Curry County Sheriff to Step Down

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — After a long fight against budget cuts, and with resources in his department dwindling due to lack of funding, Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said he can’t physically handle it anymore. Bishop announced his is stepping down as sheriff, citing the stress of the funding crisis. Over the past few years, … Continue reading »

Federal Timber Dollar Payments Expected

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday,  the US Forest Service announced it will soon release $67.8 million in payments to 18 Oregon counties under the Secure Rural Schools program. Oregon is expected to receive more than $107 million in timber payments, once the Interior Department releases its funding to counties in the coming weeks. A county-by-county … Continue reading »

Speech Guest Spotlights Timber Payments

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Rural Oregon counties struggling from the loss of federal timber payments will have a seat at the table during Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. Jennifer Phillipi, co-owner of the Rough & Ready mill in Cave Junction, will be a guest of Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) during the speech. Rough & … Continue reading »

Wyden Supports Local Tax

SALEM, Ore. — Senator Ron Wyden is weighing in on the budget issues being seen in counties where timber payments have been cut. Raising local taxes is one of seven principles he has submitted to a new advisory committee appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber that is overseeing the issue, but one member says that increased … Continue reading »

Governor Works On Timber Payments Plan

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The financial problems in rural Oregon counties are now getting attention from the federal and state level, and county leaders say a solution needs to be found quickly. From county commissioners, to the Governor, to members of Congress, a number of groups are focused on one thing: helping Oregon counties that … Continue reading »