OSU Cascades Campus Construction Underway

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st July NewsOSU-Cascades

Construction is under way to build an Oregon State University campus in Bend that was delayed for a year by legal challenges.

The Bend Bulletin reports ( residents concerned about the impact the campus would have on community traffic have seen their legal challenges denied by city and state officials as well as an independent hearings officer.Read More »

Coast Guard Rescues 2 Fisherman On Oregon Coast

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st July NewsCoast Guardrescue

A Coast Guard crew has rescued two fishermen after their 27-foot fishing boat sank as it was being towed Tuesday evening near the Oregon coast entrance to the Umpqua River.

Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener said the men went into the water but were recovered in minutes and taken to be checked by medics.Read More »

Police Looking For Purple Parrot Robber

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st July Newsrobbery

The Medford Police Department is looking for the man suspected of robbing a Purple Parrot store located on Delta Waters Road.

At 2:38 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the suspect approached a female employee behind the counter, and walked her at gunpoint to the establishment’s back room.Read More »

Fire Officials Seeking Young People In Stadium Fire

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st July NewsEugene Civic Stadiumfire

Eugene fire and police officials are hoping to speak with three young people that were seen in the press box of the historic Civic Stadium shortly before it burned down.

The Register Guard reports ( Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns says it's unknown whether the fire was a crime and that no suspects have been identified.

Kerns and Eugene SpringRead More »

Southern Oregon Growers Looking Forward To New Era Of Retail Marijuana

By Jim McCoy Tue 30th June Newsrecreational marijuana

Once a month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural valley in southern Oregon long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.

They are hoping to cash in on a new era of legal marijuana in Oregon starting Wednesday, when adults can possess and grow limited amounts.Read More »

Buckskin Fire Update: Holding Steady

By Jim McCoy Tue 30th June NewsBuckskin Fire

Officials from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest say the Buckskin Fire is holding at 5,345 acres and 60 percent containment. The fire area was under patrol from the air and a crew kept watch for new fire activity.

Excavators have completed the work of repairing the last areas of the fire and attempting to return surrounding areas of the fire to as natural a state as possible.Read More »

Jackson County Commissioners Consider Impact Of Casino

By Jim McCoy Tue 30th June NewscasinosCoquille TribeJackson County

Jackson County officials will be examining potential impacts of a proposed casino in Medford.

The Mail Tribune reports ( ) the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will decide Wednesday whether to authorize a memorandum of understanding between the county and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs involving the Coquille Indian Tribe's casino proposal.

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Investigators Determine Cause Of Shooting Range Fire

By Jim McCoy Tue 30th June NewsfireWhite City Shooting Range

A Jackson County fire that sent a column of smoke into the early evening sky Monday was reportedly caused by target shooting. Fortunately, no one was harmed and the fire was 100 percent out within two hours.

At 4:45 p.m., Jackson County Fire District 3 responded to a call that there was smoke coming from the White City Shooting Range on Kershaw Road.Read More »

Southern Oregon Growers Take Steps To Keep Fruit Cool

By Jim McCoy Mon 29th June Newspears

Orchards in southern Oregon are taking steps to keep pears cool as temperatures soar.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( ) that farmers like Talent orchardist Ron Meyer are using water to cool the fruit in the afternoon.

Meyer says pears generally quit growing when it gets over 100 degrees.Read More »

Fire Does Significant Damage to Mobile Home, Spreads To Neighbors

By Jim McCoy Mon 29th June Newsfire

A Sunday afternoon fire destroyed a mobile home on Rogue River Drive in the Grants Pass area. Firefighters arrived to find the home 50 percent involved with flames spreading to a second mobile home. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety was met by one of the residents who told firefighters that all the occupants escaped safely.

Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.Read More »


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