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RVACT will Meet Virtually to Discuss Local Transportation Issues on Tuesday Morning
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The Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation (RVACT) will meet virtually on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m.. RVACT meetings are held to discuss state transportation projects and issues in Jackson and Josephine counties. Tomorrow's agenda includes 2024 budget information, the ODOT Strategic Action Plan, construction project updates, regional updates and a work plan discussion for future meetings. The meeting is open to the public and time will be set aside for public input. For the Zoom link to join the meeting, call (503)-986-4188 or use the statewide relay at 7-1-1.
Posted on 11/13/23 5:37AM by Sam Marsh

Sheriff’s Deputies Jail 65-Year-Old for Menacing with Semi-Automatic Pistol
Friday evening, shortly after 6 p.m. Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Horizon Hills Road after a 911 call reported a man pointing a gun at her husband. The victims, a man and his father, were reportedly returning goats that were running at large to the suspect, identified as 65-year-old Silvestre Antonio Bazan. Bazan allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the pair.Details in the Sheriff’s log were sketchy however at 7:49 p.m. it was reported that Bazan was in custody. Silvestre Bazan was transported to and lodged in the Josephine County jail on two counts of unlawful use of a weapon-aggravated assault, one charge of menacing-intimidation/threat and one charge of menacing-aggravated assault.
Posted on 11/11/23 6:13AM by Chuck Benson

Holiday Card Contest Returns for Fourth Year in Grants Pass School District 7
It's time to cast your vote in the Grants Pass School District Holiday Card Contest and time is running out. For the 4th year, District 7 is holding a districtwide art contest to select the artwork for holiday cards. Dozens of students participated this year, creating beautiful holiday card designs with pencil, paint, marker and more. Designs focus on the spirit and beauty of the holiday and winter seasons.This year, 25 card designs are in the running for the categories of K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12 along with the People's Choice from all grade levels. Grade-level winners are picked by a district judging panel which includes the Grants Pass School Board, Superintendent Tim Sweeney, printshop designers and district staff. The holiday card contest was started in 2020 as a way to bring the entire school community together during distance learning brought on by the pandemic. Now it's become a tradition that brings the community together to celebrate student art. Voting is underway now and anyone is welcome to cast their vote for the People's Choice Award through Sunday. Winners will be announced Monday and student artists will be recognized at next Tuesday's Board of E
Posted on 11/11/23 5:15AM by Chuck Benson

