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Analysis shows Josephine County lagging behind in wage growth
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:38:34 -0800

Josephine County, Ore. -- Southern Oregon counties are around the state average for increasing wages according to a new analysis out of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. However, according to the data, Josephine County is lagging behind and trying to catch up. A graph from the OOEA shows Josephine County weaker in wage growth when compared to the state average. The numbers are from the ...

Benton County Voters Will Decide On GE Crop Ban Next Year
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:20:01 -0800

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown certified the defeat of a genetically engineered food labeling initiative this week, but debate over the crops is just getting started in Benton County.

Josephine County might not see O&C funding
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:09:44 -0800

Grants Pass, Ore.-- Josephine County's budget woes only seem to be getting bleaker. "It'll be some hard figuring and some hard times that are either going to draw us apart or draw us together," said Commissioner Keith Heck Monday night. This year O&C money is up in the air for Josephine County. Commissioner Heck said they may not get any. Now they're faced with creating a back up plan to keep ...

District Attorney Vacancy in JoCo
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:33:21 -0800

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon’s governor is searching for the next district attorney for Josephine County. With only a few months left until the current District Attorney Stephen Campbell leaves office, time is running out to find a replacement. Two years into his third term, Campbell said “I just decided it was time” to step … Continue reading »

Child Abuse Prevention Falls Short
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:17:10 -0800

MEDFORD, Ore. – A new study shows Jackson County, and many other Oregon counties, are failing to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect. The report, from the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, says lack of coordination is putting more kids into the foster care and child welfare system. About twelve kids out of every … Continue reading »

Marijuana dispensary may be forced to close
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:53:35 -0800

Cave Junction, Ore -- A Cave Junction medical marijuana dispensary says the city is trying to shut their doors, despite issuing them a business license And they're fighting back in court. It all stems from an October decision by the Josephine County Circuit Court, saying local governments can ban dispensaries. One dispensary filed an injunction and is still selling medical marijuana. At ...

News10 Evening News Break Dec. 18
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:19:22 -0800

1. Tourism in Grants Pass is booming after a citywide push to appeal to younger families and crowds, according to Jon Bowen, the city's director of marketing and tourism. Hundreds of new business licenses were issued throughout the year for new clothing stores, breweries and restaurants. ...

Automatic Recount Begins for Meas. 92
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:17:29 -0800

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon’s 36 counties will begin an automatic hand recount of all ballots cast for and against Measure 92 this week. Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties all started recounts Tuesday and Curry County plans to start on Thursday. A full recount is required if the difference between the votes cast for and against … Continue reading »

Josephine County business closing it's doors
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:53:33 -0800

Grants Pass, Ore -- After 26 years and a long list of famous clients, one Southern Oregon business says it's time. Fiberoptic Lighting Incorporated of Grants Pass is shutting it's doors, but not before leaving behind a magical legacy that influenced Southern Oregon and beyond. In downtown Grants Pass scenes of wise men, angels and the small town of Bethlehem are brought to life thanks to the ...

Pot Leaves Its Mark On The Applegate Valley Landscape
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:57:22 -0800

In another installment of "Cannabis Country," we visit southwest Oregon's Applegate Valley during the last marijuana harvest before legalization. We explore communities that have deep economic and cultural ties to marijuana.