Man Arrested After School Lockdown

MURPHY, Ore. — Keith Nehf tried to bring his granddaughter back to school after an orthodontist appointment, but came back to a school on lockdown. “We thought it was a drill, and then with more texting of her girlfriends and other students, we found out it wasn’t a drill, it was actually a lock in,” … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Honor Fallen Officers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Tuesday, all three law enforcement agencies in Josephine County came together to remember those who have lost their life while serving their community. Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police and the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office honored the six county officers who have died since the county was formed. Interim Chief Landis … Continue reading »

Fewer Tickets in Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A handful of Josephine County commuters lined up at the court window Monday afternoon to pay  their traffic tickets, but officials said statistics show that  line is a little bit shorter than it’s been in years past. Mark Illingworth was on his way to work when he got pulled over. “I was … Continue reading »

Jail Beds Reserved for Addicted Inmates

MEDFORD, Ore. — No start date has been set, but in the coming weeks, up to 24 beds at the Jackson County Jail will be used for addictions treatment. Josephine County also wants to get on board, and will be renting three beds for their inmates. Josephine County will pay $100 a day per bed … Continue reading »

Josephine County Holds Candidate Forum

GRANTS PASS, Ore. –  Josephine county voters have the opportunity to vote for one of nine candidates running for a county commissioner seat this May. The first candidate forum was held in Grants Pass on Wednesday night, allowing the public to hear from each person about key issues facing the struggling county. Most questions focused on … Continue reading »

Levy Would Add Jail Beds, Raise Taxes

GRANTS PASS — Another levy is on this May’s ballot to help fund the Josephine County Jail. While the sheriff said the additional funding would greatly help his office, some are residents against it. Just a couple of years ago, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office had 98 full-time employees. Friday, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson looked at … Continue reading »

Josephine Holds Sheriff Candidate Forum

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — After years of reduced funding and nearly non-existent patrols, the people of Josephine County appear to be taking the election of a new sheriff seriously. Anne Basker Auditorium had standing room only and three candidates were present at Wednesdays forum to discuss the issues facing the county’s law enforcement and public … Continue reading »

Debate Series Helps Educate Voters

MEDFORD, Ore. — Election day is now less than a month away and ballots will be mailed out in about two weeks. We spoke with Craig Fronek, KCMX radio host, about a new debate series that should help voters get to know a little bit more about the measures and candidates they’re voting for this … Continue reading »

Josephine County Moratorium Set

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A one year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries will be put in to place in Josephine County on May 1st. The decision was made Wednesday morning with a 2-0 vote because Commissioner Cheryl Walker was absent. Commissioner Keith Heck said the moratorium buys them time to figure out exactly what to do … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Two Structures in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same … Continue reading »

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