New Commissioners to Tackle Budget

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As Keith Heck and Cherryl Walker officially take their seats on the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, they said they are ready for the challenges ahead. As recent years have shown them, the county is not short on challenges. Heck and Walker were sworn in this week, and took part in … Continue reading »

Voters Elect To Merge Police Presence

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will explore some ideas after residents voted yes on a few key issues. The possibility of combining the Grants Pass Police Department and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received just over 57% of the vote in favor of the idea. County commissioners say the next step … Continue reading »

Animal Control Rescues Dozens of Animals

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Law enforcement and animal control removed dozens of animals from a farm. They found several animals locked up and some dead. Deputies served a search warrant on a residence on the 1700 block on  White schoolhouse road. The owner’s son, Robert Crow, says he doesn’t understand why animal control is at … Continue reading »

Drug Take-Back Re-Opens

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – A new drug drop off box has been installed at the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. The box allows a place for residents to dispose of their expired and unused prescription drugs. Access to the box will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Earlier this summer a … Continue reading »

More Funding for JoCo Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore., – County leaders hope a little extra funding will go a long way for public safety. Wednesday, County Commissioners approved using $500,000 in a county Timber Payments extension to provide additional funding for the Sheriff’s office and District Attorney. Officials hope the money can be put to use in a way that … Continue reading »

Josephine County Public Safety Concerns

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Hundreds of community members are joining together to find a solution to restore public safety in Josephine County. A group called Securing Our Safety started after the failed criminal justice tax levy. The group is made up of business leaders and concerned citizens. Membership has grown to almost 300 now. A … Continue reading »

Donations Keep Merlin Station Open

By Steven Sandberg MERLIN, Ore. — As the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office continues to face major budget cuts, members of the community are trying to keep some services available. Thanks to thousands of dollars in donations from the community, a Josephine County Sheriff’s Office substation is going to stay open and be able to provide … Continue reading »

Safety Concerns For Josephine County Probation Officers

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Tracking down offenders is getting riskier for probation officers in Josephine County. Ever since budget cuts forced the released of inmates, probation officers are getting wary of checking up on them. Many of these offenders who are out of jail have committed serious crimes. In May of this … Continue reading »

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Closing Down

By Bryan Navarro GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The layoffs have already started; by going into effect today, the sheriff’s office is able to actually save $200,000, which it will find a way to turn into boots on the ground. In the basement of Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, the doors are starting to close; Friday at … Continue reading »

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