Commissioners Plan to Leave Options Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It’s a complex process with many hypothetical questions and moving parts, but Josephine county leaders said they are taking the needed steps to make sure they have all options open when it comes to recreational marijuana. Should it pass, Measure 91 would not allow counties to put a tax or fee … Continue reading »

Marijuana Tax on Ballot

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — If recreational marijuana become legal in the state, Josephine County residents will have a choice on if it’s taxed. Commissioners there have approved an advisory question be placed on this November’s ballot. The results will help guide county leaders on making policy changes if recreational marijuana is legalized However, commissioners say, … Continue reading »

Josephine County Fairgrounds Remain Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds have faced a steep climb this past year, but managers said it has enough finances to make a comeback. Now county commissioners are giving it the go-ahead to remain open, for now. The board voted unanimously Monday afternoon to continue operations at the fairgrounds through June 30th, … Continue reading »

Trash Ordinances Petitioned

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Some Josephine County residents want to overturn new ordinances that would require homeowners to clean up excess trash and waste on their properties. The County Commissioners passed several ordinances last month that changed rules about code enforcement complaints, and created a new officer to enforce those rules. It included new guidelines … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Funds “Options”

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Commissioners approved “pass through funds” from the Oregon Health Authority for mental health services in the county. “Options” is the organization receiving the pass through funds and both officials and commissioners say the approval is simply a new formality. “Options” is receiving the same amount of funding as … Continue reading »

Community Watch To Be Armed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Northern Josephine County residents are arming themselves, hoping to fill gaps left by cuts to law enforcement. A deputy, who was laid off after county residents did not pass a public safety levy last May, is training seven Hugo residents on how to respond to burglaries and other crimes. In a … Continue reading »

New Public Safety Levy Proposed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Thursday morning, the Josephine County Commissioners held a public hearing about public safety. Commissioners proposed a levy to the group attending the meeting. This commissioners meeting was a lot like the ones in recent weeks with lots of passionate people packed in a hot room talking about public safety dollars. In … Continue reading »

New Commissioners to Tackle Budget

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As Keith Heck and Cherryl Walker officially take their seats on the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, they said they are ready for the challenges ahead. As recent years have shown them, the county is not short on challenges. Heck and Walker were sworn in this week, and took part in … Continue reading »

Law Workshop In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A day-long video conference is bringing together county leaders from all over Oregon to discuss how to pay for law enforcement. A roomful of people gathered at the Josephine County Commissioners conference room, including attorneys, commissioners and Sheriff Gil Gilbertson. One of those speaking was Curry County Sheriff John Bishop who … Continue reading »