Ashland Park Director Search Hits Snag

ASHLAND, Ore. – Ashland Parks & Recreation has hit a snag in the search for a new director after one of their top candidates turned down the job. The department has been looking for a replacement director for most of the summer after current director Don Robertson announced his retirement. Over the weekend it looked … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

GOLD HILL, Ore. – The hacking of hand tools and the distant roar of chainsaws can be heard near Gold Hill. A helicopter drops buckets of water as thick plumes of smoke fill the air. For firefighters on the ground, it’s an easy day in the field. “The fire wasn’t really doing a whole lot,” … Continue reading »

SOU Renovates Science Hall

ASHLAND, Ore. – Science professors at Southern Oregon University said they hope a multi-million dollar project on their science building will bring more interest in the program. The university recently started work on a $21 million renovation project on the science building. Professors said they hope it will bring more students and faculty into the … Continue reading »

Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

Arson Suspect Linked to Another Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police were able to determine that Debra Irene Johns was responsible for the small fire in the women’s bathroom of the Jackson County Jail lobby on July 24th. Johns is now charged with intentionally setting 3 of the twenty-three fires in Medford since June 25, 2014. Medford Police suspect said she … Continue reading »

Man Wielding a Machete is Arrested

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2253 Highway 99 in Ashland on Sunday for a man threatening others with a machete. Deputies were met by the victim, Isaac Lindsey, 28, of Ashland, who said he and three other people were confronted by Jon Coldwate, 45 of Ashland, over living arrangements. Coldwate … Continue reading »

C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support

MEDFORD, Ore. – An animal shelter called the Committed Alliance to Strays, better known as “C.A.T.S.,” was on the verge of closing, when a celebrity Facebook share triggered a surge of donations. The managers said it would take thousands of donations to survive. C.A.T.S. has a budget of about $15,000 a month. Back in June, the … Continue reading »

Police Arrest 12 People in Bar Sweep

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers from parole and probation teamed up with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Deputy District Attorney to check out 28 different establishments on Saturday night. Police call this a “bar sweep.” Officers are in uniform, visiting bars to make sure citizens are upholding the law. MPD says eight people were … Continue reading »

Ashland Rental Battle Moves on Slowly

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fight over vacation rentals in Ashland continues despite what would-be hosts say have been some unexpected delays. A group called “The Hosts” in Ashland recently got the city council’s attention, calling for the drafting of an ordinance that would loosen restrictions on short-term vacation rentals in designated R-1 zones. Originally the … Continue reading »

Search Continues for Missing Woman

MEDFORD, Ore. — Police and loved ones are frantically searching Sunday night for a missing woman from Dundee, Ore.  The 38-year-old stay-at-home mom left her house to run errands on Thursday and has not been heard from since. It has been 72 hours since Jennifer Huston went missing. Her family and friends are reaching out to … Continue reading »

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