Author: Brian Mortensen

County Provides Ashland Jail Beds

The Jackson County Commissioners authorized a three-year intergovernmental agreement with the City of Ashland to house three adult prisoners in the Jackson County Jail at the Commissioners’ June 12 meeting. The agreement provides three adult-in-custody bed spaces for Ashland’s exclusive use. The three beds are a maximum; The city may[Read More…]

City Honors Gilbert

Along with the last-minute arrangements for the Rogue River City Council’s ride in the Rogue River Rooster Crow Parade two days later, the council honored a long-time member of the city’s main “watchdog” committee at its Thurs., June 26 meeting. Mayor Pam VanArsdale presented Francis Gilbert, the chair of the[Read More…]

Chicken Farmer Crows To Win

At least two contestants among 27 adults in the Human Crowing Contest, the opening act for the National Rooster Crowing Championship at Rooster Park on Sat., June 29, were chicken farmers. One of them, Christian Alexandre of Crescent City, Calif., was the winner. There was a reasonably large competition, with[Read More…]

Mr. Bowie Wins Rooster Crow Title

The power of encouragement had to be what helped Mr. Bowie out in the warm but slightly muggy Sat., June 29, for the National Rooster Crowing Championships at Rooster Park, part of the Rogue River Rooster Crow celebration. Mr. Bowie, a Buff-laced Bearded Polish rooster named after the late David[Read More…]

Car Show Draws 111 Cars

The Rooster Crow Car Show, always a huge draw among car fans from all over Southern Oregon, had its most significant draw in years on Sun., June 30. The show drew 111 vehicles, Rooster Crow coordinator Shellie Garrison said, which hearkened back to pre-COVID-19 times. Dennis Feeley of Rogue River,[Read More…]

District Sees Lots Of Change Following Year’s End

Along with the changeover in the leadership at Rogue River Elementary School, with former principal Casey Olmstead leaving and Ashtyn James succeeding him and the hire of new Director of Special Education Michele Cleveland, the Rogue River School District saw the retirement (Sandy Matthews, from RRES) and resignation of two[Read More…]

Gold Hill Revising Charter, Adopts ’24-25 Budget

Among the number of changes taking place in Gold Hill under the leadership of Lily Morgan as City Manager is a review of the city’s 56-year-old charter document. A task force, including members of the city’s city council and planning commission, has held two meetings, planning at least to continue[Read More…]

RR Alumni Picnic On Sunday

Along with the events downtown as part of Rogue River’s Rooster Crow Celebration, folks who grow up in Rogue River and Wimer might also be looking forward to the Rogue River High School All-Alumni Potluck/Picnic at Palmerton Park on Sun., June 30. As the name says, it’s for all alumni,[Read More…]