Missing Hiker Found Dead

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says a climber from Bend, missing since Wednesday, was found dead Sunday. Benjamin Newkirk, 39, was climbing Middle Sister when he fell off the west side of the southeast ridge of the mountain. Rescue crews found his body about 800 feet below where he fell. Newkirk … Continue reading »

Oregon Discusses Future of Pot Violation

OREGON — Recreational marijuana isn’t officially legal until next summer, but some counties in Oregon are already changing how they prosecute marijuana violations. Prosecutors in Multnomah County announced they will dismiss 50 pending cases involving marijuana, and future marijuana crimes will not be pursued. Southern Oregon authorities and the Jackson County District Attorney say enforcement … Continue reading »

Fugitive of 20 Years Found in Lane Co.

DEADWOOD, Ore. — After hiding in Lane County for more than 20 years, a fugitive from New York has been caught. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Franklin Forbis, 72, Thursday at his home in Deadwood. There was a warrant out for his arrest after being caught with more than 800 pounds of drugs. Investigators … Continue reading »

Rabies Case Confirmed in Lane County

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The first case of rabies so far this year in Lane County has been confirmed. Lane County Public Health says a fox found near a residence in Junction City tested positive for rabies. It is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Oregon this year. The fox was brought … Continue reading »

Landslide Closes Road Near Swisshome

NEAR SWISSHOME, Ore. — Debris from a landslide shut down a section of Stagecoach Road northeast of Mapleton this weekend. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday a person living near Stagecoach Road reported a section of the road covered with debris after a landslide. Sunday afternoon a resident spent a few hours clearing the … Continue reading »

County Administrator Search Continues

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Board of Commissioners is pumping the brakes a bit in its search for a new administrator. Last week, the board said it was fairly confident it would be able to offer the position to an applicant by now, but so far this is no deal. Commissioners say the decision … 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 »