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Multiple Agencies Successful in Halting Little Applegate Road Fire at 1 Acre
Multiple agencies were successful in holding a Ruch area grass fire to just one acre yesterday. On Monday at 11:30 a.m., the Applegate Valley Fire District, Oregon Department of Forestry and Bureau of Land Management were dispatched to the reported fire in the 500-block of Little Applegate Road. ODF Southwest officials said the incident was originally toned out as a smoke investigation, but it was quickly upgraded to a grass fire as crews began arriving on scene. The fire was initially estimated to be a quarter-acre in size. However, shifting winds prompted the blaze to grow slightly before firefighters stopped its spread at one acre. Resources finished up mop-up work in the afternoon, ensuring all hot spots were extinguished. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Officials ask Southern Oregon residents to be aware that fires can easily start and spread in warm and windy conditions. For more information on fire season rules, please visit "swofire.com/public-fire-restrictions."
Posted on 6/18/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
 

Commission to Consider Supplemental Budget and Pipe Fork Sale Today
Because Josephine County is observing the Juneteenth holiday on Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners is holding its weekly business session this morning. The Board will open the meeting with a public hearing for the supplemental budget for the current fiscal year. Following the hearing, the Commissioners will decide whether to approve adjustments to the spending plan that ends on June 30th. Under Administrative Actions, the Board will consider a purchase and sale agreement between The Conservation Fund and Josephine County for the Pipe Fork property near Williams. As part of the sale, a contribution agreement covering funds provided by the Williams Community Forest Project must also be approved by the Commission. The proposed sale has been months in the making. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board is scheduled to make an appointment to the Grants Pass Airport Advisory Board. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/18/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP City Council Directs Staff to Prepare Changes to Current Land Use Public Noticing
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In a split decision, the Grants Pass City Council has directed city staff to prepare changes to land use public noticing. The decision came in a 4-3 vote during Monday's workshop session, with Councilor Dwight Faszer, II, absent. Councilor Brian DeLaGrange made the motion to direct staff to increase noticing from 100 feet to 200 feet from subject properties in Type 3 and Type 4 land use decisions, hold neighborhood meetings for Type 4 decisions, use on-site property postings and social media to notify affected parties, and notify both property owners and renters within the new noticing radius. The noticing changes will first be reviewed by the Urban Area Planning Commission before returning to Council. The vote came after a presentation from Community Development Director Brad Clark who said that state law sets distances for various types of proposals such as Legislative, Quasi-Judicial and Ministerial. He said a comparison of local cities shows the current 100-foot noticing in Grants Pass is less than the 200 feet utilized in Medford and Ashland and the 250 feet used in Central Point. According to Clark, enlarging the noticing radius will increase public awareness -- but it will also increase the potential for appeals to land use decisions.
Posted on 6/18/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
 

Oregon Heritage Commission Awards Grants to Two Jackson County Museum Projects
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The Oregon Heritage Commission has awarded more than $75,000 in grants to 15 museums throughout the state as part of the Oregon Museum Grant Program -- including two museums in Jackson County. The grants will help fund a variety of projects including collection preservation, interpretation and heritage tourism. Award amounts ranged from $1,052 to $8,000. Locally funded projects include providing a shared presentation system housed at the Gold Hill Historical Society Museum including a speakers' bureau and equipment for five participating museums in Jackson County. Grant money is also being provided to the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Jackson County to scan and associate with the catalog records of about 50% of the Deeds of Gift collection. The Museum Grant Program is offered annually by the Oregon Heritage Commission, which is part of the Oregon Heritage program at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The grant program began in 1965 when only 24 organizations were eligible for the program. It is funded by ORPD lottery dollars.
Posted on 6/18/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Residents Encouraged to Support Police & Firefighters in Red Cross Blood Drive
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Grants Pass residents are being called upon to support their police officers and firefighters in donating blood at tomorrow's "Battle of the Badges." Please join the Grants Pass Police Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue in supporting the American Red Cross by donating blood in the GPPD Training Room at 726 NE 7th Street on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition between the agencies. You can show your support for either the police or fire departments by telling Red Cross staff which agency you are donating blood on behalf of. Of course, both GPPD and GP Fire & Rescue would appreciate your support. But the most important thing is to donate blood and blood products to the Red Cross as it prepares for the summer season. You can make an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by calling 1-(800)-RED-CROSS or by visiting "RedCrossBlood.org" where you can simply enter "GrantsPassFireRescue" to schedule your appointment.
