Report: Oregon Workplace Deaths Up in 2012

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th March NewsOSHAworkplace safety
State officials say 30 people covered by Oregon's workers' compensation died on the job last year -a slight increase from the 28 deaths in 2011. The Department of Consumer and Business Services said Tuesday that the construction and trucking/transportation industries had the most worker fatalities last year, with five apiece. The agency compiles fatality statistics from records oRead More »

Authorities Identify Pedestrian Killed On Table Rock Road

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed on Table Rock Road last night at around 8:30. 54-year old Frank Charlton was attempting to cross the road near the Whiskey River Tavern when he was hit by northbound Honda Civic driven by 19-year old Jesse Meadows, who was reportedly driving 45-50 miles per hour.Read More »

Jackson County Takes Over Struggling Resort

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th March NewsHoward PrairieJackson County
Jackson County has taken over a Cascade Range resort from what an official describes as a struggling concessionaire. The county's director of roads and parks, John Vial, tells the Ashland Daily Tidingsthe county itself will operate the Howard Prairie Resort when it reopens this spring. He says the current lease holder is behind $60,000 in payments and $10,000 in taxes. TRead More »

Oregon Insurance Exchange Tackles Language Barrier

Oregon's health insurance exchange will have staff who speak Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese to help explain and market the service that's expected to provide health coverage to thousands of Oregonians. The exchange will help the uninsured get access to health coverage once the federal health care overhaul requires most Americans to have insurance beginning next year.Read More »

AAA: Gas Prices Continue To Rise

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th March Newsgas price
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.78. That's up 7 cents in a week and 31 cents in a month. It's 3 cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from Monday's AAA survey: Portland $3.77, Salem $3.79, Eugene-Springfield $3.84, Medford-Ashland $3.83. Associated Press

Body Found In Siskiyou County and Identified

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th February Newsbody foundDavid Perry
Investigators are working to get to the bottom of what became of David Perry. The 69-year old’s body was found in the middle of Soap Creek Road in the Yreka area today. Sheriff Jon Lopey says he doesn’t think Perry’s death was a homicide. Deputies have taken photographs and gathered evidence from the scene. An autopsy is expected in the next few days.

Meth-Related Arrest In Talent

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th February NewsChristine Lee Petersonmeth
A suspected meth dealer from Talent is in Jackson County Jail. MADGE (Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement) conducted a search of a residence at 405 West Valley View Road. On Wednesday, investigators discovered meth, packaging, scales and drug records. 60-year old Christine Lee Peterson was arrested. She’s charged with manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance.Read More »

Picketing To Resume Outside Port Of Vancouver

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th February Newslabor disputelongshoremanPort of Vancouver
Longshoremen who have been locked out of their jobs at a Pacific Northwest grain terminal have resumed picketing while they await the replacement workers who are expected to load an export ship. Pat McCormick, a spokesman for the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association, says it is possible that United Grain will resume operations Thursday with replacement workers.Read More »

Exhibit Will Feature Dock From Tsunami

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th February NewsdockJapanese tsunami
The Hatfield Marine Science Center will open an exhibit in March featuring a slice of a Japanese dock ripped loose during an earthquake and tsunami and washed up ashore near Newport last year. A museum official says the exhibit is a reminder that a similar earthquake and tsunami could happen in the Northwest. The Salem Statesman Journal reports the exhibit will open March 10 at tRead More »

Study: National Parks Bring Over $38 million to Southern Oregon Economy

By Jim McCoy Wed 27th February NewsCrater LakeOregon Cavestourism
According to a just-released study, Crater Lake National Park and the Oregon Caves brought in over $38 million dollars in 2011. According to the study conducted by Michigan State University, almost two-thirds of the money was spent on food and lodging.Read More »


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