Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Breidenthal faces probe over alleged cash payments

Allegations that former Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal used his official position for financial gain for his cannabis businesses has triggered an Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigation. “An investigation will look into the nature of his votes regarding the marijuana industry while he was a county commissioner and how they could or would have affected his […]
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VA facility cuts beds as focus shifts to treatment and reintegration

Ashley Hanson, a 36-year-old Army veteran, arrived at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in February with only the clothes on his back — a Hanes T-shirt, a jacket and a pair of jeans. He’d been homeless since Dec. 21 and under the influence of drugs and alcohol for much longer. “I started using when […]
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Guest Opinion: Bill would restore justice for those injured by negligence

The Oregon Legislature will soon be voting upon Senate Bill 737, a bill restoring justice to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of another. In 1987, the Legislature imposed in civil cases an arbitrary $500,000, one-size-fits-all cap on non-economic damages (physical pain, emotional distress, loss of lifestyle and deterioration of the […]
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Guest Opinion: Oregon taxpayers subsidize killing to benefit private business

The Oregon Legislature is in session right now struggling with a $1.6 billion hole in the budget. It will consider cuts to schools, universities, health care and underfunding voter-approved Measure 98, meant to support Oregon’s most at-risk students. Yet, the Legislature will be pressured to continue funding the violent slaughter of tens of thousands of […]
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State promises more grow site inspections

An adviser to Gov. Kate Brown told local officials Thursday he expects state inspections of marijuana grow sites to “significantly increase” now that so many growers have been licensed. The adviser, Jeff Rhoades, gave no estimates, however, about how many more inspections would take place. A total of 13 medical marijuana grow sites were inspected […]
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Jet boats can stay on upper Rogue River

A proposal to ban jet-powered boats — including Rogue Jet Boat Adventures — from the upper Rogue River was defeated by the Oregon State Marine Board Thursday in Salem. The five-member board unanimously agreed with staff to reject a petition from the Rogue FlyFishers Association and an upper Rogue landowner to ban jet boats upstream […]
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Our View: Measure 98 meets budget reality – Opinion

It appears that Ballot Measure 98, the voter-approved initiative that directs the state to spend $300 million on dropout prevention, vocational education and college prep to increase graduation rates, is still alive in the 2017 legislative session. But lawmakers still have their eye on that $300 million as they struggle to cope with a $1.6 […]
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Since You Asked: Free Fishing Weekend doesn’t punish licensed anglers

Q: What’s up with the new Free Fishing Weekend stuff? It seems like it punishes us fishermen who buy licenses and our salmon-steelhead tags. So anybody can go out and kill two steelhead each day this weekend, but if I do, I have to log them on my tag…. A: Free Fishing Weekend has been […]
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Howard Prairie is brimming with water and fish

Where Dead Indian Memorial Road finally straightens out just before the turn onto Hyatt-Prairie Road, the vast expanse of green visible for the past six years along the upper shore of Howard Prairie Lake is now blue. “For the past several years, it’s been a meadow,” Jackson County Parks Manager Steve Lambert says. “Now the […]
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Gov. Brown touts ‘cradle to career’ plan

While speaking to about 200 people at the Medford Rogue Rotary club Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown touched on Southern Oregon programs, education and her plans to grow industry in rural communities. Brown highlighted the Manufacturing Certificate Program at Eagle Point High School as part of her commitment to what she called “cradle to career education,” […]
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