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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.
Motorcycle Vs. Deer Equals Hospital Trip & DUII for Medford Man
A motorcycle/fawn deer collision on Highway 42 Sunday evening sent 28-year-old Micah B. Russell, of Medford to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.
Grants Pass Man Jailed after Fight at Hemp Expo
State Troopers arrested Timothy A. Seaux, 27, of Grants Pass early Sunday morning after responding to a disturbance reported at the Jefferson State Hemp Expo being staged in the 14,000 block of Highway 238.
G.P. City Council reviews Parking Task Force’s recommendations
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop discussed various recommendations from the Parking Task Force.
ODF Raises Industrial Fire Protection Level
The Oregon Department of Forestry will raise the Industrial Fire Protection Level to three effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District. The forecast for a stretch of very hot and dry weather prompted the raise. The district protects 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Medford police shoot and kill man brandishing a shotgun-UPDATE
The Medford Police Department shot and killed a man who was brandishing a shotgun and firing at officers at the intersection of Cherry Street and W. Stewart Avenue at roughly 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
G.P. Public Safety utilizes SWAT Team to arrest two fugitives
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety SWAT Team in conjunction with the Critical Incident Negotiations Team arrested two Jackson County felons at 519 S.E. Riverside Avenue Sunday at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Medford police shoot and kill man brandishing a shotgun
The Medford Police Department shot and killed a man who was brandishing a shotgun and firing at officers at the intersection of Cherry Street and W. Stewart Avenue at roughly 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
Cave Junction man dies in fatal crash near Selma-UPDATED
A Cave Junction man died Sunday at approximately 3:00 a.m. in the 6000 block of Deer Creek Road near Selma when the 1999 Ford F250 pickup he was traveling in rolled.
Recalling and Recollaring “Our Wolf” OR-7 and Family
Biologists are hopeful in their plan to recapture and replace the GPS collar on Oregon’s most famous Lobo, now mated and father of three, OR-7.
One Lane Travel Monday on 4th St. from 6:00am to 8:00am
Construction crews will be performing concrete coring/testing work Monday on 4th Street between ‘D’ and ‘E’ Streets from 6:00am to 8:00am.
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.
Sleeping Car Thief Awakened By Medford P.D.
A suspected car thief received a rude awakening early Friday when Medford police found him sleeping in a Lexus SUV he allegedly stole, then decked out with a license plate he is suspected of pilfering to try to throw police off the scent. Sam Landes, 41, remained in the Jackson County Jail Friday afternoon on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and third-degree theft, according to jail records. His bail was set at $18,000.
Grants Pass City Activity
The signs warning swimmers of strong currents have arrived and city crews have already installed a few in Baker and Riverside Parks. More will be installed next week as staff is determining the best places to install the signs to achieve maximum exposure.
Segment of Pacific Crest Trail Closed Due to Fire Activity.
The Pacific Crest Trail located between Oregon State Highway 140 north to the Crater Lake National Park Boundary was closed at 12:01 Saturday morning. This portion of trail is approximately 25 miles in length.
Culvert Replacement to Cause Temporary Closer of Bear Camp Road
A short segment of the Bear Camp Road is scheduled to be temporarily closed for an approximate three-week period for culvert replacements. The closure period will begin on Tuesday, August 26, to start immediate work on the site. Pending no complications or delays, it is anticipated the road will re-open on Friday, September 19.
I.V. Airport Advisory Board Meeting to Focus on Helitack Operations
The Illinois Valley Airport Advisory Board has a regularly scheduled meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Smokejumper Museum and the general public is invited.
Fire Update from Department of Forestry
Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out on McConville Pk., 6 miles north/northwest of Gold Hill, and was originally estimated to be 4 acres and growing. Three helicopters, a retardant bomber, several engines and a bulldozer were dispatched. Within an hour, the fire was knocked down by water drops from the helicopters and one load of retardant.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A non-injury motor vehicle crash occurred in the 1500 block of Illinois River Road.
Judge Wolke sends man to prison for attempted second-degree assault
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced a man to 36 months prison time today for an attempted assault he perpetrated last February.
Unoccupied minivan found submerged upside in the Rogue River near the Robertson Bridge Boat Ramp
An unoccupied minivan was found this morning submerged upside down in the Rogue River near the Robertson Bridge Boat Ramp.
Ashland Police search for missing woman
The Ashland Police Department is searching for a missing 28-year-old woman.
Fire burns on McConville Peak north of Gold Hill
A roughly four-acre fire is burning on McConville Peak approximately six miles north of Gold Hill.
Grants Pass Man Arrested for Abuse of 12-Year-Old
Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 29-year old Grants Pass man Thursday following an investigation into unlawful sexual contact with a female juvenile.
Ashland P.D. Ups the Ante with New Bait Bike
Thieves who steal a new $1,500 Ashland Police Department bait bicycle could face felony charges
Social Media Assists Police ID’ing Theft Suspect
Medford police have cited and released Lumpy's theft suspect Jeremi Lathrop, 23, on second-degree theft charges.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Cortlandt Matthew Rosaaen was arrested in the 4400 block of Fish Hatchery Road on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief for an incident that occurred earlier in the evening at the Buckboard Grill.
McAllister Sentenced to 14 Months for DUII
Judge Lindi Baker, Thursday morning, sentenced James Dixon McAllister, 53, to 14 months in the Department of Corrections for driving under the influence of intoxicants. His driver’s license has been revoked for life and he has been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $839 to Maria Medina, and $6,639 to Allstate Insurance.
Old Blue Mountain Fire 75 Percent Contained
Excellent progress on mopping up the Old Blue Mountain Fire has brought the containment level up to 75 percent Thursday morning. The evacuation alert for Humbug Creek Rd was removed yesterday at 6:00 p.m., and the roadblock on the right fork of Foots Creek Rd was taken down at 8:00 a.m. today.
Bloodmobile in Grants Pass Today Noon to Five
The Red Cross summer blood drive returns to Grants Pass today with the Bloodmobile located at the Newman United Methodist Church from noon to 5 p.m. today.
IVFD celebrates 60 years with an open house
The Illinois Valley Fire Department is celebrating 60 years of service with an open house on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Station 1 in Cave Junction at 681 Caves Highway.
Evacuation alerts lifted for Humbug Creek Road
Evacuation alerts have been lifted for Humbug Creek Road near the Old Blue Mountain Fire eight miles south of Rogue River.
City Council Affirms UAPB’s Denial of Challis Heights Planned Unit Development
It was standing room only when the Grants Pass City Council convened a public hearing of an appeal of the Urban Area Planning Commission’s denial of the Challis Heights Planned Unit Development Wednesday night in Council Chambers.
County Fair Draws 78,000
Josephine County Fairgrounds Manager Mary Groves says attendance at the 100th Anniversary Fair was 78,000. According to Groves the livestock auction buyers spent a record $312,000.
Commissioners issue two proclamations declaring Community Action Month and formally supporting RVFSN
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session issued two proclamations, one proclaiming August 2014 as Community Action Month and the other for support of the Rogue Valley Food System Network.
Mop-Up Hits High Gear on Old Blue Mountain Fire
Thousands of gallons of helicopter-borne water was poured on the Old Blue Mountain Fire Tuesday, significantly knocking out numerous hot spots within the 99-acre blaze that broke out late Monday during a thunderstorm. Early this morning, Incident Commander Steve Wetmore reported “Old Blue is one hundred percent lined and one hundred percent plumbed,” meaning the fire line was completed overnight and a system of fire hoses now encircles the burned area.
Police Car Look-Alike Stopped; Driver Ticketed for $3,220
A pseudo police car was caught twice speeding at close to 100 mph along Interstate 5, authorities said
USFS temporary tower finished at the Illinois Valley Airport
The United States Forest Service has finished the construction of a temporary air traffic control tower at the Illinois Valley Airport as they continue to set up a firefighting helicopter base.
Illinois Valley neighborhood watch group takes a suspect into custody at gunpoint
Members of a neighborhood watch group in the Illinois Valley held a burglary suspect at gunpoint until police arrived to take him to jail.
Grants Pass man shot by his own gun while starting a campfire on the Oregon coast
Sgt. Pat Downing says deputies headed to a Coos Bay, Oregon, hospital last Friday night after a 27-year-old Grants Pass man called to say he had shot himself in the leg.
ODF hammers the Old Blue Mountain Fire with bucket drops
The Oregon Department of Forestry hammered the Old Blue Mountain Fire eight miles south of Rogue River with bucket drops yesterday.
Eight fires discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm-UPDATE
Eight fires have been discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm in southeast Josephine County and southwest Jackson County.
Josephine County receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Government Finance Officers Association has issued a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Josephine County.
USFS erects tower at the Illinois Valley Airport
The United States Forest Service is constructing a temporary tower at the Illinois Valley Airport that will be operational Wednesday to assist the forest service with firefighting operations in northern California.
G.P. Council holds public hearing regarding the denial of the Challis Heights Planned Unit Development
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting in Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. are scheduled to hold a public hearing regarding the Urban Area Planning Commission’s denial of the Challis Heights Planned Unit Development.
Eight fires discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm-UPDATE
Eight fires have been discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm in southeast Josephine County and southwest Jackson County.
Commissioners hold proclamation supporting the Rogue Valley Food System Network
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to hold a proclamation in support of the Rogue Valley Food System Network.
Eight fires discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm-UPDATE
Eight fires have been discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm in southeast Josephine County and southwest Jackson County.
Eight fires discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm
Eight fires have been discovered from Monday’s thunderstorm in southeast Josephine County and southwest Jackson County.
Medford bomber sent to prison for attempting to blow up the district attorney’s office
A Medford man who hoped to delay a three-year burglary sentence by destroying the records of his case has been sent to prison for 15 years for trying to blow up the prosecutor's office.
Fire near Rogue River estimated at 40 acres
A fire burning eight miles south of Rogue River on Old Blue Mountain is estimated at 40 acres.
City council considers park naming policy
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop considered the adoption of a policy that would set parameters for the naming of city parks.
Josephine County’s July unemployment rate is down over a point from last year
Josephine County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down from 10.9 percent in July 2013 to 9.6 percent in July 2014.
The Industrial Fire Precaution Level rises to Level 2
The Oregon Department of Forestry has raised the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to Level 2 on lands in southwestern Oregon.
G.P. Police K9 has his day on his last day on the force
Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K9 Rommel retired on Sunday but he certainly had his day as he helped his officers capture one last suspect.
Equipment problem knocks out power for the Merlin area
A faulty equipment panel on a power pole knocked out power for roughly 1,204 Pacific Power customers this morning.
Over 1,200 customers are without power in the 97526 zip code-UPDATE
Pacific Power reports 1,204 customers are currently without power in the 97526 zip code.
Over 1,200 customers are without power in the 97526 zip code
Pacific Power reports 1,204 customers are currently without power in the 97526 zip code.
Truck strikes bicyclist on the Rogue River Highway
A Chevrolet pickup truck struck a bicyclist causing injuries on Rogue River Highway at milepost eight at approximately 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
Water Main work on Redwood Avenue Monday thru Friday
City of Grants Pass Water Distribution crews will be installing new 8-inch water main control valves on Redwood Avenue Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
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.
Dad pleads guilty to reckless endangerment after his son is shot in the stomach
A Medford father plead guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm Friday for an incident where his son was shot in the stomach.
Juveniles cited for reportedly causing a fire near Grandview and Yorktown in Grants Pass
Grants Pass Fire Rescue crews doused a tenth of an acre grassfire near the intersection of S.E. Grandview and S.E. Yorktown at approximately 2:07 p.m. Friday.
The Demolition Derby and Monster Trucks take the main stage on the last day of the Josephine County Fair
The last day of the 100th annual Josephine County Fair is highlighted by the Demolition Derby and Monster Truck event in the grandstands beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.
Search Dogs Check for Evidence in Missing Person Case
Friday the Jackson County Sheriff’s office conducted searches for evidence in the case of missing person Stephanie Warner. Jackson County Search and Rescue teams used trained scent dogs to check several remote locations in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Commissioners Vote to Put Advisory Question about Taxing Pot on November Ballot
The Josephine County Commissioners voted Friday afternoon in an emergency meeting to put an advisory question before the voters on the November ballot on the question of taxing marijuana.
Commissioners Call Emergency Meeting to Discuss Marijuana Advisory Question on the Ballot
The Josephine County Commissioners called an emergency meeting at 1:00 this afternoon to discuss placing an advisory question on the November ballot asking voters their thoughts on taxing marijuana.
One Cited; One Transported for Medical Evaluation after Merlin Crash
One driver was cited for following too close and one driver was transported for medical evaluation following a rear end collision in front of 1200 Merlin Road.
Truck Driver Cited for Early Morning Crash
A commercial truck driver was cited following an early Friday morning rollover traffic crash along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Rogue River. The crash blocked one lane for several hours while the vehicles were removed and the scene cleared.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A 2006 red and black Honda motorcycle was stolen from the 1300 block of Rockydale Road.
McVay Scheduled for Sentencing Monday for Bombing Jackson County D.A.’s Office
The man who tried to blow up the Jackson County district attorney's office is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in Medford.
Rogue River Drive Fire 50% Contained
The 492-acre Rogue River Drive Fire is 50 percent contained and 344 firefighters are assigned to mop up hot spots today. Crews and equipment assigned to the fire include: 14 20-person crews,15 engines, 9 water tenders, and 3 bulldozers. The firefighters’ primary objective is to mop up hot spots within 250 feet of the fire line.
I-5 Detour Lifted at Milepost 45 After Semi-Truck Rollover
Traffic has been returned to I-5 after the detour to avoid a truck rollover was lifted, but motorists should expect delays and congestion when passing through the crash site at milepost 44.
ODOT creates I-5 detour because of a semi-truck accident
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that a detour has been placed on I-5 in the southbound lanes onto Highway 99 between exits 45B south of the Valley of the Rogue State Park and exit 43 at Rock Point due to a rolled semi-truck this morning.
Missing 88-year-old Grants Pass resident located at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Missing 88-year-old Grants Pass resident John La Fleur was located just after midnight today at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Semi-truck crash causes delays for Grants Pass commuters
A semi-truck crash on I-5 at milepost 44 north of Gold Hill in the southbound lanes is causing delays for Grants Pass commuters headed to Medford this morning.
Grants Pass Community Development Director Michael Black resigns to work for the City of Ashland
Grants Pass Community Development Director Michael Black has resigned from his position to accept a job with the City of Ashland.
GP Police asking Public’s Assistance to find Missing Elderly Man
88-year-old John Le Fleur, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing this evening at 6:30pm. He was last seen in the area of the Fred Meyer store in Grants Pass.
Favorable Weather Calms Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Fires
Cool temperatures and frequent showers have significantly dampened recent fire activity. Only three new smokes have been reported but not confirmed since yesterday, all on the High Cascades Ranger District. Two smokes are within the former Bitter Complex managed area and one within the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
Medford Police Search for Missing Man
Medford Police have issued a missing person notice for Colton Taylor Webster, 35. He left his residence at about 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in his 2002 Silver Saturn 4-door sedan with Oregon license plate #068EEB.
Female rolls quad and suffers injuries
A female quad driver rode the vehicle into the side of a parked semi-truck in the 900 block of Old Highway 99 at approximately 10:52 a.m. Wednesday.
Amity Woman Arrested in Jacksonville for Custodial Interference
Yamhill County authorities say a woman who ignored a court order to return her son to the boy's father has been arrested in southern Oregon.
Evacuations lifted for the Rogue River Drive Fire
Evacuations in the area of the Rogue River Drive Fire near Shady Cove have been lifted as of 10:00 a.m. today.
Low Water in Jackson County Lakes Creating Boating Hazards
Drought conditions are impacting Jackson County lakes and reservoirs, creating boating hazards because of low water conditions.
Flying Motorcycles & Monster Trucks Headline the Fair Friday
Free style motorcycle exhibitions, tuff trucks and monster trucks are the grandstand entertainment Friday night at the Josephine County Fair. The show starts at 6:30 and is free with your fair admission.
Incidents from Wednesday’s State Trooper Desk Log
The desk log for the Oregon State Police Grants Pass office showed these incidents occurred Wednesday.
Firefighters complete line on the Rogue River Drive Fire
Firefighters have completed fire line on the Rogue River Drive Fire south of Shady Cove.
Wednesday night’s storm brings 22 more lightning strikes to Jackson County
Wednesday night’s lightning storm brought an additional 22 lightning strikes to eastern and southeastern Jackson County.
Commissioners Approve Parks Board By-Laws and Adjourn in 22 Minutes
The Josephine County Commissioners dealt with a short agenda during their Wednesday night Evening Business Session, passing one action item, hearing comments from citizens, tabling one consent agenda item, passing the rest and then adjourning in 22 minutes.
Twelve New Fires in National Forest
Wetting rains across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest have reduced the intensity of active fires burning. However, despite the current rain, lightning strikes caused 12 new confirmed fires in the last 48 hours. Three fires are on the on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District with the largest being 1.3 acres located near Palmer Creek; this fire is contained. Seven of the new starts are located on the High Cascades Ranger District. Six of these are within the Bitter Complex area, totaling less than 5 acres. The last two new fires located on the Wild Rivers Ranger District total approximately 1 acre and are controlled
Evacuation Levels Eased for Homes Threatened by Rogue River Drive Fire-UPDATED
Wet weather and hard work on containment lines on the Rogue River Drive fire 15 miles north of Medford has resulted in an easing of Evacuation levels for homes threatened by the blaze.
Helicopter Company Fined for Mis-Information in Pesticide Overspray
The state has fined a southern Oregon helicopter company for providing false and misleading information during the investigation into complaints that herbicides meant for timberlands in Curry County fell over nearby residents, making some of them sick
The Rogue River Drive Fire threatens more homes as it continues to grow
The Rogue River Drive Fire near Shady Cove continues to grow and is now reported at 600 to 700 acres and it threatens approximately 130 structures.
Medford P.D. Searches for Robber of Mini Pet Mart on Crater Lake Avenue
The Medford Police Department is searching for the robber who brandished a large knife with a curved blade while holding up the Mini Pet Mart on Crater Lake Avenue Tuesday night at 6:42.
Trucks & Tractors, Rabbits & Goats, Oh My! Day 2 at the Fair!
Truck and tractor pulls highlight day number two at the Josephine County Fair. The pulls get underway at 6:30 at the main grandstand. The admission is free with your fair entry.
Final update released on the Beaver Complex of Fires as the Oregon Gulch Fire nears full containment
The Oregon Department of Forestry released the final update on the Beaver Complex of Fires today as the Oregon Gulch Fire nears full containment.
Young Woman Arrested on I-5 after High Speed Pursuit-UPDATE
The Oregon State Police have released the identity of a woman who was involved in a high-speed pursuit.
The U.S. Forest Service establishes a Helitack Base at the Illinois Valley Airport
The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of establishing a Class-1 Helitack Base at the Illinois Valley Airport four miles south of Cave Junction.
The Rogue River Drive Fire near Shady Cove prompts evacuations-UPDATED
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to help local fire crews battle a new wildfire that is threatening more than 130 homes in southern Oregon's Jackson County.
