate county funding for the Southern Oregon Research and … Continue reading »

Jackson County Sheriff Race

Here are the results so far: Mike Winters: 30% with  13,176 votes Bob Sergi: 23% with 10,215 votes Corey Falls: 46% with 20,281 votes MEDFORD, Ore. – In the race for Jackson County Sheriff, incumbent Mike Winters is being challenged by Jackson County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bob Sergi and Ashland Police Deputy Chief Corey Falls. Winters … Continue reading »

Library Supporters Making Final Push

MEDFORD, Ore. – Supporters of a ballot measure to help fund Jackson County Libraries were out making a last-minute push for votes Tuesday night. 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 … Continue reading »

Last Day to Turn in Primary Ballots

MEDFORD, Ore. – Primary ballots are signed, sealed, and ready to be turned in at the official county clerk drop-off locations. Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker estimated a 55% voter turnout this year after several controversial measures were added to the ballot. Wednesday’s closing return numbers already exceeded the 37% total voter return from the past two primaries, at 39.5%. Ballots cannot be … Continue reading »

Votes Have Begun to be Tabulated

MEDFORD, Ore. — More than 30% of registered voters have already turned in their ballot in Jackson County, and those ballots have already been counted. No results will be released until election night, but the process is ongoing until then. A steady stream of voters dropped off their ballots before Tuesday’s deadline. “We’re going to … Continue reading »

Farmers Hold Rally Against GMO Ban

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - Just days before the primary election, some Jackson County farmers and ranchers held a demonstration against Measure 15 -119, the ordinance to ban growing of “Genetically-Engineered” plants. Those ranchers opposing the ban drove tractors, hay trucks, cattle rigs and pickup trucks by the Central Point Library to drop off their ballots. The demonstration … Continue reading »

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