Crews Train for Water Rescues

GOLD HILL, Ore. — As more people hit the water to cool off this summer, emergency crews prepared for water rescue efforts. Crews from Fire District 3 held a swift water training near Gold Hill Wednesday. Firefighters learned how to paddle and maneuver rafts and how to safely reach someone who is trapped on the … Continue reading »

“Slap” Graffiti Found in Rogue River

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Over the weekend, the Rogue River Police Department received calls that two local businesses were tagged with graffiti. Officials say it was not typical spray painted designs, but what they refer to as “slaps.” “Slaps” are a type of graffiti where vandals will have a pre-drawn design and will glue it up. … Continue reading »

“Operation Dry Water” in Effect

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Sgt. Shawn Richards said his message for staying safe out on the water is simple. “All we ask is that whoever’s operating the boat, whether it be a raft or powerboat, be a sober driver,” said Sgt. Richards. He says 22 people were arrested for B.U.I.I.’s last year a number right … Continue reading »

Drift Boats Hit the Rogue River

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Several emergency response agencies from all over the state are in the Rogue Valley this week for the annual Drift Boat School. The five day class is hosted to help emergency personnel be better prepared when dealing with water rescue and navigation. Dozens of law enforcement officers and fire fighters made … Continue reading »

Jet Boat Tours Offered at TouVelle

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — For the very first time, jet boat excursions are being offered at state parks. TouVelle State Park in Jackson County is the only one to offer the service for the time being. Rogue Jet Boat Adventures is a private company under a trial period with the state park. The goal of … Continue reading »

Kids Mourn Loss of Pet to Bunny Bandit

ROGUE RIVER, Ore., — The students at Great Beginnings Childcare & Preschool in Rogue River didn’t have a great beginning on Wednesday. The children discovered their class bunny, Amos, disappeared overnight. The evidence was clear to Police Chief Ken Lewis; someone had stolen the preschool’s mascot.  Rhonda Schock, who runs Great Beginnings, says the thief … Continue reading »

Deadly House Fire is Accidental

[UPDATE 6:45 P.M.] — Rogue River Police have confirmed the cause of an overnight house fire in Rogue River that killed two people and sent a third to the hospital. Police said, Johanna Campbell-Smith, 47 of Rogue River, was able to escape the burning home by jumping from a bedroom window. The home owner, Theodore … Continue reading »

New Proposals Could Impact Miners

ROGUE RIVER, Ore.–New rules are being proposed to deal with mercury levels in the Rogue River, but gold miners are not happy about it. At a hearing Monday night, miners said they are being blamed for a problem that is not their fault. They say the suction dredges they use also help to filter out … Continue reading »

Rain Leads to High Water Levels

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – River levels were noticeably higher Monday morning after rainfall in the Rogue Valley over the weekend. From Sunday to Monday, Rogue River water levels increased by about seven feet and peaked around 11 feet near Grants Pass. Though the water levels never officially surpassed flood levels, the Rogue River overflowed in … Continue reading »

Potential Whitewater Park Explored

GOLD HILL, Ore. — The Rogue River roared as a group toured the rapids led by a man who has plans to make a three hundred yard stretch of the river a prime destination for kayakers around the world. The Ti’lomikh Falls section of the Rogue River is said to be one of the best … Continue reading »

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