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For the first time in ten years, the Mount Shasta Police Department will go back to a 24/7 dispatch center in July.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be out in full force this weekend to look for impaired drivers. Local bars are preparing for the busy weekend too.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking direction/support from the City Council in several areas regardi ng the Medford I-5 viaduct during Thursday night's study session.
A handful of hardworking students are only in their first year at Mazama High School, but they're already getting a jumpstart on their future.
U.S. 101 will likely remain closed near Brookings a few more days.
Due to heavy rains and potential flooding from now through Tuesday, the Curry County Road Department will have sandbags and sand to those who need them.
Oregon 138E between milepost 17 and 60 (just east of Glide to Lower Toketee) is closed due to heavy snow, downed trees and power lines.
Winter weather conditions have prompted schools to delay, cancel, or release early.
A new recycled computer store opened to the public Wednesday, but it's not your average electronics store.
A 23-year-old man died Saturday afternoon while skiing in the back-country on Mt. Ashland.