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 »

Oregon Woman Held in East Timor Prison

EAST TIMOR — An Oregon woman who turns 41 this week, was forced to spend her birthday in prison. Stacy Addison, a veterinarian from Oregon, is locked up in the Southeast Asian nation of East Timor. She’s being held in connection with a drug investigation in which her family says she was unwittingly caught up. She … Continue reading »

Strike Possible At University of Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon is facing a possible strike. The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University haven’t been able to agree on salaries and paid leave. The GTFF said they aren’t making livable wages and they’re asking for a 5.5 increase on the minimum. The University said they made a final … Continue reading »

Irrigation Water Shuts Off in Gold Hill

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Rural residents near Gold Hill can expect to see the irrigation water slowly shut off. The Gold Hill Irrigation District is shutting off water starting today for a fish salvage project starting on Thursday. Officials say the water legally has to be turned off by Friday, and starting the process now … Continue reading »

Farmers Markets Stay Open For Winter

MEDFORD, Ore. — With colder temperatures settling in, many farmers markets close. But, families interested in eating fresh produce through the winter still have options, including farm shares and winter markets through a program called Community Supported Agriculture. Winter Community Supported Agriculture shares come every week or every two weeks and are offered by several … Continue reading »

UO Coaching Staff at Kids Unlimited

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon is making a name for itself in girls’ basketball, and so this area is attracting attention from some bigger names in the sport. On Sunday several members of the University of Oregon women’s basketball coaching staff were at Kids Unlimited for a basketball clinic. They were there to instruct girls … Continue reading »

Federal Law Consuming School Funds

MEDFORD, Ore. — A federal law currently set in place is consuming 25 percent of money that should be going towards county and school funding. Right now, the U.S. Forest Service is allowed to sue private land owners. This happens when a fire starts on private land and moves over into publicly owned land, destroying natural … Continue reading »

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