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…]

RVCOG gets new contract planner

Iris Chinook IVN Contributing Writer James Schireman has stepped into the shoes of Ryan Nolan as the planner and geographic information systems specialist for the Rogue Valley Council of Governments. RVCOG is a voluntary association of 24 local jurisdictions, special districts, and education institutions in southwestern Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine[Read More…]

Youth and rural voters speak out

by Hannah Seibold & Zachary Jones Neuray – IVN contributing writers Editor’s Note:Oregon is not a major player on the national election stage due to its strong Democratic tilt driven by the metropolitan areas, which leaves some voter voices unamplified. Particularly quelled are the views of the state’s youth, as[Read More…]

County addresses outdated zoning classification

The Sept. 14 Board of Josephine County Commissioners’ weekly business session took place at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.The meeting kicked off with a public hearing to consider a zoning change to a property that currently houses the Grants Pass Over-Niters RV park.Tami Smith of the JoCo Planning[Read More…]

City approves RV park in city limits

The Cave Junction City Council held its first meeting of the month Sept. 12, and while it was a lengthy one that included two public hearings, things progressed smoothly. The council was able to tentatively give the green light to the previously discussed RV park, and renewed the expired approval[Read More…]

$1 billion timber suit dies at top court

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from 13 counties in a long-running $1 billion lawsuit over timber revenue and what constitutes “the greatest permanent value” when it comes to forest management.The denial ends a six-year legal battle over logging practices on 700,000[Read More…]

Nolan selected as RR Administrator

by Brian Mortensen, Courtesy of the Rogue River Press Rogue River Mayor Wayne Stuart might have surprised a few people just two minutes into the Thursday, Aug. 26 Rogue River City Council meeting when he stepped away from his dias.“What I’d like to do right now is come down and[Read More…]

Commissioner alarmed by gun restrictions measure

The ease with which Oregonians can purchase firearms will be greatly diminished this fall if Measure 114 is approved by the voters.Placed on the Nov. 8 ballot by citizen petition, Measure 114, otherwise referred to as the Changes to Firearm Ownership and Purchase Requirements Initiative, would require those seeking to[Read More…]

Sheriff answers questions about sale of MJ

According to a press release from Sheriff Dave Daniel, during the Aug. 11, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council meeting, a request was made that we explain and advertise why illegal marijuana that has been seized by law enforcement cannot be sold legally to support/fund law enforcement. Many of our citizens[Read More…]