A Heart for Fostering: The Process

  GRANTS PASS, Ore., — Hundreds of children in Josephine County are currently in foster care.  According to the Department of Human Services 1 in 55 children in the county are in the foster care system. DHS says it has an urgent need for more foster parents.  In Josephine County, DHS statistics show 76% of … Continue reading »

A Heart for Fostering: The Parents

  GRANTS PASS, Ore., — Hundreds of children in Josephine County are currently in foster care.  According to the Department of Human Services 1 in 55 children in the county are in the foster care system. DHS says it has an urgent need for more foster parents. The goal of foster care is always to … Continue reading »

A Heart for Fostering: The Children

GRANTS PASS, Ore., — Hundreds of children in Josephine County are currently in foster care.  According to the Department of Human Services 1 in 55 children in the county are in the foster care system. DHS says it has an urgent need for more foster parents. “Many families want young children and there is no … Continue reading »

Local Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

MEDFORD, Ore. – Total payroll in Jackson County rose by 1,630 in October, dropping the local unemployment rate nearly one full percent from the same time last year. According to a new report from the State of Oregon Employment Department, the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Jackson County is 8.5 percent, down from 8.6 … Continue reading »

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 »

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