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Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation Meeting Virtually on Tuesday
The Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation (RVACT) will meet virtually tomorrow morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m.. The virtual meeting is open to the public and time will be set aside for public input. RVACT meetings are held to discuss state transportation projects and issues in Jackson and Josephine counties. Tuesday's agenda includes information, public comment and updates on the 2027-30 State Transportation Improvement Program, the selection of a vacant Jackson County at-large position, a work plan discussion for future meetings, an update on Federal Aid Urban Boundary Classifications and local construction updates. For more information about RVACT, call Gary Leaming at (541)-774-6388.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
 

JCL Hosts Programs for Youth during Civics Week of Summer Reading Program
Josephine Community Library invites families to "V is for Voting" storytime for children and "Everyday Civics for Youth" for teens and young adults during Civics Week of the Summer Reading Program at the Grants Pass branch. It starts on Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with Everyday Civics for Youth in partnership with the Grants Pass Family YMCA. During this event, teens and young adults are invited to learn how to communicate with elected and public officials with a chance to meet local officials from the library district, school districts, and local and state government. "V is for Voting Storytime" is set for Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Children and their families are invited to learn about the power of voting with a storytime featuring "The President of the Jungle" by Andre Rodrigues. After the story, children will vote for their favorite book character and create their own campaign poster. During Civics Week, all four library branches in Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Williams and Wolf Creek are hosting a "craftivity" for children which is a cupcake liner "I Voted" badge and a "craftivity" for teens which is an embroidered "I Voted" badge. Through July 22nd, community members of all ages can also view "Who Can Vote? A Brief History of Voting Rights in the US," a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History at the Grants Pass branch library. The Summer Reading Program and related events are offered at no cost to participants.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
 

Multiple Agencies Combined Forces to Corral Dangerous Fire in North Valley Late Saturday
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Multiple agencies combined forces to extinguish a potentially dangerous fire in the North Valley area late Saturday. Rural Metro Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry, Jackson County Fire District #1 and the Applegate Valley Fire District were dispatched to a structure fire on South Pass Road off Saratoga Way around 4:25 p.m.. The first report came from a citizen who stopped by Rural Metro's North Valley Station on Monument Drive. Firefighters stepped outside and observed a large column of smoke to the southwest. They searched the neighborhood until they found a home fully-involved with flames that were spreading. A helicopter from ODF was utilized to help contain the spread and eliminate any threat to nearby homes. The blaze reached a three-alarm level, bringing additional crews from Jackson County to help relieve exhausted crews. One unidentified firefighter from Rural Metro was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation of heat exhaustion and has since been released. There were no other injuries reported. The fire is currently under investigation with assistance from the Oregon State Fire Marshal. Units from the Illinois Valley Fire District moved into the Grants Pass area to cover additional calls during the incident.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Police and Firefighters Logged another Busy Week of Community Protection
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged another busy week of activity while protecting the community. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 827 calls for service last week which resulted in 45 arrests, 34 citations, 56 warnings and three lodgings at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 45 traffic stops in the city. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 63 potential trouble-makers while citing 11 people and warning 32 others. The CRT unit trespassed 11 individuals from local homes and businesses while posting 60 transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 130 calls last week including 43 for emergency medical service, eight for reports of fire or smoke, 18 lift assists, 13 rescue situations and nine assists to other agencies. Firefighters also performed 53 business inspections, led one prevention program, assisted the public 11 times and properly installed four child car seats. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,000 emergency calls last week in addition to 1,644 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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ODOT Safety Improvements on Redwood Highway will Bring Delays Starting Tonight
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Drivers on Redwood Highway west of Grants Pass can expect delays of up to 20 minutes controlled by flaggers this week for highway safety improvements. On Monday through Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m,, ODOT contractor Knife River Materials and subcontractors will begin improvements on US Highway 199 from the Applegate River south to the California border. ODOT officials said this portion of the highway has a high fatality and serious injury rate when compared to other rural interstate highways. Along with new pavement between Cave Junction and O'Brien and chip-seal between O'Brien and the California border through this month and August, safety improvements include center-line and shoulder rumble strips and enhanced guardrail reflectors. Other features of the project include solar-powered speed feedback signs to slow traffic entering Selma and Kerby, advanced warning flashers with side road vehicle activation at Riverbanks Road and Deer Creek Road, and passive solar warning flashers placed northbound at Rockydale Road and southbound at Round Prairie Road.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Shady Cove Woman Jailed after Leading Law Enforcement on Lengthy Pursuit
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office jailed a Shady Cove woman for trying to elude deputies this week after they pulled her out of a burning vehicle. Late Wednesday night, a sheriff's deputy observed a female suspect with felony warrants at the Chevron in White City. When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the suspect eluded onto Antelope Road toward Table Rock Road. The deputy halted the pursuit, but the suspect was identified as 30-year-old Mindy Harrison. After the deputy deactivated lights and sirens, Harrison slowed down but was still in view. During this time, other law enforcement units began to converge in an attempt to get in front of her and spike her tires. A short time later, a deputy parked at the intersection of Ironwood and Leafwood drives in Eagle Point spotted the suspect and she accelerated away toward awaiting spike strips. An Eagle Point police officer successfully spiked Harrison's tires, but she continued to flee northbound on Rogue River Drive for about a mile on flattened tires before she lost control of her vehicle and drove into a ditch. The heat from the exposed wheels ignited surrounding grass and quickly spread to the car, but deputies rescued her from the burning vehicle and placed her into custody. Law enforcement at the scene used fire extinguishers to slow the fire's spread and Jackson County Fire District #3 arrived to put out the small blaze. The car was completely destroyed by the fire and towed away. Harrison was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and six outstanding arrest warrants. She was still in custody on Friday.