Tuesday night’s thunderstorm brings lightning back to the valley
Tuesday night’s thunderstorm brought more lightning strikes to the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas.
Williams Highway Grassfire Contained at 2.5 Acres; Traffic Moving on 238
The Oregon Department of forestry has contained a grassfire located in the 8800 block of Williams Highway, between the river and the highway at 2.5 acres Tuesday afternoon. A couple of engines remain on the scene mopping up but the helicopters involved in the initial attack have been released and traffic is again moving on Highway 238.
Highway 238 Open; Landline Phone Service Interrupted in Williams area-UPDATE
The Williams Highway is now open to a single lane with flaggers. Watch for fire equipment and personnel on or near the roadway fighting a structure/grass fire believed to have been caused by a downed power line. A fire broke out between the Williams Highway and the Applegate River forcing a closure of the highway around milepost 8 around 2:30 p.m. The Oregon Department of Forestry put the fire in the 8800 block near Crystal Drive.
Young Woman Arrested on I-5 after High Speed Pursuit
Oregon State Police arrested a 22-year old woman Tuesday afternoon following her attempt to elude police northbound on Interstate 5 between Central Point and Sunny Valley. The attempt to elude ended when OSP troopers stopped her vehicle using a tactical vehicle intervention technique.
Fire Closes Highway 238, the Williams Highway.
The Williams Highway is now open to a single lane with flaggers. Watch for fire equipment and personnel on or near the roadway fighting a structure/grass fire believed to have been caused by a downed power line. A fire broke out between the Williams Highway and the Applegate River forcing a closure of the highway around milepost 8 around 2:30 p.m. The Oregon Department of Forestry put the fire in the 8800 block near Crystal Drive.
Two lightning-caused fires reported in the Williams area
Two lightning-caused fires have been reported west of Williams in the Grayback Mountain area.
Oregon Gulch Fire Now 82% Contained
Firefighters are making significant progress on the Oregon Gulch fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland. The fire is now listed at 82 percent contained.
Commissioners to Vote on Parks Advisory Board By-Laws
A vote on the revised by-laws for the Josephine County Parks Advisory Board is the only action item on the Board of County Commissioners Weekly Business Session Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30.
Wednesday is the grand opening of the 100th annual Josephine County Fair
The 100th annual Josephine County Fair opens in Grants Pass Wednesday and there are plenty of activities for both the young and old to partake in.
Monday night’s thunderstorm focuses lightning strikes in Jackson County; 100-acre fire reported on Rogue River Drive
Monday night’s thunderstorm peppered Jackson County and northern California with lightning strikes and a 100-acre fire exploded on Rogue River Drive between Shady Cove and Eagle Point.
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Central Point
The West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes collected near Central Point. It's the third consecutive year that the virus has been detected in Jackson County. The last known human case in the southwest Oregon county was in 2005.
Jackson County Alerts Public to Watch for Unhealthy Smoke Levels
Jackson County health officials and the DEQ are urging the public to watch for unhealthy smoke levels as the weather patterns are changing and may cause smoke levels to raise.
Council adds a water treatment plant pilot study to a future agenda
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop gave the approval to place a pilot study for the proposed water treatment plant on a future agenda.
Beaver Complex 74% Contained
The Beaver Complex of fires is now listed as 74 percent contained and some of the resources are being re-distributed, although 1,435 personnel remain assigned to the fire, primarily the Oregon Gulch fire. They are supported by six helicopters and 44 engines.
District Seven Board to Vote on College Dreams Agreement
The Grants Pass School District Seven Board will meet Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the District offices on Dean Drive.
GPHS Annual Physical Night Tuesday
The Grants Pass High School Athletic Department is having their annual sports physical night Tuesday in the Core Building. Physicals will be performed by local physicians.
Power outage closes down the Grants Pass Airport
A power outage Sunday at roughly 3:47 p.m. in the Merlin area affected approximately 3,300 Pacific Power Customers.
The Rogue Valley, Illinois Valley and surrounding areas are in a Red Flag Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Rogue Valley, Illinois Valley and surrounding areas.
Oregon Gulch Fire 64% Contained; Mop-up Continues
The Oregon Gulch Fire is now listed at 64 percent contained and completely lined as the 1,458 assigned personnel continue strengthening those lines
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop and Special Meeting
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.
Oregon Gulch 50% Contained; Mop-Up Continues
The Oregon Gulch Fire is now listed at 50 percent contained and completely lined as the 1,643 assigned personnel continue strengthening those lines and mop-operations.
Arrest Made in MacDonald Murder Case
An arrest has been made in the murder case of 61-year-old Michael MacDonald. MacDonald was found dead in the 6000 block of Rockydale Road south of Cave Junction on August 2nd.
Feds Plan Salvage Logging on Douglas Fire Complex
The federal government plans salvage logging on Southern Oregon forests swept by wildfire last year. The timber would come from land in a 75-square-mile area ignited by a dry lightning storm near Glendale in southern Douglas County. The fires burned for weeks.
Merger Planned for Rogue Watershed Councils
The area’s four watershed councils plan to merge into a single body later this year to shepherd future water-quality and habitat projects
City of G.P.’s Weekly Update
Grants Pass City Police made 64 arrests and issued 64 citations in the past week with the Nuisance Intervention Team making six contacts resulting in three citations and one warning.
Fire Weather Watch Issued by Weather Service
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Sunday morning through Monday Evening. A low pressure developing off the coast this weekend will bring a southeast flow containing significant moisture.
Replacement of Water Service will Disrupt “A” Street Traffic
The 300 block of Northeast “A” Street will be reduced to one lane traffic Monday through Thursday next week. Construction crews will be replacing water service near the intersection of 8th and “A” streets.
Driver Injured in Commercial Truck Crash Between Prospect & Union Creek
A commercial truck driver was seriously injured Friday morning after crashing head-on into a tree off Highway 62 near Prospect in Jackson County. Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Sheriff’s Office makes an arrest in skirmish at Store Gulch Campground
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest after a large skirmish occurred near the Illinois River at Store Gulch Campground approximately 3:27 p.m. Thursday.
Most of Oregon Gulch Fire in Mop-Up Stage
Yesterday’s warm, dry and unstable weather served as a test to the fire containment lines around the Oregon Gulch fire, which held up well. Most of the fire is currently in mop up. Today, firefighters will continue efforts to secure lines, finish the contingency lines and start repairing the fireline in some sections.
Red Cross Blood Drive Today
The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all types before the Labor Day Holiday. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.
The Power is On
A downed power line caused widespread power outages throughout the southeast areas of Grants Pass for several hours this morning. The power was restored at 8:31.
Power restoration to Grants Pass estimated at 9:00 a.m.
Pacific Power crews report that power will be restored at 9:00 a.m. to all customers who are affected by an outage in the Grants Pass 97526 zip code.
Memorial fund established for deceased firefighter
A memorial fund has been established for a 21-year-old Phoenix firefighter who died while at a wildfire on July 29.
Blown transformer causes brownouts in Grants Pass
A blown transformer in the southeast section of Grants Pass has caused brownouts this morning across the city.
Type 3 Incident Command Team takes over of the Camp Creek Complex in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
A Type 3 Incident Command Team today has taken over management of the Camp Creek Complex in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Active Club & Bank Coordinating Lifejacket Sharing on Rogue River
The drowning of a 7-year-old boy in the Rogue River in Grants Pass last week has inspired some people to offer the free use of lifejackets at popular spots along the river
Michaella Owens Sentenced to 70 Months
Michaella Marie Owens, 30, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault on July 28 in return for 1 count of 1st degree robbery, 2 counts of kidnapping and one count of hindering prosecution being disposed of with no conviction
Hatchet attacker sentenced to prison time
A woman who used a hatchet to attack two men was sentenced today by Judge Pat Wolke to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Arsonist receives lengthy prison sentence
A man who sent fire to a double-wide mobile home in early June was sentenced today by Judge Pat Wolke to 70 months in prison.
Ashland Okays Marijuana Dispensaries; Operational Rules Approved
The Ashland City Council lifted its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and approved rules for their operation, location, and taxation.
OR-7’s Family not Threatened by Wildfire
The Oregon Gulch wildfire is burning within several miles of where a pack of wolves lives in southern Oregon, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says they are not threatened
Two 2nd Degree Assaults Draws 70 Month Sentence
A guilty plea to two counts of 2nd degree assault on Monday drew a 70 month sentence to the department of corrections from Judge Pat Wolke Thursday morning for Rhonda Lee Porter, 52.
Camp Creek Complex of Fires Mop-Up
The Camp Creek Complex, 30 miles northeast of Medford, includes several small fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon. The Bailey Fire, Camp Creek Fire and Cluster Fire are contained and are in patrol status. Three small fires in the Seven Lakes Basin are also in patrol status. Firefighters are working to construct and improve lines on the fire on the north slope of Mt. McLoughlin.
Medford P.D. Jails Two Alleged Counterfeiters
Medford Police Officers arrested and jailed a California man and Eugene woman for allegedly passing $100 counterfeit bills this week.
Fire crews continue battling the Oregon Gulch Fire and bring it to 42 percent containment-UPDATED
Fire crews continued battering the Oregon Gulch Fire yesterday and they now have it listed at 42 percent containment.
Council Approves Amending Development Code & Pass Resolutions Creating an Urban Renewal Task Force and Adopting an Emergency Plan
Provisions relating to the Urban Reserve Code were repealed from the City’s Development Code at Wednesday night’s City Council Meeting in Council Chambers.
Governor Visits Oregon Gulch Fire
Gov. John Kitzhaber has toured Oregon's biggest wildfire, where he called on Congress to fund more forest thinning projects to reduce the risk of wildfires
Commissioners hear a presentation from the BLM concerning roads management
A representative of the Bureau of Land Management delivered a presentation to the Josephine County Commissioners concerning BLM’s management of roads.
Trooper Incidents
There were several incidents on the Oregon State Troopers log for the last 24 hours. Here are some of them.
Camp Creek Complex Mostly Contained
The Camp Creek Complex covers several small fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon including the 15-acre Bailey Fire, Camp Creek Fire, also 15 acres and the 50-acre Cluster Fire are contained and in patrol status
Only one new fire reported in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest as firefighters make big strides in firefighting effort
Fire crews in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest report only one new small fire has appeared in the past 48 hours and they’ve made significant progress in bringing all fires in the forest under control.
Oregon Gulch Fire containment notches up to 35 percent
The Oregon Gulch Fire, which has burned approximately 36,723 acres in southern Jackson, western Klamath and northern Siskiyou counties, is now estimated at 35 percent containment.
Jackson County Deputies Jail Woman for Stabbing
Monday afternoon Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 7000 block of Rogue River Highway to the report of an assault.
Crews from Three Agencies Douse Agness Grassfire Quickly
Crews from Grants Pass Fire and Rescue, Rural Metro, and the Oregon Department of Forestry quickly knocked down flames from a grassfire that sprung to life about 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The fire was located west of Agness Avenue and south of the railroad tracks in an area behind a Pacific Power substation.
Firefighters are making quick work of a fire on Agness Avenue
Firefighters from multiple agencies are in the process of dousing a quarter-acre fire on Agness Avenue near the railroad tracks in Grants Pass.
G.P. Council votes on the formation of an Urban Renewal Task Force
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 101 N.W. A St. will vote on the formation of an Urban Renewal Task Force.
Camp Creek Complex of Fires at 400 Acres
The Camp Creek Complex includes several small fires on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southern Oregon
Commissioners Scheduled to Vote on Sale of County Land & Office Lease
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the sale of land in the North Valley Industrial Park during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Congressman Walden in Medford Wednesday
U.S. Representative Greg Walden will be in Medford tomorrow to hold a roundtable meeting about preventing and responding to catastrophic wildfire. The roundtable is scheduled to start at 1:45 at the Jackson County Fire District #3 in White City.
G.P. Alum Drury Elevated to Double A Diamondback Club
Brandon Dury, a 2010 Grants Pass High Graduate and American Legion baseball player this past weekend was promoted from the Arizona Diamondbacks single A club in Visalia, California to the Mobile, Alabama Bay Bears at the double A level.
Crews continue to fight fires in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Fire crews are getting many of the fires in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest under control.
Police drop charges against alleged Medford arsonist
Medford Police detectives contacted the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office Monday and had charges dropped against one of the two alleged Medford arsonists in custody.
Evacuation orders downgraded in areas affected by the Oregon Gulch Fire
Most of the evacuation orders for the Oregon Gulch Fire have been downgraded.
D.H.S. Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Medford Tuesday
The Oregon Department of Human Services is hosting a Town Hall meeting tomorrow in Medford at the Rogue Community College Higher Education Center from 10 a.m. until noon.
G.P. Council considers better park signage to prevent drowning
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed the possibility of creating better and more visible signage for city parks in order to curb future drowning in the Rogue River.
Suspects rob man of his coin collection and ammunition at his residence
The Oregon State Police report a man was robbed at approximately 1:45 a.m. Sunday at his residence in the 100 block of Meadow Lane in Colonial Valley and the suspects stole the victim’s coin collection and his ammunition.
Gold Hill Council to Consider Downtown Nuisance and Blight
Gold Hill City officials will look to fire inspectors and legal counsel today for aid in determining the legality of inspecting what they say are unapproved and possibly unsafe downtown dwellings.
Talent Asphalt Plant Hearing Scheduled for Tomorrow
A county hearings officer will consider a citation Tuesday that alleges a Talent asphalt plant is operating without land-use approval.
Neighborhood Outside Jacksonville Adds Firewise Program
The Westmont neighborhood outside of Jacksonville is better prepared for a wildfire after a Firewise effort to educate homeowners and make the area more fire-resistant. City officials hope to expand Firewise to other neighborhoods as well as maintain Westmont's designation with a new $10,000 federal grant through the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Man Jailed after Strong-Arm Car Jacking & Pursuit
Medford Police arrested Christopher Cody Willard, 26, from California Sunday morning after he allegedly car jacked a 2006 Odyssey Van at knife point, leaving the driver injured, and leading police on a vehicle pursuit and then an hour and a half standoff.
Ashland Police seek drive-by shooter
The Ashland Police Department is searching for a drive-by shooter who fired several rounds into the air in the area of Quincy Street between Wightman and California at approximately 9:37 a.m. Sunday.
The American Red Cross helps victims of residential fires in Rogue River
The American Red Cross helped the victims of two separate residential fires in Rogue River Sunday.
Investigators seek suspect for Cave Junction fatal shooting
Oregon State Police investigators are seeking the suspect responsible for a fatal shooting south of Cave Junction in the 6,000 block of Rockydale Road that occurred at approximately 3:35 p.m. Saturday.
The Oregon Gulch Fire grows to over 36,000 acres-UDATED
The Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland, part of the Beaver Complex of Fires, has grown to 36,568 acres and is now estimated at 20 percent containment.
Candlelight Vigil for Dakota Vincent Tonight
The public is invited to a candlelight vigil from 6pm to 7pm tonight at Baker Park to honor the life of Dakota Vincent. Candles will be available.
Rogue River Man Arrested for Burglary in Home Invasion Incident
Just after 5pm Saturday, Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch received a report of an unknown man on property in the 5100 block of Averill Drive between Grants Pass and Rogue River.
Tom Pearce Park Entrance Closure
The entrance to Tom Pearce Park on Pearce Park Road will be closed Monday and Tuesday while repairs are being made to the adjacent railroad crossing.
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.
Governor Invokes ECA to Battle growing Beaver Fire Complex
Governor John Kitzhaber has enacted the Emergency Conflagration Act to provide additional resources for the Beaver Complex of Fires due to the threat posed to life, safety and property by the fires.
Power equipment must be shut down and the IFPL rises to Level 3 on Monday
Due to extremely dry conditions and the recent outbreak of wildfires the Oregon Department of Forestry is raising the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to Level 3 and all power driven and spark emitting equipment will not be allowed beginning Monday.
A summary of the City of Grants Pass in the past week
In a look at the City of Grants Pass in the past week as presented by City Manager Aaron Cubic:

A Critical Incident Stress Debrief is planned for city employees who took part in the attempted search and rescue for Dakota Vincent in Baker Park.
Governor Kitzhaber invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act to help combat the Beaver Complex of Fires
Governor John Kitzhaber has enacted the Emergency Conflagration Act to provide additional resources for the Beaver Complex of Fires due to the threat posed to life, safety and property by the fires.
Heroin, Meth & Cash Seized in Bust on Crater Lake Highway Thursday
Bail is set at over one million dollars on Santiago Contreras-Martinez, 32, whose residence is listed in the 100 block of Northwest Blossom Drive in Grants Pass. Contreras-Martinez was arrested Thursday evening shortly after six by Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Officer Rob Havice following a vehicle stop on the Crater Lake Highway near I-5.
Beaver Complex of Fires Now at 11,000 acres
The Beaver Complex consists of two fires: Salt Creek Fire and Oregon Gulch Fire. The newest, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, 20 miles northwest of Medford, burning near the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The fire grew rapidly and is approximately 11,000 acres. Salt Creek Fire had moderate fire growth yesterday and is 108 acres. Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command management structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, CalFire, and Oregon State Fire Marshall's office will be established.
Fund established for family grieving the loss of their 7-year-old boy
The family of 7-year-old Dakota Vincent who drowned tragically in the Rogue River Wednesday night have established a fund to help pay for funeral expenses.
Second Arson Suspect Arrested in Medford
A second arson suspect was arrested yesterday in Medford after witnesses saw a man starting a fire at 1134 West 9th. A witness reported they saw the suspect light the fire from the 8th Street side, then walk away going west on 8th Street and then south on Hamilton. The witness began putting the fire out with a garden hose.
Incident management team takes over the growing Beaver Complex of Fires
An Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team has taken over the Beaver Complex of Fires which includes the expansive Oregon Gulch Fire and Salt Creek Fire.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
Two transients were warned for illegal camping in the 1100 block of N.E. 10th Street.
How Hot Was It?
The average high temperature in July was 97.9 degrees. The month had 15 days with the daily high temperature at 100 degrees or higher and the last five days of the month were all over 100
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
47-year-old Lena Miller was arrested in the 400 block of San Francisco Street on charges of second-degree attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon for attempting to stab her uncle and a dog with a knife during a domestic disturbance.
Medford Council Approves New Police Station Design
A new police station design reminiscent of the Lithia Motors headquarters was selected by the City Council on Thursday. Most councilors voiced support for the plan, though some suggested adding a few curves or rounded corners
Ashland Creek Bacteria Levels Higher than Safety Standards
The Ashland Parks and Recreation Department warned People should stay out of Ashland Creek near the children's playground area in Lithia Park.
The Oregon Gulch Fire grows massively and crosses into California
The Oregon Gulch Fire, located in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, has grown to 5,300 acres and has spread from eastern Jackson County into Klamath County and northern California.
Fires abound from recent thunderstorms
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest reports 99 fires have been created by thunderstorms in the past few days.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office and OSP incidents
An unknown suspect damaged a vehicle causing it to leak fuel in the 300 block of Galice Road.
The Reeves Creek Fire is being mopped up by fire crews and evacuations have been lifted
The Reeves Creek Fire, burning south of Selma near Lake Selmac, is now at 75 percent containment.
