Author: Siege Schatza

County to amend intoxication code

The Josephine County Commissioners held a first public hearing in the matter of updating public intoxication rules during their Sept. 27 weekly business session, held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.Passed in the year 2000, Chapter 9.05 of the Josephine County Code was entitled Public Drinking, and fell[Read More…]

Deputies honored for act of valor

“What is an act of valor?”That was the question Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel went on to answer at the Sept. 20 Board of JoCo Commissioners’ meeting, held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.“An act of valor is considered to be above and beyond the call of duty[Read More…]

I.V. HOPE Village gets funding from HB 5019

I.V. HOPE Village Programs Manager Laura Mancuso received good news from United Community Action Network Executive Director Shaun Pritchard Sept. 12. It was announced by the Oregon Housing & Community Services Team in Salem that I.V. HOPE Village received $799,029 from House Bill 5019 that addressed “shelter funding.”It was also[Read More…]

JoCo Road Service District formed

At their Sept. 13 weekly business session held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass, the Board of County Commissioners voted to form the Josephine County Road Service District. To recap, this district will not change any JoCo Public Works policies or procedures; it was merely established in the[Read More…]

Commissioners reflect on state of the county

As has been the trend in recent weeks, the Sept. 6 weekly business session of the Board of Josephine County Commissioners was brief, clocking in at less than 20 minutes while gathering at the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.When the board took requests and comments from citizens, the only individual who[Read More…]

Measure 110 repeal pondered at county meeting

With the issues of homelessness and drug addiction growing in Southern Oregon and across the nation, a number of Josephine County residents have voiced their desire to see Measure 110 repealed at Board of County Commissioner meetings.Measure 110 was narrowly approved by Oregon voters in 2020. It decriminalized the possession[Read More…]

Smoky Valley assisted by Rogue Action Center

On Friday, Sept. 1 Elib Crist-Dwyer and Nicole Greider from Rogue Action Center delivered a pallet of water, eight large air purifiers and filters, N95 masks and food boxes to Illinois Valley Wellness Resources to help locals affected by hazardous air quality from the wildfires and to help care for[Read More…]

New road district could win JoCo $600K

On Aug. 23, the Board of Josephine County Commissioners held the first of two public hearings on a proposed road service district during their weekly business session at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.“The board adopted a board order July 19, 2023 to initiate formation of the Josephine County[Read More…]

West, DeYoung make case for sheriff funding

Now that the proposed law enforcement service district will officially be on the November ballot, the citizens of Josephine County have over two months to debate whether increased sheriff’s funding is worth the higher tax bill. The JoCo commissioners have left no room to misinterpret they feel the answer is[Read More…]

Commissioners crack down on dumping

An ordinance to crack down on hazardous conditions on county roads and lands was passed by the Board of Josephine County Commissioners after its legally required second reading / public hearing was carried out Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the board’s weekly business session, held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in[Read More…]