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Central Oregon Fire Moving In On Small Community

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsDantODFWarm Springs fire
A week-old Central Oregon wildfire has advanced to within four to five miles of a community of about 30 structures along the Deschutes River. Fire information officer Bill Queen said Friday that some residents of Dant northeast of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have begun to leave. He says the residents have lived through similar threats and were calm as fire teams talked wiRead More »

THIS JUST IN: Crews Fighting Some 20 Lightning-Caused Fires in Josephine County

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Rural/Metro firefighters have been busy today in Josephine County. There are approximately 20 lightning-caused fires since last night; sizes range from one-tenth of an acre to ten acres. As of this morning, no structures were threatened. The Oregon Department of Forestry has committed multiple resources with air tankers and helicopters assisting.

Ashland Bag Ban

By admin Fri 26th July News
It may take a while, but int appears Ashland could become the fourth town in Oregon to adopt a plan to ban plastic bags. The Ashland City Council has voted to study a ban on plastic shopping bags in town partly to reduce debris in landfills and what has been seen as a floating plastic island off the coast.Read More »
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Multnomah County Chair Refuses To Resign In Spite of Scandal

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsJeff CoganMultnomah Countyscandal
Despite pressure from other commissioners, the leader of Multnomah County's government has again refused to resign over a sex scandal. Multnomah County board Chairman Jeff Cogen says a state investigation into whether his affair with a county employee represented an abuse of power has just begun and he deserves a chance for the facts to come out. Cogen faced a no-confidence vote Read More »

Death Investigation Indicates Transient Died of Natural Causes

An autopsy has determined that foul play doesn’t appear to have been a factor in the death of 48-year Frank Bewley. The transient’s body was found in at a makeshift camp west of the 5th Street Lookout west of Rogue River on July 13th. The medical examiner for Josephine County says the man who had recently come to the Grants Pass area apparently died of natural causes.Read More »

Oregon's "Rape Shield" Law Upheld In Portland Case

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsDean MacBale trialrape shield law
The Oregon Supreme Court has shot down a request from the defendant in a rape trial for a hearing on his accuser's sexual history to be held in public, affirming the state's rape shield law. The ruling issued Thursday involves a 1975 law that makes secret a judge's hearings on whether an accuser's sexual history is admissible as evidence at trial. The court says the secrecy preveRead More »

Warm Springs Fire Moves Into Forested Area

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsWarm Springs Reservationwildfire
A fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has expanded into a forested upland, complicating the battle against a 6-day-old blaze. The growth of the Sunnyside Turnoff fire has slowed - it's now estimated at 74 square miles.Read More »

Arrest Made In RV Burglaries Case, Another Suspect Sought

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsMichael Todd DeihlRVstheft
An arrest has made as Medford Police invetigate the recent rash of thefts from recreational vehicles parked inside local storage facilities. Michael Todd Diehl, 33, of Medford faces burglary, theft and felon in possession of a firearm charges. Tuesday, police executed a search warrant of Diehl's property in the 900 block of Niantic Avenue in Medford.Read More »

Lithia's Quarterly Report Reflects Strength

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsBryan DeBoerLithia Motors
For the first time in the company's 68-year history, Medford-based Lithia Motors is reporting a billion dollars in quarterly revenue. Their 2nd quarter report was issued this morning. Same store new and used vehicle sales grew by 19 percent. The adjusted net income from operations in the quarter was $25.3 million, or $0.97 per undiluted share.Read More »

State Rep. Dennis Richardson Announces Gubernatorial Candidacy

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsOregon governorRep. Dennis Richardson
Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson said Wednesday he's running for governor of Oregon. Richardson is a lawyer from Central Point best known as the top Republican legislator on budget issues. He was the co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee when Republicans shared power with Democrats after the 2010 election.Read More »

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