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Salvation Army Expands Cooling Station Services in Medford
In response to the extreme heat weather advisory and the urgent need for relief in the community, The Salvation Army Medford is proud to announce the expansion of its cooling station services to include a brand-new indoor resting area. This addition provides a comfortable and safe space for individuals and families to seek respite from the scorching temperatures. The expanded cooling station services, now featuring an indoor resting area, will be available next week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 1PM-5PM next week at The Salvation Army main office at 304 Beatty Street in Medford. The Salvation Army will continue to operate other Cooling Station services throughout the week. Other cooling services including access to free water, snacks and a fan are available at their Social Services Office at 922 North Central Avenue in Medford open Monday Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Posted on 8/12/23 6:03AM by Chuck Benson

Fire Weather Watch Issued by National Weather Service
Hot, dry, windy and unstable conditions are expected this upcoming week due to a
strong ridge that is forecast to build in over the region beginning Sunday, with temperatures expected to rise well into the triple digits for most locations west of the Cascades. Due to the changing conditions the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch that will be in effect from Monday afternoon through Monday evening. The affected areas include Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Glendale, Medford, Ashland, Roseburg, Shady Cove, Butte Falls, Union Creek, Toketee Falls, Tiller, Sutherlin, and portions of the Umpqua and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests. Dry air will produce low afternoon humidity, and when combined with afternoon and evening winds, critical fire weather conditions are possible. Additionally, dry and unstable conditions could lead to rapid fire growth at the Flat Fire or any other active fires in the area. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.Winds are expected to be from the Northwest at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph with the humidity dropping to as low as 10 percent If you have not packed your fire kit yet, now is the time to do so. This includes items like important documents and essentials you cannot live without. Fill your vehicle's fuel tank. Visit ready.gov/kit for more information.
Plan now to avoid using equipment that could cause sparks during the period when critical weather conditions are possible. Visit weather.gov/medford/wildfire for links to fire restrictions in your area.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:56AM by Chuck Benson

Sheriff Asks for Public Help in Locating Missing Man
The Josephine County Sheriff’s office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man.
Friday the Sheriff’s office received a report that Michael MacKenzie was missing. Sunday, August 6th, Mr. MacKenzie left the Grants Pass area, leaving from a residence in either Grants Pass or Wimer, heading to Shasta Lake. The reporting party stated that as of Friday Mr. MacKenzie had not arrived at his destination. The concerned party was unsure of what vehicle he was driving. Mr. MacKenzie is described as a 70-year-old Caucasian male approximately six feet and one inch tall, weighing 185 pounds with gray hair and blue eye
Posted on 8/12/23 5:35AM by Chuck Benson

