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"Rolling Slowdowns" On I-5 in Medford Area Wednesday

According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation, an emergency "rolling slowdown" is occurring today (Wednesday) on Interstate 5 in the Medford area, in the vicinity of Exit 25. The Exit 24 northbound on ramp will be temporarily closed, as well as the Exit 27 southbound on ramp.Read More »

First Lady To Speak at OSU Commencement

Michelle Obama will speak at three college graduation ceremonies this spring, including Oregon State University.
     Mrs. Obama's first commencement address will be at Virginia
Tech. The White House says the first lady has been inspired by the
school's resiliency following the deadly 2007 campus shootings.Read More »

Local Unemployment Virtually Unchanged

Jackson County's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dipped just slightly from 10-point-9 to 10-point-8 percent in the month of February. Josephine County remained unchanged at 11-point-6 percent. Losses in retail trade were countered by gains in the state and local government education sectors. Jackson County gained 50 jobs during the month.Read More »

GE Faulted In Chopper Crash

An Oregon jury says a problem with an engine was responsible for the 2008 crash of a helicopter that killed nine firefighters during a wildfire in Northern California. The jury in Portland reached its verdict Tuesday after a pilot
who survived and the widow of one who was killed sued General
Electric for $177 million.Read More »

Report: Gas Prices Jump In Oregon

The AAA auto club says the price of gasoline has jumped more than 6 cents in Oregon and averages $4.07. The club says the weekly survey results mean Oregon's average price is up 68 cents for the year.
     The AAA says the national average is $3.90, and eight states andRead More »

Siltronic layoffs

Siltronic says it will lay off 350 employees this summer from a Portland factory that makes semiconductor wafers. KGW reports a notice was sent last week to the Oregon Dislocated Worker Unit.
     Most of the jobs being cut are production operator positions.

 

Ski Against Hunger Deemed "A Success"

Even with all the blustery weather, Sunday’s “Ski Against Hunger” was a success- according to the folks at Mount Ashland. Skiers received a free ticket in exchange for non-perishable food. Philip Yates from “ACCESS” estimates the promotion generated over 49-hundred pounds of food. Mount Ashland reports 927 lift tickets donated- 284 more than last year.

Southern Oregon Man Arrested for Murder

Friday morning at 2:10 a.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received a call to assist with a bleeding patient in the 6600 block of Pioneer Road, south of Medford. When authorities arrived, 34-year old Kristy Huddleston was found dead, and a search began for 43-year old Bourne Huddleston.Read More »

Prayer Circle For Eagle Point School Talks

As negotiations continue in the Eagle Point School District between the teachers' association and district officials, a prayer circle will be held Monday evening. Dawn Johnston- a 2nd grade teacher at  Little Butte School suggested it, saying her faith is important to her and she wants both sides to come together and petition God to make decisions that are best for the students.Read More »

Oregon Pension Reductions

More than 20,000 retired Oregon public employees will start seeing a 2 percent reduction in their monthly checks this year to pay back an overpayment. Another 8,000 who received a lump sum pension payment will be asked to set up a re-payment plan.Read More »

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