Arrest Made Related To School Fire

A 28-year-old man has been accused of burning down the cafeteria at South Albany High School, a fire that closed the school, destroyed its band and music equipment and disrupted lunchroom operations throughout the school system.

Police announced the arrest Thursday, a day after the early-morning fire.Read More »

Looking For America West Robber

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd April NewsAmerica West Bankrobbery

Police in Medford are looking for a man who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun when he robbed a bank on Crater Lake Highway. They say he may have robbed another bank last December.

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Western Governors Tout Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd April Newsconservationsage grouse

A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act.

The 32-page "2014 Sage-Grouse Inventory" released Thursday by the Western Governors' Association identifies conservation work during the year and is accompaniRead More »

Gun Control Bill Spurs Heated Debate

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st April Newsbackground check billOregon legislature

A proposal that would require background checks on private firearms sales drew two hours of heated testimony from gun-rights advocates and gun control proponents.

The bill would require gun buyers and sellers who aren't related to visit a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check through the Oregon State Police.

Opponents said Wednesday background checks Read More »

Coal Export Terminal Gets OK From Oregon

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st April Newscoal export terminalColumbia River

Oregon environmental regulators have given a water quality OK to a proposed coal export terminal on the Columbia River, but the project still faces an adverse ruling from another state agency and questions about its economics in a slumping coal market.

The East Oregonian reports ( ) the state Department of Environmental Quality issued a water quality certificRead More »

Fire At South Albany High School

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st April NewsfireSouth Albany High School

A fire official in Albany, Oregon, says several dozen firefighters are battling a large blaze that started Wednesday morning in a high school cafeteria building.

The Greater Albany School District says no one has been hurt in the fire at South Albany High School, about 25 miles south of Salem.

Albany Fire spokeswoman Wanda Omdahl tells KOIN-TV ( More »

Multi-Talented Pet Rock Creator Dies In Southern Oregon

Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon.

Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feedingRead More »

Authorities Investigate White City Car Break-Ins

By Jim McCoy Tue 31st March Newscar break-ins

Police are looking into the break-ins of two cars in White City last Friday. They occurred in the 7800 block of Jacqueline Way, and both vehicles were unlocked.

A number of items were taken from the cars.Read More »

Oregon Gov. Brown "Offended" By Indiana Law

Oregon Governor Kate Brown voiced her opposition today with the following statement today regarding Indiana's "religious objections" law.

“Indiana’s new law offends me. No individual, regardless of where they live or whom they love, should suffer discrimination.Read More »

Suspected Kidnapper Arrested Near Talent

By Jim McCoy Tue 31st March NewsEric Allen Brookskidnapping

A 26-year old woman and her children were unhurt after they were allegedly kidnapped by a Siskiyou County man. The Oregon State Police received a report of a kidnapping in Yreka Monday at 3:39 p.m.

An ODOT worker spotted the suspect’s car just inside the Oregon border, and followed it, giving updates to police.Read More »


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