Private Logging Shut Down by Shutdown

EVANS CREEK, Ore. — Federal forest agencies are ordering loggers to stop harvesting timber on federal lands for the remainder of the government shutdown. Private logging contractors say they are being hit the hardest by this request. Private logging contractors like H&M, Inc. are still logging federal lands, but come the middle of next week, … Continue reading »

Oregon Employment Office Still Funded

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department is federally funded. So far, everything is still running smoothly, despite the shutdown, but the clock is ticking. The Oregon Employment Department says they do have the funds to continue operating for the time being, but they are unsure when those funds will run out. They are working … Continue reading »

Federal Employees Show Up, No Pay

MEDFORD, Ore. — As long as the government is shutdown, essential workers have to show up, but for federal law enforcement agents that means putting their lives on the line without getting paid. “Essential” employees are those responsible for national security and public safety. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And … Continue reading »

Federal Shutdown Impacts Local Agencies

MEDFORD, Ore. — Congress has yet to work out an agreement, meaning hundreds of national parks and multiple federal agencies are now closed down. Thousands of federal workers across the nation were sent packing home. Local employees were also furloughed because of the government shutdown. Tuesday, the Medford Bureau of Land Management closed its doors. … Continue reading »

Shutdown Affecting Oregon Services

MEDFORD, Ore. — In the first hours of the federal shutdown, we are getting a glimpse of its impact. Non-essential jobs have been furloughed. Monuments, museums, and politician’s offices are closed. On the long list of federal agencies closing their doors due to the government shutdown: the local Bureau of Land Management offices. BLM officials … Continue reading »