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KMED/KCMD News: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jackson County Expects Funds For COVID-19 Expenses

JACKSON COUNTY COULD BE GETTING A GREAT DEAL OF FEDERAL MONEY TO HELP OUT WITH CORONAVIRUS RELATED EXPENSES. THE MAIL TRIBUNE SAYS THAT $5.4 MILLION DOLLARS WOULD GO TOWARD COUNTY EXPENSES, WHILE $2.3 MILLION WOULD GO TO ECONOMIC AID. THE MONEY WOULD ALSO GO TO HELP OUT STRUGGLING BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTY.

Jackson & Josephine Counties See Decreases In Unemployment

JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES HAVE SEE DECREASES IN UNEMPLOYMENT. FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, THE STATE EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT JACKSON COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT WENT FROM 16% IN APRIL TO 14.2% IN MAY. JOSEPHINE COUNTY SAW AN IMPROVEMENT FROM 15.3% IN APRIL TO 13.4% IN MAY. THE BIGGEST INCREASE, SAYS THE OED, IS IN LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY JOBS.

New Utility Fee May Be Coming to Grants Pass

THE GRANTS PASS CITY COUNCIL COULD PUT A NEW PUBLIC SAFETY UTILITY FEE TO RESIDENTS’ WATER BILLS. THE GRANTS PASS DAILY COURIER SAYS THAT THE FEE WOULD GO TO CLOSE A PROJECTED POLICE AND FIRE BUDGET GAP. VOTERS WOULD HAVE NO SAY ON A UTILITY FEE, OR HOW MUCH IT WOULD BE. A LEVY WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT, BUT MOST COUNCIL MEMBERS SEEM INCLINED TO KEEP THE LEVY RATE AT $1.79 PER $1,000 OF ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE.

Medford Police search for Sign Swiper

MEDFORD POLICE ARE SEEKING HELP IN LOCATING A PERSON, WHO’S ACCUSED OF STEALING PROTEST SIGNS FROM PEOPLE’S YARDS IN EAST MEDFORD. THE SIGNS READ, “BOYCOTT CIRCLE K.” IN A VIDEO POSTED BY POLICE A WOMAN GETS OUT OF A DARK SUV, GRABS THE SIGN THEN SPEEDS OFF. IT’S NOT THE ONLY INCIDENT SAY POLICE, BUT ONE OF MANY THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED LATELY.

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KMED/KCMD News: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Pro-Police Rally In Grants Pass

IN A TIME WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND AGENCIES ARE UNDER A MICROSCOPE BY A LARGE PORTION OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION, A GROUP GATHERED OUTSIDE OF THE GRANTS PASS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY YESTERDAY EVENING IN SUPPORT OF POLICE. ABOUT 100 PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE THE STATION, THEN STAYED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR TO THANK THE OFFICERS AS THEY CHANGED SHIFTS.

GPDPS Can Now Take Online Reports

THE GRANTS PASS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY CAN NOW TAKE REPORTS ONLINE. THE GPDPS ONLINE REPORTING SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF CRIMES: LOST PROPERTY, FAILURE TO LEAVE NAME AT SCENE OF ACCIDENT, THEFT AND UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE. INCIDENTS HAVE TO HAVE OCCURRED WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE AN ONLINE REPORT.

Medford Businesses Offer A Way To Celebrate Independence Day

MEDFORD BUSINESSES ARE OFFERING A WAY TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY. MEDFORD’S 4TH OF JULY DECORATING CONTEST IS WHAT THE EVENT IS BEING CALLED. THOSE WHO LIVE IN MEDFORD ARE ENCOURAGED TO DECORATE THEIR HOUSES IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE, THEN SUBMIT THEIR PHOTOS ONLINE. THE CONTEST IS OPEN UNTIL JULY 1ST. YOU COULD WIN A PRIZE.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigates Social Media Post

THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING, AFTER A PERSON POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA THAT THEY FOUND A NOOSE HANGING OVER THE YERT THAT THEY WERE STAYING IN OVER THE WEEKEND AT WHISTLER’S BEND PARK. ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE INFO IS ASKED TO CALL THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

KMED/KCMD News: Monday, June 22, 2020

Josephine County Sees Spike in Online Sex Crimes

ONLINE SEXUAL OFFENSES HAS RISEN A BIT IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY. SIX ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN JUST THIS MONTH. FOUR OF THOSE ARRESTS, ACCORDING TO THE GRANTS PASS DAILY COURIER HAVE INVOLVED A DETECTIVE, POSING AS A JUVENILE. NEIGHBORING COUNTIES HAVE HAD JUST TWO ONLINE SEX CRIME CHARGES FILED.

