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Commission Meeting Features Presentation, Proclamation and One Action Item
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation, make a proclamation and take care of one action item during its weekly business session this morning. First on the agenda is a Tom Pearce Park Presentation. The installation of a new playground and other improvements at the park just east of Grants Pass have drawn rave reviews from citizens. The Board is scheduled to make an official proclamation naming July 16th-22nd to be "Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week." The lone action item on the agenda is consideration of an order that would initiate the formation of a road service district and set the first public hearing. As always, there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens in which attendees are given the opportunity to address the Board for up to three minutes on any topic. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 7/19/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
 

City of Grants Pass Conducting Backflow Testing in Residential Neighborhoods
The City of Grants Pass has commenced backflow testing this week for residential homes that participate in the program. An independent contractor started working this week on homes in the northwest and northeast parts of Grants Pass. This testing should run through August. Backflow testing for homes in southeast neighborhoods will happen in September and testing for homes in southwest neighborhoods is set to occur in October and November. If customers received a notice on their front door, they are requested to call Precision Backflow at (541)-916-5253. If customers have any questions or concerns, please call the Grants Pass Water Distribution Department at (541)-450-6134.
Posted on 7/19/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
 

Pacific NW Incident Management Team Reports Flat Fire Grew to 12,756 Acres This Morning
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Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 6 is reporting the size of the Flat Fire has increased by about 50% since yesterday. In a press release this morning, fire managers said infrared mapping last night and early today showed the wildfire had grown from just over 8,200 to 12,756 acres. The Flat Fire has spread toward Wild Horse Ridge up Lawson Creek on its west side, with dry vegetation and winds being the primary drivers of fire growth -- but northeast winds helped prevent the fire from being able to grow to the north. Wind direction and control lines created by firefighters have enabled crews to keep the wildfire from moving toward the community of Agness. Heavy smoke continues. Last night, firefighters had successful burnout operations in the northwest section and these will continue today if conditions allow. Small burnout operations enable firefighters to consume vegetation at the end of blaze and slow fire spread toward communities. Agness and Oak Flat remain under a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice, with an evacuation shelter established at Gold Beach High School. Personnel assigned to the Flat Fire this morning had grown to 516 including 17 hand crews backed by 10 engines, two water tenders, four bulldozers and seven helicopters. The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation. A community meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Agness Library Park.
Posted on 7/19/23 5:56AM by Sam Marsh
 

