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City Police Arrest One for Parole Violation
Grants Pass City Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of McCarter Lane Friday morning at 10:16 at the request of a probation officer. 38-year-old Robert Coolidge admitted to the probation officer that he had violated a no contact order that also violates the conditions of his parole. Coolidge told his P.O. that he also bit the protected party by biting her on the arm
Posted on 6/3/23 7:59AM by Chuck Benson

RADE Team, DEA & OSP Bust Drug Operation on West Harbeck
A law enforcement team consisting of Grants Pass’s RADE, the OSP Drug Enforcement Section and the DEA arrested one and seized drugs and other evidence after serving a search warrant Thursday Morning At 10:30am the agencies executed a search warrant in the 1600 block of West Harbeck Road. Seized during the search warrant was over one pound of cocaine, digital scales, packaging material, a handgun, and over $30,000 dollars in cash and assets. Arrested for Manufacturing and Possession of Cocaine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana was 34-year-old Robert Matthew Garland who was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail. In mid-May of this year, RADE seized over one ounce of Cocaine, a digital scale, packaging material, and two handguns and arrested 22-year-old Chance Cannon Calaustro for Attempted Distribution of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. The arrest of Calaustro led to the subsequent search warrant of the West Harbeck location.
Posted on 6/3/23 6:12AM by Chuck Benson

Medford District BLM Says Wildcat Campground at Hyatt Lake Opens June 9th
The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management has announced that Wildcat Campground at Hyatt Lake will open next Friday, June 9th. Reservations for the 12 campsites in Wildcat Loop will be available on "recreation.gov" starting Monday for $7 per night. The Mountain View Boat Ramp will open June 16th. Currently, these areas are closed for hazard tree mitigation. The Hyatt Lake Campground is located in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and it was originally built in 1969. The BLM will not be opening the A, B and C loops of the main campground for the 2023 season in order to replace aging water, sewer and electrical lines throughout the recreation area. The BLM said it may need to close Wildcat Campground later in the summer to accommodate construction. Funding for the repair work comes from both the Great American Outdoors Act and the BLM's deferred maintenance fund.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:32AM by Chuck Benson