"Let Them Play" Holds Weekend Rallies

RALLIES WERE HELD IN SALEM AND IN MEDFORD OVER THE WEEKEND, CALLING FOR THE RETURN OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS COMPETITIONS TO RETURN. THE LET THEM PLAY MOVEMENT HELD THE RALLIES. JULIAN CORDLE, WHO IS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN JACKSON COUNTY SPORTS, AND ADMINISTRATES THE MOVEMENT’S FACEBOOK PAGE SAYS THAT HE WORRIES THAT WITHOUT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS, THAT YOUNG ATHLETES’ MENTAL HEALTH COULD BE IN JEOPARDY.

C-Virus Rises In Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY’S PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS REPORTED 3 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS. THE COUNTY’S PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER DR. JIM SHAMES SAYS THAT THE NUMBER ARE FROM COMMUNITY SPREAD. HE GOES ON TO SAY THAT MASK WEARING AND HAND WASHING ARE NOW, MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER, AND WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE A FUNCTIONING SOCIETY. BUT IT’LL BE ONE THAT LOOKS DIFFERENT, UNTIL A VACCINE OR TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE.

KMED/KCMD News: Friday, June 19, 2020

Medford Police Say Criminal Investigation Underway Involving Local Mayor

MEDFORD POLICE ARE SAYING THAT A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS NOW UNDERWAY AFTER A WOMAN CLAIMED THAT SHE WAS HIT BY A CAR DURING A PROTEST IN DOWNTOWN MEDFORD. THE WOMAN CLAIMED THAT THE CAR WAS BEING DRIVEN BY PHOENIX MAYOR CHRIS LUZ. NOBODY HAS BEEN ARRESTED OR CHARGED, AND MAYOR LUZ HAS DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THE INCIDENT.

California Enacts Statewide Mask Mandate

LOOKING DOWN SOUTH, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOME, YESTERDAY EVENING, ANNOUNCED THAT FACE MASKS WILL NOW BE MANDATORY IN MOST PUBLIC SITUATIONS FOR THEN ENTIRE STATE.

Update: Medford Drive-By Shooting

WE KNOW A BIT MORE ABOUT A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN WEST MEDFORD. MEDFORD POLICE NOW SAY THAT THE SHOOTING HAPPENED ON THE 1500 BLOCK OF WEST MAIN STREET EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. THERE WERE FIVE SUBJECTS IN THE RESIDENCE THAT WAS HIT BY ROUNDS, BUT NONE WERE INJURED. POLICE BELIEVE THAT THE RESIDENCE WAS DELIBERTLY TARGETED.

One Killed In Fatal Crash Near Phoenix

A DRIVER WAS KILLED YESTERDAY IN A FATAL CRASH ON INTERSTATE 5 NEAR PHOENIX. OREGON STATE POLICE SAY THAT THE DRIVER OFA 2018 VOLVO CMV, WAS HEADED NORTHBOUND, WHEN FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON, THE VEHICLE VEERED OFF THE ROAD, SMASHED INTO A GUARDRAIL AND ENDED UP IN A SMALL CREEK. NOBODY ELSE WAS INJURED AS THE VOLVO WAS THE ONLY VEHICLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH.

Entertainment: Lord Of The Rings Star Dead At 88

Sir Ian Holm, who portrayed Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings trilogy, as well as parts in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror epic “Alien” and 1981’s Chariots of Fire, has died at the age of 88, after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

KMED/KCMD News: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Legal Battle Over Property for Water Treatment Plant Continues

THE BATTLE ISN’T OVER BETWEEN THE CITY OF GRANTS PASS, AND THE OWNERS OF COPELAND SAND & GRAVEL. THE CITY WANTS TO TAKE POSSESSION OF A CHUNK OF THE PROPERTY TO BUILD A NEW WATER TREATMENT PLANT. THE DAILY COURIER SAYS THAT LAWYERS FOR THE CITY FILED A MOTION MONDAY, ARGUING IMMEDIATE POSSESSION SHOULD BE GRANTED IN FAVOR OF THE CITY. THE PROPERTY IS PRIVATELY OWNED BY THE SAND AND GRAVEL COMPANY, AND HOUSES THREE OTHER BUSINESSES AS WELL.

