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Rogue River’s Woodville Museum to Get New HVAC System Via Heritage Grant
The Woodville Museum, Incorporated in Rogue River will be receiving a new Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning system courtesy of a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission. The Commission announced awards of $77,582 in grants to 12 museums throughout the state last week as part of the Oregon Museum Grant Program. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation, interpretation and heritage tourism. The awards ranged from $3,315 to $8,000. The museum grant program is offered annually by the Oregon Heritage Commission, part of the Oregon Heritage program at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The grant program began in 1965 when only 24 organizations were eligible. The grants are funded by lottery dollar
Posted on 6/13/23 4:54AM by Chuck Benson

Grass Fire Draws Response from Multiple Agencies, Held to 1 Acre
Firefighters from Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire and the Oregon Department of Forestry rushed to the scene of a grass fire Monday afternoon in the 200 block of East Stanford Way. The fire was contained at approximately 1 acre. 911 received initial reports from callers that mowing was involved in the ignition, and some evidence was located at the scene. However, ODF was conducting follow-up with the property owner to confirm. Fire danger in S.W. Oregon is currently ranked "LOW", and there are no restrictions on mowing or use of power equipment. But a lack of restriction doesn't mean a lack of potential. For example, firefighters recommend you avoid mowing dry grass fields that contain rocks all together. But if necessary, do so in the morning when vegetation and air moisture is highest. Having a fire extinguisher and shovel on-hand and conducting a fire watch afterwards doesn't hurt either.
Posted on 6/13/23 4:51AM by Chuck Benson

Sheriff Searching for Missing Man, Asks Public's Help
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The Josephine County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing man. 33-year-old Michel Martin's last known location was in Kerby, Oregon on April 21st when he stayed at the Kerbyville Inn. Michael's family last heard from him on social media on May 8th. Michael is from out of state and was traveling through the area from the coast. He was possibly traveling with a known acquaintance. Michael is described as a bald, white male adult, 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with hazel eyes. His picture on this station's website is the most current available and shows Mr. Martin with a full head of hair.Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at 541-474-5123 with any information.
Posted on 6/13/23 4:35AM by Chuck Benson

