Tag Archives: Southern Oregon

Wimer fire most stubborn of 65 still burning

Oregon Department of Forestry crews worked throughout the night to contain a dozen fires still burning from Sunday’s lightning storm, including a stubborn 100-acre blaze about 17 miles north of Rogue River. Six to seven fires are burning in the area, sending smoke visible from Wimer. The Oregon Department of Forestry said in its most […]
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Lightning-sparked fires stretch firefighting resources

The dozens of wildfires burning throughout Southern Oregon after Sunday’s lighting storm are stretching resources shared between state and federal agencies, and the state hasn’t reached extreme fire danger yet. The Oregon Department of Forestry has more than 1,000 personnel operating 25 engines, 10 dozers, 9 helicopters, 5 air tankers and 35 hand crews battling […]
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Fighting opioids in Southern Oregon

An epidemic of opioid addiction continues to grip the country, and Southern Oregon is not immune. The problem of opioid addiction and the resulting deaths from overdose are getting worse here, not better. Local efforts are focused on preventing overdose deaths by those already addicted and taking steps to keep from creating new dependency among […]
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70 wildfires ignited by lightning in Southern Oregon, evacuations ordered

A lightning storm ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires in southwest Oregon on Sunday. Two of the largest fires brought major concern, including the evacuation of around 30 homes near Jacksonville, officials said. Source: 70 wildfires ignited by lightning in Southern Oregon, evacuations ordered

Base Camp Brewing hops in

The Rogue Valley hasn’t been a hotbed for hop growing. The largest plantation outside Grants Pass was uprooted in the 1980s and a mom-and-pop operation off Butler Creek Road has provided hops for local brewers for nearly a decade. Now, the largest grow south of the Willamette Valley is going up on Bear Creek Ranch […]
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Southern Oregon’s recycling issues go beyond statistics

Data on the amount of formerly recycled material being landfilled with approval from the Department of Environmental Quality initially doesn’t paint an encouraging portrait for Southern Oregon. From differing start dates in late October and early November until June 7, Rogue Disposal & Recycling, Rogue Materials Recovery and Southern Oregon Sanitation, Inc. recorded the three […]
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Grass fire threatening structures in Applegate

Multiple area fire agencies are working an Applegate Valley grass fire that grew to 11 acres. The fire, which broke about 11:45 a.m. Friday, is in the 1200 block of Thompson Creek Road, according to Oregon Department of Forestry public information officer Melissa Cano. As of about 4:15 p.m., crews had managed to get a […]
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Algae Blooms in Southern Oregon?

Algae Blooms in Southern Oregon? State Library Ed. Note: See video for story content. Source: Algae Blooms in Southern Oregon?

Health: Melanoma on the increase in Southern Oregon

With the sun beating down in its late-spring brilliance on Southern Oregon, the urge is to shed clothes and exchange sneakers for flip-flops. If that’s the case, the data miners at one of the region’s largest health insurers want you to think twice before exposing yourself to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Source: Health: Melanoma on […]
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Local pot industry surpasses wine

Southern Oregon is the state’s economic powerhouse for pot, with more than a quarter of all cannabis-related businesses in Oregon applying for licenses in Jackson and Josephine counties. Marijuana employment rivals Jackson County’s 31 wineries and 13 vineyards, according to the Oregon Employment Department, which culls data from the state’s unemployment insurance program. Source: Local […]
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