Local Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

MEDFORD, Ore. – Total payroll in Jackson County rose by 1,630 in October, dropping the local unemployment rate nearly one full percent from the same time last year. According to a new report from the State of Oregon Employment Department, the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Jackson County is 8.5 percent, down from 8.6 … Continue reading »

Counties Fighting for Fire Season Funds

MEDFORD, Ore. – County commissioners in Oregon are fighting for awareness about a law in place that does not allow money to be pumped back into counties after timber is burned during fire seasons. Currently, 16 U.S.C. § 579c does not allow or address the fact that when timber is burned or destroyed by fire, and … Continue reading »

DA’s Asked to End Marijuana Prosecutions

SALEM, Ore. – Advocates for legal recreational marijuana in Oregon are calling on the state’s District Attorneys to stop prosecution of pending marijuana criminal cases. Measure 91 on the November General Election ballot made marijuana possession legal under certain parameters as of July of 2015. Now, the chief petitioner of the measure, and representatives from … Continue reading »

Oregon Population Continues to Surge

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland State University’s Population Research Center finds people continue to flock to the Beaver state. A preliminary report shows Oregon’s population increased from 3,919,025 in 2013 to 3,962,565 in 2014. According to researchers, the increase of 43,545 people is due to improving economic conditions, and people moving to the state. Bend, Salem, … Continue reading »

Oregon Sees Best Job Growth in Decades

SALEM, Ore. – The State of Oregon added 9,900 jobs in October, marking the largest monthly increase in nearly 20 years. According to the Employment Department, the last time Oregon’s economy added this many jobs was in August 1995 when 10,400 were added. Manufacturing, health care, and professional and business services are all identified as strengthening markets. … Continue reading »

Web Extra: Ducks on OL Andre Y, Colorado

EUGENE, Oregon – Oregon players and coaches talk about the expected return of offensive lineman, Andre Yruretagoyena, Colorado and more after Monday’s practice. Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost: Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen: Oregon wide receiver Keanon Lowe: Oregon corner back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu: Oregon offensive lineman Hamani Stevens: Oregon offensive lineman Doug Brenner:

Unemployment Tax Rates Set to Go Down

SALAM, Ore. – Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will go down as of  January 1, 2015. The move is expected to save the average employer in the state about $63 a year per employee. Oregon law requires the Employment Department to use a statutory formula to determine employer payroll tax rates for the upcoming year. This money goes into the unemployment insurance trust … Continue reading »

Oregon Discusses Future of Pot Violation

OREGON — Recreational marijuana isn’t officially legal until next summer, but some counties in Oregon are already changing how they prosecute marijuana violations. Prosecutors in Multnomah County announced they will dismiss 50 pending cases involving marijuana, and future marijuana crimes will not be pursued. Southern Oregon authorities and the Jackson County District Attorney say enforcement … Continue reading »

“Healthiest State” Challenge for Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon is in a challenge with Iowa to become the healthiest state. Business, education and political speakers from across the state, including Southern Oregon, are meeting in Portland today to launch the promotion. The governors of each state released a video challenging each other to push for healthy states. The project aims … Continue reading »

Oregon Among Fewest Premature Births

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon is one of only five states to receive an “A” on the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card, released today. Oregon’s premature birth rate was 9.3% in 2013, below the March of Dimes goal of 9.6%. The other states meeting or beating the March of Dimes goal and getting … Continue reading »

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