Josephine County Increases Rural Patrol

Grants Pass, Ore. — At the request of Sheriff  Gil Gilbertson, the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners had agreed in June during the 2014/2015 budget season to allocate and additional $655,000 to the Sheriff’s Office in order to increase Rural Patrol Coverage for the residents of Josephine County. The goal was have patrol 12 … Continue reading »

Lottery Funding Could See Changes Coming

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Voters may soon get to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled.  Securing Our Safety is a group of citizens dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County. Members are proposing a measure, to allow 50 percent of state-controlled lottery dollars to be county-controlled instead. The … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Battles Budget Cuts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff, Gil Gilbertson, met with county commissioners to discuss the public safety budget moving forward and how much money could be left over at the end of the fiscal year. Back in June, county commissioners and the sheriff decided to take out $655,000, primarily from a contingency … Continue reading »

Budget Woes Plague County Sheriff

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – On Monday November 3, four Sheriff’s deputies will be returning to streets of Josephine County. Last June, County Commissioners approved a request to defer a $141,000 roads fund repayment, and borrow about $513,000 from a contingency fund, to fill positions at the jail that were being covered by Sheriff’s deputies. Recruitment for those positions began … Continue reading »

Groups Try to Pass Public Safety Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In recent years, Josephine County voters have turned down various tax levies regarding public safety, but there is still hope according to community action groups in the area. After the last public safety measure did not pass in May, two community action groups, Community United for Safety and Securing our Safety, … Continue reading »

JoCo Working on Community Watch Program

Grants Pass, Ore. ― The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office announces work on developing a new type of Community Watch Program. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has been researching additional options for a Neighborhood Watch program that would combine a sense of community and security, better options for privacy and a level of preparedness that other style Neighborhood … Continue reading »

New Bus Route Already Growing Numbers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Commuter Line, linking Grants Pass to Medford, has been up and running for a few weeks but interest has already increased and they’re halfway to their goal of 100 boardings a day. For some passengers, a bus ride is a place to kill time while on the way … Continue reading »

Moment of Silence for Domestic Violence

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Tuesday, a couple dozen Josephine County residents paused for a moment of silence in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. October is national domestic violence awareness month and outside the county court house Tuesday afternoon, a bell rang 44 times and 44 flags were planted in … Continue reading »

Measure 17-63 Seeks to Ban Pesticides

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. —  Josephine County voters will decide whether or not to drastically change pesticide use in the county. The measure, initiated by the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance, will ban all pesticides used by government and corporate agencies. Measure 17-63 asks voters if widely used pesticides by large agencies should be outlawed in the county. … Continue reading »

Commissioners Plan to Leave Options Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It’s a complex process with many hypothetical questions and moving parts, but Josephine county leaders said they are taking the needed steps to make sure they have all options open when it comes to recreational marijuana. Should it pass, Measure 91 would not allow counties to put a tax or fee … Continue reading »

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