County-wide News

County extends hemp moratorium

Board of Josephine County Commissioners Chair Herman Baertschiger brought a “reasonably short” weekly business session to order Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.In what has become an unfortunate routine occurrence, the board declared a local state of emergency related to cannabis, in anticipation of[Read More…]

Public Works blueprint to be updated

Josephine County Public Works Director Rob Brandes delivered a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Anne G. Basker Auditorium. This was the first of two scheduled hearings on adoption of a new Transportation System Plan, which would supersede the TSP adopted in 2004.“This is by[Read More…]

Prosecutor shortage discussed by BCC

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners held an administrative workshop in their conference room Nov. 3.Josephine County District Attorney Josh Eastman made an appearance in the conference room to discuss how Fund 12 law enforcement funding should be divided up among law enforcement entities in the county.Eastman said that while[Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Sales tax ballot measure discussed

Funding law enforcement has long been a hot button issue in Josephine County, and with the current revenue stream drying up, the JoCo Commissioners have made finding a sustainable option a focal point of their agenda this year.The idea of a law enforcement taxing district was put to rest earlier[Read More…]

JoCo opts into disease data platform

Josephine County is partnering with the Southern Oregon Education Services District to implement the Southern Oregon Public Health Illness Guidance, or SOPHI, a web-based platform that will streamline the process of collecting student and staff communicable disease symptom data.According to a scope of work report published late last year, SOPHI[Read More…]