May 2012

AAA Report: Gas Prices Spike In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 21st May NewsAAAeconomygas pricestravel

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $4.23. That's up 6 cents in a week and 17 cents in a month. It's 54
cents higher than the national average, which dropped 4 cents in
the past week to $3.69.
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Fish "By Catch" To Go To Oregon Food Banks

By Jim McCoy Mon 21st May NewsfishOregon food banks

Fish caught accidentally by commercial fisherman while fishing for another will now go to help the needy in Oregon. This is a result of the “Fish Bycatch”  bill being signed into law today by Governor  John Kitzhaber. He praises the bill as an innovative way to get nutritious protein-rich food to Oregon food banks.Read More »

State School Board Banning Native American School Nicknames

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th May NewsNative-American namesschools

The Oregon Board of Education has voted to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding.
     The vote Thursday gives Oregon some of the nation's toughest
restrictions on American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos.Read More »

Ashland Tightens Rules On Homeless Camping

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th May NewsAshlandhomelessness

The Ashland City Council has voted to tighten its ban on public camping.
     The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that the move was prompted by the municipal court's dismissal of two citations.Read More »

Medford Residents Not Favorable Towards Stargazing Plan

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th May NewsMedfordstargazing proposal

Medford residents are favoring safety over stargazing.  The Mail Tribune reports that the public response has been mostly negative to a pilot project that would turn off street lights in one part of town this summer to save
money and improve the visibility of the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower.Read More »

Arrest Made in Grants Pass Home Invasion Robbery

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th May NewsCrimeGrants Pass

A Grants Pass woman is in jail today after she and two male accomplices allegedly robbed a home on Rogue River Avenue Thursday morning at gunpoint. 33-year old Zera M. Thomas was apprehended by police at her home on M. Baldy Road Thursday afternoon, and she faces robbery, burglary, coercion, theft and unlawful use of firearm charges related to the robbery of 24-year old Destiny Ridenour.Read More »

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