New Library Board Set to Begin Work

MEDFORD, Ore. —   The board members of the new Jackson County Library District hope to have a tax rate in place within a few months. In May, voters approved the creation of a library tax district, which will be run by a five-person board. The board was officially approved by Jackson County Commissioners Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »

Public Hearing Held for Taxing District

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County is still taking steps to create their own library taxing district.  In late December, commissioners approved the request, but now they must hear from county residents before approving the measure. On Wednesday, Jackson County commissioners held their first of two public hearings, required by law, before approving the measure for … 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 »

Jackson County Libraries Face Closure

MEDFORD, Ore. — Nearly all of the libraries in Jackson County could close by next year if officials cannot find additional funding. A poll of a potential surcharge that could have freed up funds to help the library showed opposition to the plan. Two year old Finn and his mother spent Wednesday at the Medford … Continue reading »

Groups Speak Out Against GMOs

MEDFORD, Ore. – One week after southern Oregon fields containing genetically modified sugar beet crops were destroyed, citizens against GMOs discussed the issue of genetically altered food in Oregon. Dozens of people attended the meeting at the Medford Library, where speakers talked about the increase of GMO plants in the Rogue Valley, and possible effects … Continue reading »