RIGHT NOW SEVERAL FIRES ARE BURNING. CREWS BEGAN WORKING ON 4 IN JACKSON COUNTY YESTERDAY. ONE BEGAN ON A HILL OFF KANES CREEK ROAD IN CENTRAL POINT. ANOTHER STARTED AT THE BASE OF MOUNT ASHLAND. BOTH ARE CONTAINED. A TEN ACRE BLAZE IS LOCATED AT CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK. THERE'S ALSO A FIRE NEAR KLAMATH FALLS AT FOUR MILE LAKE-- IT'S 100 ACRES. AND ONE IN SELMA IS ONLY 20 PERCENT CONTAINED AND AT 120 ACRES. ALTHOUGH NO EVACUATION ORDERS ARE ISSUED, SOME PEOPLE IN SELMA SAY THEY ARE LEAVING AS A PRECAUTION.
FIVE YEARS AFTER THE RECESSION, MEDFORD IS STILL GROWING MUCH SLOWER THAN NORMAL-
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. IT MEASURES THE GROWTH RATES OF THE 5 LARGEST CITIES IN THE STATE BY TRACKING EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING AND TRAVEL TRENDS. ACCORDING TO THE DATA, MEDFORD CONSISTENTLY LAGS BEHIND THE OTHER CITIES... EVEN AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF SURVEYING. PROFESSORS SAY PART OF THE MOST RECENT UNFAVORABLE NUMBERS, ARE DO TO JOB LOSSES THIS PAST MAY IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SECTOR.
POLICE ARRESTED 57 YEAR OLD DEBRA JOHNS THURSDAY.. LAST WEEK SHE WAS CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH TWO OF 23 RECENT ARSONS.. MONDAY A THIRD CHARGE OF ARSON WAS ADDED AFTER DETECTIVES DETERMINED SHE LIT A SMALL FIRE IN THE JAIL LOBBY'S BATHROOM ON JULY 24TH.. *BEFORE SHE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED. SHE REMAINS A SUSPECT IN THE OTHER UNSOLVED ARSONS.
AN IDAHO FUGITIVE WHO WAS SHOT BY MEDFORD POLICE EARLIER THIS YEAR HAS BEEN SENTENCED ON HER INITIAL CHARGES...
SHAVON WILLARD WAS SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROL SUBSTANCE....THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE POST REGISTER IN IDAHO FALLS. WILLARD WAS ONE OF TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH MEDFORD, AND THEN SHOT AT WHEN THIER VEHICLE CRASHED. THE OTHER SUSPECT WAYNE PEARSON REMAINS IN THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL AWAITING TRIAL.
HIKERS ARE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME CHANGES ON ASHLAND'S FAMOUS "PILOT ROCK."
THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND CASCADE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINEERS ARE PARTNERING UP TO BUILD A NEW TRAIL UP TO THE TOP OF THE POPULAR HIKING SPOT . THE NEW ROUTE WILL INCLUDE STAIRS ... PREVENTING EROSION AND ENHANCING THE SAFETY FOR HIKERS. THE PROJECT SHOULD BE FINISHED BY THE END OF AUGUST. PEOPLE ARE DISCOURAGED FROM HIKING PILOT ROCK UNTIL THEN.
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To quote that car ad: "He Lived". Here's the Chevy Tahoe that 45-year old Robert Piland of White City was driving last night, NB I-5 at Milepost 30. It crossed over the median, hit a commercial truck head-on.
Here's the Semi - Driver was unhurt.
Robert Piland was pulled from the wreck. He'll be okay, but OSP has charged him with DUII.
(Photos courtesy of Oregon State Police)
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