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State Fire Marshal Says 15 Local Agencies Get Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grants
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The Oregon State Fire Marshal has announced that 15 local agencies or groups are among the recipients of its $18 million Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. These funds will help communities across the state reach their goals of improving wildfire resiliency, using local programs and solutions. In total, 106 organizations were offered grant funding. Projects receiving grants included community-wide defensible space programs, vegetation removal around buildings, community chipping programs, community education relating to wildfire preparedness, equipment for vegetation removal and supporting staff. Locally, Jackson County Fire District #4 in Prospect received the largest grant of $500,000. They were followed by Jackson County with $485,600 and Josephine County Emergency Management with $450,000. Jackson County Fire District #3 received $350,000, while the Medford Fire Department received $347,589 and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue got $300,000. Other local agencies that received CWRR grants were the cities of Phoenix, Talent, Gold Hill, Shady Cove, Butte Falls and Jacksonville along with the Illinois Valley Fire District, Williams Rural Fire District and the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh

Financial Help Still Available for Developers of Much-Needed Affordable Housing in GP
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The City of Grants Pass currently has approximately $867,000 available to assist residential developers to build affordable housing. The City Council has elected to allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the design and/or extension of public infrastructure -- including water, sewer and transportation -- of affordable housing projects within the Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary. Key objectives of the project include community compatibility, affordability targeted to households earning no more than 120% of the Area Median Income, high-quality design and materials, and long-term affordability. Proposals will need to demonstrate proven success in obtaining funding to build similar-sized projects within the last five years. The deadline for sealed submissions in response to this Request for Proposals is Wednesday, May 31st, by 3 p.m.. An agreement between the City of Grants Pass and a developer committing to a specific development site and scope must be fully executed no later than December 1, 2024.
Posted on 5/9/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Public Works Offering Plant Tours to Celebrate National Drinking Water Week
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It's National Drinking Water Week and the Grants Pass Public Works Department is offering tours tomorrow to help people learn about the journey our water takes. The Grants Pass Water Filtration Plant on SE M Street treats water drawn from the Rogue River before it's released to the reservoir and -- ultimately -- your home or business. The Water Restoration Plant treats the water that leaves your home's or business's drainage pipes, making it safe to release back into the Rogue River downstream. Please contact the Public Works Department to schedule a tour of the Water Filtration or Water Restoration plants. Tours will be held on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. To sign up, call (541)-450-6110.
Posted on 5/9/23 5:56AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Jailed IV Man for Assaulting GP Woman after "Rolling" Domestic Call
The Oregon State Police jailed an Illinois Valley man over the weekend for beating up a Grants Pass woman during a rolling domestic violence incident on Redwood Highway. OSP reports troopers responded to an assault in progress in the 34,000-block of US Highway 199 on Friday at 5:19 p.m.. State troopers contacted the 47-year-old female victim who stated 42-year-old Joshua David Scott of O'Brien pulled her hair, bit her, hit her in the head and choked her with a lanyard. She said she was hurt, but did not require medical attention. Troopers then contacted Scott at Jubilee Park in Cave Junction to obtain his side of the story. They placed him into custody for probable cause of domestic violence and then transported him to Three Rivers Medical Center after he complained of chest pain. After being cleared at the hospital, Joshua Scott was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Assault, Felony Strangulation, 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd-Degree Theft along with an outstanding warrant. He was still being held this morning without bail.
Posted on 5/8/23 11:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Investigation Led to Capture of Suspect Who Had Eluded Deputies
A Josephine County Sheriff's Office investigation led to the weekend apprehension of a young Illinois Valley man who had recently eluded deputies in a vehicle. The Sheriff's Office reports 19-year-old Jaret Wane Meives was arrested at a home in the 600-block of Hays Cut Off Road on Friday at about 7:50 p.m.. Deputies did not disclose any details of the previous eluding incident, but said they had identified Meives as the suspect before they spotted the 2011 Suzuki GSX he was driving parked outside the residence. He was placed into custody at the scene. Jaret Meives was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for probable cause of Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/8/23 11:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Felon for Parole Violation Related to Recent Vehicle Thefts
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a local felon for violating terms of his post-prison supervision. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 31-year-old Taylor Jordan Heywood near the Oregon Youth Authority in the 1900-block of NE F Street on Saturday at 12:45 a.m.. Deputies said Heywood planned to turn himself in on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from two vehicle theft convictions, but he apparently changed his mind and started walking away from the Sheriff's Office. Taylor Heywood was placed into custody and lodged at the adult jail facility on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/8/23 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Woman for Violating Court Order & Drug Possession
Grants Pass Police incarcerated a woman for violating a court order and for drug possession after a weekend domestic disturbance in the northwest part of the city. The Police Department reports officers responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 2100-block of NW Kip Lane on Saturday shortly after 6 a.m.. Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report 42-year-old Jessica Arlene Jenkins had violated a stalking order by showing up at this home. Upon arrival, officers said the woman had text messages from her estranged boyfriend showing that he picked her up at her father's rural residence on Friday night and brought her to his home. Nevertheless, Jenkins was placed into custody for Contempt of Court/Restraining Order Violation. She was also found to be in possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine, which was seized and logged into evidence. Jessica Jenkins was lodged at the Josephine County Jail and also cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation.
