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 »

New Marijuana Law Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Today, Jackson County Commissioners will be considering a newly-passed law establishing a system for licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. The law paves the way for marijuana to be transferred to facilities from cardholders, designated caregivers and marijuana grow sites. Commissioners will be discussing the registration system for medical marijuana facilities. The … Continue reading »

Annual Art Show for Children’s Advocacy

MEDFORD, Ore. — Teens who have been helped by the Children’s Advocacy Center, and people who have a stake in the Living Opportunities Program, are showing off their talents to help kids this week. On Thursday, staff were loading paintings for the annual art show, which will feature 30 paintings. This is the fifth year … Continue reading »

Tick Population Up This Summer

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jackson County Vector Control officials said they don’t do an official tick survey but based on the number of calls from the public and what their crews are seeing out in the field when working on mosquitoes, tick numbers appear to be above average this year. Jim Lunders with Jackson County … Continue reading »

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