Author: Siege Schatza

Sheriff campaigns on reality, not fear

Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel stepped up to the podium with purpose at the May 24 Board of County Commissioners’ weekly business session at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass. His mission – request that the commissioners put a law enforcement service district on the November 2023 ballot, with[Read More…]

County to adopt 199 corridor plan

On May 17, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to advanced an ordinance to adopt the US 199 Corridor Plan into the county’s Transportation System Plan, or TSP, to a second reading in June.JoCo Public Works Director Rob Brandes and Deputy Community Development Director James Black joined the[Read More…]

$2.1 M cut after budget process

A new fiscal year brings a new county budget, and the process of allocating Josephine County’s limited resources has provided the Board of County Commissioners with the opportunity to put their money where their mouths are when they say they will peck and claw for every penny they can find[Read More…]

JOE’s banned from 4-H manger

The Oregon State University 4-H/Extension Service District delivered a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners at their May 10 weekly business session, held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.Presenters discussed various topics, focusing on “our accomplishments and highlights over the past year,” according to OSU Extension administrative[Read More…]

Patrol top budget priority for county

With the 2023/24 fiscal year starting at the end of next month, the Josephine County Budget Committee has held a series of meetings in recent weeks to dissect the proposed budget and collect public feedback in their quest to greenlight a finalized budget.Among the biggest budget shakeups for the coming[Read More…]

Community abhors park conditions

With few items on the agenda, the Josephine County Commissioners’ meeting at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass May 3 was dominated by a barrage of community condemnation over how local governments have handled park safety and cleanliness.With the county’s acclaimed Boatnik Memorial Day celebration slated for next week,[Read More…]

Inflation forces waste service increases

Representatives from Southern Oregon Sanitation and Republic Services were in attendance at the April 26 Board of Josephine County Commissioners’ weekly business session to explain why the waste collection services need to raise rates for customers.Trent Carpenter, general manager for SOS, presented first.“As you know we are the last remaining[Read More…]

County to replace Selmac water plant

It was the rare Josephine County Commissioners’ meeting that needed letters A all the way through H to denote matters on the agenda, with administrative action items numbering a whopping eight items.The April 26 weekly business session was held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.Items 2A and 2B[Read More…]

School district talks restroom progress

The April 19 Three Rivers School District Board of Directors’ meeting started earlier than usual due to a student panel that had taken place earlier that afternoon.North Valley High School was the backdrop for the monthly board meeting, which kicked off at 4 p.m.“Student panel is where the school board[Read More…]