Lightning Sparks Fires In Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th August Newswildfires
As lightning crossed the eastern portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Sunday, seven new fires were reported- all on the southern half of the High Cascades Ranger District. The fires were located between Mt. McLoughlin and Brown Mountain. All of these fires have been contained, according to a forestry spokesman. The largest of these was a one acre blaze along Highway 140.Read More »

Jackson County DA's Office Bombing Suspect Sentenced

Alan Leroy McVay, the 47-year old White City man who unsuccessfully tried to blow up the Jackson County District Attorney's office, was sentenced today.Read More »

Oregon Sees Slight Uptick In Unemployment For July

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August Newseconomyjobs
- The state Employment Department says Oregon's jobless rate was 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.8 percent the month before. The agency says employers added 200 jobs in July, following a revised loss of 3,000 jobs in June.Read More »

In Spite Of World Politics, Gas Prices Remain Unchanged

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August News
AAA Oregon/Idaho says that in spite of all the political instability in oil producing countries, gas prices are holding steady. The nationwide average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is $3.47 a gallon, and $3.90 in Oregon,which is actually down a fraction from last week. Compared to this time last year, gas is higher; in Oregon, the average was $3.79 in 2013.Read More »

Nike Founder & Wife Donate $25 Million For Heart Care

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August NewsPhil & Penny Knight
Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny are giving $25 million to Providence Heath & Services for heart care. Providence officials announced the donation Tuesday. The money will go toward a new cardiovascular center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Dr.Read More »

Despite Drought, There's Steelhead In Bear Creek

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August Newsbear creeksteelhead
Fish biologist Dan VanDyke scrambles under Medford's McAndrews Road bridge to find Bear Creek barely a trickle of itself. The creek dribbles past two sleeping transients and through a rocky chute, its warm and turbid waters chock-full of contaminants that generate a word of warning to volunteer Jim Ferguson as the pair splash downstream. "If you have open wounds, you wouldn't waRead More »

Fires Created By Monday's Storm Activity Contained

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th August NewsRogue River Drivewildfire
The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting that no homes were damaged and no injuries were suffered in a fire along Rogue River Drive and Dry Creek Road that started yesterday afternoon at 4:30. The blaze grew quickly to 100 acres, and plumes of smoke could be seen from Central Point.Read More »

Red Flag Poses Concern For Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th August Newsfireslightning
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Southern Oregon as thunderstorms are expected to strike bone-dry terrain. The warning remains in effect through Tuesday evening.Read More »

Conflicts Between Cars And Bicycles Becoming More Commonplace

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th August Newsbicycles
Bicycling is a popular activity in Bend, but cyclists and drivers are still learning how to share the road. According to statistics examined by The Bulletin newspaper ( ), more than 200 crashes between bikes and cars were reported from July 2012 through June 2014.Read More »

Runaway Teen Found At Beaverton Hotel

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th August Newssex trafficking
Police detectives in Beaverton, Oregon, found a 17-year-old runaway from California while investigating a sex-trafficking operation. Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway said Monday that detectives found the girl at a hotel with two women and a man who were involved in sex trafficking along the West Coast. The four are all from Stockton, California.Read More »


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