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Southern Oregon Fire Dept. Gets New Engine

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th May Newsfire engineRural Metro Fire

A new fire engine was put to work Tuesday for the Rural/Metro Fire Department in Josephine County. The International built by HME Inc. will be used for all structure fires within the area. The new engine will be housed at the Monument Drive station in Merlin. It replaces an engine that has been in service since the 1980s.

Gas Prices Rise Locally, Nationally

By Jim McCoy Wed 6th May NewsAAAgas pricesOregon

High crude oil costs and refinery issues are fueling price jumps at the pumps. For the week, the national average for regular unleaded rises eight cents to $2.63 while Oregon’s average shoots up 14 cents to $2.97.

Both averages are at their highest prices of the year so far.Read More »

News- Huckabee Running

By admin Wed 6th May News
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sees himself as an economic populist and foreign affairs hawk who holds conservative views on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
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News - Oregon Fire Season

By admin Wed 6th May News
Despite green grass and healthy wild lands, Oregon forests are dryer than normal which could signal early fire season
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Morning News Update

By admin Wed 6th May News
For all the latest news, from your local community to stories from around the world, Steve Johnson is here to keep you updated. Want to know more about the candidates running for president? Do you need to learn about the ongoing investigation of the German Airbus crash? This is the place to be to find all you need to know!
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Evening News Update

By admin Tue 5th May News
Evening Update on the ISIS Threat, ISIS Terror Reward, Gun Background Checks, State Scholastic Testing, and a Charity Head Sentenced.
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Existing Home Sales Up, Prices Up In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May Newsreal estate

Things are up, up, up in the southern Oregon real estate picture. In the most recent rolling quarter (February through April), existing home sales and existing home prices were both up in Jackson and Josephine County.Read More »

Snake River Opening For Spring Chinook Fishing

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May NewsChinook salmonfishingSnake River

The upper Snake River has been opened to salmon fishing, the first of several chinook fisheries expected to open this spring in northeast Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the daily bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped spring chinook salmon, no more than two can be an adult salmon more than 24-inches long.Read More »

Volunteers Battle Invasive Plant In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May Newsinvasive plantyellow-tuft alyssium

More than 20 years ago, it was touted as a miracle plant - a "hyperaccumulator" able to pull heavy metals, such as nickel, out of the area's serpentine soil and store it in its leaves.

At least that's what was told to then-county commissioners who approved planting of yellow-tuft alyssum on eight plots, totaling more than 50 acres in the Illinois Valley.

Now, the fRead More »

Medford Making Push To Eliminate Blighted Buildings

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May Newsblighted buildings

The Medford City Council plans to go after blighted buildings, with new rules that could force boarded-up structures to be torn down more quickly.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1OVovdE ) the council has agreed to work on a new ordinance that would provide deadlines for the property owners to demolish or remodel the buildings.Read More »

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