Decisions on Medical Marijuana

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council voted unanimously at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting to enact a one year moratorium on dispensaries. The moratorium spans from May 1st, 2014 through May 1st, 2015. However, the Council also approved an ordinance to ban medical marijuana within City limits altogether. Therefore, even after the … Continue reading »

Movie Rental Giant To Close Its Doors

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Those in the movie rental business said 2004 was the peak for industry and 2009 is when they took a big hit. On demand, streaming, and Redbox are among the change to movie renting.  Ever since, movie rental giants have been closing and soon Blockbuster will hit eject. “You’ll find our … Continue reading »

Cougar Spotted Near Talent Apartments

TALENT, Ore. — Just before sunset on Tuesday, a cougar was spotted lurking near a Talent apartment complex. Police said the cougar was not very afraid of people and appeared to be either sick or injured and may have been hit by a car. It was the second time Talent police had been called out … Continue reading »

Brammo Moving Into Wal-Mart Building

TALENT, Ore. — After months of remodeling and renovation, the north Medford Wal-Mart location is set to re-open its doors tomorrow morning. Another building which was home to Wal-Mart in the past is also getting a new look and will open it’s doors soon. The old talent Wal-Mart building is the future headquarters for Brammo … Continue reading »

Local “Ag Burning” is Worrying Residents

TALENT, Ore. — Firefighters received multiple calls this morning about a fire burning west of Talent. It turned out it wasn’t a wildfire, but an effort to eliminate a pear tree disease. Workers at a Harry and David orchard off Royal Crest Road in Talent were out burning branches and shoots infected with the disease. … Continue reading »

Talent Asphalt Appeal

TALENT, Ore. – A long-running battle between Talent residents and the operator of a small asphalt batch plant took their fight to a county land use hearings officer. The owner of mountain view paving is hoping a 50-history will weigh on his side.  Opponents are challenging that claim and say it should be moved away from … Continue reading »

Out & About: Pear Blossom Festival

Start with a high spirited woman, throw in a group of adorable kids, some nuns and a Nazi invasion and you’ve got the world’s most beloved musical. It is, of course, “The Sound of Music.” This award winning musical is currently on the stage of the Camelot Theatre in Talent. The high-energy cast brings to life the … Continue reading »

False Alarms an Issue During Burn Season

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Drive down Interstate-5 during open burn season and you’ll see the hillsides dotted with columns of smoke. Most are contained, and many are legal, but they often get called in to 911 dispatchers anyway. When that happens, firefighters are obligated to respond. Since each truck is built to handle a variety … Continue reading »

Crews Fight Garage Fire

TALENT, Ore. — A woman was inside a home on the 300 block of South 2nd Street when a neighbor alerted her of a fire in her garage. The garage was fully involved when fire crews arrived shortly after 10:10 p.m Saturday. Fire District 5 crews say they saw smoke in the sky from their station. … Continue reading »

First Community Mural Unveiled

TALENT, Ore. — The  first ever community mural was unveiled Saturday in Talent. About 100 people watched the painting appear across from the Camelot Theatre. Karen Rycheck designed the piece painted by 54 others. “These are artists in their daily lives creating community and painting as we go along and so that’s the idea of … Continue reading »