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Bigfoot spotted at Wild River

The event room at Wild River Pizza was bustling with activity when national Bigfoot researching organization Squatch America held a town hall meeting Feb. 17. The goal of this event was to encourage Illinois Valley residents to come forward with stories of their own sightings, and to educate those in[Read More…]

Mold, snow give LBMS 5-day weekend

Lorna Byrne Middle School students got an extended weekend away from school Monday, Feb. 13 courtesy of mold being discovered in the school which was extended by a downpour of snow Tuesday, Feb. 14.Three Rivers School District Superintendent Dave Valenzuela made a video with LBMS Principal Danny Pratt and Assistant[Read More…]

How Oregon grape growers will navigate new overtime law

George PlavenCapital Press PORTLAND — As Oregon’s new agricultural overtime law begins taking effect in 2023, local winegrowers and vineyard managers say they face a challenge.Labor for pruning, picking and other fieldwork is already scarce, and paying higher overtime wages is an added cost for an industry with already tight[Read More…]

CAP chair warns of ‘disaster’ without hemp moratorium

It’s been over a week since news broke that the Oregon Department of Agriculture would not be granting an extension to the moratorium on new hemp licensing in Josephine County, asserting that the county missed the filing deadline to do so.The Board of Josephine County Commissioners had voted in November[Read More…]

SOREDI on thin ice with BCC

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners reiterated that they have authorized membership dues to be paid to Southern Oregon Regional Development, Inc. at their Feb. 8 meeting, after indicating they were considering dissolving their partnership with SOREDI the week prior.SOREDI Executive Director Colleen Padilla received many questions from the board[Read More…]

Budget updates show grant increase

The Board of Josephine County Commissioners approved a supplemental budget that accounts for recent amendments made to the original 2022/23 fiscal year budget at their Feb. 8 weekly business session, held at Anne G. Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.“We do supplemental budgets all the time,” asserted Board Chair Herman Baertschiger.[Read More…]

What happened to Toby Anderson?

The family of Toby Eugene Anderson, a 16-year-old boy who disappeared from Selma, Oregon, in November 1986, has been working for the last three years to facilitate the search for his remains. They finally coordinated a search effort that was scheduled to take place this month at a property in[Read More…]

Oregon brothers cut food
waste and created the tater tot

Heather Arndt Anderson – Oregon Public Broadcasting “My apologies for dropping the jump last week. We received many calls about it. Here it is in its entirety.” ~djm ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — When brothers Golden and Francis Nephi “Neef” Grigg began renting a frozen foods plant in the tiny Idaho[Read More…]

Love of rare liquor causes criminal probe

Andrew Selsky Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice is opening a criminal investigation into allegations that senior officials in the state’s alcohol regulatory agency violated ethics laws by diverting rare, sought-after bourbons for personal use, the state attorney general said Friday.The officials said they were[Read More…]