August 2012

State Employment Report Provides Murky Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th August NewsjobsOregon economy

Oregon has added jobs, but the unemployment rate has inched upward. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate is at 8.7 percent in July, up from 8.5 percent the month before.
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Fort Complex Fires Continue Burning

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th August NewsFort Complex Fireswildfires

A group of wildfires known as the Fort Complex Fire grew by over 800 acres Monday, bringing the total acreage burned to 2,639. All told, the fire is 17 percent contained.Read More »

Costumed Burglar Breaks Into Shady Cove Businesses, Reward Offered

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th August NewsBurglaryCrime StoppersShady Cove news

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating two separate burglaries that took place on July 27 and July 28 in Shady Cove. Bargains on the Rogue and Minimall were burglarized at some point during the night. Surveillance video at one of the businesses captured a suspect forcing his way into the business wearing a Halloween costume.Read More »

New Facebook Data Center To Be Added

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th August NewsBusiness newsCentral Oregon newsFacebook

Facebook has filed plans for a third data center in the Central Oregon city Prineville. The Bend Bulletin reports the social network company has a 334,000-square-foot facility up and running in Prineville and a twin under construction next door. The third facility would be smaller, about 62,000 square feet.
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Non-profits Team To Clean Tsunami Debris

Four nonprofit groups say they will team up to organize and coordinate Oregon volunteers working on tsunami debris. The World of Coos Bay reports the groups plan to create a data base of people who can monitor the Oregon coast, report debris accumulating and help in cleanup efforts.
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Two Men Arrested For Attempted Murder

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th August Newsbeating

  Two Medford men- 19-year old Christopher Garrett and 18-year Moses La Porte- have been arrested on attempted murder charges. Both admitted beating 23-year Mark “Alex” Tabor late Saturday night. The two suspects have admitted to the attack.Read More »

Grants Pass Apartment Fire Caused By "Electrical Failure"

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th August Newsapartment fireGrants Pass news

Fire officials are blaming an electrical failure within a wall for the fire that occurred this morning at 444 Northwest “D” Street in Grants Pass. The occupant reported smelling smoke the night before but couldn’t pinpoint where it was coming from. She awoke this morning to the smell of fire within the the apartment and called 9-1-1 at 5:09 a.m.Read More »

Fort Complex Fire Update

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th August NewsFort Complex Fireswildfires

Firefighters continue to experience challenging conditions in fighting the Fort Complex fire in Oregon and California. Hot and dry weather are causing concern, as is shifts in the wind. Relative humidity measurements have been coming in at 12 to 13 percent; fire managers become concerned with any reading below 20 percent.Read More »

Standoff With Veteran Ends Peacefully on Table Rock Road

By Jim McCoy Fri 10th August Newspolice standoff

The Medford Mail Tribune is reporting that a police standoff Thursday with a suicidal Iraq War veteran ended peacefully. The 33-year old, whose name is not being released by Medford police was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the incident.Read More »

Fort Complex Fire Challenges Crews

By Jim McCoy Fri 10th August Newswildfires

Fires triggered by lightning strikes Sunday continue to provide challenges and safety hazards for the crews fighting them. Five fires are are being fought with available resources, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. Hand crews are working strategic line construction, and helicopters are making water drops.Read More »

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