June 2012

Volunteers Cleaning Stray Dock

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th June Newscoastal newstsunami debris

Oregon officials have organized a group of volunteers to scrape off, bag up and dispose of the hundreds of millions of marine organisms that hitchhiked aboard a boxcar-sized dock that floated across the Pacific during last year's tsunami.
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Dock Washing Ashore May Be From 2011 Tsunami

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th June NewsJapanese tsunamitsunami debris

UPDATE: Officials report the dock was checked for radiation and it tested negative.Read More »

Rosenblum Appointed Oregon AG by Governor

Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Ellen Rosenblum as Oregon attorney general - a job she was headed for in any case. Rosenblum succeeds John Kroger, who's resigning to become president of Reed College in Portland.     Kroger decided last year not to run for re-election as a result of a health condition he hasn't disclosed publicly.
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OSU Selling Tickets As Mrs. Obama Speaks At Commencement

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th June NewsCraig RobinsonMichele ObamaOSU

Oregon State University says tickets will be available for 1,000 members of the general public to hear first lady Michelle Obama give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony June 17 in Reser Stadium.
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Murder Suspect Indicted For Killing Acquaintance With Golf Club

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th June Newsmurder trial

Police say a man beat an acquaintance to death in Medford with a golf club in an unprovoked attack. Travis Donald Asbill was indicted Tuesday by a Jackson County grand jury on a murder charge in Sunday's slaying of Donald William Mack at his home.
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Governor Unveils 10-Year Energy Plan

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th June NewsenergyJohn Kitzhaber

Gov. John Kitzhaber has put together his strategy for weaning Oregon off of fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewable energy.

     The draft plan released Tuesday calls for improving energy efficiency and conservation, making it easier to build renewable energy facilities, and speeding up the switch to alternative fuel vehicles.
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Child Playing With Lighter Causes Residential Jo County Fire

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th June NewsfireGrants Pass news

A fire that broke out in a manufactured home on SW “G” Street in Josephine County is being blamed on a child playing with a lighter in a bedroom.  Crews from the Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to the call at 6:30 p.m. Monday night to find the home fully involved with fire. Grants Pass Fire Rescue and American Medical Response assisted at the scene.Read More »

Report: Existing Home Prices Rise In Jackson County

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th June Newsreal estate

There’s good news for people selling homes in Jackson County; the median sales price is on the rise. The median in the most recent rolling quarterly report rose nearly 10 percent to $155,000, according to the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors.Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Castillo To Resign

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th June NewsNewsOregon educationSusan Castillo

Oregon's superintendent of public instruction, Susan Castillo, says she is resigning to take a job July 1 with a nonprofit organization.
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Romney Makes Oregon Stop

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th June Newspolitical news

Mitt Romney is making a brief stop in Oregon. The presumptive Republican nominee for president will hold a fundraiser at a hotel in downtown Portland on Monday. He has no public appearances on his schedule.
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