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5-21-2020: Some Restaurants To Add “Covid Surcharge” to Bills

RESTAURANTS, WITH SOME RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE, HAVE RE-OPENED. BUT THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAD OUT TO EAT, THERE MAY BE AN EXTRA CHARGE ON YOUR BILL. THERE ARE SOME RESTAURANTS THAT ARE ADDING WHAT’S BEING CALLED A “COVID SURCHARGE,” TO THE BOTTOM OF CUSTOMERS’ BILL. BUT, NOT ALL ARE DOING IT, AND OTHER LOCAL OWNERS HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ADDING THIS CHARGE.

5-20-2020: Oregon Primary Election – Unofficial Results: Political Seats

FEDERAL

President of The United States:

GOP: Donald J. Trump                93.61%

Democratic: Joseph R. Biden      67.43%

U.S. Senator:

GOP: Jo Rae Perkins                    52.22%

Democratic: Jeff Merkley            98.62%

U.S. Representative, 2nd District:

GOP: Cliff Bentz                            30.59%

Democratic: Alex Spenser           32.19%

STATEWIDE

State Senator – 2nd District:

GOP: Art Robinson                       53.60%

Democratic: Jerry Allen               97.50%

State Representative – 3rd District:

GOP: Lily Morgan                         43.13%

Democratic: Jerry Morgan           93.54%

State Representative – 4th District:

GOP: Duane Stark                         99.17%

Democratic: Mary Middleton       97.99%

State Representative – 5th District:

GOP: Sandra A. Abercrombie      98.62%

Democratic: Pam Marsh               99.53%

JACKSON COUNTY

Commissioner – Position 2:

GOP: Dave Dotterer                      71.53%

Democratic: Terrie Martin           84.82%

Ballot Measures:

15-190: Proposed Jackson County Local Correctional Facility Service District: Formation of District to Construct and Operate Local Correctional Facility

Yes: 29.10%

No: 71%

15-191: Proposed White City Public Parks and Recreation Service District: Formation of Public Parks and Recreation District in White City

Yes: 45.56%

No: 54.44%

15-189: City of Ashland: Amend Ashland City Charter to Create City Manager Position

Yes: 63.66%

No: 36.34%

15-193: City of Ashland: General Obligation Bond Authorization for Three City Capital Construction Projects

Yes: 31.03%

No: 68.97%

15-187: City of Medford: Amends Charter; Transient Lodging Intermediaries May Pay Transient Lodging Tax

Yes: 56.78%

No: 43.22%

15-188: City of Medford: Amends Charter; Changes Transient Lodging Tax from 9% to 11%

Yes: 52.46%

No: 47.54%

JOSEPHINE COUNTY

County Commissioner – Position 2:

Dan DeYoung                              35.31%

Ron Smith                                    30.32%

Daniel J. Mancuso                       25.11%

Mark J. Seligman                          8.78%

County Commissioner – Position 3:

Herman E. Baertschiger Jr.       50.39%

Nate Seable                                  48.97%

County Assessor:

Constance L. Roach                     52.33%

Keith Trahern                              47.35%

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5-19-2020: No Fires Reported After Weekend Thunderstorms

THE WEEKEND RAINS BROUGHT MUCH NEEDED MOISTURE TO THE REGION, BUT IT ALSO BROUGHT WITH IT, A STRING OF THUNDERSTORMS. BUT, HAPPILY, THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY SAYS THAT WHILE THERE WERE ABOUT 24 LIGHTNINING STRIKES IN JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES, NONE OF THOSE STRIKES RESULTED IN SMOKE OR FIRE. ODF PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER BRIAN BALLOU SAYS THEY HOPE THE COOL WEATHER CONTINUES, SO THAT THERE WON’T BE ANY EARLY FIRES IN THE SEASON.

5-19-2020: Health Officials Worry People Are Letting Their Guard Down

LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THAT DESPITE THE TENTATIVE REOPENING OF SOCIETY THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE LETTING THEIR GUARD DOWN, AND THAT WORRIES THEM. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WARN THAT THE VIRUS HAS NOT CHANGED, AND THAT IT CAN STILL, EASILY BE TRANSMITTED TO OTHERS. JACKSON COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER, DR. JIM SHAMES SAYS THAT HE WAS A BIT SURPRISED TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE OUT THIS WEEKEND, AND NOT TAKING PRECAUTIONS LIKE WEARING MASKS.

