Grants Pass Will End Jail Bed Rentals

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since last summer, up to 30 jail beds for those arrested just in the city limits of Grants Pass have been reserved at the Josephine County Jail. Now, as officials prepare for next year’s budget, they said that funding won’t return. Last August, the days of cite and release ended in … Continue reading »

Ashland Prepares for Plastic Bag Ban

ASHLAND, Ore. –  The Ashland City Council expects a plastic bag ban to become a reality in a matter of months. Tuesday night, the council held the first reading on the issue. The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law. This ban would impact all stores and businesses in … Continue reading »

Woman Sentenced for Fatal Crash

ALBANY, Ore. — A Philomath woman will spend two years in prison after she pleaded no contest to charges involving a fatal crash. Investigators say 37-year-old Valorie Carrigan tried changing lanes on Highway 34 when she hit 22-year-old Chelsea Duffy’s car in 2012. The Oregon State University student died at the scene. Carrigan was sentenced … Continue reading »

New Medford Superintendent Announced

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says Dr. Brian Shumate will be the next leader of the district.  He has 27 years of education experience. The previous two years have been as Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who retires June 30. Long served a … Continue reading »

Local Seed Growers Support GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops. The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said it does not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference Tuesday at … Continue reading »

Biz Expo Showcases Local Businesses

LEBANON, Ore. — More than 1,800 people came out for the annual Biz Expo in Lebanon on Tuesday. One hundred thirty vendors from Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home showcased their businesses. Community members went from booth to booth to learn more about what services are available in the area. The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce says … Continue reading »

SOU Awarded LEED Building Certification

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is continuing to strive to make its campus more environmentally friendly. SOU announced Monday that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold for the construction of its new Raider Village Complex. The new development consists of two new residence halls and a dining facility that … Continue reading »

Former Deputy Facing Additional Charges

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.– A former Lake County deputy who turned himself in after being accused of having relations with a 17-year-old is back behind bars. Oregon State Police say 42-year-old Kenneth Turkle turned himself in Sunday, after being seen with 17-year-old Marriah Andrews on Friday. State police said her parents reported her missing and a … Continue reading »

Drought Could Help Save OSU Extension

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Supporters of the Jackson County OSU Extension say they hope the drought year will influence voters as they head to the ballot booths next month. A tax district for the extension will appear on the May ballot, giving voters the chance to weigh in on a levy of about a nickel per … Continue reading »

Proposed FDA Rule Impacts Breweries

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local breweries are arguing a proposed FDA rule that they say could hurt both them and local farmers. The rule applies to spent grains. Those by products of the brewing process are normally sold or given to local farmers to use as feed. But the FDA rule would put restrictions on how … Continue reading »

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