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SOU Receives Additional $1 Million in State Support to Build New Campus Solar Arrays
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Southern Oregon University continues to leverage state and federal support for renewable energy projects, with the Oregon Department of Energy announcing that the university will be awarded $1 million for the second straight year to build solar arrays on campus. SOU also received a $2 million congressional appropriation last December to produce all of the daytime electricity used on its Ashland campus. The Energy Department's Community Renewable Energy Grant Program awarded a total of $12 million to 39 recipients to support planning and construction of renewable energy or energy resilience projects. SOU's was one of seven projects that were awarded grants in the neighborhood of $1 million each. The most recent ODE grant will help pay for SOU's first parking lot solar array, which will consist of solar panels on steel structures in a lot adjacent to the Hawk Dining Commons. The structures will provide shading in addition to power generation, and the project will also pay for eight new electric vehicle charging ports -- expanding the university's total number of EV ports to 20. Current solar projects will increase SOU's generating capacity to about 16% of the electricity it uses on campus.
Posted on 8/8/23 5:57AM by Sam Marsh

2023 Josephine County Fair Starts Wednesday with the Theme "Fun for the Whole Herd"
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The 2023 Josephine County Fair starts tomorrow at the Fairgrounds in Grants Pass. The theme for this year's summer extravaganza is "Fun for the Whole Herd." For the second straight year, admission into the Fair is free. In addition to the carnival rides, informative exhibits, animals and great food, incredible entertainment is coming your way this week. On Wednesday, it's Colt Ford and on Thursday, it's country crooner Josh Turner. Friday features "Heart by Heart" with Steve Fossen and Michael Derosier. Saturday has the country duo "Cloverdayle." Both Friday and Saturday, the always popular Truck & Tractor Pulls take over the Grandstand area. While those events require admission, there will be plenty of free entertainment on the Midway Stage. The Fair is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.. Parking will be available at Rogue Community College with free bus service to and from the Fairgrounds. For more information about the 2023 Josephine County Fair, please visit "josephinecountyfairgrounds.com."
Posted on 8/8/23 5:53AM by Sam Marsh

GP Man Jailed for Violating Restraining Order and Stealing Victim's EBT Card
A Grants Pass man was arrested for violating a court order following a weekend domestic disturbance at a residence in the Redwood area. Grants Pass Police responded to the reported disturbance at a home in the 2600-block of Raydean Drive on Saturday around 4:30 p.m.. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that 28-year-old Rayne Allen Teague had broken into her house in violation of a restraining order she had obtained on him. She told officers he left the scene driving a Subaru Legacy. They located the suspect vehicle a short time later and pulled it over at the Town & Country Market on Redwood Avenue. Teague reportedly admitted that he had spent the previous night at the location from which he had been prohibited. During a consent search, a food stamp card belonging to the woman was found in his pants pocket and the woman confirmed he had taken it from her. Rayne Teague was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation and 3rd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:48AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nailed Merlin Man for Violating Court Order after West Pickett Creek Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Merlin man for violating a court order after he was found in the company of the protected party during a weekend traffic stop. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Ford Explorer driven by 54-year-old Charles Leroy Wheeling on a BLM road off West Pickett Creek Road on Friday shortly before 8 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped Wheeling for a traffic violation and they discovered a 43-year-old Merlin woman hiding under clothing in the rear of the vehicle. It was determined that the passenger had a valid restraining order against the driver, so the driver was placed into custody for the violation of Oregon Revised Statutes. Charles Wheeling was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. He was also cited for an unspecified traffic violation and was being held without bail.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:46AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Statewide Fugitive after Park Ordinance Violation Complaint
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant while investigating a weekend ordinance violation at Westholm Park. The Police Department reports officers arrested 32-year-old Terry Justin DeWolf at the park on SW Wildwood Avenue on Saturday at 11:37 a.m.. Police said they contacted DeWolf in his tent, which was up against the northeast corner of the park. They said a property owner had called in the violation after the man did not move his tent despite being contacted about it on Friday. DeWolf was found to be wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. At his request, his tent and belongings were left at the park.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:44AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Two Men for Stealing from WinCo Food Store Late Friday
Grants Pass Police arrested two men for stealing merchandise from a local supermarket during separate incidents on the same day late last week. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Friday at 6:05 p.m. when officers responded to a shoplifting complaint involving 21-year-old Alexander David Lalev at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane. Police said Lalev stole $102.39 worth of items from WinCo by concealing them in his backpack and not making any attempt to purchase the merchandise. He was detained by loss prevention and eventually admitted to the heist before being lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft. The second incident happened on Friday at 8:55 p.m. when officers were alerted to a shoplifting complaint involving 37-year-old Drew Thomas Randall at WinCo. Officers said Randall concealed a pack of batteries valued at just over $13 in his right back pocket and passed all points of sale without paying. He was detained by loss prevention and charged with 3rd-Degree Theft before being lodged in jail.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:43AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Collared Trio on Outstanding Warrants after Josephine County Contacts
