International Spotlight on Area Wineries

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Southern Oregon wineries are getting international attention thanks to a profile in one of the biggest publications in the world. The New York Times highlighted southern Oregon’s wineries and vineyards in an article this week, and called them an alternative to the Napa Valley. Local wineries said the region grows a … Continue reading »

Federal Audit Spares White City VA

WHITE CITY, Ore – The office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has released their nationwide audit into struggling VA centers across the country. And while two Oregon VA facilities were targeted for further review, the Southern Oregon White City VA was not among them. Spokespeople at the White City domiciliary say the fact that … Continue reading »

Deputies & Lights Remain in White City

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Two important White City Special District budgets were renewed at Wednesday’s Jackson County Board of Commissioners meeting. The budgets for both the White City Lighting District and Enhanced Law Enforcement were reinstated for another year. This means Sheriff’s deputies along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Substation will remain in place, and … Continue reading »

S. Oregon Fire Season Starts Monday

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.– Starting Monday at 12:01 a.m., wildfire season will officially begin for Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties. Declaring fire season means putting restrictions on debris burning. It also prohibits the use of fireworks, release of sky lanterns, the discharge of exploding targets, and the discharge of tracer ammunition. Fire officials say these prevention … Continue reading »

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Gets Upgrade

ASHLAND, Ore.– The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is getting a big upgrade. A half-million dollar sound system is being installed at OSF’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre. The money was gifted from Ashland residents. The director of production at OSF, Alys Holden, said guests were having a hard time hearing actors voices. This new system will enhance sound … Continue reading »

Supreme Court Rules Against Protestors

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled unanimously against a group of protestors at the center of a court case stemming from President George W. Bush’s visit to Jacksonville in 2004. The protestors said the Secret Service tried to remove anti-Bush protestors, thus violating their First Amendment right. That’s because … Continue reading »

SOU Announces Proposed Program Cuts

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University has announced what programs could be cut to make up for a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. The announcement is the next step in the long retrenchment process for the university. That budget gap could be anywhere from $3 million to $7 million, depending on enrollment numbers and state funding. … Continue reading »

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

TALENT, Ore. — For the first time in five years, mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile Virus in Southern Oregon. The mosquitoes were found in Talent near the Bear Creek Pathway. Health officials say the illness can be hard to detect since 80 percent of infected people don’t show any symptoms, but it can … Continue reading »

Man Arrested for Harvesting Rain Water

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A Southern Oregon man is serving a 30-day sentence in jail for creating three illegal reservoirs on his property and using them to store rainwater. Gary Harrington has been collecting rain and other runoff in his artificial reservoirs for decades, but according to a 1925 state law, since that runoff would … Continue reading »