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 »

Near-Escape at Jackson County Jail

MEDFORD – Two inmates awaiting trial for federal crimes are accused of attempting to escape the Jackson County Jail.  Inmates Gerald Schram, 62, and Henry Carr, 35, now face state charges of attempting to escape and criminal mischief.  Both remain held without bail. An off duty corrections deputy was leaving the jail on December 2nd, … Continue reading »

Local Group Preparing for GMO Lawsuit

MEDFORD, Ore. – A local advocacy group is hoping to put pressure on Jackson County Commissioners to vigorously defend the county’s voter approved ban on genetically modified crops, or GMOs. Voters approved the ban on GMOs in the county in the May Primary Election, 66 to 34 percent. Since then, a lawsuit has been filed … Continue reading »

Timber Dollars in Southern Oregon

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Another effort to bring timber dollars back to Southern Oregon has failed, and as many expected, it is not moving forward. But house leadership in Washington D.C. is reassuring a local commissioner that federal help will be arriving. Doug Breidenthal, a commissioner for Jackson County, is in frequent communication with legislators … Continue reading »

County Requests Public Lands Study

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Commissioners are asking the state of Oregon to study the transfer of public lands to the state. Commissioners said the big goal is to study the economic benefits before making the move to try to gain back land from the federal level. In the proclamation approved this week, commissioneres called on … Continue reading »

County Roads Suffer From Limited Funds

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — A new study shows maintaining and repairing Oregon’s county roads is going to take additional revenue. The study was conducted by the County Road Program of the Association of Oregon Counties. The study concludes revenue and expenditure forecasts over the next five years show a 54 percent annual shortfall for county road departments. … Continue reading »

Suicide Rates Up After Holidays

MEDFORD, Ore. — With the holiday season gearing up, health officials say now is the time to be aware of depression among friends and family. Suicide rates typically go up right after the 1st of the year. Many people spend the holidays surrounded by family, friends, and support, and Jackson County Mental Health officials say … Continue reading »

Local Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

MEDFORD, Ore. – Total payroll in Jackson County rose by 1,630 in October, dropping the local unemployment rate nearly one full percent from the same time last year. According to a new report from the State of Oregon Employment Department, the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Jackson County is 8.5 percent, down from 8.6 … Continue reading »

Local Police Deal with Overdose Surge

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford will soon be the first police agency in the state to carry a new drug that reverses the effects of an overdose. Naloxone is a drug given to patients that overdose on heroin or opiate-based pills that effectively reverses the effects within minutes. Officers are being trained on the use of … Continue reading »

Oregon Discusses Future of Pot Violation

OREGON — Recreational marijuana isn’t officially legal until next summer, but some counties in Oregon are already changing how they prosecute marijuana violations. Prosecutors in Multnomah County announced they will dismiss 50 pending cases involving marijuana, and future marijuana crimes will not be pursued. Southern Oregon authorities and the Jackson County District Attorney say enforcement … Continue reading »

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