Brazen Two-Bit Thief Bags Almost $900 in Quarters
The Medford Police Department is searching for a man with a key that unlocks vending machines that either takes or dispenses coins.
Seven-Year-0ld Drowning Victim Recovered in Rogue River
The Josephine County Search and Rescue Dive team recovered the body of 7-year-old Dakota Vincent this morning at about 8:20. The body was found about 50 feet downstream from the Parkway Bridge.
Nuggets Drop Tourney Game to Corvallis; Face Salem at 12:30
The Grants Pass Nuggets, hosts of the American Legion Triple A Baseball tournament, dropped their first game last night, losing 9 to 2 to the Corvallis Gerding Builders
Phoenix firefighter dies while fighting a fire in the southern Cascade Range
An Oregon firefighter has died in a fall while on break from a wildfire in the southern Cascade Range.
Woman cited for DUII for causing single-vehicle injury crash on Redwood Highway
An adult female is facing a charge of DUII for crashing her pickup at approximately 4:39 p.m. Wednesday on Redwood Highway near milepost 23.
SAR scours the Rogue River near Baker Park for possible 7-year-old drowning victim
Josephine County Search and Rescue are scouring the Rogue River near Baker Park today for a possible 7-year-old drowning victim.
Firefighters battle multiple lightning starts in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Jackson County
Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters are battling multiple new fire starts in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and in eastern Jackson County due to Tuesday and Wednesday’s lightning storms.
Thunderstorms Start 34 Confirmed Fires
Early morning reports from fire lookouts and aerial reconnaissance have identified thirty four confirmed fires have ignited on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest as a result of yesterday’s thunderstorms in the area. The starts are located on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts.
Commissioners move signing of sale paperwork for land in the North Valley Industrial Park to the next business session
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session moved a proposed signing of a contract for the sale of county land in the North Valley Industrial Park to the next Weekly Business Session.
Illegal Poaching Could Land Shady Cove Man in Prison
Nicholaus Rodgers, 31, of Shady Cove pled guilty yesterday Act in U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado to a single violation of the federal Lacy Act, which regulates illegal interstate hunting and trafficking of illegally obtained wildlife parts.
Kidnapping Conviction Gets Medford Man 10 Years
Last Friday a Jackson County jury found James Calvin Patterson Junior, 38 guilty of several charges including second-degree kidnapping and yesterday Judge Kelly Ravassipour delivered a 10-year prison sentence
Lightning Strikes Ignite 7 More Small Fires
Thunderstorms late yesterday started seven small fires on lands protected by ODF’s Medford unit. Fire lookouts and reconnaissance aircraft are scouting for signs of smoke.
Reeves Creek Fire Containment Rolled Back to 50 Percent-UPDATED
Crews completed the fireline around the 232-acre Reeves Creek Fire. Hose lines are also strung around the fire and day shift crews will be mopping up hot spots 100-150 feet inside the fireline. Some fireline relocation is also taking place to reduce the distance between the burned area and the fireline.
Shotgun Blast Lands Grants Pass Man in Jail
Grants Pass Police arrested and jailed 42-year-old Rodney Jones, of Northeast Talbot Drive, early Wednesday morning and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and recklessly endangering.
Security guard fires shot during an assault at RCC
A security guard at Rogue Community College Redwood Campus fired shots at a suspect who assaulted her at approximately 10:14 p.m. Tuesday.
Ashland based Islamic charity founder pleads guilty to tax fraud
The U.S. Attorney for Oregon says an Ashland-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a plea agreement.
The Reeves Creek Fire is now 90 percent contained
The Reeves Creek Fire near Selma is now estimated at 90 percent containment.
Search Ongoing for Missing Shady Cove Man
New images of a missing Shady Cove man have been released by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Gravel Mine Wins Conditional Approval
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners approved a controversial gravel mine in Sunny Valley on Monday, so long as certain conditions be met.
Level 1 Evacuation Issued for Wildpark Lane, Selma
Josephine County Emergency Services and the Illinois Valley Fire Department have issued a level 1 evacuation notice for Wildpark Lane in Selma due to the projected afternoon weather conditions
Tuesday Public Safety Incidents
Grants Pass police responded to a reported assault at the local A-1 Market yesterday afternoon, but were unable to locate the suspect.
Board of Commissioners Business Session Slated for Tomorrow
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will meet tomorrow for their Weekly Business Session.
Crossover Head-On Collision Snarls Medford I-5 Traffic
Monday night at 8:17 a Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Robert Piland, 45, of White City was traveling north on I-5 near milepost 30 when it traveled over the center median and collided head on with a southbound commercial truck.
Red Flag Warning Today in SW Oregon
The National Weather Service posted a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms across much of southwest Oregon between 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. today.
Reeves Creek Fire Now at 230 Acres-UPDATED
Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 230 acres of forestland south of Selma, 25 miles southwest of Grants Pass. Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter
The SBA & the Affordable Care Act Create Opportunities for Mt. Ashland to Survive.
Operating on a $740,000 Small Business Administration Loan after a non-season last winter Mt. Ashland are looking at the Affordable Care Act to provide grant opportunities for the Association.
Two Hundred Firefighters & Six Dozers Battle 200 Acre Reeves Creek Fire.
Approximately 200 firefighters and six bulldozers are working through the night to build fireline around the 120-acre Reeves Creek Fire, located south of Selma on Reeves Creek Rd. The fire is 20 percent contained.
Reeves Creek Fire Grows to 100 Acres
The wildfire south of Selma in the Reeves Creek area has grown to 100 acres buring to the northeast as firefighters go into night time mode when the helicopters and are tankers can longer fly. The fire is visible from Lake Selmac
Power Outage in Grants Pass & Williams
Pacific Power has reported a power outage affecting 4,089 customers in the 97517 and 97544 zip codes. The estimated time of restoration is 10:30 p.m. No cause for the outage has yet been determined.
Wildfire Reported in the Reeves Creek Area South of Selma-UPDATED
A wildfire has been reported in the Reeves Creek Area south of Lake Selmac 20 to 25 acres in size as of the last report. ODF has two helicopters on scene and one more ordered along with air tankers. Reeves Creek Road is closed at highway 199 and Lake Shore Drive with only emergency traffic allowed through. There has been no evacuation order but residents are voluntarily evacuating their livestock.
Additional Charge Levied against Arson Suspect
An additional arson charge has been filed against Debra Irene Johns, 57, who was arrested Thursday night in connection with a string of suspected arson fires in Medford.
Legion AAA State Tournament Begins Wednesday; Tournament Passes at Half Price
The American Legion State Triple “A” baseball tournament gets underway at the All Sports Park this Wednesday at 9 a.m. being hosted by the Grants Pass Nuggets
Council seeks ways to expedite the Alcohol in the Park Permitting Process
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop reviewed possible changes to the Alcohol in the Park Permitting Process.
Kane Creek Drainage fire south of Gold Hill contained by firefighters
A fire in the Kane Creek Drainage six miles south of Gold Hill and roughly two miles northeast of Timber Mountain was contained to two acres today by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Two Arrested Sunday Night after Tips from Citizens
City Police arrested David Jacob Wise, 28, for a parole violation Sunday night after receiving information from four different sources that he was in an apartment in the 400 block of southwest “I” Street.
Weekend Trooper’s Incident Log
A pursuit of a brown Chevrolet sport utility vehicle by a State Trooper early this morning resulted in the SUV being driven off road onto private property and down an embankment and being abandoned along the river in the area of Daisey Hill Road in Cave Junction. The pursuit began when the Trooper observed the driver talking on a cell phone while driving on Highway 199. No arrest has been made.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
Windows were broken out of a Ford Bronco in the 1400 block of S.W. G Street.
Garage and vehicle damaged by fire on Northeast 12th
Fire crews were called at 9:21 Friday night to a reported garage fire on Northeast 12th Street.
The Illinois Valley Airport Advisory Board receives an alyssum update and discusses Moon Tree Run planning
The Illinois Valley Airport Advisory Board will meet at the Smokejumper Museum for their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss planning for the 2015 Moon Tree Run.
Marine Law Enforcement set for Jet Boat Training on the Rogue
The Oregon State Marine Board is welcoming marine law enforcement partners from around the state for an intensive jet boat training course on the Rogue River, July 28th thru July 31st.
Jo Co Commissioners Hosting Town Hall Meeting Monday
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will host a Town Hall Community meeting in the Illinois Valley Monday.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop and Special Meeting
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday Workshop at 11:45am in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Woman Bicyclist in Intensive Care after Colliding with a Deer
A 62-year-old woman is in the Rogue Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit in Medford after sustaining head injuries after colliding with a deer while riding her bicycle
Garage Destroyed by Fire on Northeast 12th; Fire Spread Into Wildland.
Friday night at 9:21, 911 dispatchers received a report of a garage on fire at 949 NE 12th Street Grants Pass, Oregon. Grants Pass Fire Rescue and Grants Pass Police units were dispatched to the scene. Within minutes, a police officer arrived to find a detached garage fully involved and a vehicle partially involved. Flames were threatening the house located nearby.
Investigation into Cascade Gorge Store Robbery Continues
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery of the Cascade Gorge Store in Prospect.
City of Grants Pass Weekly Update
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety made 58 arrests and issued 56 citations in the past week. There were 1,261 calls to 911 and 620 calls for service.
Classic Car Show Today; Cruise Tonight
The Back to the 50’s Classic Car show in Riverside Park gets underway at 10a.m. this morning and lasts until until 3 p.m. There is no admission to the show, but organizers strongly urge the public to not bring dogs.
Health Officials Puzzle of Increase in STD’s Locally
A jump in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea over the past year in rural southwestern Oregon has state and local health officials alarmed and puzzled
Back to the 50’s Street Closures
The “Back to the 50’s” car cruise will take place on 6th and 7th Streets Saturday night, forcing traffic to be detoured at 6th and “A” Streets. Northbound traffic on 7th Street will be closed at “M” Street to “A” Street. The street closure will start at 6:00 pm and the route will be closed until 9:30 pm. Drivers are encouraged to utilize the Parkway Bridge and 4th Street for access south of the river
50’s Celebration No Parking Areas, Porta-Potti Locations & Rules
The following areas will be posted no parking from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm:
6th Street between “A” and “L” Streets
7th Street between “A” and “M” Streets
“G” Street between 4th and 9th Streets
“B” Street between 6th and 7th
“C” Street between 6th and 7th
“L” Street between 6th and 7th
“K” Street between 6th and 7th
Any vehicles left in the cruise route may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Fifties Festivities Continue Tonight; Big Show Saturday
A classic car line-up on “G” Street between 4th and 6th starting at 5:30 provides a spectacular, shiny centerpiece for tonight’s Back to the 50’s festivities.
Medford P.D. Arrests Suspected Arsonist-UPDATED
Medford Police have arrested Debra Irene Johns, who they believe is responsible for the multiple suspicious fires in Medford that began on June 25th.
Medford Council Turns Thumbs Down on Fire District Consolidation
Members of the Medford City Council oppose a proposal to unite Medford Fire-Rescue with Fire District No. 3.
Authorities say a description of the Medford Serial Arsonist may have finally been given
Authorities say a description of the Medford Serial Arsonist may have finally been given

According to Medford Police officials, a witness reported seeing a man crouching down in the 400 block of South Fir Street on Wednesday morning, where a small, intentionally set fire ignited. The suspect fled the scene, but officials describe him as a slender white male with shoulder-length hair, standing about 5-feet 10-inches tall.
Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy weekend. Back to the 50’s takes over Grants Pass
The Back to the 50’s celebration has taken over the City of Grants Pass with a plethora of mirth-making activities.
A Red Flag Warning indicating fire danger has been issued for the Illinois and Applegate valleys
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating the potential for extreme fire danger from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. today in the Illinois and Applegate valleys.
Car thief sent to prison by JoCo judge
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced 22-year-old Anthony Lynn Foster to 18 months prison time Thursday for stealing multiple vehicles and other crimes.
Hidden Valley High School Students Recognized for Raising $35,060 for Local Fire Departments.
Three Hidden Valley High School students will be recognized Friday morning at 10 at the Parkway Public Safety Center for their efforts in raising $35,060 for local fire departments in Josephine County.
Deputies locate a corpse in White City
Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies located a corpse in a field near the intersection of Division Road and Avenue H in White City at approximately 7:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Deputies cited and released 65-year-old Norman Victor Albers after he was stopped while riding an ATV in the area of the 3500 block of Demaray Drive for a DUII warrant.
Back to the 50’s Celebration Picks Up Steam Tonight
The annual Back to the 50’s Celebration really picks up steam tonight with the Diner Night and Poker Run scheduled. Participants do not have to have a classic automobile to enter the poker run. A stop at Jimmy’s Classic Drive-In, Sonic, Bob Drake Reproductions, Ric’s Corvette Bar and Grill and Dairy Queen South will get you started.
California Women Jailed in Jackson County for Passing Forged Travelers Checks
Deborah Burrell Townsend, 50, and Kimberly Michelle Campbell, 56, both of Los Angeles were in the Jackson County jail with bail set at over a million dollars each facing 33 counts of I.D. theft, 29 counts of forgery, four counts of 1st degree theft, three counts of aggravated I.D. theft and a racketeering charges.
Troopers Incident Log for Wednesday
According to the Oregon State Trooper’s incident log Wednesday morning Alesha Kay Coy, 20, of Grants Pass failed to negotiate a curve on a wet roadway and her white Chevrolet Blazer slid off the road and struck a tree at milepost six. She did not require medical attention.
Broken power pole cross arms cause Redwood area power outage
Broken cross arms on a power pole in the Redwood area caused a power outage at approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday for 986 Pacific Power customers.
Mechanic who victimized car enthusiasts in Grants Pass is waiting extradition from Arizona
An experienced auto-body mechanic who fraudulently stole money and cars from multiple Grants Pass residents was jailed Tuesday morning in Flagstaff, Arizona, and he is awaiting extradition to Josephine County.
ODF Crews Mopping Up Lightening Fires; Brace for Hot, Dry Weekend
Engine crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Medford and Grants Pass units have mopped up the 29 lightning-caused fires from Tuesday's thunderstorms, and are repacking their engines with fresh hoses and tools in anticipation of having to respond to new wildfires in the near future.
JoCo Commissioners approve forestry inventory study and SOREDI membership dues
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session approved a forestry inventory study and for the payment of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., membership dues.
Murder Suspect Arrested in Cave Junction
Oregon State Police detectives and troopers arrested Daniel Joseph Martinson this morning in Cave Junction. The 44-year-old Martinson was wanted on a felony warrant for murder
Sex Abuse Charges Dropped Against OSF Actor
Charges of sexual abuse have been dropped against an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor who was arrested in February. Tyrone Kenneth Wilson of Ashland had pleaded not guilty to the charges that stemmed from a relationship he had with a woman last fall.
Medford Parks Cooperating in Herbicide Overspray Investigation
The Medford City Parks personnel sprayed a herbicide known as Garlon 4 along Lazy Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek, around July 9th & 10th in an effort to control blackberry bushes. The goal was to improve safety by eliminating areas for transients to camp along the creek.
Troopers Investigate Three Crashes; One DUII Issued
The Oregon State Troopers investigated three traffic accidents Tuesday, one resulting in a DUII citation and another that sent two Tacoma residents to the hospital.
Medford Police Assist Mother and Newborn
Late Tuesday morning Medford Police officers were dispatched to the report of woman covered in blood and carrying a baby on West Jackson Street. The woman ran from officers but was caught near the intersection of 3rd and Ivy.
The fire count is up to 29 from Tuesday night’s thunderstorm
The Oregon Department of Forestry reports that the fire count is up to 29 from Tuesday’s thunderstorm.
Search Continues for Shady Cove Man
The Jackson County Sherriff’s Office is reaching out to the public for assistance in finding a Shady Cove resident who’s been missing since July 13th.
20 fires reported so far from Tuesday lightning storm
The Oregon Department of Forestry reports that over 20 fires have been spotted so far from Tuesday’s lightning storm.
Troopers chase and apprehend a Cave Junction man riding an ATV
The Oregon State Police apprehended a 23-year-old Cave Junction man at approximately 6:00 p.m. Monday after he led them on a chase while he was riding on an all-terrain vehicle.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A complainant reported that a vacant home was burglarized in the 4500 block of Coyote Creek Road.
Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested in Ashland
Francisco Javier Mercado-Chavez, 41, was arrested by the Ashland Police Department yesterday for an armed robbery at the Astro Gas Station last February.
Medford Arsonist Strikes at Mid-day
A suspicious fire Monday afternoon at the side of a West Medford apartment could mean that city’s serial arsonist is getting bolder, running the string of fires to 18 in less than a month. The fire was touched off at 1 p.m. near a usually busy alley behind the 200 block of North Ivy Street.
Marijuana Tax Considered by Central Point Council
The Central Point City Council is considering implementing a tax on marijuana sales similar to taxes installed by Gold Hill and Ashland. The move is designed to preempt looming state restrictions that could block cities from collecting taxes on marijuana sales in the future.
A Red Flag lightning warning has been issued for Southern Oregon
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag lightning warning for Southern Oregon that is in effect from 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. today.
The Josephine County Commissioners vote on an appointment to the Rural Planning Commission
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Anne Basker Auditorium will vote on an appointment to the Rural Planning Commission.
The ODF is tracking lightning strikes from Monday afternoon’s storm
The Oregon Department of Forestry is monitoring the wilderness between Soda Mountain and I-5 just north of the California border for smoke after the area was hit by five to 10 lightning strikes Monday afternoon.
Local Employment Up by 106 Jobs May to June
Josephine County total payroll employment rose by 270 jobs in June. Most of the increase was due to seasonal hiring in leisure and hospitality, which gained 160 jobs over the month.
City councilors review reasons and procedures for amending the development code
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop reviewed reasons and procedures for amending the development code.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A 1960 T-Bird had the windshield and back window broken with a hammer or similar object in the 100 block of N.W. Midland Avenue.
Puff’s Smoke Shop Appeals Pot License Denial
Mike Welch, owner of Puff’s Smoke Shop in Ashland, has appealed the state’s decision to deny him a license for a medical marijuana dispensary. He had been operating a dispensary called Siskiyou Medical Supply inside his shop since last year but was ordered to close it on April 30th
ODOT Plan: Narrow Highway 99 Lanes from Medford to Phoenix & Add Bike Lanes
The Oregon Department of Transportation will explain their draft corridor plan at an open house Thursday in Talent. The plan calls for vehicle lanes on highway 99 from Medford to Talent to be narrowed to allow for bike lanes.
Oregon State Trooper’s Incident Log
Sunday morning at about 10:49 a Trooper stopped a Honda Civic that was dragging a large piece of its front bumper on the road. The driver, Ian McLaren, 27, of Williams, stated he heard a noise but didn’t know what it was. Dispatch advised McLaren was driving while suspended and was wanted for a probation violation out of Linn County. He was cited and released plus his Honda was towed.
Motorcyclist dies in crash near Gold Hill
A motorcyclist died in a crash near Gold Hill on Highway 234 near milepost nine at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
Domestic Incident Saturday leads to Crash and Power Outage
Around 5:15pm Saturday, Officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to a domestic disturbance near Gilbert Creek Park. As officers were en-route the incident became mobile.
