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‘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…]

County addresses outdated zoning classification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…]

Illegal dumps on BLM land an issue

Anita Savio – IVN contributing writer A pile of trash dumped between Rough & Ready Botanical and Seats Dam. Bureau of Land Management employees found 150 illegal dumping sites on BLM lands in Jackson and Josephine counties between August 2020 and 2022.Hazardous materials coordinator Anna Tankersley estimates that of those[Read More…]

Rabies discovered in two Josephine County animals

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Authorities are urging pet owners take additional precautions after rabies was discovered in two wild animals in Josephine County.The two mammals, a bat and a fox, were found outside Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center in Merlin and tested positive for rabies Sept. 8, according to[Read More…]

Josephine County nonprofits may enter drawing for ten $2,000 ARPA grants

Josephine County, Oregon: The Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDO) and the Four Way Community Foundation will be conducting a drawing on Facebook Live to allocate ten $2,000 grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in Josephine County.Nonprofits wishing to enter the drawing should submit the following information by 5 p.m. Friday,[Read More…]

IVFC to receive Nourishing Neighbors Donations

IVFC to receive Nourishing Neighbors Donations made at Albertson’s and Safeway stores in SeptemberIllinois Valley Family Coalition has been selected as a charity partner for Albertson’s and Safeway stores in Grants Pass and will receive donations from its annual Nourishing Neighbors campaign aimed at helping ensure every child has access[Read More…]

County renews with RCC, GP signed

A trio of administrative agreements were front and center at the Sept. 7 Board of Josephine County Commissioners’ meeting, held at the Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.The RCC Student and Staff Pass Program is renewed annually and entails JoCo Transit receiving $30,000 from Rogue Community College to allow[Read More…]

JMET takes down 5 more

On Sept. 6, 7 and 8, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team executed five separate search warrants regarding illegal marijuana grow sites a press release stated.The warrants were located in the 5000 block of Holland Loop Road, 200 block of Beaver Meadow Road, 400 block of Warner Road, 2000 block[Read More…]

Lithification discussed at county meeting

During the Sept. 7 weekly business session of the Board of Josephine County Commissioners, individuals speaking on behalf of a business based in New Mexico that specializes in constructing roads using the process of lithification sought an audience with the commissioners and other county officials to discuss the merits of[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…]