Mt. Ashland Association Hires New GM

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August NewsHiram TowleMt. Ashland
The Mt. Ashland Association has hired a new general manager, one with experience in working for non-profits, and comes from one of the northeast's top resorts. Hiram Towle comes to Mt. Ashland from Sunday River, Maine.Read More »

Little To No Change In Southern Oregon Unemployment Rates

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August Newseconomyjobs
Counties around southern Oregon experienced a loss of jobs during the month of July. Economists say this is to be expected due to seasonal reductions in local government education employment. Jackson County's seasonally-adjusted unemployment remained at 8.5 percent, and Josephine County's stayed at 9.6.Read More »

Drug Suspect Now Faces Child Porn, Sex Abuse Charges

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August NewsErnest Luther Taylor
A 37-year old Medford man arrested on drug charges in February now faces child pornography and child sex abuse charges. Ernest Luther Taylor was located in Crescent City, California and arrested. During a review of electronic evidence last week, the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force found child pornography linked to Taylor.Read More »

Authorities Search For Missing Mushroom Picker Along Oregon Coast

Coos County authorities are searching along the Oregon Coast for a mushroom picker who suffers from diabetes and was too weak to walk out of the woods. The sheriff's office says the man's brother left him behind to seek help Sunday evening and then was unable to guide searchers to him. A Coast Guard helicopter searched the Winchester Trails area along U.S.Read More »

Lightning Sparks Fires In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August Newswildfires
As lightning crossed the eastern portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Sunday, seven new fires were reported- all on the southern half of the High Cascades Ranger District. The fires were located between Mt. McLoughlin and Brown Mountain. All of these fires have been contained, according to a forestry spokesman. The largest of these was a one acre blaze along Highway 140.Read More »

Jackson County DA's Office Bombing Suspect Sentenced

Alan Leroy McVay, the 47-year old White City man who unsuccessfully tried to blow up the Jackson County District Attorney's office, was sentenced today.Read More »

Oregon Sees Slight Uptick In Unemployment For July

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August Newseconomyjobs
- The state Employment Department says Oregon's jobless rate was 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.8 percent the month before. The agency says employers added 200 jobs in July, following a revised loss of 3,000 jobs in June.Read More »

In Spite Of World Politics, Gas Prices Remain Unchanged

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August News
AAA Oregon/Idaho says that in spite of all the political instability in oil producing countries, gas prices are holding steady. The nationwide average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.47 a gallon, and $3.90 in Oregon,which is actually down a fraction from last week. Compared to this time last year, gas is higher; in Oregon, the average was $3.79 in 2013.Read More »

Nike Founder & Wife Donate $25 Million For Heart Care

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August NewsPhil & Penny Knight
Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny are giving $25 million to Providence Heath & Services for heart care. Providence officials announced the donation Tuesday. The money will go toward a new cardiovascular center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr.Read More »

Despite Drought, There's Steelhead In Bear Creek

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August Newsbear creeksteelhead
Fish biologist Dan VanDyke scrambles under Medford's McAndrews Road bridge to find Bear Creek barely a trickle of itself. The creek dribbles past two sleeping transients and through a rocky chute, its warm and turbid waters chock-full of contaminants that generate a word of warning to volunteer Jim Ferguson as the pair splash downstream. "If you have open wounds, you wouldn't waRead More »


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