Surveyor Works to Rescue Maps

MEDFORD, Ore. — A former Jackson County Surveyor is working to rescue thousands of maps that lay out the early development of Jackson County. Roger Roberts faces a daunting job. He has fallen heir to more than three thousand maps, some of them hand drawn locators for the earliest land claims, roads, mines and other … Continue reading »

Jackson Co. Recognizes Drug Court Grads

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drug addicts who chose to turn their lives around were recognized by the Jackson County courts on Thursday. Nine people successfully graduated from adult drug court. This afternoon, the graduates all told their stories. Many say they were on the brink of losing their friends and family because of their addiction, but … Continue reading »

Jackson County Makes Emergency Plans

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — No one is ever sure when a disaster may strike, but when it does, Jackson County authorities and the Red Cross say they have a shelter plan in place. Wednesday, county commissioners signed a memorandum of understanding with the Red Cross for the use of part of the Jackson County Expo … Continue reading »

Plastic Recycling Round-Up Begins

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jackson County is shedding about 80,000 pounds in unwanted plastic. Friday marked the first of two spring plastic roundups hosted by the Jackson County Recycling Partnership. This is the sixth year of the event. A total of 60 master recycler volunteers are assisting in the round-up. Those volunteers go through eleven … Continue reading »

New Rabies Reporting Rule In Jackson Co.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Veterinarians in Jackson County are now required to help ensure dogs are licensed in the county. On Wednesday, Jackson County Commissioners voted to adopt an ordinance requiring vets to report the names of dog owners who bring their canines in to get rabies shots. Both the shots and the licenses are already … Continue reading »

Jackson County Makes Emergency Plans

MEDFORD, Ore. — In Jackson County, emergency planners are preparing for the possibility of a tsunami or offshore earthquake. They say that the biggest challenge that the Rogue Valley faces is isolation if something happened along I-5. Local planners say the biggest priority is making sure that the area can function on its own for … Continue reading »

Online Option For Jackson County Courts

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Courts are preparing for a sweeping systems upgrade later this month. It’s part of a statewide initiative to get all court records and documents filed electronically. Jackson will be the 5th county in the state to switch to the new online system, known as Oregon E-Court. The Judicial Department claims … Continue reading »

Jackson County Facing Budget Cuts

MEDFORD, Ore. — The sheriff’s office is the latest department to see budget cuts in the past few years, the number of full time employees has gone from 1,075 to 866 about a 20% drop over the span of five years. County leaders say complicating things was a $4 million increase in public employee retirement … Continue reading »

Jackson County AG Panel Named

MEDFORD, Ore. — A blue-ribbon panel has been named by the Jackson County Commissioners. The panel will help planners deal with issues that arise when cities expand their urban growth boundaries. Wednesday morning, Jackson County Commissioners named an 11 member committee to become the county’s “Agricultural Task Force”. The committee reaches across business, government and … Continue reading »

Homes Sales Increase

MEDFORD, Ore. — Home sales are going up across the country, reaching a five year high and in Southern Oregon, the sales are going up at an even faster rate. A new report says sales are at their highest totals nationwide since 2007 and realtors in the Rogue Valley say the region is seeing home … Continue reading »

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