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 »

6A District 1 Track and Field Recap

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Eight schools competed at the 6A District 1 meet on Saturday. The top two finishers in each event qualified for the state meet beginning Friday. The updated list of Southern Oregon qualifiers is below (the final list will be posted on by Wednesday). Boys Qualifiers: 800 Meter Run – Austin Sanders, … Continue reading »

Imroving Bike Riding In Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– May is National Bike Month and the Grants Pass Bikeways and Walkways Committee is making an effort to get more of the community on two wheels. On Friday night, they hosted an event to show the value of biking as a means of transportation. Anyone could participate in the ride, and there … Continue reading »

New Options for Unclaimed Property

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — After a crime like a burglary, the goal of the sheriff’s office is to return the stolen items back to the original owner. When the owner can’t be found the items go up for auction. In a move made by county commissioners this week, items can now be donated or auctioned … Continue reading »

Firefighters Compensated for Overtime

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass firefighters are being awarded back-pay for overtime wages. The International Association of Firefighters submitted the petition to the Bureau of Labor and Industries on behalf of city firefighters in June 2011. They claim overtime hours worked should be paid accordingly regardless of whether hours up to the 40-hour work … Continue reading »

Final JoCo Sheriff’s Forum Tonight

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With only a week left before ballots are mailed out, candidates for Josephine County Sheriff will be pitching their platforms tonight. This is the final forum to be held with the latest one being held last night. The forum will include the current Sheriff, Gill Gilbertson, Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed … Continue reading »

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