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Rooster Crow Grand Marshal

Lawrence Martin has never been afraid of a challenge, and he's never been afraid of work. Martin, 77, a lifelong resident of his family ranch near Martin's Corner just south of Wimer, is the Grand Marshal of this year's Rooster Crow Parade. Martin is the fifth of seven children to the late James and Lottie Martin. Martin, the great-grandson to legendary Nez Perce Chief Joseph, was a long-time member of the Rogue River School Board and is the namesake of the gym at Rogue River Junior-Senior High School. Lawrence is the youngest of the Martins' five sons. This year is the 80th anniversary of the J-Diamond-L Ranch, the land and home Martin's parents moved to in 1937, as a couple of 24 and 22 years old, already with three young sons (Subscribe for full story)

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Police K9 Joins RRPD

This week, the Rogue River Police Dept. welcomed its newest officer: Koda, a drug detection dog assigned to Officer Nate Staller. Both Koda, a chocolate Labrador spaniel, and Staller recently completed an 80-hour training course at Pacific Coast K9, a Custer, Washington-based company that has trained law enforcement agencies throughout North America. Because of his work with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) task force, Chief Chris Snyder said Staller was best suited to be the detection dog’s handler. “(Staller) didn’t choose the dog,” he said. “Koda did that Nate worked with three dogs altogether, and Koda bonded with him better than the others. That’s how it happens.” A sniffer dog, Koda has been trained to smell methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. He can also get a scent on pills, the chief said. Having a drug detection dog was a goal Snyder had when he was promoted to RRPD's chief. Due to the high amount of drug-related offenses in the area, he felt having a detection dog was (Subscribe for full story)

 

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