Logger Found Dead in Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The body of a logger was found on Thursday afternoon in Josephine County. He was an independent logger with 25 years’ experience. Steven Straube was working alone on a piece of property east of Grants Pass. His friend had contracted Straube to log on the private 240 acre piece of land. … Continue reading »

Family of Fatal Crash Victim Speaks Out

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A driver responsible for hitting and killing two Josephine County men is still on the run. Back in October, a driver hit Jared Houston and his friend, killing both of them. Houston’s mother says there doesn’t seem to be any movement in the case and she says OSP admits their resources … Continue reading »

Volunteers Stepping Up to Patrol Parks

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the first time, the Josephine County Parks Department has a patrol unit. Tom Pearce Park is just one of several parks volunteers are patrolling in Josephine County. The patrol unit for the Josephine County Parks Department is made up of six people. Each volunteer patrol officer has a background in … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Crime Statistics Released

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Crime statistics are out for Josephine County and at least the numbers show crime is down in some categories. But the sheriff says the statistics don’t tell the whole story. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office released its crime statistics; those categories are burglary, car theft, theft, criminal mischief and fugitive arrests. … Continue reading »

Suspected Animal Abuser Pleads Guilty

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Josephine County woman accused of abusing and neglecting more than two hundred animals on her farm plead guilty on Friday. Kandi Crow entered that guilty plea on 20 charges. The courts issued a warrant for her arrest two weeks ago because she did not show up for her scheduled court … Continue reading »

Affordable Care Act Changes Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Between 55-65,000 people in Jackson and Josephine counties do not have health insurance. Asante officials are trying to prepare those people for health care reform changes on the way through evening seminars. Health experts say these seminars will serve the thousands of local residents who say they just don’t understand what’s going … Continue reading »

Josephine County Budget Issues Debated

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is turning to its youth for answers on how to solve the county’s financial problems. High school debate teams argued several issues on Saturday morning, while county officials listened in. Four debate teams from around the Rogue Valley took turns voicing different solutions to the counties problems. The debate … Continue reading »

Fairgrounds Debt Paid Off Through Grant

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In a county faced with financial strains, commissioners are now dishing out over $300,000 to help the fairgrounds. The Josephine County Fairgrounds has been a place for several large events for the county like the Grants Pass Downs and musical festivities, but throughout the years, the place has incurred more debt … Continue reading »

High Schools to Debate Financial Issues

GRANT PASS, Ore. — Josephine County’s financial issue has been a problem for years. Adults have debated what to do, but a solution hasn’t stuck. Now, they are turning to high schoolers who could hold the answers in their arguments. “You can have evidence but evidence isn’t good unless you know what you’re talking about … Continue reading »

Josephine County Pays off Deficit

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fairgrounds is getting a big financial boost from the county. Commissioners are giving $315,000 from their general fund. The decision was made Wednesday night after several years of declining fair revenue. According to the commissioners, the fairgrounds will use the money to pay off the deficit. The county … Continue reading »

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