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Applications Being Accepted for Post on GP Urban Tree Advisory Committee
Applications are being accepted for a position on the Urban Tree Advisory Committee due to a vacancy. This term expires on September 30, 2025. The purpose of this committee is to review, develop and implement programs and activities that promote, protect and enhance the urban forest as part of the Tree City USA program. The special qualification for this position is an interest in the promotion and enhancement of the urban forest in Grants Pass. Applications are available at the City Administration Office at 101 NW A Street or online at "grantspassoregon.gov/committee-application." Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5th. Applications will be reviewed by the committee on Monday, April 8th. The appointment will be made by the Grants Pass City Council during its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 1st.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:12AM by Sam Marsh

Lawsuit Alleges Christine Goodwin Should be Disqualified from Oregon Senate Candidacy
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A lawsuit filed last week alleges that legislator Christine Goodwin, a Douglas County Republican, should be ejected from her seat in Oregon's House of Representatives and disqualified from seeking the nomination for Senate District 2 because she doesn't actually live in either district. The Oregonian reports that if the lawsuit were to succeed, that would leave only one Republican candidate on the ballot for an open Senate seat, clearing the way for the departing incumbent's son to snag the spot. Goodwin has served in the House since August 2021, when she was appointed by county commissioners to replace Representative Gary Leif of Roseburg, who died in office. Goodwin won election to House District 4 in 2022, then announced last year that she would run for the seat in Senate District 2 held by Republican Art Robinson, who is barred from running again. Robinson was among the Republican senators blocked from reelection after they boycotted work in 2023. But the Oregonian reports the lawsuit alleges that Goodwin doesn't actually live in House District 4 or Senate District 2. Goodwin is registered to vote at a Canyonville property that lies inside those districts. But the lawsuit brought by several Grants Pass officials and voters alleges that Goodwin lives at an address in Myrtle Creek, which lies just outside the districts' boundary.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:03AM by Sam Marsh

GP Planning Road Construction and Overlay Project on NE A Street from 8th to Beacon
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Residents living along NE A Street near Grants Pass High School will be receiving a letter from the City of Grants Pass regarding an upcoming construction project. During its Monday workshop session, the City Council considered options for the reconstruction and overlay of NE A between 8th Street and Beacon Drive. Assistant Public Works Director Wade Elliott told the Council that this section of the arterial street is experiencing rapid pavement deterioration. He said the project will be done in two phases -- from 8th Street to Baker Street and then from Baker to Beacon Drive. Work will be done during the summer months to avoid conflicts with GPHS and other nearby schools. A sewer line replacement is included. Based on a recommendation from the Bikeways & Walkways Committee, Elliott provided three options for the Council to consider. The first option would include five-foot bicycle paths on both sides of A Street, the second would include an elevated nine-foot two-way bike path on the north side of the street, and the third would not include any bike facilities. City staff was directed to send out a letter to residents on both sides of the street in order to gauge public preferences. The City hopes to solicit project bids by late April.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:00AM by Sam Marsh

