August 2012

Fort Complex Fires

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st August NewsForest Complex firewildfires

The latest word from forestry officials is that the Fort Complex Fire is at 5,983 acres of midday Tuesday. Within the last day, the Goff Fire grew by 351 acres up to the Pacific Crest Trail, prompting closures. By Tuesday evening, the Klamath National Forest manage the fire. The blaze is 37 percent contained.Read More »

AAA Report: Labor Day Travel To Increase

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st August NewsAAAgas pricestravel

The AAA Auto Club is forecasting increased travel for the 2012 Labor Day weekend compared to 2011. That follows the same trend from other holiday periods thus far in the year.Read More »

Report: Workman's Comp Claims Down

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th August Newsworkman's compensation

Despite a 30 percent increase in Oregon's workforce, the state's workers' compensation claims are down sharply since the system was overhauled two decades ago. Workers' Compensation Division administrator John Shilts tells the Statesman-Journal employers are saving money but workplaces are also safer.
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No One Hurt In I-5 RV Fire

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th August Newsfire

A Medford couple walked away unhurt from the I-5 fire near Gold Hill that destroyed their motor home. The Mail Tribune reports 85-year-old Joy Adreon says she and her husband, 86-year-old Leon Adreon, were driving south on I-5 around 3:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard a large popping sound coming from their vehicle.Read More »

Donation Boxes Removed, Redesigned for Theft-proofing

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th August Newsdonationshomelessness

Ashland officials have removed three donation boxes aimed at benefiting the homeless after it was discovered that all the paper bills inside had been stolen. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports the downtown boxes will be reinstalled after they are redesigned to be theft proof.Read More »

Holloway Fire Contained, Barry Point Fire Stopped

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th August Newswildfires

The state Department of Forestry says the massive Holloway fire is now almost 100 contained. The lightning-caused blaze has scorched 245,505 acres in Oregon and 215,542 acres in Nevada since igniting earlier this month.
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Police Searching for Next Of Kin For Deceased Transient

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th August NewsOregon State PoliceRalph Laurence Boles

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help to find the next-of-kin for a deceased transient found in early July at a homeless camp. The body of 72-year old Ralph Laurence Boles was discovered July 10th.Read More »

The Latest on the Gold Hill and Barry Point Fires

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th August Newswildfires

Over 1,300 firefighters are at work on the Barry Point fire south of Lakeview. According to Rogue Weather.com, at last report, evacuations were in place as extreme fire behavior is being reported.  Read More »

Defazio Supporting Coal Exports

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th August News

Rep. Peter DeFazio says he has few qualms about shipping coal to Asia through the Port of Coos Bay.    The Springfield Democrat tells The World newspaper  that trying to block plans to ship coal to Asia won't stop countries like South Korea from burning coal to produce electricity.
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Couple Faces Hate Crime Charges For Killing Spree

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th August Newshate crimes

A couple accused in a three-state Northwest killing spree last fall now face federal hate crime charges alleging they killed four people as part of a white supremacist campaign. Amanda Marshall, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, said Friday that a federal grand jury has indicted 32-year-old David "Joey" Pedersen and 25-year-old Holly Ann Grigsby on racketeering charges.Read More »

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