Medford Considers Styrofoam Ban

  MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford City Council Thursday night passed a ban on Styrofoam containers. This comes as part of an effort championed by a local high school student. Styrofoam, or polystyrene, is commonly used in things like to-go containers at restaurants. That’s because it’s affordable, but one Saint Mary’s senior says the environmental cost is … Continue reading »

Verizon Launches Super Bowl App

MEDFORD, Ore. — A new application on smart phones is taking the 2015 Super Bowl experience to the next level. Verizon Wireless launched the Super Bowl Stadium app. Anyone with an iOS, Android or Windows smartphone through Verizon is able to download it. The app includes stadium seating charts, concession maps and Super Bowl commercials. The … Continue reading »

Darigold Closing Medford Plant

MEDFORD, Ore. — 29 local residents will soon be out of a job, after Darigold announces plans to close its plant in Medford. According to the company, the need to significantly upgrade the facility to maintain compliance with food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations led to the decision to close the plant. The closure … Continue reading »

Local Jobless Rate Continues Decline

MEDFORD, Ore. — The unemployment rate continued to tick down in the Rogue Valley as job losses in construction were offset by private education and health services positions in December. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Jackson County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.6 to 8.4 percent in the final month of 2014. That’s down from 9.1 … Continue reading »

Medford Police Hiring New Officers

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police Department is in the middle of interviews as they look for people to fill open spots in the agency. Administrators said hiring happens about twice a year, and this time around they had more than 200 applicants. After a test, management narrowed down the pool to just 36. This week, … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Jails

  MEDFORD, Ore.–Possibly the oldest existing city jail in southern Oregon is at the 125 year old Jacksonville city hall. A plaque on the wall says it was built in 1880 for 25-hundred dollars and included two jail cells in addition to a clerk’s office, fire station and council meeting room, still in use today. … Continue reading »

Second Trial for Murder Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. — A man accused of murdering his girlfriend over a year ago is expected to appear before a jury Monday morning. The trial for Jose Valencia-Gaona’s trial is scheduled to begin at 9 A.M. before a twelve person jury. His trial originally began last June, but just two days into the trial, the … Continue reading »

Stolen Guns In Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — According to Medford Police, in 2014 126 guns were stolen in the city of Medford and 29 of those guns were stolen out of cars. Police say guns are often a target for thieves because they have a high black market value. Officers say stolen guns are easy for thieves to profit … Continue reading »

Local Doctors Treat Macular Degeneration

MEDFORD, Ore. — Millions of Americans are affected by macular degeneration: making reading, driving and even the ability to identify faces difficult. Now, eye centers in the Rogue Valley are performing procedures to help people faced with the disease. The disease is called age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD. It is the leading cause … Continue reading »

Sports Park Brings In Bucks for Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford’s U.S. Cellular Community Park is credited with bringing more than $10 million to Medford’s economy last year. The money pushed into the economy in 2014 broke the old record of $9.6 million set in 2010. There are currently 11 sports fields at U.S. Cellular Park and three more being built right … Continue reading »

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