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 »

Family’s Home Burned To The Ground

PHOENIX, Ore. — A Rogue Valley family is without their home and their dog is missing after a fire destroyed their home early Saturday morning. The call came in around 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning and and crews from Jackson County Fire District 5, Medford Fire and Fire District 3 responded to the call on Coleman … Continue reading »

Thousands Still Without Power

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore .– Snow continued to fall in Josephine County Saturday leaving those who are already without power searching for a place to warm up. As of Saturday evening, more than 7,000 residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties are still without power. “You don’t realize how much you miss that first hot cup of coffee … Continue reading »

Jackson County Election Numbers

MEDFORD, Ore. — An effort to build new pools and aquatic facilities in Medford is failing with 56% of voters saying “No”. It was an effort to construct new pools at Hawthorne Park and Jackson Park, totaling up to $14.5 million dollars. Voters in Shady Cove are once again saying “No” to funding a water … Continue reading »

Campaign Volunteers Make Final Push

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local campaign volunteers continue to work on Sunday in hopes of securing a few more votes. Local organizations for both the Republicans and Democrats still have plans to get out the vote as they sprint to the finish. Organizing for America Oregon, an organization supporting President Obama, held a phone bank on … Continue reading »

What To Do If Your Ballot Is Damaged

MEDFORD, Ore. – If your dog ate your ballot, or it got damaged in any way, the Jackson County Elections Office says it has a solution. “All we can do is ascertain based on what the voter has marked and as a four person mixed party affiliation board, they determine the voter intent in the … Continue reading »

Fire Danger Level Lowered

MEDFORD, Ore. — Monday morning, the fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine Counties dropped to “high” due to light rain in the region. Chain saws, power mowers, brush cutters, and other equipment employing internal combustion engines may now be used until 1:00 p.m. The fire danger level in … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. “Disappointed” In BLM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Attempts by Jackson and Josephine County Commissioners to clarify their role in planning by the BLM is getting a cold shoulder from the federal agency. On Wednesday, Josephine County Commissioners expressed disappointment that the Bureau of Land Management does not want to sign a “coordination and cooperation” agreement with the county. … Continue reading »

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