Cave Junction Artist Awarded State Grant for Residency Opportunity in Germany
In the second and final round of Fiscal Year 2023 Career Opportunity Program grant awards, the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation have awarded more than $124,000 to 38 artists for career development projects. The awards include over $65,000 from the state arts commission for all artistic disciplines and nearly $59,000 in supplemental funding for 13 established visual artists through a partnership with the foundation's Visual Arts Program. Career Opportunity grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities that enhance their artistic careers. Most grants support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance. The Ford Family Foundation funds are available to established Oregon visual artists who are producing new work in the fields of contemporary art and craft. Locally, Sophie Traub of Cave Junction was awarded $1,500 from the Oregon Arts Commission to participate in an artist residency at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany, from October 16th-22nd. Traub will use this opportunity to focus on performance and movement practice, connect with other artists and develop new work.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:29AM by Chuck Benson
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OSF Appoints New Interim Director and Announces New $7.3M Fundraising Goal
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced this week that former tech executive Tyler Hokama has been appointed the company's interim executive director, and at the same time announced a new fundraising goal to complete its 2023 season: $7.3 million. The Oregonian reports the appointment and new fundraising goal are the latest developments in a year of turmoil at the Ashland theater company. In January, multiple "separations and furloughs" were announced, including executive director David Schmitz and director of development Amanda Brandes. At the time, artistic director Nataki Garrett took over as interim executive artistic director. Garrett was relieved of that job in April, a week before "Rent" and "Romeo and Juliet," a production Garrett directed, were set to start. In the same release announcing Garrett’s change in position, the festival put out a call: They would need to raise $2.5 million to save the season.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:28AM by Chuck Benson
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Jackson County Sheriff Seeks Citizens Willing to Participate in SCRAM Program
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is looking for community members to help it deter crime and promote public safety. If you own a surveillance camera that records video footage at your home or business and you want to help solve crime, register your home or business camera with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. This information will help the Sheriff's Office contact you quickly to help identify criminals in your neighborhood. It's called the "Security Camera Registry and Mapping" or SCRAM program. Registration is entirely voluntary and all personal information gathered is for official law enforcement use only. It will not be released to any member of the general public. To register your camera, go to "arcg.is/KLynH.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:27AM by Chuck Benson
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OR Fire Marshal Presents Wildfire Season Staffing Grants to 11 Local Agencies
To boost the number of firefighters across the state ahead of wildfire season, the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has awarded $6 million in grants to 185 local fire agencies including 11 in Jackson and Josephine counties. The 2023 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program is in its second year. Local agencies within the Oregon structural fire service were eligible to apply for up to $35,000. This year, small agencies -- many of which depend on volunteers -- were prioritized to receive funding. The funding will allow these agencies to hire additional firefighters for the 2023 fire season, which has already been declared by the Oregon Department of Forestry in southwest Oregon. Southwest Oregon agencies that were awarded grants included the Applegate Valley Fire District, Colestin Rural Fire Department, Evans Valley Fire District, Greensprings Rural Fire Department, Illinois Valley Fire District, Jackson County Fire District #4, Jacksonville Fire Department, Lake Creek Rural Fire Department, Prospect Rural Fire Department, Jackson County Fire District #1 in Rogue River and the Williams Rural Fire Protection District.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:25AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Urban Renewal Agency to Consider Supplemental Budget for Current Year
The Grants Pass Urban Renewal Agency Board will convene a regular meeting next week to consider a proposed supplemental budget for the current fiscal year. The public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th, at 6 p.m. in the Grants Pass City Council Chambers, 101 NW A Street. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the supplemental budget with interested persons. During the year, an unexpected grant opportunity was presented to the Urban Renewal Agency Board after the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget. This supplemental budget is a transfer of appropriations to award the grant funding reimbursement before the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30th.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:24AM by Chuck Benson
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RADE Detectives Arrested One Person in Search of Suspected GP Drug House
Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) arrested one person this week while executing a search warrant at a northwest Grants Pass residence where it was believed sales of fentanyl were taking place. On Wednesday morning, RADE -- with the assistance of the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section and the Grants Pass Police SWAT team -- served the warrant in the 1300-block of NW Washington Boulevard. After two overdoses occurred at the residence within a month, RADE detectives said there was probable cause that sales were being made from the home. They launched an investigation, which led to the search warrant. During the search, detectives located evidence of Possession and Delivery of Fentanyl. The resident -- 33-year-old Kristen Kay Rawlings -- was arrested on two outstanding warrants. She was cited to appear in court and then released.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:21AM by Chuck Benson
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SOCET Task Force Raids Central Point Residence in Search of Child Pornography
The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint interagency task force raided a Central Point residence this week after receiving information that someone was distributing child pornography. SOCET served the search warrant in the 800-block of Forest Glen Drive on Thursday morning. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force and Jackson County District Attorney's Office assisted with the warrant service. Detectives interviewed involved parties and possible witnesses, but no one was arrested. The investigation is ongoing. During the search, investigators seized digital devices which will be forensically examined by the high tech task force for further evidence of child exploitation. A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children started the investigation, which led to subpoenas followed by the search warrant.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:20AM by Chuck Benson
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Victims of Redwood Highway Fatal Crash Identified
Late Thursday morning, at approximately 11:45 A.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 199, near milepost 5.5, in Josephine County. The preliminary investigation indicated a black Ford Fusion, operated by 26-year-old Courtney L. Parsons of Rogue River, was southbound in the fast lane. A white GMC Sierra, operated by Ervin Besler, 87, of Grants Pass, failed to properly clear traffic while turning left from Robinson Rd onto northbound Hwy 199. The Fusion impacted the driver side of the GMC in a T-bone collision. Mr. Besler, the operator of the GMC, was declared deceased on scene. The operator of the Ford, Ms. Parsons, was transported by AMR to the hospital. Two passengers in the Ford, John D. McCollum, 25, of Myrtle Point and Matthew J. Balise, 19, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, were also transported by AMR to the hospital.
Posted on 6/3/23 5:15AM by Chuck Benson
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One Person Killed and Three People Hurt in Thursday Crash on US Highway 199
One person was killed and three people were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on Redwood Highway in the Jerome Prairie area yesterday. On Thursday at 11:41 a.m., multiple units from Rural Metro Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response were dispatched to the crash on US Highway 199 at Robinson Road. Rural Metro officials said rescuers extricated, stabilized and transported the injured. They said one person was deceased. As of today, no one was identified. The Oregon State Police is investigating the cause of the crash. The wreck shut down one southbound lane and both northbound lanes of the highway for more than four hours. A northbound detour was established using Redwood Avenue from Helms Road. The highway was reopened at 3:42 p.m..
Posted on 6/2/23 1:48PM by Sam Marsh
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