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Ex-tenants: Boarding house scam went on for years

An illegal boarding house at 704 Elkader St. that was busted Monday in Ashland has been in operation since at least 2015, according to a former resident. Adrian Schaffer, who lived at the residence from 2015 until it was raided in May 2018, said he expects it has been operating since 2014.


Mother and 3-year-old son found safe after getting lost in Oregon state park

SALEM, Ore. -- A woman and her young son have been found safe after a search by Marion County authorities. Around 3 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police troopers responded to a call for help at Silver Falls State Park.


Sheriff: Woman wanted by DEA in Indiana arrested in southern Oregon with meth, heroin

MEDFORD, OR (KPTV) - A woman wanted by the Drug Enforcement Agency in Indiana was arrested in southern Oregon. Deputies said Kayla Cheryl Navarro, 26, of Medford, was wanted on a federal warrant for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, as well as a probation violation.


Woman’s body found off Oregon coast; troopers ask for help with ID

Troopers are asking for help identifying a woman whose body was recovered Sunday from the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon coast. Authorities recovered the woman’s body from a cove just north of God’s Thumb, a unique coastal headland in Lincoln City, about 5 p.m., according to the Oregon State Police. T


Mount Ashland staff, guests react to ski patrol accidental death

MOUNT ASHLAND, Ore. — Mount Ashland staff members are mourning the loss of one of their own this weekend, after a member of their ski patrol died Saturday. Officials identified the victim as 23-year-old Ashland resident Jonathan Patrick Likeke Walker Sunday morning.


Major internet outage in northeast Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. - An internet outage due to a damaged fiber line was affecting parts of Umatilla and Morrow counties Monday. Wtechlink Inc., which provides Internet services to Pendleton, said on Facebook that "a major fiber line has been cut, affecting multiple internet providers in the area."


Ashland Police reports, Feb. 14-15

Thursday, 7:31 a.m. — Ashland police responded to a residential burglary in the 500 block of Thornton Way. Thursday, 8:29 a.m. — Ashland police arrested a man on charges of criminal trespass II, resisting arrest, failure to register as a sex offender, and a parole violation in the 0 block of Water S


From horsemanship to law school, Miss Rodeo Oregon aims high

The coronation of Eastern Oregon University student Taylor Ann Skramstad as Miss Rodeo Oregon 2019 was celebrated Feb. 9 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton. Money raised at the event’s silent and live auctions will help her to pay for costs incurred as she performs her honored duties during t


Talking about the meaning of "Fragments"

Jessica Sage is the artistic director of the new Rogue Theater Company, which will open March 8 with her play "Fragments," directed by Liisa Ivary, at the Bellview Grange in Ashland.


Central Point crash shuts down Table Rock near Medford Airport

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — First responders are on the scene of a head-on collision in Central Point early Monday morning that shut down Table Rock Rd near the Medford Airport. It happened in the 4600 block of Table Road Road, half-way between W. Vilas Rd and Biddle Rd.


Oregon Researchers Seeking Patients With Early Signs Of Alzheimer's

A Portland memory center is testing a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease and wants new patients to enroll. Nearly six million Americans live with Alzheimer’s. It’s the most common form of dementia.


BREAKING: Chains Are Needed on Siskiyou Summit and Ski Road

ASHLAND, Ore-- If you are driving over the Siskiyou Summit today chains need to be worn. ODOT says traction tires are no sufficient enough. Expect delays because of this. The Mt. Ashland Ski road off of I-5 also requires chains. Again traction tires are not sufficient enough. We will let you know wh


Teachers, students rally at Oregon capitol calling for investments in public education

SALEM, Ore. – Educators, students, and parents from across Oregon gathered Monday at the state capitol to show support for public education. The “March For Our Students” is organized by the Oregon Education Association.


Local girl remembered through Australian documentary

MEDFORD, Ore. — A local girl is being remembered in a new Australian documentary after passing away seven years ago when she inhaled helium. In February of 2012, 14-year-old Ashley Long was staying over at a friends house when she inhaled the chemical from a helium tank. Ashley collapsed instantly a


Ashland hotel evacuated due to fire

ASHLAND, Ore. – An Ashland hotel was evacuated due to a fire Friday morning. The fire was first reported just before 10:00 a.m. at the Super 8 Hotel on the corner of Ashland Street and Washington Street.


Ashland called to action at Climate Bash

About 300 people sipped wine, shaped strategies and connections with other “climate freaks” Friday at the Rogue Valley Climate Bash. The attendees cheered the half-dozen speakers who spoke on the city’s role in taking action in climate change.


Fire damages exterior of Ashland motel

A Friday morning two-alarm fire damaged the exterior of the Super 8 Motel in Ashland, but no one was injured, according to Ashland Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Kelly Burns. The rear exterior was engulfed in a “well-developed fire” when the fire crews arrived on scene just after 10 a.m., Burns sai


Eagle Point responds to shooting of mentally ill man

The City of Eagle Point has denied any culpability in the death of a mentally ill man killed by police during an altercation in a Carl’s Jr. bathroom. The city said Tuesday it intends to argue that Matthew Thayer Graves’ “own negligence was the cause of his death,” in response to a wrongful death la


Emergency services, Feb. 16

Drugs — Adrian Ray Geyer, 44, no known address. The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force arrested Geyer Friday on felony charges of delivering and possessing methamphetamine. Ashland police originally arrested Geyer Jan. 31 on felony counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft


Fireworks on the hot seat in Talent

Talent residents are being asked to weigh in on whether the city should restrict fireworks, including whether to ban them altogether. Police Chief Tim Doney suggested the survey, offered on the city’s website, at a January City Council session where he gave a report on fireworks in Talent. So far ab