Author: Rogue River Press

Co-Pay Fairness Bill

Legislation requires insurers to accept coupons or other third-party payment methods towards an enrollee’s annual deductible to pay for life-saving medicines. The legislature passed Representative Emerson Levy’s Co-Pay Fairness Bill (HB 4113), legislation that helps Oregonians facing already high healthcare costs afford life-saving medicines. Rep. Levy introduced this concept to[Read More…]

Officials Urge People 65+ To Get Second COVID-19 Shot

Recommendation follows CDC announcement making older adults eligible for additional dose of 2023–2024 updated vaccine to protect against severe illness Oregonians 65 and older can now get an additional dose of the 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine following a federal announcement that opened eligibility to older adults, who are most at[Read More…]

Marine Board Welcomes New Member Aboard

The Marine Board recently filled a vacancy on its board with Steve Lambert, a Jackson County resident and Director of Jackson County Roads and Parks. Steve has worked in public park management for three decades. He began his career in parks and recreation in eastern Washington while earning a degree[Read More…]

Oregon To Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officer

Every year, the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony honors the state’s law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. This year’s ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The annual event commemorates the more than 190[Read More…]

Defensible Space Projects

To help those living in communities more likely to be impacted by a wildfire, the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is launching an incentive program to help Oregonians pay for defensible space projects. Defensible space is one of the most effective ways to better protect a home during a wildfire.[Read More…]

Oregon Ranked #2 In The Nation

With 290 Firewise USA sites in good standing, the Oregon Department of Forestry is proud that Oregon is ranked number two in the nation for number of Firewise USA sites. In 2023, Oregon added 39 new sites creating more fire-adapted communities. Along with being number two as a state in[Read More…]

Hawkins Death Notice

JACK TAYLOR HAWKINS, age 93, of Grants Pass, died March 4, 2024 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Arrangements with Hull & Hull Funeral Directors.

Keith Obituary

JAMES RUSSELL “BUS/BUZZ” KEITH, age 94, passed away at a care facility in Grants Pass on Thursday, February 15, 2024, surrounded by his kids. He was born on October 16, 1929, at his parents’ home on Rapp Lane outside of Talent, OR, with a midwife attending. Bus attended Talent Schools[Read More…]

Oregon Emergency Medical System

<I> The EMS Modernization Act Of 2024 Builds On Policy 20 Years In The Making The Oregon State Legislature passed the EMS Modernization Act of 2024 (HB 4081), a policy framework more than twenty years in the making, that begins to address inefficiencies in Oregon’s emergency medical system after years[Read More…]

Line Of Duty Death From 1919

The Ashland Police Department recently learned of a previously unknown line of duty death that occurred on March 3, 1919. Officer George Martin Lowe, age 54, was struck and killed by a train while on foot patrol in the railroad district. This incident was brought to the department’s attention by[Read More…]