Awash in illegal marijuana, Oregon looks at toughening laws

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2014, Oregon voters approved a ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana after being told it would eliminate problems caused by “uncontrolled manufacture” of the drug. Illegal production of marijuana has instead exploded.Oregon lawmakers, who have heard complaints from police, legal growers and others, are now looking[Read More…]


Main Street Cave Junction’s Oak-to-Art project by professional carver Joey Wallace was getting closer to completion Monday, Dec. 5 in the I.V. Senior Center Thrift Store parking lot. This idea came from a drawing by Valley resident Linda Naydol.(Photo by Laura Mancuso, Illinois Valley News

Artisans Holliday Faire set for upcoming weekend

The 10th annual Artisans’ Holiday Faire will return to Cave Junction Dec. 10 and 11 at the Lorna Byrne Middle School gym.“We’re very excited to be hosting this fun and free event again,” stated Illinois River Valley Arts Council president Judy Hoyle. “It’s become a big holiday milestone for many.[Read More…]

Santa and his helpers

Santa takes a moment of rest, Saturday, Nov. 26 with Amy Lusson (left), president of Main Street Cave Junction; Lindsey B. Jones (top right), executive director of the I.V. Community Development Organization; and Megan Pugh, executive director of the Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce. The three groups collaborated by holding[Read More…]

Air pollution monitoring to increase for Oregon communities

Monica SamayoaOregon Public Broadcasting PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of Oregon’s most economically disadvantaged and racially diverse communities — one in Portland and the other on the south coast — are getting a boost in their fight against air pollution.The air-quality challenges facing “environmental justice communities” are being highlighted by[Read More…]

A Wonderful Thanksgiving

Russell Winkle of The Replay (left) and volunteer Arlee Tree get all the turkeys ready to serve Thursday, Nov. 24 at the I.V. Community Thanksgiving meal. (Photo by Laura Mancuso for the Illinois Valley News) On Thursday, Nov. 24, I.V. residents lined up to be served a take-home Thanksgiving meal[Read More…]

JoCo Sheriff press releases

*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…]