Missing Mushroom Hunter Found Safe

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Josephine County man is home safe and sound after getting lost overnight foraging for mushrooms. 65-year old Lynn Bishop was reported missing at 10:30 last night in the area of Stratton Creek Road. He had apparently gone out mushroom hunting in the morning, but was well overdue to come home. … Continue reading »

District Attorney Vacancy in JoCo

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon’s governor is searching for the next district attorney for Josephine County. With only a few months left until the current District Attorney Stephen Campbell leaves office, time is running out to find a replacement. Two years into his third term, Campbell said “I just decided it was time” to step … Continue reading »

Second Annual Airport Days

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass is preparing to host some aviation fanatics this weekend. Saturday is the Second Annual Airport Days. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Grants Pass Airport will showcase vintage and custom airplanes and their remote controlled high-flying acrobatics. This year, helicopters and drone demonstrations are joining in on the … Continue reading »

Library Ballot Measure Coming this Fall

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite being opened for limited hours every week, the four branches of Josephine Community Libraries are seeing increased membership every month. This fall, voters will decide if more funding will be given to help expand service and hours. Triple digit temperatures didn’t stop Josephine Community Library card holders from waiting for … Continue reading »

Rural Metro Fire Gets Equipment Upgrade

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Josephine County has purchased new equipment and say they are one of the first departments in the country to have the new technology. The new self-contained breathing apparatus that fire crews use when fighting fires or performing rescues are twenty years newer than their current … Continue reading »

Death Investigation in Josephine County

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Oregon State Police is investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in a remote area near Grants Pass. Troopers responded to reports of the body around 3:30 Friday afternoon at a small section of creek on Demaray Drive. The body was identified as 43-year old Johnny Hamlin. Hamlin … Continue reading »

Court Case Set to Rule on Dispensaries

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —  One year moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries are now in effect in cities and counties throughout Oregon. Cave Junction is an exception. “The conflict between the state and federal law is a problem for municipalities, the city of Cave Junction and other counties,” said attorney Ryan Kirchoff who is representing Cave … Continue reading »

Volunteers Could Help Solve Cold Cases

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A few Josephine County sheriff’s cars sat empty at the sheriff’s office Monday afternoon. “At this point I have one working deputy on the road, that’s it,” said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said cold cases, particularly property crimes, have stacked up and now it’s time to think … Continue reading »

Petitions Submitted for Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County residents are a step closer to voting again on a plan to restore public safety services. Nearly 2,500 signatures on petitions was delivered to the Josephine County Clerk’s Office Wednesday to put a safety levy on the May ballot, about 500 more than required. Elections workers are now checking … Continue reading »

Arrests in Major Narcotics Investigation

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A major narcotics investigation by the interagency Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team led to the arrest of four people and the seizure of drugs, firearms, and stolen property. Over two pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana were seized, and Oregon State Police say the heroin seizure alone is described as … Continue reading »

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