Latest Medford Fires may add to Arson Total
Since June 25th, 14 fires in the Medford area have been ruled arsons. Three more fires extinguished Saturday were determined to be human caused and will likely up the arson total to 17.
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.
Grass fire south of Medford determined to be human caused
A grass fire south of Medford near the intersection of Dark Hollow Road and Surrey Drive Friday afternoon was human caused according to investigators.
A look at the City of Grants Pass in the week ending July 18
In at look at the City of Grants Pass in the week ending July 18 as presented by Assistant City Manager David Reeves:
The fire danger level is now extreme and restrictions on the Rogue River Wild and Scenic Section have tightened
The fire danger level rose to extreme today in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest District and additional restrictions have been placed on the use of power equipment and on travelers in the Rogue River Wild and Scenic Section.
The fire danger level rises to extreme Saturday
The Oregon Department of Forestry has announced the fire danger level will rise to extreme on Saturday.
Assault at Baker Park partially severs the victim’s ear
An assault at Baker Park at approximately 8:00 p.m. Thursday left the victim with a partially severed left ear and a stab wound to the head.
The Josephine County Commissioners seek a chamber representative for the Grants Pass Airport Advisory Board
The Josephine County Commissioners are seeking applicants for the position of chamber representative on the Grants Pass Airport Advisory Board.
The Active Club and the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce dedicate the Caveman State to the original caveman
The Grants Pass Active Club in conjunction with the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce dedicated the Grants Pass Caveman Statue in memory of Hank Geiske, the original caveman.
Jackson County Library District Taxes at the Maximum
The Jackson County Library District Thursday unanimously approved 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to meet an unexpectedly large financial obligation in its first year.
White City Man Located Safe
Carlos Ruiz, 30, of White City, was located late Wednesday parked at Songer Wayside. He left his residence on Antelope Road on Friday, July 11th, around noon, to get auto parts at O’Reilly’s in Medford and never returned.
Sheriff’s Opponent Fired From Jackson County Jail
Bob Sergi, a Lieutenant who was the night supervisor at the Jackson County Jail, was terminated earlier this week. Sergi ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Sheriff’s position against incumbent Mike Winters in the May primary.
North Albertson’s Evacuated because of Smoke; Electrical Problem Repaired & Store Re-Opened
Smoke being generated by a failing air conditioner on the North Albertson’s roof prompted employees to notify Grants Pass Fire and Rescue Thursday afternoon.
First Degree Criminal Mistreatment Gets Man 18 Months
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced 49-year-old Gary Steven Padgett to 18 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections Thursday on one count of Criminal mistreatment in the first degree
Gunpoint robbery over heroin debt lands a man in jail for 70 months
Judge Pat Wolke today in Josephine County Circuit Court sentenced a robber to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections for taking money for an alleged debt.
Caveman Statue to be Re-Dedicated Friday at 9 A.M.
The Grants Pass Active Club and the Josephine County Chamber of Commerce are re-dedicating the Oregon Caveman Statue Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber visitors Center at 1995 Northwest Vine Street.
Local National Guard Unit in Mobilization Ceremony Friday
The Oregon Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, of the 41st Infantry Brigade is scheduled to mobilize 275 soldiers in a ceremony scheduled for 10a.m. Friday at the Southern Oregon University’s McNeal Pavilion.
Walden in So. Oregon to Tour Ashland Forest Resiliency Project & Speak at Guard Mobilization
U.S. Representative Greg Walden will be in Jackson County tomorrow to tour the Ashland Forest Resiliency project. The goal of the project is to reduce the wildfire risk in Ashland’s watershed and protect the city from fire coming into town from the watershed
SOU Provost announces retirement
Southern Oregon University Provost James Klein has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31.
City Council Approves Annexation
In a City Council meeting that ran high with emotion Councilors approved the proposed annexation with one amendment inserted.
Search for Murder Suspect Scaled Down
The Oregon State Police have scaled down the search for a murder suspect Wednesday in a remote wooded area of southeast Josephine County just north of the Oregon/California border. Troopers will maintain a patrol presence in the area and is urging the public to call OSP or 9-1-1 if they have information where Daniel Joseph Martinson is hiding or if they see him.
ODF Holds Jump Off Joe Creek Fire to Three Acres
The Oregon Department of Forestry have completely lined a three acre fire in the Jump Off Joe Creek area this afternoon.
Troopers Incident Log
State Troopers arrested Michael Robert Horn, 41, of Sprague River, Tuesday night about 8:00 at the Williams Country Store after receiving a tip he was wanted by U.S. Marshalls. He was lodged on a murder warrant from Klamath County. 36-year-old Rebecca June Tompkins was accompanying Horn. She was cited and released on a fail to appear warrant also out of Klamath County.
Commissioners approve redevelopment and marketing agreement for the Dimmick Tower property
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session unanimously approved an agreement with Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., to draft a strategic plan for the redevelopment and marketing of the Dimmick Tower property.
Active Search Underway for Murder Suspect Daniel Martinson
Oregon State Police, with the assistance of other local and federal agencies, is actively searching for a murder suspect Wednesday in a remote wooded area of southeast Josephine County just north of the Oregon/California border. OSP is urging the public to not contact the wanted person if they see him and to call OSP or 9-1-1.
Ashland Council Likely to Lift Medical Pot Ban
Last night the Ashland City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would lift the moratorium banning the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.
Medford Police Increase Patrols as Authorities Link 13 Fires.
Medford Police have increased patrols in their hunt for an arsonist who is believed responsible for a string of 13 fires set over the last three weeks.
Rogue River Man Jailed after Burglary & Police Pursuit
A Rogue River man is in the Josephine County Jail facing charges of 1st degree burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude and reckless driving.
Vehicle Fire and Fruit Spill Delay I-5 Rush Hour Traffic
A motorhome fire and fruit spill held up northbound traffic on Interstate Five during rush hour on Tuesday.
Meth dealer arrested in Grants Pass sent to prison as part of Operation Rap It Up
A meth dealer who was arrested as part of Operation Rap It Up, a multi-year sting operation that focused on drug-dealing, prostitution and robbery crimes committed by an organized group of criminals, was sentenced Monday by Judge Owen Panner in Medford to 10 years in federal prison.
Jackson County deputies seek Rogue River man for assault and other charges
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Rogue River resident on multiple charges who was involved in a domestic disturbance Tuesday at 6:40 a.m. at a residence in the 1400 block of W. Evans Creek Road in Rogue River.
Heat Advsiory remains in effect the day after soaring temperatures
Grants Pass took the high temperature around the state yesterday at 106 degrees and the National Weather Service’s Heat Advisory continues until 10:00 p.m. today with more extreme highs predicted for Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Medford and surrounding areas.
Two Early Morning Medford Fires Fuel Arson Investigation
Medford Fire-Rescue and the Medford Police Department responded to two fires early this morning behind the residences at 131 and 511 S. Grape Street. The same West Medford area where in the last week 8 other suspicious fires were set.
City Council Scheduled to Act on Annexation
The Grants Pass City Council is scheduled to vote on annexing approximately 715 tax lots during their Wednesday night meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest “A” Street.
Monday Incidents from the Oregon State Troopers
A State Trooper stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Williams Highway and Jaynes Drive for improper mud flaps and fender flares. The driver, All Ray Leiby, 46, of Rogue River, told the Trooper his license was suspended. He was cited and released and his GMC was
Commissioners vote on strategic plan services for the Dimmick Tower
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Anne Basker Auditorium will vote on the approval of an agreement with Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., for services related to the strategic plan for the redevelopment of the Dimmick Tower site.
The National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory for Grants Pass and surrounding areas
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Grants Pass, Medford and surrounding areas.
The Department of Public Safety encourages positive youth behavior with Operation Chill
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is participating in Operation Chill which will provide 500 free Slurpee coupons to local youth who demonstrate good behavior during the summer months.
Deputies Searching for White City Man
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is searching for Carlos Ruiz, 30, of White City. Mr. Ruiz has some mental disabilities and severe diabetes which requires daily medication. He is described as Hispanic, 5’4” tall, weighing about 390 pounds, with short black hair, a mustache, and brown eyes.
Fairgrounds Now $100K in the Black
A financial turnaround appears to have gotten the fairgrounds in Josephine County out of a jam that threatened its future. Last fall, the county commissioners said they wouldn't put any more general fund money into the fairgrounds: Either the operation would become self-sustaining, or the fairgrounds would close.
City council examines residential and semi-truck parking ordinances
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday Workshop examined possible changes to both the residential and semi-truck parking ordinances.
Oregon State Trooper Incident Log
Sunday afternoon Oregon State Troopers responded to the report of a restraining order violation in the 400 block of Woody Acres Drive. Don Christopher Kuamoo admitted he knew about the restraining order but thought time had run out on it. He was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
Missing Shady Cove resident last seen requesting a ride to Grants Pass-UPDATED
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing Shady Cove resident who was last seen requesting a ride to Grants Pass
Measure 11 charges dropped in kidnapping case plea deal
Multiple Measure 11 charges were dropped today in a plea deal in Josephine County Circuit Court that would have landed the defendant with a lengthy prison sentence.
Industrial Fire Precaution Level Now at II
Increased fire danger on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District has made it necessary to increase the fire prevention measures on industrial operations, such as logging sites and other commercial operations. Industrial Fire Precaution Level II took effect at 12:01 Monday morning.
Ashland Police are searching for a missing 83-year-old man
The Ashland Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing 83-year-old man.
Missing Shady Cove resident last seen requesting a ride to Grants Pass
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing Shady Cove resident who was last seen requesting a ride to Grants Pass.
Medford Subway Robbed Sunday Morning; Suspect at Large
Shortly before 2:00am Sunday, Medford Police responded to the report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Subway restaurant on Crater Lake 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.
Medford Man Arrested and Jailed for July 7th Armed Robbery
Medford Police officers arrested 37-year-old Christopher Devine Friday around 9:00pm near Costco. Details surrounding his arrest have not been released.
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Fire Update
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest only detected one start from Friday's thunderstorm activity across the region, and it was contained at less than one tenth of an acre. Lightning strikes from Friday’s storm were primarily concentrated on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts. Reconnaissance flights and fire lookouts will continue to search for sleeper fires throughout the weekend.
Recall for Gold Hill City Council goes Forward
Citizens calling for the recall of 66 percent of the Gold Hill City Council for voting to allow medical marijuana dispensaries submitted more than the required number of signatures to call for a special election in August.
Water Service Installation to Close N.E. “D” Monday
Grants Pass construction crews will be installing a new water service Monday morning at 1901 northeast “D” Street. The work will occur between northeast Terry Lane and northeast Foothill Boulevard
Community Forum on Police Services Monday Night
An open community forum on City Police Services will be held Monday evening beginning at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street.
Plea Deal Gets Medford Man 75 Months in Prison
John Troy Lopes, 51, was sentenced Friday to 75 months in prison for a guilty plea to a second degree manslaughter charge in the beating death of Charles Ward Puzak, 61, last September.
City of Grants Pass Weekly Recap
Grants Pass City Police made 64 different arrests while issuing 67 citations this past week. The Nuisance Intervention Team working on Tuesday made 11 contacts and issued 7 warnings and cited two individuals.
Man & Juvenile Female Found in Former Kim’s Restaurant
Medford Police found two people inside the former Kim’s Restaurant when they responded to the report of a break in at the 2321 South Pacific Highway location. Arrested and charged with criminal trespass while in possession of a firearm and 2nd degree burglary was 23-year-old Brian Matthew Kunkle of Medford. A 17-year-old female found inside was detained and then released.
Ashland Couple Buys Spiritual Retreat Property
The couple who restored the Ashland Springs Hotel has bought a quirky house and retreat on a hill above the city for 15 percent of the original $10 million asking price
Non-Injury Commercial Truck Crash Closes On Northbound Lane at MP 108
Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's non-injury commercial truck crash that partially blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor
Two Suspects Arrested after Standoff at Kim’s Restaurant
Two men have been arrested after they crashed their vehicle into Kim’s Restaurant in Medford about 4 a.m. Friday morning. Police were familiar of the owner of the vehicle and knew he had previously been armed.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
Rodney Nelson and Sebrina Decker were found laying unconscious with needles in their arms at the volleyball court in Reinhart Volunteer Park. Both were arrested on charges of possession of heroin and Decker was additionally charged with possession of meth.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office and OSP incidents
A person was asked to move along for illegal camping at the intersection of Shannon and Inman lanes.
ODF Over Flights Locate Smokes South of Jacksonville
Thunder storms dropped five strikes in the Josephine-Jackson County area protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF Information Officer Brian Ballou says the smokes reported six miles south of Jacksonville have been located and are all small, less than a 10th of an acre
Arson Suspected in Medford Fires
Authorities are investigating a string of arson fires set in the Medford area on Wednesday.
Bear Creek Fire Held to 4-Acres
Fire crews from three different agencies held a grass fire located between Crater Lake Ford and Interstate Five to about four acres Thursday afternoon.
ODF reports three smokes south of Jacksonville
The Oregon Department of Forestry reports three smokes have been seen today six miles south of Jacksonville in the Woodrat Mountain area.
Medford Police involved in standoff at Kim’s Restaurant
The Medford Police Department is currently involved in a standoff with a suspect at the Kim’s Chinese Restaurant building on Riverside Avenue.
Red Flag Warning continues; no reports of fires in Josephine County
A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until 6:00 p.m. today and the potential for extreme fire activity is present.
Red Flag Warning for Tonight and Friday
Another, bigger Red Flag Warning has been issued this afternoon for a large chunk of southwest Oregon. Thunderstorms are expected to start rattling across Jackson and Josephine counties tonight, and are expected to extend north into Douglas County, west into Coos and Curry counties, and east-northeast into Klamath and Lake counties.
Greenway Fire Knocked Down by ODF & Medford Fire and Rescue
The Oregon Department of Forestry and Medford Fire and Rescue have knocked down the flames on a fire that broke out before 3 Thursday afternoon in the Greenway between Crater Lake Ford and I-5.
Judge Baker Sends Three Men to Prison
Judge Lindi L. Baker, sitting in Josephine County Circuit Court sent three men to the Oregon Department of Corrections for at least a year.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
Three individuals were trespassed from city parks for sleeping in Riverside Park.
Oregon Caves Bill Passes Senate
Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced the passage of the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act late Wednesday night.
Wednesday OSP incidents
Two motorcycles crashed at the intersection of Riverbanks Road and Douglas Drive. Both motorcycle riders, 59-year-old Anthony Earl Bucan and 59-year-old Terry Lee Reed were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Michael Bo Williams was arrested on two warrants and a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after he was allegedly caught by authorities driving a stolen motorcycle in the 1900 block of Southgate Way.
Judge drops majority of charges against a medical marijuana dispensary operating couple
49 charges against a couple who operated a medical marijuana dispensary were dropped Wednesday by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia due to a plea deal.
Commissioners Okay Vote On Library Service District & Approved Animal Response Plan
The voters will get an opportunity to vote on the formation of a Josephine Community Library taxing district after a unanimous vote by the county commissioners supporting an order referring the matter to the November 4th general election at the end of a public hearing in the Anne Basker Auditorium Wednesday night.
Tree removal causes temporary power outage in Rogue River Thursday morning
Pacific Power crews Thursday morning will be removing a tree that is posing a hazard to an overheard electrical line in Rogue River and power will be temporarily down for 1,100 customers.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
Extra patrols were requested for the 500 block of Union Avenue because transients are camping in the area.
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Plates were stolen off of a vehicle in the 1000 block of Laurel Road.
Dozens Arrested in “Operation Rap It Up”
A multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Rap It Up” that uncovered drug trafficking, prostitution, organized purchasing of firearms and violent gang activity in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties is wrapping up.
Public Forum on the Demolition of Dimmick Tower Tomorrow Night
An open house to discuss the demolition of Dimmick Tower, formerly Josephine Memorial Hospital, is being hosted by the County Commissioners Thursday night in the Anne Basker Auditorium beginning at 6:00.
OSP Tuesday incidents
A trooper attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of N. Junction Avenue and E. Lister Street in Cave Junction. The vehicle, a white Mitsubishi, eluded a short distance and eventually came to a stop in a residential driveway. The driver, 30-year-old Jeremy James Sorenson, was taken into custody without incident on a charge of driving while suspended. A charge of felony eluding has been referred to the district attorney’s office.
Lightning strikes from Tuesday’s storm miss Josephine and Jackson counties
A thunderstorm that rolled through Southern Oregon Tuesday evening did not produce lightning in Josephine and Jackson counties.
Missing 84-year-old man returns to camp after extensive SAR search southeast of Cave Junction
A missing 84-year-old man returned to his camp Tuesday after an extensive overnight search by Josephine County Search and Rescue and other agencies in the forest southeast of Cave Junction.
District 7 Board Re-Organizes
The District 7 School Board elected new officers at their regular scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon in the District Office on Dean Drive
Jackson County Sheriff Searches for Knifepoint Robber
The jackson County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for Christopher P. Devine, 37, of Medford, who is suspected of robbing a 69-year-old man at knifepoint in the Bear Creek Greenway at mid-morning today.
RVTD to Ask Jackson County Voters to Okay Property Tax Levy
The Rogue Valley Transportation District will ask Jackson County voters to approve a five year levy of 13 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That is in addition to the 17.72 cents per thousand currently being charged home owners.
Monday Trooper Incidents
Monday morning at 10:52 a driver on I-5 reported another northbound vehicle at milepost 39 struck a construction barrel that flew into her windshield.
Monday Public Safety incidents
A woman was transported to the hospital from the 100 block of Terry Lane because she was too intoxicated to care for herself. Officers found her lying in a parking lot in her underwear.
Construction on Southwest “G” Street
Road construction has begun on Southwest “G” Street between Booth and 3rd Street. The work will continue for approximately four weeks from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
An illegal camp was warned to disassemble in the 3000 block of Quartz Creek Road.
Josephine County Commissioners hold public hearing on the formation of the Josephine Community Library District
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are holding a public hearing on the formation of the Josephine Community Library District.
ODF Gets 2nd Fire Fighting Helicopter
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District welcomed a second fire-fighting helicopter onto the Medford Unit's helipad Monday. The new helicopter is a Huey Type II that can haul and drop big buckets of water onto wildfires.
City council discusses potential of public/private partnership for the new water treatment plant
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed the possibility of a public/private partnership to handle either the construction, operation or both for the new water treatment plant.
Aircraft aborts take-off and crashes at the Grants Pass Airport
An aircraft crashed after running off the end of the runway at the Grants Pass Airport at approximately 8:19 a.m. Sunday.
School District No. 7 holds annual reorganization
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the district’s administration at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to hold the annual reorganization of the board.
