Volunteers Battle Invasive Plant In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May Newsinvasive plantyellow-tuft alyssium

More than 20 years ago, it was touted as a miracle plant - a "hyperaccumulator" able to pull heavy metals, such as nickel, out of the area's serpentine soil and store it in its leaves.

At least that's what was told to then-county commissioners who approved planting of yellow-tuft alyssum on eight plots, totaling more than 50 acres in the Illinois Valley.

Now, the fRead More »

Medford Making Push To Eliminate Blighted Buildings

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May Newsblighted buildings

The Medford City Council plans to go after blighted buildings, with new rules that could force boarded-up structures to be torn down more quickly.

The Mail Tribune reports ( ) the council has agreed to work on a new ordinance that would provide deadlines for the property owners to demolish or remodel the buildings.Read More »

Incentive For Students Who Achieve High Smarter Balance Score

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May NewsEducationSmarter Balance

High school juniors taking the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring or next may be spared from taking a two- to three- hour college placement test if they score high enough on the assessment and take college-level classes their senior year.

The state's Higher Education Coordinating Commission announced the new arrangement, which is being piloted for the next two academic yearRead More »

Illinois Valley Airport Project At Risk of Default

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th May News

An Oregon developer is late on the rent six months after ambitious development plans were announced for the Illinois Valley Airport.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( the county leased its airport last November amid promises that upgrades would bring in tenants and add 200 jobs.

Josephine County commissioners issued a default warning last wRead More »

28 Oregon Students Win Gates Millennium Scholarships

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th May NewsBill & Melinda Gatesscholarships

Twenty-eight college-bound Oregonians have won full-ride Gates Millennium Scholarships to college.

The Oregonian reports ( ) low-income minority students from high schools across the state are going to be able to attend college and graduate school for free thanks to the scholarship program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

They arRead More »

Competition Draws Forestry Students From 8 Oregon High Schools

By Jim McCoy Mon 4th May Newsforestry competitionRex Cowther

As competitive high school forestry declines statewide, instructor Rex Cowther brought students from eight schools together Saturday to immerse themselves in the industry.

The Bulletin reports ( the Scio High School forestry teacher said the Central Oregon Community College competition includes components like mock job interviews and calculating the volume Read More »

Portland Woman Dies In Coastal Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle passenger riding on Highway 42 South Sunday near Bandon has died.

34-year old Carrie Murray of Portland was riding on a Honda CBR with 46-year old William Love of Coquille at about 3:25 p.m. when a Ford turning off of Lampa Lane turned into their path. Efforts to swerve and miss the pickup were unsuccessful.

Murray was pronounced dead at an area hospital.Read More »

News - Cartoon Violence

By admin Mon 4th May News
Police in Garland, Texas say once the scene is clear, they’ll remove the bodies of two gunmen who opened fire on a security guard outside a building where a contest was being held for cartoon depictions of the prophet muhammad...
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News - Nepal Recovery

By admin Mon 4th May News
U.N. Humanitarian officials in Nepal say they are increasingly worried about the spread of disease
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News - Israel Protests

By admin Mon 4th May News
Several thousand people, mostly from Israel’s Jewish Ethiopian minority, protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality
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