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 »

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 »

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