Weekend State Trooper Incidents
Ferris Pamela Morago, 54, of Grants Pass was arrested Saturday afternoon at 1:39 by state troopers and charged with assault 2 and 4. Morago was upset with her parents over a civil suit and wanted to sign off in blood by stabbing herself in the palm with a knife. He brother, Donald Robert Sartorius, 55, began videoing the incident and Morago threw the knife at him. Then struggled with him, raking his face with her fingernails from his forehead to the eye sockets attempting to gouge the eye sockets
Six Times Increased Funding & Staffing for Medford’s Summer School
The Medford School District has increased staffing and funding for summer school by a factor of six in an effort to increase graduation rates.
Heat advisory issued for Southern Oregon
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for both Josephine and Jackson counties extending from noon today to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Wilderville Woman Arrested for Husband’s Shooting Saturday
Around 9:50pm Saturday, 911 received a report of a shooting at 483 Waters Creek Road in Wilderville. Oregon State Police patrol troopers responded and confirmed that 35-year-old Darick Jones was shot in the leg. Jones’ wife, 35-year-old Bethanie J. Jones was detained at the residence
Midnight Dumpster Fire Damages Dental Office Saturday
Shortly after midnight Saturday, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at Grants Pass Dental on NE Jackson Street. Citizens driving by spotted a burning dumpster against the building, called 911, and stopped to pull the dumpster away from the wall.
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.
Busy Night for ODF Engine Crews
Just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, engine crews from ODF's Grants Pass and Medford units were dispatched to a series of grass fires, many of which were caused by fireworks. Most of the fires were extinguished at less than a tenth of an acre in size.
Sheriff’s Log for 7/4/14
These events were taken from the Josephine County Sheriff’s log from July fourth
ODF Gearing Up for Fire Season; New Helicopter Arrived Friday
The Oregon Department of Forestry's Medford Unit welcomed a Type III helicopter onto its helipad Friday morning. It is on contract to the unit through fire season, and can be used to transport firefighters, haul and drop buckets of water onto fires, and fly reconnaissance missions
City of Ashland Approves Tax on Marijuana
The Ashland City Council has authorized a tax of up to 5 percent on medical marijuana and up to 10 percent on recreational pot while adopting regulations governing the location and operation of marijuana dispensaries.
Incidents from Grants Pass Police Log
According to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety’s police log, these incidents occurred Thursday.
Authorities Seek Poacher for Killing Deer in Jackson County
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Central Point is seeking the public's assistance in locating the persons responsible for the illegal killing of a buck deer recently in the East Evans Creek or Sams Valley area off Antioch Road in Jackson County.
Jacksonville Borrows $1 Million for Courthouse Renovation
The city of Jacksonville will borrow $1 million to renovate the 1883 Jackson County Courthouse, turning it into a new city hall. The city council approved an ordinance last Tuesday authorizing the loan from Umpqua Bank with an interest rate of 3.04 percent.
Fireworks Regulations for City of Grants Pass
The use of all fireworks is banned within the City limits of Grants Pass except on the 4th of July, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. A list of the guidelines and regulations which apply to the use of fireworks within the city of Grants Pass are listed on the home page of this station’s website.
Ashland Police bust store owner for spying on neighboring business’ bathroom
The Ashland Police Department arrested a store owner at approximately 11:00 a.m. Thursday for spying on a neighboring business’ bathroom with video recording equipment.
Red, White and Boom likely causes traffic snarls
The Red, White and Boom celebration in Central Point at the Jackson County Expo will cause some traffic delays and congestion today.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety holds a High Visibility DUII Enforcement operation
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is holding a High Visibility DUII Enforcement operation today for the Fourth of July holiday.
Sexual abuser sent to prison
A man who sexually abused a 10-year-old male relative was sentenced to 75 months prison time today by Judge Thomas Hull.
Judge Hull sends butcher knife stabber to prison
Judge Thomas Hull sentenced a man who used a butcher knife to stab another man to 70 months prison time today.
Grants Pass man sent to prison for critically injuring his 2-year-old stepson
A child abuser who critically injured a young boy was sentenced today by Judge Thomas Hull to 90 months in state prison.
Police Ask for Help in Locating Ashland Woman
The Ashland Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Sara Jennings, a 46-year-old white female, described as being 5’1” tall, while weighing about 105 pounds. She is believed to be driving a silver, 4-door Toyota Camry with Oregon license plate 190DSE
Burglar Suspect Chased Down by Homeowner; Jailed!
Joseph Edward Bean, 29, is in the Jackson County Jail on charges of 1st and 2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree theft and possession of heroin with bail set at $50,000.
Humans are the Suspected Cause in Experiment Station Fire
A vacant Oregon State University experiment station in southwest Medford was destroyed by a suspicious fire late Wednesday morning. Neighbors say some young people were seen hanging around the abandoned building early Wednesday.
OSP search for man wanted for Cave Junction homicide
The Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a Josephine County resident who is wanted for murder in connection with a 2013 homicide in Cave Junction.
Medford P.D. Asks for Public Help in Locating Burglary Suspect
Police have identified a suspect from a June 23rd burglary and are seeking the public’s help in locating 31-year-old Richard Myers. Myers is described as 6’ tall, about 180 pounds with brown hair and eyes.
City Council Passes Two Ordinances & Adjourns in 40 Minutes
The Grants Pass City Council passed two ordinances in their Wednesday night meeting and then adjourned in 40 minutes to reconvene in executive session.
Commissioners Approve Salary Table Adjustment & Okay Public Works Upgrade
The Josephine County Commissioners approved a salary table adjustment for non-union county employees that reduces the 12 steps system to 9 steps to bring the county more in line with most other counties in the state.
Lightning & Thunder Storms Miss Josephine and Jackson County
Thunderheads loomed large late Tuesday along the Oregon-California border and the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for our area but no lightning crept into Jackson or Josephine counties' forestlands. As such, no lightning-caused fires were reported overnight on lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Southwest Oregon District.
New Record High Temperature Set Tuesday: 109 Degrees
A building high pressure system sent thermometers climbing Tuesday, smashing the previous recorded high by four degrees. The temperature was officially 109 degrees late in the afternoon, eclipsing the previous high mark of 105, last reached in 1967 and earlier in 1942.
Medford School District Closes the Door on New Transfers, in or out of District
The Medford School Board Monday adopted policies that stop new transfers, in or out of the district. Students that have begun the process to transfer for next fall may be admitted.
Jackson County Medical Pot Advocates Resort to Ballot Initiative
The owners of MaryJane’s Basement in Medford, Richard and Marlene Nuckols, are gearing up to ask voters to overturn that city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries
Fireworks Regulations for City of Grants Pass
The use of all fireworks is banned within the City limits of Grants Pass except on the 4th of July, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. A list of the guidelines and regulations which apply to the use of fireworks within the city of Grants Pass are listed on the home page of this station’s website.
City Council Faces 2 Action Items to Amend the Municipal Code at Wednesday Night Meeting
The Grants Pass City Council will consider two municipal code amendments at their Wednesday night meeting in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street at 6:00 p.m.
Commissioner’s to Consider Salary Table Adjustment
Josephine County Commissioner’s face a light agenda for their Weekly Business Session at 9:00 Wednesday morning in the Anne Basker Auditorium but the topic is a heavy one as they consider a salary table adjustment with longevity steps included.
Two Car Collision at 4th & J Lands Chevy Pickup in Corner Apartment
A two car collision at 4th and J about 2 p.m. this afternoon slowed traffic while authorities extricated a Chevy Colorado pickup from the front of an apartment at 414 Southwest 4th
Strong Arm Robbery & Assault on Redwood Avenue
Grants Pass police responded to a report of a man yelling for help in the area of the 1900 block of Redwood Ave. Patrol Officers located the victim at his home and learned that he had been
Kay-Fenn Sentenced to 20 Months
Monday Judge Pat Wolke sentenced Brenda Colleen Kay-Fenn, 47, to 20 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections after she pled guilty to two counts first degree theft.
Trail Man Gets 70 Months for 2nd Degree Assault; Attempted Murder Charge Dropped
Seth Abram Gilbert, 36, of Trail, was sentenced Monday to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections for shooting into a vehicle and wounding two brothers while in a methamphetamine induced state last February
Ex-Fed-Ex Employee Sentenced to 41 Months in Federal Penitentiary
U.S. District Judge Owen Panner Sentenced Victor Manuel Chavez, 40, of Medford to 41 months in Federal Prison after Chavez pled guilty to theft from interstate shipment and money laundering
Council Thumbs-Up to Consider Redevelopment Agency
The Grants Pass City Council gave staff a thumbs-up to create a an advisory committee to consider a redevelopment agency and structure the resolutions to institute an agency.
City Experiencing Numerous Thefts from Vehicles
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has received numerous calls regarding property being stolen out of both locked and unlocked vehicles. The thefts are occurring not only at business parking lots, but also to vehicles parked in front of residences. They occur during the night and in broad daylight. These thefts have happened to victims who leave their cars unlocked, those who lock their cars and access is gained through breaking windows, and vehicles with their windows rolled down.
Medford Man Arrested after Burglarizing Home
Ryan Smythers, 27, of Medford was arrested in a Medford Fred Meyer store and jailed last night after an alert citizen observed him riffling through a purse while skate boarding, and then tossing the purse aside.
Medford Loosens Restrictions on Campaign Signs
The city of Medford has loosened its restrictions on campaign signs. The city previously allowed only two campaign signs on front lawns and other areas. The new ordinance removes the limit.
Gold Dredging the Rogue May Become a Thing of the Past
The recent discovery of elevated levels of mercury in the Rogue River’s pikeminnow has created a reluctance among state water managers to allow general dredging in salmon habitat where levels of toxins eclipse federal Clean Water Act Standards.
I.V. Airport Board Meeting Tonight
There will be a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Illinois Valley Airport Advisory Board tonight at 5:30 PM at the Smokejumper Museum located on the field at 30904 Redwood Highway
GPDPS Seeks Public’s Help in Saturday Robbery and Assault Case
Saturday at 3:30am, Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to a reported crash in the 1200 block of Fruitdale Drive. First responders were initially unable to locate the crash and soon determined the caller was actually a victim of assault with pepper spray, robbery and vehicle theft
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.
Woman in Custody after Downtown Standoff-UPDATED
58-year-old Cathy Jo Kukoski, of Grants Pass is in custody after becoming involved in a standoff with police after her mother reported she had made suicidal statements and left the house armed with a handgun about 4:00 a.m.
Woman in Custody after Downtown Standoff
A woman is in custody after becoming involved in a standoff with police during a traffic stop that, according to some witnesses, began after a short pursuit.
Traffic Stop in Downtown Leads to Police Standoff
What began as a routine traffic stop at the intersection of 4th and D earlier this morning has turned into a police standoff with authorities evacuating part of downtown Grants Pass.
Hostage Situation in Downtown Grants Pass
There currently is a suspected standoff situation in the downtown Grants Pass area with a heavy police presence and SWAT on the scene.
Two intersections blocked for police activity
Two intersections are blocked by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety to allow for police activity.
Man crushed during a work related accident in the Williams area
A worker at a log operation in the Williams area 3.5 miles up Caves Camp Road was crushed Friday at approximately 5:30 a.m.
Library to Host Presentation on Oregon Poet Laureate
The Josephine Community Library is hosting a presentation celebrating the life and poetry of Oregon Poet laureate William Stafford Saturday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grants Pass branch on Northwest ‘C’ Street.
Operation Dry Water this Weekend
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is conducting Operation Dry Water now through the weekend to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence.
Lane County to Lead 7 Southwest Oregon Counties in Collecting Business’s Personal Property Tax
The Associated Press is reporting the legislature approved a $252,000 grant for Lane County to lead the Southwest Oregon Assessment and Taxation Coalition. Other members are Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Curry, Douglas and Klamath Counties.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A burglary occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Frontage Road. Hands tools and a tractor key were stolen and a window was broken. Total cost of losses is approximately $800.
Dog-Owner Penalties Proposed to Medford Council
Medford Police Chief Tim George provided that City Council with proposed codes to create new rules for dog owners and provide increasingly harsher penalties for repeat offenders.
Marijuana Tax Options to be Considered by Medford Council
Medford City Councilor Dick Gordon is urging that body to consider zoning restrictions to limit where marijuana businesses could be located and whether to and how to tax those businesses.
Grand Jury; Deputies Justified in Eviction Shooting
Two Jackson County Deputy Sheriffs were cleared by a Grand Jury Thursday in the shooting death of Earl C. Harris on June 10th in an effort to evict the man from his home. The Grand Jury rendered its decision in less than ten minutes
The annual Rooster Crow is this weekend in Rogue River
The annual Rooster Crow is held this weekend in Rogue River.
The Josephine County Relay for Life is this Saturday
The Josephine County Relay for Life is held this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until Sunday at 7:00 a.m. at the Grants Pass High School track.
Firefighters douse Josephine County Transit Bus fire
Firefighters with Rural/Metro Fire Department and Grants Pass Fire Rescue doused a fire on a Josephine County Transit Bus at approximately 5:52 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Dawn Drive.
Controlled burn being held today in the Monument Drive area
Wildland Fire Supervisor Shelly Hoffer says the Grants Pass Unit Headquarters at 5375 Monument Drive will be holding a controlled burn today beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m.
Gulick Guilty of Toddler Assault
Judge Thomas Hull announced a guilty verdict Wednesday morning for Damien Gulick, 34, who was charged with first degree assault and criminal mistreatment for assaulting his two-year-old stepson on December 5th, 2012
Assaulter sent to prison for heinous acts of domestic violence
Judge Pat Wolke today sentenced a man to 66 months prison time for severely beating a woman.
Trailer-park shooter sent to prison
The gunman who narrowly missed shooting another man in a trailer park was sentenced to five years prison time today by Judge Pat Wolke.
7-11 kidnapper sentenced to 118 months prison time
The man who stole a car parked in the 6th Street 7-11 parking lot in Grants Pass that contained two children in the early morning hours in May, 2013, was sentenced today by Judge Pat Wolke to 118 months in prison.
No Burning Allowed in Spite of Recent Rain
Rain across the Southwest Oregon District Wednesday brought a few puffs of smoke as some people lit burn piles, which attracted fire engines from ODF and the rural fire districts. Despite the rain, fire season regulations remain in effect and no burning is allowed in the district, which includes private lands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
Algae Bloom Advisory Lifted from Lost Creek Lake
The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued June 3rd for Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.
Consumption Advisory Issued for Some Fish in Applegate Lake
Oregon Health officials are issuing a fish consumption advisory on certain species from Applegate Lake, 30 miles southwest of Medford, due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue from the lake.
Three-alarm fire levels historic building in Medford
A three-alarm fire Wednesday at 1:45 a.m. totally destroyed a historic building at 220 N. Fir St. in Medford.
Medford P.D. Attempting to I.D. Burglary Suspects
Early Monday afternoon Medford Police were dispatched to a home on Florence Avenue for a burglary report. The victim had left for work early and around noon received a call from his bank advising him of unusual activity on his account.
Red Cross Bloodmobile Accepting Donations Thursday Thru Saturday
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be collecting blood in the Cave Junction area Thursday. It will be located at the Illinois Valley Senior Center at 520 East River Road from 1 p.m. to 5:30.
Right to Farm Laws Could Shield Pot Grows
Jackson County Commissioners have been fielding complaints about medical marijuana grows: traffic, lights and the skunk-like smell of maturing pot.
Commissioners approve 2014-15 fiscal year budget
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session voted unanimously to approve the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.
Medford Construction Up 31%
Construction investment in Medford is up 31 percent over the last fiscal year. According to figures released by the Medford Building Department the value of all construction projects this fiscal year is $395 million, compared to $302 million last year.
Deadly Stabbing Trial Began Tuesday
The trial of Jose Valencia-Gaona, 45, accused stabbing 38-year-old Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez to death September 1st of last year began Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court
Wildfire Preparedness Meeting Tonight at Williams Grange
Josephine County is hosting a public meeting tonight at the Williams Grange at 6:00 p.m.
Mower Spark Ignited Upper Table Rock Fire
Fire investigators have determined the Upper Table Rock fire was ignited when a disc mower cutting a rye field hit a rock and sparked the blaze.
Firemen jump on Redwood Highway grass fire
Firemen from multiple agencies jumped into action and quickly extinguished a grass fire in the 10,000 block of Redwood Highway near Wilderville at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Corpse found on vacant property in Medford
A corpse was discovered around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday behind the former Hungry Woodsman Restaurant in Medford.
Medford P.D. Blames Drugs for Burglary Increases
The Medford Police department reports burglaries are up nearly 30 percent in that city, compared to the same time last year.
Sheriff’s Office Investigating Apparent Suicide
The Josephine County Sheriff’s office is investigating what appears to be suicide that occurred about 11 p.m. Monday night on Jump Off Joe Creek Road about three miles in.
School District No. 7 Board approves controversial book
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting voted to approve a controversial book that the Curriculum Council did not recommend for use in the English Department.
ODF Corrals Grays Creek Fire at a Quarter Acre
A small fire, 3 miles south of Murphy, was quickly contained and extinguished Monday evening when the Oregon Department of Forestry dispatched three engines and a dozer.
Commissioners vote on approval of 2014-15 fiscal year budget
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the approval of the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.
U.S. Forest Service raises fire danger level in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service has raised the fire danger level to high in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest due to the presence of extremely dry and flammable vegetation.
ODF & Rural Metro Respond to Smoke Plume in Grays Creek Area
The Oregon Department of Forestry and Rural Metro have responded to the Grays Creek area out the Williams Highway to the report of a small white smoke plume.
Concerts in the Park Kicks Off Tuesday Night
The Matt Hill Band will kick off a new season of Concerts in the Park at 6:30 Tuesday evening in Riverside Park. The band won the Britt Battle of the Bands last summer and opened for Martina McBride. Their music has been compared to Crosby and Stills and Ray Charles.
City Council decides to look further into adult business nuisance regulation
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop decided to look further into nuisance regulations for adult businesses.
Josephine County Employment Increasing
Josephine County total payroll employment rose by 500 in May. The goods-producing industries of construction and manufacturing added 60 and 70 jobs, respectively. Retail trade gained 50 jobs over the month, 40 of those in food and beverage stores. Health care and social assistance, as well as other services gained 20 jobs in May.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A 15-year-old female skateboarder hit her head when she fell crossing Caveman Bridge and she was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment.
Ashland Council Begins Outline of Pot Dispensary Rules
The Ashland City Council is laying out preliminary rules for medical marijuana dispensaries while a temporary moratorium is in place
R.C. Helicopter to give Firefighters Better Vision
The Oregon Department of Forestry is putting together a radio-controlled helicopter to give firefighters a better look at what wildfires are up to in tight smoky places a conventional scout plane cannot go.
School District No. 7 Board set to approve 2014-15 fiscal year budget
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting at noon in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on the approval of the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.
East Park Street Slated for Speed-hump Installation Tuesday
Moser Paving Inc. will be installing asphalt speed-humps on East Park Street Tuesday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. The work zone is located between the 1100 and 1300 block near Clara 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.
Names Released in Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash near Kerby
Oregon State Police, along with the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office, is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon’s fatal pedestrian-involved collision near Kerby.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A 2002 Subaru Outback was stolen from the 100 block of Deer Creek Road.
