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 »

Four Deputies Remain for Josephine Co.

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Four deputies are left to protect Josephine County and three of them are paid for by, and dedicated to, specific entities like the BLM or the city of Cave Junction. When the criminal justice tax levy failed last year, NewsWatch12 followed one of the remaining deputies patrolling the county. When a … Continue reading »

Officials Plan Ahead After Levy Failure

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County votes no on a public safety levy for the sixth time. Now, officials are taking a look at those vote tallies, and considering what comes next. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says they are down to one deputy patrolling the streets. He says the safety of county residents can’t be guaranteed … Continue reading »

Josephine County Rejects Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Once again, voters in Josephine County turn down a public safety levy that would have increased property taxes to help fund the sheriff’s office and jail. Another public safety levy and another failure in Josephine County. Now the question is, what it means for the future of the sheriff’s office, the … Continue reading »

Josephine County Weighs Levy Options

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — There’s a little more than 24 hours before ballots are due for Tuesday’s special elections. Josephine County residents have their eye on one measure which would impact county criminal justice departments. A decision that will impact many county services is in the hands of Josephine County voters. Measure 17-49 is a … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

New Fire Protection Company In Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — Several months after the collapse of Inland Fire Company in Josephine County, a new company is in place to provide fire protection for residents in the North Valley area. When Inland Fire folded last fall, Dan Trader and Wade Comyford decided to take over and take it a step further by adding … 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 »

Older posts «