Drive-by Shooting In West Medford

A WEST MEDFORD NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ROCKED BY A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING LAST NIGHT. MEDFORD POLICE SAY IT ALL WENT DOWN JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT NEAR MAIN AND COLUMBUS. POLICE FOUND SHELL CASINGS AND OTHER CLUES, AND THAT A HOUSE IN THE AREA WAS HIT BY AT LEAST 4 BULLETS. NOBODY WAS HURT.

Grants Pass Man Acquitted of Aggravated Murder

A GRANTS PASS MAN HAS BEEN AQUITTED OF AGGRAVATED MURDER CHARGES FROM A DOUBLE SHOOTING ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT OF 2018. A JUDGE SAID THAT TREVOR GILMORE WAS ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE WHEN HE SHOT AND KILLED JUSTIN SEVERNAK. HOWEVER, GILMORE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF CHRIS LYON. GILMORE IS FACING 10 YEARS BEHIND BARS.

Shooting Incident In Rural Josephine County

THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THAT A SHOOTING INVESTIGATION IS NOW UNDERWAY. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THAT YESTERDAY, AROUND 8:01 AM, DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO AN AREA NEAR THE 700 BLOCK OF WEST PICKET CREEK ROAD, WHERE A PERSON REPORTED THAT THEY WERE SHOT AT, RESULTING IN A MINOR HAND INJURY. INVESTIGATORS FROM THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD ON THE INVESTIGATION.

KMED/KCMD News: 6-17-2020

Body Found In Douglas County Woods, Identified

THE BODY OF A YOUNG MAN, FOUND BY THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE BACK IN MAY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE MAN WAS DISCOVERED ON MAY 18TH ON THE TILLER TRAIL HIGHWAY, BETWEEN DAYS CREEK AND MILO. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE BELIEVES THAT THE BODY OF 22-YEAR-OLD EDUARDO GARCIA CASTELLNOS, MAY HAVE BEEN PLACED, BUT THE CAUSE AND MANNER OF HIS DEATH ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION.

DEQ Reopens, Creating Long Line on Biddle Road

A LONG LINE OF CARS AND TRUCKS FORMED IN THE SLOW LANE OF BIDDLE ROAD YESTERDAY AS THE DEQ SMOG STATION FINALLY OPENED ITS DOORS. THE STATION HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE THE ONSET OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, AND SUBSEQUENT SHUTDOWN.

Josephine County Gets Grant For Public Transit

JOSEPHINE COUNTY WILL BE GETTING A $2.3 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO HELP OUT WITH PUBLIC TRANSIT. BOTH OF OREGON’ S U.S. SENATORS HAVE STRESSED JUST HOW IMPORTANT PUBLIC TRANSIT IT RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS. THE MONEY WILL GO TOWARD OPERATING, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE COSTS.

G.P. City Council Backs Away From Stipends

GRANTS PASS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE SEEMINGLY BACKED AWAY FROM THE IDEA OF THEM GETTING PAID FOR THEIR SERVICE. THE DAILY COURIER SAYS THAT ON MONDAY, THE COUNCIL GAVE A 6 TO1 THUMBS UP, TO KEEP STIPENDS FROM THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. THE COURIER GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE REASON SUPPORT FOR STIPENDS IS DWINDLING, IS BECAUSE COUNCILORS AREN’T COMFORTABLE, ASKING FOR PAY, WHEN THE CITY’S PUBLIC SAFETY LEVY IS UP FOR RENEWAL.

KMED/KCMD News: 6-16-2020

One New Coronavirus Case In Josephine County

ONE NEW CASE OF CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY, BRINGING THE COUNTY’S TOTAL TO 24. JACKSON COUNTY NOW HAS 81 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS, WITH 62 RECOVERIES. JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS THAT 10 PEOPLE ARE NOW IMPACTED AS A RESULT OF AN OUTBREAK AT HARRY & DAVID.

Local Non-Profit to Give Away Anti-Overdose Drug

A LOCAL NON-PROFIT WILL GIVE AWAY FREE DOSES OF NALOXONE TOMORROW. MAX’S MISSION WILL HAND OUT SAMPLES OF THE DRUG. NALOXONE CAN HELP TO REVERSE OPIOID OVERDOSES. TRAINING WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT, WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM 3 TO 6PM, ON THE 8TH STREET SIDE OF ALBA PARK, NEAR THE GAZEBO IN DOWNTOWN MEDFORD.

