Law Enforcement Discuss Marijuana Future

MEDFORD, Ore. — Measure 91 passed, but marijuana will not become legal until next July. Prosecutors are now trying to decide whether it is worth moving forward on current and future marijuana violations. The Multnomah County District Attorney recently announced, prosecutors will dismiss about 50 pending cases involving marijuana violations. In the same statement, the … Continue reading »

New Canine for Sheriff’s Department

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is getting a new canine unit thanks to a donation from the Southern Oregon Kennel Club. On Saturday, the club hosted an annual dog show at the Jackson County Expo center, during which they presented the department with a check for $10,000. The check will help … Continue reading »

Officials Warn of Unauthorized Event

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is alerting residents of an unauthorized event. They say a man is approaching local businesses and telling them about a fundraiser at the Jackson County Expo’s ponds where people can pan for gold. Sheriff’s officials said the man claims 10% of the profits from the gold … Continue reading »

Gang Activity Leads to Search Warrants

WHITE CITY, Ore. — A spike in gang activity in White City led law enforcement to serve four search warrants this morning. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement have been working together for a couple of weeks, investigating recent gang activity which includes two drive by shootings and a … Continue reading »

Votes Have Begun to be Tabulated

MEDFORD, Ore. — More than 30% of registered voters have already turned in their ballot in Jackson County, and those ballots have already been counted. No results will be released until election night, but the process is ongoing until then. A steady stream of voters dropped off their ballots before Tuesday’s deadline. “We’re going to … Continue reading »

Health Building Expanding to Meet Demand

¬† ¬†MEDFORD, Ore. — Scattered across nine buildings along East Main Street in Medford, the Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services will soon be under one roof. “Just for efficiency, for better use for our staff, better use of their time so they’re not running around so on and so forth, and for … Continue reading »

Local Farms on the Decline

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County farms are on the decline, according to newly-released government data. Numbers from the 2012 census show the number of farms in the area went down from almost 2,000 to just more than 1,700. Meanwhile, the market value of agricultural products sold in the county dropped by nearly 20% overall, and … Continue reading »

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 »

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