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 »

Property Crime Unit Needs Volunteers

Grants Pass, OR – Due to limited resources of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office during the last 28 months property crime investigations have consequently fallen to the wayside. Sheriff Gilbertson, working in concert with the District Attorney’s Office, formed a team of vetted and well-trained Volunteers and Reserves to assume this function. These teams will … Continue reading »

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

County Residents Use Online Watch

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Cave Junction may have a small presence of law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t eyes and ears watching and listening. “You might out run the police, but you’re not going to out run Facebook,” said Cave Junction resident Tim Duffy. A Facebook page with nearly 4,000 followers is updated … Continue reading »

4th of July Events Around the Region

The fourth of July is here,  and there are plenty of ways for you to welcome it in. This afternoon Southern Oregon has many exciting events celebrating the country’s independence.   Here’s a list of events happening around the region today:     Central Point – “Red White and Boom” – Jackson County Fairgrounds – 7:00 p.m. Festivities started … Continue reading »

Walker Response to Recall Petition

COMMISSIONER CHERRYL WALKER’S STATEMENT ABOUT THE FILING OF POTENTIAL RECALL For more than a dozen years there has been a small group of disgruntled people who have tried to intimidate public officials and citizens from public participation in Josephine County meetings.  Their mode of operation has been name calling and making disparaging comments about private … Continue reading »

Crews Train for Wildfires in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Officials say current fire conditions in southern Oregon aren’t typically seen until late July. Now that fire danger has moved to high, Rogue Valley Task Force 1 continues wildfire training. Red tape marks the path of a simulated fast moving fire in a Grants Pass neighborhood. “We came over, we were … Continue reading »

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