December 2012

Ashland Plaza Fire Setter Sentenced To State Hospital

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th December NewsarsonAshland newsRaymond Wilson
A homeless man who said his medication for schizophrenia had been stolen from his backpack has been sentenced to the State Hospital for setting a fire that damaged businesses in the Ashland Plaza. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that 37-year-old Raymond Lee Wilson was found guilty except for insanity on a charge of arson. Investigators said Wilson set fire to a trash can next to one busiRead More »

UPDATED: School Closures & Delays (7:44 am)

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th December Newsschool closures
SCHOOL CLOSURES/DELAYS (7:43 am) Closures Ashland School District Rogue River Elementary & Rogue Jr.Sr. High School Central Point School District 6 Eagle Point School District 9 Three Rivers School District Medford School District 549c Sunny Wolf Charter School New Hope Christian School Glendale Morning Kindergarten St.Read More »

BREAKING NEWS (5:23 am) School Closures and Delays

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th December Newsschool closures
Due to overnight and morning snows, school districts around the region are announcing closures and delays. Here's what we know so far.... CLOSED Rogue River Elementary and Jr. Sr.Read More »

Mets To Trade NL Cy Young Award Winner

Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey could be leaving the New York Mets. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Dickey and the Blue Jays have agreed on a new contract, clearing the way for the Mets to trade him to Toronto. The Mets would get prized catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud as the centerpiece of the multiplayer swap.

A New #1 In Men's College Hoops

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th December Sportscollege basketball
The Blue Devils advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday, drawing closer to UCLA's record for most No. 1 rankings. Indiana (9-1) held the top spot from the preseason poll through the first five weeks of the season. Butler beat the Hoosiers 88-86 in overtime Saturday.Read More »

Four Stranded Workers May Be Stuck On Steens One More Night

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th December NewsSteens Mountainstranded workers
Four construction workers stranded by a storm on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon may have to spend another night there. Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup says they're safe, and conditions are too treacherous to send up a rescue team or to deploy a National Guard helicopter.Read More »

Five Southern Oregon Students Nominated for Military Academy Acceptance by Rep. Walden

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th December NewsMilitary Academy AppointmentsRep. Greg Walden
Oregon Congressman Greg Walden today announced the nomination of five students from Jackson County for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character. They include Jackie Becker from Eagle Point High School and Amy Krick of North Medford for the U.S.Read More »

Governor To Sign Tsunami Debris Response Plan

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th December News2011 Japanese TsunamiOregon coast
Governor John Kitzhaber will tomorrow sign an Oregon state plan regarding Japanese tsunami debris. The plan addresses the state’s response to tsunami debris impacting the Oregon coast. The plan includes a multi-jurisdictional approach between state, local and federal agencies to debris from the 2011 tsunami that is expecting to continue coming ashore for the next several years.Read More »

Environmental Groups File New Mt. Ashland Expansion Lawsuit

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th December Newsenvironmental groupsMt. Ashland
Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against plans to expand the ski area at Mount Ashland in Southern Oregon. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports the suit comes from the Sierra Club, Oregon Wild and the Center for Biological Diversity.Read More »

Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Deputies Patrol Jurisdictional Schools

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is sending patrol deputies to all county jurisdictional schools. A press release issued by the County Sheriff's Department says "deputies will address safety issues and provide answer to any questions administrators, staff or students." They add that on a periodic basis, the Sheriff's department patrols these same schools.Read More »


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