Warm Springs Fire Moves Into Forested Area

By Jim McCoy Thu 25th July NewsWarm Springs Reservationwildfire
A fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has expanded into a forested upland, complicating the battle against a 6-day-old blaze. The growth of the Sunnyside Turnoff fire has slowed - it's now estimated at 74 square miles.Read More »

Arrest Made In RV Burglaries Case, Another Suspect Sought

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsMichael Todd DeihlRVstheft
An arrest has made as Medford Police invetigate the recent rash of thefts from recreational vehicles parked inside local storage facilities. Michael Todd Diehl, 33, of Medford faces burglary, theft and felon in possession of a firearm charges. Tuesday, police executed a search warrant of Diehl's property in the 900 block of Niantic Avenue in Medford.Read More »

Lithia's Quarterly Report Reflects Strength

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsBryan DeBoerLithia Motors
For the first time in the company's 68-year history, Medford-based Lithia Motors is reporting a billion dollars in quarterly revenue. Their 2nd quarter report was issued this morning. Same store new and used vehicle sales grew by 19 percent. The adjusted net income from operations in the quarter was $25.3 million, or $0.97 per undiluted share.Read More »

State Rep. Dennis Richardson Announces Gubernatorial Candidacy

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsOregon governorRep. Dennis Richardson
Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson said Wednesday he's running for governor of Oregon. Richardson is a lawyer from Central Point best known as the top Republican legislator on budget issues. He was the co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee when Republicans shared power with Democrats after the 2010 election.Read More »

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Steps Up Efforts

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July Newssame sex marriage in Oregon
Organizers of the effort to make same-sex marriage legal in Oregon say they will start collecting petition signatures Friday. Volunteers in more than a dozen Oregon cities are expected to pick up petitions and ask registered voters for their signatures.Read More »

Chlorine Blamed For Ashland Fish Kill

By Jim McCoy Wed 24th July NewsCity of Ashlandfish kill
At least some of the hundreds of fish found dead downstream of Ashland's sewage treatment plant in late June apparently were exposed to lethal amounts of chlorine. Investigators say they can't pinpoint the source of the chemical, but they don't have any suspected source other than the plant on Ashland Creek. A city official says an investigation hasn't uncovered how a toxic releaRead More »

Portland "Occupy" Homeless Camp Dispersed

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd July NewscampOccupy Portland
Police dispersed an encampment of about 30 protesters in front of Portland's City Hall on Tuesday morning, five days after city workers hung eviction notices from nearby trees. The encampment began after police ordered the removal of tents and other structures from the 300-person Occupy Portland encampment in late 2011.Read More »

Woman Carrying Meth In Fire Extinguisher Arrested

Acting on a tip, agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security and Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE)contacted a suspected drug trafficker traveling by bus through Phoenix.Read More »

Central Oregon Wildfire Results In Closing of River To Rafters, Evacuees Allowed To Return Home

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd July NewsDeschutes RiverGilchristwildfires
FIRE NEAR GILCHRIST A bulldozer dug a line around a wildfire threatening homes in a central Oregon town, and residents have been allowed to return. The fire broke out Monday afternoon near Gilchrist, which is along U.S. 97 in northern Klamath County. About 120 homes were evacuated.Read More »


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