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Titans End Cavemen’s Dream Season
The West Salem Titans ended a dream season for the Grants Pass Cavemen at Mel Ingram Field Friday night defeating the boys in blue 42 to 28.
ODF Has 6 Controlled Burns Scheduled this Weekend
The Oregon Department of Forestry has six controlled burns scheduled this weekend, two in Josephine County and four in Jackson County in the Rogue River area.
Crater Lake Proposes 150% Increase to Entrance Fee
A 150 percent increase in entrance fees for Crater Lake National Park has been proposed by the Park Service to account for inflation and provide revenue for maintenance projects.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A vehicle struck another vehicle causing damage and taking off a side mirror before fleeing the scene in the 1900 block of Demaray Drive.
Serial DUII offender sent to prison
A serial DUII offender was sentenced to 40 months in prison Wednesday by Judge Lindi Baker in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Jackson County Resident Monitored for Ebola is Disease Free
A Jackson County resident returning from one of the epidemic countries in Africa has successfully completed their 21 days of surveillance and are no longer at risk for developing the Ebola Virus Disease.
Jeremy McGhee Arrested with Two Accomplices
Jeremy Douglas McGhee, 30, was arrested this morning at 3:35, after he was determined to be the driver of a vehicle stopped by a Grants Pass Police officer in the area of Cloverlawn Drive and Ponderosa Drive.
Jogger hit by a car last Saturday succumbs to her injuries
A jogger who was hit by a car at the intersection of Crater Lake Avenue and Brookhurst Street in Medford last Saturday died of her injuries Thursday.
Woman abducted in Central Point; Suspect still on the loose
A woman was abducted Thursday morning in Central Point and the kidnapper is still on the loose.
Rural/Metro responds to two flue fires in one day
Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to two flue fires yesterday.
Cavemen Host Quarterfinal Football Game Friday Night
The Grants Pass Caveman football team is set to host a quarterfinal 6A playoff game Friday night at Mel Ingram Field against the West Salem Titans.
Trial ends in prison time for assaulter
The trial for a Josephine County man who committed an assault ended in a guilty verdict from the jury and a year in jail sentence on Wednesday.
Investigators Find Nothing Illegal by Subscription Payment Services Companies in White City
Investigators for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department have discovered no illegality in the practice of several White City companies sending newspaper bills around the country. While being short of fraud, the practice is deceptive.
Seven Controlled Burns Ignited by ODF Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry ignited seven controlled burns in Josephine County today. Residents in those areas should be alert to ODF personnel and their equipment close to those locations.
MADGE Busts Active Meth Lab
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team served a search warrant yesterday in the 1000 block of South Holly Street and discovered an active methamphetamine lab.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A woman was reportedly seen brandishing a gun and drinking a beer at the Selma Post Office.
Mother arrested for allegedly severely scalding her daughter
A Medford mother pled not guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday to charges that she severely burned her 3-year-old daughter with scalding water.
Grants Pass City Council Wednesday evening meeting
The Grants Pass City Council met in the Council chambers Wednesday evening facing a light agenda.
Groups Challenge Sunny Valley Gravel Mine Approval
The Josephine County Commissioner’s approval of the proposed gravel mine in Sunny Valley is now headed to the Land Use Board of Appeals.
Medford Considers Restrictions on Electronic Signs
Medford City Council members are considering an ordinance to restrict electronic signs. The idea is to reduce the flickering and flashing that give the city the feel of Las Vegas and that can be a distraction for drivers.
ODF Schedules 10 Controlled Burns in JoCo Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry has ten scheduled controlled burns in Josephine County today totaling 79 acres. Most of the burns will be southwest of Grants Pass
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A suspicious truck was reported as frequenting the 300 block of Merlin Road.
Family Sues Police & Medford Shop over Son’s Death
The parents of Christoph “Karl” LaDue have filed suit in U.S. District Court for $5 million in damages for the death of their son, claiming excessive force was used by officers attempting to restrain LaDue who was in a state of drug-related agitated delirium. The suit also names Sky High Smoke N’ Accessories for allegedly providing Bizarro Incense that supposedly was a legal, smokable, aroma therapy. The suit also names Bizarro’s producer as a
Jackson County Farms Sue to End Ban on GMO Crops
Two Jackson County farms have filed suit asking the state court to end the county’s ban on genetically modified crops or force the county to pay them $4.2 million, the value of the crops they would have to destroy.
Grants Pass woman sentenced to 15 years in prison for causing fatal traffic crash
A Grants Pass woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court for causing a car accident that killed two men.
Fehlhaber sent to prison for Junction Inn shooting
60-year-old Ronald Dale Fehlhaber was sentenced today by Judge Pat Wolke to 90 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections for a shooting at the Junction Inn that left the victim paralyzed.
Cavemen in the Quarter Finals
The Grants Pass Caveman football team has advanced to the state quarter finals and will host the West Salem Titans at Mel Ingram Field this Friday night at 7:00.
Plea deal keeps man out of prison on sex abuse charges
A man pled guilty in Josephine County Circuit Court today to a single count of second-degree sexual abuse and the deal kept him out of prison.
City Council’s Light Wednesday Agenda Includes Public Hearing
The Grants Pass City Council has a relatively light agenda Wednesday night in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest “A” Street.
District Attorney Campbell Confirms Resignation
District Attorney Stephen Campbell has confirmed he notified Governor Kitzhaber of his resignation on November 10th to be effective February 28th of next year
Public Safety Director to be Sworn In Wednesday Evening; Public Invited
Chief Bill Landis will be officially sworn in as Director of Public Safety on Wednesday evening in City Council Chambers after serving almost a year as Interim Director.
O’Brien resident sentenced for injuring boy during drunk driving crash
An O’Brien resident pled guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court to injuring a 2-year-old boy in a drunk driving crash in Gold Hill and he was sentenced to four years in prison.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to Investigate Officer Involved Shooting in Klamath County
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office has agreed to lead the investigation of an officer involved shooting in Klamath County that left one suspect dead and two others arrested. Officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team agencies were involved in the shooting.
Medford Police Dispatch Wild Bear; 2nd Bear Shooting this Year in Medford
A Medford Police Sergeant dispatched a wild black bear Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. because of its location close to Jefferson Elementary School and within 50 yards of a popular walking path children use getting to school
Picketers Targeted the Daily Courier Citing Bias.
A group of about 15 citizens picketed the Grants Pass Daily Courier Monday shortly afternoon carrying signs alleging bias.
G.P. Council reviews Public Safety's attack on transient hot spots
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop reviewed transient camp hot spots and how the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is working to diminish transient activity in these areas.
Protestors picket Daily Courier due to perceived slight against Gilbertson
Protestors are picketing the Daily Courier today from noon to 1:00 p.m. due to perceived mistreatment from the paper towards Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson in the eleventh hour of the November Election.
Monday’s Planned Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has three controlled burns planned in Josephine County today.
OSP Weekend Incident Log
Saturday morning at 2:11 a Trooper stopped Heather Elise Cosgrove, 28, for a moving violation near Merlin Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road, and when she showed signs of impairment, she was arrested for DUII and her Toyota was towed.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
42-year-old Jefferson Prowell was arrested in the 600 block of Redwood Highway and jailed on charges of theft and criminal trespass.
Medford Police seek armed robbers who stole safe
Medford Police are seeking three armed male suspects who robbed a homeowner in the 1200 block of S. Peach Street Saturday at roughly 9:45 p.m. where they stole a safe filled with jewelry and marijuana.
Full Jail, Miscue, sends local Car Thief to Douglas County
21-year-old suspected car thief and felon Luke J. Beam was chased down on foot and arrested Wednesday night in Josephine County, but ended up jailed in Douglas County.
G.P. Man Wounded in Shooting Saturday; Suspect(s) at Large
Just before 2:00am Saturday, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Police officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Kellenbeck Avenue and Medart Lane.
Fatal Traffic Crash Friday on G.P. Parkway near Hwy 99
Shortly after 7:00pm Friday, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Police and Fire personnel, along with American Medical Response EMS units responded to the scene of a Single vehicle accident on the Grants Pass Parkway near Highway 99.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
26-Year-Old Pedestrian Critically Injured Saturday in Medford
Medford Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched around 3:15pm Saturday upon report of a motor vehicle-vs-pedestrian accident at the intersection of Crater Lake Avenue and Brookhurst Street.
Cavemen Win in O.T; Two SWC Teams Left in Playoffs
The Grants Pass Cavemen came from behind to post their 11th win of the season Friday night at Mel Ingram Field defeating Lake Oswego 28 to 21 in overtime.
City of Grants Pass Week in Review
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety used most all of the jail beds rented by the City in the seven days ending Thursday. The daily average use of the jail beds is over 29 beds.
Name of Female Wrong-Way Driver Released
The name of the woman who died after crashing head on into semi-truck while driving the wrong way on I-5 Thursday night has been released.
ODF Planned Controlled Burns for the Weekend
The Oregon Department of Forestry has one planned control burn for this weekend and it’s expected to go through Sunday. They’ll be torching a single acre two miles west of Grants Pass in the 1800 block of Stewart Road.
Campbell Rumored to have Resigned D.A.’s Post
According to sources in Salem, and an anonymous source in the County, District Attorney Stephen Campbell tendered his resignation to Governor Kitzhaber on November 10th to be effective sometime after the first of the year.
M.A.D.G.E. Search Results in 6 Arrests
Thursday afternoon at 5:03 Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team members in conjunction with Medford Police officers served a search warrant at 540 Midway Road and found 16 people at the property. Six had active arrest warrants.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A stolen vehicle was discovered crashed into a power pole in the 700 block of Richland Drive. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle. A lengthy power outage ensued due to this accident.
Medford Considers Requiring Fire Sprinklers in New Residential Housing
Medford Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg recommended to the City Council that fire sprinkling systems be required in all new residential construction. Kleinberg says a sprinkler system could add $1.68 a square foot to new construction or $3,360 to a 2,000 square foot home.
Ashland Man, Indicted for Attempted Murder, Also Charged with Attacking his Wife
Benjamin Williamson, 32, of Ashland, who was indicted for attempted murder on Monday for a stabbing incident, is also accused of attacking his wife, Gwynyd, with a knife in the same incident
Friday’s Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has six controlled burns active in Josephine County today.
State Trooper Incident Log for Thursday
According to the Oregon State Police incident log, Trooper Quick was requested to perform the duties of Collision Reconstructionist for an accident that occurred November 7th at the intersection of Highway 238 and Arroyo Drive that was investigated by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. In that accident a Honda Accord hit a utility pole causing serious injuries to a rear seat passenger. The driver was cited for driving under the influence. Grants Pass Officer Dennis Burge assisted Trooper Quick map the post-crash scene.
Fatal crash closes I-5 southbound lanes near Canyonville-UPDATE
A wrong-way driver was involved in a fatal traffic crash on I-5 southbound at milepost 96 near Canyonville that closed the interstate overnight.
Fatal crash closes I-5 southbound lanes near Canyonville
A fatal traffic crash on I-5 southbound at milepost 96 near Canyonville closed the interstate overnight.
BOLI Investigation Centers around Gold Hill City Manager
A Gold Hill city employee and a budget committee member have filed complaints against city manager Rick Hohnbaum alleging conduct that could be interpreted as sexual harassment.
Thursday’s Controlled Burns from ODF
The Oregon Department of Forestry has five controlled burns scheduled for Josephine County today.
Two Jackson County Men Jailed on Drug Charges
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, known as MADGE, served a search warrant at a travel trailer in the 12000 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point on Monday and arrested two men.
Central Point Man Charged with Murder for the Shooting Death of his Wife
Wade Eugene Phillips, handcuffed and clad in a protective vest, appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court via video from the county jail as he was arraigned for the murder of his wife and three counts of attempted murder.
Ashland Man Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Attack
Benjamin Charles Williamson, 34, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Jackson County Circuit Court appearing by video monitor from the Jackson County Jail where he is being held on charges of attempted murder, 1st degree assault, two counts of 2nd degree assault, plus 3rd and 4th degree assault.
Medford Transitional House Burns
Residents of a Medford transitional house for parolees and recovering substance abusers were awakened by a fast moving fire about 4:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Power restored to residents in the area of Agness Avenue after late night car crash
Power has been restored this morning to approximately 348 Pacific Power customers who lost power in the area of Agness Avenue Wednesday night due to a car accident.
Suspected multiple bank robber apprehended in Grants Pass
A suspected bank robber who struck four banks in Washington was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Grants Pass.
Commissioners approve lease for UAV manufacturing operation at the Illinois Valley Airport
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session approved a lease for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operation at the Illinois Valley Airport.
Commissioners and City Council joint meeting
A joint hearing between the Grants Pass City Council and the County Commissioners took place Wednesday night to make a decision on two items.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
Officers swept downtown for transient activity in the early morning hours.
Generals End Caveman Boys Soccer Team’s Season
The Grant Generals ended the Grants Pass Boys Soccer team season in a semifinal game Tuesday afternoon in Portland 1-nil. The Caveman’s season record is a respectable 12-5
Community Forum to Establish City Goals Set for Thursday Night
The Grants Pass City Council is hosting a Community Forum to aid in establishing future goals for the City Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A kitchen window at a residence in the 5,400 block of Jerome Prairie Road was activated. Concierge Security was dispatched to the home.
Ashland Man to be Indicted for Attempted Murder this Afternoon
An Ashland man facing charges in the stabbing of another last week is set to be arraigned on a felony indictment today.
Oregon State Police Incident Log from the Grants Pass Headquarters
Two State Troopers responded to the 7000 block of Riverbanks Road on Monday afternoon when a woman reported she had been hit in the head by a man on the scene. After interviewing all parties concerned it was determined that no assault occurred. The parties agreed to stay separated for the night.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office apprehends murder suspect in his attic
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office managed to apprehend a murder suspect who allegedly killed his wife at his residence in Central Point Tuesday afternoon.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Tuesday Morning Homicide
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred this morning in Central Point.
