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RR City Council to Hear Rate Increase Request from GP Sanitation Company
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The Rogue River City Council will gather this evening to take care of several business items. The City Council will open the meeting with consideration of a resolution adopting rules and procedures for all city commissioners, committees, council liaisons and official city representatives. In other business, the panel will hear and then consider a request from Southern Oregon Sanitation for a general rate increase of 8.5% for Rogue River customers. Another request will be heard from the Rogue River Kiwanis and Rooster Crow Committee to be a sponsor for the 70th Annual National Rooster Crowing Contest and to hang the Rooster Crow banner across Depot Street from May 15th through June 27th. A third request involves out-of-state training at the Northwest Institute for Municipal Clerks Certification and Professional Development in Tacoma, Washington, in early June. The Council will make an appointment to the Citizen's Advisory Committee. Also on the agenda are two proclamations. Tonight's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway Street.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
 

Rural Metro Officials Say Warm Weather Brings Important Safety Messages
With temperatures expected to reach near 90 degrees on Friday and this weekend, first responders in southwest Oregon are urging caution with two popular activities that can turn tragic. One of them is open burning. Regardless of recent wet weather, surface vegetation is quickly drying out and contributing to escaped open burns. Earlier this week, three such fires occurred in the Williams, Ashland and Rogue River areas. If you must burn, the Oregon Department of Forestry asks people to do so in the morning when winds are calm and humidity is high. Be sure to clear a ring of bare dirt around the burn pile that is free of flammable vegetation. Always have a ready and reliable water source such as a garden hose, a shovel and your cell phone to call for help if necessary. It is better to have help on the way even if you get the fire under control prior to their arrival. Warm weather will entice many people to flock to the river for recreation. Please remember the river is deceptively cold from melting snow and it has swift currents under the surface. Do not underestimate the hidden hazards of the river, especially the Rogue River. Do not overestimate your swimming ability to combat the cold or current. Nearly every year, someone dies on the Rogue, usually without a life vest.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
 

Commissioners Approved Trash Disposal Rate Hikes as Part of Weekly Business Session
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The Josephine County Board of Commissioners disposed of a full agenda in short order during its weekly business session on Wednesday. The 30-minute meeting began with presentations from Southern Oregon Sanitation and Republic Services requesting rate increases. Both companies were granted rate hikes of 5.54% although Republic Services requested an increase of 7.73%. The local trash disposal companies pointed to higher fuel, labor and disposal costs. The Board unanimously approved five other Administrative Action items together. They included a state grant agreement with the Three Rivers School District for tobacco education and cessation services, a contract with 541 Water Inc. for a new water treatment plant to serve the campground at Lake Selmac, a contract with CPI to build two new ADA-approved campsites at Indian Mary Park, an agreement with the Oregon Department of Justice for improvements at the Courthouse and a Brownfields Redevelopment Fund Loan Award for the Dimmick Campus Cleanup Project. Improvements at the Courthouse include remodeling and adding a new courtroom that required an intergovernmental agreement with the state justice department, which will provide up to $700,000 for the renovations.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
 

