Oregon hospitals sue state over
mental health care treatment

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three of Oregon’s largest hospital systems are suing the state over its alleged lack of adequate mental health care, which they say has forced the hospital systems to house patients in need of mental health treatment for months.Providence Health & Services, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth say[Read More…]

2nd reading of campground rezone approved

The Sept. 28 Board of Josephine County Commissioners’ weekly business session was short and to the point, clocking in at a mere 10 minutes.With Grants Pass’ Anne G. Basker Auditorium as the backdrop, the meeting focused on amending the county’s Comprehensive Plan to accommodate the property housing the Grants Pass[Read More…]

Productive but short city session

The Cave Junction City Council’s last meeting for the month took place Sept. 26 at City Hall and several important decisions were made within the 35-minute meeting.Council members Ethan Lane, Tina Casey-Jones, and Jean Ann Miles were in attendance, with Miles leading the three-person quorum in the absence of Mayor[Read More…]

Uniquely Southern Oregon

A polished white oak tree from Millerville Farms was placed very carefully by the crew of All Construction Elements, LLC and other helpers, such as Matt Miller, into the newly constructed basement of Taylor’s Country Store Tuesday, Sept. 27. Thanks to co-owner Terry Taylor, the Illinois Valley News got a[Read More…]

Refurbished ballot boxes
returned throughout County

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Josephine County’s official ballot boxes have been returned to their respective locations throughout the county following scheduled maintenance with fresh paint and new branding.County maintenance crews removed the five official ballot boxes on the morning of June 22 for cleaning and refurbishing. The boxes were then[Read More…]

Children’s music

Teacher Chelsea Hamblin sings and strums popular children’s music and has the children singing and dancing along with her at the CJ Farmers’ Market Friday, Sept. 30.

After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds.When voters passed the state’s pioneering Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act[Read More…]

‘Signs of Hope’ campaign in Cave Junction

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day.Angela Franklin is the suicide prevention coordinator and behavioral health specialist for older adults and adults living with physical disabilities. She works for Options for Southern Oregon and covers Josephine County.On Sept. 9, various organizations participated in[Read More…]

10 grants of $2,000 were made in ARPA funding drawing

Luck was on the side of three local historical preservation nonprofits in today’s grant lottery held in partnership between the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization and the Four Way Community Foundation. The Kerbyville Museum and History Center, the Josephine County Historical Society, and the Eugene “Debbs” Potts Foundation, which operates[Read More…]

Thankful and Grateful

Thankful for our thrift stores.Grateful there’s more than one option.Thankful for a good cup of coffee.Grateful there’s more than one option.Thankful for emergency services.Grateful for all who answer to their duties all hours of the day.Thankful for those with mechanical intelligence.Again, Grateful for more than one option.Thankful food banks and[Read More…]