Pacific Power Plans Power Outage Thursday Night to Friday Morning
Approximately 600 Pacific Power customers in the Merlin area will have their electricity interrupted overnight Thursday into Friday morning while Pacific Power crews move essential equipment for an ODOT highway relocation project
Multiple government agencies are closed in honor of Veteran’s Day
Multiple government agencies are closed today in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Commissioners & Council Joint Meeting Wednesday Night-UPDATED
The Board of County Commissioners have a busy night Wednesday with a light agenda slated for the Weekly Business Session at 5:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium to be followed by joint meeting with the Grants Pass City Council at 6:00 in Council Chambers
Freeze Warning extended in Rogue Valley and surrounding areas
The National Weather Service has issued a second Freeze and Frost Advisory for much of the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas that will extend into Wednesday morning.
Police allege married couple robbed Medford Dutch Bros.
Medford Police arrested a married couple who allegedly robbed a Dutch Bros. coffee stand Sunday night near the North Medford Fred Meyer.
G.P. Council looks at a change to Reimbursement District fees
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed potential changes to interest calculations for Reimbursement Districts.
Cavemen Advance in 6A Football Playoffs; Tickets Available
The Grants Pass Caveman football team has advanced to the second round of the 6A state playoffs and will host Lake Oswego this Friday night at Mel Ingram Field at 7:00
Oregon State Police Incident Log
The Oregon State Police incident log reveals a blue Audi crashed on Riverbanks Road Friday night just before eight. The driver left the scene and walked to his residence. A Trooper contacted him there where he failed the field sobriety tests. Kenneth R. Whitney, 22, was arrested for DUII and the Audi was towed.
Freeze Warning!
A colder and drier air mass is being forecast to push into southern Oregon tonight prompting the National Weather Service to issue a frost advisory and freeze warning from midnight tonight through 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities continue to look for Williams Highway hit and run driver-UPDATED
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is continuing to look for the Williams Highway hit and run driver and they have released additional photos to help identify the suspect.
Fatality occurs in crash on Lower River Road
A single-vehicle fatality crash occurred at 7393 Lower River Road Sunday at approximately 3:20 p.m.
Single Lane Travel on A Street Tuesday thru Friday
Eastbound travel on A Street between 5th and 6th Streets will be reduced to a single lane beginning Tuesday to allow for sidewalk replacement
School Street Closed Monday and Tuesday for Sewer Repairs
Action Excavation will be performing sewer main and lateral repair work on School Street between 7th and 8th Streets Monday and Tuesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A man who was missing for two days was located by Search and Rescue in the area of Forest Service Road 740.
Wolves not likely responsible for dead cow found near Prospect
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife does not believe a dead cow found in a pasture near Prospect was killed by a wolf however wolf tracks were found near the carcass.
Josephine County Sheriff’s Office asks the public to not post crime reports on their Facebook page
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to not post crime reports on their Facebook page after an increasing number of victims are posting information about crimes on the social media page.
Grants Pass dominates Barlow in the first round of the playoffs
Grants Pass dominated Barlow Friday at Mel Ingram Field 77-14 in the first round of the state 6A football playoffs.
25-Year-Old Felon Denied Lower Bail in 1st Degree Assault Case
Thursday Judge Wolke refused to lower the $100,000 bail for Martin Ollila, who is being held in the Josephine County Jail facing charges of 1st degree assault, 1st degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A bank based in Chicago reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a man in Cave Junction calls them 15 to 20 times daily to threaten employees with violence because they allegedly took his money. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Medford Council Awards Quarter Million Dollar Contract for City Parking Lot
Last night the Medford City Council approved a $249,890 contract with Vitus Construction to build a new parking lot at the corner of Oakdale Avenue and 10th street to accommodate city employees
Demolition of Former Kim’s Restaurant Begins Monday
The Coquille Indian Tribe will begin the demolition of the old Kim’s Restaurant on the South Pacific Highway in Medford on Monday. The Tribe is hoping to open a $26 million casino on the site.
Friday’s Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has four controlled burns active in Josephine County Today.
Suspect pleads guilty in Red Rock Lounge murder case
The suspect in the Red Rock Lounge murder case pled guilty Thursday in a closed session in Josephine County Circuit Court.
State Representative Carl Wilson elected as Deputy House Republican Leader
State Representative and local resident Carl Wilson was elected to the position of Deputy House Republican Leader Thursday.
Caveman Playoff Against Barlow Friday Night
The Grants Pass Cavemen put their unblemished 9-0 record on the line in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night at Mel Ingram Field against the 4-5 Barlow Bruins out of the tough Mt. Hood Conference.
G.P.’s Department of Public Safety Officer to Graduate from Public Safety Academy
Officer Charlie Carnahan, of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is a member of the 345th Basic Police Class set to graduate Friday at 11 a.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A burglar alarm was sounded by Colvin Oil at 2502 Foothill Boulevard. Upon inspection, it was determined that the neighbor’s goats had set off the alarm.
Police Seek Grants Pass Man in Conjunction with Williams Highway Crash.
Grants Pass police are searching for 30-year-old Jeremy Douglas McGhee, of Grants Pass in connection with the massive head-on crash last night on the Williams Highway that resulted in 27-year-old Juan Granados-Gonzales of Grants Pass being taken to the intensive care unit of Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.
Caveman Lineman Del Toro Named SWC Defensive Player of the Year
Junior lineman for the Grants Pass Caveman football team, Anthony Del Toro, has been named the Southwest Conference defensive player of the year. The six foot two, 255 pound lineman was also named all-conference first team offensive tackle.
Police chase leads to massive car crash on Williams Highway
A police chase lead to a massive car crash on Williams Highway Wednesday night and the suspect in the case is still at large.
Woman terrified as Rogue River man attempts to kidnap her
Rogue River Police are looking for a man who attempted to kidnap his ex-girlfriend early Tuesday morning in Rogue River.
Council Awards a Loan and 3 Grants Totaling $110,000
The Grants Pass City Council Wednesday night passed resolutions authorizing $110,000 of HUD funding allocated to Grants Pass.
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A home was broken into and burgled in the 100 block of Tracy Lane.
One controlled burn held in Josephine County
The Oregon Department of Forestry has one controlled burn today in Josephine County.
Kitzhaber Leads Incumbent Sweep of Statewide Offices-FINAL RESULTS
Governor Kitzhaber will serve another term as the state’s top executive after edging Republican Challenger Dennis Richardson 50% to 45%.
Jo County’s Vote on Statewide Measures-FINAL RESULTS
On Statewide measure 86, creating a fund for Oregonians to pursue college educations the local vote was 32% yes to 68% no. It failed statewide but only by nine percentage points.
Wilson, Hare, Daniel, Lindsay, & Roler Post Wins in General Election-FINAL RESULTS
Few surprises came out of the general election results for Josephine County.
Kitzhaber Leads Incumbent Sweep of Statewide Offices
Governor Kitzhaber will serve another term as the state’s top executive after edging Republican Challenger Dennis Richardson by 3.8 percentage points.
Jo County’s Vote on Statewide Measures
On Statewide measure 86, creating a fund for Oregonians to pursue college educations the local vote was 68% to 32%. It failed statewide but only by nine percentage points.
Wilson, Hare, Daniel, Lindsay, & Roler Post Wins in General Election
Few surprises came out of the general election results for Josephine County.
JOSEPHINE COUNTY SUMMARY REPORT Josephine County, Oregon UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
SUMMARY REPORT Josephine County, Oregon UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Run Date:11/04/14 General Election
RUN TIME:08:05 PM November 4, 2014
South Middle School Evacuated Following Bomb Threat
All students and personnel are safe after a bomb threat was received at South Middle Schools Tuesday afternoon. The school followed its emergency response guide and the evacuation to the Mormon Church on the Williams highway.
Council to Consider Banning Commercial Truck Parking on Part of Morgan & Award Grants & Loans from City’s Renovation Pgm.
Wednesday night at the City Council’s regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, an amendment to the city code will be considered that makes Morgan Lane between Hawthorne and Washington off limits to the parking of oversize commercial trucks and trailers
Medford Man Sentenced to 4-1/2 Years for Assault & DUII
Benjamin Grant Thurman, 33, of Medford, Monday entered guilty pleas to two counts of third-degree assault and one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants as part of a plea deal. Judge Tim Barnack ruled Thurman would serve 54 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Ashland Man Arrested for Attempted Murder
Benjamin Williamson called Ashland Police Monday night to turn himself in to authorities and was subsequently charged with attempted murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault and was lodged in the Jackson County jail.
Voter turnout hits 51 percent; today is the last day to turn in your ballot
All ballots for the November Election are due in election drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. today.
County commissioners look at leasing a portion of the Juvenile Justice Center
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Weekly Business Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on leasing a portion of the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center to the United Community Action Network and the Josephine County Food Bank.
Burglars make off with $30,000 in property from Medford home
Burglars managed to get away with $30,000 worth of property when they broke into a home in the 2,600 block of Hillcrest Road in Medford in the early morning hours on Saturday.
City Council approves purchase of parking lot to improve downtown parking
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop approved the purchase of a downtown parking lot to help alleviate some of the downtown parking congestion.
Jackson County Resident Returning from Africa being Monitored
Jackson County Public Health has been notified by the Oregon Health Authority that a Jackson County resident returning from one of the epidemic countries in Africa is being monitored
Missing 88-Year-Old Man has been Found-UPDATED
Frank Rosales, the 88-year-old man reported missing Sunday morning, has been located.
Caveman Football Playoffs
The Grants Pass Caveman Football team posted a perfect season with the win last Friday and drew the #3 seed in the state playoffs. Grants Pass will host Barlow this Friday night with the kickoff scheduled at 7:00.
Three Grants Pass Men Charged with Theft II & Criminal Mischief Plus Other Trooper Weekend Incidents.
Sunday night at about 11:23 a State Trooper stopped a Ford F-150 pickup for a traffic violation and ended up citing three Grants Pass men for theft II and Criminal mischief II, plus the Ford was impounded.
Monday’s Controlled Burns
Planned controlled burns by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Josephine County today are located six miles east of Cave Junction off Robinson Corner Road and three miles southeast of Cave Junction in the Holland Loop area. A total of two acres are being burned
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A Toyota pickup with an attached camper was set on fire by a lit cigarette left on a mattress in the camper in the 900 block of S.E. 6th Street. Authorities believe the fire was set by transients who got into the vehicle to sleep.
Election ballots due by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday
Ballots for the November Election are due by 8:00 p.m. tomorrow.
Grants Pass pilot crashes near Ruch but walks away unscathed
A Grants Pass pilot who took his single-engine Cessna on a flight Sunday afternoon is unscathed after his plane crashed near Ruch.
Elderly Man with Dementia Missing from Foster Home in G.P.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and Josephine County Search and Rescue are looking for an 89-year-old Hispanic man with dementia who walked away from an adult foster home this morning in the Foothill Blvd. area of Grants Pass.
Grants Pass School District No.7 Special Monday Board Meeting
The Grants Pass School District No.7 Board will convene a special meeting Monday at 9:00am.
Grants Pass City Council Special Meeting and Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will convene a Special Action meeting and workshop Monday, beginning at 11:45am in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Grants Pass To Host Barlow in the First Round of the Playoffs
The Grants Pass Cavemen will host Barlow in the first round of the State 6A playoffs this Friday night at Mel Ingram field. Barlow comes in with a record of 4 and 5 while the Cavemen are 9-0.
Sheriff’s Patrols Increase Monday
Josephine County citizens living in outlying areas will have increased protection when Sheriff’s patrol coverage will increase to twelve hours a day, five days a week beginning Monday. The coverage will be provided by two patrol teams working overlapping eight hour shifts.
GPHS Soccer Teams in the First Round of the State Playoffs Today
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers soccer team is on the road today to play the South Salem Saxons in the first round of the state playoffs. The Lady Cavers are 6-5-3 on the season while the Lady Saxons are 11-2-1.
Cavemen Finish Regular Season with Sparkling 9-0 Record
The Grants Pass Caveman Football team continued its high scoring offense in the regular season finale Friday night at Mel Ingram Field handing Willamette at 76 to 12 defeat to claim the Southwest Conference Championship outright with an undefeated record.
Studded Tires Now Legal
As of 12:01 Saturday morning studded tires are again legal for winter driving. The Oregon Department of Transportation would prefer you find an alternative to the studs that, according to state estimates, cause up to $50 million in damage to state highways
Fehlhaber found guilty of first-degree assault but cleared of attempted murder
60-year-old Ronald Dale Fehlhaber was found guilty by a jury in Josephine County Circuit Court late Thursday afternoon on several charges including first-degree assault but he was exonerated of the charge of attempted murder.
Set the Clocks Back and Hour & Check Your Smoke Alarms
This Sunday is the end of daylight savings time this year. The time change is officially at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. In order to awaken on time Sunday morning, set your clock back one hour before going to bed.
Voter Turnout Average
County Clerk Art Harvey is reporting voter turnout as of the close of business Thursday at 35 percent. According to Harvey, that is about average for a gubernatorial election year, with 60 to 65 percent turnout expected.
Season Finale for Caveman Football Tonight at Mel Ingram
The Grants Pass Cavemen will try to put an exclamation point on a season record that stands at 8 and 0 when they host the Willamette Wolverines at Mel Ingram Field tonight with the kickoff scheduled for 7:00.
Friday Controlled Burn
Two small controlled burns are scheduled for today by the Oregon Department of Forestry. One acre is being burned six miles east of Cave Junction off of Robinson Corner Road and a single acre is also being torched three miles southeast of Cave Junction in the Holland Loop area.
Medford City Council approves various pot taxes
The Medford City Council, joining a plethora of other cities around the state, enacted various taxes on marijuana during their Thursday evening meeting.
No New Collar for OR-7, Yet
Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, has so far eluded attempts to put a new GPS tracking collar on him.
Football Playoff Tickets Available Next Week
The first round playoff game for the Caveman Football team will be at Mel Ingram Field Friday November 7th at 7:00 p.m. Reserved tickets go on sale Monday through Wednesday of next week, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ticket holders must pick up their own tickets.
Witness states victim admitted to attacking Fehlhaber prior to shooting
The trial of Ronald Dale Felhaber continued in Josephine County Circuit Court today and a witness testified the victim, Immanuel Day, admitted to attacking Fehlhaber months after the initial attack.