BLM Has Shut Down Part of Rogue River Trail Due to Active Landslide near RR Ranch
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A large landslide is impacting the Rogue River Trail at milepost 21.5, about one mile upstream from the Rogue River Ranch. The landslide has obliterated approximately 150 feet of the trail and there is no clear, safe route around or over this obstruction. The BLM has issued a public land closure for the affected area. Grants Pass Field Manager Mike Vanderberg said traversing this active slide will expose a hiker to the possibility of injury or death. He urged people to avoid this area while they work to address the landslide. Significant snow levels exist in the mountains above the Rogue River Trail and the potential remains for additional rocks, trees and other debris to fall. The popular and remote backcountry trail has several sections with cliffs. Raft-supported hiking trips are advised to be prepared to float their hikers around the slide area. One option would be to load hikers into rafts at Quail Creek and float them three miles to the Rogue River Ranch. The slide is located between John's Riffle and Maggie's Riffle. Vanderberg said BLM crews are working to address the landslide and reopen that section of the Rogue River Trail as soon as possible.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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US Forest Service and BLM Announced Spring Prescribed Burn Window Begins Today
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With the increased temperatures, forest fuels are starting to dry out to allow spring prescribed burning operations to commence on federal lands in southwest Oregon. Later this week and over the weekend, a number of areas are coming into the appropriate burn window that allows for safe burning operations, with an emphasis on reducing fuels to protect communities from wildfire threat while restoring forest resiliency. Additional burns will occur through the spring as weather conditions allow. Residents can expect to see some significant smoke in the Ashland area and the Applegate Valley, Waters Creek west of Grants Pass and the Willow Lake area near Butte Falls, with some burning units of up to 350 acres planned from today through Sunday. All prescribed burns are thoroughly planned and require a strict approval process for smoke management, fire safety and ecological outcomes before professional staff light any fire on the ground.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Board of Commissioners Handled Business Agenda in Less Than 30 Minutes
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners disposed of a full agenda in short order during its weekly business session this morning. The 30-minute meeting began with presentations from Southern Oregon Sanitation and Republic Services requesting rate increases. Both companies were granted rate hikes of 5.54% although Republic Services requested an increase of 7.73%. The local trash disposal companies pointed to higher fuel, labor and disposal costs. The Board unanimously approved five other Administrative Action items together. They included a state grant agreement with the Three Rivers School District for tobacco education and cessation services, a contract with 541 Water Inc. for a new water treatment plant to serve the campground at Lake Selmac, a contract with CPI to build two new ADA-approved campsites at Indian Mary Park, an agreement with the Oregon Department of Justice for improvements at the Courthouse and a Brownfields Redevelopment Fund Loan Award for the Dimmick Campus Cleanup Project. Improvements at the Courthouse include remodeling and adding a new courtroom that required an intergovernmental agreement with the state justice department, which will provide up to $700,000 for the renovations.
Posted on 4/26/23 11:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Cave Junction Man for Eluding during Attempted Traffic Stop
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Cave Junction man yesterday after he eluded deputies during an attempted traffic stop. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies tried to pull over a motorcycle with no license plates near the corner of South Hussey Avenue and West Lister Street on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.. Deputies said they tried to stop 52-year-old Christopher Adam Roy because he failed to stop at a posted intersection. They said he refused to yield before actively eluding them by going through several more posted stop signs. According to the report, the pursuit of Roy ended when he was arrested at Taser point at the end of South Kerby Avenue. Christopher Roy was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving. He was also cited to appear in court for several other traffic violations.
Posted on 4/26/23 11:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Camper for Attacking Bystander at Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for assaulting another man at Riverside Park on Tuesday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 29-year-old Kale Phillip Luke at the city park at 11:49 a.m. yesterday. Police said Luke was harassing his girlfriend at the park by slapping her and when another man attempted to intervene, Luke punched the man and threw him to the ground, causing physical injury. At the time of the incident, the suspect was said to be wearing a black hat and his underwear near a tent where he was camping. According to the report, both Luke's girlfriend and the other man declined medical attention. Kale Luke was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct. He was also trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 4/26/23 11:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Man for Causing 2nd Disturbance at Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for causing another disturbance at Riverside Park last night. The Police Department reports officers arrested 57-year-old Lance Joseph Cardinal at the city park on Tuesday at 6:22 p.m.. Police said Cardinal was reported by multiple callers to be screaming at people and waving a large knife around in a hostile manner. Upon arrival, officers found the suspect still screaming at random people, accusing them of being demons. It was the second time Cardinal had been contacted for his behavior in the park on Tuesday and officers said his conduct was causing public alarm. Officers detained Cardinal and disarmed him of the knife before placing him into custody. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Lance Cardinal was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 4/26/23 11:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Man Incarcerated for His Role in Street Fight in Front of Business
A Grants Pass man was arrested yesterday for his role in a street fight in front of a local business. Grants Pass Police responded to the disturbance near Dave's TV in the 900-block of SW 6th Street on Tuesday around 10:40 a.m.. Police said 33-year-old William Lee Jensen was involved in a physical altercation with another man in front of the victim's business and when the business owner tried to intervene, the suspect spit in his face. They said the victim was alarmed and he found the action of spitting on him to be highly offensive. Upon arrival, officers placed William Jensen into custody and lodged him at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and Harassment. The suspect was also trespassed from being anywhere near the business.
Posted on 4/26/23 11:09AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Female Transient for Causing Disturbance near County Jail
Grants Pass Police arrested a female transient for causing a disturbance near the Josephine County Jail early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a report of a city ordinance violation involving 61-year-old Julie Ann Hatt at the corner of NE F Street and Terry Lane on Tuesday shortly after 9 a.m.. Police said they found Hatt sitting within a 20-foot diameter circle of trash on a grassy area on the back side of Walmart across the street from the jail. They said she was talking to the trash and throwing it in the air. She had also stolen a shopping cart from the big box retailer. Hatt was lodged at the nearby jail for 2nd-Degree Theft and Offensive Littering. The pile of trash, soiled clothing and bedding were disposed of, but some of her property was placed in safekeeping.
Posted on 4/26/23 11:08AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Investigating Suspicious Death after Skeleton Found in Jackson County
Authorities are investigating a suspicious death after skeletal remains were found April 14th in a remote area of rural Jackson County. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports the suspicious nature of the scene led to detectives and medical examiners responding to investigate. The rugged terrain and remote area required Search & Rescue to assist in recovering the body. Due to the ongoing investigation, the exact location of the remains will not be released at this time. Detectives said a forensic pathologist conducted an autopsy and concluded the remains were most likely female. They said investigators are working to identify the subject as well as the cause and manner of death. Due to the advanced stages of decomposition, state medical examiners will conduct further testing. This case is under further investigation with detectives following additional leads.
Posted on 4/26/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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