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 »

Review to help explain Measures this May

MEDFORD, Ore.– This May, Southern Oregon will be asked to decide between several measures and candidates in the 2014 primary election. According to the organization, Healthy Democracy, one out of every four Oregonians say ballot measures are hard to understand. They say this can be discouraging, and often a vote is uncast. This may be … Continue reading »

Wrong Way Driver Arrested

  GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon State Police arrested 42-year old Grants Pass man, Richard Scott, today on charges of Manslaughter, DUII, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Reckless Driving. Scott was the man driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 on March 27th, 2014. He hit an oncoming vehicle and killed the driver, 58-year old … Continue reading »

Historic Bridge Needs One More Grant

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore. —  “We’re so happy to see one out here in Oregon getting repaired,” said president of the McKee Bridge Historical Society, Robert Van Heuit as he read comments left by some of the six thousand annual visitors to the McKee Covered Bridge over the Applegate River. The state’s highest, and fourth oldest … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Spring Garden Fair

The largest garden show between Portland and San Francisco is just days away. There are 150 vendors at the event.  You’ll also be able to get a hold of hundreds of plants grown by the Jackson County Master Gardeners. There are also a lot of used books at cheaper prices available, “This is an unbelievably … Continue reading »

Voter Registration Deadline Nears

MEDFORD, Ore. — Sheriff’s races, commissioners’ elections and gubernatorial primaries are all on this May’s ballot, but if you aren’t registered to vote by Tuesday night, your voice won’t be heard. Oregonians have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to register either in person, or online at oregonvotes.gov. Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker said there are currently … Continue reading »

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