Reeves Creek Fire

(UPDATE: 12:56PM) — As of noon Wednesday, July 30, the Level 1 evacuation for Wildpark Lane is cancelled. CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry, Illinois Valley Fire and Rural Metro are battling flames in the Reeves Creek Fire, and trying to keep it from spreading past it’s current 230 acres. Several helicopters … Continue reading »

County Residents Use Online Watch

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Cave Junction may have a small presence of law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t eyes and ears watching and listening. “You might out run the police, but you’re not going to out run Facebook,” said Cave Junction resident Tim Duffy. A Facebook page with nearly 4,000 followers is updated … Continue reading »

9 New Volunteers for Sheriff’s Office

MERLIN, Ore. — The public safety levy failed in Josephine County on Tuesday and the sheriff’s office will also not receive any requested funds from roads money. Some help came Friday in the form of volunteers. The sheriff is in the process of forming a team of trained volunteers to gather evidence in property crimes … Continue reading »

Oregon Caves Expansion in the Works

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing today on legislation from Ranking Member Peter DeFazio that would protect and expand the Oregon Caves National Monument. DeFazio’s legislation, the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act, would expand the monument by 4,070 acres and designate the River Styx – the underground stream running through … Continue reading »

Court Case Set to Rule on Dispensaries

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —  One year moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries are now in effect in cities and counties throughout Oregon. Cave Junction is an exception. “The conflict between the state and federal law is a problem for municipalities, the city of Cave Junction and other counties,” said attorney Ryan Kirchoff who is representing Cave … Continue reading »

Cave Junction Man Arrested for Stabbing

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A 22-year old man is behind bars today after an altercation and stabbing occurred Wednesday afternoon in Cave Junction. At about 4:23 p.m., an altercation broke out between two men who lived in separate trailers at 5646 Rockydale Rd. in Cave Junction. During the altercation, Brian F. Ellington Jr. allegedly stabbed … Continue reading »

Bus Route to Link Grants Pass & Medford

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Some Grants Pass residents depend on the bus routes to get to and from work or school. Now there’s a possibility a route could expand down I-5 into Medford. Riders got off the bus in Grants Pass Tuesday afternoon, headed in a variety of directions. “Work, doctor’s appointments, any other appointments, … Continue reading »

Gov. Announce Rough & Ready Revival

On Friday morning, Governor John Kitzhaber held a news conference announcing mill improvements in Southern Oregon, including the revival of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill. NewsWatch12′s Justin Bourke explains more in the video above. NewsWatch12 will have more information Tonight in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Person of Interest Named in Homicide

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Investigators with the Oregon State Police have named a person of interest in the death of a Cave Junction man. Michael McDonald, 60, was taken into custody on two felony warrants and lodged at the Josephine County Jail, but he is not facing additional charges. Tuesday night, OSP’s Criminal Investigations Division … Continue reading »

U.S.D.A. Inspections Not Impacted

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — While the government remains shut down in Washington D.C, Taylor’s Sausage Inc. in Cave Junction is still up and running. Owner Terry Taylor said initially he thought the inspectors would be impacted by the federal shut down, but the position is deemed essential. “They are actually working on kind of an … Continue reading »

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