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Southern Oregon University's Highest Award Goes to Three Retired Faculty Members
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Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented three retired faculty members with the highest recognition of service to the college during a celebration in the Rogue River Room of SOU's Stevenson Union in Ashland last month. On January 9th, the SOU President's Medal was awarded to poet Lawson Fusao Inada, artist Betty LaDuke and linguist Grace Tapp Kocks. President Bailey said "these three extraordinary scholars and teachers served our university with brilliance for a combined 99 years, and also distinguished themselves as significant innovators in their individual fields of study." The SOU President's Medal was established in 1984 and it's the university's highest tribute, awarded as often as once per year to one or more community members who are distinguished by their actions and contributions. It has previously been awarded to 59 individuals and organizations. Recipients of the medal are recognized for their exemplary service to SOU and the community, and for demonstrating compassion, integrity, generosity, leadership and courage.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:38AM by Sam Marsh
 

JOCO Deputies Arrest & Jail 3 Friday
Josephine County Sheriff’s deputies executed three arrests Friday with all three listed as incarcerated. Friday morning at 10:09 Melia Lei Mitchell, 33, made contact at the Sheriff’s office and was determined to have valid warrants from the Winston Police Department for failure to appear on criminal mischief charges. The Sheriff’s log indicates Mitchell was lodged. Friday afternoon at 1:50 Christopher Harwood, 36, also made contact at the Sheriff’s office and was determined to have a valid warrant from Lawrence Colorado for aggravated assault. The Sheriff’s log also indicated Harwood was lodged, however neither Harwood of Mitchell remained in custody Saturday morning. Deputies made contact with 46-year-old Donald Merrill Doney in the 100 block of Deer Creek Road and arrested him on two Josephine County Sheriff’s office warrants.
Posted on 2/10/24 6:06AM by Chuck Benson
 

34th Annual Ross Roe Memorial Youth Tree Plant Wraps Up Today near GP
The Josephine County Forestry Department is wrapping up the 34th Annual Ross Roe Memorial Tree Plant today on timber land located southwest of Grants Pass. Thousands of youth from local schools, scout groups, 4-H clubs and other groups in Josephine and Jackson counties participate in this event every year. It's a great hands-on and fun experience for youth in our community to learn about trees and the forest. The late-Ross Roe started the event to get kids out of the classroom and into nature. It is now named in his honor by volunteers and coworkers who worked alongside him to hold the annual event. The three-day event at the site off Stringer Gap Road is the only continuous youth tree plant in the state of Oregon. Each year, the Josephine County Emergency Communications Team uses their radios to communication with the volunteers and Early Day Gas Engine Tractor Club to give hay rides while transporting the kids up and down a one-way road. Participating youth are allowed to place a personal tag on trees they plant so they can come back to see their work in the future.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:34AM by Chuck Benson
 

