Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants Governor More Time

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has granted Gov. John Kitzhaber's request for an extra 60 days to weigh in on the Coquille Indian Tribe's application to build a casino in Medford. The tribe that runs the Mill Casino in North Bend has proposed a casino at the Roxy Ann Lanes bowling alley in Medford.Read More »

Arrest Made In La Placita Burglary

A second suspect in the February 5th La Placita burglary was arrested Tuesday. Medford Police received a tip that 30-year old Daniel Ballard was riding on an RVTD bus headed down Riverside Avenue. Authorities stopped the bus near Ohio, but Ballard managed to escape, grabbing his bicycle from the front of the bus and fleeing. A taser was fire, but was ineffective.Read More »

Ashland Fire & Rescue Seeks Rescue Fees

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th March NewsAshland Fire & Rescue
Mountain bikers now have an extra incentive to be careful in the Ashland watershed. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that Ashland Fire & Rescue has been allowed to recover costs from people who need medical help in remote areas. Fire Chief John Karns says those requiring a rescue will be charged for the overtime pay of firefighters who are called in to cover for on-duty personnRead More »

State Senator Blames Threatening Messages for Town Hall Cancellation

State Sen. Ginny Burdick says she canceled a town hall meeting on gun control at Portland State University because her office has received thousands of hostile or threatening emails about anti-gun legislation. She told KATU she did not want to have the town hall crashed by disruptive and rude gun extremists. Burdick had initially said there was a scheduling conflict.Read More »

MMA Trainer Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th March NewsDEAillegal pot growRobert Hisamato
A mixed-martial-arts trainer whose marijuana plants were detected by aerial surveillance has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell the drug. The Mail Tribune reports that Robert Hisamoto entered his guilty plea this week in U.S. District Court in Medford.Read More »

Sequestration Affects Oregonians Receiving Federal Unemployment Help

An estimated 28-thousand unemployed Oregonians will see a change in the amount of federal money they receive at the end of March. The Oregon Employment Department says this is due to the recent sequester of federal funding. Those receiving Federal Unemployment Emergency Compensation will experience a 10.7 percent reduction in compensation. Notification letters will go out in early April.Read More »

Longshoreman Allege Unfair Labor Charge

Longshoremen locked out of their jobs at a Pacific Northwest grain terminal have filed an unfair labor practice charge, alleging the company's action is an "extreme" and illegal response to an act of sabotage allegedly done by one union worker. United Grain Corp.Read More »

State Unemployment Remains Stable

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th March NewsjobsOregon employment
Oregon's employment situation remained essentially unchanged in the first month of the new year. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the jobless rate for January was 8.4 percent, a slight increase from December's rate of 8.3 percent. The rate, however, is down from 9 percent at the same time last year.Read More »

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 »


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