A look at the City of Grants Pass in the week ending June 20
In a look at the City of Grants Pass in the past week as presented by City Manager Aaron Cubic:
Driver strikes and kills pedestrian near Kerby on the Redwood Highway
An 83-year-old female driver struck and killed a 42-year-old male pedestrian on the Redwood Highway near Kerby at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Medford P.D. Hosts Saturday Safety Event at Rogue Valley Mall
Medford Police will be participating in the “Safety Saturday” being held at the Rogue Valley Mall this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
Dustin Louis Varien was jailed on charges of parole violation for first-degree burglary and possession of meth and is facing additional charges of interfering with police and possession of meth after he was reportedly seen stealing from a shed in the 300 block of S.E. K Street.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Drug deals are reportedly being made out of a suspicious vehicle in the area near the Wilderville Store.
Chancellor Names Interim President for SOU
The Oregon University System says Roy Saigo (SIGH-go) has been named interim president of Southern Oregon University. He replaces Mary Cullinan, who resigned to become president at Eastern Washington University.
Medford Land Swap Allows Bike Path Along Larson Creek
The Medford City Council Thursday approved a land swap that paves the way to construct the first leg of the Larson Creek Trail.
Pedestrian Enforcement Operation Nets 69 Citations & Raises Awarness
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety conducted a pedestrian enforcement operation last Friday from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. near the intersection of southeast “M” Street and southeast 8th.
Rural/Metro promotes four recruits to firefighter positions
Rural/Metro Fire Department during a special ceremony Thursday in the Grants Pass City Council Chambers promoted four recruits to firefighter positions.
The cause of the Modoc Fire discerned
The cause of the Modoc Fire that broke out Thursday morning near White City near Modoc Orchard and Upper Table Rock was discovered to have been caused by a mowed field sparking a grass fire.
White City Modoc Fire Downgraded to 35 Acres; 100% Contained
The grass fire that broke out this morning near White City, near Modoc Orchard and Upper Table Rock has been 100% contained and an accurate measurement puts the fire size at 35 acres
Timber Sale Challenged Because of OR-7 & his Pups
A conservation group is challenging a national forest timber sale because it may be too close to the den where Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is raising pups
Missing Man Found at Oregon Caves
Grants Pass Police received a report of a missing person Thursday morning who was last observed near Abby’s Pizza, 205 NE Beacon Drive. Based on information received there was concern that 68 year old Bruce Lemmerman began having medical issues while en route to the Oregon Cave’s National Monument.
White City Grass Fire Now 100 Acres
The grass fire that broke out this morning near White City in the area of Modoc Road has grown to just over 100 acres.
Search Continues for Missing Ruch Woman
The search for Stephanie Anne Warner, 43, has continued for almost a year. The Ruch woman was last seen July 4th of last year around 5 p.m. She was reported missing four days after that and detectives have actively collected evidence since then.
Grass fire burns near White City
A grass fire sprung up this morning near White City in the area of Modoc Road.
Judge hands down prison time for bedroom assault
Judge Pat Wolke today sentenced a man who entered a woman’s bedroom and then got into a fight with another man.
Judge gives 80-month prison sentence to man who attacked his wife
Judge Pat Wolke today sentenced a man who assaulted and shot at his wife to 80 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
New Hilton Hotel Slated for Medford this Fall
Construction could begin this fall on a four story, 120-room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in south Medford
G.P. Police Search for Missing Man
The Grants Pass City Police are looking for 66-year-old Bruce Lemmerman. Mr. Lemmerman walked away from a vehicle this morning near Abby’s on Beacon Drive. He is from White City and may not be familiar with the area.
Medford’s Hawthorne Park May Get a Makeover
Medford’s Hawthorne Park, known most recently as a magnet for vagrants, may get a makeover if the Medford Urban Renewal Agency authorizes the $1.65 million project.
Authorities lock down Central Point daycare after receiving threats
Central Point Police locked down Noah’s Ark Early Learning Center at 305 Oak St. Wednesday just after noon after authorities received reports of a man who threatened the children.
No Fireworks Allowed in County Parks
Josephine County issued a press release Wednesday afternoon stating that fireworks are prohibited in all Josephine County Parks due to the extreme fire danger.
Council Funds Jail Beds, Suspends SDC’s Temporarily & Adopts 2014-15 Budget.
The Grants Pass City Council last night passed an ordinance adding a chapter to the Municipal Code establishing a jail services utility fee, then a resolution establishing the level of those fees and authorized the City Manager to negotiate a contract with the county for those jail beds.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to Host NRA Competition
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a National Rifle Association Tactical Police Competition this Friday and Saturday. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson County Sports Park at 6900 Kershaw Road, Central Point.
Proposed county budget would provide for eight new Sheriff’s Office deputies
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session today discussed the proposed 2014-15 fiscal year budget that would provide for an additional eight Sheriff’s Office deputies if everything goes as planned.
New Partnership Allows RCC Grads to Transfer to U of Phoenix
A new partnership between Rogue Community College and the University of Phoenix now gives RCC students graduating with an associate’s degree the ability to transfer to the online based University to get a bachelor’s degree without losing any credits or moving out of the Rogue Valley
High Tech Crime Task Force to Reorganize
The Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force, consisting of officers from both local and national law enforcement agencies announced yesterday it will disassemble its Central Point Headquarters, but the officers will continue to collaborate on cases.
Commissioners seek applications for an open position on the Rural Area Planning Commission
The Josephine County Commissioners are accepting applications for a vacant non-voting alternate position on the Josephine County Rural Area Planning Commission.
Commissioner Walker rebuts petition for her recall
Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker rebutted claims made by a citizen’s group, who filed for her recall, in a release she sent out late Tuesday.
Ashland Paying Residents to Replace Thirsty Lawns
In Ashland, city officials are trying to reduce water demand by offering residents rebates on their water bills if they replace sprinkler-irrigated lawns with less-thirsty landscaping.
Monday Public Safety incidents
A business had vandals do $30,000 worth of damage to their fence in the 700 block of S.E. 7th Street.
Elevated Bacteria Counts Recorded in Southern Oregon Creeks
Routine water quality tests in four Jackson County Creeks show state bacteria standards are being exceeded and pose an elevated risk of illness and infection for swimmers and waders. Low water levels are being blamed for the contamination levels that are typically not seen until much later in the summer.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A 2001 dark blue Honda Civic was stolen from the 5700 block of Monument Drive.
SOU President Cullinan Resigns; Takes Eastern Washington Post
SOU President Mary Cullinan has resigned effective July 1st to become President of Eastern Washington University on August 1st
City Council votes on jail bed contract
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 an amendment of the municipal code by adding a jail services utility fee and declaring an emergency to warrant the rental of 28 beds in the Josephine County Jail.
Commissioners hold public hearing on the county budget
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Weekly Business Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium will hold a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2014-15 county budget.
G.P. councilors continue fine-tuning jail bed contract
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop continued discussions about the tentative bed contract with the Josephine County Jail.
Medford Burglaries Linked to Car Break-In
Medford Police believe three downtown burglaries were committed with a key and linked those burglaries to a car break-in where a set of keys was stolen.
Judge Wolke utilizes county rented jail beds in Jackson County Jail to spare a probation violator prison time
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced a probation violator to 50 days in the Jackson County Jail today and spared him prison time by making use of rented detoxification beds.
Innovative Woodworx Burglar’s Death Ruled Accidental
The District Attorney’s office today announced the investigation into the death of the man caught burglarizing Innovative Woodworx on Harbeck Road in January is complete and has been ruled accidental.
Owners of Redwood Avenue Frontage Invited Neighborhood Meeting by City
The city of Grants Pass is preparing to improve a portion of Redwood Avenue from Dowell Road to just west of Hubbard Lane and is inviting all landowners with frontage along that portion of the road to a neighborhood meeting Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Redwood School
Training Exercise Scheduled for Local Firefighters Tuesday
Grants Pass Fire and Rescue is hosting a training exercise that will include units from Rural Metro, Illinois Valley Fire, Rogue River Fire District and Apple Gate Fire District #9.
Red Cross Bloodmobile Grants Pass Dates
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the Grants Pass area Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Eligible donors are encouraged to make a donation appointment by calling 1-800-Red Cross, or clicking online at www.redcrossblood.org.
Community Forum on City Fire & Rescue Service Tuesday Night
A community forum to gain a better understanding of citizens current expectations and concerns about the city’s fire and rescue division are will be held Tuesday night from six to eight p.m. in City Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street.
Fire Danger Climbs to High today
The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Josephine and Jackson counties increased today. The public regulated use fire danger level is “high” but the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 1.
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.
4th Street Between D and E Closed Tuesday for Paving
KOGAP Enterprises will be performing asphalt paving work on 4th Street between D and E Streets Tuesday from 7:00am to 4:00pm
OSP Traffic Stop Friday Leads to Cocaine Seizure and Arrest
Shortly after 8:00pm Friday, an Oregon State Police trooper patrolling I-5 near Medford stopped a Toyota Tacoma pickup displaying California license plates for a traffic violation
Medford Man Get 7+ Years for Attempted Murder
Antoine Ramone Coleman, 45, was sentenced Friday to seven and a half years in prison for attempted murder. According to the prosecuting attorney Coleman attacked his wife of 14 years, stabbing her multiple times with first a steak knife, which broke, then a butcher knife.
May Raids in Jackson Continue to Yield Arrests
Medford Police made two more arrests this week in connection with an ongoing investigation into a Jackson County drug ring. The arrests are linked to drug raids on three Medford locations on May 27th.
Local Father’s Day Tradition: Gas Engine & Tractor Show at Pottsville
The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at the Pottsville Historical Museum, 2400 Pleasant Valley Road in Merlin.
City of Grants Pass Week in Review
Grants Pass City Police kept an average of just over 27 of their rented jail beds full in the previous seven days ending Thursday while making 68 arrests and issuing 91 citations. Their Nuisance Intervention Team made 34 contacts, gave 11 warnings, 6 citations and made one arrest
Jackson County Upgrades Citizen Alert System
Jackson County Emergency Management has just completed an upgrade to Citizen Alert, the County Emergency Notification System.
The Medford Cruise rolls out classic cars and activities for the whole family
The Medford Cruise is rolling into town this weekend with a multitude of classic cars and family activities.
Petition to Recall Commissioner Walker Delivered to County Clerk
Material to initiate a recall of County Commissioner Cherryl Walker was delivered to the County Clerk’s office Friday morning by the chief petitioner Bill Hunker.
Talent-Ashland-Phoenix Pipeline Construction Underway
The project to extend the water line from Talent to Ashland for potential emergency use late this summer is underway. The on-the-ground work at the Ashland segment began June 3rd and they have put almost 5,000 feet of pipe in the ground in a week. The entire pipeline and pump station is expected to be complete by mid-August.
The Grants Pass Elk’s Lodge hosts a Flag Day ceremony
Saturday is Flag Day and the Grants Pass Elk’s Lodge #1548 is holding a Flag Day Ceremony tomorrow at their lodge at the intersection of 5th and K streets.
Fallen Oak Disrupts Power; Closes Rogue River Highway-UPDATE
A large oak tree fell onto power lines at 2:36 Thursday afternoon cutting the electricity to about 5,200 Pacific Power customers and closing Highway 99 at mile post 11 east of the city of Rogue River.
Suspect vehicle crashes into another vehicle during a police chase in Cave Junction
A suspect vehicle that was involved in a police chase with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police crashed into another vehicle in Cave Junction Thursday.
Accidental Death
On Wednesday at 7:55 p.m. the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12,000 block of Modoc Road, in White City, for a report of an elderly man trapped underneath a vehicle.
Fallen Oak Disrupts Power; Closes Rogue River Highway
A large oak tree fell onto power lines at 2:36 Thursday afternoon cutting the electricity to about 5,200 Pacific Power customers and closing Highway 99 at mile post 11 east of the city of Rogue River.
Portland Woman Sentenced to an Additional 18 Months in Prison
Judge Lindi Baker sentenced 26-year-old Melanie Gould of Portland to 18 months in the Oregon Department of corrections Thursday. Gould pleaded guilty to identity theft.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A man crashed his motorcycle and broke his hip at the intersection of Williams Highway and Torrey Pines Road.
Football Scrimmage Friday Night
Grants Pass High School is hosting the Annual Josephine County Summer Football Scrimmage Friday night at 7:30 on Mel Ingram Field.
Officers shut down Williams Highway after receiving reports of a gunman in the area
Officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety shutdown Williams Highway in the 1800 block Wednesday at approximately 4:28 p.m. after they received reports of shots being fired in the area.
Lake Shore Drive crash in Selma sends two to the hospital-UPDATED
A two-vehicle crash at 1577 Lake Shore Drive in Selma at approximately 7:00 p.m. Wednesday sent two women to the hospital.
Josephine Board of County Commissioners Weekly Business Session
Josephine County Commissioners held their weekly business meeting Wednesday afternoon in the Anne Basker Auditorium to discuss a number of items including the allocation of $400,082 for wildfire protection.
Four Jailed after MADGE Raid
Wednesday morning the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement team served a search warrant in the 200 block of North Columbus. The warrant was a result of numerous complaints and a month long investigation into drug trafficking from the residence.
Retardant Bomber Traffic over the Valley Refueling for Port Orford Fire
Citizens concerned about the retardant bombers flying over the Rogue Valley should relax, but remain vigilant. The bombers are assisting with a 50-acre fire in the Port Orford area, that reportedly is almost under control.
Confirmed: Two Jackson County Deputies Shot & Killed Earl Harris Tuesday Morning-UPDATED
During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters confirmed that two deputies shot and killed 74-year-old Earl Harris at his home outside Ashland at 36 Mistletoe Road Tuesday morning.
Troopers Seek Public Help in Locating Driver of Stolen Acura that Eluded Authorities Tuesday Night
The Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Joshua Trevon Munoz, 19, of Lake Stevens, Washington. Munoz is suspected of driving the stolen 2004 Acura TL during a high speed pursuit along Interstate 5 between Phoenix and Medford last night.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
A handgun, cash and other items were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of N.E. Agness Ave.
Fire Danger Climbs to High On Monday
The fire danger level on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties will increase on Monday, June 16. The public regulated use fire danger level will be raised to “high” but the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at level 1.
Oregon Chamber Leadership Convention Coming to Medford in August
The 2014 Oregon Leadership Convention will be hosted by the Medford Chamber at the Inn of the Commons August 14th through the 16th.
Driver evades police after chase on I-5
A police pursuit on I-5 in south Medford ended Tuesday night after the teen driver crashed and fled evading police.
Lawsuit filed for 2012 fatal shooting in Medford
A nearly $3 million wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the federal government for the shooting of a man who reportedly rammed a U.S. Marshal’s car in 2012.
Grants Pass School Board Votes Yes For New Food Service Program
The Grants Pass School Board voted in favor of participating in the Community Eligibility Provision or CEP which aims to provide free meals to students who qualify, such as recipients of SNAP, TANIF and students known as “categorically eligible” including migrant, foster and runaway children.
State Police to Lead Investigation into Officer Involved Shooting in Ashland
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Ashland. Deputies were called to 35 Mistletoe Road at 10:05a.m. today. At some point shots were fired, at least one of which by an officer or deputy, and personnel from law enforcement agencies as far north as Central Point responded.
Rural Metro Upgrades Breathing Apparatus
Rural/Metro Fire Department has purchased 41 new SCBA air packs for firefighter use while inside of a structure that is on fire.
Two Week Construction Project on New Hope & Florer Drive Begins Wednesday
A two week construction project to install flashing beacons for a crosswalk that includes sidewalk and access ramps begins Wednesday on Florer Drive and New Hope Road. Work will be performed between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
18-Year-Old Arrested for Intentionally Hitting Cyclist & Robbing Him
Aron Brazil, 18, of Medford, was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail with bail set at over $3 million on charges of 1st degree assault and robbery, 2nd degree assault plus hit and run injury.
White City 19-Year-Old Gets Probation, Instead of Prison
Devon James Wright, 19, of White City pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a gang riot last month and 2nd degree assault for fracturing the skull of a man with a pipe last year, but as part of a plea deal, he’ll serve only three years’ probation. Wright also pleaded guilty to altering a firearms identification number.
White City V.A. Facility Gets Mixed Grades
The White City V.A. Domiciliary, now officially known as the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinic, has drawn low grades for getting newcomers appointments, but drew strong marks for dealing with established patients.
Sheriff’s Office Monday incidents
A travel trailer was destroyed by a transient’s cigarette which started a fire in the 2500 block of Merlin Road.
Commissioners hold a public hearing on the use of Title III monies
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Weekly Business Session at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are holding a public hearing on the potential uses of just over $400,000 in Title III monies.
Grandview Blockade to Resolve Domestic & Possible Suicide Resolved Peacefully
At 8:05 Monday morning Grants Pass Department of Public Safety police officers received a report of a disturbance at a residence in the 700 block of SE Grandview Ave. While officers were en route, information was received that the disturbance was between a 27 year old man and his 26 year old wife and possibly involved a handgun.
GP Council focuses on utility fee to pay for jail beds
The Grants Pass City Council during a joint workshop with the Josephine County Commissioners today urged city staff to continue drafting a utility fee to pay for rented jail beds in the Josephine County Jail.
Bucket Brigade Saves Hundreds of Juvenile Fish
Volunteers joined state fisheries biologists in Southern Oregon over the weekend to form a kind of bucket brigade to rescue young salmon and steelhead stranded by the drought.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors to help fill the 15,000 units of blood needed each day in the U.S. They ask you to make a donation appointment now by calling 1-800-Red Cross.
I-5 Southbound On Ramp at Phoenix Closed
Phoenix’s Interstate 5 southbound on-ramp is closed through Friday for the construction of a new, temporary ramp. Work is estimated to wrap up Friday, June 13, according to Oregon Department of Transportation officials.
Second RCC staffer named to OILD
Rogue Community College staff member Lisa Dunagan has been chosen to participate in the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development, a program for Oregon community college employees interested in leadership training and per¬sonal and professional growth.
Absolutely No Debris Burning in the Illinois Valley
Fire seasons restrictions published by the Oregon Department of Forestry state that burn barrel burning may be allowed until July 1 with a permit. However, the public should be advised that Illinois Valley Fire District is not issuing any such permits.
Two Arrested in Jackson County after High Speed Pursuit
A Grants Pass man and Medford woman are in the Jackson County Jail following a high speed pursuit Sunday that ended with two patrol cars suffering damage, a Lincoln Town Car driven by the suspects receiving significant damage and almost 40 grams of meth being confiscated.
Medford Police Dogs Outfitted with Bulletproof Vests Courtesy of High School Senior
Medford Police dogs are now protected by bulletproof vests courtesy of High School Senior Shyonna Leach. Leach saw the dogs had no vests and decided it would make a good senior project.
Careless smoking sparks shop fire
Careless smoking sparked a fire in a 650-square-foot detached shop at approximately 7:29 p.m. Saturday at 8153 Monument Drive.
Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board votes on participation in free breakfast and lunch program
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the district administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on the district’s participation in the Food Service Community Eligibility Provision Program.
Hazy skies caused by Bend fire
The sky in southwest Oregon is hazy today due to smoke from the Two Bulls Fire near Bend.
