Power Outage Planned in Merlin Tonight

MERLIN, Ore. — Residents in Merlin should prepare for the power to be out briefly tonight. The outage will be from 11 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. on Friday. 600 Pacific Power customers along Monument Drive and Pleasant Valley Road in Merlin will be affected, along with portions of Ort Lane and Josephine Street. The … Continue reading »

Neighbors Address Fertilizer Controversy

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Sams Valley Elementary parents and neighbors are voicing their concerns about a plan to fertilize farmland with human waste nearby. Surrounding neighbors of the property are requesting the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hold a public hearing before issuing a permit for Clearwater Technology to spread sewage on the property. Neighbors … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Substation Hours

Grants Pass, Ore. – The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has announced limited hours for it’s Cave Junction and Merlin substations. Volunteers are available to the public to assist in filing online reports at the following times: Cave Junction Sub Station: Back Side of CJ City Hall 222 W. Lister St. Cave Junction, OR 97523 Hours … Continue reading »

9 New Volunteers for Sheriff’s Office

MERLIN, Ore. — The public safety levy failed in Josephine County on Tuesday and the sheriff’s office will also not receive any requested funds from roads money. Some help came Friday in the form of volunteers. The sheriff is in the process of forming a team of trained volunteers to gather evidence in property crimes … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Two Structures in Merlin

MERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same … Continue reading »

Big Windy Camp Breaks Down

MERLIN, Ore. — Supplies were packed up and information was passed on at the Big Windy Complex Monday afternoon as the Oregon Department of Forestry is set to take over on Tuesday morning. “Because of that rain, the changing conditions, we were able to collapse the perimeter and make it a little bit more manageable for … Continue reading »

Hot Shot Crew Works Swing Shift

MERLIN, Ore. — There’s the crew that works during the day and the crew that works during the night. Tuesday a swing shift from noon to midnight was put into place. This hot shot crew focuses on waiting for the right time to burn out. As the sun set on day 25 of the Big … Continue reading »

Brimstone Fire Nearly Contained

MERLIN, Ore. — A single tent is all that remains at the Brimstone fire camp at North Valley High School as fire crews are moving out and moving on to other nearby fires. Boxes were stacked up and briefing displays were torn down Monday at the Brimstone camp in Merlin. Officials are hoping to have … Continue reading »

Feeding Firefighters Keeps Crews Busy

MERLIN, Ore. — While the Brimstone Fire continues to grow, so does the line of hungry firefighters returning from the fire lines. A team with Star Catering prepared the meals for the firefighters, a feat managers say is challenging itself. “It’s always a fight to get this many guys fed. When you’re looking at 700 … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Grass and Trailer Fire

MERLIN, Ore. – Fire crews were busy Thursday responding to both a grass and trailer fire which spread quickly with the continuously dry conditions. The grass fire covered 1.5 acres and started from a lawn mower at the Merlin Land Fill Thursday morning. The fire rapidly spread and a second alarm was initially called. This … Continue reading »