Increasing Patrols in Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite Josephine County’s budget problems over the past several years, county commissioners have been able to hold onto a small reserve of contingency funds for a rainy day. Wednesday morning, with rain drops falling outside their meeting, commissioners approved the next year’s budget which dips into some of those funds The … 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 »

City Explores Options for Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since August, the city of Grants Pass has rented up to 30 jail beds in an effort to cut down on the number of offenders who are cited and released. That contract will end on July 1st and now city officials are looking for ways to keep those jail beds open. … Continue reading »

Citizen Group, Sheriff Moving Forward

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Another year, another levy to help fund the Josephine County Jail on the May ballot, and another defeat by voters. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said he has a plan in place to move forward without additional funding. As of now, with no additional funding, Sheriff Gilbertson said his department will be at … Continue reading »

Levy Would Add Jail Beds, Raise Taxes

GRANTS PASS — Another levy is on this May’s ballot to help fund the Josephine County Jail. While the sheriff said the additional funding would greatly help his office, some are residents against it. Just a couple of years ago, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office had 98 full-time employees. Friday, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson looked at … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Will End Jail Bed Rentals

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since last summer, up to 30 jail beds for those arrested just in the city limits of Grants Pass have been reserved at the Josephine County Jail. Now, as officials prepare for next year’s budget, they said that funding won’t return. Last August, the days of cite and release ended in … Continue reading »

Cities Vote on Placing Measure on Ballot

MEDFORD, Ore. — Kim Cornette and her two young boys visited the Central Point library on Monday, a place that has become a regular stop every week. “For years we’ve enjoyed using the library, but recently since school has begun, we’ve enjoyed coming to find books that my boys can use for the projects and … Continue reading »

Ideas to Save Libraries Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. — This morning more than fifty people turned out for a public hearing with the Jackson county commissioners and each speaker shared ideas on how to fund the county’s fifteen libraries. Input was taken for more than an hour and although not everyone had the same ideas for how to fund the library, … Continue reading »