New Undersheriff Position in Jackson Co.

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Five candidates are in the running to become the new undersheriff at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.  The addition of the position is one of the many changes being made since Sheriff Corey Falls took office. Of the five applicants, three are internal candidates. The other two are outside candidates, but currently work … Continue reading »

Voter Registration Deadline Looms

MEDFORD, Ore. — The voter registration deadline for the March 10, 2015 Special Election in Jackson County is approaching fast. Residents have until February 17th to register to vote for the local election. If you are currently registered to vote in the state of Oregon but have moved, or changed your mailing address or name, you … Continue reading »

Leaders Discuss Marijuana Taxing

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — In March, Jackson County will asks voters if medical and non-medical marijuana should be taxed in the county. This will be a special election, paid for by the county. The election could cost up to $100,000 in county funds. Commissioners say if the tax is approved, those tax dollars will be a quick return … Continue reading »

Group Joins Legal Defense of GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. – The group looking to help Jackson County defend it’s voter approved ban on growing GMO crops has been added as co-defendants to the lawsuit challenging that ban. Two family farms have filed the lawsuit challenging Measure 15-119, which outlawed growing GMO crops in the county. The suit would overturn the ban, and … Continue reading »

Local Jobless Rate Continues Decline

MEDFORD, Ore. — The unemployment rate continued to tick down in the Rogue Valley as job losses in construction were offset by private education and health services positions in December. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Jackson County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.6 to 8.4 percent in the final month of 2014. That’s down from 9.1 … Continue reading »

Measles Threaten Unvaccinated Local Kids

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon is on high alert for Measles after being named one of six states facing the highly contagious disease after the Disneyland outbreak. Doctors said there has been one documented case of Measles in Oregon so far. Jackson County Health and Human Services medical director Jim Shames said Measles is one of … Continue reading »

Second Trial for Murder Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. — A man accused of murdering his girlfriend over a year ago is expected to appear before a jury Monday morning. The trial for Jose Valencia-Gaona’s trial is scheduled to begin at 9 A.M. before a twelve person jury. His trial originally began last June, but just two days into the trial, the … Continue reading »

Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

MEDFORD, Ore., — A handful of elected and reelected Jackson County officials were sworn in Monday at a ceremony in Medford.   Corey Falls officially became the first new Sheriff in Jackson County in a more than a decade. Sheriff Falls say he will focus on decreasing domestic abuse and having a department which is … Continue reading »

Farmers Ask Permission to Defend GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Wednesday, two Jackson County farmers and two non-profits, Our Family Farms Coalition and Center for Food Safety, filed papers in federal court to defend the county’s ban on growing genetically modified, or GMO crops. In May of 2014, voters in Jackson County approved measure 15-119, 66 to 34 percent. Since then, … Continue reading »

New Jackson County Health Building

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Health and Human Services is preparing to move into a brand new building on Holly Street in downtown Medford. The new building took years of planning, and millions in county funds. Jackson County officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday morning and gave a first look into the new … Continue reading »

Older posts «