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 »

Group Pushes to Reallocate Lottery Funds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A group of citizens say they have a new plan to restore the criminal justice system in Josephine County and also give millions of dollars to other counties across Oregon. Securing Our Safety is made up of citizens in Josephine County. They formed after the failed criminal justice tax levy. The group is wanting to move control … Continue reading »

Feeding Firefighters Keeps Crews Busy

MERLIN, Ore. — While the Brimstone Fire continues to grow, so does the line of hungry firefighters returning from the fire lines. A team with Star Catering prepared the meals for the firefighters, a feat managers say is challenging itself. “It’s always a fight to get this many guys fed. When you’re looking at 700 … Continue reading »

More Jail Beds To Open In August

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Beginning in August, the days of cite and release for some Grants Pass criminals will be over. A contract allowing the city of Grants Pass to rent up to 30 jail beds was approved and is just weeks from kicking in. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety officials say property crimes … Continue reading »

Pacifica Fire Forces Evacuations

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Traffic backed up and some were left stranded as roads leading into an evacuated area were closed off while crews battled the fire. Some had seen the flames, packed up, and left for safer ground. “What happened was that it was really spreading out really pretty quickly and it was coming up … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Will Pay to Rent Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Despite some questions about the price tag, the Grants Pass City Council voted pay more than $1 million to rent beds in the Josephine County jail. Wednesday night, the council voted 7-1 in favor of the plan, in which the city will rent a total of 30 jail beds. City police … Continue reading »

City Projects May be Cut for Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — City council is looking to sign a half a million dollar contract to rent more jail beds from the Josephine County jail. Councilors are looking to cut several city projects if they go through with the contract. One of those projects to cut is the Fruitdale Creek trail. For trail users, the … Continue reading »

Councilors to Decide Plan for Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The city council is considering a contract to rent jail beds, which would cost around 500 thousand dollars. Monday afternoon, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety laid out a plan to the city council. The department is looking to rent 30 jail beds from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. If councilors move … Continue reading »

Fairgrounds Hoping To Ride Momentum

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — While horses lined the gates, horse racing fans lined the ticket window at Grants Pass Downs in what was a sharp increase compared to 2012. More than 21,000 attended Grants Pass Downs this season despite having two fewer races per day. Josephine County Fairgrounds officials hope this is a sign things … Continue reading »

Shooting Suspect Indicted

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A grand jury indicts a man accused of killing a 5 year-old girl. A seven person jury indicted Jon Meyer on four offenses. Those charges include manslaughter in the second degree, assault in the third degree, unlawful possession of a machine gun and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. The Josephine County District Attorney’s … Continue reading »

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