US Senator Wyden Holding Monday Town Hall Meeting at RCC Campus in GP
US Senator Ron Wyden will be holding a town hall meeting in Josephine County early next week. The town hall will take place in the Rogue Community College Redwood Campus Student Union Building on Monday at 3:30 p.m.. It's located at 3345 Redwood Highway in Grants Pass. Senator Wyden makes an effort every year to visit every county in Oregon, and these town halls are great opportunities for residents to share concerns and to thank the lawmaker for his work. Wyden has held a total of 966 town hall meetings where he refrains from speeches, listens to the concerns of Oregonians and answers questions. Learn more about the senator's priorities in Washington DC.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:32AM by Chuck Benson
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Oregon SNAP Households in 27 Counties with Food Destroyed Can Get Benefits
Oregonians who lost food purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits due to the recent winter storms and power outages are encouraged to request replacement benefits from the Oregon Department of Human Resources. Locally, households who receive SNAP and live in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties have until February 16th to request replacement benefits for food that was destroyed or spoiled due to winter storms and power outages. Households who live outside of these and 23 other counties must request replacement benefits within 10 days of the loss per the normal process. Households who disposed of food bought with SNAP benefits that was destroyed due to these events can request that replacement benefits be issued for the cost of the lost food. The maximum amount of SNAP that can be replaced is the value of the food up to the normal monthly benefit for the household. Households should be prepared to provide a list of the lost food, the cost to replace it and they may have to provide proof of the event that destroyed the food.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:30AM by Chuck Benson
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City of Medford Approved $23,000 Grant to Attract Local Health Care Providers
The City of Medford recently approved a $23,000 grant to help attract local health care providers. The Rogue Valley Times reports the recipient of this grant is the newly-formed Southern Oregon Alliance of Physicians & Providers (SOAPP). With a current budget of $75,000, SOAPP will recruit primary care providers to Southern Oregon using the funds for transportation, food and lodging. Brent Kell, SOAPP Board Chair and CEO of Valley Immediate Care, said though the pay scale is low, emphasizing the quality of life in Southern Oregon hopefully will outweigh more attractive offers in other areas. He said it's about creating awareness of that makes the Rogue Valley a good place to live and work. One key factor that makes Southern Oregon unique is Oregon House Bill 2902, which requires insurance companies to reimburse at the same rate for any health care provided by physician assistants as doctors. Another is Oregon has one of the lowest Medicare reimbursement rates in the nation. Kell also believes having a residency program in Southern Oregon would attract new recruits.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:28AM by Chuck Benson
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Josephine County Search & Rescue Unit Announces Passing of K9 Rex This Week
With deep regret and sadness, Josephine County Search & Rescue has announced the passing of its lead K-9 "Rex." It's a sad time for the Search & Rescue Team and particularly for Rex's handler Melissa Madsen. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. K-9 Rex joined the local Search & Rescue unit in July 2015. During his time with the unit, he became certified in wilderness air scent by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association. Rex recorded numerous hours of training, mission searches and community events for Josephine County as well as neighboring counties.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:27AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Apprehended Theft Suspect after Responding to Drug Overdose at Park
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted in connection with a recent theft case when they responded to a drug overdose at a city park early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 37-year-old Kelcey Edwin Cummings at Kesterson Park at the corner of NE 6th Street and Evelyn Avenue on Friday at 1:38 a.m.. Police said someone at the park called 9-1-1 to report that a camper had overdosed on narcotics. The unidentified caller stated they were told to call for an ambulance. They did not know who was overdosing or on what, but they suspected it might be fentanyl.
Medics responded to the park, performed CPR and were able to revive the patient, who also was not identified.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:25AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Jailed Felon for Fraud and More after He Tried to Cash Stolen Check
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for fraud and weapon crimes this week after he tried to cash a stolen check in the downtown area. The Police Department reports officers arrested 28-year-old Luke Wyatt Mulligan at Ace Cash Express on SE 7th Street on Thursday afternoon. Police said Mulligan attempted to cash a stolen check for $948.33 at the business. They said an employee called the check owner who advised his checks were stolen from his mailbox and his signature was forged. The suspect was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a spring-activated double-edged knife. A records check showed Mulligan was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a knife. He was also found to be in possession of a blank check from the same bank account. The victim was contacted and he advised there were other fraudulent transactions from the stolen checks
Posted on 2/10/24 5:24AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Jailed Felon for Fraud and More after He Tried to Cash Stolen Check
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for fraud and weapon crimes after he tried to cash a stolen check in the downtown area yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 28-year-old Luke Wyatt Mulligan at Ace Cash Express on SE 7th Street on Thursday at 12:59 p.m.. Police said Mulligan attempted to cash a stolen check for $948.33 at the business. They said an employee called the check owner who advised his checks were stolen from his mailbox and his signature was forged. The suspect was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a spring-activated double-edged knife. A records check showed Mulligan was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a knife. He was also found to be in possession of a blank check from the same bank account. The victim was contacted and he advised there were other fraudulent transactions from the stolen checks. The investigation is continuing. Luke Mulligan was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of 1st-Degree Forgery, Identity Theft, 2nd-Degree Theft and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. He was being held without bail and additional charges are pending.
Posted on 2/9/24 11:11AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Felon Jailed for Parole Violation after Causing Disturbance at Local Church
A Grants Pass felon was jailed for violating his post-prison supervision after he caused a disturbance at a local church early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 45-year-old Eric Delbert Rossiter near the Pinnacle 365 store on NE A Street on Thursday at 6:30 a.m.. Police said Rossiter was the subject of two calls related to his loud, strange and erratic behavior at the Bible Believers Baptist Church. The pastor of the church reported the suspect was sitting next to the building "throwing a fit and yelling very loudly." When officers located Rossiter near the store, he was standing in the street yelling, flailing his arms and making threats to fight. They were able to calm him down and place him into custody. Eric Rossiter was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct as well as the resulting Felony Parole Violation stemming from a previous criminal conviction. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/9/24 11:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Felon for Weapon Crime after Disturbance on Summit Loop
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a felon for a weapon crime last night during an investigation into a disturbance southeast of Grants Pass. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to reports of residential squatters engaged in a physical fight in the 1700-block of Summit Loop Road on Thursday around 6:20 p.m.. Deputies said several people were gathered in front of a home at that location yelling at each other and disturbing the neighborhood. They said one person told them a subject driving a car tried to hit them while a woman advised that her kids' father came over and they got into an argument. No other details were available. One of the people interviewed about the incident was identified as 39-year-old Matthew Pankey. He was uncooperative, detained and found to be in possession of brass knuckles in his pants pocket. The weapon was seized as evidence. Pankey was charged with Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. In lieu of being lodged in jail, he was cited to appear in court and then released.
Posted on 2/9/24 11:08AM by Sam Marsh
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