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*On Nov. 17, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) responded to a suspected Butane honey oil lab explosion in the 11,000 block of Redwood Highway.During the explosion two adults were critically injured and one juvenile suffered minor injuries.This investigation is currently being conducted in cooperation with Oregon State Police[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Speckled gall wasp

Speckled gall wasp (Cynips mirabilis) – Photos by Christy Solo If you have white oak trees, and there’s a good chance you do, you’ve probably seen this week’s crawly. Meet the speckled gall wasp (Cynips mirabilis).Let’s get the “don’t panic” portion out of the way. While galls on plants and[Read More…]

Magic mushrooms banned and LERAT failed

Many were shocked by the midterm congressional races in the United States, which saw one of the best performances by the party in control of the White House in the last century, leaving control of both chambers of Congress narrower than anticipated.However, closer to home in the state of Oregon[Read More…]

Slippery when wet

A rollover crash on Hayes Hill – Redwood Hwy near milepost 15 – caused minor traffic delays in the early morning Wednesday, Nov. 9 as rescue crews worked the scene. Josephine County correctional officers, along with an off-duty Rural Metro firefighter, were among the first to arrive and render aid.[Read More…]

Oregon Health Authority updates COVID-19
vaccination schedule

OHA reported that everyone 6 months and older is recommended to receive an initial primary vaccination series. Some people are recommended to receive additional primary series doses and boosters.Primary series vaccine schedule by age:Pfizer*6 months through 4 years – three doses total; second dose received at least 21 days after[Read More…]

Tina Kotek wins governor’s race

Clare Rush andAndrew SeleskyAssociated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tina Kotek has been elected Oregon’s next governor, extending longtime Democratic control of the state and dashing Republican hopes for a rare win in a top race on the West Coast of the United States.Kotek joins Maura Healey of Massachusetts as[Read More…]

Gun range out of county hands

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners finalized the transfer of ownership of Sportsman Park, which houses a popular shooting range, at its Oct. 26 weekly business session.The deed for Sportsman Park was turned over to the nonprofit Josephine County Sportsman Association.Earlier this year, a series of contentious public hearings was[Read More…]

County-wide News

Burgundy Development sale accepted

The return of sale from a sheriff’s property auction and charging stations for electric buses were among the subjects addressed at last week’s Board of Josephine County Commissioners’ weekly business session, held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.JoCo Real Property Manager Helene Lulich and[Read More…]

TRSD board hears safety report

The Three Rivers School District Board of Directors convened for its monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 19. This month’s meeting was held at Hidden Valley High School in Murphy.TRSD Superintendent Dave Valenzuela gave a school safety report during the meeting.“We walk every campus with an eye on security,” Valenzuela explained. “Like[Read More…]

Community, County-wide News, Politics

Daniel vs. Knapp round 2

For the second time in four years Sheriff Dave Daniel is facing a challenger to his position as Josephine County sheriff. Challenger Jonathan Knapp has a number of criticisms he has leveled against Sheriff Daniel. The Illinois Valley News interviewed Knapp and then gave Daniel the opportunity to respond.What qualifies[Read More…]

New minimum standards at airport

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners continued its recent streak of miniature meetings with the Oct. 12 weekly business session, which lasted just over 10 minutes.JoCo Airports Director Jason Davis attended the meeting, which took place at the Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass, to detail a board order[Read More…]

County asked to address UTV rules

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners had its shortest meeting of the year at its weekly business session.Clocking in at under 10 minutes, the Oct. 19 BCC meeting contained only one discussion of note, which was brought up during requests and comments from citizens.“Our agenda is brief,” remarked Vice Chair[Read More…]

Local News, Nature

Clearcutting vs. selective logging

Set against a backdrop of worsening fire seasons which scientists posit are fueled by the human-caused climate crisis, the clearcutting vs. selective logging debate rages on.There are conflicting views on how best to minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and with each devastating conflagration that levels small communities or leaves[Read More…]

Acorn Fest!

Mark your calendar for Oct. 22 when the Cultural & Ecological Enhancement Network will be hosting its annual Acorn Festival, a family-friendly event designed to educate community members about the history of acorns and their use as a dietary staple throughout history. Suzanne Vautier, the lead organizer of this event,[Read More…]

Bale salvages 1-1 draw for Wales against US in World Cup

Ronald BlumAP Sports Writer AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — A young United States team was nearing victory in its World Cup return. Then Walker Zimmerman needlessly plowed into Gareth Bale.Bale converted the resulting penalty kick in the 82nd minute, giving Wales a 1-1 draw Monday night that left the Americans[Read More…]

Today in History:

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2022. There are 38 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Nov. 23, 1971, the People’s Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.On this date:In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the[Read More…]

Nifty Tidbits:

Originally printed in the Feb. 12, 2003 edition of the Illinois Valley News Animals have some unique methods of communicating with other animals, particularly within their own species. It may not be as precise or complex as human speech, but animals can share large amounts of information. Most people know[Read More…]

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Tales from the Rural Patrol

(Editor’s note: Factual information for ‘Tales’ is provided by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.) Sunday, Nov. 13*A half-dressed gal was sitting inside a Nature Preserve near the 400 block of Pine[Read More…]

Good Shepherd Lutheran

He Forgives – Luke 23:34-37“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” are perhaps the twelve most improbable words we could ever imagine. Jesus had been beaten and scourged and hung on a cross, although he was innocent of the charges against him. And as he[Read More…]

AP Briefs

Homeless vote in Portland, Oregon, delayed in angry meeting By CLAIRE RUSH PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City Council members in Portland, Oregon, pushed back a vote on a disputed budget measure that would finance the construction of designated camping areas for homeless people after residents expressed strong opposition during public[Read More…]