Oregon State Fire Marshal Launches Website to Educate Residents about Defensible Space
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To better prepare residents for wildfire and give them resources to help create defensible space, the Oregon State Fire Marshal has launched a new defensible space educational tool. The Oregon Defensible Space Program offers state-specific wildfire preparedness best practices, resources for download and an in-person defensible space property assessment request portal. Creating defensible space is something everyone can do to reduce the wildfire risk to their home or business. This website provides a one-stop shop for Oregonians with information and other resources they need to protect their homes and nearby neighborhoods. Whether people want to connect with local programs, gain insight into maintaining defensible space or begin a defensible space plan, property owners can find resources at "oregondefensiblespace.org." Defensible space can prevent ember ignition of your home and stop wildfire flames from reaching your home. It also creates a safer space for firefighters to work while battling a wildfire and protecting your home.
Posted on 7/19/23 5:54AM by Sam Marsh
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City of Grants Pass Accepting Applications for 20th Annual Art Along the Rogue Festival
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The City of Grants Pass is now accepting applications for artists and vendors who wish to participate in the 20th Annual Art Along the Rogue Festival this fall. The theme this year is "Blockbusters on the Block" when artists will use a favorite movie to fuel their inspiration. There are two headline artists already chosen for this year's event, plus plenty of 10' x 10' and 8' x 8' volunteer spaces available. It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow artists. Come be a part of the biggest Art Along the Rogue Festival yet. Since its conception in 2003, Art Along the Rogue has grown into one of Grants Pass' premier community events. It is one of the leading street chalk and music festivals in the state and it attracts thousands of visitors to Grants Pass each year. The dates of this year's Art Along the Rogue Festival are October 6, 7 and 8. For applications and more information, contact James Conway with the Grants Pass Economic Development Department at (541)-450-6071.
Posted on 7/19/23 5:52AM by Sam Marsh
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Commission Meeting Features Presentation, Proclamation and One Action Item
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hear a presentation, make a proclamation and take care of one action item during its weekly business session on Wednesday. First on the agenda is a Tom Pearce Park Presentation. The installation of a new playground and other improvements at the park just east of Grants Pass have drawn rave reviews from citizens. The Board is scheduled to make an official proclamation naming July 16th-22nd to be "Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week." The lone action item on the agenda is consideration of an order that would initiate the formation of a road service district and set the first public hearing. As always, there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens in which attendees are given the opportunity to address the Board for up to three minutes on any topic. Tomorrow's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 7/18/23 1:38PM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Felon for Parole Violation after Altercation at Sobering Center
Grants Pass Police jailed a local felon for violating his post-prison supervision following an altercation at the Sobering Center last night. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 24-year-old Zachary Randall Holmes after he struggled with them at the detox facility on Monday at 8:19 p.m.. Police said Holmes was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for medical clearance at the request of Sobering Center staff. While returning to the facility, they said he made numerous threats to harm officers and actively resisted arrest by throwing his body weight around, bracing his legs against the door frame and kicking backward while pushing officers onto a wall. No one was seriously hurt. Zachary Holmes was eventually subdued and placed into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Resisting Arrest as well as Felony Parole Violation stemming from previous convictions for crimes including Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Manufacture and Delivery of Drugs within 1,000 Feet of a School, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Contact with a Child, Identity Theft and Furnishing False Information to Police. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/18/23 11:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Violating Court Order by Entering Woman's Residence
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for violating a court order by breaking into the home of a protected party late yesterday. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 40-year-old David Brian Rich for the incident at a home in the 12,400-block of Redwood Highway near Wonder on Monday at 5:53 p.m.. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that Rich broke through the door of her residence while she was sleeping. They said he did not hurt the woman, but she had a valid restraining order prohibiting him from contacting her. After searching the property, deputies located Rich and placed him into custody. Rich was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/18/23 10:43AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Assaulting Daughter while Impaired by Alcohol
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for allegedly assaulting her daughter while heavily impaired by alcohol last night. The Police Department reports officers arrested 64-year-old Barbara Lynn O'Dell for the incident in the 1700-block of NW Daffodil Lane on Monday at 9:08 p.m.. Police said O'Dell's daughter called 9-1-1 to report that she and her mother had been drinking when they became involved in an argument. She stated that she started videoing her mother which made her upset and she starting throwing items in the residence, ultimately striking her daughter with a bottle. Upon arrival, officers observed swelling on the 38-year-old victim and they took O'Dell into custody. The daughter refused medical treatment. Barbara O'Dell was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault.
Posted on 7/18/23 10:42AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Jackson County Fugitive at Restaurant near Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police apprehended a local fugitive yesterday after searching for him at Riverside Park. The Police Department reports officers arrested 31-year-old Cody Wayne Luttrell at El Molcajete at the corner of East Park and South 7th streets at 11:10 a.m. on Monday. Police said they were looking for Luttrell at the city park because he was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Driving While Suspended. The suspect fled on foot when he spotted officers closing in. Cody Luttrell was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 7/18/23 10:40AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Stealing Merchandise from North Dollar Tree
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for stealing merchandise from the north Dollar Tree early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responding to a shoplifting call at the store on NW 6th Street on Monday around 9:20 a.m.. Police said 32-year-old Melia Lei Mitchell left Dollar Tree pushing a shopping cart full of items she had not paid for. They said she went out the side door, which set off an alarm. At first, workers thought she left the store in a vehicle. However, it was later determined that she fled on foot. Officers searched the area and located Mitchell hiding in the backyard of a nearby home on NW Manzanita Avenue. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft and the stolen items were returned to the store.
Posted on 7/18/23 10:39AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Cited Motorcyclist after He Crashed while Performing Stunt in South GP
The Oregon State Police cited a motorcyclist after he injured himself early yesterday while performing a stunt on Redwood Highway in south Grants Pass. According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle crash on US Highway 199 near Ringuette Street on Monday at 9:34 a.m.. Troopers said evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated that 20-year-old Riley Conner Solis was riding a Husqvarna Enduro motorcycle when he performed a wheelie and lost control, resulting in a crash. No other vehicles were involved in the mishap. Solis sustained minor injuries in the wreck and he was cited for an unspecified moving violation. The damaged motorcycle was released to his brother.
Posted on 7/18/23 10:38AM by Sam Marsh
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