Myrtle Creek Man Dies In Freeway Accident

By Jim McCoy Fri 30th January Newsfatal car crashJonathan W. Graham
A Myrtle Creek man died in a vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Douglas County Thursday. At 4:45 p.m., a Ford Focus driven by 58-year old Jonathan W. Graham was traveling north, when it drifted into a traffic barrier at milepost 110, and crashed. The car sustained heavy front end and side damage.Read More »

Investigators Looking Into Cause Of Knife River Blast

By Jim McCoy Fri 30th January NewsexplopsionKnife River
Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion in an asphalt storage tank at Knife River outside Central Point Thursday. At 2:12 p.m., Jackson County Fire District 3 received a call of a blast at the Kirtland Road aggregate facility.Read More »

Man Appears Ready To Rob, Changes Mind

By Jim McCoy Thu 29th January NewsPurple Parrotrobbery suspect
The Medford Police are looking for a white male, probably in his 20s, who appeared ready to rob a Purple Parrot on Highland Drive in Medford Wednesday, but changed his mind and left. According to a surveillance image, he was wearing a blue camouflage jacket, and is about 6-feet tall.Read More »

Names Released In Vehicle-Pedestrian Fatal Accident

By Jim McCoy Thu 29th January NewsCheryle Andersonfatal accidentRichard Rohan
Authorities have released the names of the people involved in a fatal vehicle and pedestrian accident in the Hugo area. The Oregon State Police says 52-year old Cheryle Anderson was killed when she was run over by a truck driven by 71-year old Richard Rohan at a property at 1503 Three Pines Road. The investigation is continuing. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

Report: Oregon Graduation Rates Far From Governor's Goal

Oregon public high schools have to start picking up the pace if they are to achieve Gov. John Kitzhaber's demand for a 100 percent graduation rate by 2025. The state said Thursday that the on-time graduation rate increased to 72 percent in 2014. That's an increase of 3.3 percentage points from a year earlier, but the gain can be attributed to a new calculation procedure.Read More »

Classmates Give Shout Out To Missing Ashland Girl

By Jim McCoy Thu 29th January NewsHannah Thomas-Garnermissing girl
Sideline to sideline, an estimated 600 students and teachers have assembled on the football field at Ashland High School to let a missing classmate know they're thinking of her and want her back. They made a big heart formation Tuesday. Five placards in the middle spelled her nickname, "Moose." The 17-year-old girl, Hannah Thomas-Garner, has been missing since Nov.Read More »

Regional Experts Meet To Discuss Drought

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th January Newsdrought
Experts from across the West are gathering in New Mexico to discuss the effects of drought on recreation and tourism. The Western Governors' Association is putting on the two-day forum. Experts from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon will be part of the discussion. Gov.Read More »

Oregon School Chief Gets Earful On Common Core

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th January NewsCommon CoreRob Saxton
Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton visited Eugene to hear what parents and teachers think about the new state standardized tests. The Register-Guard newspaper reports ( ) he heard nothing but negative comments from the nearly dozen people who spoke. The more challenging computerized tests are based on the Common Core State Standards, a set of learning goals for eRead More »

New Marine Museum To Open In Charleston

A new marine museum and aquarium is set to open in the small fishing town of Charleston on the southern Oregon Coast. Seven years in the making, the Charleston Marine Life Center will include five separate galleries on two stories.Read More »

Medford Darigold Plant To Close

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th January NewsDarigoldjobsplant closure
Medford's last milk processing plant is closing, putting 29 people out of work. The Mail Tribune ( ) reports that Seattle-based Darigold says it would cost too much to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations. Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Steve Rowe says treating waste water has been a particular problRead More »


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