Thursday’s Controlled Burns
Four controlled burns are scheduled in Josephine County today and one in Jackson County. 50 acres are being burned eleven miles northeast of Butte Falls off the “A” Road in Jackson County
One Arrested for Robbery after Pot Sale Goes Bad
The Medford Police arrested and jailed Robert Lee Custer, 23, of Oakland, California after he allegedly stole ten pounds of marijuana at gun point during an illegal drug deal.
Grants Pass Police Officers Justified in Blossom Drive Shooting Death
The Josephine County District Attorney, Stephen Campbell, has concluded his review of the officer-involved shooting which occurred September 21st at 144 Northwest Blossom Drive and concluded all three officers were justified in the use of deadly force.
Commons stabbing suspect sent to state mental hospital
The suspect in a stabbing case that occurred in the Commons in downtown Medford has been ordered unfit for trial and sent to the Oregon State Mental Hospital.
Voter Turn Out Climbs to 31%
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey says that at the end of the business day Wednesday afternoon voter turnout was 31 percent.
Substance Abuse Expert to Present Free Local Discussion
One of the world’s foremost experts in substance abuse will be in Grants Pass Thursday to offer two presentations on America’s Worst Drug Epidemic.
Rogue River Man Arrested for Burglary
Jarrod Garwood, 32, of Rogue River was arrested Tuesday after a search warrant was served at his residence in the 5,000 block of East Evans Creek Road.
Sheriff says Murphy’s Law delayed county patrols
Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson during the Josephine County Commissioner’s Weekly Business Session today stated that Murphy’s Law caused a delay in extra sheriff’s patrols being added to the county.
Caveman Hoop Cline Scheduled for November
The Caveman Hoop Fall Clinic is coming up at North Middle School on November 1st, 8th, 15th and the 22nd for boys in grades one through eight. The cost is $10 per session. Call 503-703-9915 or email jhuston@grantspass.k12.or.us for details.
OSP Ask for Public Help in Year-Old Double Fatal Hit & Run Near Cave Junction
The Oregon State Police is continuing to ask for the public's help to locate the vehicle and driver involved in the death of two men on October 30, of last year, who were struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 about two miles south of Cave Junction.
Wednesday’s Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has five controlled burns scheduled for Josephine County today.
State officials designate local hospital as Ebola treatment center
Oregon health officials have designated a local hospital, Providence Medford Medical Center, as an Ebola treatment center.
Sheriff to Report to Commissioners on Temporary Funding
Leading the agenda for the Board of County Commissioners Weekly Business Session is a presentation from the Sheriff on temporary funding.
School District No. 7 envisions use of the WorkKeys assessment
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting heard a presentation regarding the WorkKeys assessment and the possibilities for its use within the high school.
Child hit by car on Parkdale Drive
A Toyota Scion struck a 10-year-old boy today at approximately 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Parkdale and Golden Park drives.
Six Controlled Burns in Jo-County
The Oregon Department of Forestry is conducting six controlled burns in Josephine County today
Two Washington State Men Arrested Transporting 68 Pounds of Pot
Two Washington State men were arrested Saturday morning transporting 68 pounds of marijuana and ten grams of mushrooms after an Oregon State Trooper stopped their rented Hyundai Sonata for speeding as they were headed north on I-5 near milepost 29
Fehlhaber Trial Enters Second Day
The second day of Ronald Dale Fehlhaber attempted murder trial opened with the victim, Immanuel Day, on the stand answering questions from the Prosecutor, Christopher Morgan, while viewing silent surveillance footage from the Junction Inn in Cave Junction just before the shooting in May of 2013.
Disabled vehicle contributor to crash that closed Redwood Highway
The Oregon State Police say a disabled vehicle contributed to the crash that shutdown Redwood Highway Monday two miles south of Wonder on Hayes Hill.
Voter turnout hits 23 percent
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey says that at the end of the business day Monday afternoon voter turnout was 23 percent.
Crash closes Redwood Highway near Wonder for over an hour
A crash two miles south of Wonder at approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday closed the Redwood Highway for over an hour.
G.P. Councilors review new Farmer’s Market and Artisan’s Market contracts
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop reviewed new contracts that have been drafted for the Farmer’s Market and Artisan’s Market.
Troopers Deal with Plethora of Accidents on Wet Roadways
According the daily desk log, Oregon State Police were busy over the weekend responding to weather related accidents, primarily wet roadways.
Jury Selection Underway in Fehlhaber Murder Trial
Jury Selection began this morning for Ronald Dale Fehlhaber’s trial. Fehlhaber is charged with felony/attempted murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Eight controlled burns scheduled today in Josephine County
The Oregon Department of Forestry is igniting eight controlled burns across Josephine County today.
Home considered total loss after fire on Ferry Road
A single-wide manufactured home located at 842 Ferry Road in Grants Pass is considered a total loss after a fire ripped through it at approximately 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
School District No. 7 votes on OSBA ballot
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting Tuesday at noon in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on several items on the 2014 Oregon School Board Association ballot.
Jo Co Commissioners to Host Town Hall Meeting Monday in I.V.
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will host a Town Hall Community Meeting Monday in the Illinois Valley.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street
Medford Man Killed in his Tent by Fallen Tree in Bear Creek Park
Around 2:30am Saturday, Medford Police and medical personnel responded to Bear Creek Park upon report of a large tree falling on an occupied tent. Two individuals camping nearby had called in the report.
Pacific Power Crews Gain on Power Outage
Pacific Power reports significant gains have been made in restoring power after the windstorm pushed trees into power lines depriving up to 25,000 customers in Southern Oregon, Northern California and in the Willamette Valley. As of this report only 1,500 customers remain without power.
Grants Pass Woman Injured in Collision with Wind-downed Tree
A Grants Pass woman was injured Saturday when her car was struck by a tree downed by high winds on Highway 230 in southeast Douglas County.
Electrical Power Still Off in Many Areas; Pacific Power Crews on Scene
Pacific Power continues to restore power to customers in Southern Oregon after Saturday’s windstorm. Due to the severity and widespread nature of the damage, Pacific Power does not have estimated times of restoration.
Widespread Power Outages Result of High Winds; All Crews Dispatched
A strong storm which brought high winds to Southern Oregon resulted in downed trees and widespread damage to Pacific Power facilities.
Jackson County to Help Fund RCC Job Training
Earlier this week, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners authorized paying Rogue Community College $50,000 for health care education and $25,000 for manufacturing-technology training.
Early Morning Wind Knocks Power Off for 1,400+, Now Restored
A wet weather system accompanied by significant winds knocked power out for 1,425 Pacific Power customers around 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The customers affected were in the Williams/South Grants Pass area, zip codes 97527 and 97544.
Power Restored!
Pacific Power is reporting all the power in the Williams and Grants Pass area was restored at 7:19 a.m. If your power is still off you are an isolated incident and you should call 1-877-508-5088
City of Grants Pass Weekly Recap
The Grants Pass City Police executed 68 arrests and issued 55 citations this week while 911 answered 1,138 calls and dispatch handled 551 calls for service.

The nuisance intervention team made 13 contacts and issued four warnings, 4 citations and made three arrests.
Power Outage in Williams and Grants Pass Area
Pacific Power is reporting a power outage in the Williams/Grants Pass area, zip codes 97527 and 97544, affecting 1,425 customers.
Grants Pass Cavemen Claim Conference Crown
The Grants Pass Cavemen defeated the South Eugene Axmen 70 to 14 last night at Mel Ingram Field to push their record to 8 and 0 overall and 6-0 in conference to claim the Southwest conference championship.
Home Invasion Suspect Arrested and Jailed in Jackson County
Wednesday the Jackson County Sheriff’s office arrested and jailed James Turner, 36, of Medford on charges of first and second degree robbery, 2nd degree assault, 1st degree aggravated theft and other charges. His bail is $1 million.
Partial Closure of West Park Begins Monday
Monday morning at 7 a.m. contractors will begin replacing a gas main for Avista Utilities along West Park Street. That will necessitate one lane of West Park, from Lewis Avenue to Tussing Park, to be closed for approximately six weeks, daily until 3:30 p.m.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
The stop sign at the intersection of Lariat Drive and Sunny Valley Loop has gone missing and will be replaced.
Do E-Books Change the Act of Reading? Library Presentation Saturday Morning
The Josephine Community Libraries will host Author Mark Cunningham for a special free presentation titled “From Print to Pixels: The Act of Reading in the Digital Age” Saturday morning from 10 to 11:30 at the Grants Pass branch.
Ballot Tabulation Equipment Certification Set for Tuesday-UPDATED
The Josephine County Clerk’s office is preparing to conduct the public certification of their ballot tabulation equipment for the upcoming General Election.
Friday’s Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two controlled burns scheduled in Josephine County today and several in Jackson County.
Bookarama Street Faire held Saturday
The Bookarama Street Faire is held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on H Street between 6th and 7th streets.
Medford Police honor Domestic Violence Month by making a domestic violence sweep
Medford Police and Jackson County Community Justice have stepped up arrests for people who are wanted on parole violation and warrants for domestic violence in honor of October, which is Domestic Violence Month.
Grants Pass Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
Eddie Joseph Correia Junior, 30, of Grants Pass pled guilty to two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm on October 15th and today was sentenced to 18 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections by Judge Lindi L. Baker.
All Electrical Power Restored
Pacific Power crews have been chasing three significant power outages in the last 24 hours, most likely caused by a combination of wet and windy weather.
Career burglar and criminal sent to prison
Judge Pat Wolke today sentenced Brian Whitton to 70 months in prison for terrifying several women while perpetrating a burglary.
Robber and kidnapper who terrorized elderly woman sentenced
A 31-year-old man who robbed and kidnapped a 91-year-old woman was sentenced today by Judge Lindi Baker to 15 years in prison.
G.P. Seeks Crown; Valley Schools Battle
The Grants Pass Cavemen can claim the Southwest Conference Championship with a win this Friday night during their Homecoming game against the South Eugene Axmen. Grants Pass is undefeated and is in line for a top four seed in post season play while the Axmen are still looking for their first win of the season. However, South Eugene does present a passing attack that can be dangerous.
Jackson County Controlled Burns
Several controlled burns are scheduled in the Jackson County area today. 100 acres are being torched 17 miles east of Ashland off Dead Indian Memorial Road.
Wind & Rain Creating Power Outages-Updated
Pacific Power crews are chasing power outages as the wind and rain push branches into power lines.
Power down for many areas of northern Josephine County
Pacific Power reports that power is down for approximately 1,990 customers in the Wolf Creek, Azalea, Glendale and Sunny Valley areas.
Winds knock out power west of Grants Pass
High winds knocked out power west of Grants Pass Wednesday just before 5:00 p.m. for 1,618 Pacific Power customers.
Crash and Rollover at “K” & 5th Sends One to Hospital
At about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon the driver of a 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup ran the stop sign at 4th and “K” streets going north. He collided with a 1989 Toyota Pickup that was going east on “K” rolling it over and spinning it to where it was facing west.
Fugitive from Ashland & Medford Located and Arrested in L.A.
Ryan Charles Williams, wanted in Ashland for a home invasion robbery of a single family residence in January of 2012 has been located and arrested by U.S. Marshals in Los Angeles
Commissioners approve taxation of marijuana
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session voted unanimously to tax marijuana and marijuana products during a second reading and adoption of the ordinance.
Sprinkler System Controls Fire at Airport Chevrolet
At 7:24 this morning fire crews responded to a reported fire alarm at Airport Chevrolet on Biddle Road in Medford. While in route, there was a report of smoke in the building and the response was upgraded to a structure fire response, sending two additional fire engines from Medford and one additional fire engine from Fire District #3 to the scene.
Medford P.D. Investigating Shooting Monday Night
The Medford Police Department are investigating a 911 call that came in Monday night around 8:28 reporting shots being fired in the vicinity of Dakota Avenue and Benson Street.
Medford Man Gets 10 Year Prison Sentence
Monday U.S. District Judge Owen Panner sentenced Dennis William Lee, 45, of Medford to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Lee’s 10 year sentence is the maximum allowed under federal law.
Gunfire in Medford believed to be gang related
Medford Police are investigating an incident of shots being fired that they believe is gang related.
Police officer clipped by fleeing man’s car door
A Medford resident who decided to flee police Monday just before midnight clipped an officer with his open car door before fleeing.
Commissioners to Hear 2nd Reading of Ordinance to Tax Pot
The second reading and the adoption of an ordinance regulating marijuana and marijuana products including taxing the sale of those products leads the County Commissioner’s agenda for their Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
146 acre controlled burn scheduled today in Jackson County
The Oregon Department of Forestry is holding a 146 acre controlled burn today 16 miles east of Ashland near Howard Prairie Lake.
State Department appeals murderer’s release
The Oregon State Department of Justice has appealed the release of a man who was 14-years-old when he committed murder.
Garage and vehicle burn on Thelma Way
A garage and vehicle burned Monday at roughly 4:45 p.m. at 1046 Thelma Way in Grants Pass.
Josephine County Employment Improved in September
Total payroll employment in Josephine County increased by 460 jobs in September. Local government education school year gains accounted for most of the rise. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate changed little. At 9.6 percent, the rate is just two tenths of point better than August and nine tenths better than one year ago.
G.P. Councilors approve marijuana tax
The Grants Pass City Council during a special Monday meeting voted unanimously to tax marijuana.
OSP Weekend Incident Log
Shortly after midnight Saturday morning a homeowner in the 600 block of Dutcher Creek Road called 911 to report a man trying to open their front door. Troopers arrived and took Tanner Lee Edward Lyons, 22 into custody. Troopers say he had a strong smell of alcohol and at the jail provided a blood alcohol content of .18 percent. It was determined Mr. Lyons drove off Dutcher Creek Road and into a large sink hole, completely submerging his 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. He was cited for DUII and Fail to maintain a lane of travel and taken home.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
Police searched multiple known transient camps in downtown Grants Pass. Two transients were contacted during this sweep.
Oregon Department of State Lands to Hold Public Meeting in G.P.
The Oregon Department of State Lands will hold a public meeting to present information, answer questions and take formal testimony regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating essential salmon habitat Tuesday evening from 5 to 6:30 in the City Council Chambers at 101 Northwest “A” Street.
Man receives a punctured lung during a scuffle with police
A man who fought with police Saturday in a parking lot at 1100 Morrow Road in Medford received a punctured lung during a scuffle.
