“Operation Dry Water” in Effect

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Sgt. Shawn Richards said his message for staying safe out on the water is simple. “All we ask is that whoever’s operating the boat, whether it be a raft or powerboat, be a sober driver,” said Sgt. Richards. He says 22 people were arrested for B.U.I.I.’s last year a number right … Continue reading »

Health Advisory at Applegate Lake

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. — Fishermen headed to Applegate Lake may want to think twice before bringing home their catch of the day. For some fisherman in southern Oregon, Applegate Lake is their favorite place to cast their line. Now, the Oregon Health Authority is advising those fishermen to limit their consumption of what they catch. … Continue reading »

Counties Continue Detention Contract

MEDFORD, Ore. — For a little more than a year, Josephine county has rented three beds at the Jackson county juvenile justice facility. This came as a result of Josephine county’s struggle to fund public safety. Now, the agreement will continue into the next fiscal year. Jackson county’s juvenile justice facility can hold up to … Continue reading »

Missing Teenager Found Safe

[UPDATE: 8:30 AM] — Jackson County Sheriff reported around 12:00 a.m. Friday, Smith was located. He was returned home and is uninjured. EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s office and Eagle Point Police Department is asking the public’s help to locate a missing teenager. Nicholas Ray Smith, 18, of Eagle Point was last seen in … Continue reading »

Jackson County: GMOs Banned

MEDFORD, Ore.– Chances are, you’ve seen political advertisements surrounding the growth of genetically modified organisms or GMO’s. Both sides of Measure 15-119 have been campaigning for weeks, trying to influence voters about banning the growth of GMO’s in the county. It is a measure only Jackson County voters will have the chance to decide on, … Continue reading »

Jackson County: OSU Extension Tax

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– If Ballot Measure 15-121 is approved, it would establish the “Jackson County 4-H, Master Gardener and Agricultural Extension Service District” encompassing all of Jackson County. Commissioners decided to add this measure to the ballot after cuts in federal funding to Jackson County threatened to eliminate county funding for the Southern Oregon Research and … Continue reading »

Unemployment Numbers Unchanged in April

MEDFORD, Ore. — Unemployment numbers for the month of April were released today, and local economists say the numbers have plateaued in southern Oregon. Seasonally adjusted numbers have the unemployment rate at 8.6% in Jackson County and 9.7% in Josephine County. State-wide the unemployment rate remains at 6.9%. Local economists said the numbers have improved … Continue reading »

Battle Over GMOs Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Battle over a ban of genetically modified organisms in the Rogue Valley is a hot election issue. Farmers on both sides continue to reach out to voters in an effort to impact the outcome. Today, the Jackson County Cattlewomen’s Association is teaming up with the Stockman’s Association to urge voters to … Continue reading »

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares Drought

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kitzhaber declared a drought emergency in Jackson County on Tuesday, according to a press release sent out by the Governor. Jackson County Commissioners requested the emergency declaration this spring, and the State Drought council considered the county’s request by weighing current water conditions, future climate forecasts, and agricultural impacts. “Historic drought … Continue reading »

Jail Beds Reserved for Addicted Inmates

MEDFORD, Ore. — No start date has been set, but in the coming weeks, up to 24 beds at the Jackson County Jail will be used for addictions treatment. Josephine County also wants to get on board, and will be renting three beds for their inmates. Josephine County will pay $100 a day per bed … Continue reading »

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