Oregon Legislature Holding Public Hearing On Gas Taxes, Transportation

A special committee of the Oregon Senate is preparing to hear from the public about a plan to raise gas taxes, fund transportation projects and repeal a carbon-reduction program.

The panel's hearing Wednesday afternoon will be the first public airing of the plan.

The proposal would raise the gas tax by 4 cents to 34 cents per gallon and hike other fees.Read More »

Police Catch Truck Theft Suspect

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th June NewsCasey Alen Reynoldstheft

The Medford Police have arrested a 23-year old Medford man, saying he was the one who stole a 1985 Ford F150 pick-up on June 16th. Casey Reynolds is reportedly well known by police. He was spotted by an officer while riding on a skateboard on Riverside Avenue. Reynolds fled, but authorities caught him.

The Latest On The Buckskin Fire

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th June NewsBuckskin Fire

The Buckskin Fire grew slightly due to the burnout operations to 5,340 acres. Overall containment remains at 50%.Read More »

Summer Hiring Improving Southern Oregon Job Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd June Newseconomyjobs

Three out of four southern Oregon counties are reporting job gains during the month of May. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Jackson, Josephine, Coos and Curry counties are all benefiting from hiring for the summer tourism season.

In spite of the hiring, southwestern Oregon counties are either showing unchanged or slightly higher seasonally-adjusted rates.Read More »

Buckskin Fire Nears 50 Percent Containment

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd June NewsBuckskin Fire

A wildfire scorching a remote part of southwestern Oregon has grown to 5,000 acres, but containment improved to almost 50 percent.

Incident commander Doug Johnson says crews along the southwest edge of the fire will spend Tuesday completing interior burnout operations.Read More »

Double Fatal Car Crash In Roseburg

A head-on crash in Roseburg killed two people and sent another three to hospitals.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says a pickup driven by a 25-year-old Kyle Augustine was heading east on Melrose Road late Monday when it crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with an Oldsmobile driven by James Rammage.

Both vehicles went into a ditch.Read More »

ODFW Changes Umpqua River Fishing Due To Drought

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd June NewsfishODFWUmoqua River

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has imposed emergency restrictions to protect steelhead in the mainstem of the Umpqua River due to the drought.

District biologist Greg Huchko said Tuesday flows are 50 percent of normal, and temperatures are approaching lethally warm levels, making fish seek out cooler water at the mouths of tributaries.

Angling is prohibRead More »

DEQ Fines Medford Water Commission

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd June NewsDEQfinesMedford Water Commission

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the Medford Water Commission $25,000 because it discharged 1.65 million gallons of chlorinated wastewater into Lone Pine Creek.

The commission operates a drinking water treatment, supply and distribution system in Medford.Read More »

Money-Skimming Machines Discovered On ATMs

They’ve been described as “sophisticated” money skimming machines- and they were discovered on an ATM just outside the Rogue Federal Credit Union branch on Center Drive in Medford Friday around noon.Read More »

Police Investigating Medford Stabbing Incidents

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd June Newsstabbing

Medford police are investigating two stabbing incidents that occurred early Saturday morning. At 12:18 a.m., three men and one woman were walking along Plum Street, when four Latino males wearing red colors approached and started a fight. Two men were stabbed . One was treated and released.Read More »


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