Economic Development Tax for Downtown

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford City Council is moving forward with a plan for a an economic improvement district for downtown Medford. The city has been considering an EID for several years now. It’s a self-imposed tax on downtown property owners. The money would go toward beautification, renovations, and improvement to make the downtown more pleasing. … Continue reading »

New Jackson County Health Building

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Health and Human Services is preparing to move into a brand new building on Holly Street in downtown Medford. The new building took years of planning, and millions in county funds. Jackson County officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday morning and gave a first look into the new … Continue reading »

Serial Arson Suspect Change of Plea

MEDFORD, Ore. – The woman accused of setting at least two arsons in Medford has changed her plea. Debra Johns was arrested for felony arson in July in connection to two intentionally set fires in the Downtown and West Medford area. At the time, she pleaded not guilty. On Tuesday, she changed her plea to … Continue reading »

Fire in Downtown Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – Firefighters are monitoring a three-alarm warehouse fire at the intersection of Fir St. and W. 4th St. in Medford. It started around 2:00 A.M., but officials said it likely went undetected for some time due to the hour it occurred.  When fire crews arrived, the fire was burning so big and so hot that they called … Continue reading »

Business Slow on Memorial Day Weekend

MEDFORD, Ore. – Vacationers up and down the Rogue Valley are enjoying their long weekend, but downtown restaurants and bars say that isn’t exactly good for business. Memorial Day weekend is the first big weekend for camping. That means campgrounds like Emigrant Lake are nearly full and downtown is empty. Places like Elements Tapas Bar … Continue reading »

Farmers Market Set for Big Upgrade

MEDFORD, Ore. – Fans of local food are getting a treat this season, as Medford’s Saturday farmer’s market prepares for an upgrade. It’s part of a five-year contract between the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market and the city of Medford. The market will be moving to a new, bigger location at the Downtown Commons, … Continue reading »

Chinese New Year A Boon to Business

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Every year people flock and lanterns come out for Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year parade. “The parade was awesome today,” said spectator Julia Schauer. “The colors, the diversity, everything about it was great.” The event is an acknowledgment of the city’s history — steeped in Chinese culture from generations of laborers and miners. … Continue reading »