5-19-2020: Oregon Supreme Court Places Stay on Judge’s Ruling to End Governor’s Stay Home Order

THE OREGON SUPREME COURT HAS ISSUED A STAY THAT KEEPS GOVERNOR KATE BROWN’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS IN PLACE ON BUSINESSES AND CHURCHES. ATTORNEY KEVIN MANNIX REPRESENTS A GROUP OF CHURCHES THAT SUED THE GOVERNOR. THEY CLAIM THE LAW BEING USED BY THE GOVERNOR DOESN’T ALLOW FOR HEALTH EMERGENCIES. THE GOVERNOR APPEALED THE DECISION TO THE OREGON SUPREME COURT AND MONDAY NIGHT THEY ISSUED A STAY WHICH KEEPS THE GOVERNOR’S ORDERS PLACE UNTIL THE CASE CAN GO TO TRIAL.

5-19-2020: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office To Step Up Intake of Suspects at Jail

THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL OPEN ITS DOORS TO INCREASED INTAKES OF SUSPECTS. ONE WAY TO DO THIS IS TO TEST NEWLY ARRIVING ADULTS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS, SO THAT THEY CAN BE PLACED IN THE GENERAL POPULATION MORE QUICKLY. THAT’LL BYPASS A 14 DAY QUARANTINE WHEN NEW SUSPECTS ARRIVE. THOUGH THERE ARE RUMORS THAT THERE ARE ACTIVE CASES IN THE JAIL, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THAT THERE ARE NO POSITIVE CASES, OR SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS WITHIN THE JAIL.

5-18-2020: Remdesivir Arrives In Oregon

OREGON HAS RECEIVED ITS FIRST SHIPMENTS OF REMDESIVIR, AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG THAT’S BEING USED TO TREAT SEVERE COVID-19 PATIENTS. IT IS BEING USED UNDER A FEDERALLY ISSUED  EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS STATEWIDE. PRELIMINARY CLINICAL TESTING HAS SHOW THAN SOME PATIENTS TREATED WITH THE DRUG EXPERIENCE FASTER RECOVERIES. 

5-18-2020: Election Day Ballot Drop Off Locations

Tomorrow is Election Day. If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, it’s too late, but you can still drop off your ballot at certain designated locations. Ballots must be turned in by 8pm tomorrow night, if they’re to be counted. JACKSON COUNTY
  • Jackson County Elections Office1101 W Main St #201, Medford, OR 97501
  • Ashland Library410 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520
  • Phoenix Library510 W 1st St, Phoenix, OR 97535
  • Central Point Library116 S 3rd St, Central Point, OR 97502
  • Eagle Point Library239 W Main St, Eagle Point, OR 97524
  • Rogue River Library412 E Main St, Rogue River, OR 97537
JOSEPHINE COUNTY
  • Josephine County Courthouse/Clerk’s Office – NW 6th Street, Grants Pass
  • Josephine County Community Library – NW C Street, Grants Pass
  • Cave Junction City Building – West Lister Street, Cave Junction. NOTE: Open for countywide and City of Cave Junction elections only.
  • Hidden Valley Market – Williams Highway, Murphy
  • Umpqua Bank – Monument Drive, Merlin
  • Washington Federal Bank – Union Avenue, Grants Pass: Front Parking Lot

5-15-2020: South Medford High PE Teacher Arrested

A SOUTH MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL PE TEACHER HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY MEDFORD POLICE. POLICE SAY THAT 30-YEAR-OLD NOAH BERMAN HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AN INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP WITH A FEMALE STUDENT, GOING BACK AS FAR AS NOVEMBER OF 2019. POLICE CLAIM THAT THE RELATIONSHIP BECAME SEXUAL IN NATURE. A SEARCH WARRANT WAS SERVED AT BERMAN’S RESIDENCE ON KAUFMANN WAY YESTERDAY. BERMAN WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT. BERMAN IS FACING 2 COUNTS OF SEX ABUSE 2, 3 COUNTS OF SEX ABUSE 3, TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS AND LURING A MINOR. THE TAMPERING CHARGE COMES AS IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT  BERMAN TOLD THE VICTIM NOT TO DISCLOSE THE RELATIONSHIP TO INVESTIGATORS.
Noah Berman

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