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Rogue River Police Dept. Using Social Media to Solve Crimes, Inform Public

The Rogue River Police Dept. (RRPD) is adding social media to its crime fighting tools. It’s not a first for the department. Chief Ken Lewis has maintained an RRPD Twitter – a micro blogging social media website – for some time now. More recently, he’s setup a Facebook account and post updates and alerts on both sites. More than 70 people follow the Twitter account and 275, so far, follow theFacebook account. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Medford Police Dept. and other agencies have made use of social media. “They have been having luck with their social media and I figured it wouldn’t hurtto try.” Lewis said. He said (Subscribe for full story)


Christmas Project Focuses on Local Families

For the third year in a row, some in the Rogue River area are doing their best to make certain those less fortunate will have a good Christmas. Shirley O’Gara said that the past few week shave a “very busy” as sheand others prepare holiday care packages for local families in need. “We’re already up to more than 104 families right now,” she said. “And,that number might increase.” A few years ago, O’-Gara and her friend Heather Brown learned that a local program edaimed at helping families during the holidays had stopped. Both women felt (Subscribe for full story)


Non-GMO Proponents Appeal to Commissioners

Proponents of Ordinance 635, the ordinance to ban the growing of "genetically engineered" plants, addressed the Jackson County Commissioners at the commissioners' Dec. 10 meeting, urging them defend the ordinance to not acquiesce to aparty of farmers who aresuing to stay the ban. Most presented the same message, asking them to vigorously defend the ordinance and support the local Our Family Farms Coalition as intervenor in the case and to not agree to any injunction that would stop the ordinance from going into effectas planned. The lawsuit was filed by two alfalfa farmers, Bruce Schulz of Schulz Family Farms near Gold Hill and James and Marilyn Frink,who raise alfalfa near Sams Valley. Both Schulz and Frink (Subscribe for full story)


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