Tax Levies For Josephine, Curry and Lane Counties Decided Today

Three Oregon timber counties are asking voters to raise taxes to restore deep cuts to law enforcement forced by the expiration of a federal subsidy. The votes will be counted Tuesday evening in Lane, Josephine and Curry counties. They have seen sheriff's patrols, jail capacities and prosecutions cut to the bone as voters paying some of the lowest property tax rates in the state hRead More »

Nine Banned From Downtown Ashland

Nine people have been affected by a three-strikes-and-you're-out policy that prohibits repeat troublemakers from venturing into downtown Ashland. The City Council created the exclusion zone in August 2012.Read More »

Forest Service Urges The Avoidance of Popular Mountain Road

The following advisory as come from the Forest Service concerning the recently re-opened Bear Camp Road: "Due to predicted snow accumulations of 3-6” on the Bear Camp Road, the Weather Service is advising the public to avoid traveling the Bear Camp Road tonight through tomorrow. The Bear Camp Road was re-opened for public travel on May 17, 2013.Read More »

Ashland High Football Players Involved In Hazing Incident Get Probation

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th May NewsAshland High Schoolhazing
Three Ashland High School players who were involved in a hazing incident during a football camp last summer will not appear in court. Two will enter into an agreement common with first-time offenders, while the third youth will not be charged. Under the terms of what is called a “formal accountability agreement,” the young men will meet weekly with a probation officer.Read More »

Rogue Valley Temperatures Forecasted For Mid-Week Free Fall

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th May Newsrecord temperaturesweather
Southern Oregon may experience record temperatures this week, but not in a way that one might think for late May. Forecasters predict snow levels and temperatures to drop to 2,500 feet by Wednesday morning in the Cascades and Siskiyous. The predicted high Wednesday of 54 would tie the record for the lowest high in Medford for May 22nd set in 2010.Read More »

Southern Oregon Employment Improves Slightly

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th May Newsjobslocal economyunemployment
In form similar to state and national trends, the unemployment rate is continuing trend. For Jackson County, April’s seasonally adjusted rate was reported at 9.6 percent, and 11.1 percent for Josephine County. The Medford area gained 300 jobs last month, mostly in the leisure and hospitality sector.Read More »

Phone App Leads Police To Burglar, Stolen Items

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th May NewsBurglaryGregory Gabriel GrossiPhone
A “find my iPhone” app helped lead Medford Police to the man who burglarized a home on Southport Way Friday night. The suspect had apparently broken in between the time the victims went to bed around 9:30 p.m. The couple in the mid-40s awoke at around 4:30 a.m. to find an iPhone 5, an iPad 2, and an HP Pavilion missing.Read More »

Legislation for Medical Pot Dispensaries Considered

Oregon legislators are considering a bill to legalize medical marijuana retailers. The Oregonian reports a legislative analysis shows there could be 225 state-licensed dispensaries in two years if the bill is approved. The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland, calls the bill a step toward regulating medical marijuana.Read More »

"Drink One For Dane" Raises Over A Quarter Million For MDA

Thanks to a strong customer response, sales from Friday, May 3 at Dutch Bros. raised $271,579 to the Muscular Distrophy Association (MDA) in honor of company co-founder Dane Boersma, who died from ALS or Lou Gerigh's Disease in 2009. Since 2007, the drive up coffee and drink retailer has raised nearly $900-thousand dollars to the MDA.Read More »

Bear Camp Road Opening Earlier This Year

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th May NewsBear Camp Road
The US Forest Service says Bear Camp Road is now officially open for the 2013 season. They say that due to lower snow levels this year, road crews have made quick progress of plowing the road. All seasonal gate closures, including gates off the Peavine-Serpentine and Galice Access Roads, have been lifted. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through slide areas.Read More »


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