New Fires Crop Up After Thunderstorm Activity

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsfireslightningOld Blue Mountain Fire
The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting eight new fires in southern Oregon after thunderstorms hit the area Monday afternoon. The largest is the Old Blue Mountain Fire, eight miles south of Rogue River, which at last report was at 60 acres. The fire is occurring in what forestry officials say is difficult to reach terrain. Some trees are being felled to free up access.Read More »

Oregon Gas Prices Among Highest In The USA

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsAAAgas pricesOregon
Oregon drivers are paying the third highest price for gasoline in the country, while drivers in many other states are seeing pump prices drop. An update from AAA Oregon/Idaho says that for the week, the national average for regular unleaded falls three cents to $3.45 while Oregon’s average edges down a penny to $3.90 per gallon.Read More »

Oregon Senate President Wants Money To Make Schools Quake Proof

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August NewsearthquakesschoolsSen. Peter Courtney
Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says the state should take on $200 million in debt to help prepare school buildings for a devastating earthquake that scientists say could come at any time. An analysis of Oregon's school buildings found that more than 1,000 were at a high or very high risk of collapsing in a major quake. Courtney, a Salem Democrat, has long advocated improRead More »

Missing Mushroom Picker Rescued

By Jim McCoy Tue 19th August Newsmissing personRobert Palmer
Search teams with dogs have found and rescued a diabetic mushroom picker who spent the night in the woods on the Oregon coast after he grew too weak to walk out. The Coos County sheriff's office says 56-year-old Robert Palmer was found Monday afternoon, weak and unable to move on his own. Search teams spent three hours packing him nearly 2 miles to a road to meet a waiting ambulance.Read More »

Man Sleeping In Car Killed In Drive-By Shooting

Authorities say the man shot and killed as he was sleeping in his vehicle at an Oregon beach was a Michigan man who decided to stay for a week's vacation after being an exhibitor at a local recreational vehicle show. Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier adds Tuesday that investigators have reason to believe that the gunman, who committed suicide, may have also "done harm" to his faRead More »

Mt. Ashland Association Hires New GM

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August NewsHiram TowleMt. Ashland
The Mt. Ashland Association has hired a new general manager, one with experience in working for non-profits, and comes from one of the northeast's top resorts. Hiram Towle comes to Mt. Ashland from Sunday River, Maine.Read More »

Little To No Change In Southern Oregon Unemployment Rates

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August Newseconomyjobs
Counties around southern Oregon experienced a loss of jobs during the month of July. Economists say this is to be expected due to seasonal reductions in local government education employment. Jackson County's seasonally-adjusted unemployment remained at 8.5 percent, and Josephine County's stayed at 9.6.Read More »

Drug Suspect Now Faces Child Porn, Sex Abuse Charges

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August NewsErnest Luther Taylor
A 37-year old Medford man arrested on drug charges in February now faces child pornography and child sex abuse charges. Ernest Luther Taylor was located in Crescent City, California and arrested. During a review of electronic evidence last week, the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force found child pornography linked to Taylor.Read More »

Authorities Search For Missing Mushroom Picker Along Oregon Coast

Coos County authorities are searching along the Oregon Coast for a mushroom picker who suffers from diabetes and was too weak to walk out of the woods. The sheriff's office says the man's brother left him behind to seek help Sunday evening and then was unable to guide searchers to him. A Coast Guard helicopter searched the Winchester Trails area along U.S.Read More »

Lightning Sparks Fires In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August Newswildfires
As lightning crossed the eastern portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Sunday, seven new fires were reported- all on the southern half of the High Cascades Ranger District. The fires were located between Mt. McLoughlin and Brown Mountain. All of these fires have been contained, according to a forestry spokesman. The largest of these was a one acre blaze along Highway 140.Read More »


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