Posted on 7/8/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Motorcyclist for Probation Violation after Late Night Encounter
Grants Pass Police jailed a motorcyclist for violating terms of his probation early yesterday after he committed multiple traffic violations on the Parkway. The Police Department reports officers spotted 39-year-old Troy Eugene Rodgers riding a Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed on the Grants Pass Parkway on Friday at about 2:45 a.m.. Police said they followed Rodgers through the Grants Pass Shopping Center and found his motorcycle parked outside his apartment at the corner of NE Anderson and Victoria streets. His operator's license had been suspended and his corrections officer requested that he be lodged in jail on a detainer. Troy Rodgers was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Probation Violation and he was cited to appear in court for the traffic violations. Officers said they were unable to run a DMV check on the motorcycle because the vehicle identification numbers had been scratched off.
Posted on 7/8/23 6:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Raided Illegal Cannabis Growing Operation near Kerby on Thursday
The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) raided an illegal cannabis growing operation in the Illinois Valley this week. JMET was assisted by the Bureau of Land Management, US Homeland Security Investigations and Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety when it served a search warrant at an undisclosed location near Kerby on Thursday. During execution of the warrant, more than 5,990 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The property also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations that could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property. According to a JMET press release, the primary suspect was not at the location during the raid. Once they are arrested, they will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.
Posted on 7/8/23 6:08AM by Sam Marsh
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Working Smoke Alarm Credited with Early Detection of Friday Morning House Fire
A working smoke alarm system is credited with early detection of a house fire in the Redwood area of Grants Pass yesterday. Shortly after midnight Friday, Rural Metro Fire Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the structure fire in the 2100-block of Hubbard Lane. Rural Metro officials said smoke alarms woke up the occupants and allowed them to escape without injury. They said early detection also quickly mobilized crews to the scene to keep the damage confined. Grants Pass Engine 7309 from the Redwood Station arrived first and got a quick knockdown on the flames that appeared to have originated near the back porch and climbed the exterior wall into the attic. As Rural Metro crews arrived, operations required the removal of ceiling material inside a bedroom to hunt down all heat and embers in the attic. Officials said the exact cause of the fire was under investigation. They said this fire serves as a good reminder for all residents -- owners and renters -- to be sure there are functioning smoke alarms on all levels and sleeping areas.
Posted on 7/8/23 6:06AM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters Stopped Forward Progress of Small Blaze Burning near Shady Cove
Firefighters have halted the forward progress of a small wildfire burning near the Jackson County communities of Shady Cove and Trail. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Jackson County Fire District #4 and Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the fire in the area of Madera Drive and Reardon Road late last night. The Sheriff's Office reported forward progress of the blaze was halted at around 1.5 acres. Jackson County Emergency Management was requested to send an alert to the surrounding area. Citizens were asked to stay clear of the area as law enforcement and firefighters monitored the fire throughout the night. Residents in the area were asked to be aware of and report any spot fires to 9-1-1. If conditions change, they could be contacted by law enforcement or fire officials.
Posted on 7/8/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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IVFD and ODF Crews Extinguished Small Fire off US Highway 199 near Selma
The Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Forestry extinguished a small vegetation fire that erupted near Selma late yesterday. On Friday at 4:45 p.m., IVFD and ODF crews were dispatched to the reported blaze on the west side of Redwood Highway just south of Hogue Drive. ODF was the first to arrive on scene and crews quickly put the fire out. The blaze was estimated to be 1/100th of an acre. IVFD officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 7/8/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Safety Improvements on Redwood Highway will Bring Traffic Delays Starting Monday Evening
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Drivers on Redwood Highway west of Grants Pass can expect delays of up to 20 minutes controlled by flaggers next week for highway safety improvements. On Monday through Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m,, ODOT contractor Knife River Materials and subcontractors will begin improvements on US Highway 199 from the Applegate River south to the California border. ODOT officials said this portion of the highway has a high fatality and serious injury rate when compared to other rural interstate highways. Along with new pavement between Cave Junction and O'Brien and chip-seal between O'Brien and the California border through this month and August, safety improvements include center-line and shoulder rumble strips and enhanced guardrail reflectors. Other features of the project include solar-powered speed feedback signs to slow traffic entering Selma and Kerby, advanced warning flashers with side road vehicle activation at Riverbanks Road and Deer Creek Road, and passive solar warning flashers placed northbound at Rockydale Road and southbound at Round Prairie Road. A total of $6.7 million in improvements are split between Redwood Highway and Oregon Highway 42 west of Roseburg.
Posted on 7/8/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
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