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Art Along the Rogue Festival Gets Financial Boost from Charitable Foundation Grant
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Organizers for the Art Along the Rogue Festival in Grants Pass recently received a financial boost from a charitable organization in the northern Willamette Valley. The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation based in Wilsonville awarded the City of Grants Pass a $4,700 grant in support of the 20th anniversary of the event. The grant funds will pay for a 3-D chalk artist to create a large interactive art piece and to help expand the children's art programming through a booth where kids can learn from the artist. Art Along the Rogue is set for a three-day run from Friday, October 6th, through Sunday, October 8th, in downtown Grants Pass. Professional and amateur chalk artists will turn the area around 5th and H streets into masterpieces. Since its beginnings in 2003, Art Along the Rogue has grown into one of the city's premier community events. It is one of the leading street chalk and music festivals in the state, attracting thousands of visitors to Grants Pass each fall. The theme for this year's 20th annual event is "Blockbusters on the Block" and it will include artwork featuring movie nostalgia.
Posted on 9/12/23 5:55AM by Sam Marsh

California Man Died after Being Hit by Truck on Highway 62 in Jackson County
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A California man was killed this week when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Highway 62 in Jackson County. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the vehicle versus pedestrian crash near milepost 7 of Highway 62 late Wednesday night. Troopers said the preliminary investigation indicated 48-year-old Joshua Branca of Manhattan Beach, California, entered the eastbound travel lane on foot and was hit by a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by 63-year-old Ronald Miller of Eagle Point. According to OSP, Branca was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics while Miller was not injured. Highway 62 was impacted for approximately three hours during the on-scene investigation. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation. OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Eagle Point Police Department, Jackson County Fire District 3, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh

JMET Dismantled another Illegal Marijuana Growing Site in the Illinois Valley
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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) raided another illegal cannabis growing operation in the Illinois Valley this week. With assistance from Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety, JMET served a search warrant in the 5,000-block of Rockydale Road on Thursday. During execution of the warrant, more than 2,400 marijuana starter plants were seized and destroyed. The site also had multiple electrical and water code violations that could result in criminal forfeiture of the property. According to JMET, the primary suspect was not at the location during the raid. If located, they will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details about the case are being released at this time.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Arrested Motorist for Trying to Elude Troopers & Reckless Driving on I-5
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for attempting to elude troopers while driving recklessly on Interstate 5 in Jackson and Josephine counties this week. OSP reports state troopers received multiple complaints of a reckless driver on the freeway late Thursday afternoon. Prior to entering Josephine County, the suspect crashed into a vehicle in Jackson County and continued driving north. Troopers located the Dodge Ram pickup driven by 61-year-old Rex Alden Lane still driving recklessly in the northbound lanes of I-5 in north Grants Pass. They attempted to stop Lane, but he refused to yield and led a law enforcement pursuit all the way to Sunny Valley where he was pinned in by troopers at the off-ramp. According to OSP, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office assisted with the pursuit and custody of the driver. Rex Lane was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving. A charge of Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage was referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for consideration.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh
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Wolf Creek Man Collared on Local Warrants after Riding ATV on Public Road
A Wolf Creek man was arrested on two outstanding warrants this week after the Oregon State Police caught him riding an all-terrain vehicle on a public roadway. OSP reports troopers tried to stop 46-year-old Jared Marius Anderson near the corner of Bloom Road and Coyote Creek Road on Thursday around 9:30 p.m.. Troopers said Anderson jumped off the ATV and fled on foot, but he was found a short time later attempting to hide in the brush. They said it was then discovered that he was wanted on two local warrants for failing to appear in court for several crimes. Jared Anderson was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:24AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Wolf Creek Woman for DUII after Interstate 5 Stop near Merlin
The Oregon State Police arrested a Wolf Creek woman for impaired driving this week during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near the Merlin Interchange. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 55-year-old Michelle Renee Attenhoffer in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 61 on Thursday afternoon. Troopers said they stopped Attenhoffer for multiple moving violations and she displayed indicators of impairment, so an investigation was performed. They said she performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a positive breath sample. Michelle Attenhoffer was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. She was cited to appear in court and then released at the Sobering Center.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:23AM by Sam Marsh
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Multiple Agencies Extinguished Vegetation Fire on Indian Creek Road in IV
