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04-18-14 OREGON D.O.J. INVESTIGATING CLAIM OF ELECTION FRAUD IN JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE

Apr 18, 2014 -- 9:52am

THE OREGON D-O-J IS INVESTIGATING A CLAIM  THAT JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF LIEUTENANT BOB SERGI...WHO'S RUNNING FOR SHERIFF... VIOLATED ELECTION LAW...
LIEUTENANT SERGI SAYS HE DID *NOTHING WRONG... AND YESTERDAY HE SENT OUT A PRESS RELEASE THAT STATED HE IS CONFIDENT HE WILL BE CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES...  NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO SERGI SAYS HE WAS PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WHEN  THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM. SERGI SAYS HE'S ACCUSED OF USING ADDRESSES FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S ROSTER TO SOLICIT CAMPAIGN FUNDS...BUT HE SAYS THAT'S NOT THE CASE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WOULD *NOT* TELL US WHAT THE STATUS OF THE INVESTIGATION IS...
BUT SERGI SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE RUNNING FOR SHERIFF. SERGI ALSO SAYS HE IS STILL ON ADMINISTRATIVE PAID LEAVE.  WE LEFT SEVERAL MESSAGES WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE...BUT THEY DID NOT RETURN OUR CALLS.

04-18-14 HUDDLESTON SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

Apr 18, 2014 -- 9:51am

ROGUE VALLEY RESIDENT,  BOURNE HUDDLESTON WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. HE'S CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE KRISTY AT THEIR HOME IN 2012.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER, THE JUDGE RECOMMENDED HUDDLESTON NEVER BE RELEASED UNTIL HE SERVES OUT HIS NATURAL LIFE.

04-16-14 COUGAR FORCES LOCKDOWN OF WEST MEDFORD SCHOOL

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:03am

600 STUDENTS WERE ON LOCK-DOWN YESTERDAY AT GRIFFIN CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL... AFTER A NEIGHBOR REPORTED A COUGAR ON THE NORTH EDGE OF CAMPUS. TEACHERS KEPT STUDENTS INSIDE AROUND 1:30 THIS AFTERNOON... WHILE POLICE CHECKED THE PERIMETER AND NEIGHBORING PROPERTIES. THE PRINCIPAL SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE'S SEEN THE SITUATION IN HIS THREE YEARS... AND THAT EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTHLY.

04-16-14 ASHLAND CHANGES COURSE ON DISPENSARIES, CAVE JUNCTION LOOKS TO FEDERAL GUIDELINES

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:02am

ASHLAND WAS ONE OF THE *FIRST CITIES IN SOUTHERN OREGON TO APPROVE DISPENSARIES- BY AMENDING ITS CITY CODE. BUT TUESDAY NIGHT... A CHANGE IN HEART.. IN A SECOND READING AND VOTE...ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL PASSED A LIMITED MORATORIUM ORDINANCE WHICH WILL BAN DISPENSARIES IN SPECIFIC AREAS THEY CHOOSE...
MEANWHILE,THE CITY OF CAVE JUNCTION WILL TURN TO THE FEDERAL COURTS FOR GUIDANCE IN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN THEIR CITY

04-16-14 MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:01am

THE MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES ITS NEW LEADER...SET TO TAKE OVER FOR SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR PHIL LONG IN JULY.  
BRIAN SHOE-MATE SHUMATE IS FROM LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY- WHERE HE'S CURRENTLY AN ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS SAY THEY CHOSE SHUMATE USING A LIST OF CRITERIA FORMED *WITH THE PUBLIC'S HELP.

04-16-14 ASHLAND TAKES FIRST STEPS IN BANNING PLASTIC BAGS

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:00am

THE CITY OF ASHLAND TOOK ITS FIRST STEPS LAST NIGHT TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS.
IN A FIRST READING AND VOTE... THE COUNCIL VOTED 5 to ONE IN FAVOR OF A PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG BAN- UNDER THE ORDINANCE... STORES WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE PLASTIC BAGS AND WOULD CHARGE CUSTOMERS FOR PAPER BAGS.

04-16-14 HUDDLESTON MURDER TRIAL GOES TO THE JURY

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:59am

IT'S NOW UP TO A JURY...BOURNE HUDDLESTON --  ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE TWO YEARS AGO -- TOOK THE WITNESS STAND TUESDAY
BEFORE CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE TRIAL...HUDDLESTON SAYS AFTER HIS WIFE SHOT HERSELF... HE WAS SCARED AND TOOK OFF IN HIS TRUCK. THE JURY WILL BEGIN  DELIBERATING THIS MORNING. AND WE'LL HAVE THE FULL DETAILS FROM COURT ON TONIGHT'S NEWS.

04-15-14 JACKSON COUNTY COULD HAVE NEW SERVICE DISTRICT

Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:14am

SUPPORTERS OF EXTENSION SERVICES LIKE "FOUR-H" AND THE "MASTER GARDENERS" PROGRAM ARE GEARING UP FOR A BIG ELECTION.
THEY'RE ASKING THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT A SERVICE DISTRICT ON THE MAY BALLOT. FOR THE LAST 100 YEARS..   JACKSON COUNTY HAS FUNDED THE O-S-U EXTENSION SERVICE.. BUT DWINDLING TIMBER PAYMENTS MEAN THAT MONEY ISN'T CUTTING IT.  A SERVICE DISTRICT WOULD INITIALLY COST TAX PAYERS THREE-POINT-THREE CENTS PER THOUSAND DOLLARS PROPERTY VALUE... AND AT MOST.. THAT COULD COULD RISE TO FIVE CENTS.

