Cities Vote on Placing Measure on Ballot

MEDFORD, Ore. — Kim Cornette and her two young boys visited the Central Point library on Monday, a place that has become a regular stop every week. “For years we’ve enjoyed using the library, but recently since school has begun, we’ve enjoyed coming to find books that my boys can use for the projects and … Continue reading »

Dinosaurs Roar at The Expo

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — There’s more than a few creatures roaring to life at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Animatronic dinosaurs are covering the grounds at the expo this weekend. And some of the replicas are hard not to be afraid of. “Some of them are really loud and they’re pretty realistic looking,” said Event Organizer … Continue reading »

Commissioners Consider Non-Partisan Race

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County voters could be asked to change the way county commissioners are elected. Wednesday, commissioners discussed the possibility of electing future commissioners in non-partisan elections.  Currently, 23 out of 36 Oregon counties already elect commissioners who are not affiliated to a political party. Several members from the Jackson County Republican Party spoke up … Continue reading »

Bee Advocates to Appear in Court Tuesday

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local beekeepers are taking Jackson County to court to defend a tax credit that they say is being stripped away. Local advocates will appear in Salem Tuesday to defend the farm special assessment, which allows homeowners to get property tax breaks for commercial farming on their land. Bee advocates say the county … Continue reading »

Thieves Target Family’s Craigslist Ad

WHITE CITY, Ore. — As the final boxes were moved out of Oscar Millan’s home, he was still hard at work checking chores off a to-do list. “We’re moving into a smaller house, we’re moving in with my stepsister because my mom has cancer and it’s just me and her here so we’re all going … Continue reading »

Multi-County Meeting in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Cash-strapped counties in Southern Oregon could see some relief if lawmakers in Washington pass a new bill affecting timber production. District attorneys, sheriffs and commissioners from Lane, Douglas, Curry, Josephine and Jackson Counties are throwing their support behind the resolution. It would set aside additional acres of wilderness of the O&C lands, … Continue reading »

Hope Remains for OSU Extension

MEDFORD, Ore. – A service district would set the extension up for dedicated county funds as opposed to relying dwindling general funds. Normally it takes thousands of signatures just to get that on the ballot, but with commissioners’ help, the extension could be getting a free pass. For Braydon Dunbar, 4-H runs generations deep. “Both … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire Forces Evacuations

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Traffic backed up and some were left stranded as roads leading into an evacuated area were closed off while crews battled the fire. Some had seen the flames, packed up, and left for safer ground. “What happened was that it was really spreading out really pretty quickly and it was coming up … Continue reading »

Ideas to Save Libraries Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. — This morning more than fifty people turned out for a public hearing with the Jackson county commissioners and each speaker shared ideas on how to fund the county’s fifteen libraries. Input was taken for more than an hour and although not everyone had the same ideas for how to fund the library, … Continue reading »

Tick Population Up This Summer

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jackson County Vector Control officials said they don’t do an official tick survey but based on the number of calls from the public and what their crews are seeing out in the field when working on mosquitoes, tick numbers appear to be above average this year. Jim Lunders with Jackson County … Continue reading »

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