Emergency Officials Urging Residents to be Cautious during Upcoming Heatwave
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Josephine County Emergency Management is urging residents to be cautious as extreme heat invades southwest Oregon for much of next week, starting Sunday. The National Weather Service has posted an Excessive Heat Warning for Josephine, Jackson, central Douglas and eastern Curry counties that runs from 1 p.m. tomorrow through 11 p.m. Thursday. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures between 105 and 110 degrees are expected. At times, overnight low temperatures will not fall below 70 degrees for some locations. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those without air conditions or those participating in outdoor activities. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. The record-breaking heat across Oregon and the United States continues to pose health risks. Oregon's heatwaves have been getting worse in recent years. It's a trend that is expected to worsen, according to the Oregon Health Authority. OHA reports heatwaves can seriously affect the health of the elderly, infants and children, those who live or work outdoors, or have a chronic medical condition. Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty, but especially when working outside. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar because they can make your body lose water. Learn how to prevent, recognize and treat heat-related illnesse
Posted on 8/12/23 5:34AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Arrested Man Who Surrendered to Probation Officer Due to Warrants
Grants Pass Police arrested a man this week who turned himself because he was wanted on four outstanding warrants. According to the Police Department, officers placed 47-year-old William James Flannery into custody at the Josephine County Community Corrections Office on NW 4th Street. Police said Flannery surrendered to his corrections officer on four warrants out of Josephine County, Jackson County and Medford. He was wanted for Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief, Contempt of Court and Probation Violation.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:32AM by Chuck Benson
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Josephine County Sheriff Warning Residents of Attempted Telephone Scams
Over the last few weeks, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports regarding attempted telephone scams. In the reoccurring incidents, persons identify themselves as members of the Sheriff's Office and demand payment over the phone to avoid being arrested. Reported forms of payment and delivery have varied with each situation. Undersheriff Travis Snyder said the Sheriff's Office would like to remind you that law enforcement does not operate in this fashion. Funds are not solicited by law enforcement from citizens to avoid arrest. Snyder encourages citizens to remain vigilant and report any potential scams that come their way. He said people should never provide financial or personal information to anyone until they are certain to whom they are speaking. As with any of these sorts of scams, it's always a good idea to hand up and not provide any information over the phone. If you think it might be legitimate, search for the agency or business's phone number and call back to verify information that was relayed to verify information that was relayed to you.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:31AM by Chuck Benson
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Paid Leave Oregon Applications Start Monday & Benefits Start September 3rd
Oregon employment officials are preparing for a monumental undertaking: the launch of the state's new paid leave program. The program -- Paid Leave Oregon -- covers family leave, medical leave and safe leave for Oregonians with jobs. Starting Monday, Oregon workers can apply for benefits through the state's new program, but the first day workers can take paid leave through the program is September 3rd. The Oregon Capital Chronicle reports the state is the 12th in the nation with paid family and medical leave for workers, thanks to a bill the Legislature passed in 2019. Oregonians can qualify for leave for reasons that include having a new child, caring for themselves due to a serious health condition, caring for a family member due to a serious health condition, or experiencing themselves -- or their children experiencing -- sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment or stalking, which is called "safe leave." Thousands of Oregonians will benefit from the paid leave program. Officials have estimated about 41,000 claims for benefits initially and an average of 12,000 claims a month afterward.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:29AM by Chuck Benson
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DMV Office in Ashland Closed Next Week Due to Ongoing Staff Shortages
The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office in Ashland will be closed next week due to ongoing statewide staffing shortages. The office is normally open Tuesday through Thursday. The DMV Office in Cave Junction has been closed this week for the same reason. With limited staffing, the Oregon Department of Transportation recommends checking "DMV2U.Oregon.gov" to see if you can get your DMV service online or set an appointment. If you need to visit a DMV office is person in the Ashland area, ODOT encourages using the Medford office, which is open Monday through Friday. Any time you visit an office in person, first make sure that office is open and that you have all the documents you need by visiting "DMV.Oregon.org." Some services -- like adding the Real ID option to your license -- must be done in person.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:27AM by Chuck Benson
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Grants Pass City Council Gave Final Approval to Revamp Solar Access Standards
The Grants Pass City Council has given final approval to completely revamp the set of solar access standards for new development projects. The new ordinance approved by the Council last week replaces the city's old solar setbacks with a more streamlined and simplified approach to protecting solar access for rooftop systems. The updated rules go into effect on August 18th. The Energy Trust of Oregon is gearing up for another round of no-cost lighting upgrades for small businesses. If you own or operate a small business, complete the online intake form to sign up. You can find the link at Business Funding & Incentive Programs on the city's website at "grantspassoregon.gov." If you visited the Grants Pass Historic District this past week, you may have noticed a new feature "hanging around." Approximately 50 new banners were installed on antique light poles in the downtown area. The banners were created by the Historical Buildings & Sites Commission and approved by the City Council.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:26AM by Chuck Benson
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Day #4 of Josephine County Fair Features Truck & Tractor Pulls Plus Concerts
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It's Day 4 of the 2023 Josephine County Fair where there is still plenty of "Fun for the Whole Herd" with free gate admission. The 4th Annual 4TheKids Livestock Auction gets underway this morning at 9 in the Main Arena. It's organized by the Grants Pass Active Club. For the second straight night, the Truck and Tractor Pulls will entertain fairgoers at the Grandstand. The event starts at 6 p.m.. Admission is $10 and 12 years & under get in free. On the Carnival Stage, "Cloverdayle" will perform at 8 p.m., preceded by "Border Patrol" at 6:30. Gates open at 6. On the Pavilion Stage, it's Twinkle Time at 11:30 a.m. followed by "Ethereal Rebels" at noon, Family Hour at 1, Twinkle Time at 3 and 5:30, "Mike Brons Band" at 6:30 and "Casey 'n The Cutoffs" at 8. Plenty of exhibits are available for viewing in the Pavilion, Floral, Agriculture and Arts & Crafts buildings -- and don't miss seeing the farm animals, experiencing the carnival and eating fantastic fair food. The Fair is open today from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.. Parking is available at Rogue Community College with a free bus shuttle to and from the Fairgrounds.
Posted on 8/12/23 5:23AM by Chuck Benson
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Deputies Jailed Woman for Hitting Another with Rock at Swimming Hole
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman for allegedly hitting another woman in the head with a rock at an Applegate River swimming hole yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 30-year-old Paige Indianola Stewart for the incident at Turtle Lane County Park in the Fish Hatchery area on Thursday at 3:49 p.m.. Deputies said Stewart admitted to getting into a physical altercation with the victim over an unspecified dispute that had been ongoing the past few weeks. They said an investigation determined the two parties were getting ready to separate when Stewart picked up a softball-sized rock and hit the victim in the head, causing physical injury. According to the Sheriff's log, medical personnel responded to treat the victim -- but it was unclear whether the unidentified woman was taken to the hospital. The incident was witnessed by a couple of adults and at least six children. Paige Stewart was placed into custody and transported to Grants Pass where she was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Assault. She was still in custody this morning without any scheduled bail.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:37AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Wanted Man for Breaking into Known Drug House
Grants Pass Police jailed a wanted man for breaking into a well-known drug house in the northwest part of the city yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 34-year-old Timothy Evan Hall for the incident that occurred at a home in the 200-block of NW Blossom Drive at about 2 p.m. Thursday. Police said a neighbor to the shuttered residence called 9-1-1 to report they heard glass breaking and saw someone inside the vacant home. The caller advised they recognized the subject as a man who came to and then left the house that morning. An investigation determined that Hall had entered the house by breaking out a back window. He was placed into custody inside the home and had been trespassed from the premises on July 25th. Evan Hall was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Burglary, Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass as well as on two Grants Pass warrants for failing to appear in court for Criminal Trespass. According to the report, a bank now owns the house and workers have had to come out several times to board up the doors and windows following break-ins.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:36AM by Sam Marsh
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