Grants Pass City Council Special Meeting and Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will convene a Special Meeting and conduct their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Victim Identified in Friday’s Fatal Crash near Wolf Creek
Oregon State Police continues its investigation into a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Tigard woman Friday afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. OSP and local emergency personnel were alerted and responded to the milepost 76 crash scene at 1:27pm.
Hydroelectric project at the Applegate Dam ended by federal government
A hydroelectric project at the Applegate Dam has been ended by the federal government.
The City of Grants Pass in the week ending Oct. 17
In a weekly update issued by the City of Grants Pass for the week ending Friday, Oct. 17:
Cave Junction allowed to ban medical marijuana dispensaries
A judge in the heart of southwestern Oregon's marijuana country has ruled that the city of Cave Junction has the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright, not just declare a moratorium.
Grants Pass continue their streak by dominating Roseburg
The Grants Pass Cavemen continue their perfect season with a win against the Roseburg Indians last night at Roseburg 47-15.
Single Vehicle Crash Claims One Life Near Wolf Creek
Oregon State Police are investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Friday afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. The victim's name and other detail s will be released later after confirmation of next of kin notification.
Local hospital prepares for potential Ebola spread
A local hospital is preparing staff for the potential spread of Ebola to Josephine County.
Caveman Travel to Face Roseburg Indians
The Grants Pass Cavemen take their unbeaten record on the road tonight to face the Roseburg Indians who are two and four on the season and one and three in conference
Thursday OSP incidents
29-year-old Daniel Rives was stopped for a traffic violation near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Dawn Road. He was lodged in jail on charges of possession of meth, felon in possession of a restricted weapon and parole violation.
Harris Beach Campground Closed
The campground at Harris Beach State Park is closed through November 20th for projects to improve drainage and access. The day-use area remains open, except for a one to two day closure for road repairs that has not yet been scheduled.
Medford City Council approves tax of recreational pot but tables medical marijuana tax
The Medford City Council during their Thursday meeting voted 5-2 to tax recreational marijuana if Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana for persons 21 years of age and older, passes during the November Election.
Fatal accident involving a motorcycle and SUV occurs southwest of Grants Pass-Names Released
A fatal two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Demaray Drive and Hubbard Lane southwest of Grants Pass.
OSP Incident Log
According to the Oregon State Police incident log Matthew James Fournier, 42, of Rogue River was arrested for a parole violation on Highland Avenue at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Landis Named Public Safety Director
Bill Landis was appointed to the position of Public Safety Director, effective today, by City Manager Aaron Cubic. Landis has been serving in that capacity as interim Public Safety Director since Joe Henner retired.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A disturbance between two men and two women occurred in front of Madrona Elementary School. No arrests were made.
Three Sentenced to Prison Time In Josephine County Circuit Court
Judge Lindi Baker sentence two men to hard prison time today in Josephine County Circuit Court
Hitchiker arrested for attempting to stab driver
A woman who was reported missing from the San Francisco area was arrested while hitchhiking in Medford Tuesday and accused of trying to stab a man who gave her a ride.
Start looking in the mailbox for the Nov. 4 Election Ballot
It’s time to start looking in the mailbox because postal workers will be dropping off Nov. 4 Election Ballots at residences beginning today.
Grants Pass City Council held a public hearing regarding the sale of a tax lot next to Croxton Memorial park.
The Grants Pass City Council during their regular business meeting voted yes on the sales of a tax lot adjacent to Croxton Memorial Park.
Commissioners accept Victims of Crime Act grant
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session voted unanimously to accept the 2014 Victims of Crime Act competitive grant.
Gas Main Replacement to Close One Lane of Drury Lane
One lane of Drury Lane will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for six to eight weeks beginning tomorrow. A gas main is being replaced.

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through.
Fire Season Ends
Fire season ends today on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in southwest Oregon. Rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Ballots are being mailed today and will be in residence mailboxes tomorrow
U.S. Postal Service employees are hard at work today preparing election ballots to be mailed.
Mailbox Baseball victim starts long road to recovery
The victim of a Mailbox Baseball incident is starting on a long road to recovery in a Portland Hospital.
District 7 Approves Planned Elementary Classroom Construction
The District Seven School Board Tuesday afternoon passed a resolution directing the administration to move forward with the process to complete the planned elementary classroom construction projects by the start of the 2015-16 school year.
City Council Hosts Public Hearing on Selling a Former Portion of Croxton Park
The Grants Pass City Council will convene a public hearing during the regular council meeting Wednesday night in Council Chambers on Northwest “A” Street beginning at 6:00.
Hidden Valley High School To Dedicate New Field Friday Night
The Hidden Valley Mustangs will dedicate their new turf field Friday night at 6:45 p.m. prior to their football game against Henley.
Troopers Incident Log for Monday
Troopers cited a driver who failed to see a southbound vehicle as he negotiated a left turn from Highway 260 to Highway 99 towards Grants Pass and collided with a blue Mazda in the driver’s side door at 9:33 Monday morning. Three of the four occupants in the Mazda complained of pain but there were no serious injuries. The Mazda had to be towed.
Commissioners set to accept Victims of Crime Act grant
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the approval of a Victims of Crime Act competitive grant award.
Alleged serial commercial burglar arrested
An alleged serial burglar has been arrested in connection with several commercial burglaries in Grants Pass.
Scamsters Target Southern Oregon Utility Users
Pacific Power is warning the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in Southern Oregon where imposters posing as customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information. The fraud is being attempted nationwide, but in recent days it has seen an upsurge in Southern Oregon
City Council moves further on development of chronic nuisance ordinance
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop continued discussions on the development of a chronic nuisance ordinance.
Federal agencies closed for Columbus Day
Most businesses and government offices are open today on Columbus Day but there are a couple of exceptions.
Grants Pass Man Charged with Resisting Arrest & DUII
John Lyman Hall, 32, of Grants Pass was taken into custody and lodged Sunday evening with the assistance of a taser and charged with DUII, reckless driving and endangering, interfering with police, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.
District 7 Board to Review State Report Card & Authorize Classroom Construction
The District Seven School Board is scheduled to vote on a resolution authorizing the construction of elementary classrooms during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in District Headquarters on Dean Drive.
Voter registration deadline is tomorrow
The deadline for new registrants to register to vote in the Nov. 4th election is tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 14.
91 residences lose power in the Granite Hill area
91 residences are without power in the Granite Hill area.
Semi rolls on I-5 near Canyonville blocking traffic for hours
A semi-truck rolled on I-5 ten miles north of Canyonville in the southbound lanes Sunday afternoon and the crash caused a closure of the interstate for four hours.
No. California Man Arrested in Weed Wildfire Arson Investigation
A Northern California man was arrested Saturday for starting the wildfire that devastated the lumber town of Weed last month. The wind-driven fire raced through a hillside neighborhood in the community of 3,000 on September 15th, forcing a full evacuation and destroying 157 homes and structures.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop and Special Meeting
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop and a Special Meeting in Executive Session from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Caveman statue unveiled
A new Caveman statue is in town.
School District No. 7 holds Achievement Compact Advisory Committee Meeting
Grants Pass School District No. 7 is holding an Achievement Compact Advisory Committee meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive.
Local firefighter honored at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service
A local firefighter will be honored this Sunday at 7:00 a.m. during the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
3rd annual Community Safety Fair held today
The third annual Community Safety Fair is held today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Grants Pass Home Depot parking lot.
Cavemen Remain Undefeated with 38 to 21 Victory over North Medford.
The Grants Pass Cavemen Football team remained undefeated and solidified their grip on first place in the Southwest Conference with a 38 to 21 win over the North Medford Black Tornado.
Body Discovered in Storage Trailer Fire in Central Point
Thursday the Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Medical Examiner and several detectives were summoned to the aftermath of a storage trailer fire in the 1900 block of east Gregory Road in Central Point after a body was discovered.
Thursday OSP and Sheriff’s Office incidents
39-year-old Mark Hood was arrested during a traffic stop in the 400 block of Sunny Valley Loop on three separate failure to appear warrants. He subsequently had to register as a sex offender before being released.
Jackson County to Apply for Renewable Energy Development Zone
Jackson County Commissioners, in an effort to spur the production of renewable energy, have authorized their county administrator to submit an application to the Oregon Business Development Department for a Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone.
Game of the Year! Cavemen Vs. Tornado, Tonight at Mel Ingram
Tonight, for the 115th time, the Grants Pass Cavemen and the Medford Black Tornado square off on the football gridiron in one of the longest standing rivalries in the state. Add to that fact both are undefeated with tonight’s winner having the inside track to the Southwest Conference Championship plus there are statewide implications with both teams being talked about in the top five in Oregon.
Caveman Statue unveiled tonight during home football game
A new Caveman Football Statue commemorating the champion Caveman Football team of 1964 is being unveiled tonight during halftime during a home game at Mel Ingram Field.
Over a dozen pairs of Jordan shorts lifted from the Rogue Valley Mall
Over a dozen pairs of Jordan shorts were stolen from the Rogue Valley Mall Wednesday.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Foster Parent on Sex Abuse Charges
The Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Samuel Joseph Hicks, 52, of White City Thursday for sexually abusing a child. A four-month long investigation revealed the abuse occurred during the time Hicks was the victim’s foster parent.
Missing Medford Man Located Safe in Sweet Home
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is reporting Shawn May was located safe in Sweet Home, Oregon today. He is being interviewed by Police there and no further details are available
Judge Newman Sentences 2 Men to Hard Time
Judge Michael Newman sentenced two men to years in prison Thursday in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Trio of Three Rivers Schools Designated as Model Schools
Fruitdale Elementary School, Lorna Byrne Middle School and Sunny Wolf Charter School, all from Three Rivers School District, have been designated as Model Schools for the 2014-15 school year.
Commissioners seek to fill position on Emergency Medical Services Board
The Josephine County Commissioners are seeking to fill the position of Health Care/Emergency Department Physician on the Josephine County Emergency Medical Services Board.
Grants Pass K-9 Corners Man Wanted on Warrants
Grants Pass Police arrested Nathaniel James Holleman, 32, Tuesday night with the assistance of K-9 Officer Rocco.
Former Ray’s becomes the brunt of a truck crash
A 1990 Chevy Silverado used the former’s Ray’s Supermarket on Williams Highway as a runaway truck ramp Wednesday afternoon when the driver of the truck said the steering locked and he lost control of the vehicle.
Carjacker sentenced to state mental hospital
A psychotic man who was using methamphetamine when he carjacked a van last August in Medford has been sentenced to up to 20 years at the Oregon State Hospital.
Researchers seek artifacts in Emmigrant Lake
The federal Bureau of Reclamation has hired an archaeologist to determine if there's anything of historic value at Klamath Junction, which was exposed this summer as Emigrant Lake was drawn down by the drought.
Traffic crash in the Takilma area knocks out landline phone service
A traffic crash in the Takilma area damaged telephone equipment and knocked out landline telephone service for approximately 200 customers Wednesday.
Commissioners approve land use for sunny valley mining operation and demolition of the Dimmick Tower.
The Josephine County Commissioners during their weekly business session Wednesday evening approved land use applications for the Sunny Valley Aggregate Mining Operation.
One Arrested in Medford’s Pear Blossom Park Stabbing
Medford Police have arrested Heather Marie Everman, a 25-year-old transient after she allegedly stabbed Algie Burdis, 24, in the back while he was seated in Pear Blossom Park.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
Various locations were checked downtown for transient camping activity.
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Deputies were asked to investigate an alleged marijuana grow in the area of Kincaid Road and China Basin Road.
Tueaday's Trooper Desk Log
According to the Oregon State Police’s daily desk log a Trooper was dispatched to a retail establishment Tuesday morning when Bradford Cravath Goshorn, 28, of Grants Pass attempted to purchase a firearm. The state of Wyoming listed an in-state only warrant for his arrest. He was cited and released for false swearing and a report was forwarded to the District Attorney
Stabbing in Pear Blossom Park sends two to the hospital
A stabbing in Pear Blossom Park at roughly 8:00 p.m. Tuesday sent two people to the hospital.
OSP continue investigation of truck crash on I-5 near Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the crash of semi-truck on Interstate 5 southbound at milepost 70 at approximately 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.
Search Continues for Shawn May of Medford
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is continuing the search for Shawn May, 42, of Medford, who was last seen Friday afternoon around 5:30 in the Prospect area. According to the last known contact with Mr. May, he was going to use the back roads to return to Medford.
Arrest Made in Merlin Shooting
One man is in the hospital and two arrests were made after the Oregon State Troopers responded to a shooting at 535 Pleasant Valley Road north of Merlin Monday night at 9:23.
Hit & Run Suspect Arrested
A tip provided to the Oregon State Police helped lead to the arrest of the driver involved in an early Saturday morning pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The involved vehicle was also located and seized pending the ongoing investigation.
Lunar Eclipse Visible in Southern Oregon Early Wednesday
The National Weather Service has announced a lunar eclipse will occur early Wednesday morning. The eclipse will not feature a smothering darkness with a band of light around the perimeter. The event will begin around 2:15 a.m. with a shadow, cast by the earth, gradually shimmering up to a reddish hue between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. The reddish hue is caused by sunlight being filtered through the atmosphere.
Commissioners set to approve land use for Sunny Valley mining operation
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Weekly Business Session at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the approval of the land use applications for the Sunny Valley Aggregate Mining Operation.
Planned burn scheduled near Butte Falls
The Oregon Department of Forestry is holding a planned burn today six miles south of Butte Falls in Jackson County.
Ashland Police identify dead man found near railroad tracks
Ashland Police have identified the body of a man discovered last Thursday evening at 255 Hersey St. near the railroad tracks.
Grants Pass City Council considers taxation of marijuana
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop discussed the possibilities of taxing marijuana within the city.
I-5 Traffic Stop Yields Methamphetamine Bust
Saturday night an Oregon State Police traffic stop led to the arrest of a San Jose, California man after a trooper found over 4 pounds of methamphetamine inside the man's car on Interstate 5 near Rogue River.
Troopers Weekend Incident Log
Friday morning Troopers investigated the report of a Ford F-250 that had gone down the embankment near milepost 67 of Interstate 5’s southbound lanes. The driver, Jacob Sutter, 21, of Etna was on the scene. There was no evidence of DUII and there was no property damage.
