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News in Jackson County, Oregon

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:42 -0700

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STDs in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387 percent jump. Thirty-one cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County … Continue reading »

OSU Brothers Continue 1,600-Mile Journey
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:04:55 -0700

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - On July 7, Jeremiah and Isaiah Godby started running. On September 7, they’ll stop, but during those two months the Godby brothers will travel over 1,600 miles crossing 30 Oregon counties. On Sunday the Oregon State students were in Jackson County taking a pit stop at the Butte Creek Mill. Jeremiah and … Continue reading »

Health officials alarmed by STD skyrocketing in Jackson Co.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:35 -0700

Medford, Ore. -- New numbers show one sexually transmitted disease is increasing at an alarming rate in Jackson County. According to public health officials gonorrhea is up nearly 400% in just one year. In Oregon, laboratories that test for sexually transmitted diseases are required to submit the results to the state. Medical Director at Jackson County Health and Human Services Dr. Jim Shames ...

Sexually transmitted diseases are skyrocketing
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:23:38 -0700

By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM MEDFORD, Ore. -- A spike in gonorrhea cases in southern Oregon is leaving health officials worried for a statewide epidemic. Jackson County saw an increase of 31 and so far this year there has been 151 cases. In Josephine County, cases surged from 10 to 37 cases, but Douglas County has a big bump for their area from two cases and now they are at 23 cases of gonorrhea ...

OR-7 Wolf Pups Caught on Camera
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:20:18 -0700

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — The famous wolf known as OR-7 has puppies, and they are growing. New photos, released by wildlife officials this week, show OR-7 and his puppies. ODFW can confirm the existence of two cubs, and possibly a third cub. They say there might be more. The cameras took the photos July 12th, … Continue reading »

Death of girl leads to crime bust
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:17:49 -0700

By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com CENTRAL POINT, Ore.-The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the tragic death of 5-year-old Alysa Bobbitt in Grants Pass more than one year ago led to 26 arrests and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said he expects more are on the way. ...

Oregon Voters Approve Local Bans On GMO Crops
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:05:54 -0700

Voters in two southwestern Oregon counties voted to ban genetically modified crops on Tuesday. "It's a great day for the people of Oregon who care about sustainability and healthy ecosystems," the advocacy group GMO Free Oregon said on its Facebook page.

Police: Debra Johns set fire in jail lobby bathroom
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:38:56 -0700

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A new charge has been added to Debra Johns rap sheet, according to the Medford Police Department.  Police claim the woman accused of setting fires at Beavertooth Oak and Hawthorne Park last week also set a fire inside the woman's bathroom at the Jackson County Jail prior to her arrest July 24. ...

Fire Crews Respond to Smoke Reports
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:09:59 -0700

By KTVL Staff/KTVL.com SOUTHERN OREGON -- Oregon Department of Forestry says widespread thunderstorms across Jackson County this after prompted many reports of smoke.  As of 6:30 p.m., ODF crews from the Medford and Grants Pass units found ten fires, all confined to single trees or small patches of ground fire. ...

OR-7 pups look well in new photos
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:15:36 -0700

New photos of wolf OR-7's pups show that he and his mate have at least three offspring roaming the woods of eastern Jackson County — and maybe more.