OSMB Drift Boat School Takes to the Rogue Monday thru Friday
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold its annual Drift Boat School Monday through Friday in Jackson County on the Rogue River.
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.
Shot Fired into Ground, Two Jailed in Medford Neighborhood Fight
Shortly before midnight Friday evening, Medford Police responded to a report of a disturbance involving several people in the 1500 block of Bryant Street, with one individual possibly armed.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Transients started an awning on fire while cooking outside a residence in the 200 block of Caves Avenue.
Eagle Point family escapes fire unscathed
An Eagle Point family managed to escape a fire unscathed at just before 1:00 a.m. Friday at 13499 Highway 62.
June 6 City of Grants Pass Weekly Update
In a look at the City of Grants Pass Weekly Update as presented by Assistant City Manager David Reeves:
Primary Election Results Certified
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey announced today his office has completed the certification process for the May 20th primary election.
Blackout Defense Presented in Toddler Assault
Thursday Damien Gulick’s defense team presented a dissociation blackout as the reason for the assault on his two-year-old stepson in early December of 2012.
Civilian Vehicle Turns in Front of Medford Police Car with Overheads Flashing; Collision & Citation Resulted.
A Medford Police Officer, hurrying to assist another Officer, had the overhead lights on the cruiser flashing when 24-year-old Shubin Bradley turned in front of the emergency vehicle.
Free Fishing & Camping at Oregon State Parks Saturday
Free fishing and camping being offered by the Oregon State Parks and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
I.V. Airport hosts Firefighter Faire
The Illinois Valley Airport is hosting a Firefighter Faire from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
DUII Driver Sentenced to 55 Months
Debra Gibbs of Shady Cove was sentenced to 55 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections after she pleaded guilty to charges of criminally negligent homicide and drunken driving.
Rogue River Police Search for Answers in Disappearance of 15-Year-Old Girl
Rogue River Police are investigating the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl who was last seen sleeping in her bed at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and disappeared sometime between then and 11:30 Thursday morning.
Eagle Point Man Located Safe
Nickolas Ray Smith, 18, of Eagle Point was located about midnight Friday morning and has been returned to his home safely.
Alleged arsonist arrested for setting Highland Avenue mobile home fire
The Oregon State Police arrested an alleged arsonist at roughly 9:22 p.m. Thursday for setting a mobile home on fire at 3955 Highland Ave.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing Eagle Point man
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle Point Police Department are searching for an 18-year-old missing Eagle Point resident.
National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warning for Grants Pass and the Illinois Valley
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning indicating the potential for extreme fire behavior in Grants Pass and the Illinois Valley from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. today.
Josephine County Commissioners and Citizens Discussed Public Library Proposal
The Josephine County Commissioners held the first of two hearings Thursday afternoon to determine if the requirements had been met by supporters of a new publicly funded library to get the proposal on the ballad in November.
Recorded Interview Played in Court in Toddler Assault Case
A recorded interview with Oregon State Police Detective Tom Harrison was played in court Wednesday during the trial of Damien Gulick, who is facing charges of 1st degree assault and criminal mistreatment.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A man was found unconscious in his vehicle parked in the bike lane at Williams Highway and Harbeck Road. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Jackson County Finances Okay; Budget of $306 Million
Jackson County Commissioners unanimously approved a $306 million budget Wednesday and indicated the count if on firm financial footing.
Cadillac Crashes into Medical Building; 2 Patients Hospitalized
The Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon Building on Bennett Avenue in Medford received significant damage and two patients inside suffered injuries that sent them to the hospital when a red Cadillac crashed through the front doors of the office.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary set to Open in Gold Hill
Monday, the first approved medical marijuana dispensary in Jackson County is set to open. Last Monday the Gold Hill City Council approved a pair of new ordinances defining how the dispensary will operate.
Grants Pass High School’s graduation closes down portions of A Street
The City of Grants Pass is closing potions of A Street Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to accommodate the Grants Pass High School graduation ceremony.
Construction crew strikes a gas line prompting a lock down of Phoenix High School
Phoenix High School was locked down Wednesday at roughly 10:00 a.m. after a construction crew struck a two-inch gas line.
Council Passes Okay for Law Enforcement Grant Application & Adopted the Water Restoration Plant Plan
The Grants Pass City Council Wednesday night passed a resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice fund to provide additional Juvenile Justice programs through an intergovernmental agreement with Josephine County
Gulick Trail Continues, likely through Friday
In the first day of testimony Tuesday in the Damien Gulick trial, prosecutors laid out the basis for the 1st degree assault and criminal mistreatment charges stemming from the alleged abuse of Gulick’s two-year-old stepson in December of 2012.
OR-7 and Mate Produce Litter of Pups
OR-7 and a mate have produced offspring in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, wildlife biologists confirmed this week. In early may biologists suspected that OR-7, originally from northeast Oregon, had a mate in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest when remote cameras captured several images of what appeared to be a black female wolf in the same area.
Medford Police Arrest Suspect from Weekend Stabbing
Aaron Riley Westensee, 25, of Central Point is being held in the Jackson County jail on charges of attempted murder and 1st degree assault in connection with a stabbing incident early Sunday morning the intersection of North Front Street and 5th in Medford
Commissioners give early and increased funding to Josephine Community Libraries
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session today approved $35,000 in economic development funds to the Josephine Community Libraries.
O’Brien Man Charged for DUII & Assault for Saturday’s Crash Injuring a 2-Year-Old
Jon Allen Firehammer, 40, of O’Brien, has been charged with 2nd and 3rd degree assault, both felonies, along with a misdemeanor charge of DUII and two counts of reckless endangerment after being suspected of being drunk when he lost control of his Dodge pickup and crashed into an oncoming Ford Mustang Saturday on North River Road outside of Gold Hill.
State Marine Board holds public hearing to discuss paddling
The Oregon State Marine Board is holding a public hearing Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Jackson County Public Works Auditorium at 7520 Table Rock Rd. in Central Point to discuss paddling on the river.
Public hearing held for proposed library district
The Josephine County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on the proposed Josephine County Library District at 4:00 p.m. Thursday in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Lost Creek Results in Health Advisory
A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.
Trial begins for man accused of critically injuring his stepson
The trial of a man accused of critically injuring his stepson in December of 2012 began today in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Red Cross Sheltering Trailer to Arrive in G.P. Wednesday
The Cascade Region of the Red Cross is delivering a sheltering trailer to Grants Pass tomorrow. The trailer is stocked with 100 cots and 200 blankets and is used to equip a Red Cross shelter in times of disaster
Construction on Savage St. Narrows Passage to 1 Lane Wednesday
Savage Street, at Gilbert Creek, will be reduced to one lane of traffic tomorrow from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. to allow construction crews to perform exploratory excavation for geotechnical work.
Council Hosts Public Hearing to Apply for Law Enforcement Funding
The Grants Pass City Council agenda for the Wednesday night meeting, slated to start at 6:00 in City Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street, contains a public hearing before passing a resolution authorizing the City Manager to complete an application for law enforcement funding.
Governor declares drought in Josephine County
Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared drought emergencies in three rural counties including Josephine.
Commissioners vote on amendment of contract for tax assessment software
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 an amendment to a contract with Manatron, Inc., for the purchase of a tax assessment software system.
Deadline for SBA Economic Disaster Loans June 6th
Camron A. Doss, Director of the Small Business Administration’s Portland Office announced that small businesses have until June 6, to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. These low-interest federal disaster loans are available to small businesses for working capital needs as a result of the Multiple Fire Complexes that occurred July 26 through September 30, 2013.
Small Business Development Center delivers presentation to G.P. Council
The Small Business Development Center delivered a presentation to the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop to describe their services and how they benefit the community.
Local high school graduations are this week
High schools in Josephine County and surrounding areas all have their graduation ceremonies this week.
Eagle Point School District to Sponsor Charter School
Eagle Point School District, in an effort to recover local students enrolled in other charter schools around the state, is planning to open its own charter school this fall.
E-Cigarettes Subject to same Rules as Regular Cigs on SOU Campus
Southern Oregon University is banning the use of electronic cigarettes in all campus locations where regular smoking is also prohibited.
Medford School Board Hosts Public Meeting on Proposed Budget
The Medford School Board is hosting a public meeting to take community comments on its proposed 2014-15 budget tonight at 7:00 in the District Education Center Board Room at 815 South Oakdale Avenue. Those wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and limit their comments to three minutes.
Rural/Metro Fire Department absorbs Grants Pass Rural Fire Department’s operations
Rural/Metro Fire Department has absorbed the Grants Pass Rural Fire Department into their operation.
Stringer Gap Road car crash claims driver’s life-UPDATED
The driver of a 1993 Jeep Cherokee lost his life Sunday at approximately 2:14 p.m. after he crashed his vehicle on Stringer Gap Road near New Hope Road south of Grants Pass.
Child Seriously Injured in Gold Hill Collision Saturday
At 7:10pm Saturday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle crash in the 100 block of N. River Road in Gold Hill.
4th Street Between D & E Closed Tuesday thru Thursday
KOGAP Enterprises will be performing concrete and paving work on 4th Street between D and E Streets beginning Tuesday at 6:00am and continuing until Thursday at 6:00pm. 4th Street will remain closed at night to allow for adequate concrete cure time.
Medford Police Respond to Knife Assault Sunday Morning
Shortly after 2:00am Sunday, Medford Police responded to a reported knife assault incident at N. Front and 5th Streets.
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.
First Rescue from Mt. McLoughlin is Medford City Manager
The first rescue from Mt. McLoughlin this year was over Memorial Day weekend when Medford City Manager Eric Swanson lost track of a snow covered trail.
Lady Cavers Lose Close One
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers lost to the North Medford Black Tornado Friday 3 to 2 in the quarter finals of the state 6-A softball playoffs.
Accused Killer’s Request to Represent Herself Denied
Appearing in Jackson County Circuit Court Friday, Susan Monica attempted to fire her attorneys and asked to represent herself.
Injunction Blocking Mt. Ashland Expansion Lifted; No $ to Expand
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted an injunction that blocked the expansion of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, but the association now does not have the money to expand.
City Jail Beds Almost Full & No Appeal Expected in Wisener Lawsuit According to City’s Weekly Update
Assistant City Manager Dave Reeves added some background to the Wisener versus Grants Pass case that was just resolved. According to Reeves the lawsuit claiming a civil rights violation had occurred was filed in February of 2013 with the City making a settlement offer in June that year. Because Mr. Wisener’s jury award was substantially less than the offer he is only entitled to his attorney fees up to the date of the offer. No appeal is expected.
The Grants Pass Caveman is back on his pedestal watching his domain
The Grants Pass Caveman is now back on his pedestal next to the Chamber of Commerce after spending nearly a month receiving a makeover, attending several high-profile events and cavorting around the City of Grants Pass.
Interstate-5 Bridge Repairs & Ramp Closures Scheduled for Week of June 1st
Bridge repairs are scheduled on Interstate-5 in the Sunny Valley area beginning Sunday evening at 6 p.m. This project includes the two bridges at the Exit 71 interchange and the two bridges over Leland Road.
Fire Season Begins Monday
Fire season on forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest District begins Monday at 12:01 a.m. The fire danger level will be moderate and Industrial Fire Precaution level will be one. This declaration affects state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forests in Josephine and Jackson County.
Retirement Complexes Sell for $51.1 Million
Veranda Park and Anna Maria Creekside retirement complexes sold to a Mcminnville based company, The Springs Living LLC, for $51.1 million.
Child Safety Day
The Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist school at 2250 NW Heidi Ln. will be host to a Child Safety Day on Sunday, June 1st from 3-5.
Prospect Faces Double Edged Sword Over Graduation
Prospect Charter School faces trouble on the other side of a victory.
Special screening of the movie “Redwood Highway” benefits JoCo SAR
A special screening of the movie “Redwood Highway” is being held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Southgate Cinema in Grants Pass and the proceeds from the screening benefit Josephine County Search and Rescue.
“C” Street Shooter Sentenced to 70 Months Hard Time
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced Trevor Lee Walton to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections in a plea arrangement that had Walton pleading guilty to second degree assault with a firearm with two other charges, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon, being dropped.
Commissioners deny Josephine Community Libraries additional funding
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Thursday administrative meeting turned down a request by Josephine Community Libraries Executive Director Kate Lasky for additional funding to the amount of $35,000.
Fairgrounds Receives $10K+ in Grants
The Josephine County Fairgrounds has received two grants designated for two different projects to improve onsite facilities.
Lady Cavers Face Conference Nemesis Friday
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers Softball team, coming off a 6 to nothing shutout of the Thurston Colts Wednesday, and riding a three game winning streak in the state 6-A tournament, face their conference nemesis in the quarter finals Friday afternoon at 4:30 at North Medford High.
Year Old Search for Missing White City Man Still Active
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for their help in finding Christopher Jon Evans, 26, of White City. Today marks the one year anniversary when family and friends last saw him. Chris was reported missing to law enforcement on July 29, 2013. Today is also Chris’ 26th birthday. According to family members who saw Evans, he was in White City and Eagle Point before disappearing.
9th Circuit Rules on Ashland Watershed Thinning Project
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, in regard to the Ashland watershed thinning project, that the Forest Service acted arbitrarily and capriciously in approving a project that will exceed soil exposure standards.
Shakespeare Festival to Sound Half A Million Dollars Better
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theater will sound a half million dollars better when it opens in June due to the installation of a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system , made possible through a donation from Ashland residents Judy Shih and Joel Axelrod.
Lady Cavers shutout Thurston in the second round of the state playoffs
The Lady Cavers shutout the Thurston Colts in the second round of the state softball playoffs 6-0 in Grants Pass yesterday.
Recreation Trails Program Grant Workshop held in Medford
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Recreation Trails Program grant application workshop Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room five of the Santo Community Center located at 701 N. Columbus Ave. in Medford.
Lane Closures on NW 6th Street Begin Tonight
Repair on the public sewer by a private contractor will force the closure of the middle and right hand lane of Northwest 6th street between Morgan Lane and Hillcrest Drive beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight.
State Police Completing Investigation of Woman’s Death in Redwood Avenue Parking Lot
The Oregon State Police are completing an investigation of a 37-year-old woman found deceased Monday afternoon in her vehicle at a church parking lot south of Grants Pass on Redwood Avenue
Three Jailed After Fleeing Police in Stolen BMW
Jackson County Deputies arrested three individuals Tuesday night and jailed them after a pursuit of a stolen BMW ended in a field just south of the Eagle Point Golf Course.
County Commissioners approve resolution regarding Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary procedures
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session today approved unanimously a resolution amending the County Coordinated Population Forecast and having a concurrence with the Grants Pass City Council in regards to procedures and planning for the city’s Urban Growth Boundary.
RCC Receives Math Grant
A grant in the amount of $337,000 has been awarded to Rogue Community College from The National Science Foundation, which will be used to develop a new math curriculum.
Mt. Ashland Set to Hold Second Hearing On Normal Neighborhood Plan
The Ashland City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow to continue a discussion of the proposed Normal Neighborhood Plan, which would lead to the development of 94 acres within the urban growth boundary surrounding the city.
Mt. Ashland Finds Support In Early Season Sales
Mt. Ashland ski area officials are happy with the result of early season pass sales which have fallen by only 12 percent after a season where the runs remained closed.
Legion Tryouts Saturday
Tryouts for the Grants Pass Nuggets triple A baseball team will be Saturday evening at 7:00 in the All Sports Park.
Lady Cavers Host Colts in Softball Playoffs
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers are hosting the Thurston Colts at four this afternoon at the High School in the second round of the 6A high school state playoffs.
Jacksonville protestor’s free speech claims dismissed
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed protesters' free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents who were guarding President George W. Bush during a 2004 campaign trip to Jacksonville.
Ashland home saved from grassfire due to defensible space
Defensible space around an Ashland home in the 100 block of Pompadour Drive saved the residence from burning at approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday.
Lady Cavers Defeated Gresham in Playoffs
The Lady Cavers opened the first round of the 6A softball playoffs yesterday by defeating Gresham 9 to 1. The Lady Cavers now advance to host their second playoff game against Thurston’s Lady Colts at 4:00 Wednesday afternoon.
Lewis Declared the Winner of the Whitewater Hydroplane Race after a Starting Irregularity.
Jeff Lewis, pilot of boat 007, was declared the winner of the Tom Rice Memorial Hydroplane Race this morning following a video review of the start of the Memorial Day Race.
District 7 Board Okays Summer Meal Program; Free Breakfasts to Continue Next School Year
The District 7 School Board, at its Tuesday meeting, had nothing but praise for its Food Service department after hearing it had met all the requisites for the Healthy Kids Act of 2010 and finding there were enough credits to warrant no price increase for students next year and the free breakfast program will continue.
Three Arrested When Multiple Agencies Raid Three Homes
Tuesday morning at 5:15 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Medford P.D., the State Police, RADE, and combined SWAT teams served search warrants at homes located in the 900 block of Broad Street, the 900 Block of Royal Court and the 3,000 block of Cheltenham Road, all in Medford. Three people were arrested.
G.P. Councilors look further at utility fee for jail beds
The Grants Pass City Council during their weekly meeting today decided to look further at the possibility of using a utility fee to pay for city rented jail beds.
Jackson County Deputies Arrest Suspect Connected with Several Crimes
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jonathan Paul McDonald Monday morning after being dispatched to the Brookside Inn on Leigh Way in White City to investigate a suspicious vehicle.
JoCo Commissioners vote on the City of Grants Pass’ UGB proposal
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday are set to vote on the approval of a resolution that would declare a concurrence with the Grants Pass City Council on the draft proposals and procedures for the Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary.
Second Body I.D.’d in Susan Monica Murder Case
Criminalists with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab have identified the remains of the second body found on Susan Monica’s property in January. The remains have been positively identified as Stephen Frank Delicino, age 59.
18-year-old intentionally crashes car near Gold Hill
An 18-year-old Gold Hill resident is being treated for injuries in Rogue Regional Medical Center and undergoing a mental health evaluation after he crashed his car into a power pole along Highway 234 about five miles north east of Gold Hill Monday at roughly 3:30 p.m.
McGinnis Again Dominates WhiteWater Hydroplane Race
Tyler McGinnis, from Gold Beach, driving boat #9 again dominated the Tom Rice Memorial Whitewater Hydroplane race on the Rogue as part of the Boatnik Celebration. McGinnis, after a slow start in the park, won all four legs of the Memorial day event.
Second Body I.D.’d in Susan Monica Murder Case
Criminalists with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab have identified the remains of the second body found on Susan Monica’s property in January. The remains have been positively identified as Stephen Frank Delicino, age 59.
Police arrest man for filing a false police report during busy Boatnik Parade
Grants Pass Department of Public Safety officers arrested a man Saturday at approximately 11:15 a.m. at 419 S.E. K Street for falsely saying a man was armed in the area with a handgun.
District No. 7 Board set to approve Summer Meal Program
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on the approval of the 2014 Summer Meal Program.
Boatnik Finale a Balance of Fun, Reverence and a lot of Revving
Memorial Day marks the fifth and final day of the 55th Boatnik festival.
