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 »

Counties Continue Detention Contract

MEDFORD, Ore. — For a little more than a year, Josephine county has rented three beds at the Jackson county juvenile justice facility. This came as a result of Josephine county’s struggle to fund public safety. Now, the agreement will continue into the next fiscal year. Jackson county’s juvenile justice facility can hold up to … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Looks at Election Results

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On May 20th, Josephine County voters defeated a levy funding the jail and youth services with 53% of voters voting against the measure. Monday, city of Grants Pass officials met to take a closer look at the newly certified results and to see how county voters in the city voted. The … Continue reading »

Rural/Metro Takes Over Grants Pass Rural

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Beginning at midnight on June 1st, the Grants Pass Rural Fire Department was taken over by Rural/Metro Fire Department. The owner of Grants Pass Rural, Linda Miller, says she tried to make upgrades and improvements over the last year to keep up with standards and regulations set for fire agencies. When … Continue reading »

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