Law enforcement searches for Medford man who disappeared while driving back roads near Prospect
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help to locate a Medford man who went missing while driving around the Prospect area.
Authorities release name of pedestrian critically injured in White City crash
The identity of a pedestrian critically injured in a White City crash has been released.
A game of “Mailbox Baseball” leads to a juvenile suffering severe head injuries
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety reports a juvenile received severe head injuries Sunday at roughly 4:10 a.m. when he was playing a game of “Mailbox Baseball” in the 1700 block of Highland Avenue.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
OSP Seeking Tips in Critical Injury Hit & Run in White City
Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle and driver responsible for critically injuring a 41-year-old pedestrian in a hit & run incident Saturday morning on Highway 62 in White City.
Eagle Point Mum on Teachers Carrying Concealed
The Eagle Point School District has decided not to encourage teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry on school property, but the district’s employee handbook no longer prohibits staff from bringing a firearm to school.
Medford Council Considers Pot Tax
The Medford City Council is joining the parade of governmental jurisdictions hurriedly considering ordinances to tax marijuana should the state pass ballot measure 91.
Grants Pass Dominates South Medford; 52-0
The Grants Pass Cavemen Dominated South Medford at Mel Ingram Field Friday night, handing the Panthers and 52 to 0 thumping while staying undefeated at 5 and 0.
Grants Pass City Report
The City of Grants Pass reports the police department made 56 arrests and issued 50 citations in the week ending Friday. The Nuisance Intervention Team made 18 contacts, giving out nine warnings and issuing seven citations.
Portions of Foothill Boulevard to be Closed for Three Weeks
Foothill Boulevard will be closed to all traffic at milepost 2.3 beginning Monday morning at six for up to three weeks.
Celebrating Chalk Art & Great Music, the Art Along the Rogue Festival is Underway
Art Along the Rogue, the Northwest’s Premier Street Painting and Music Festival is underway with “H” Street closed from 4th to 6th Streets and 5th Street from “G” to “I”, including the parking lot at 5th and “H” through Sunday at 7 p.m
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A two-vehicle non-injury accident occurred at the intersection of N.W. Washington Boulevard and N.W. Manzanita Avenue.
Talent Joins the List of Cities Voting to Tax Marijuana
The Talent City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to tax recreational marijuana if measure 91 is passed in the November general election. Measure 21 would allow people over the age of 21 to manufacture, possess and sell marijuana.
Former Ashland swim coach charged with new sex crimes
New charges are being levied against a former Ashland swim coach who was convicted last year of having sexual relations with an underage team member.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters decides to retire
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters says he wants to retire at the end of his term, which is the end of this year.
Standoff with suicidal female ends peacefully in Medford
A police standoff with a suicidal woman that began at approximately noon Thursday at 2020 Grandview Ave. in Medford ended peacefully after hours of negotiation.
White City Man Arrested for Child Abuse
Richard Castillo was arrested Tuesday by Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies after allegedly injuring his infant son over a period of weeks.
Two cases of interest in Josephine County Circuit Court
Judge Pat Wolke had two interesting cases in front of him today in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Cavemen Host Panthers Friday Night at Mel Ingram
The Grants Pass Cavemen put their 4 and 0 record on the line at Mel Ingram Field against the 3 and 1 South Medford Panthers Friday night. Both teams have played the Sheldon Irish with Grants Pass winning by two, and South losing by 15.
Railroad Park Supporters Object to Housing Homeless Feeding Program
Organizations that support Railroad Park in Medford object to plans to use it to feed the homeless. About 30 people from five organizations that have improved and maintained the park for decades met Tuesday with the Medford parks director to express their concerns.
Shady Cove Man Faces Felony Charges after Attempting to Bribe Deputy
Spencer Barnett, 23, of Shady Cove was arrested Tuesday night and faces a felony charge after attempting to bribe a Sheriff’s deputy.
Three Arrested on Drug Charges & Warrants at Medford’s Motel 6
Three people were arrested Tuesday afternoon at Motel 6 on Alba Drive in Medford after the desk clerk observed propane tanks and a torch being carried into a room and called police
Art Along the Rogue Festival Preparation Underway; 5th Closed at H Street
There is already chalk on the street as “Art Along the Rogue”, the Northwest’s premier Street painting and music festival prepares to open this Saturday.
Judge sentences former Medford meth dealer found living in Costa Rica
U.S. District Chief Judge Ann Aiken sentenced a Medford meth dealer Wednesday who had spent years as a fugitive in Costa Rica.
Grants Pass City Council Convened on a light agenda
Grants Pass City Council members met Wednesday night with a light agenda.
Commissioners approve first reading of ordinance that would approve a marijuana tax
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved the first reading of an ordinance that would tax both medicinal and recreational marijuana use in the county.
Venison from Infected Black-Tailed Deer Okay for Consumption
Deer season opens Saturday and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it's OK for hunters to eat meat from black-tailed deer infected in a disease outbreak in the southwest corner of the state.
Jackson County Sheriff Issues Warning of Unauthorized Fairgrounds Event
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office has issued a press release stating their office and the Jackson County Fairgrounds are not participating in an event being promoted as taking place this Saturday at the Jackson County Expo ponds
Rogue River Council Considers Pot Tax
The city of Rogue River may impose a 5 to 10 percent tax on sales of marijuana, if a dispensary ever opens there. The city has two clinics, the Herbal Resources Center and Herbal Pain Management Resource, that help people apply for medical marijuana cards from the state, but they're not permitted to sell cannabis.
Community Education Forum held on the Impact of Marijuana on our Youth
A Community Education Forum on the Impact of Marijuana on our Youth is being held Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Parkway Christian Center at 229 N.E. Beacon Drive in Grants Pass.
Suspect pleads guilty to murder and robbery of Ashland man
The suspect in an Ashland murder and robbery last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charges in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Transfer of Onion Mountain Fire Command Slated for Tomorrow
A transfer of command and control of the firefighting effort on the Onion Mountain Fire from the Type 3 Team back to the local unit, Wild Rivers Ranger District, will occur Wednesday morning.
Tickets Available for South Medford Game
Grants Pass High School has a limited amount of reserved tickets available for Friday night’s game against South Medford on both the covered and uncovered sides of Mel Ingram Field. They are $10 each on a first come first served basis.
City Council Faces Light Agenda
The Grants Pass City Council faces a light agenda when they convene Wednesday evening at 6:00 in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest “A” Street.
Marijuana Regulating Ordinance to Be Heard at Commissioner’s Meeting
The first reading of a proposed ordinance regulating marijuana and marijuana products is on the agenda for the Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
The City of Cave Junction argues the State of Oregon for the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries
The City of Cave Junction argued the State of Oregon today in Josephine County Circuit Court for the right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.
Riverside Park Playground to Close for Replacement
The City of Grants Pass will be closing the playground and the surrounding area in Riverside Park beginning tomorrow for about six weeks.
Southbound I-5 On-Ramp at Wolf Creek to be Closed One Night this Week
The southbound Interstate 5 on-ramp at Exit 76, Wolf Creek, will be closed one night this week for paving work. The closure will likely be scheduled either Wednesday or Thursday night, Oct. 1 or Oct. 2, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
Alaska man who assaulted police receives sentence
An Alaska man has been convicted of assaulting a Medford Police officer during a DUII arrest after a jury rejected his claim that he was brutalized by police.
Public Safety releases results of Drug Take-Back event
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has released the results of the Drug Take-Back event they held last Saturday in the Justice Building.
Allen Creek Road Project parameters set
Parameters were set today by the Josephine County Commissioners and Grants Pass City Council during the council’s Monday Workshop on how to move forward with the Allen Creek Road Project.
$500 Reward Offered for Arrest of Graffiti Vandals
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for numerous acts of graffiti vandalism the past several weeks.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
Various checks were performed around the city for known transient campsites in the early morning hours.
So. Oregon Health Care Coalition Recipient of $3.5 Million Grant
The Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon will use a $3.5 million grant to help reduce infant mortality rates in rural Josephine, Jackson and Douglas counties.
Traveling Nurse Located Safe
Oregon State Police have made contact with a woman and confirmed she is safe in the Crater Lake area and in need of no assistance after she was reported missing early this morning. Contact was made about 10:00 a.m. via her cellphone.
Oregon State Police Weekend Incident Log
Saturday morning, while driving through the Grave Creek boat ramp a State Trooper saw a man exiting the area with a backpack and noticed glass was broken out of a passenger side window of a pickup. The Trooper stopped the man, who supplied his name, and told the trooper he was taking the backpack to Jason, who owned the truck. The registration for the truck said it was owned by an Eric, and Eric’s fishing license was in the backpack. The subject then confessed to breaking into the truck. His real name is Tim D. Plumlee and he had two outstanding felony warrants
State Representative Candidate Debate held at the Fruitdale Grange
A Candidate Debate for the position of State Representative is being held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Fruitdale Grange located at 1440 Parkdale Drive in Grants Pass.
OSP seeks public’s help to locate missing woman who was headed to Crater Lake
The Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a traveling nurse who went missing Sunday while she was traveling from Eugene to Crater Lake.
Happy Camp 97% Contained
The Happy Camp Complex of Fires are now 97 percent contained after having burned through 132,733 acres at a cost of over $87 million. Six structures were damaged by the fire.
Onion Mountain 95% Contained; Roads Open
The Wild Rivers Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, assumed management of the fire this past Friday morning. Local Incident Commander Brandon Coville is supported primarily by local resources from the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, including two crews and five engines. All aircraft support, except for one medium and one heavy helicopter stationed at the Merlin airport, has been released from the fire. Total assigned personnel resources have dropped to 64.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Small Power Outages Reported in Rogue Valley
Pacific Power is reporting several small power outages, ten to 15 customers at a time, throughout the Rogue Valley in unrelated areas.. Most are short-lived and attributed to the wind pushing power lines into trees. Crews are working throughout the Valley.
Residents report gunfire in the area of the Black Bird Shopping Center
Residents in west Medford reported hearing multiple gunshots at around 8:38 p.m. Friday in the area around the Black Bird Shopping Center.
Fire Danger Level drops to Moderate for now
The Oregon Department of Forestry dropped the Fire Danger Level from high to moderate Friday night but they say this change may be short lived.
Onion Mountain firefighting force decreases as threat dissipates
Fire crews at the Onion Mountain Fire continue to be called off duty as the threat from the blaze continues to dissipate.
Cavemen dominate Thurston
The Grants Pass Cavemen dominated Thurston Friday night at Thurston winning the game 49-10.
Shots Fired at 144 Blossom Drive, Again
Grants Pass Police Detectives are investigating a shooting incident that occurred just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning at 144 Northwest Blossom Drive. Three separate callers indicated shots were fired.
Volunteers to Canvas Grants Pass Neighborhoods with Emergency Preparedness Information
Saturday volunteers will be canvasing local neighborhoods disseminating emergency preparedness information and registration forms for families and individuals in need of a smoke alarm.
Happy Camp Complex wanes as precipitation continues in the area
The Happy Camp Complex of Fires in Northern California is waning as continued precipitation in the area is limiting its growth and strength.
Prescription Drug Take-Back Saturday
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the public will have the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, including pet medications by taking them to the Justice Building at 101 Northwest ‘A” Street in the lobby of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. The medications will be safely disposed of and the service is completely anonymous.
Cave Junction Man Jailed on Sex Abuse Charges
Michael Alan Martinho, 33, of Cave Junction has been arrested and charged with seven different counts of sex abuse charges involving three victims, all under the age of 12, that occurred
Between November of 2006 and October of 2012.
Trooper Log for 9/25/14
Thursday at 5:49 p.m. Mark Alonzo Woosley, 47, of Albany, lost control of his green Volkswagen Jetta at milepost 77 in the southbound lanes of Interstate-5 and slid off the freeway. No injury was reported and there was no damage to state property. The Jetta had to be towed.
Undefeated Cavemen Travel to Thurston
The Grants Pass Cavemen Football team is on the road for the third time in four games tonight as they travel to Springfield to face the Thurston Colts.
CJ man arraigned on murder charge
A Cave Junction man was arraigned in Josephine County Circuit Court Wednesday on a charge of murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Onion Mountain Fire at 95 percent containment
The Onion Mountain Fire burning 15 miles west of Grants Pass is listed at 95 percent containment today.
Easley Sentenced to Life
Donald Lee Easley was sentenced to life in prison with parole possible after 25 years this afternoon by Judge Pat Wolke. Easley was found guilty of murder last Thursday in the shooting death of Laron Estes on September 7th of 2013.
Medford P.D. Arrests Bank Robbery Suspect
Medford Police Detectives located and arrested 63-year-old Gerald Schram Wednesday night around 8:00 at a residence in the 300 block of Haven Street in Medford in connection with the robbery of the U.S. Bank on Court Street Wednesday afternoon
Walker Re-Call Petition Denied; Lack of Valid Signatures
The re-call petition against County Commissioner Cherryl Walker was denied this afternoon when the county clerk’s office determined the petition did not have enough valid signatures.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
A longboard valued at $160 was stolen from behind the 7-11 on 6th Street.
Happy Camp Complex firefighters focus on maintaining roadways
Firefighters at the Happy Camp Complex of Fires aren’t manning the fire lines today but instead they are making sure roadways from recent heavy rains are still open to allow firefighters access to areas still burning within the complex.
Medford Police Dispatch Black Bear near Elementary School
The Medford Police Department felt it necessary to dispatch a black bear that had climbed a tree in front of a home in the 900 block of Mt. Pitt Avenue near Washington Elementary School this morning.
Medford U.S. Bank robbed by gunman
The U.S. Bank in Medford at 1242 Court St. was robbed by a gunman at roughly 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Downsizing continues as the Onion Mountain Fire reaches extinction
Personnel continue to be called off the Onion Mountain Fire as the blaze nears extinction.
MADGE Arrests Suspected Drug Dealer in Grants Pass
Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators located and arrested Michael Aaron Rivera-Sears, 33, in Grants Pass on Monday and lodged him in the Jackson County
Oath Keepers Prep for Saturday Parkways Event with Nat’l President Attending
The Oath Keepers of Josephine County are meeting at the Fairgrounds Thursday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. to prepare for the County Preparedness Fair Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Gilbert Creek Park in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation’s Parkways Event.
