Drug Involvement Warnings for Parents

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — More than one hundred community members attended a presentation at Fleming Middle School in Merlin on Friday morning, all in an effort to spread awareness of signs of drug and alcohol use. School personnel, members of law enforcement and members of the community were among the 150 people on hand to … Continue reading »

State Attention for Local Middle School

MERLIN, Ore. — A Southern Oregon school is one of 10 institutions in the whole state earning special recognition. Fleming Middle School in Merlin is receiving a “performance audit” after demonstrating success in closing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students, and their more affluent peers. Officials from the Oregon Secretary of State’s office arrived … Continue reading »

Wildlife Images Dealing With the Smoke

NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — Pet and livestock owners have been working this week to do whatever they can to protect their animals for the smoke that’s filling the valleys of our region, including staff at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation Center. The bears are taking it easy at Wildlife Images, so are the wolves. The ibis is … Continue reading »

Crews Stop Fast-Moving Fire in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. – A fast-moving fire described as a “wall of flames” heading toward homes was stopped in its tracks by dozens of firefighters responding from across the Rogue Valley. Fire officials said a vehicle fire along Brookside Boulevard near the Grants Pass Airport spread to nearby dry grass, then was pushed by the wind … Continue reading »

New Fire Protection Company In Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — Several months after the collapse of Inland Fire Company in Josephine County, a new company is in place to provide fire protection for residents in the North Valley area. When Inland Fire folded last fall, Dan Trader and Wade Comyford decided to take over and take it a step further by adding … Continue reading »

Merlin Shooting Suspect Sentenced

MERLIN, Ore. – A man who fired a gun in Merlin, hitting a by-stander in the calf, will spend 180 days behind bars. Cory Maynard appeared in the Josephine County Courthouse again on Monday for sentencing on assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges. He will have to pay $560.00 to the county and … Continue reading »

Donations Keep Merlin Station Open

By Steven Sandberg MERLIN, Ore. — As the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office continues to face major budget cuts, members of the community are trying to keep some services available. Thanks to thousands of dollars in donations from the community, a Josephine County Sheriff’s Office substation is going to stay open and be able to provide … Continue reading »

Custom Kayak Hitting the Waters

By Sharon Ko MERLIN, Ore. — This summer, a new kayak developed by two local companies is hitting the waters. Orange Torpedo Trips is bringing in its custom kayak for riders. Working alongside another Merlin-based company, orange torpedo trips created a new inflatable kayak and it says it’s changing the experience of rafting. Orange Torpedo … Continue reading »