Multiple agencies extinguished a vegetation fire in the Illinois Valley last night. On Friday at 6:05 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service and Rural Metro Fire Department responded to what was first reported to be a possible structure fire at the end of Indian Creek Road. IVFD Chief John Holmes said arriving units found a 3.9-acre vegetation fire. He said a bulldozer was staged at Draper Valley Road. Due to an aggressive initial attack that included several helicopter water drops, the fire was completely contained and mop-up was underway by 10 p.m.. The incident was monitored by firefighters overnight. Chief Holmes said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Schroeder Lane Storm Drain Project Set to Resume Monday for Two Months
The City of Grants Pass has announced that the Schroeder Lane Storm Drain Project is scheduled to resume next week and it will last around two months. On Monday, CPI will begin installing storm drain pipe and manholes from Leonard Road to Schroeder Park. The estimated completion time is mid-November, depending on the weather. Traffic will be down to one lane during construction hours, so motorists are encouraged to watch for changing road conditions and expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Every effort will be made by the contractor to minimize disruptions and ensure driveway access to residents is available. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take alternate routes. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through. For more information on this construction project, call CPI at (541)-862-2390.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Smith River Complex Crews Successful with Strategic Burning Operations on Wildfire
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Firefighters on the Smith River Complex initiated strategic burning operations on the north end of the fire near Forest Road 019. The operation was successful, aided by favorable weather conditions and low-intensity fire behavior. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team reported this morning that the Smith River Complex was holding at 85,700 acres and containment was still 19%. More than 10,200 acres of the two-state wildfire complex is burning in Oregon. Total personnel assigned to the complex today is 2,091. On the northwest side of the wildfire, crews continue to work on preliminary steps for a potential contingency line near Forest Road 1107, scouting for a helispot, removing brush along the road and using heavy equipment. Firefighters will continue to evaluate opportunities to implement additional strategic burning operations over the next several days when weather conditions are expected to include warm temperatures and light winds. US Highway 199 is open to all traffic, but hazards from fire damage remain along the roadway. One-lane pilot car traffic may cause delays of 20 to 60 minutes. The Oregon Department of Transportation is set to resume its paving project on the Redwood Highway from Cave Junction south to the California border on Sunday, so watch for lane closures especially at night.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:07AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass-Based Dutch Bros will Sell $300 Million in Stock to Pay Down Current Debt
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Oregon drive-thru chain Dutch Bros said this week that it will issue another $300 million in stock and use most of the proceeds to pay down debt. The Oregonian reports news of the offering sent Dutch Bros shares down 5% in after-hours trading as investors anticipated the dilution of their current holdings. It's been two years since Dutch Bros debuted on Wall Street with the largest public offering in Oregon history, raising $550 million. The company used $200 million of that to repay past borrowing. The company, based in Grants Pass, said it expects to raise $286 million through the new offering after subtracting expenses. Dutch Bros said it will use $203 million of that to pay down $300 million in borrowing under a credit line and apply the rest to general corporate purposes. Dutch Bros had 754 shops in 14 western and southwestern states at the end of June, including 155 in Oregon. But the company has been expanding rapidly in Texas, where it has 131 shops, and plans to open shops soon in the southeast US. The chain aspires to have 4,000 stores nationwide within next 15 years.
Posted on 9/9/23 6:05AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Department Celebrates Fourth Birthday of K-9 Officer "Kick"
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The Grants Pass Police Department invites the community to join them in wishing one of their K-9 officers a happy birthday. K-9 "Kick" just celebrated his fourth birthday. He has become an outstanding partner to his handler -- Officer Lexi Pittman -- and is a valuable member of the law enforcement agency. The Grants Pass Police K-9 Team consists of two apprehension dogs including Kick, a scent-discerning bloodhound and a narcotics detection dog. Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman said the team consistently operates at a high level of success while working to keep Grants Pass as safe as possible. Happy Birthday Kick!
Posted on 9/9/23 6:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Woman for Threatening Man with Large Knife at His Campsite
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman yesterday for threatening a man with a knife at a homeless encampment in the south part of the city. The Police Department reports officers arrested 51-year-old Joelle Kathleen Dewitt for the incident in the 1800-block of Meadow Glen Road at 10:35 a.m. Thursday. Police said a man was camping on the vacant lot adjacent to Asante Occupational Health when Dewitt arrived at his camp heavily intoxicated and brandishing a large kitchen knife which she used to threaten him with bodily harm. She left the scene in a vehicle before officers arrived, but they located her at her home. Dewitt was reportedly uncooperative with questioning, telling police she had not been with the man and she did not have knife. She later recanted her statement and her roommate advised the knife came from their residence. She admitted to having the knife, but denied threatening the man. The knife was seized as evidence. Based on the evidence, officers lodged Joelle Dewitt at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/8/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh
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