Commissioners approve the purchase of snowplows for fleet trucks
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Weekly Business Session voted unanimously for the purchase of four snowplows for county fleet pickup trucks.
Rain Reduces Fire Danger Level on ODF-Protected Lands
Cool and wet weather across southwest Oregon reduced wildfire danger on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. The public regulated use fire danger level dropped to “high” today. Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1 also took effect this morning.
Medford Council Considers Pot Tax
Tuesday night the Medford City Council considered the first draft of an ordinance that could allow that city the option of taxing marijuana if voter approve ballot measure 91 in November.
OSP Leads Investigation into Grants Pass Officer-Involved Shooting
The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance from the Josephine County Major Crime Team are continuing the investigation into the death of Daniel Diaz, 29, of 144 Blossom Drive Sunday night.
Firefighters Pulled Back from Happy Camp Due to Rain
None of the 532 assigned personnel are working on fire suppression in the Happy Camp complex of fires due to the rain forecast for the next 24 hours. Personnel are near the fire area monitoring for water runoff and making sure the road system remains passable. Fallers are available to help with downed tree removal from roadways.
The National Weather Service predicts record breaking rainfall
The National Weather Service predicts record-breaking rainfall today and that motorists should be careful while driving.
More crews released as Onion Mountain Fire hits 80 percent containment
More crews were released Tuesday as the Onion Mountain Fire burning 15 miles west of Grants Pass hit 80 percent containment.
Ellington Jr. Sentenced to 21 Months after Pleading Guilty to Assault
Brian Fletcher Ellington Jr. pled guilty to attempting to commit a class B felony, assault II, on September 15th, and today Judge Lindi Baker sentenced the 23-year-old to 21 months in the Department of Corrections.
Unveiling of Caveman Football Statue quickly approaches
The unveiling of a new Caveman Football Statue on the Grants Pass High School Campus is quickly approaching.
Blossom Drive Shooting Victim Identified
District Attorney Stephen Campbell released the name of the man who died in a Blossom Drive residence after exchanging gunfire with the Grants Pass Police Department Sunday night.
Happy Camp 85% Contained
Fire fighters continue to make progress at containing the Happy Camp complex of fires, now listed at 85 percent contained. The fire decreased in intensity overnight.
Commissioners vote on purchase of snow plows
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium will vote on the purchase of four snow plows.
Large amount of personnel released from the Onion Mountain Fire as containment levels continue to rise
Containment levels continue to rise on the Onion Mountain Fire and a large number of firefighters have been released from the battle due to the continued progress.
Trooper Incident Log
Aric Roland Kramer, 52, of Merlin, was stopped for speeding Saturday morning at 1:20. He failed the field sobriety tests and was transported to jail where a breath sample showed a blood alcohol content of .15 percent. He was cited and released.
Central Point Woman Dies in Motorcycle Crash
State Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday evening's motorcycle-involved traffic crash on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg that resulted in the death of a female passenger and injuries to two adult male operators from the Phoenix/Talent area. The woman died after arrival at a Roseburg-area hospital.
Branding Project proposed to GP Council
A presentation regarding the branding of Grants Pass was delivered to the city council during their Monday workshop.
Local Unemployment Slightly Improved, Down 1% over the Year
Total payroll employment in Josephine County increased by 140 jobs in August. Construction, and private educational and health services both gained 40 jobs over the month. Wood products manufacturing, plus mining and logging employment rose by 20. Financial activities lost 20 jobs from the July totals. Government employment added 60 jobs in August. A gain of 70 in local government, mostly local education, was slightly offset by a loss of 10 in state government employment. There was little change in employment for Josephine County’s other published industries in August.
Crews Achieve 85% Containment of Happy Camp Fires
A recent break in the weather has given fire-fighting crews the opportunity to gain on the Happy Camp Complex of fires. However, due to the expected severe weather conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, firefighters will be brought off the fire lines on Tuesday evening.
School District No. 7 Board reviews GPHS SAT score summary
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting at noon Tuesday in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive will hear a presentation regarding SAT scores for Grants Pass High School.
One Dead in Officer Involved Shooting
One man is dead and three Grants Pass City Police officers have been placed on administrative leave after a shooting incident on Blossom Drive Sunday night.
One Dead in Officer Involved Shooting
One man is dead and three Grants Pass City Police officers have been placed on administrative leave after a shooting incident on Blossom Drive Sunday night.
Residents douse small fire on Board Shanty Creek Road
Residents managed to douse a small grass fire at 3080 Board Shanty Creek Road Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m.
60 percent containment reached on the Onion Mountain Fire; all evacuations lifted
All evacuations for the Onion Mountain Fire were lifted at 6:00 p.m. Sunday and the fire is now considered 60 percent contained.
Officer involved shooting reported in northwest Grants Pass
The Department of Public Safety was involved in an officer involved shooting Sunday at approximately 9:38 p.m. in northwest Grants Pass.
Happy Camp Complex 80% Contained at 131,389 Acres
The Happy Camp Complex of fires, now burning for 6 weeks in Northern California, has consumed 131,389 acres and is considered 80% contained with a fight-tab in excess of $81 million.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop and Special Meeting
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop and convene a Special Council meeting from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Onion Mountain Fire into 2nd Week with 40% Containment Achieved-UPDATE
972 firefighters, supported by ground equipment and air resources, continue battling the Onion Mountain wildfire into a second week, having achieved 40% containment.
Happy Camp Complex hits 74 percent containment
The Happy Camp Complex of Fires burning in northern California has reached 74 percent containment.
30 percent containment gained on Onion Mountain Fire
30 percent containment has been gained on the Onion Mountain Fire burning 15 miles west of Grants Pass.
Senator Wyden visits Grants Pass
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is visiting Grants Pass Monday.
Cavemen beat Sheldon in Eugene
The Grants Pass Cavemen went to the home of the Sheldon Fighting Irish in Eugene Friday night and they took the win with a 38-34 score.
Escaped Norteno Gang Member Re-Captured
Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies and U.S. Marshals took Juan Antonio Gonzalez-Marquez, 19, of Medford, into custody Thursday at 6:30 p.m. following a traffic stop. Gonzalez-Marquez absconded from the MacLaren Youth Correctional facility in Junction City.
State Troopers Desk Log
A black Nissan pickup was reported stolen from a location near the intersection of Highway 199 and Eight Dollar Road close to milepost 24. The owner, John Richard Bucy, reported the pickup was disabled and was at that location while Mr. Bucy was waiting to repair it.
Happy Camp 72% Contained; Grew 5,000 Acres in Past Day
Favorable weather conditions allowed fire fighters to push the containment around the Happy Camp complex of fires in Northern California to 72 percent. The monster fire did add about 5,000 burned acres.
Today is the last day to pick up your duck for the derby
Today is the last day to adopt a duck for the 2014 Rotary Duck Derby.
Onion Mountain Fire notches up to 20 percent containment
The Onion Mountain Fire is now listed at 20 percent containment.
Car-Jacking Suspect Arrested by Medford P.D.
The Medford Police Department arrested and lodged Steven Wayne Fennell, 29, Thursday afternoon and charged him with 2nd degree kidnapping, 2nd degree robbery, 2nd degree burglary, 1st degree criminal mischief, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Easley Guilty of Murder
A Josephine County jury rendered a guilty of murder verdict against Donald Easley for the shooting death of his neighbor, Laron Estes on September 7th of 2013.

Closing arguments were delivered Wednesday and the Jury returned its decision Thursday morning.
Industrial Fire Prevention Level Lowers from 3 to 2
The Industrial Fire Prevention Level in forests and wildlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in southwest Oregon lowered from level 3 to level 2 this morning. This affects the 1.8 million acres of state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Book Controversy Stirs Three Rivers Parents
Some parents with children in the Three Rivers School District are complaining about a book in the high school libraries. During Tuesday night's school board meeting, they said students should not be allowed to read the book "Persepolis" without parental approval.
Cavemen Open Conference Play at Sheldon
The Grants Pass Cavemen football team, ranked 7th in the state, opens conference play against the number three team in Oregon, the Sheldon Irish. Both teams have two point wins over top 10 teams, Grants Pass over Sherwood and Sheldon over Jesuit.
Air quality measured at moderate for Grants Pass and surrounding areas
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality lists Grants Pass’ air quality as being at the moderate level today.
Happy Camp Fires Now Over 125,000 Acres
The Happy Camp complex of fires in northern California have now burned 125,788 acres and are list as 68 percent contained. The fires kicked up Wednesday afternoon before being dampened by overnight showers.
County’s Property Crime Investigative Unit Ready to Assume Duties
A team of vetted and well-trained volunteers and reserves are poised to conduct property crime investigation in the County. Sheriff Gilbertson, working in concert with the District Attorney’s office formed the team because property crime investigation has fallen to the wayside due to the limited resources of the Sheriff’s office. The team will be under the direct supervision of the Sheriff’s office
Alleged counterfeiter and thief arrested during traffic stop in Grants Pass
Officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested an alleged counterfeiter and thief Wednesday who has grifted several businesses in the Rogue Valley.
Rains calm the Onion Mountain Fire’s spread
Rains over Grants Pass Wednesday calmed the Onion Mountain Fire’s spread and it is now estimated at 4,077 acres and eight percent containment.
City Council votes yes to ammend parking fees and permits
The Grants Pass City Council during their meeting Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm voted unanimously to amend parking fees and annual permits.
County Clerk Art Harvey clarifies to board and citizens that measure arguments will not be allowed for recall
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey made an appearance at the County Commissioners Weekly Business Session today to clarify that measure arguments will not be allowed on the ballot section pertaining to the potential recall of County Commissioner Cherryl Walker.
Air Ambulance Service Opens at Grants Pass Airport
An air ambulance service, Oregon Lifeguard, announced the establishment of a fixed wing air ambulance base at the Grants Pass Airport
F & W Troopers Seek Black Tail Poachers
Fish and Wildlife Troopers are seeking information to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of three black tail buck deer on Lake Creek Road in the Eagle Point area.
Markup of O&C Act of 2014 Due in November
Senator Ron Wyden yesterday announced a commitment has been secured to mark up his O&C Act of 2014 in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on November 13th.
Sixty Percent Containment Achieved on Happy Camp Fires
Firefighters have achieved 60 percent containment on the Happy Camp Complex of fires in northern California now having consumed 114,644 acres
I.D. Theft Case Expands
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Marshal’s office are continuing to investigate numerous identity thefts involving Blake Walker, 29, of Castro Valley, California. Walker was arrested in Medford on September 3rd at the Comfort Inn.
Onion Mountain Fire Now at 3,735 Acres
The Onion Mountain fire is listed at five percent contained having now burned through 3,735 acres 15 miles west of Grants Pass. Moderate fire behavior is expected again today with active burning of ground fuels spreading at a rate of 600 feet per hour.
Section of Midland Avenue closed due to broken water main
A section of Midland Avenue between N.W. Lawnridge Avenue and N.W. Washington Blvd. is closed due to the rupture of a 10-inch water main.
Onion Mountain Fire spreads to the north but no new evacuations have been issued
The Onion Mountain Fire has spread to the north and has consumed 3,680 acres 15 miles west of Grants Pass.
G.P. Police warn the public to be wary of counterfeit bills
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety wants to warn the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills after an abundance of them appeared in the area.
Happy Camp Complex refuses to falter remaining at 55 percent containment
The Happy Camp Complex of Fires in California continues to refuse fire suppression efforts and it remains at 55 percent containment today.
The Grants Pass City Council votes on amending fee schedule for parking fines and permits
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers are set to vote on amending the comprehensive fee schedule for parking fines and parking permits.
790 Fire reaches extinction
The 790 Fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness 10 miles southeast of Prospect is now listed at 85 percent containment.
Signatures to recall County Commissioner Walker submitted to the County Clerk’s Office
William Hunker, Chief Petitioner for the Cherryl Walker Recall Committee, submitted 6,587 signatures to the Josephine County Clerk’s Office Monday in order to initiate the recall of County Commissioner Cherryl Walker.
Onion Mountain Fire upgraded to 3,000 acres due to burnout operations-UPDATE
The Onion Mountain Fire is estimated at 3,000 acres this morning but that increase is mostly due to burnout operations.
Onion Mountain Fire upgraded to 3,000 acres due to burnout operations
The Onion Mountain Fire is estimated at 3,000 acres this morning but that increase is due to burnout operations.
JoCo Commissioners vote on formation of the Josephine County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the formation of the Josephine County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.
Fire crews stop Onion Mountain Fire from growing; evacuations remain in place-UPDATE
Diligent fire crews managed to keep the Onion Mountain Fire from growing dramatically yesterday afternoon but all evacuations remain in place as a precaution.
Fire crews stop Onion Mountain Fire from growing; evacuations remain in place
Diligent fire crews managed to keep the Onion Mountain Fire from growing yesterday afternoon but all evacuations remain in place as a precaution.
Firefighters continue vigilant fight against the Onion Mountain Fire
Firefighters continued a vigilant fight this afternoon against the Onion Mountain Fire and more crews continue to arrive to the fire camp.
Troopers locate marijuana during I-5 vehicle search
Oregon State Police troopers located over five pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Sunday at 12:44 a.m. on I-5 northbound at milepost 38.
Incident Management Team takes over Onion Mountain Fire operations
Oregon Incident Management Team #1 has taken over command of the Onion Mountain Fire located 13 miles southwest of Grants Pass.
Happy Camp Complex grows slightly as firefighters hold line
The Happy Camp Complex grew very little Sunday and is now estimated at 112,643 acres.
790 Fire continues to be snuffed out by firefighters
The 790 Fire in the Sky Lakes Wilderness continues to be snuffed out by firefighters and it is now listed at 75 percent containment.
Rural/Metro Fire Department prepares home for the potential growth of the Onion Mountain Fire
Rural/Metro Fire Department is preparing to protect homes that may be potentially threatened by the Onion Mountain Fire by bringing in structural protection engines and firefighters from Rogue Valley Task Force 1 to plan and conduct preliminary work in the Riverbanks Road area.
