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County to vote on genetically modified crops
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:17 -0800
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) â The state of Oregon has banned local measures regulating genetically modified crops, but that hasn't stopped a group in Josephine County. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the Josephine County Clerk's Office verified Tuesday that backers turned in enough signatures for an initiative banning GMO crops in Josephine County. ...
Arrest made in connection to string of Jackson, Josephine County burglaries
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:47:17 -0800
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- Over $90,000 worth of stolen property was recovered in connection to a string of burglaries across Jackson and Josephine County, according to Oregon State Police. Frank Morgan Wheeler, 43, was arrested after search warrants executed at two separate Evans Creek Road properties were found to stolen construction equipment, tools, heavy equipment, vehicles and several thousand ...
Heavy rain may bring tourists
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:32:27 -0800
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.-Heavy rainfall could be both beneficial and problematic for the region. The increased precipitation has the Oregon Department of Forestry a little concerned. Fire Prevention Specialist with ODF, Brian Ballou, said he hadn't seen this much rain at once in over a year. ...
Josephine County Says No to Dispensaries
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:17:33 -0800
GRANTS PASS, Ore – Josephine County leaders said the county charter prevents them from allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. The finding comes less than a week before the state can begin issuing business licenses to those facilities. According to the county charter, business licenses cannot be given to places that break local, state, … Continue reading »
Oregon Senate votes down class-action bill
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:37:58 -0800
SALEM, Ore. (AP) â The Oregon Senate has voted down a bill that would have used unclaimed money from class-action judgments to boost funding for lawyers who serve the poor. Moderate Democrat Betsy Johnson joined all 14 Republicans to block the measure on Thursday. ...
Jails Face High Health Costs for Inmates
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:37:32 -0800
GRANTS PASS, Ore –Local jails already facing budget problems are now dealing with the high cost of health care for inmates. Jail officials say a single inmate can cost a county tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson pulled three heavy files from his desk, dropping each with … Continue reading »
Klamath County Sheriff's Department Cuts Still Possible
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:37:48 -0800
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Klamath County commissioners are still discussing funding for the sheriff's department and deputies said there could be cuts coming to the department. Sheriff Frank Skrah and the rest of the Klamath County Sheriff's Department said they are concerned with the amount of money discussed and any possible changes to the department. ...
County residents get measures on ballot
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:18:13 -0800
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com GRANTS PASS, Ore.-Josephine County residents added three measures to May's ballot through a petition. Measure 17-58, 17-59, and 17-60 will be voted on by county residents during the May 20 election. According to Josephine County Clerk, Art Harvey, the first of these measures would place restrictions on genetically engineered plants. ...
Josephine County to vote on jail funding
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:33:12 -0800
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) â Josephine County will be voting on another measure to raise taxes to keep the jail open. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the Josephine County Clerk's Office verified Tuesday that backers gathered enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the May ballot. ...
Oregon looks to new law to increase vaccinations
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:51:03 -0800
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon leads the nation in the percentage of kids entering kindergarten with non-medical waivers for one or more vaccinations. State health officials hope a law taking effect March 1 changes that by requiring parents to get the facts before opting out. Following the ...