Green Dot Travel Restrictions for Elk Hunting in Effect through November 17th
Elk hunting season has once again prompted Green Dot travel restrictions in the High Cascades Ranger District of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Beginning in 1985, the Forest and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife entered into an agreement to restrict motorized vehicles on a portion of roads on the ranger district during the General Cascade Bull Elk Season. The Upper Rogue Cooperative Travel Management Area -- also known as Green Dot -- road restriction started this week and is in place through November 17th. The objectives of the Green Dot restrictions are to promote quality hunting, minimize harassment of wildlife, maintain adequate bull escapement, and protect soils and wildlife habitat. During the restricted period, off-highway vehicles are not allowed on the northern portion of the High Cascades Ranger District north of the Middle Fork Rogue River. Off-highway vehicles are only allowed on Green Dot roads between the Middle Fork Rogue River and Oregon Highway 140
Posted on 11/11/23 5:14AM by Chuck Benson
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SOREDI Touts Ribbon Cutting for Pacific Wall Systems Expansion in Phoenix
Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), is pleased to announce that Pacific Wall Systems has been expanded to its new headquarters based in Phoenix and will hold a celebratory ribbon-cutting on Monday. All are invited to attend the celebration beginning at 10 a.m., Refreshments and tours are planned. Established in 2007, Pacific Wall Systems is a family-owned entity led by President and CEO Konny Knecht. Its first location was in Medford within an indoor facility that it quickly outgrew before moving to a new location in Central Point. For numerous years, they wanted to expand which meant finding a larger permanent home for the business. Director of Marketing Nancy Mansfield said when the building that formerly housed Boise Cascade in Phoenix became available to lease, they jumped on it. The company now has over 80 employees and serves Oregon, Washington and California. The company expansion was particularly welcome to the City of Phoenix, which continues to rebound from the wildfire disaster of 2020. SOREDI was introduced to this expansion project in October 2021 after a referral from the City of Ashland, noting the company was considering developing a new facility there and needed assistance.
Posted on 11/11/23 5:12AM by Chuck Benson
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Rogue Community College Welcomes New Executive Director of the Foundation
Rogue Community College recently announced that Dan Ruby has been selected as the new executive director of the RCC Foundation. His appointment is effective on December 1st.With a background in higher education and a strong commitment to community engagement, RCC officials said Ruby brings a wealth of experience to his new position. RCC President Randy Weber said Ruby is going to be a great addition to the Foundation and college leadership team. He said they're confident his existing relationships in the Rogue Valley will serve them well as they grow their efforts in helping students realize their educational goals. Ruby's career began at the University of Nevada-Reno where he worked as an instructor and eventually became the director of the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center in the College of Extended Studies. He was also the director of K-12 Engagement and Public Outreach for theCollege of Education. With a master's degree in secondary education and a focus on connecting high school students to careers and technical education through hands-on experience, Ruby is dedicated to education. He continues to participate in space science research and is actively involved in the community including serving on the board of the Ashland School District. In 2018, Ruby moved to Ashland to lead ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum. In 2020, he transitioned to helping with fire recovery efforts and integrated health, housing and human services as the Senior Director for Rogue Community Health.
Posted on 11/11/23 5:11AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Causing Disturbance at River City Grill Bar
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman this week for causing a disturbance at a downtown bar. The Police Department reports officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 43-year-old Diana Marie Reynolds at River City Grill on SE K Street late Thursday night. Police said they contacted Reynolds and she displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a narcotic stimulant. They said she was yelling racially insensitive comments toward bar patrons at the top of her lungs and refused to leave the business when asked to so by an employee. A records check showed that Reynolds had previously been trespassed from the bar on October 18th. She reportedly displayed aggressive behavior toward officers and pulled away from them before they placed her into custody.
Posted on 11/11/23 5:09AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Department Investigation Led to Arrest of Woman for Felony Assault
A Grants Pass Police Department investigation has led to the arrest of a woman on a felony assault charge. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 59-year-old Marjorie Rose Anderson in the 2200-block of Rogue River Highway on Thursday. No details about the investigation have been disclosed, but Anderson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Assault and she was being held without bail. Anderson has at least four arrests on her record since September 29th when deputies found her sitting in a ditch near the intersection of Upper River Road and Azalea Drive Cutoff. She walked away from deputies and was eventually arrested for Disorderly Conduct. More recently, Anderson was arrested Monday for shoving another woman to the ground in downtown Grants Pass. The incident was witnessed by several people and resulted in her arrest for Physical Harassment and Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 11/11/23 5:08AM by Chuck Benson
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MADGE Arrest on Highway 97 outside Chiloquin Yields 117 Pounds of Fentanyl
An arrest made by the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team in Klamath County this week yielded 117 pounds of the deadly narcotic fentanyl. On Wednesday evening, MADGE intercepted a vehicle on Highway 97 outside of Chiloquin after investigators received information that the vehicle was transporting large amounts of narcotics between Southern California and Washington state. With assistance from the Oregon State Police, investigators stopped the vehicle and Medford Police K-9 "Brodie" alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle uncovered 117 pounds of fentanyl in powder and pill form. A loaded 9-millimeter handgun was also located in the vehicle. The arrested suspect was identified as 20-year-old Jothan Paul Barrios-Chable of Portland.The MADGE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts and dismantles local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations using intelligence-driven, multi-agency prosecutor support.The team is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which is composed of members from the Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Jackson County Parole & Probation, Homeland Security and the FBI.
Posted on 11/11/23 5:06AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Jailed Man for Attacking 2 People with Machete at Treatment Center
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for attacking two people with a machete near a regional addiction treatment center yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 39-year-old Frank Charles Williams for the incident outside ADAPT in the 300-block of NE Beacon Drive on Thursday at 2:40 p.m.. Police said Williams was unprovoked when he approached two people who were standing in front of the center and tried to assault them. They said the first victim blocked the strikes with his arms and believed the weapon must still have been sheathed as he sustained a very minor injury before fleeing from the suspect. The second victim was unharmed after he fled from the attack. Williams then returned to his home across the street, came out on his own when police arrived on scene and was placed into custody without incident. Frank Williams was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts each of Felony Attempted 2nd-Degree Assault and Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon, plus the resulting Parole Violation stemming from a criminal mischief conviction. He was being held without bail and the machete was seized as evidence.
Posted on 11/10/23 11:32AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Felon on Weapons Charge after Home Depot Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on a felony weapons charge while performing a welfare check at Home Depot yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident at the store on NE Mill Street around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. Police said a Home Depot employee called 9-1-1 to report two male and female subjects passed out in a Subaru Forester in the store parking lot. The caller said the vehicle had no license plates and the subjects had not moved for about 30 minutes. Responding officers contacted 39-year-old Michael Cecil Mokres and a woman identified as McKayla Harris in the Subaru. Mokres was found to be in possession of a firearm that was concealed in his waistband. Police also found a large amount of drug paraphernalia in the vehicle that was seized and destroyed. Michael Mokres was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was being held without bail. Mokres and Harris were also cited to appear in court for the narcotics violations. Both were trespassed from Home Depot.
Posted on 11/10/23 11:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Motorist for Felony DUII after Multiple Traffic Complaints
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for felony impaired driving last night after multiple traffic complaints that started in the city and ended on Interstate 5. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a Nissan Crossover driven by 37-year-old Matthew Gary Beard in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 56 on Thursday around 9:30 p.m.. Police said Beard had been called in as a traffic complaint because he could not maintain his travel lane and nearly struck several motorists. The reports began on the Grants Pass Parkway near SE M Street and continued on the Parkway when one motorist followed the suspect vehicle onto the freeway. OSP was notified. Beard reportedly struck a guardrail on I-5 and nearly crashed with several other cars before he was pulled over. He showed indicators of impairment due to the use of multiple narcotic substances and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. Matthew Beard was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Endangering and Driving While Suspended. His vehicle was towed to the impound yard.
Posted on 11/10/23 11:29AM by Sam Marsh
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