AllCare Health Announces $20,000 Grant for Kitchen Upgrade at GP American Legion Post
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AllCare Health has announced a $20,000 grant award to the Josephine County Chapter of the American Legion. The grant is designed to improve food security for veterans, their families and prioritized vulnerable people by creating a remodeled kitchen at American Legion Post #28 in Grants Pass. The grant will fund a code-compliant kitchen so volunteers can provide hot meals in a safe location, decreasing risks of isolation in a trauma-informed setting. Food security is crucial to community health and well-being, and contributes to reducing the community burden of illness, disease and behavioral health challenges. American Legion Post #28 has provided important services to veterans and others for more than 80 years. This grant is part of AllCare Health pledge of $2.7 million in 2024 for improving the health and well-being of Southern Oregon communities. AllCare Health is an innovative, physician-owned and locally-operated healthcare organization.
Posted on 3/19/24 4:57AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Snared O'Brien Man on Bench Warrant after US Highway 199 Stop in Selma
The Oregon State Police arrested an O'Brien man on an outstanding warrant during a weekend traffic stop on Redwood Highway in Selma. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 36-year-old motorist on US Highway 199 near Illinois River Road on Saturday at 12:14 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the motorist for traffic violations and discovered that he was wanted on a local bench warrant for failing to appear in court for Driving While Suspended. He was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the warrant. According to OSP, the pickup was left with a friend who arrived at the traffic stop location.
Posted on 3/18/24 9:50AM by Sam Marsh
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CJ Man Arrested for Drug Possession after OSP Contact at Selma Supermarket
A Cave Junction man was arrested for drug possession during a weekend traffic stop in Selma. The Oregon State Police reports troopers pulled over a Cadillac sedan driven by a 54-year-old motorist in the 100-block of Deer Creek Road at 11 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said they stopped the motorist for traffic violations at the Ray's Food Place in Selma. They said drug paraphernalia was observed in plain sight inside the car. A consent search was conducted, the drug paraphernalia was seized as evidence and the man was detained. The suspect was cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation and released. He was also given a phone number to call for drug treatment.
Posted on 3/18/24 9:49AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed GP Motorist for Impaired Driving after Redwood Area Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass motorist for impaired driving after a weekend traffic stop in the Redwood area. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Honda CRV driven by a 42-year-old woman on Redwood Avenue near Southgate Way on Saturday at 5:37 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the motorist after observing her failing to maintain the travel lane multiple times. They said she displayed signs of impairment and also performed poorly in field sobriety tests. The suspect was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a positive breath sample for alcohol impairment. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and her vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 3/18/24 9:48AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Investigating Cause of Small Fires along RR Tracks in Wolf Creek
Authorities were investigating the cause of several small fires that broke out along the railroad tracks in the Wolf Creek area yesterday. On Sunday afternoon, Rural Metro Fire Department assisted the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District with extinguishing the railroad fires. Rural Metro officials said there were at least a dozen railroad ties burning as well as a 1/10th of an acre spot fire burning in nearby vegetation. Access to the fires was off the 100-block of Warner Road. By late afternoon, all the fires were contained and crews were engaged in mop-up operations. The cause of the fires had not been disclosed as of this morning.
Posted on 3/18/24 9:47AM by Sam Marsh
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Weekend Tragedy: Young Girl Struck & Killed by Vehicle in South GP Parking Lot
A tragic weekend mishap claimed the life of a young girl in a south Grants Pass parking lot. On Saturday at 11:24 a.m., the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received multiple calls about a child who was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Fruitdale Drive near Williams Highway. Grants Pass police officers responded to the scene along with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response. A five-year-old girl was found seriously injured and emergency aid was immediately rendered. The child was transported by AMR to Three Rivers Medical Center where -- despite medical efforts -- she succumbed to her injuries. With the assistance of witnesses, Grants Pass police detectives determined the vehicle that struck the girl was unoccupied. The 74-year-old owner of the truck had parked the vehicle and exited it in the parking lot. The man quickly realized his truck was rolling backwards and he attempted to open the door to stop it, but was unable to do so before it struck the girl and came to rest against a parked vehicle. Detectives said the man has cooperated with the investigation, and alcohol or other controlled substances were not believed to be a factor. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Grants Pass Police Department at (541)-450-6260.
Posted on 3/18/24 5:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Motorcyclist Died in Weekend Collision with Truck on Elk Creek Road near Trail
A motorcyclist died over the weekend after colliding head-on with a passenger truck near Trail. Dispatchers from Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) received a call about the fatal crash on Saturday at 12:53 p.m.. Sheriff's deputies responded to the accident near milepost 8 of Elk Creek Road. The Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team also responded to investigate. Preliminary findings indicated a Yamaha motorcycle ridden by a 21-year-old man was traveling south on Elk Creek when it failed to negotiate a curve and drove into the oncoming lane, striking a northbound Chevrolet Colorado. Life-saving measures were attempted on the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Out of respect for grieving family and friends, the Sheriff's Office said it would not be releasing the name of the deceased. Investigators said speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the fatal crash. They said driver of the truck -- who was not hurt -- was fully cooperative with the investigation and impairment was not a factor. The collision is under further investigation and no more information is available at this time.
Posted on 3/18/24 4:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Attacking Mother at Colonial Valley Home on Saturday
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for attacking his mother at a Colonial Valley residence over the weekend. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200-block of Grouse Creek Road on Saturday around noon. Deputies said the call was transferred from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which received information from the victim's ex-husband who had just received a call from her regarding the attack. She stated that her 35-year-old son was highly intoxicated when he threw her to the ground inside his residence on the property. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the woman who was holding her right side and advised that her left ear hurt and she could not hear out of it after hitting her head. The victim declined transport to the hospital because she had no insurance. She promised to visit an urgent care center as soon as possible. The suspect's biological father showed up and led deputies into the suspect's house where they found him passed out on the floor. A struggle ensued while walking the suspect out of the residence to the patrol vehicle. The man threatened to head-butt deputies and began resisting, but he was taken to the ground and subdued. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and Resisting Arrest. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 3/18/24 4:57AM by Sam Marsh
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No One Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision on Redwood Highway near O'Brien
No one was hurt in a multi-vehicle weekend crash on Redwood Highway near O'Brien. On Saturday at 2:09 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Josephine County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the three-vehicle collision on US Highway 199 at Gene Brown Road. No other information about the crash was disclosed, but IVFD officials said there were no injuries reported and at least one of the vehicles was towed to Cave Junction. The Sheriff's Office was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Posted on 3/18/24 4:55AM by Sam Marsh
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