Collecting Cans to Restore Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Nothing is too extreme for one group working to restore public safety in Josephine County – even if that means collecting cans. Securing Our Safety (SOS) is exploring every option besides tax measure 17-49. The measure is proposing $1.48 per thousand dollars assessed value for three years. Carl Raskine, one of … Continue reading »

Josephine County Could See More Cuts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is no stranger to budget cuts, but the county’s chief financial officer is proposing more reductions for the next fiscal year. These cuts could mean more layoffs and fewer services provided. Last year Josephine County made plenty of reductions with public safety and the criminal justice system. This week … Continue reading »

Shift Added to Taylor’s Sausage

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Work continued late Monday afternoon at Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction as a night shift clocked in for the first time after owner Terry Taylor received an e-mail last week he says made him do a double take. “My heart started to sink because I figured that they were just telling … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Hopes to Break Record

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The city of Grants Pass is hoping to break into the Guinness Book of World Records, for the most hanging flower baskets. The current record is 2,968, and organizers want to put up 3,000 of them. The whole city is pitching in to help, including Josephine County and Grants Pass Chamber … Continue reading »

Cave Junction Sausage Plant Expands

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A large employer in Josephine County has been given approval for a second shift and will add dozens of jobs. Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction received word from the USDA on Wednesday morning that it will receive a second inspector for a night shift. The company will be able to add … Continue reading »

Irrigation Preps near Grants Pass

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Recent hot weather and low rainfall this spring has irrigators in Josephine County looking for water in their ditches as soon as possible. That means crews from Grants Pass Irrigation District have to clear pump intakes before water can flow. Ever since the removal of savage rapids dam, the preparations … Continue reading »

Taylor’s Sausage Looks to Expand

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A Josephine County business wants to add 30 new jobs, but says the USDA is taking a bite out of that plan. Taylor’s Sausage is in high demand so much that it wants to add a second shift, which would add 30 employees. The owner says it would be huge for … Continue reading »

Repeat Offenders In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Law enforcement officials in Josephine County say they are seeing the same offenders time and time again. The sheriff’s office says last year’s budget cuts have limited the ways they can punish criminals. It’s been nearly a year since the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s office were hit by budget cuts … Continue reading »

Easter Baskets for Foster Children

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Volunteers delivered more than 400 Easter baskets for local foster children on Friday afternoon. Josephine County non-profit Our Foster Kids created each individual basket with a foster child in mind. Volunteers used donation money to buy each child a treat for Easter. Every basket included age appropriate gifts and the child’s … Continue reading »

Fair Concerns In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Fair is just five months away and this could be its last year if there’s not a big turnaround in gate receipts. The apparent assessment of the fair by the Josephine County Commissioners came while they were talking about budget issues in a workshop session on Tuesday morning. … Continue reading »

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