October 2012

City Passes Anti-Coal Train Resolution

By Jim McCoy Wed 17th October Newscoal trainsCoos Bay news
The Milwaukie City Council passed a resolution opposing coal trains through the city.Read More »

NHL Puts New Offer Before Players

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th October Sportshockey lockoutNHL
The NHL has made a new offer to the players' association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov.Read More »

Oregon Employment: Stagnant, But Expect Seasonal Hiring

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th October NewsjobsOregon economy
The monthly Oregon employment numbers show the state lost nearly 8,000 jobs in September, ending a half-year string of monthly job gains. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate is 8.7 percent, essentially unchanged from the previous month.Read More »

Fire Season Declared Over

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th October NewsFire seasonOregon Department of Forestry
As one would expect, the recent rains have been sufficient to declare fire season over in the Southwest District of the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire danger has been downgraded to “low.” Industrial precautions have been lifted for ODF-protected lands. The same is true for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the wild section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River.Read More »

Open and Barrel Burning Requirements in Jackson County

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th October Newsburning
The announcement that fire season is over for Oregon Department of Forestry lands and the city of Ashland provides the Jackson County Environmental Public Health Division opportunity to remind residents of open and barrel burning requirements. Permits for open and barrel burning are available at local fire departments and fire districts. Some fire departments will do this through the mail.Read More »

Jackson County Undersheriff Countryman To Retire

After 40 years in law enforcement, Jackson County Undersheriff Rod Countryman is retiring. He has served as the sheriff’s department second in command since 2006. Countryman’s career began in 1972 in Nevada. During his time there, he served in both the criminal and corrections divisions on law enforcement. In 1985, Countryman attended the 142nd session of the FBI national academy.Read More »

Major League Baseball Preview

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th October SportsMajor League Baseballplayoff preview
The San Francisco Giants have to figure out a way to win on their own field if they want to play in the World Series. The NL West champions dropped a 6-4 decision to the St. Louis Cardinals in last night's NLCS opener and are now 0-3 at home this postseason. The Giants also have to find a way to cool off Carlos Beltran, who belted his third home run of the playoffs in Game 1.Read More »

Medicare Enrollment Period Underway

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th October NewsMedicare
The enrollment period has begun for Medicare in Oregon. Any Medicare Advantage or prescription plan part “D” beneficiaries must make any changes to their enrollment between now and December 7th. The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program, also known as SHIBA is available to provide seniors with assistance.

Harry and David To Open Eugene Call Center

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th October NewsHarry and Davidjobs
Harry and David is re-opening its Eugene call center for the 2012 holiday season, starting through November and running through the holidays. Plans call for hiring 750 employees for the Christmas rush. For 20 years, the mail-order food gift retailer operated a seasonal call center in Eugene, until shutting it down in 2010.

Ashland Lowers Fire Danger Level

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th October NewsAshland newsfire danger level
The city of Ashland is joining the Oregon Department of Forestry in reducing the fire danger level from “Extreme” to “High.” Even with the lower level, outdoor debris burning is prohibited, motor vehicle traffic is still only permissible on improved roads, and smoking in areas of combustible vegetation is still prohibited.


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