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Agency Says "No" To Motor Boats On Waldo Lake

An Oregon state agency has decided to keep gasoline-powered motorboats off Waldo Lake, one of the state's largest, deepest bodies of water.
     The Bend Bulletin reports the Marine Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to uphold the ban it imposed in 2009.Read More »

Study: Global Warming To Blame For Lower Oyster Harvests

Scientists are blaming slightly higher levels of carbon dioxide
in Pacific Ocean waters caused by global warming for the failure of
oyster larvae to survive in an Oregon hatchery.
     They say the increasing acid levels in the water that comes with
more carbon dioxide makes it harder for young oysters to form theirRead More »

Oregon Farm Sales Up 19 Percent

Oregon farm sales grossed a record $5.2 billion last year, a 19 percent increase over 2010. The Oregonian newspaper reports that the
total is inflated because commercial fishing sales were included
for the first time. But even without the $91 million from fishing,
the total sales are a record.Read More »

Klamath Water Flows

Earlier warnings of a drought might be easing as water is flowing into the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge.  Through September, 15-thousand acre feet of water will be available…but it’s not known how long the area will remain wet.  Just last month dry conditions resulted in the deaths of thousands of birds due to an avian cholera outbreak.

Ashland Hospital Talking Partnership

Ashland Community Hospital is negotiating with Dignity Health of San Francisco as a potential partner. This comes after an 8-month proposal and review process in which Dignity was one of five hospital organizations being considered, including Asante and Providence.Read More »

Road Work To Slow Night Traffic on Crater Lake Avenue

Motorists planning to use Crater Lake Avenue in Medford Tuesday and Wednesday will want to be aware of road work going on that will slow and detour traffic between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The work will occur between Delta Waters and Forest Hills Drive. The Medford Water Commission is instructing drivers to expect delays and consider using alternate routes.

Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified

The identity of the motorcycle rider who was killed in a accident on Beebe Road in Central Point Sunday has been revealed. Police say 30-year old Jessie Lee Boyd was traveling west at a high rate of speed when he lost control and was thrown from his Kawasaki into the path of a pick-up truck at around 11:05 a.m. Boyd was pronounced dead at the scene.

Josephine County Sheriff's Department May Face Layoffs

Employees with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department have been told that they may be facing layoffs if a levy fails in the upcoming may election. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says that’s a “worst case scenario.” As many as 70 employees could be given pink slips, which would lower their work staffing from 98 to a total of 28 workers.

Median Sales Price Up For Jackson County Homes

For the first time in over four years, the median sales price for an existing home in Jackson County has gone up, according to the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors. In the most recent quarter, the median rose from 141 to 145-thousand dollars.Read More »

Medical Examiner: Oregon Heroin Deaths On The Rise

State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson says the number of heroin overdose deaths has been climbing in recent years in Oregon.
     The 143 deaths last year were 53 more than the year before andRead More »

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