Rural Counties Look Over Covid Rules

A GROUP OF OREGON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, MOSTLY FROM EASTERN OREGON, HELD A MEETING LAST THURSDAY IN PRAIRIE CITY IN GRANT COUNTY. OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING SAYS THAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM 7 RURAL COUNTIES WERE IN ATTENDANCE, AT THE MEETING, WHICH IS BELIEVED TO HAVE VIOLATED THE STATE’S OPEN MEETINGS LAW, AS THE MEET WAS NOT PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED.

THE MEETING WAS DUE TO FRUSTRATION OVER GOVERNOR KATE BROWN’S AUTHORITY OVER REOPENING THE STATE, AND HER CONTROL OF FEDERAL AID. BUT OPB SAYS THAT THE MEETING WAS ALSO ABOUT RESENTMENT OVER THE MASS DEMONSTRATIONS OVER FOR RACIAL EQUALITY, AND HOW IT APPEARS TO BE DIFFERENT FOR RURAL COUNTIES. LAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARK ALBERTSON SAID THAT THOSE IN RURAL COUNTIES ARE NOT TREATED THE SAME, AND THAT THEY ARE BEING CULTURALLY OPPRESSED.

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KMED/KCMD News: 6-15-2020

North Middle School To Get New Classrooms

WORK WILL BEGIN TO BUILD FOUR NEW CLASSROOMS AT GRANTS PASS’ NORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE DAILY COURIER SAYS THAT THE GRANTS PASS SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL SPEND ABOUT $500,000 FROM THE FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE TO BUILD THE CLASSROOMS, HOWEVER AT THE MOMENT, OTHER CLASSROOM ADDITIONS TO OTHER SCHOOL ARE STILL ON HOLD. THE SCHOOLS FACE AN OVERCROWDING ISSUE.

ODF & W Trims Budged Due To COVID-19

OREGON’S DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IS TRIMMING ITS BUDGET BECAUSE OF COVID-19 CAUSED DECLINES IN STATE REVENUE. ODFW DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR ADMINISTRATION, ERICA KLEINER SAYS THEY ALSO DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH FEDERAL MONEY AND STATE RESERVE FUNDS MIGHT BE USED TO SHORE UP THEIR BUDGET—THAT IS A DECISION THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE BY THE LEGISLATURE.

Governor Plans To Release Inmates To Curb COVID-19 Spread

OVER 100 INMATES ACROSS THE STATE COULD BE RELEASED AS OREGON GOVERNOR KATE BROWN TRIES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. ACCORDING TO THE OREGONIAN, BROWN SENT A LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS LAST WEEK OUTLINING WHO COULD BE RELEASED. INMATES THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO LEAVE EARLY WOULD HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED VULNERABLE, MUST HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED HALF OF THEIR SENTENCE AND COULD NOT HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON. 

Jackson County Commissioners Call For Change To Emergency Powers

JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE CALLED UPON THE OREGON LEGISLATURE, IN AN EFFORT TO PLACE LIMITS ON THE GOVERNOR’S EMERGENCY POWERS, SO THAT THEY CAN’T GO ON INDEFINITELY. THE MAIL TRIBUNE SAYS THAT ON FRIDAY, THE COMMISSIONERS SENT A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR, AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE. THEIR AIM IS TO CHANGE THE NO TIME LIMIT LAW.

Oregon Higher ED Will Have Students Back In Classrooms Soon

Oregon colleges and universities will have students back in the fall. But, Executive Director of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Ben Cannon says there will be COVID-19 guidelines. Such as, dorm rooms can only have two students each. Class sizes will be limited, thus, virtual learning may continue. And, dorms will have to keep some unused rooms, in case a students becomes infected with coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

Commissioners and School Districts Sign On For "Let Them Play" Initiative

THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ALONG WITH THE THREE RIVERS AND GRANTS PASS SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER IN SUPPORT FOR THE “LET THEM PLAY,” INITIATIVE. THE LETTER WAS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ON JUNE 12TH, AND SPECIFICALLY ASKS THAT THE GOVERNOR OPEN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS AND OTHER EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE INITIATIVE AT:

LETTHEMPLAYOREGON.COM

KMED/KCMD News: Friday, June 12, 2020

Three Rivers School District “Committed” to Allowing Students to Return On-Site

AS THE COUNTRY SLOWLY REOPENS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE COMMITTED TO REOPENING TO ON-SITE LEARNING. THE THREE RIVERS SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS SAID THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IN THE FALL. SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT WANT TO REOPEN, HAS TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL BLUEPRINTS FOR HOW THAT WOULD FIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

2020 Jackson County Fair Cancelled

DUE GATHERING RESTRICTIONS, THE JACKSON COUNTY EXPO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SOME ELEMENTS OF THE 2020 JACKSON COUNTY FAIR HAS BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER, THE EXPO IS STILL COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THE JUNIOR LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION, 4H AND FFA ANIMAL PROJECTS THROUGH TO COMPLETION FOR THE 2020 SEASON. THE EXPO SAYS THAT THEY WILL FOCUS ON LIVESTOCK SHOWS AND SALES ON JUNE 26-28, AND JULY 13-19.

