Fire Agencies Urge Fuel Reduction

ASHLAND, Ore. — Multiple fire agencies are pleading with the public this week, asking residents to get ready for what could be an intense fire season. Chris Chambers with Ashland Fire and Rescue says if the drought persists through the summer, the region may be in for a smokey and dangerous season. Chambers says it … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Will End Jail Bed Rentals

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since last summer, up to 30 jail beds for those arrested just in the city limits of Grants Pass have been reserved at the Josephine County Jail. Now, as officials prepare for next year’s budget, they said that funding won’t return. Last August, the days of cite and release ended in … Continue reading »

Finalists Announced for Angel Conference

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Five startup companies will compete for a $200,000 grand prize investment at the 2014 Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network Conference. Organizers announced the five finalists at the Jefferson Grapevine event Wednesday evening. Each company will make a business pitch to a group of local investors at the conference on April 30th. Four … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Gear up for Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews across the Rogue Valley are gearing up for another, possibly intense fire season.  Fire departments are dusting off their wildland firefighting gear, and the Oregon Department of Forestry already has crews hard at work. Fire danger is at low right now, but that will be changing within the coming months.  … Continue reading »

Drought Causes Lime Prices to Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Droughts in the United States and Mexico are squeezing lime prices sky-high. Restaurants across the Rogue Valley are being impacted by the recent lime price increase. Elements in downtown Medford said it has seen the price of a shipment of limes triple just in the past month. The owner said he still … Continue reading »

Huddleston Guilty on All Counts

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Jackson County Jury says a Medford man is guilty on all counts.  Sentencing will be Thursday morning. Jury deliberations lasted more than seven hours before the verdict was handed down. Huddleston was found guilty of 10 counts, including murder, and solicitation to commit murder, for his efforts to hire two men … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Man Charged for Sex Abuse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A 37-year old man from Grants Pass was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) on Tuesday for rape and sexual abuse allegations involving a female who was a minor at the time of the alleged offenses. At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, OSP detectives arrested Joseph A. Calderon and lodged him … Continue reading »

Ashland Prepares for Plastic Bag Ban

ASHLAND, Ore. –  The Ashland City Council expects a plastic bag ban to become a reality in a matter of months. Last night, the council held the first reading on the issue. The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law. This ban would impact all stores and businesses … Continue reading »

Local Runner Remembers Boston Bombing

MEDFORD, Ore. – Boston Marathon runner Justin Rosas wore jacket the jacket given out at last year’s race Tuesday and said he will never forget April 15th 2013. “It’s actually been more difficult today than I would have guessed on the one year anniversary. I don’t think about it every day, I do think about … Continue reading »

Local Seed Growers Support GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore.– Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops. The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said they do not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference, Tuesday, at Oregon … Continue reading »

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