GP Downs Closes Successful Season

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association faced an uphill battle in restoring Grants Pass Downs to its glory days. For several years the race track was losing significant money, thereby endangering its future. With the season concluding on Sunday, SOHRA director Rod Lowe says 2013 was a success. SOHRA reported a … Continue reading »

Grand Jury Decision Reached on Shooting

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A grand jury has reached a decision on charges for a man who was arrested for killing a 5-year-old girl. But the Josephine County District Attorney’s office is not releasing the jurors decision. The D.A.’s office says it won’t be released until Monday. A secretary with the office says they have … Continue reading »

Budget Cuts Begin With New Fiscal Year

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Another year, another round of budget cuts for Josephine County. “Today is the day that everyone has been trying to ignore for a while,” County Commissioner Keith Hick says. The county approved a budget of a little more than $68 million but with revenues continuing to decline, some departments are having … Continue reading »

New Ownership at Grants Pass Downs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Grants Pass Downs is off and running, continuing a Josephine County tradition that dates as far back as the 1920′s, but two lackluster seasons left Southern Oregon race fans wondering whether the show would go on. The downhill trend started in 2011 when the county ran the race tracks, but … Continue reading »

Josephine County Holds Budget Town Hall

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – As Josephine County turns down another public safety levy, two lawmakers are meeting with voters to discuss other options. Representative Wally Hicks and Senator Herman Baertschiger held a town hall meeting in Cave Junction Saturday morning. The two discussed a House Bill that would allow the Governor to declare a public … Continue reading »

Woman Drowns in River Near Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — A woman drowns in the Rogue River and the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says the drowning could have been prevented. The owner of Black Bar Lodge was looking at the Rogue River when he saw a body floating in the waters Saturday, around 4 p.m. With the help of others, John James went out to … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Levy Fails

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the second time, a tax measure to restore public safety in Josephine County failed to win voter approval. The unofficial results show 49 percent voted yes and 51 percent voted no. Around 400 votes separate the two sides as of 9:50 p.m. Measure 17-49 proposed a property tax of $1.48 … Continue reading »

Animal Shelter Fate Tied to Tax Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – This Tuesday, Josephine County voters will take their stance on the proposed public safety tax levy. Among the more unlikely services in that levy is animal control. Now the Josephine County Animal Shelter is making their case for funding, and turning to donors to help them stay on their feet. Officials … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Holds Safety Awareness Day

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Saturday was Safety Awareness Day in Grants Pass. Residents young and old came down to the Grants Pass shopping center for the town’s safety day event. Visitors climbed aboard equipment and vehicles from Grants Pass Fire and Josephine County Search and Rescue. The Caveman Kiwanis club fitted people for free bike … Continue reading »

Honoring the Fallen in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In light of Police Memorial Week, counties across Oregon are honoring those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Thursday, Josephine County held a memorial ceremony at the United Methodist Church. Community members and various law enforcement officers gathered to honor fallen officers. Grants Pass officials from the Josephine … Continue reading »

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