Josephine County GMO Legalities

NEAR APPLEGATE, Ore. — The measure to ban genetically modified crops in Josephine County could be in for a bumpy ride if it gets passed in May. Even though it is legal to put the measure on the ballot, under state law it’s illegal to ban GMOs in any Oregon county except for Jackson. Whistling … Continue reading »

Jackson Co. Enacts One-Year Moratorium

MEDFORD, Ore — Jackson County is implementing a one-year moratorium against medical marijuana dispensaries. There is already an emergency moratorium in place for the next 120 days.  The new moratorium will overlap and pick up where that one leaves off.  The one-year moratorium will give commissioners time to work out kinks and sort through unanswered … Continue reading »

Albany Teen Killed by Train

ALBANY, Ore. — Grief counselors were on hand Monday at West Albany High School, after a 16-year-old girl was killed by a train over the weekend. It happened Saturday night near Highway 99 East and Beta Drive in Albany. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says Sara-Tessa Lytle was walking on the railroad tracks in a … Continue reading »

Update: Psychiatric Patient Found Safe

UPDATE (March 31) — OSP says the Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient Gregory Page is now back in care of OSH staff. They say he was brought to to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis Sunday afternoon after local medics responded to a park on a medical call. UPDATE — Police say they found … Continue reading »

Cat Rescued From Fire

NEWPORT, Ore. – Family members are breathing a sigh of relief after learning firefighters rescued their cat after a fire destroyed their home on Wednesday. But it is the way that the cat survived that makes one wonder if felines really have nine lives. Psycho, a three-year-old Calico cat, is Cheryl and Mark Anderson’s “baby.” “She’s … Continue reading »

Rescued Sea Otter at Oregon Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ore. — An abandoned sea otter pup found stranded in Alaska now has a new home in Oregon. His name is Nuka, and he is staying at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Trainers say the little pup was six to eight weeks old when he was found all by himself last summer. He spent some … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Extended Deadline Impact

MEDFORD, Ore. — Those who waited until the last minute to apply for health insurance through Cover Oregon got a big break Wednesday, and local officials said they’ve already seen an impact. On Wednesday, the federal government approved a request to extend the deadline for health care from the end of March to the end … Continue reading »

Dad Arrested for Murder By Abuse

LEBANON, Ore. — A Lebanon dad is in jail accused of causing the death of his 3-month-old son. Linn County deputies arrested Kyle Brown on Thursday. Investigators say back in January, Brown was left alone with the child for a few minutes. When the baby’s mother returned, the boy wasn’t breathing. He later died at … Continue reading »

Ashland Weighs Tighter Dispensary Rules

ASHLAND, Ore. – Three weeks after allowing dispensaries to apply for business licenses, Ashland city leaders are considering more restrictions on where those facilities can open. The move comes as neighbors raise concerns about the locations of those dispensaries. The city has received six business license applications to open dispensaries, including one at 400 Williamson … Continue reading »

Medford Prepares to Enforce Smoking Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. — The city of Medford and Medford Police are still working out how to enforce the city’s new park smoking ban. Medford’s city council unanimously approved the ban to make city-owned properties smoke and tobacco free. The city is making plans to install signs and decals to make the public aware of the … Continue reading »

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