Seattle Thrift To Buy Southern Oregon Bank Company

Washington Federal Inc. of Seattle plans to buy South Valley Bancorp of Klamath Falls and become Oregon's seventh-largest bank by deposits.
     South Valley has 24 branches, most around Medford, Klamath Falls and Bend. It is the state's 13th largest institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.Read More »

Erickson Air-Crane Trims Initial Stock Offering

Erickson Air-Crane, the maker of heavy-lift helicopters near Central Point, is downsizing their initial public offering from 5-point-4 million shares to 4-point-8 million. The company was expected to begin selling shares today (Wednesday). The shares will reportedly be priced between 8 and 9-dollars a share.

4th Grader Wins T-shirt Design Contest

Ethan Kwiatkowski- a 4th grader at Griffin Creek Elementary- has won the “Mayor’s Cup” t-shirt design contest, sponsored by the Medford YMCA. The Mayor's Cup is the one-mile fun run preceding the 5k and 10 mile runs for the Pear Blossom, Saturday, April 14.Read More »

Toxic Legacy of War

A complaint filed by Oregon National Guard soldiers says a military contractor knew an Iraqi water treatment plant kept toxic chemicals on site and had lax environmental standards that let it contaminate the area, but never disclosed it.Read More »

Highway Re-opened After Homemade Bomb Disabled

Oregon State Police say a stretch of state highway near Florence has reopened after technicians disabled a homemade pipe bomb on a bridge.Read More »

D.A. Agrees With Death Row Inmate

As Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen fights a reprieve, he has a supporter in Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau whose office won the death penalty conviction.
     Haugen wants to be executed and has asked a circuit court to rule that Gov. John Kitzhaber's reprieve is legally ineffective because Haugen doesn't accept it.Read More »

SOU Planning Layoffs

Southern Oregon University plans to lay off at least a dozen staff members after June, and a number of contract employees should expect to see their annual contracts ended. A university spokesman calls the layoffs painful but necessary because the university has to cut about $2.5 million to balance itsRead More »

Road Work In Grants Pass Near RCC


This week, weather permitting, top lift paving will begin on U.S. 199.

Watch for lane closures next week as work continues at Willow Lane and Dowell Road intersections. Westbound U.S. 199 at Willow to Demaray traffic should detour to Hubbard as median is being removed. No cross traffic movements allowed at Willow Lane.Read More »

Report: Gas Prices Rise Further

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $4.11. That's up 5 cents in a week and 16 cents in a month. It's 18
cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from the AAA's Monday survey: Portland $4.09, Salem $4.11, Eugene-Springfield $4.15,
Medford-Ashland $4.17.Read More »

Josephine County's Senior & Child ID Program Moving

The Child & Senior Identification Program for Josephine County is moving to the Cave Junction Substation located at 222 W. Lister St. The move is taking place Monday, April 2. This, according to a press release from the Josephin County Sheriff's office.Read More »


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