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 »

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 »

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