Candidates Run For House District 4

MEDFORD, Ore. — With Dennis Richardson being the Republican Candidate for Governor his current seat for State House in District 4 will be filled by one of two candidates. Darlene Taylor represents the Working Families Party, and is endorsed by the Democratic party. “Jobs of course is number one to help fight the poverty issue, … Continue reading »

Ballot Drop Boxes Now Open

MEDFORD, Ore.– Ballot drop-off locations across Jackson and Josephine Counties are now open. The elections office has been accepting ballots through the mail and at the office, but now people can take their ballots to physical locations. There are ballot boxes outsides the libraries in Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, and Rogue River libraries. The … Continue reading »

Community Pitches in for New Bike

MEDFORD, Ore. — A sad kid went to school this morning after learning his fairly new bike was stolen, but thanks to a few Medford residents he had a surprise waiting for him when he got home. Kris Johnson’s father, Josh, was outraged after learning about the fate of the bike. Johnson said there’s a … Continue reading »

GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

SALEM, Ore. – The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly $23 million has been raised by campaigns for both sides of Measure 92, with those looking to defeat the proposal out-raising proponents almost 3-to-1. The news comes … Continue reading »

State Investigating Sheriff Winters

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore – The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is investigating the re-election of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, after receiving an allegation of false information in the November Election Voter Pamphlet. According to officials, this type of investigation may lead to criminal charges. NewsWatch 12 has reached out to Sheriff Winter’s for his reaction, but so far he … Continue reading »

Web Extra: Merkley and Wehby

  MEDFORD, Ore.– Senator Jeff Merkley and his challenger Dr. Monica Wehby have been two key players in the race for U.S. Senate during this November’s election. Each candidate spoke separately with Newswatch 12, and explains plans for Southern Oregon if elected, and their campaign so far.

Bates and Dotterrer Debate Big Topics

MEDFORD, Ore. —  Oregon state senator candidates talked through many topics Thursday morning outlining their goals and focus while running for office. The topics included job creation, healthcare, education, O&C lands, driver licenses for undocumented residents, gun control and state budget cuts. Over the last 12 years, current Democratic State Senator Alan Bates has focused a … Continue reading »

Measure 88: Driver’s Cards

MEDFORD, Ore. — State Ballot Measure 88 was created in response to Senate Bill 833, passed and signed into law in 2013. The law allows the state to give out driver cards, not licenses, to people who meets all other identification and driving qualifications, but cannot prove they are legally in the country. Those opposed to … Continue reading »

Voter Pamphlets Heading to the Mailbox

MEDFORD, Ore.– The people of Jackson County will start seeing voter’s pamphlets in their mailboxes this week. The Jackson County Elections Office sent out the pamphlets Monday, as part of the voter education process. Measure arguments and candidate statements will be provided, but some will be missing. County clerk officials said they are actually are optional, and … Continue reading »

Measure 17-63 Seeks to Ban Pesticides

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. —  Josephine County voters will decide whether or not to drastically change pesticide use in the county. The measure, initiated by the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance, will ban all pesticides used by government and corporate agencies. Measure 17-63 asks voters if widely used pesticides by large agencies should be outlawed in the county. … Continue reading »

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