Oregon Adds Jobs, But Unemployment Rises

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s unemployment rate moved up from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since November 2013. The primary measure of employment in Oregon, seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 jobs in August. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added … Continue reading »

100 Homes Damaged or Destoyed in Weed

WEED, Calif. – At least 100 homes have been damaged or completely destroyed so far because of the fire burning in Weed on Monday.  Several other structures are also destroyed. This includes at least one church and other large buildings. The fire began around 2:15 p.m. as a vegetation fire in the Boles Creek area … Continue reading »

Unregistered Voters to Receive Postcards

SALEM, Ore. — Unregistered Oregon voters should expect to get a postcard in the mail this week. Election officials say 900,000 Oregonians who have a driver license or state ID card will be getting postcards reminding them to register if they haven’t already. Officials say it’s all part of an effort to expand participation. If … Continue reading »

Group to Build Vietnam Wall Replica

MEDFORD, Ore. — A group supporting local veterans says it is planning to build a permanent replica of the Vietnam Wall in Jackson County. The president of the Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit group says he’s working with the city of Medford to find a place for the wall. It would be 250 feet long and … Continue reading »

“Speedballing” on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford police arrested three people Saturday night on charges related to possession of meth. Drug abuse is nothing new to southern Oregon, but what is new is an increase in meth being combined with heroin. The combination of meth and heroin at the same time is called speedballing, and while not a new … Continue reading »

Wildfire Evacuates Campground & RV Park

ESTACADA, Ore. – Travelers along I-5 ran into thick smoke from the nearby 36 Pit Fire. The wildfire has burned about a 2,300 acres in the Mount Hood National Forest. Fire officials say the wildfire started Saturday afternoon near the town of Estacada. The town is not threatened at this time, but a nearby campground … Continue reading »

Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley. “We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it … Continue reading »

Marijuana Conference Draws Locals

ASHLAND, Ore. – Cannabis advocates in Southern Oregon are heading north to Portland for the state’s first ever international marijuana conference. Five different Jackson County businesses, and some local lawmakers, are taking part in the International Marijuana Business Conference. This comes after a similar, Oregon-specific event back in January. It also comes amid growing international … Continue reading »

Senior Financial Abuse Growing in Oregon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Financial exploitation of seniors is on the rise in Oregon. A new report from the office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations found that reports of financial abuse rose 18 percent from 2012 to 2013. Senior financial abuse has been growing for years. In fact, it’s the most common type of … Continue reading »

Albany Holds 9/11 Commemoration

ALBANY, Ore. — The anniversary of 9/11 is being remembered around Western Oregon Thursday. Dozens of people gathered Thursday morning in front of the Linn County Courthouse – not only to honor those who lost their lives 13 years ago, but to honor and appreciate the work first responders continue to do. “September 11, 2001,” … Continue reading »

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