04-15-14 ASHLAND EMERGENCY WATER PLANS HITS HUGE FINANCIAL SNAG

Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:13am

 A PROJECT THAT WOULD INCREASE ASHLAND'S EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY... IS HITTING A FINANCIAL SNAG.      THE CITY WANTS TO TAP INTO PHOENIX AND TALENT'S WATER THROUGH A NEW PIPELINE...
BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE CITY FIRST ANTICIPATED. IN MARCH...THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF SPEEDING UP THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER PIPELINE....AND THE CITY SAYS THEY CAN AFFORD THE PROJECT... AS LONG AS A PLAN TO RAISE WATER RATES BY 10% GOES THROUGH. BUT THE ORIGINAL COST OF 2.3 MILLION DOLLARS...HAS NOW BEEN RAISED TO 4.3 MILLION DOLLAR ESTIMATE. THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE AT  TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING.

04-15-14 LOCAL SCHOOLS PLANNING HEALTHY FOOD FAIRS

Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:11am

THIS WEEK, SEVERAL LOCAL SCHOOLS WILL BE MAKING IT FUN TO EAT RIGHT... BY HOLDING HEALTHY FOOD FAIRS.   
 ROOSEVELT, TALENT, AND MOUNTAINVIEW ELEMENTARY ARE COMBATING CHILDHOOD OBESITY... BY TURNING THEIR CAFETERIAS INTO CARNIVALS OF HEALTHY EATS. ONE THIRD OF THE PRODUCE FROM THE EVENTS COME FROM LOCAL GROWERS.

04-15-14 GRANTS PASS MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING WRECK FOR HUFFING AND DRIVING

Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:10am

A 21-YEAR OLD GRANTS PASS MAN IS ACCUSED OF HUFFING AND DRIVING!
OREGON STATE POLICE ARRESTED CHRISTOPHER ROBERT SARVER MONDAY  MORNING. TROOPERS SAY HE WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON I-5 IN CENTRAL POINT WHEN HEREAR-ENDED A TRUCK... HIT THE CENTER DIVIDER, AND ROLLED HIS HONDA CIVIC IN A DITCH. NO  ONE WAS HURT. WITNESSES SAY HE WAS  DRIVING RECKLESSLY BEFORE THE CRASH. TROOPER SAY HE WAS IMPAIRED BY THE INHALENT.

04-14-14 ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER BANNING PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS

Apr 14, 2014 -- 5:40am

THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER BANNING PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS DURING  ITS MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT...
THE  ORDINANCE  WOULD  BAN THE DISTRIBUTION OF  PLASTIC BAGS BY RETAIL BUSINESSES IN TOWN...
AND WOULD BE REPLACED BY PAPER BAGS...AS LONG AS THEY CONTAIN AT LEAST 40% OF RECYCLED CONTENT. THERE WOULD ALSO BE A MINIMUM OF A 25 CENT CHARGE FOR THAT PAPER BAG. IF THE ORDINANCE BECOMES LAW...IT WOULD NOT BE ENFORCED FOR SIX MONTHS... GIVING BUSINESSES TIME TO USE THE REST OF THEIR PLASTIC BAGS AND DEVELOP A PLAN TO PROVIDE THE PERMITTED PAPER BAGS.

04-14-14 CAVE JUNCTION CITY COUNCIL TO TAKE UP MARIJUANA DISPENSARY ISSUE TODAY

Apr 14, 2014 -- 5:39am

CAVE JUNCTION CITY COUNCILORS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES TODAY.
AT ONE OF THE LAST CITY  MEETINGS, CITY COUNCILORS DISCUSSED POSSIBLY ALLOWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN TOWN. ALLOWING THEM COULD CAUSE ISSUES WITH CITY ORDINANCES: CAVE JUNCTION LAWS DON'T ALLOW BUSINESSES THAT VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW. NEVERTHELESS, WHEN COUNCILORS ASKED THOSE IN ATTENDANCE IF THEY WERE IN FAVOR OF DISPENSARIES, NEARLY EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE RAISED THEIR HANDS. TODAY'S MEETING IS HELD AT 7 PM IN CITY HALL.

04-14-14 FDA LOOKING AT TIGHTENING FARM ANIMAL FEED REGULATIONS

Apr 14, 2014 -- 5:38am

THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING AT TIGHTENING REGULATIONS ON FARM ANIMAL FEED...
SOME OF THAT FEED COMES FROM BEER BREWERIES... SOME SAY THE PROPOSED RULING COULD HURT LOCAL RANCHERS AND BREWERS. AT LEAST ONE LOCAL BREWER TELL'S NBC 5  IT *WOULD AFFECT THE WAY  THEY DOES BUSINESS.

04-10-14 REGENCE MOVING 70 JOBS TO ROGUE VALLEY

Apr 10, 2014 -- 9:07am

REGENCE BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD IS  TRANSFERRING 70 JOBS TO THE ROGUE VALLEY....
THE POSITIONS ARE BEING MOVED FROM THE COMPANY'S   SALEM LOCATION TO ITS MEDFORD LOCATION. IT'S OFFERING TO RELOCATE THE EMPLOYEES WHO CURRENTLY HOLD THE JOBS IN SALEM...
 BUT THEY EXPECT  SOME PEOPLE WON'T WANT TO MOVE... RESULTING IN  SOME NEW JOB OPENINGS IN MEDFORD. STATEWIDE.... REGENCE  BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD EMPLOYS MORE THE 2-THOUSAND OREGONIANS AND SERVES MORE THAN 750-THOUSAND MEMBERS.

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