Evening News Update

By admin Tue 23rd December News
Evening Update on Police Memorials, Truck Thieves, a Medford Bank robbery and more.
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Mt. Ashland Hoping For Snowfall From Soon-To-Arrive Weather Front.

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd December NewsMt. AshlandSkiingsnow
Skiers and officials at Mount Ashland are monitoring weather forecasts closely in hopes that a weather front due in the area on Christmas Eve will deliver the snow needed to re-open. Rain has diminished a minimal snow pack, and the mountain closed after a limited opening on Friday and Saturday. 594 passes were sold, but Mt.Read More »

Suspect With Fake Beard Robes Medford Bank

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd December Newsbank robbery
The Medford Police have released a surveillance video of a suspect wearing a fake long, dark beard and fake glasses while holding up Washington Federal Bank on Biddle Road in Medford Monday around 4:21 p.m. The robbery occurred while no customers were inside. The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s about 6-feet tall medium build and wearing a blue bandana.Read More »

ODA Will Expand Program For Notifying Farmers About Water Quality Violations

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it plans to expand its test program for notifying farmers about water-quality violations. The agency tells the Capital Press ( that it long relied on complaints to enforce the federal Clean Water Act, but some problems don't get reported.Read More »

Hare Publicly Apologizes, Group Will Meet To Ask That He Resign

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd December NewsJosephine CountySimon Hare
A group of citizens in Grants Pass are calling for the resignation of Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare. On December 5th, Hare reportedly grabbed a cell phone at a saloon and sent suggestive texts to two women ages 18 and 21. The commissioner says it was a “prank gone wrong” and that he’s apologized to the family involved.Read More »

Medford Fire Rescue Receives Significant Donation

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December NewsCPR simulatorMedford Fire- Rescue
The Medford Fire Department has received a generous donation of a technologically advanced CPR patient simulator. It’s a part of the Pacific Northwest Heart Rescue Project. It has the ability to capture the depth of chest compression, the rate of chest compressions and pauses that might interrupt chest compressions during CPR. The mannequin is one of 10 donated in Oregon.

Employment Picture Changes Little In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December Newsjobs
The latest figures from the Oregon Employment Department shows the southern region of the state lags behind the metro areas. Even though payroll employment increased by 510 last month, the Jackson County unemployment rates bumped up slightly to 8.6 percent.Read More »

Coos County Farmers Fetched From High Water

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December Newshigh water
Authorities say they pulled two trapped farmers from waist-deep water in Coos County after a tractor accident. The sheriff's department says the two were a father and son from Coquille. First responders got to them with a drift boat about 7 p.m. Sunday.Read More »

Feature: Questions Remain About Dustin Self

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December NewsDustin Selfmissing teen
What exactly drove an Oklahoma teenager to travel to Oregon, leave his truck and survival gear behind and disappear on Steens Mountain will remain a mystery. But at least friends and family of Dustin Self know what happened to the 19-year-old after he was last seen in March 2013. A hunter, trying to cut through an aspen thicket to pursue a deer, found Self's remains Oct.Read More »

Oregon Health Insurance Signup Low By Comparison

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newshealth care enrollment
Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website. Officials said Friday about 40,000 Oregonians selected a plan for 2015 through The figure covers the period through Dec. 14 - the day before a deadline to sign up for January coverage.Read More »


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