October 2012

Slight Improvement Shown In Southern Oregon Jobs Picture

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd October Newseconomyjobs
Unemployment rates went down slightly in Jackson, Josephine and Coos counties. For the month of September, the jobless rate improved by a full percentage point over the year prior. The seasonally-adjusted rate was 11.9 percent for Josephine County, 10.5 percent for Coos County, and 10.6 percent for Jackson County. Jackson County payrolls saw a gain of 2,200 jobs.Read More »

Police Seeking Taxi Passenger

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd October Newsmurder investigationWilliam Huson
Police in Medford are seeking a tall man with a fair complexion and an acne-scarred face in the robbery and slaying of a taxi cab driver over the weekend. The Mail Tribune newspaper reports police issued a description of the man believed to have hailed the cab late Saturday night outside a downtown Medford bar. He was described as about 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, 25 to 35 years old anRead More »

Snow At Crater Lake

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd October NewsCrater Lakeweather
Early snow at Crater Lake has closed Rim Drive and the North Entrance to the park. Park superintendent Craig Ackerman says as of Tuesday morning about 16 inches of snow have fallen since the storm blew in Sunday.Read More »

Affadavit Sheds Further Light On Killing of Barista

By Jim McCoy Tue 23rd October NewsHeichel murder
An affidavit says a man accused of killing an Oregon barista told investigators he shot her after hitching a ride, pulling a gun and forcing her to perform an unmentionable act. The statement from the Clackamas County sheriff's office was filed in court after 24-year-old Jonathan Holt pleaded not guilty Monday to killing his neighbor, 21-year-old Whitney Heichel. The document says Holt recoRead More »

Crosstown Rivalry Highlights Busy Prep Football Schedule

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th October Sportshigh school football
Spiegelberg Stadium will be a busy place tonight as the South Medford Panthers and the North Medford Black Tornado renew their crosstown rivalry. Throw the records out the window, both will highly motivated and ready, as South Medford looks to solidify their playoff position and North Medford looks to make another positive statement for their rebuilding program.Read More »

Double Homicide In Bonanza

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th October NewsKlamath County newsmurder
A southern Oregon sheriff says the bodies of two people have been found east of the small town of Bonanza and the case is being treated as an apparent double homicide. Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said in a statement that the county's major crime team was activated Thursday evening after the bodies were found.Read More »

Search For Missing Oregon Woman

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th October Newsmanhunt
Fliers have been posted around the Oregon city of Gresham asking people in the Portland suburb to help watch for a woman who disappeared Tuesday under suspicious circumstances. Whitney Heichel left home but failed to arrive at work at a Starbucks less than five minutes away. The 21-year-old's car was found later that morning in a Wood Village parking lot with a window broken out.Read More »

Jackson County "Plastic Round Up" Event On Now

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th October Newsenvironment
Rogue Disposal and Recycling are inviting the public to recycle plastics with a “Plastic Roundup” today and tomorrow. The event is being held at the Jackson County Expo and the Ashland National Guard Armory from 9 a.m.Read More »

Southern Oregon Active Transportation Summit Today in Medford

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th October Newstransportation
Police, business owners, policy makers and interested citizens are gathering today at Rogue Valley Country Club to discuss how to best promote walking, biking and using public transportation.Read More »

As Ducks, Sun Devils Prepare To Meet ASU Landmark Falls Victim to Prank

An overnight prank has forced an Arizona State University landmark to go green. The Arizona Republic reports the giant A on "A" Mountain in Tempe near Sun Devil Stadium was painted green sometime early Thursday morning. Students attribute the prank to University of Oregon fans.Read More »

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