Posted on 5/8/23 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Woman for Trespassing at Walgreens & Resisting Officers
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for trespassing at a south-city pharmacy and then struggling with officers. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 41-year-old Nadja Lucille Jennifer Ridgely at Walgreens at the corner of Williams Highway and Union Avenue on Saturday at about 5:10 p.m.. Police said Ridgley had been previously trespassed from Walgreens, but she went back to the store and got into an argument with a cashier about stealing money. By the time they arrived on scene, the suspect was walking away from the store. Ridgley was told that she was under arrest, but she physically resisted being placed into custody. She was subdued and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Resisting Arrest and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 5/8/23 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Motorist for Impaired Driving in Friday Stop on Parkway
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving following a weekend traffic stop on the Parkway. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Jessica A. Sunshine on Redwood Highway between the walls on Friday at about 10:15 p.m.. Police said they stopped Sunshine for committing several traffic violations and she showed indicators of impairment by alcohol. They said she was placed into custody after performing poorly in field sobriety tests. Jessica Sunshine was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. She was cited to appear in court and given a ride to her home. Her vehicle was towed to the local impound yard.
Posted on 5/8/23 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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City of GP Reports Small Sewage Spill Occurred in NW Neighborhood
The City of Grants Pass has reported a slight sewage spill in the northwest part of the city. Wastewater Collections Superintendent Lance Baker said the spill in the 1300-block of NW Conklin Avenue occurred last night and a small amount of sewage made its way into Skunk Creek. Baker said it is believed that a clogged sewage line and overnight rain caused the spill. He said the area has been cleaned up by city workers and he does not believe the spill will reach the Rogue River. Cities and local governments are required to report all sewage spills -- no matter how small -- by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Posted on 5/8/23 9:56AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man in Domestic Violence Incident after Boy Called for Help
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a suspect after an incident of domestic violence was called in by the victim's child late last week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies were alerted to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 3300-block of Rogue River Highway on Friday shortly before 1 a.m.. Deputies said a male juvenile called 9-1-1 to report that his mother and a man identified as 36-year-old Travis Lee Dalton Economy got into an argument that escalated to the point where Economy was breaking things inside the home. When the boy's mother tried to call for help, the suspect grabbed her phone and broke it. The brave young man who made the call stated that his 16-year-old disabled sister was still inside the residence after the incident. Dispatchers commented they could hear screaming and yelling in the background. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Upon arrival, officers interviewed all parties, placed Travis Economy into custody and lodged him at the Josephine County Jail for Interfering with Making a Police Report.
Posted on 5/8/23 6:59AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Attempted Burglary Suspect Who Tried to Elude Officers
Grants Pass Police jailed an attempted burglary suspect who tried to elude them over the weekend. The Police Department reports officers eventually arrested 23-year-old Griffan Ian Lucas on Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad property near the downtown Safeway on Saturday at 4:35 a.m.. Police said Lucas was identified as a suspect in a possible attempted burglary in the 1100-block of NE D Street and he was spotted by officers at NE 9th and F streets. When the suspect was advised to stop, he failed to obey, walked south on the railroad property and jumped the fence into the Safeway parking lot. Officers tried to corral Lucas at Safeway, but he jumped the fence again and fled from them on the railroad property. They said he continued to ignore orders to stop and when he was finally detained, he physically resisted being placed into custody. Griffan Lucas was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Resisting Arrest and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. His corrections officer was contacted and he was placed on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/8/23 6:57AM by Sam Marsh
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