Posted on 6/18/24 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Board to Consider Supplemental Budget & Pipe Fork Sale on Tuesday Morning
Because Josephine County is observing the Juneteenth holiday on Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners is holding its weekly business session tomorrow morning. The Board will open the meeting with a public hearing for the supplemental budget for the current fiscal year. Following the hearing, the Commissioners will decide whether to approve adjustments to the spending plan that ends on June 30th. Under Administrative Actions, the Board will consider a purchase and sale agreement between The Conservation Fund and Josephine County for the Pipe Fork property near Williams. As part of the sale, a contribution agreement covering funds provided by the Williams Community Forest Project must also be approved by the Commission. The proposed sale has been months in the making. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board is scheduled to make an appointment to the Grants Pass Airport Advisory Board. Tuesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/17/24 1:07PM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Drunken Motorist after He Crashed Car while Eluding Officers
Grants Pass Police jailed an impaired man for multiple crimes early yesterday after he crashed a vehicle into a traffic signal pole while fleeing from law enforcement. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 55-year-old male subject at Three Rivers Medical Center on Sunday at about 3:30 a.m.. That's where he was taken following the wreck at the intersection of Rogue River Highway and the Grants Pass Parkway. The Oregon State Police assisted with the arrest. Police said they observed the motorist speeding, failing to maintain a travel lane and nearly crashing while outbound on Highway 99 near Fruitdale Drive. They said he turned around and accelerated to a high rate of speed before a traffic stop was attempted. The man refused to yield while striking curbs, swerving all over the highway and nearly crashing several more times. The pursuit ended when the man lost control of the Mini Cooper he was driving and struck the traffic signal pole, totaling his car. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation. After he showed indicators of impairment, a search warrant was obtained for a legal blood draw that documented a high level of inebriation by alcohol. The suspect was medically cleared and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. He was being held without bail and his totaled car was impounded.
Posted on 6/17/24 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Man for Stealing Laptop Computer from Parked Car
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing a laptop computer out of a parked vehicle in the downtown area late last week. The Police Department reports officers responded to a theft complaint near the corner of SE H and 6th streets on Friday around 1:35 p.m.. Police said the owner of a 2005 Honda Accord called 9-1-1 to report that his passenger-side window was broken out and his backpack was stolen along with a laptop computer with a brown and black case inside. The caller advised that $35 in cash was also stolen from a cup-holder in his car. The total amount for the stolen items was estimated to be $1,615, with damage to the car around $200. Officers searched the area and contacted a 39-year-old man walking on SW G Street while carrying the stolen property. The suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail and the stolen items were returned to their rightful owner.
Posted on 6/17/24 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Repeated Unruly Behavior at Kesterson City Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for displaying unruly behavior in a city park at least two times over the weekend. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident involving the 38-year-old man at Kesterson Park on NE Evelyn Avenue on Saturday around 12:15 p.m.. Police said the male subject had been reported kicking someone inside a tent and then trying to punch them when they got out. They said he was warned for Disorderly Conduct because they were unable to locate the victim. They returned to the park a short time later for another call involving the same man. The suspect was reported to be yelling at people in a violent manner. He was contacted by officers while continuing to yell and displayed what they called "pre-assault indicators." This time, the suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 6/17/24 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Man on State & Salem Warrants after Abby's Pizza Theft
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on statewide and Salem area warrants after a weekend theft complaint at the south Abby's Pizza. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident at the restaurant in the 1600-block of Williams Highway on Saturday shortly after 11 a.m.. Police said they contacted a 30-year-old male subject inside Abby's and he admitted to stealing a basket full of food items. He was also found to be wanted on a state warrant for Felony Parole Violation as well as a Marion County warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft. After the warrants were confirmed, the suspect was lodged in jail without bail and a charge of 3rd-Degree Theft was added to his criminal bill.
Posted on 6/17/24 11:02AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Riding Dirt Bike Recklessly in Downtown Area
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for riding a dirt bike recklessly in the downtown area late last week. According to the Police Department, officers performed a traffic stop on a dirt bike ridden by a 24-year-old male subject near the corner of NE 7th Street and Midland Avenue during the noon hour on Friday. Police said they observed the man illegally riding north at 7th and A streets at a high rate of speed. They said he was driving recklessly and doing wheelies while cutting in and out of traffic. He failed to yield for several blocks until stopping. A routine records check showed the man's driving status was Felony Suspended, and he did not have a hardship permit to drive to and from work. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Driving While Revoked and was being held without bail. He was also cited to appear in court for Careless Driving and Violating the Basic Rule.
Posted on 6/17/24 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Motorist for Impaired Driving in Weekend Stop on GP Parkway
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving during a weekend traffic stop on the Grants Pass Parkway. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Express van driven by a 57-year-old man on US Highway 199 near NE F Street on Saturday at 1:40 a.m.. Troopers said they stopped the van for a traffic violation and the driver displayed signs of impairment. They said the driver performed poorly in field sobriety tests and his driver's license was found to be suspended at the misdemeanor level. The suspect motorist was placed into custody and taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit. He was cited to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Suspended. His vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 6/17/24 10:59AM by Sam Marsh
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