Fireworks Restrictions

MEDFORD, Ore. — Legal firework sales will continue through July 6th, but where and when you can set them off depends on where you live. No fireworks can be set off in Ashland at all. The lone exception is the display that will take place on the Southern Oregon University athletic field. In Grants Pass, … Continue reading »

PBA Returns to Southern Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Medford hosted the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour each year from 2002-2009. However, since then the PBA has been noticeably absent from Southern Oregon. That changed this weekend as the PBA50 Tour, featuring the best bowlers 50 and over, makes its stop at the Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass. The tournament … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Fireworks Will Go On

  GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Fireworks will be flying high in the air again this year at the public firework display in Grants Pass, but the city needs help to make it happen. The fireworks at the fairgrounds have been going on for decades, but did not happen in 2011 or 2012 due to funding … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Approves More Fees For Jails

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance increasing utility fees to residents and businesses to pay for more jail beds on Wednesday night. The new fee will bring in $972,000 to purchase more jail beds in the Josephine County Jail. At the meeting, there was little opposition … Continue reading »

Free Safety Inspections For Senior Homes

MEDFORD, Ore. — Home Instead Senior Care says 85 percent of seniors over the age of 65 have done nothing to prepare their homes for aging, and is now trying to change that. The Making Home Safer for Seniors program is offering free home safety checks to anyone who want to have their home, or … Continue reading »

Crews Train for Wildfires in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Officials say current fire conditions in southern Oregon aren’t typically seen until late July. Now that fire danger has moved to high, Rogue Valley Task Force 1 continues wildfire training. Red tape marks the path of a simulated fast moving fire in a Grants Pass neighborhood. “We came over, we were … Continue reading »

Oregon Schools Buying Local Food

Jackson County, Ore. — Oregon schools are leading the nation in percentage of the food budget spent on local foods. Results from the first ever USDA farm to school census showed that Oregon schools are directing about 24 percent of their food budgets to purchase local food. In the Rogue Valley, several school districts buy … Continue reading »

Rural Metro Fire Gets Equipment Upgrade

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Josephine County has purchased new equipment and say they are one of the first departments in the country to have the new technology. The new self-contained breathing apparatus that fire crews use when fighting fires or performing rescues are twenty years newer than their current … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Looks at Election Results

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On May 20th, Josephine County voters defeated a levy funding the jail and youth services with 53% of voters voting against the measure. Monday, city of Grants Pass officials met to take a closer look at the newly certified results and to see how county voters in the city voted. The … Continue reading »

Rural/Metro Takes Over Grants Pass Rural

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Beginning at midnight on June 1st, the Grants Pass Rural Fire Department was taken over by Rural/Metro Fire Department. The owner of Grants Pass Rural, Linda Miller, says she tried to make upgrades and improvements over the last year to keep up with standards and regulations set for fire agencies. When … Continue reading »

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