Marijuana Grow Sites Cleanup

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriff’s officials are cleaning up old and illegal outdoor marijuana sites on U.S. Forest Service land. Crews are tackling piles and piles of garbage, camping equipment and other materials left behind of a grow site found back in 2010. A $125,000 grant is funding the clean-up. The sheriff’s office … Continue reading »

Letters Center Around Salvage Harvesting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drafted last week and sent out on Monday a letter from the Jackson County Commissioners was sent to fourteen people including Senator Ron Wyden and he deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C. The letter highlights the damage to both the environment and tourism industry caused by this … Continue reading »

County Officials Approve Jail Plan

MEDFORD, Ore. — Now that construction is nearly complete on a 62 bed additions to the Jackson County Jail, county officials have approved a plan to help pay for its operation. They’ll do that by renting half the space to other agencies, including the City of Medford. Work is wrapping up on a $1.5 million … Continue reading »

Worker Accused of Drug Dealing in Jail

MEDFORD, Ore. – An employee of the jail is now on the other side of the bars as an inmate. Official arrest documents obtained by NewsWatch 12, show an employee working at the jail admitted to delivering heroin to inmates behind bars. Documents show 45-year-old Camilla Pierce was arrested. The probable cause affidavit says Andrew … Continue reading »

Ballot Measures Discussed in Jackson Co.

MEDFORD, Ore. — While ballots for this November’s lone measure have been sent out, two other measures are hoping to make May’s ballot. Two separate ballot measures need approval from cities in Jackson County to be placed on the ballot. Both libraries and the Oregon State University Extension Offices have had their funding cut by … Continue reading »

Library Taxing District on Ballot

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s now up to the community to decide the fate of Jackson County libraries. The city council voted in a 6 to 0 decision on Thursday afternoon for the city to be included in the special library taxing district. Residents will be able to vote on the May 2014 ballot for the … Continue reading »

Dispensary Discussion in Jackson County

MEDFORD, Ore. — By next March, rules are required to be in place so that users of medical marijuana will have a place to get their medicine. So far, that’s been a discussion for cities to determine how and where those dispensaries can be placed. On Thursday, Jackson County Commissioners heard from planner Kelly Madding … Continue reading »

New Funding Proposal for Libraries

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County commissioners say a new proposal to keep funding libraries appears to be headed to the voters in May. A county-wide vote will be needed to decide whether or not to establish a library district to keep the libraries funded. The proposal is in the early stages but Jackson County Commissioners … Continue reading »

Affordable Care Act Changes Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Between 55-65,000 people in Jackson and Josephine counties do not have health insurance. Asante officials are trying to prepare those people for health care reform changes on the way through evening seminars. Health experts say these seminars will serve the thousands of local residents who say they just don’t understand what’s going … Continue reading »

Jackson County Discussing Dispensary Law

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Commissioners are preparing for the medical marijuana dispensaries law to take effect next year. The commissioners met this morning to become more familiar with the law. Commissioner Doug Breidenthal says the law is vague, causing a few challenges with implementation in our area. Today commissioners were trying to figure out … Continue reading »

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