Talent Turmoil Continues To Boil

THE SITUATION CONTINUES IN TALENT. THE MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE SAYS THAT FORMER POLICE CHIEF CURTIS WHIPPLE HAS CALLED FOR THE RESIGNATION OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBER EMILY BERLANT, AS WELL AS THEY CITY’S MAYOR, DARBY AYERS-FLOOD. AS OUTCRY ERUPTS ACROSS THE NATION, FOCUSED ON POLICE BRUTALITY, BERLANT IS UNDER FIRE BY SOME, FOR A MAY 31ST SOCIAL MEDIA POST, THAT CONTAINED A DEROGATORY CAPTION TOWARD POLICE. WHIPPLE ALSO CALLED OUT THE MAYOR, FOR LIKING THE POST.

KMED/KCMD News: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lawsuit Over 2018 Wildfire Settled

A LAWSUIT OVER A 2018 WILDFIRE NEAR GOLD HILL HAS BEEN SETTLED. THE DAILY COURIER SAYS THAT PACIFICORP HAS AGREED TO PAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT $3.4 MILLION DOLLARS, FOR SUPPRESSION COSTS AND RESOURCE DAMAGES, THAT STEMMED FROM THE RAMSEY CANYON FIRE. THAT FIRE CHARRED OVER 1,800 ACRES ON THE EDGES OF SAMS VALLEY.

Grants Pass Tiny Village Breaks Ground

GROUND HAS BEEN BROKEN ON A NEW TINY HOME VILLAGE FOR THE HOMELESS. THIS TIME IT’S IN GRANTS PASS. ROGUE RETREAT SAYS THAT THE VILLAGE WILL SERVE JOSEPHINE COUNTY’S HOMELESS. THE FACILITY WILL HAVE A COMMUNITY CENTER, PARKING LOT AND OF COURSE, SEVERAL TINY HOMES. THERE WILL BE MONTHLY FEE WHICH RESIDENTS WILL HAVE TO PAY, AND THAT’LL INCREASE OVER TIME. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE DONE IN EARLY 2021.

More Witnesses Come Forward In Protest Attack

OTHER WITNESSES HAVE COME FORWARD TO DESCRIBE AN ATTACK ON A TEENAGE PROTESTOR, BY AN OLDER MAN OUTSIDE THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE LAST WEEK. ACCORDING TO THE DAILY COURIER, SOME WITNESSES HAVE SAID THAT THE MAN DID IN FACT TRY TO TAKE A SWING AT THE BOY, WHO ALSO TRIED TO RETURN A PUNCH. BUT, ITS NOT BELIEVED THAT EITHER BELLIGERENT CONNECTED PHYSICALLY. POLICE DISPATCH NOTES FROM AROUND 1:22 THAT AFTERNOON, SAY THAT A WOMAN CALLED 911 TO REPORT THAT A MAN HAD PUNCHED A BOY SEVERAL TIMES. THE BOY MAINTAINS HOWEVER THAT HE WAS ONLY SHOVED, AND DID NOT WANT TO PURSUE CHARGES.

School Districts In Oregon Plan For Students’ Return

SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN OREGON ARE MAKING PLANS FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM. THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY HAVE GIVEN GUIDANCE ON HOW TO DO IT. DIRECTOR OF THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COLT GILL SAYS SOME SCHOOLS WILL OPERATE IN A HYBRID. SMALLER SCHOOLS WON’T NEED TO DO THAT AND LARGER DISTRICTS MIGHT NEED TO HAVE MORE REMOTE LEARNING. GILL SAYS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE MORE DIRECT CONTACT WITH TEACHERS…AND A PLAN NEEDS TO BE READY IN THE EVENT SOMEONE GETS COVID-19 AND STUDENTS NEED TO RETURN TO A FULL REMOTE LEARNING PLAN UNTIL THE RISK OF EXPOSURE HAS PASSED.

 

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