February 2013

Pilot Walks Away From Aircraft Accident In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd February Newsair crash
A 69-year-old pilot has walked away from a crash landing in the Willamette Valley. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Jim Sieminski maneuvered his plane between a house and barn Friday morning after he ran into trouble on takeoff from a runway at Tallman southeast of Albany. He told the paper his single-engine plane ran into a crosswind, made a sharp turn and clipped some tRead More »

SEIU Makes Contract Proposals

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd February Newscontract talksSEIU Local 503
Bargaining over a new state employee contract is in the offing in Oregon, and the largest public-sector union has released its proposals, including some that aren't strictly pay and benefit items. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union is asking for raises and more vacation time. The union also wants the state to sever relaRead More »

Board Proposes Suspending Roseburg Chiropractor

A state board has recommended a two-year suspension for a Roseburg chiropractor after an investigation concluded he inappropriately touched four female patients. The Roseburg News-Review reports the chiropractor, Donald Reneau, denies the allegations and says he will contest them at a hearing. The Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners alleges the incidents occurred over a sevenRead More »

Wyden Addresses Medford Rotary on Energy

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd February NewsMedford RotarySen. Ron Wyden
Natural gas, climate change and federal forests were among the topics addressed today at Medford Rotary by Oregon’s senior Senator Ron Wyden. He is chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Wyden has stated in previous interview with “theDove” his support of harvesting waste woods for biomass.Read More »

Answers From NFL Draft Prospect Will Have Impact

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February SportsNFLNFL draft combine
For some players, the most important part of this week's NFL combine won't come on the field. It will be the medical exams and the team interviews, and you can bet most of the 300-plus draft hopefuls in Indianapolis this week are ready to answer any question that is asked. Most have already undergone some version of formal interview training, forcing teams to determine who's beinRead More »

Ashland Couple Defends Sale of "Cure All" Bleach

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February Newsbleach productKaris DelongLouis Daniel Smith
An Ashland couple indicted by the federal government says their sales of a bleach product as a cure-all for conditions ranging from ear aches to cancer was protected by the U.S. constitution because it was done through a private association. The government says such claims are misguided.Read More »

IOC Says Preparations for 2016 Rio Olympics "On Schedule"

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February Sports2016 Rio Olympic GamesOlympics
The IOC says preparations for the 2016 Olympics are on schedule and there is no reason to warn Rio de Janeiro organizers about delays. Still, International Olympic Committee officials say there is a need to remain vigilant in a "critical" year for the games. The IOC coordination commission ended its three-day visit Wednesday saying it saw "solid progress" but recognized there wasRead More »

Jackson County Sheriff Winters Warns of Layoffs

Amid contract talks, Jackson County has given 66 law enforcement workers notice they'll lose their jobs in four weeks. Sheriff Mike Winters tells the Medford Mail Tribune some of those layoff notices could be rescinded if the county and the Sheriff's Employees Association agree on a contract. Winters says the cuts he foresees would eliminate around-the-clock patrols, and they woRead More »

Ashland City Council OK's Hospital Merger

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February NewsAsanteAshland Community Hospitalmerger
The Ashland City Council has given initial approval for the Rogue Valley hospital system Asante to take over the struggling local hospital. The city owns the Ashland Hospital facilities, but it's now operated as an independent nonprofit. Hospital leaders say it's at a disadvantage to larger hospitals and hurt by tight federal health care reimbursements.Read More »

Lithia Reports Good News on Corporate Earnings

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th February NewsBusiness newsLithia Motors
Medford-based auto retailer Lithia Motors reported during their quarterly conference call that they experienced a 52 percent jump in earnings for the fourth quarter from $12.7 million to $19.3 million. Healthy increases in sales were seen in both new and used vehicles sales- 31 percent for new, and 20 percent for used, says company president Bryan DeBoer. Continued growth is expected for 2013.

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