Josephine County

Hare Publicly Apologizes, Group Will Meet To Ask That He Resign

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd December NewsJosephine CountySimon Hare
A group of citizens in Grants Pass are calling for the resignation of Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare. On December 5th, Hare reportedly grabbed a cell phone at a saloon and sent suggestive texts to two women ages 18 and 21. The commissioner says it was a “prank gone wrong” and that he’s apologized to the family involved.Read More »

Josephine County Considering Volunteer CSI

By Jim McCoy Tue 8th April NewsJosephine Countyvolunteer investigators
As Josephine County struggles to keep up with the law enforcement needs of the community, they have put the call out for volunteers to help with criminal investigations.Read More »

Southern Oregon Wildfire Update- August 7th (11:00 a.m.)

By Jim McCoy Wed 7th August NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Forestry officials are reporting that steep terrain, limited access and dry fuels continue to make control efforts difficult on the four uncontained fires in the Southwest Oregon area. Poor visibility is hampering the use of aircraft in making progress.Read More »

THIS JUST IN: Crews Fighting Some 20 Lightning-Caused Fires in Josephine County

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsJosephine Countylightningwildfires
Rural/Metro firefighters have been busy today in Josephine County. There are approximately 20 lightning-caused fires since last night; sizes range from one-tenth of an acre to ten acres. As of this morning, no structures were threatened. The Oregon Department of Forestry has committed multiple resources with air tankers and helicopters assisting.

Jo County Voters Stand Firm Against Tax Increase

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd May NewsJosephine Countypublic safetytaxes
A property tax levy for Josephine County has gone down to defeat. Nearly 52-percent of registered voters weighed in and it was rejected by a little more than 500 votes out of over 26-thousand cast. With the loss of federal timber money, Josephine is one of several counties who have had to make drastic cutbacks to public safety services.Read More »

Tax Levies For Josephine, Curry and Lane Counties Decided Today

Three Oregon timber counties are asking voters to raise taxes to restore deep cuts to law enforcement forced by the expiration of a federal subsidy. The votes will be counted Tuesday evening in Lane, Josephine and Curry counties. They have seen sheriff's patrols, jail capacities and prosecutions cut to the bone as voters paying some of the lowest property tax rates in the state hRead More »


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