The Josephine County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee seeks multiple applicants
The Josephine County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee is seeking applicants for multiple positions.
Firefighters swarm Onion Mountain Fire
Firefighters from around the region are swarming the now 1,920 acre Onion Mountain Fire.
K9 nabs fugitive hiding in D Street attic
A Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K9 apprehended a fugitive hiding in the attic of a residence at 528 N.W. D Street at approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Onion Mountain Fire now estimated at 1,920 acres
The Onion Mountain Fire 13 miles southwest of Grants Pass is now estimated 1,920 acres and strong winds Sunday afternoon sent the blaze moving northeast.
Onion Mountain Fire estimated at over 500 acres
The Onion Mountain Fire 13 miles southwest of Grants Pass is now estimated at over 500 acres and strong winds Sunday afternoon sent the blaze moving northeast.
Onion Mountain Fire listed at 100 acres
The Onion Mountain Fire is now listed at 100 acres according to Virginia Givens with the United States Forest Service.
Happy Camp Complex of Fires now 55% Contained; Still Active
The Happy Camp Complex of fires, now burning for 5 weeks in Northern California, has consumed 111,942 acres and is considered 55% contained.
Single Lane Travel on Redwood Avenue Monday and Tuesday
City of Grants Pass Water Distribution crews will be installing a new 1” water service Monday and Tuesday near the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Medart Lane.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Onion Mountain Fire Now Estimated at 50 Acres
A wildfire erupted Saturday morning in the area of Onion Mountain about 25 miles west of Grants Pass. The fire, which was estimated at about 15 acres Saturday morning, grew to about 50 acres late Saturday evening according to a public affairs officer from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Grants Pass office.
Onion Mountain Fire Being Held at 25 Acres
A fire was reported on U.S. Forest Service Land Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the area of Onion Mountain. The Forest Service immediately dispatched a contingent of smoke jumpers and rappelers to make the initial assault on the fire. Significant air support is being provided by heavy tankers and helicopters.
Happy Camp Complex of Fires Now 50% Contained!
The Happy Camp complex of fires continues its growth, primarily southward, but firefighters have pushed containment to 50 percent.
Grants Pass City Update
The city of Grants Pass now has an easy and efficient way for utility users to drop off their utility payments. There is a new drop box in the parking lot between City Hall and the County Building. It is now ready for use.
ODOT to Study I-5 Viaduct in Medford; Re-Route or Rebuild
The Oregon Department of transportation is planning to invest as much as $4 million to study ways to beef up the I-5 viaduct through Medford or provide other options for routing traffic in case it fails in an earthquake or requires upgrades.
Walraven To be Freed
30-year-old Trevor Walraven will be released from prison in the next 45 days after Judge Timothy Gerking cut his 30-year-sentence in half Friday at the end of a two-day 2nd-look hearing in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Prosecution seeks certainty that victim’s family and society are safe from Walraven
The District Attorney’s Office in court today for the Second Look Hearing of Trevor Troy Walraven asked the court to determine whether or not the victim’s family and society would be safe from Walraven.
Cavemen Host Newberg in Home Opener
The Grants Pass Cavemen host the Newberg Tigers in their home opener football game tonight at seven at Mel Ingram Field. Both teams garnered come from behind victories in the first game of the season last week.
Firefighters Gain on Happy Camp; Some Smoke Expected
The firefighters battling the Happy Camp Complex of fires have gained on the difficult blaze, now listed as 45 percent contained. The fire grew only slightly Thursday, now having consumed 108,240 acres.
Grand Jury Clears Medford P.D. in Shooting Death of Marine Vet
A Jackson County Grand Jury ruled Thursday the Medford Police were justified in the killing of Stephen Andrew McMilon, a 52-year-old Marine Corps veteran, on August 24th.
ODOT completes construction in southbound lanes near exit
The Oregon Department of Transportation has completed bridge maintenance on I-5 near exit 43 and all southbound lanes are now open near Gold Hill.
Easley Trial May End Early Next Week
Closing arguments in the Donald Easley murder trial may come early next week according to the attorneys involved.
Principal Explains Removal of Posters Commemorating 9/11/14
A moment of silence was observed at Grants Pass High School at the beginning of the School Day today in commemoration of September 11th, Patriots Day. This morning’s school announcement contained Principal Ryan Thompson saying, “Thirteen years ago today we remember the events of 9/11 and those 2,997 Americans who lost their lives. This day is set aside as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.”
State Police Seek Elk Poacher
The State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help in identifying the people responsible for killing a large bull elk about five miles southeast of Eagle Point in Jackson County. A reward of up to $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.
Judge Baker sentences two cases of interest
Judge Lindi Baker today in Josephine County Circuit Court sentenced two cases of interest.
Wind Change May Bring Happy Camp Smoke into Southern Oregon
The Happy Camp Fire continues to grow and a shift in the wind may bring smoke back into the Rogue Valley. Yesterday’s winds pushed the smoke in a southwesterly direction, but today the forecast is for northerly winds.
Walraven Gets Second Look Hearing in Josephine County Circuit Court
A second-look hearing was convened in Josephine County Circuit Court this morning for Trevor Walraven, Judge Gerking presiding. Walraven was convicted of aggravated murder at the age of 14 in adult court in Jackson County.
Happy Camp Fire claims structures
The Happy Camp Complex of Fires has claimed several structures.
Commissioners approve grant for airport weather system
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday evening Weekly Business Session approved the acceptance of a grant to build an automatic weather observation system at the Grants Pass Airport.
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Imposes Additional Fire Restrictions
As a result of current fire conditions the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has revised the Public Use Restrictions across the forest. Weather continues to be warm and dry with little to no change forecasted.
Cavemen receive recognition from the Chamber of Commerce
The Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce recognized the Grants Pass Active Club and the Oregon Caveman Club today at the Gospel Rescue Mission for bringing the Cavemen back to Grants Pass and refurbishing the Caveman Statue located on the chamber property.
Former Gymnastics Coach also Faces Federal Charges of Child Porn
A former gymnastics coach and sports photographer who was arrested in 2012 on child-pornography charges in Jackson County for allegedly videotaping girls while they changed was arrested again Monday on a federal warrant stemming from similar charges.
Phone call forces lockdown of Phoenix High School
An anonymous caller threatened the potential for a school shooting at Phoenix High School Tuesday afternoon and school authorities quickly locked the building down.
Two Women Get 3+ Years Each for Fraudulent Purchases at Rogue Valley Stores
Two California women who ripped off $4,500 worth of merchandise and cash using bogus travelers checks and fraudulent exchanges at Rogue Valley stores in July will each spend more than three years in prison.
Two Busted at Travel Lodge Linked to Previous Thefts
A police bust at the Travel Lodge Motel on Northwest Vine Street Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of Eddie Joseph Correia Junior, 30 and Elizabeth Anne Boyle, 21, both of Grants Pass.
Medford Teen Indicted for Attempted Murder
The Jackson County Grand Jury yesterday indicted Shylo Juan Antonio Ramirez, 17, of Medford, for attempted murder, 2nd degree assault, 1st degree robbery and possession of Heroin. He was remanded to adult court.
Firefighters complete line around the 790 Fire
Firefighters completed line Tuesday entirely around the 790 Fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
New evacuation orders issued for the Happy Camp Complex of Fires
New evacuation orders were issued Tuesday afternoon for the Happy Camp Complex of Fires due to increased activity in the conflagration.
Cops bust alleged car thief at the Grants Pass Travelodge
Grants Pass police converged on the Travelodge on Vine Street at roughly 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to arrest an alleged car thief.
District 7 Enrollment Up; Summer Program Served Almost 20,000 Meals
During their Tuesday afternoon meeting the District 7 School Board learned, that although enrollment numbers at this early point in the school year are fluid, current numbers show nearly 200 additional students enrolled.
Less Smoke Expected from Happy Camp Fires
Favorable winds and the fact the Happy Camp Complex of fires are burning to the south and east means less smoke for Rogue Valley residents.
Commissioners to Approve Grants to Airport & Boys and Girls Club
The Josephine County Commissioners have two money approvals to consider during their Weekly Business Session scheduled for Wednesday night at 5:30 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Dead crow near Gold Hill was infected with West Nile Virus
A dead crow located a week ago south of Gold Hill was infected with West Nile Virus, according to information from Jackson County Vector Control released today.
Suspected Assailant & Shooter Arrested
Grants Pass City Police have arrested a suspect in an assault with a shot fired that took place early Monday morning shortly after midnight.
Interstate-5 Multi-Vehicle Crash Claims One Life
State Troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving 5 vehicles southbound Interstate 5 in a highway work zone about two miles south of Rogue River.
Monica Demands November Trial; Judge Barnack Says April
Susan Monica had a routine hearing scheduled Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court and used the opportunity to demand her trial date be moved up to November, saying she had been in jail for nine months and didn’t want to continue waiting.
No More MMA Fights at Harry & David Field
The Medford Rogues will never again rent its facility to cage fighters according to Chuck Heeman, the baseball team’s general manager.
Caveman Season Tickets Available
Caveman season tickets are available for purchase, both covered and uncovered seats. The first home game of the season is Friday night when Newberg visits.
Fire envelopes mobile home in the Rogue Lea Estates Mobile Home Park
A fire consumed a double-wide manufactured home in the Rogue Lea Estates Mobile Home Park at 109 Briarwood Lane at approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Multi-vehicle crash leads to fatality on I-5 near Rogue River
A multi-vehicle car crash occurred on I-5 southbound near the exit 43 off ramp at approximately 5:20 p.m. Monday causing a fatality.
Life Jacket Loaner Station under construction in Baker Park
The Grants Pass Police Association is prepared to build a Life Jacket Loaner Station in Baker Park in response to the drowning of a child in the Rogue River in late July of this year.
Town hall held to discuss the 790 Fire
A town hall is being held today at 7:00 p.m. at the Prospect Community Center at 305 Red Blanket Road in Prospect to discuss the 790 Fire.
Grants Pass School Board reviews results of the Summer Meal Program
The Grants Pass School District #7 Board during their meeting in the administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to review and discuss the results of this year’s Summer Meal Program at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
G.P. Police Seek Unidentified Assailant
Grants Pass Police are looking for an Hispanic male adult described as between 5’7” and 5’10” tall, weighing around 175 with a shaved head and brown eyes.
Medford P.D. Arrests 7 from Brawl at Cage Fighting Event
The Medford Police Department arrested seven people on riot and other charges following a brawl that erupted at an M.M.A. Cage fighting event staged at the Harry and David baseball field.
Health Policy Board to Meet in Medford Tuesday
The Oregon Health Policy Board is holding its monthly meeting in Medford Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 in the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center on Bartlett.
Expect Southbound I-5 Traffic to Experience Delays at Exit 43
Southbound I-5 motorist should expect delays because of construction work south of exit 43. The construction work includes asphalt removal and bridge repairs, part of the $6.2 million I-5 Evans Creek to Rock Point paving project.
Sunshine with Smokey Haze: Happy Camp Complex Battle Continues
The Happy Camp Complex of fires burning in Northern California continues to send significant smokey evidence into Southern Oregon. Local air quality and temperatures will likely remain effected for some time yet.
Young Adults and Juveniles create Running Riot Downtown Friday
Grants Pass Police arrested several young adults and juveniles and are seeking two additional individuals for their involvement in an 8-block running riot along 6th Street, Friday evening.
.Single Lane Travel on Redwood Avenue Monday & Tuesday
Grants Pass Water Distribution crews will be installing a new 16” water main control valve at 2206 Redwood Avenue, between Sun Glo Drive and Kellenbeck Avenue
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Representative Walden promotes local control during town hall
Representative Greg Walden during a town hall held in Grants Pass today promoted local control in various forms of government.
Medford Police report two recent arson attacks
The Medford Police Department reports two acts of arson were perpetrated within the city in the past week.
Public Safety releases the results of the latest Pedestrian Enforcement Operation
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has released the statistics from their latest Pedestrian Enforcement Operation conducted at the intersection of N.E. A Street and N.E. Dean Street Friday morning.
Cavemen Pull Out Close Football Game Against Sherwood
The Grants Pass Cavemen pulled out a close opening game on the road against the Sherwood Bowmen at Sherwood winning 38 to 36 on the strength of Zac Hannan’s running and Moges Dinkins kicking.
Alleged car thief caught swimming in the Applegate
An alleged car thief was caught after swimming down the Applegate River in an attempt to escape authorities at roughly 12:40 p.m. Thursday.
Partner of slain man refutes defense’s accusations of struggle
The partner of a slain man testified in Josephine County Circuit Court Thursday that the victim did not assault the suspect but was shot in the back while he ran from confrontation.
Sheriff says Cave Junction man shot while working on an ATV shot himself
Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says a man who was shot in the face while reportedly working on an ATV Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the 6700 block of Westside Road had shot himself.
Car Thief Sentenced to 2 Years Hard Time
James Matthew Brockman, 37, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Baker to twenty-four months in the Oregon Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three different counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Congressman Walden to Host Town Hall in Grants Pass Saturday Morning
U.S. Representative Greg Walden is hosting a town hall meeting Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 in the Anne Basker Auditorium. The doors will open at 8:00.
Happy Camp Fires Claim Almost 6,000 Additional Acres Thursday
The brown afternoon skies on the southern horizon of the Rogue Valley are accurate indicators of fire behavior in that Happy Camp Complex in northern California. The smoke coloring the sky is proof that complex of fires grew to 82,956 acres, almost 6,000 acres more than Thursday’s report
Wanted man arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshall’s Office Task Force arrested a California fugitive at the Comfort Inn in Medford at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Red Flag warning issued for the Rogue Valley and Northern California
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating the potential for extreme fire behavior for many areas of Southern Oregon and Northern California including the Rogue Valley, Illinois Valley, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Cascades, Siskiyou Mountains and Siskiyou County.
Cavemen Open Football Campaign on the Road at Sherwood
The Grants Pass Caveman football team opens their 2014 campaign on the road against a perennial 5A power, the Sherwood Bowmen.
Two Arrested for Car Theft and Robbery
Tuesday morning a Grants Pass Police Officer spotted a suspicious white, 2003 Toyota Corolla and followed it until it parked in the 700 block of Southeast 7th Street. Two men exited the Corolla and walked away but were detained by responding officers.
