Economists: Oregon Economy Stable, Though Revenue Short

By Jim McCoy Tue 22nd May NewseconomyOregon newsrevenuetaxes

Oregon's budget appears stable for now.

     Economists said Tuesday that tax and lottery collections are
down slightly from their earlier projections. But the declines were
offset by legal settlements and accounting maneuvers approved
earlier this year to rebalance the state budget.Read More »

Bear Camp Road Open

By Jim McCoy Tue 22nd May Newsrecreational newsUS Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says Bear Camp Road is now open for the 2012 recreational season. Due to lower levels of snow last winter, crews were able to make quick progress plowing the road. All seasonal gate closures, including Peavine-Serpintine and Galice Access Roads have been lifted.Read More »

Middle School Students Getting "CPR Anytime " Training

By Jim McCoy Tue 22nd May Newsschools

Jamie Haden’s leadership class at Ashland Middle School is wrapping up two days of “CPR Anytime” training. “CPR Anytime” is called an “all-in-one” kit that has everything for administering “hand only” CPR.Read More »

Utility Warns of Bill Pay Scam

By Jim McCoy Tue 22nd May NewsPacific Powerscams

Pacific Power is warning its customers of a scam where a caller posing as a customer service representative claims there is a federal grant offering credit on their utility bills if the customer is willing to pay directly. The victim is told they must provide their social security number, credit card or check routing number to take advantage of the deal.Read More »

Ferry-Morse Announces They Will Leave White City

After being acquired by Seed Holdings Friday, a Kentucky-based company is announcing plans to close its garden seed distribution center in southern Oregon.
     The Ferry-Morse Seed Co. notified state officials Monday that the layoff will be complete by December 31 of some 200 employees nationally- including the White City distribution center.Read More »

Report: Southern Oregon Employment Holding Line

By Jim McCoy Mon 21st May NewsJackson County economyjobs

 The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that Jackson County gained 1,160 jobs in April. In spite of the gain, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remains the same as March at 10.6 percent. Over the year, however, the unemployment rate improved by 0.6 percent from 11.2 percent in April, 2011.Read More »

"Click It Or Ticket" Reminder of Proper Safety Belt Use

By Jim McCoy Mon 21st May Newssafety campaignsvehicle accidents

Starting Wednesday, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department is participating  in the “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement campaign. The keys to remember: children under 40 pounds need a child safety seat, children under one need to be in a rear-facing child seat, and children under 8, or shorter than 4-foot-9 need to be in a booster seat.Read More »

AAA Report: Gas Prices Spike In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 21st May NewsAAAeconomygas pricestravel

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $4.23. That's up 6 cents in a week and 17 cents in a month. It's 54
cents higher than the national average, which dropped 4 cents in
the past week to $3.69.
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Fish "By Catch" To Go To Oregon Food Banks

By Jim McCoy Mon 21st May NewsfishOregon food banks

Fish caught accidentally by commercial fisherman while fishing for another will now go to help the needy in Oregon. This is a result of the “Fish Bycatch”  bill being signed into law today by Governor  John Kitzhaber. He praises the bill as an innovative way to get nutritious protein-rich food to Oregon food banks.Read More »

State School Board Banning Native American School Nicknames

By Jim McCoy Fri 18th May NewsNative-American namesschools

The Oregon Board of Education has voted to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding.
     The vote Thursday gives Oregon some of the nation's toughest
restrictions on American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos.Read More »


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