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Governor announces funding to reopen sawmill
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:52:50 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) â The governor has announced a $5 million funding package made up of tax credits and a state loan that will allow Josephine County's last sawmill to reopen by converting to cutting small logs from forest thinning and ecological restoration projects. ...
County to vote on genetically modified crops
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:47:17 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) â The state of Oregon has banned local measures regulating genetically modified crops, but that hasn't stopped a group in Josephine County. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the Josephine County Clerk's Office verified Tuesday that backers turned in enough signatures for an initiative banning GMO crops in Josephine County. ...
Arrest made in connection to string of Jackson, Josephine County burglaries
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:47:17 GMT
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- Over $90,000 worth of stolen property was recovered in connection to a string of burglaries across Jackson and Josephine County, according to Oregon State Police. Frank Morgan Wheeler, 43, was arrested after search warrants executed at two separate Evans Creek Road properties were found to stolen construction equipment, tools, heavy equipment, vehicles and several thousand ...
Josephine County Says No to Dispensaries
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:17:33 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore – Josephine County leaders said the county charter prevents them from allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. The finding comes less than a week before the state can begin issuing business licenses to those facilities. According to the county charter, business licenses cannot be given to places that break local, state, … Continue reading »
Heavy rain may bring tourists
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 05:32:27 GMT
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.-Heavy rainfall could be both beneficial and problematic for the region. The increased precipitation has the Oregon Department of Forestry a little concerned. Fire Prevention Specialist with ODF, Brian Ballou, said he hadn't seen this much rain at once in over a year. ...
Jails Face High Health Costs for Inmates
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:37:32 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore –Local jails already facing budget problems are now dealing with the high cost of health care for inmates. Jail officials say a single inmate can cost a county tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson pulled three heavy files from his desk, dropping each with … Continue reading »
Oregon will help reopen lumber mill
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:29:45 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced $5 million in funding, from tax credits and a state loan, to allow Josephine County's last sawmill to reopen and convert to cutting small logs from forest thinning and ecological restoration projects. The governor said Friday the funding helps maintain a healthy timber industry needed to protect forests.
Oregon Senate votes down class-action bill
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:37:58 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) â The Oregon Senate has voted down a bill that would have used unclaimed money from class-action judgments to boost funding for lawyers who serve the poor. Moderate Democrat Betsy Johnson joined all 14 Republicans to block the measure on Thursday. ...
County residents get measures on ballot
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 04:18:13 GMT
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com GRANTS PASS, Ore.-Josephine County residents added three measures to May's ballot through a petition. Measure 17-58, 17-59, and 17-60 will be voted on by county residents during the May 20 election. According to Josephine County Clerk, Art Harvey, the first of these measures would place restrictions on genetically engineered plants. ...
Josephine County to vote on jail funding
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:33:12 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) â Josephine County will be voting on another measure to raise taxes to keep the jail open. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the Josephine County Clerk's Office verified Tuesday that backers gathered enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the May ballot. ...