Josephine County Looks To Election Ahead

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The May election is just two months away and at least one Josephine County Commissioner is getting nervous that little has been done so far to sell voters on a public safety levy on that ballot. Voters will be asked to approve a three year levy that would tax property at … Continue reading »

Mining Concerns In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — State legislation being pushed by Ashland State Senator Alan Bates may have a big impact on many in Josephine County. The anti-dredge legislation has a quarter mile boundary rule attached to it. County Commissioner Simon Hare warned that rule could have wide ranging impacts on land use issues. Monday, a state … Continue reading »

Money Woes For Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two of the most hard-pressed counties in Southern Oregon in the next fiscal year is likely to be Josephine and Curry counties. On Wednesday, Josephine County’s chief financial officer painted a less-than-optimistic view of the year ahead. In her annual mid-year budget review, Rosemary Padgett told commissioners that while most county … Continue reading »

Public Safety Funding Talks Continue

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A former Oregon legislator wants to find ideas to help fund cash-strapped Oregon counties. Kevin Mannix met with a citizens group in Grants Pass on Tuesday to discuss plans to find more money for public safety. One item being talked about would divert lottery funds to the county sheriff’s office. Those … Continue reading »

Troubles For Newly-Opened Cannabis Club

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A 63-year-old Josephine County man, facing prosecution for allegedly selling medical marijuana, is now in trouble with the city of Grants Pass. Larry Lacey recently opened this business on Northwest 6th Street, the “Southern Oregon Cannabis Club”. City code enforcement officials say he did not have proper permits for the operation, … Continue reading »

Waterbirth Center Adds Location

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Moms-to-be now have another option when outlining their birth plans. A center for providing waterbirths is expanding. After four other births, Julie Duncan chose to have a natural birth outside of a hospital for the first time. “I wanted the baby to come into the world in a peaceful, natural way,” … Continue reading »

Change of Plans For Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A plan to put a measure on the May ballot to create a public safety district for Josephine County may not happen after all. A new plan put forward by County Commissioner Simon Hare instead calls for a five year serial levy at a slightly lower tax rate than they considered … Continue reading »

SOS Discuss More Ideas

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Dozens of people dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County are meeting again. Every Tuesday, Securing Our Safety group members meet at Wild River Brew Pub. While discussing ideas to restore public safety in Josephine County, holding their meetings at the pub also boosts business. A manager said she sees … Continue reading »

Two Men Arrested for Multiple Burglaries

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Two burglars suspected of stealing from several stores from December to early January are caught and behind bars. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says 32 year-old Brian Shipman and 21 year-old Adam Herrera stole from seven victims. Police say Salvador Corona is one of those victims. He operates Super … Continue reading »

Thousands Still Without Power

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore .– Snow continued to fall in Josephine County Saturday leaving those who are already without power searching for a place to warm up. As of Saturday evening, more than 7,000 residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties are still without power. “You don’t realize how much you miss that first hot cup of coffee … Continue reading »

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