Fire Season Funding Deferred to 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. — Smoke filled the Rogue Valley and complex fires engulfed southern Oregon in what was the most costly fire season in Oregon. State representatives met Friday to try and figure out how to cover tens of millions of dollars. “We’re about 40 million short, roughly, right now on what we owe versus what … Continue reading »

Crow Serving Time at Home Not at Jail

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County jail is only able to house the most violent or high-risk offenders. It means for one woman with what animal control called one of the worst hoarding cases in the history of the county, will not spend her sentence in jail. Kandi Crow was allowed home detention to … Continue reading »

Person of Interest Named in Homicide

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Investigators with the Oregon State Police have named a person of interest in the death of a Cave Junction man. Michael McDonald, 60, was taken into custody on two felony warrants and lodged at the Josephine County Jail, but he is not facing additional charges. Tuesday night, OSP’s Criminal Investigations Division … Continue reading »

Recall Effort to Begin Wednesday

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — One activist who has been vocal in his opposition to this November’s ballot measures was excited both that the measures were defeated, but also because it was a landslide which he said sends a loud and clear message. This might just be the beginning. An effort to have a total recall … Continue reading »

Jail Beds Filling Up to Maximum Limit

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police are filling up Josephine County jail beds reaching the contract’s maximum limit almost every day. The city is paying a million dollars to rent up to 30 jail beds through the county.  Since then, the community and police are seeing a big difference. The city is using between 26 and 30 jail … Continue reading »

Smoky Skies Over Rogue Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — It might not compare to what we saw in August, but Thursday’s smoke was enough to make joggers cut their route short and limit visibility throughout the Rogue Valley. Prescribed burns took place Thursday in both Josephine and Jackson counties on land protected by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest … Continue reading »

Step Closer in State Lottery Measure

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Voters in Oregon may soon be able to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled. Securing Our Safety, a group of citizens dedicated to restore public safety in Josephine County, is behind this initiative. The group has collected over 13 hundred signatures to get a ballot … Continue reading »

Food Bank Losing Volunteers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A few Southern Oregon students are trading in their video games for buckets to pick produce. The students are volunteering at Raptor Creek Farm. It’s a garden where the Josephine County Food Bank uses to distribute food to thousands of people in need. But now with school starting up, the food bank is losing many of … Continue reading »

Jail Beds are Costing Community

  GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Kristine Quicker brings her grandchildren to parks in Grants Pass. “But parks, parks are the fundamental things of the family’s,” Quicker commented. “This is a place where you can come and it doesn’t cost any money to come and have a picnic.” For her, keeping her grandchildren safe is important. … Continue reading »

Multi-County Meeting in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Cash-strapped counties in Southern Oregon could see some relief if lawmakers in Washington pass a new bill affecting timber production. District attorneys, sheriffs and commissioners from Lane, Douglas, Curry, Josephine and Jackson Counties are throwing their support behind the resolution. It would set aside additional acres of wilderness of the O&C lands, … Continue reading »

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