Rogue River School District #35 to Hold Public Budget Meeting Tuesday Night
Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. the Rogue River School District #35 will meet at the Rogue River School District Office to conduct the District’s budget public hearing followed by its regular board meeting. The Board welcomes community input and appreciates public attendance. Speakers must follow Board guidelines and its recommended comments should be kept to three minutes or less.
Posted on 6/12/23 2:33PM by Chuck Benson
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Oregon State Police Incident Log Shows Troopers Busy with at Least 3 Arrests and Many Stops
The Oregon State Police found and recovered a stolen white Chevrolet Cavalier Friday at about 7 a.m. in the northbound Manzanita Rest Area with the person responsible for taking the Chevy still inside. Arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle was Elizabeth Herminia Echavarria, 33. A 13-year-old male juvenile relative was a passenger in the car. Saturday evening at approximately 7:38 a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a black Dodge R15 near the intersection of Highway 238 and Torrey Pines Road. The driver Isaiah Alfonso Coronado, 25, of Rogue River, was found to have a valid misdemeanor arrest warrant. The charge was failure to perform the duties of a driver in an accident with property damage. Coronado was lodged in the county jail and remained in custody Monday morning. A similar incident occurred Saturday night just after 11 p.m. on a trooper-initiated traffic stop for an expired registration on an Acura RL at Hillcrest and 7th. During the stop it was discovered the passenger had a valid misdemeanor warrant out of Jackson County for criminal mischief II.
Posted on 6/12/23 2:19PM by Chuck Benson
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Fatal Crash Takes the Life of Eagle Point Man Saturday on Highway 234
An Eagle Point man died Saturday night in a head-on collision on Highway 234. At approximately 10:39 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash, near milepost 16, in Jackson County. The preliminary investigation indicated black 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by 34-year-old Dustin C. Alioto of Eagle Point, crossed into the on-coming lane and grazed a red 2008 Kia Sedona, operated by Charmin Koa Avila, 47, of Trail, and then struck a white 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Heriberto Valencia-Guzman, 34, of Eureka, California head on. Alioto, the operator of the black Silverado was declared deceased at the scene. Valencia-Guzman, driver of the white Silverado was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The operator of the Kia, 47-year-old Charmin Koa Avila, was not injured.
Posted on 6/12/23 11:10AM by Chuck Benson
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GPPD Officers Arrest 26-Year-Old Female on 5 Warrants from Multiple Agencies
Grants Pass Police officers responding to a reported disturbance this morning just after 1:00 a.m. in the Southeast Beacon Drive area contacted and detained 26-year-old Aleka Fay June Dallmann and, after confirming her identity, found she was wanted on five warrants from multiple agencies. She was lodged on the warrants and remains incarcerated in the county jail on the warrants from Grants Pass Police, Josephine County and Jackson County. The charges include two counts of theft II, one count of theft III, escape III, tampering with evidence, furnishing false information to police and an out of county hold warrant.
Posted on 6/12/23 9:33AM by Chuck Benson
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Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Ends with Parolee in JoCo Jail
An Oregon Parolee was sited driving a stolen vehicle Sunday afternoon, and following lengthy pursuit, was lodged in the County Jail. At 4:15 p.m. a Grants Pass Police Officer observed and black Honda Odyssey that had been reported stolen, going east on the Rogue River Highway near the River’s Edge Restaurant. The Officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to pull the vehicle over in the 2000 block of the highway, saw 41-year-old Joseph S. Doyle in the driver’s seat, the only occupant in the Odyssey. Doyle’s window was down, and he was verbally instructed to stop, but he chose to speed off to the west and was seen turning into the Overland Trollview division. He then eluded pursuers going south on Hamilton Lane eventually abandoning the Honda in the 2600 block, running from the vehicle. Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers were assisting at that time, setting a perimeter and blocking the Honda. Doyle was taken into custody near Warden and the Frankham area and was lodged in the Josephine County Jail. In addition to the original charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, robbery III, strangulation and two counts of driving while suspended-misdemeanor he is now facing new charges of felony attempt to elude Police and another driving while suspended-misdemeanor charge.
Posted on 6/12/23 9:09AM by Chuck Benson
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Local Attorney Promoted to Major General in Or. National Guard
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The Oregon National Guard promoted Brigadier General Gregory Day to Major General in a ceremony Friday at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas. General Day, a highly recognized attorney and partner in a well-established law firm in Grants Pass, after receiving his second star, assumes his duties as the Special Assistant to the Combatant Command, NORAD/NORTHCOM for National Guard Matters and Liaison to the Chief, National Guard Bureau. General Day has a long and accomplished career with the Oregon National Guard, culminating in his most recent assignment as Commander, Land Component Command.
Posted on 6/12/23 8:05AM by Chuck Benson
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Health Care Tech Workers at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Join ONA Union
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More than 250 health care technical workers at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center voted overwhelmingly to join the Oregon Nurses Association in a vote certified by the National Labor Relations Board late Friday night. The new union includes Radiologic technologists, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and surgical technicians. The unit will now begin the process of negotiating a contract with hospital management. Asante Rogue Regional Hospital is a Level 2 trauma center.
Posted on 6/12/23 7:27AM by Chuck Benson
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IVFD Board Holding Monday Public Hearing to Align Fire Code with State
The Illinois Valley Fire District will be holding a public hearing later today. The IVFD Board of Directors will be rescinding Ordinance 13-02 Fire Code Adoption. IV Fire Chief John Holmes said this will change the district's fire code adoption procedures to align with the rules and regulations of the Oregon State Fire Marshal's fire code adoption procedures. Illinois Valley residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing
Posted on 6/12/23 5:36AM by Chuck Benson
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Jackson County Sheriff Seeks to Identify May 12th Attempted Burglary Suspects
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is attempting to identify two suspects who tried to break into a vacant home in the Applegate area last month. Sheriff's Office Community Service deputies are seeking the identities of male and female suspects who trespassed on a for-sale property on May 12th. Videos and photos of the suspects are available on the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Deputies said the suspects are wanted for Attempted Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 6/12/23 5:34AM by Chuck Benson
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