June 2012

Job Growth Seen In Latest Jackson County Figures

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th June NewsJackson County economyjobs

The latest estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Jackson County gained 1,190 jobs in the month of May. Retail trade sector gained 610 jobs, local government employment gained 180 jobs and construction gained 140 during the month. Nearly every published sector showed an improvement.Read More »

Oregon Gas Prices Below $4 Per Gallon

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th June Newsgas prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon has fallen below $4 a gallon to $3.95. The AAA auto club reports it dropped 17 cents in a week and 27 cents in a month. It's 44 cents higher than the national average.
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Grants Pass Grange Fire May Have Been Intentionally Set

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th June fireGrants Pass newsNews

Fire has destroyed much of the Grange hall in Grants Pass, and firefighters say there's reason to think it was set. The fire at the Rogue River Valley Grange building was reported about 1:30 a.m. today (Monday).
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Medford Cruise Kicks Off Monday

Monday marks the beginning of the 27th annual Medford Cruise, one of the region’s annual highlights. Organizers say this year’s event will have many of the traditional favorites in store, plus numerous new events as well.Read More »

War Games Cause Public Concern In Grants Pass

Grants Pass police say they’ve received a number of recent calls of “suspicious people” in dark clothing carrying what looks like firearms while roaming through their neighborhoods. When police respond, the subjects say they are playing “war games” with air soft guns.Read More »

Pacific Power Announcing Layoffs

By Jim McCoy Fri 8th June NewsjobsPacific Power

Pacific Power says they are laying off up to 70 employees, among them, 12 at plants between Grants Pass and Yreka. The layoffs will reportedly keep the utility from further raising rates.Read More »

Bend Man On Trial For Killing With Baseball Bat

By Jim McCoy Fri 8th June NewsBend newsmurder trial

Prosecutors in a trial getting under way in Bend say a man beat his roommate to death with a baseball bat because of jealousy over a woman. Richard Ward Clarke is accused of murder in the death of 36-year-old Matt Fitzhenry in October 2010.
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Springfield Activists Rally Against Hate Crime

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th June Newshate crimesOregon news

   The reaction continues in Springfield to allegations that four young white people threatened a biracial teenager walking downtown on Memorial Day.
 The Eugene Register-Guard reports community activists held a rally on Wednesday, and people who attended asked downtown business owners to post "Hate Free Zone" leaflets.
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High Tech Fueling Oregon Economic Growth

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th June Newseconomy

An important measure of Oregon's economy showed robust growth in 2011, but economists say it was lopsided.The Oregonian reports the state's gross domestic product grew 4.7 percent in a year-over-year comparison, second among the 50 states.
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Review: Communication An Issue in Portland Police-Involved Shootings

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th June NewsCrimeOregon newspolice shootings

An outside review of seven shootings by Portland police officers found the biggest problem was a breakdown in communications.

     The Los Angeles-based Office of Independent Review presented findings Wednesday to the city council. The study covered shootings between 2004 and 2010.
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