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 »

Hearing for Rock Crusher Concerns

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A public hearing will take place tonight about a rock crusher and gravel operation in Sunny Valley. The Crusher would be located in the old mining town of Placer which is located about four miles east of Exit 71 on I-5. The project is being opposed ┬áby the property owners in … Continue reading »

Levy Would Add Jail Beds, Raise Taxes

GRANTS PASS — Another levy is on this May’s ballot to help fund the Josephine County Jail. While the sheriff said the additional funding would greatly help his office, some are residents against it. Just a couple of years ago, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office had 98 full-time employees. Friday, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson looked at … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Man Charged for Sex Abuse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A 37-year old man from Grants Pass was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) on Tuesday for rape and sexual abuse allegations involving a female who was a minor at the time of the alleged offenses. At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, OSP detectives arrested Joseph A. Calderon and lodged him … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Two Structures in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Dominates Rotary Relays

MEDFORD, Ore. – In the 60th edition of the Medford Rotary Relays at North Medford High School, it was Grants Pass that exerted its dominance over the track and field landscape in Southern Oregon. The Cavemen won both the boys’ and girls’ meets in impressive fashion. The Hidden Valley boys and North Valley girls won … Continue reading »

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