Easley Trial Continues with Opening Statements
Opening statements were delivered Wednesday by both the prosecution and defense in the felony murder trial of Donald Easley. Easley is accused shooting his neighbor, Laron Estes, 59, September 7th of last year.
18-Year-Old Driver Cited after Causing Collision with School Bus
Two people received minor injuries Wednesday afternoon in a collision involving two vehicles and a school bus stopped to unload youngsters on Highway 238 north of Jacksonville. None of the school bus occupants were injured and the at-fault driver was cited by Oregon State Police.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
A three vehicle rear-end accident occurred in the 500 block of N.E. A Street. No injuries were reported.
Happy Camp Fires Active & Growing; Firefighters Gaining
The Happy Camp complex of fires remains active and growing, now having consumed 76,959 acres since it was started by lightning on August 12th.
G.P. Police Bust 5 for Drugs & Vehicle Theft
Grants Pass Detectives arrested five people following an investigation into unlawful drug activity and discovered several stolen vehicles.
Troopers Grants Pass Desk Log
Wednesday morning Troopers arrested Fred Gustafson for failing to register as a sex offender. He was issued a citation to appear and was released. Mr. Gustafson was directed to the Oregon State Police-Grants Pass Patrol office where he re-registered.
Pedestrian Enforcement Operation Friday Morning near Grants Pass High
The Grants Pass Police Department is conducting another pedestrian enforcement operation Friday morning from 7:30 to 10:30 at the intersection of Northeast A Street and Northeast Dean Drive near the High School. Funding for the operation comes from Oregon Impact
Cave Junction man suffers gunshot wound to the face
A Cave Junction man suffered a gunshot wound to the face Wednesday at approximately 10:35 a.m. in the 6700 block of Westside Road.
74-year-old Talent woman dies in Medford car crash
A 74-year-old Talent woman died in a car accident in Medford at the intersection of 10th and Cottage streets at roughly 2:56 p.m. Wednesday.
Grants Pass City Council approves seismic awards for down town
The Grants Pass City Council approved four proposals of renovations for seismic and fire preparation Wednesday evening.
Easley Murder Trial Underway
Donald Lee Easley’s trial for felony murder and unlawful use of a weapon got underway technically Monday with jury selection. That process is complete and today began with the prosecution and defense arguing over admissible evidence. Easley is pleading self-defense and opening arguments were to be Wednesday afternoon.
JoCo Commissioners make various appointments to the Rogue Workforce Partnership
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session made several appointments and reappointments to the Rogue Workforce Partnership.
Sickle-Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested by Medford P.D.
The Medford Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with the two robberies of the Subway on Crater Lake Avenue and one of the Mini Pet Mart, also on Crater Lake Avenue in which the perpetrator wielded a sickle as a weapon.
Happy Camp Fires Claim 71,729 acres
The Happy Camp Complex of fires has grown to 71,729 acres and the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for gusty northeast winds and unstable conditions for the fire area through 11 p.m. tonight. Extreme fire behavior is possible with long range spotting two miles ahead of the fire.
Fire danger predicted to remain high in Southern Oregon
The National Interagency Fire Center has released their monthly report which predicts higher than normal fire danger in Southern Oregon throughout the month of September.
Jackson County SAR releases details on multiple rescue attempts over Labor Day Weekend
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to four incidents over Labor Day Weekend and details on the rescue operations were released late Tuesday.
Happy Camp Fires Grow; Weather Not Helpful
The Happy Camp Complex of fires has grown to 66,335 acres and the National Weather Service issued a fire watch for Tuesday night through Wednesday because of a combination of strong winds and extremely dry conditions. North to northeast winds are expected which will increase fire behavior with long range spotting a possibility.
G.P. Council hears staff’s opinions on the Parking Task Force’s recommendations
The Grants Pass City Council during their Tuesday workshop heard a presentation from Assistant City Manager David Reeves regarding city staff’s opinions about the Parking Task Force’s recommendations.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM Buys Harry & David
1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts.
Commuter Bus Service between Grants Pass & Medford Now Available
Weekday bus service between downtown Grants Pass and downtown Medford starts today. The Rogue Valley Commuter Line buses will run five times daily, Monday through Friday.
G.P. Council votes on authorizing seismic awards for downtown businesses
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers at 101 N.W. A St. are set to vote on the authorization of several seismic hazard reduction awards for multiple historic downtown buildings.
Knife-wielding robber apprehended by police K9
A knife-wielding robber who threatened to stab a Safeway employee was apprehended by K9 Brock Labor Day afternoon.
Early Pear Harvest Below Normal
Midway through an early harvest, one of the world's largest pear growers says its Rogue Valley crop isn't meeting expectations. Medford-based Naumes Inc. says that the harvest is two weeks ahead of schedule and it looks like the yield will be 15 percent below normal. It says the culprit was a two-day freeze in late March.
McGinnis Wins Season Ending Hydroplane Race
Tyler McGinnis of Gold Beach won the Labor Day Hydroplane Race staged on the Rogue River and wrapped up the season championship in doing so.
Happy Camp Fires Grow; Wind Shift Sends Smoke Away from Oregon
The Happy Camp Complex of fires has grown to 63,847 acres and is 15 percent contained. Warmer dryer weather today is expected as a high pressure system builds over the region. Continued slow spread of the fire is expected so long as a temperature inversion remains over the fire. Should the inversion lift significant spotting could occur. A shift in the winds is carrying the smoke to the southeast.
Commissioners approve Rogue Workforce Partnership appointments and reappointments
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to approve appointments and reappointments to the Rogue Workforce Partnership.
Wal-Mart security guard receives injuries during attempted apprehension of shoplifter
A Wal-Mart security guard attempting to apprehend a shoplifter was injured at approximately 6:12 p.m. Saturday.
Alleged drunk driver crashes into the Willow Lane Market
An alleged drunk driver slammed his Subaru Outback into the wall of the Willow Lane Market at roughly 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Illinois Valley Lions Club Labor Day Festival
The Illinois Valley Lions Club Labor Day festival is going full-tilt through Monday in Cave Junction. Most of the activities will be taking place in Jubilee Park in the heart of Cave Junction.
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Saturday on I-5 near Wolf Creek
Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred shortly after 4:00pm Saturday along Interstate 5 at the Speaker Road interchange near Wolf Creek.
Grants Pass City Council Weekly Workshop and Special Meeting Tuesday
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their weekly workshop Tuesday beginning at 11:45 am in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
College Football Games Equal Heavy I-5 Traffic
Football games today for the Ducks and Beavers Combined with Labor Day Traffic means travelers on I-5 should plan ahead.
Happy Camp Complex of Fires Grow
Evacuations remain in place along Highway 96 as the Happy Camp Complex of fires continues to grow and throw smoke into southern Oregon. No new evacuation notices have been issued. Some 250 rural homes have been evacuated so far but no structure losses have been reported
790 Fire Limits Access to Lost Creek Lake
Due to fire suppression activity for the 790 Fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness, parts of Lost Creek Lake will have limited public access for public use. Through 6:00 p.m. Monday the northern part of the lake will have restricted access.
Grants Pass Man Charged with Manslaughter
Friday Johnathon Lee Perkins, 28, of Grants Pass was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Wounded Klamath Deputy Doing Well; Alleged Shooters Held on $10 Million Bail
The Klamath County sheriff says a deputy shot during a traffic stop in southern Oregon has undergone successful surgery to have a bullet removed from his head.
Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Lake Selmac; Health Advisory Issued
A public health advisory was issued Thursday in response to a blue-green algae bloom at Lake Selmac, 22 miles south of Grants Pass near the town of Selma.
Happy Camp Complex & Fire 790 Updated
The Faulkstein Fire in the Happy Camp Complex in northern California jumped lines to the northeast again yesterday and pushed the total acreage burned in the complex to 44,549. Incident commanders still put the percentage of containment at 20.
Medford Considers Foreclosure on Abandoned or Neglected Properties
Property owners who have abandoned their houses or neglected them by allowing accumulations of trash or weeds could soon find themselves facing foreclosure actions by Medford city officials.
Two in Custody for Klamath Falls Shooting
Two people are in custody accused in the shooting of Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Weber. In custody and facing serious charges that could include attempted aggravated murder with a firearm are 30-year old William Jack Parkerson and his girlfriend, Karey Leigh Pascoe,
MADGE Arrests Suspected Drug Dealer
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team arrested and jailed 63-year-old Robert Michael Broderick and charged him with unlawful manufacturing, possession and distribution of methamphetamine and being a felon on possession of a firearm.
Increased Activity of Happy Camp Complex of Fires Extends Evacuations
Due to increased fire activity with long range spotting of the Faulkstein Fire, part of the Happy Camp Complex of Fires in Northern California, Incident Commanders have advised the extension of evacuation areas
Blue Slide Project Opening Ceremony
Almost two hundred people enjoyed a warm evening on the playground at Parkside Elementary School Thursday night in Grants Pass, to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting, officially opening the all-inclusive playground, the result of the Blue Slide Project.
Schutz withdraws His City Council Candidacy
According to the Grants Pass City Hall, Ron Schutz withdrew his candidacy for the city council seat for ward four. The incumbent, Jim Goodwin, had earlier announced he would not run for re-election and then filed for the seat the Tuesday, the last day to make the November ballot.
Happy Camp Complex Fire Grows! Now Over 30,000 Acres
Changing weather conditions allowed the Happy Camp Complex of fires to grow yesterday afternoon and it now has consumed 32,239 acres.
I-5 Northbound Traffic Flowing after Early Morning Crash & Fire
Northbound traffic is flowing north again on Interstate-5 after travel was completely stopped following a double-trailer semi crash at milepost 10 shortly before 7 a.m. this morning.
Grants Pass Broadcasting Announces Line-Up Changes
Grants Pass Broadcasting has announced changes to the daily on-air lineup beginning in early September, due to Carl Wilson’s departure from announcing duties until election day
Medford Considers New Rules for Pawn Shops to Nab Thieves
The Medford City Council is holding a study session today to consider a proposed ordinance that would create new rules for pawn shops to help catch jewelry thieves.
Suspected Cop Shooters Arrested in K-Falls-UPDATED
Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge announced this morning that the Klamath County Major Crime has arrested William Jack Parkerson on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.
Happy Camp Fire Complex Spills Smoke into Rogue Valley; Some Evacuations Ordered
Smoke in the Rogue Valley is emanating from the Happy Camp complex of fires in northern California that have so far consumed 27,400 acres
Klamath Deputy Shot! Manhunt on for Person of Interest
A massive manhunt is being conducted by all law enforcement agencies in southern Oregon and Northern California for William Jack Parkerson, 30, who has been identified as a person of interest in the shooting of Klamath County Deputy during a routine traffic stop yesterday.
Grand Opening of Blue Slide Project Tonight
The Grand Opening of the Blue Slide Project playground is scheduled tonight at 6:30 at Parkside Elementary School at 735 Wagner Meadows Drive
Keep Your Mosquito Repellant with You throughout the Long Weekend
Health and Human Services are urging Oregonians to protect themselves from mosquitoes this weekend and the diseases they carry. Four presumptive cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Malheur and Baker counties and ten mosquito pools have tested positive in Jackson County.
Hydroplane Races on the Rogue Monday
The final race of 2014 Cal-Ore River Race Season is Monday on the Rogue River. Racers from all over Oregon and Northern California will be competing. Organizers are expecting about 18 entries
JoCo Commissioners allocate SRS funding
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Weekly Business Session allocated Title III Secure Rural Schools funding to several firewise and fuels reduction programs.
790 Fire Shows Slow Growth; Happy Camp Complex Increased Over 2,000 Acres Tuesday
The 790 fire burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness about 30 miles northeast of Medford showed little growth yesterday and is still being reported at 1,940 acres in steep rugged terrain.
Bloodmobile in C.J. Thursday; in Grants Pass Friday
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Cave Junction Thursday at the Illinois Valley Senior Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday the Bloodmobile will be back in Grants Pass from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church at 909 Northeast A Street.
BearFest bears prepare for hibernation in the Bear Hotel
Over 80 BearFest bears around Grants Pass are preparing to hibernate as the summer season draws to a close.
Operation Rap It Up suspect sentenced to three years prison
A Medford man who was arrested during the multi-county Operation Rap It Up sting was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison.
Race for City Council Seats Established: Riker Unopposed; Goodwin Files for Re-Election
The deadline to file to run for the Grants Pass City Council was 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and some late filings just before five have filled out most of the races
Fire 790 Shows Moderate Growth; Pacific Coast Trail Still Closed
Fire 790 in the Sky Lakes Wilderness is currently mapped at 1,940 acres. Crews have been successful in holding the eastern flanks of the fire near Martin and Snow Lakes bowl, crews will continue to defend the eastern spread of the fire.
No Sign of Missing Ashland Woman
The Ashland Police Department has issued a second release on a woman first report missing on August 20th. Cassandra Maureen Barondeau has not been in contact for the last 10 days.
District Seven Board I.D.’s Need for More Kindergarten Classrooms
The District Seven School Board, during their regular meeting in the district office today, received positive progress reports concerning their Kinder Plus program that targets at risk kindergarten students with special attention.
Central Point Man Jailed after Shots were Fired in Road Rage Incident
William Ashby, 56, of Central Point is in the Jackson County Jail on charges of menacing, assault three, and 2nd degree disorderly conduct following a road rage incident Monday evening on Truax Road.
Commissioners to Approve Title III Projects in Business Session
Approval of title III projects pursuant to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act is on the County Commissioner’s agenda for the Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
$500 and important papers such as birth certificates were stolen from a residence in the 1300 block of Reeves Creek Road.
Gold Hill City Councilors withstand recall spurred by acceptance of pot dispensaries
Several members of the Gold Hill City Council managed to withstand a recall effort Monday evening.
District #7 Board to Act on New and Revised Policies at Noon Meeting
The District Seven School Board will meet in the District offices on Dean Drive Tuesday at noon.
Sky Lakes Wilderness Fire Keeps Pacific Crest Trail Closed
A segment of the Pacific Coast Trail north of Highway 140 to the Crater Lake boundary remained closed Monday due to the activity of fire 790 in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.