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Yesterday | The Ashland Daily Tidings

Revised employment figures show job growth in Jackson County

July employment figures released Monday indicate a year-over-year gain of 1,180 nonfarm jobs, thanks in part to a revision by  the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Monday | ABC News

Man Gets 15 Years in Attack on Prosecutor's Office

A Southern Oregon man who hoped to delay a three-year burglary sentence by destroying the records of his case has been sent to prison for 15 years for trying to blow up the prosecutor's office.

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Monday | OregonLive.com

Medford bomber Alan McVay gets 15 years for trying to blow up Jackson County DA Office

The man who tried to blow up the Jackson County District Attorney's Office last year was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay almost $15,000 in restitution for the damage he caused, the Medford Mail-Tribune reports .

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Related Topix: Medford, OR, White City, OR

Fri Aug 15, 2014

The Ashland Daily Tidings

No cause determined in fire that destroyed historic house Updated at

Chief Dan Marshall of Jackson County Fire District No. 5 said extensive fire and water damage on the Rose House, located at the corner of North Fifth and Church streets, left investigators unable to pin down an official starting point or cause.

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Related Topix: Medford, OR

The Ashland Daily Tidings

How has the drought affected you?

Jackson County commissioners in March declared a local drought disaster and asked the state for an emergency declaration to help free up resources for industries suffering the effects of a dry winter.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Ashland, OR

Local TV Station KTVZ

Sentencing Monday in Medford DA office blast

The man who tried to blow up the Jackson County district attorney's office is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in Medford.

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Related Topix: Medford, OR, White City, OR

Thu Aug 14, 2014

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Commissioner Skundrick plans final four town hall meetings

Jackson County Commissioner Don Skundrick has set the dates, times and locations for his final round of town hall meetings.

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Related Topix: Jacksonville, OR, Eagle Point, OR

The Navajo Times

More thunder, lightning complicate NW wildfires

The Rogue River Drive Fire between Eagle Point and Shady Cove started Monday and has grown to about 300 acres, the governor's office said Tuesday night.

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Related Topix: Fire, Oregon, John Kitzhaber, US Governors, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Eagle Point, OR

Wed Aug 13, 2014

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Wary eye on dwindling water reserves

"The majority of Oregon is in dire shape," Travis Kelly, Jackson County watermaster, said at a "Drought Summit" on Tuesday in Ashland.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Ashland, OR, Southern Oregon University, Rogue River, OR

Tue Aug 12, 2014

KHQ-TV Spokane

Gov. OKs state aid for S. Oregon wildfire

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to help local fire crews battle a new wildfire that is threatening more than 130 homes in southern Oregon's Jackson County.

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Related Topix: Oregon, John Kitzhaber, US Governors, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Eagle Point, OR, Shady Cove, OR

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Taking an independent stand

Hoping to lure Republicans and Democrats alike, longtime higher education manager Kevin Talbert will run as an Independent for an open seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, emphasizing jobs and the economy - and eschewing his opponent's main goal of cutting county spending.

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Related Topix: US News, Southern Oregon University, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Mon Aug 11, 2014

The Oregonian

West Nile virus found in southern Oregon

The Mail Tribune newspaper reports it's the third consecutive year that the virus has been detected in Jackson County.

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Related Topix: Health, West Nile Virus

Sat Aug 09, 2014

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Library district board, county at odds over proposal

A newly formed Jackson County Library District board found itself stumbling over a multi-million dollar agreement with the county Thursday while fending off criticism over its decision to assess the maximum tax rate possible.

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Related Topix: Libraries, Medford, OR

Fri Aug 08, 2014

OregonLive.com

Crash in Jackson County leaves commercial truck driver with serious injuries

A Les Schwab truck driver is seriously injured after crashing head-on into a tree near Prospect in Jackson County.

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Related Topix: Prospect, OR, Medford, OR

Tue Aug 05, 2014

KXL-AM Portland

Firefighters Hold the Line on Oregon Gulch Fire

Cooler temperatures and scattered showers helped firefighters hold the line on the Oregon Gulch fire in the Siskiyou Mountains straddling the Oregon-California border.

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Related Topix: Weather

KVAL-TV Eugene

Lorane man accused of forging checks in Lane, Douglas counties

A 46-year-old man faces accusations he forged checks and passed them in Lane and Douglas counties.

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Related Topix: Lorane, OR, Lane County, OR, Douglas County, OR, Josephine County, OR

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Officials warn of bear in Lithia Park

More of Ashland Creek in Lithia Park should be avoided by waders, the city of Ashland announced Friday.

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Related Topix: Ashland, OR, Health, E. Coli

Mon Aug 04, 2014

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Ashland woman escapes close lightning strike with minor injuries Updated at

Before a lightning strike missed Terri Stephens by mere feet on Wednesday evening, her objective had been simple enough: run outside, snatch the laundry from a line to get it out of the rain, dash back in.

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Related Topix: Ashland, OR, Weather

The Ashland Daily Tidings

Ashland tightens fire prevention restrictions

Extreme fire danger means a ban on use of chainsaws and other restrictions went into effect Monday, the city of Ashland has announced.

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Related Topix: Ashland, OR, Agriculture, Science, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire

Local TV Station KTVZ

Oregon Gulch fire slows, Hwy. 97 could be shut for days

The spread of a major wildfire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed with cooling temperatures, giving firefighters a chance to build containment lines.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Ashland, OR, Klamath County, OR

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