The Oregon State Police arrested three people on outstanding warrants after weekend contacts in Josephine County. OSP reports the first incident occurred on Friday at 5:28 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a Ford Ranger pickup driven by 35-year-old Brandon Bowler near the corner of Monument Drive and Haylees Way. Troopers said they stopped Bowler for expired vehicle registration and discovered that he was wanted on a statewide felony warrant for failing to appear in court. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. The second incident happened on Friday at 9:56 p.m. when troopers pulled over a GMC Sierra pickup driven by 43-year-old Daren Alan McCollum near the corner of Kerby Avenue and Lister Street in Cave Junction. Troopers said they stopped McCollum for a traffic violation and found him to be wanted on a local warrant for Contempt of Court. The third incident took place on Saturday at 10:47 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Ford Explorer driven by 34-year-old Holli Danier Olson in the 12,100-block of Lower River Road. Troopers did not specify the reason for the contact, but they learned that Olson was wanted on an arrest warrant for 3rd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:40AM by Sam Marsh
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Troopers Nabbed Motorists for DUII after Weekend Stops in Josephine County
The Oregon State Police arrested two motorists for impaired driving following weekend traffic stops in Josephine County. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Friday at 6:44 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a Honda Accord driven by 23-year-old Lane Scott Kasiah on Williams Highway near New Hope Road. Troopers said they stopped Kasiah for speeding and he displayed obvious signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a positive breath sample. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and then released to his girlfriend. The second incident happened on Friday at 10:22 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Toyota Corolla driven by 46-year-old Ken Santana Johnson in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 65. Troopers said they stopped Johnson for speeding with no headlights. They said he rapidly approached a Subaru Outback and collided with the vehicle. No one was hurt, but both vehicles sustained moderate damage. Johnson displayed signs of impairment, performed poorly in sobriety tests and was taken to the Sobering Center where he was charged with DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving along with several moving citations.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:38AM by Sam Marsh
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Crews Doused 2 Small Fires in Jackson County Sunday Afternoon & Evening
A small fire near Gold Hill temporarily shut down a section of Highway 234 last night. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District #3 and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the grass fire near the intersection of the highway and Sams Valley Road. Deputies said arriving units found multiple power lines down and a grass fire that was estimated to be about a half-acre in size. They shut down the highway while crews worked to bring the fire under control and then mop it up. In an 8:40 p.m. update, the Sheriff's Office reported the fire was under control, but Highway 234 would be closed for another 30 minutes. There were no evacuations necessary due to the blaze. On Sunday afternoon, ODF and Fire District #3 battled a grass fire on Dahlia Terrace northwest of Eagle Point. Numerous engines and helicopters as well as an air attack plane were ordered due to the close proximity of the fire to homes. Crews were able to knock down the flames, stop forward progress and line the one-acre fire very quickly. No evacuations were ordered. ODF said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:37AM by Sam Marsh
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Quick Action by Resident Prevented Kitchen Fire from Destroying Rural Home
Quick action by a resident with a fire extinguisher and garden hose prevented a weekend kitchen fire from destroying a home in the Shan Creek area. On Saturday at 12:49 p.m., Rural Metro Fire Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a structure fire in the 300-block of Elkhorn Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found the flames had been reduced to smoldering areas around the stovetop and cabinets, with a minor extension into the attic. There were no reported injuries. Fire officials recommend to avoid using the stovetop as counter-space, even when the elements are not in use. Unintentional fires like this one can occur if a knob is accidentally turned on, even at its lowest setting. In the unfortunate event a fire does occur, having a fire extinguisher located within easy reach can be instrumental in keeping a fire small. Also, always have working smoke alarms throughout your home.
Posted on 8/7/23 11:34AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Jailed for Weekend Shooting Death of another Man on SW Isham Street
A Grants Pass man was jailed for the weekend shooting death of another man at a southwest city residence. The Grants Pass Police Department reports the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received several 9-1-1 calls about a shooting that occurred in the 1200-block of SW Isham Street on Saturday at about 11:20 p.m.. Upon arrival, police found the victim lying in the home's front yard. Officers provided immediate emergency care to 36-year-old Travis Economy and he was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Grants Pass police detectives and members of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office responded to investigate the shooting. The investigation determined the shooting had occurred during an altercation at the residence between Economy and 22-year-old Asa Daniel Krueger, who fled the scene. Krueger was eventually tracked down and placed into custody on Sunday. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on felony charges of 2nd-Degree Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was being held without bail pending arraignment in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Posted on 8/7/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Pointing Firearm at Another during Weekend Dispute
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for pointing a firearm at another man during a weekend dispute. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 22-year-old Damian Dean Wayland for the incident that occurred at a home in the 1,000-block of NE Savage Street on Saturday at 2:16 a.m.. Police said Wayland carried a concealed handgun to the residence where he became involved in a dispute with another man before pulling the gun out and pointing it at the other man, causing him to be in fear for his life. Wayland then fled the area in a vehicle with three other people. Officers located the vehicle at a home on NE Beacon Drive and detained four subjects including Wayland. No handgun was found initially, but a search of the area located it stashed in a small pile of wood. Wayland was taken into custody and the gun was seized as evidence. He was found to be the respondent in a restraining order with a firearm prohibition. Damian Wayland was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Pointing a Firearm at Another Person, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Menacing, Contempt of Court and Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 8/7/23 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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