Trooper Shoots Dog After Attack During Arrest near Grants Pass
Around 8:00 Saturday morning Oregon State Police dispatch received a report of a disturbance at a residence in the 5800 block of Fish Hatchery Road.
Grants Pass City Council Weekly Workshop held Tuesday
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their weekly workshop Tuesday from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A black and silver 1991 Lexus was stolen from the 300 block of Schumacher.
Grants Pass weekly update May 18-24
In a look at the Grants Pass weekly update for the week of May 18-24 as presented by Assistant City Manager David Reeves:
Boatnik fun continues on Sunday
The Boatnik fun continues on Sunday.
Additional Arrest in White City Drive-By
Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Devon Charles Wright, 19, of White City when Wright attempted to flee the SWAT team that was serving a search warrant in the 8,000 block of Hale Way in White City.
Body Found in Wolf Creek I.D’d as Timothy Dale Fenimore
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office identified the human remains found last Saturday in the Wolf Creek area as missing 44-year-old Timothy Dale Fenimore. The cause of death has not been confirmed.
Public Safety performs High Visibility Enforcement Operation over Memorial Day Weekend
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety will participate in a High Visibility Enforcement Operation during Memorial Day Weekend in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies around the state.
Boatnik Parade celebrates hometown roots
Boatnik on Saturday is highlighted by the Boatnik Parade.
Judge Hull Sends Two Men to Prison
Judge Thomas Hull sent two men to prison Thursday after both pleaded guilty to numerous charges.
All 4 Lanes of I-5 Open near Exit 24
All four traffic lanes have reopened on Interstate 5 near Phoenix, following an almost month long construction project that narrowed the highly traveled corridor to two lanes.
Serial Bank Robber Gets 10 Extra Years
Bradley William Monical, 43, pleaded no contest in Jackson County Thursday to four counts of second degree robbery for holding up an Ashland bank in 2010 and had 10 years added to time he is already serving.
Memorial Day Celebrations
Memorial Day was set aside to honor those who have laid down their lives for their country and Monday there are many events where citizens may pay their respects
Transient arrested for reportedly striking a juvenile with a glass bottle
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to reports of a juvenile who had been struck with a glass bottle by a transient near the Grants Pass Visitor Center on 6th Street at approximately 6:05 p.m. Thursday.
Friday brings a plethora of Boatnik activities
There is something for everyone at Boatnik today as the event gets into full swing.
RCC Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Rogue Community College recently won a $337,000 National Science Foundation Advanced Tech¬nological Education grant.
Medical Examiner Rules Hamlin Death from Accidental Gunshot
The Oregon State Medical Examiner has ruled the death of 43-year-old Johnny Neile Hamlin was the result of an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen
Suspect Arrested in Cave Junction Stabbing Incident
The Oregon State Police arrested Secundino Baez, 53, of Wolf Creek and charged him with 1st degree assault and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon after he allegedly stabbed Abraham P. Hosmer, 41, just outside of Cave Junction.
Commissioners plan for vote on UGB
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Thursday administrative meeting placed a vote on the City of Grants Pass’ proposed Urban Growth Boundary on their agenda for the Weekly Business Session next Wednesday.
Fire on Oak Street destroys shed and damages several other properties
A fire at 416 S.W. Oak St. in Grants Pass destroyed a shed and damaged a home, another shed and a car today at roughly 10:00 a.m.
55th Annual Boatnik Celebration get Underway Today
The 55th annual Boatnik Celebration gets underway at 1:00 this afternoon in Riverside Park when the Davis Shows Carnival throws the switch to start all the rides. It is family day.
Asante Now Accredited in Advanced Echocardiography
Asante Three Rivers Medical Center and the Rogue Regional Medical Center each have recently received 3-year accreditations in adult transthoracic echocardiography from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Golf Club Bludgeoning Gets Killer Life in Prison
Travis Asbill, 31, was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years for bludgeoning 54-year-old Donald William Mack to death with a golf club on June 3rd of 2012.
Bacteria kills Sams Valley Elementary teacher’s aide; school closed a second day
Sams Valley Elementary in the Central Point School District is closed for a second day today due to a teacher’s aide dying Tuesday from a virulent strep throat bacterium.
Council Awards Travel, Tourism & Marketing Contract to Media Makers
On a 4 to 1 vote the Grants Pass City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Media Makers for travel, tourism, downtown marketing and public relations services.
Four Arrested in Jackson County after Gang Related Drive-By
Teams from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Medford Police Department served four search warrants in White City resulting the arrest of 4 Surenos gang members.
County Budget Meeting Set For 3 Hours Thursday Afternoon
The Josephine County Budget Committee is meeting Thursday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium to discuss the 2014-15 budget and allow public comment.
Election finalized in several days
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey said today election results will be finalized in a few days.
County Commissioners declare a state of drought emergency
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session voted unanimously to declare a state of drought emergency.
Proposed Gold Hill Ordinances Would Allow Pot Dispensaries
The Gold Hill City Council has granted initial approval to a pair of ordinances that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries.
Fire District Levy Passing in Rogue River
A 10-year levy to fund station updates, new equipment and vehicles for Rogue River Fire District #1 is passing 64 percent to 36 percent with about 42 percent of the votes counted late Tuesday night
Election Results: Run-Offs for Sheriff & Commissioner; Winners GMO, Hicks, Wilson & Animal Shelter; Jail Levy Defeated-Updated
The results from Tuesday’s election still leave voters wondering about the Sheriff’s and County Commissioner position one. No candidate received over 50 percent of the vote meaning the decision will come in the next election between the top two vote getters.
Josephine County Results on Statewide Races
Here are the results of how Josephine County voted in the statewide races
Election Results: Run-Offs for Sheriff & Commissioner; Winners GMO, Hicks, Wilson & Animal Shelter; Jail Levy Defeated
The results from Tuesday’s election still leave voters wondering about the Sheriff’s and County Commissioner position one. No candidate received over 50 percent of the vote meaning the decision will come in the next election between the top two vote getters.
Election Results
SUMMARY REPORT JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
RUN DATE:05/20/14 MAY 20, 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION
RUN TIME:08:19 PM STATISTICS
Town Hall Meeting in Wolf Creek Wednesday Evening
The Josephine Board of Commissioners is hosting a town hall community meeting on medical marijuana dispensaries in Wolf Creek Wednesday night at 6:00.
Medford Ed Center’s Glass Panels to be Replaced Soon
The glass panels in the RCC/SOU Education Center in Medford that failed in March, showering glass onto occupants, tables and the floor will be replaced with locally made sheet metal panels with work scheduled to start in mid-June. Two students suffered non-life threatening injuries and the area has since been cordoned off.
Boater’s Advisory: Boat Inspection Stations Now Open
Should you be planning on taking your personal watercraft outside of Boatnik’s realm this holiday weekend you should be aware the aquatic invasive species boat inspections stations are now open in Ashland, Gold Beach, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Ontario.
G.P. Council set to sign contract with Media Makers for downtown travel, tourism and marketing services
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 approval of a contract with Media Makers for travel, tourism and downtown marketing and public relations services.
Today is Election Day!
Today is Election Day and the last opportunity to turn in ballots is at 8:00 p.m.
Safety Belt Campaign Successful
Monday the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Traffic Team conducted a traffic safety operation in the downtown area of Grants Pass. This operation focused on enforcement in the areas of the proper use of seat belts/safety restraints, and cell phone use while driving.
Cavemen Travel North for Play-In Game
The Grants Pass Cavemen finished the regular season Friday, finishing 5th in the Southern Oregon Hybrid Conference. The Cavemen will travel north to face Sunset Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in a play-in game. Sunset was the 5th place team in the Metro League.
Learn to Burn Training Exercise Effective Practice for Firefighters
On Saturday Rural/Metro Firefighters were on scene at 809 Coutant Lane in Southwest Grants Pass for a house fire that was intentionally set by the firefighters so they could train on how to extinguish them better and more efficiently.
Stolen Pickup Recovered; Medford P.D. Searches for Identified Suspect
Medford Police are looking for Jonathan Paul McDonald, 25, who is the primary suspect in several crimes including burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft and drug possession charges.
G.P. Council argues over changes to development code
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop focused on an item that wasn’t on the agenda and several councilors were split on how to progress with changes to the development code.
Employment on the Rise in Josephine County
Josephine County total payroll employment rose by 210 jobs in April. Leisure and hospitality accounted for the largest share of the month’s gain, up by 90 jobs. Manufacturing continues to be an area of recent job growth, adding another 40 jobs over the month, 10 of those in wood products. Construction added 20 jobs in April, but continues to show essentially flat employment change over the year.
DUII Driver in Fatal Crash Sentenced to 5 Years’ Probation
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced Austin Charles Lawrence to 5 years supervised probation on charges stemming from a fatal car crash on October 22nd of 2012.
Ashland Council considers removal of plaza community board
The Ashland City Council is considering the removal of the community board and kiosk in the Downtown Plaza.
OSP Investigating Body Found Saturday in Wolf Creek Area
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch received a call Saturday afternoon from a couple who found a body while walking along Lower Grave Creek. An OSP trooper responded to the 8100 block of Lower Grave Creek Road and confirmed the report.
SOU President Finalist for Top Job at Eastern Washington
Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan continues her new job quest with a second finalist selection in a month’s time.
Safety Belt Campaign Includes Downtown Operation Monday
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is participating with other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon this week and next in the Three Flags Safety Belt Campaign.
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.
NE Beverly Drive Closed Monday for Water Service Repairs
City of Grants Pass construction crews will be replacing a leaking water service Monday at 1709 NE Beverly Drive. The work will require excavation across the full width of the street.
OSP and Jo Co Major Crime Team Investigating Suspicious Death
Oregon State Police detectives and the Josephine County Major Crime Team responded Friday afternoon to the report of a body discovered near a creek on property in the 4800 block of Demaray Drive.
Grants Pass City Report
In a look at city events in the week of May 11th Thorough 17th.
H Street Closure Planned For Tomorrow
The 22nd annual Grants Pass Antique and Collectibles Street fair will be held tomorrow from 6:00am to 6:00pm.
Robber strikes Bank of the Cascades in Medford
A landscaper turned bank robber struck the Bank of the Cascades at 3100 Crater Lake Highway at approximately 2:14 p.m. Friday.
16,000 Citizens have Voted So Far in Primary Election
According to the Josephine County Clerk’s office 16,000 ballots had been received by the close of business today. That equates to 31 percent of registered voters in the county
Burgess Street Raid Nets Three Arrests
Friday morning at 4:50 Members of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Detectives Unit, SWAT team, and Patrol officers, as well as members of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team and the Oregon State Police served a search warrant at the address of 725 SW Burgess.
Bear Camp Road OPEN!
The U.S. Forest Service said Friday that the gates closing Bear Camp Road for the winter are open earlier than usual due to the lack of snow in the mountains.
Saturday is Safety Awareness Day
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety along with Josephine County Search and Rescue and A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon are rolling out their emergency equipment at the Grants Pass Shopping Center for Safety Awareness Day Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
MADGE Searching for Two Female Suspects on Drug Charges
The Medford Drug and Gang Enforcement team, known as MADGE, is searching for two female suspects on charges of manufacturing, possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin.
County Parks to Host Rogue River Cleanup
The Josephine County Parks Department is hosting the 22nd annual Rogue River Cleanup Saturday. Volunteers clean the shoreline and along the road and help remove noxious weeds. Volunteers should sign up at 9 a.m. at Hog Creek.
Donation helps build kitchen at outpatient center
The Acklen Diabetes Health Association has presented a check to the Asante Foundation in the amount of nearly $4,800 to be used to construct a kitchen in the Asante Center for Outpatient Health.
Rural Metro to Conduct Controlled-Burn Training Exercise
Rural Metro will be conducting a Burn-to-Learn exercise Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 at 809 Coutant Lane. There will be multiple fire apparatus and personnel at the incident training in real life situations for house fires.
Golf Club Killing Trial Began Thursday
The trial of Travis Asbill, 31, who is accused of bludgeoning a Vietnam War veteran to death with a golf club in June of 2012, began Thursday in Medford.
Central Point Fish & Wildlife Trooper Named Division’s Trooper of the Year
State Police Senior Trooper Jim Collom, of the Central Point Area Command office, was recognized Wednesday when he received the Fish & Wildlife Division's 2013 "Trooper of the Year" award. The award presentation was made by Captain Jeff Samuels, director of the Fish & Wildlife Division, at the Cole Rivers Hatchery on the Rogue River in front of his supervisors, peers, and staff that he works with.
Voting Continues on High End of Normal Turnout
Ballots continue to be turned in at the high end of a normal turnout for a primary election, with 28.5 percent of registered voters getting their ballots to the County Clerk by the close of business Thursday.
Two sent to prison by Judge Wolke
Two individuals were sent to prison by Judge Pat Wolke Thursday in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Downward Departure from Measure 11 Crimes Frees Selma Man with Time Served
Tommy Edward Dodson, 66, of Grants Pass was sentenced to time served, 135 days, 5 years of probation supervision and forbidden to go anywhere near his victims or their property in the Forest Creek Road area.
Judge Wolke helps ensure serial bank robber never leaves prison
Judge Pat Wolke today sentenced a serial bank robber to seven and a half years in prison that will run consecutively to a 70 years to life sentence already being served in California.
Hidden Valley High School Lock-Down Lifted
Hidden Valley High School and Woodland Charter school were both put in a lock-in mode this morning that was lifted at about 11:00 a.m.
Sheriff takes polygraph test to prove Sheriff’s Office funds were reallocated
Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has publicly announced he stands by his testimony that County Commissioner Simon Hare moved money from the Sheriff’s Office budget in 2012 to make an appeal to voters to vote yes on a proposed public safety levy that was eventually defeated but Hare calls the accusation misled and impossible.
Bail reduced for mom accused of having unnecessary surgeries performed on her children
A Grants Pass woman accused of fooling doctors into performing unnecessary surgeries on her children has had her bail cut by nearly 70 percent.
Grants Pass smashes long-held temperature record
Grants Pass smashed a long-held temperature record Wednesday when the city hit triple digits for the first time this year.
Commissioner’s Business Session Cut Short After Oath-Keeper Demonstration
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners Weekly business session was convened at 5:30 and adjourned at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday night by Board Chair Cherryl Walker after a group of men and women, most wearing Oath-Keeper T-shirts refused to take their seats.
More Construction Upsets Daily Commutes
The engineering division of the City of Grants Pass has announced the closure of the intersection of Savage Street and Lawnridge Avenue Thursday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Congressman Walden in So. Oregon Thursday
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden will be Jackson County Thursday to highlight major education reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives that would strengthen charter school programs.
23 percent of registered voters have cast their ballot in the primary
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey says that at the end of the business day on Tuesday 23 percent of registered voters have cast their ballots in the May Primary Election.
Large area affected by power outage
1,985 Pacific Power customers lost their service today at 7:15 a.m. in the areas of Azalea, Glendale, Sunny Valley and Wolf Creek.
Revocation of MaryJane’s Attic’s Business License Upheld in Court
Jackson County Circuit Judge Timothy Gerking Tuesday upheld the city of Medford’s right to revoke the business license of MaryJane’s Attic and Basement for unlawfully selling marijuana.
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Two subjects were held at gunpoint by a complainant in the 100 block of Pinewood Way because they were taking down a property’s fence illegally. The suspects fled the scene in a Ford pickup pulling a utility trailer.
G.P. Man Arrested for Sex Offenses
Grants Pass Police arrested Donte R. Weece, 35, of 1320 Parkdale Drive Tuesday on six counts of sex offenses.
Matt Cortez Arrested in Tampa, Florida
Matthew Gregory Cortez was arrested Tuesday in Tampa, Florida by U.S. Marshals. Cortez is wanted for several charges in Grants Pass including Burglary, assault and criminal mischief.
Tree knocks out power in Azalea, Glendale, Sunny Valley and Wolf Creek
Tree interference has knocked out power for 1,985 Pacific Power customers in the Azalea, Glendale, Sunny Valley and Wolf Creek areas as of approximately 7:15 this morning.
Alleged golf club murderer’s trial begins in Medford
The trial of an alleged golf club wielding murderer began in Medford Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
District 7 Reserves Right to Overturn Student Expulsions
The 2014-15 District 7 School calendar was approved by the School Board at their Tuesday afternoon meeting at the District Office on Dean Drive. The Board also approved a change in expulsion procedures allowing the Board to reverse an expulsion.
Lottery Crowns Another Southern Oregon Millionaire
Don and Betty Gaeden of Central Point, kept their winning $4.1 million ticket in Oregon’s Megabucks Game a secret for more than a month before claiming their prize this week.
Mail & I.D. Theft Earns Grants Pass Woman 3 ½ Years
Michelle Renee Lustig, 45, of Grants Pass, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison by Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner, after her convictions for conspiracy to commit mail theft, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. As part of her sentence, Lustig received a mandatory consecutive term of two years in prison required by federal statute where a victim’s identification was possessed or used in committing bank fraud. Lustig was also ordered to pay $12,387.06 in restitution to victims of the fraud.
Grants Pass Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 20 Years
On Monday, District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Christopher Darrell Joseph Sage, 49, of Grants Pass, to 20 years in federal prison, after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Sage will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison sentence.
Monday Sheriff’s Office and OSP incidents
A man with a rifle was reportedly seen on the tracks near the Merlin Landfill.
District 7 Kindergarten Roundup Wednesday
All Grants Pass District Seven elementary schools will be hosting a Kindergarten Round-up Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students must be five years old on or before September 1st to be admitted to Kindergarten.
ODFW is Hosting a Public Meeting For Comments on Hunting & Trapping
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is hosting a public meeting Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Elmer’s Restaurant to hear comments on proposals for big game, game bird, furbearer hunting and trapping seasons
JoCo Commissioners vote on grant for sobering center
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Anne Basker Auditorium will vote on the approval of a grant for the proposed Grants Pass Sobering Center.
Bomber Of Jackson County D.A.’s Office Pleads Guilty
A man has pleaded guilty to trying to blow up the Jackson County District Attorney's office so he could delay his sentencing in a burglary case. Alan Leroy McVay entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Medford.
Lane Closure on 6th Street Tuesday
The left lane of Sixth Street along with the associated parking spaces, will be closed just past “G” Street Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The street is not being excavated.
OR-7 May have a Mate; Puppies?
The lonely wolf, OR-7, may not be so lonely these days as there are indications he may have found a mate in the Southern Oregon Cascades.
G.P. Council reviews city infrastructure projects outlook
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop heard a presentation from Public Works Director Terry Haugen about massive expenses required to complete the city’s scheduled infrastructure projects.
School District No. 7 votes on approval of the 2014/15 school calendar
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 board during their meeting Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on the approval of the 2014/15 school district calendars.
Selma Area Man Sentenced to 15 Months at Coffee Creek
Justin Lawrence Bennett, 26, was sentenced to 15 months in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility by Judge Lindi Baker Monday morning. In a plea agreement, Bennett pleaded guilty to Assault four and criminal mischief.
Citizens concerned about Ashland Normal Neighborhood Plan
A group of concerned citizens voiced their opinions last week during a public hearing on the proposed Normal Neighborhood Plan in Ashland.