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Old Blue Mountain Complex Fire: Crews hold line at 30 percent containment

fireOregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire crews are fighting a 100-acre fire eight miles south of Rogue River. According to Steve Wetmore, ODF incident commander, the Old Blue Mountain Complex Fire started at around 6:20 p.m. Aug. 18 when a storm system rolled through southern Oregon. A lightning struck a section of forest that was cutlast spring and the firequickly grew. “There was a lot of fuel up there,” Wetmore said.“The fire is burning hot and (Subscribe for full story)

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RRPD Needs Help

royThe Rogue River Police Department (RRPD) needs help in locating a suspect. According to Chief Ken Lewis, Roy Lee Jones, Jr., 35, 1200 Block Queens Branch Rd., is wanted by the RRPD for check fraud and by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office for a restraining order violation. Lewis reported that Jones has allegedly written more than $3,000 in bad checks in the last three weeks. According to an RRPD press release, Jones' Rogue Credit Union account has been closed for some time. The victim businesses are: Rogue River Pharmacy,Main Building Supply and Union 76 gas station. Jones was reportedly at (Full Story)

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GH Business Owner Hopes Community Refutes Recall

Breeze Botanicals, Gold Hill’s medical marijuana dispensary, held an open house August 13 to allow the public view how its operates, as well as showing support for city council members facing an Aug. 25 recall election. Brie Malarkey, the dispensary’s owner and operator, believes that recall election isn’t good for the community. “I’ve been watching the council for some time, attending meetings and talking to others,” she said. “I believe that the council is working very hard to make (Subscribe for full story)

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Josephine County Fair: 'Good Ol' Fashioned Fun'

fairBy now, the Josephine County Fair is just a collection of photographs andmemories but oh, what an affair to remember. The Midway served up traditional fare: freshly popped kettle corn, sizzling sausage dogs on the grill, and stickyicky ooey-gooey cotton candy. It's easy to proclaim that the county fair is just good ol'fashioned fun after tiptoeing through the livestock barns, browsing the endless rows of arts, crafts, home economics, floral and agricultural displays, observing wide-eyed youngsters eye-balling a man and a woman walking 10 feet up in the air and listening to the screams (Subscribe for full story)