Search for Missing Hunter Underway

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has launched a search for a hunter missing since Thursday. 30 year-old Josiah Stritzke was hunting with his uncle near Bradley Lake north of the Boulder Creek Wilderness. According to family, Stritzke shot at a deer about noon and went after it, but never returned. After … Continue reading »

Rainfall Lowers Douglas Co. Fire Levels

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A change in the weather pattern has brought cooler and wet conditions to the region. This is allowing fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to lower fire restrictions for industrial forest operators. Effective Thursday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m., the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will be reduced to level 2 across … Continue reading »

Mill Production Could Expand After Fire

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Swanson Group is moving forward after losing one of their mills to a fire earlier this month in Springfield and will now absorb up to 100 of their employees to other mills, including this location in Glendale. Production will soon be ramping up at the Swanson Group’s Glendale plywood mill. 250 … Continue reading »

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

Lightning Storms Start Small Fire

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — A lightning storm moved over Douglas County early Wednesday morning.  Approximately 85 lightning strikes have been recorded on the Douglas District, ranging in location from the Azalea area, to Glide, according to a press release from the Douglas Fire Protection Association (DFPA). One fire has been located near Days Creek and is … Continue reading »

Fire Season Starts in Douglas District

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Fire season in the Douglas County District started today and the fire danger level is set at “moderate.” The following restrictions are in place to help prevent wildfires, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association: All backyard debris burning requires a burn permit from either DFPA or a local fire department. … Continue reading »

Glendale Establishes Firewise Community

GLENDALE, Ore. — Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and powered up their chainsaws to clear out some brush in Glendale’s first ever Firewise project. The buzz of helicopters and images of smoke from last year’s Douglas Complex wildfire are still fresh in the memories of Glendale residents. “If you haven’t had a fire in a … Continue reading »

Body of Teen Found in Oregon Wilderness

The body of an Arizona teen who vanished last week was found around 6:30 Monday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office ruled the investigation a suicide after it was determined Jonathan Croom hung himself from a tree just 1000 feet away from where his green SUV was located. Officials at this point have closed the … Continue reading »

Multi-County Meeting in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Cash-strapped counties in Southern Oregon could see some relief if lawmakers in Washington pass a new bill affecting timber production. District attorneys, sheriffs and commissioners from Lane, Douglas, Curry, Josephine and Jackson Counties are throwing their support behind the resolution. It would set aside additional acres of wilderness of the O&C lands, … Continue reading »