Tag Archives: Jackson County

Ashland and Jackson County officials meet over jail dispute

Jackson County officials say pressuring them to boost community-wide mental health spending in exchange for supporting a larger jail doesn’t do any good because they no longer hold the purse strings for mental health care. The Jackson County Health and Human Services building in downtown Medford once bustled with mental health workers and clients coming […]
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Community mental health treatment a must

No one should be kept in jail for months waiting on mental health treatment. Seventeen years ago, it was routine for people with mental illness who were unable to assist in their defense to wait for months in jail to receive court-ordered mental health restoration treatment. Disability Rights Oregon brought a landmark civil rights case […]
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Councilors’ opinion was short on facts

After reading the guest opinion from City Councilors Eleanor Ponomaref and Sarah Westover, I felt compelled to correct a few things and to give a better account of what is really happening daily in Jackson County in regard to law enforcement. First, I’d like to say the councilors could have saved us a lot of […]
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Debate jail plan, but stick to the facts

Given the misinformation swirling around the county’s jail proposal, it’s perfectly acceptable that Ashland City Council members want to be sure they understand all the facts before deciding whether to allow their constituents to vote on creating a taxing district to fund the project. What is not acceptable is for elected officials to spread falsehoods […]
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Future mental health spending at jail uncertain

Q: Would you please let Jackson County voters know how much funding is included in the new jail budget for hiring more mental health case workers and mental health facility management at the jail? From what I understand, Jackson County Mental Health’s budget and personnel are already stretched to the max. Providing space for them […]
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Phoenix-Talent schools add back music for lower grades

Orchard Hill Elementary School Principal Jeff Carpenter is hearing more singing in the hallways and at recess. The outpourings follow reinstatement this fall of music instruction for kindergarten through second-grade students at all Phoenix-Talent School District elementary campuses after a 10-year absence. Source: Phoenix-Talent schools add back music for lower grades | Mail Tribune

County should back forest thinning bid

Jackson County commissioners should waste no time in getting behind the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in its bid to compete for up to $40 million in federal money for 10 years of thinning projects to reduce wildfire risk near local communities. Concerns expressed by one commissioner about thinning projects cutting into the agency’s ability to […]
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Mental health treatment is not the only answer

Marion County’s jail commander says his county’s efforts to keep mentally ill people out of jail have been successful, and could be here as well. He also says he thinks Jackson County still needs a new jail. He’s right on both counts. Marion County Jail Commander Tad Larson told an audience gathered at the Medford […]
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Ex-spokeswoman settles complaint with Jackson County Fire District 3

The former spokesperson for Jackson County Fire District No. 3 has left the agency with a six-figure settlement after the state found “substantial evidence” that a deputy chief had retaliated against her for complaining of sexual harassment. Ashley Blakely agreed in October to withdraw a civil rights complaint filed with the Bureau of Labor and […]
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Jackson County patients shuffled as turmoil continues for Oregon Health Plan

The Oregon Health Authority is reassigning more than 10,000 AllCare Health patients to Jackson Care Connect after AllCare couldn’t reach a contract agreement with a local doctors’ group for primary care. AllCare and Jackson Care Connect are local coordinated care organizations that manage Oregon Health Plan benefits for their members. Source: Jackson County patients shuffled […]
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