Medford Fire Rescue Receives Significant Donation

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December NewsCPR simulatorMedford Fire- Rescue
The Medford Fire Department has received a generous donation of a technologically advanced CPR patient simulator. It’s a part of the Pacific Northwest Heart Rescue Project. It has the ability to capture the depth of chest compression, the rate of chest compressions and pauses that might interrupt chest compressions during CPR. The mannequin is one of 10 donated in Oregon.

Employment Picture Changes Little In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December Newsjobs
The latest figures from the Oregon Employment Department shows the southern region of the state lags behind the metro areas. Even though payroll employment increased by 510 last month, the Jackson County unemployment rates bumped up slightly to 8.6 percent.Read More »

Coos County Farmers Fetched From High Water

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December Newshigh water
Authorities say they pulled two trapped farmers from waist-deep water in Coos County after a tractor accident. The sheriff's department says the two were a father and son from Coquille. First responders got to them with a drift boat about 7 p.m. Sunday.Read More »

Feature: Questions Remain About Dustin Self

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd December NewsDustin Selfmissing teen
What exactly drove an Oklahoma teenager to travel to Oregon, leave his truck and survival gear behind and disappear on Steens Mountain will remain a mystery. But at least friends and family of Dustin Self know what happened to the 19-year-old after he was last seen in March 2013. A hunter, trying to cut through an aspen thicket to pursue a deer, found Self's remains Oct.Read More »

Oregon Health Insurance Signup Low By Comparison

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newshealth care enrollment
Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website. Officials said Friday about 40,000 Oregonians selected a plan for 2015 through The figure covers the period through Dec. 14 - the day before a deadline to sign up for January coverage.Read More »

Jackson County Will Hold Off Enforcing GMO Ban

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December NewsGMOJackson County
Jackson County won't be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa famers is resolved. The Mail Tribune (v reports an agreement to that effect has been filed in federal court in Medford. The ban was to go into effect in June. The ballot measure was put up by organic farmers fearful thRead More »

ACCESS Gets Big Donation, Bids For Year-End Gifts

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newsaccess
At the same time that ACCESS is receiving a donation of 23,000 pounds of food from Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less markets, the food assistance organization is reminding everyone that hunger doesn’t end with the holidays.Read More »

Building Finished For new HHS Building in Medford

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December NewsHealth and Human Services
Jackson County is celebrating the completion of their new Department of Health and Human Services building at 140 South Holly Street in Medford. The move puts all county health-related services under one roof. The 98,000 square foot building and adjoining parking structure cost $36-million dollars to complete. DHS expects to serve approximately 750 people a day.Read More »

Small Earthquake Felt Near Salem

By Jim McCoy Fri 19th December Newsearthquake
A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m.Read More »

Teen Admits Shooting Foster Father, Friend

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th December Newshunting camp shooting
A defense lawyer says a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in northeastern Oregon never meant to kill anyone. Katie Berger said Wednesday that the boy had the emotional maturity of a 9-year-old after years of abuse, foster care, and juvenile treatment, and shouldn't have been around loaded guns. The boy had told State Police hRead More »


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