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Sex offender wanted for assaulting Grants Pass woman

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A registered sex offender from Montana is wanted by Grants Pass police for allegedly assaulting a 63-year-old woman. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said on February 22, a woman living at Riverwood Apartments told police she was sexually assaulted by a man who unlawfu


Grants Pass police urge public to be on lookout for at-large rape suspect (MUG)

Police are looking for a 25-year-old man from Montana who is suspected of raping a woman in her apartment in Grants Pass early today. According to a press release from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the 63-year-old woman called 911 shortly before 1 a.m. to say she had been sexually ass


Things To Do: Feb. 22 - March 1

Perry Road: Guitarist Erica Flynn, bassist Mike Plane, guitarist Aj Monaco and drummer Randy Schoenauer will play rock and country at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane, Ashland. Admission is free. See bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.


D.A. says hit and run driver in 2013 cold case not facing charges

GRANTS PASS, Ore. –“Knowing that he was going to keep this from my family and that he’s still not going to have any kind of punishment, that’s what hurts the most,” said Sarah Houston, Jarred Houston’s sister.


Oregon governor calls automatic voter registration a 'phenomenal success'

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that switching to a system of automatically registering voters has been a “phenomenal success” in her state, diversifying the electorate there and increasing registration among minorities, and less urban and less wealthy voters.


Man accused of breaking into apartment and raping woman

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police arrested a man after they said he broken into a Grants Pass apartment and rapped a woman. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety announced the arrest of 25-year-old Dillion Ritchason Friday afternoon after putting out a call to the public earlier in the day to find hi


Man arrested after speeding away from police multiple times

A Grants Pass man was arrested earlier this month after driving recklessly on Interstate 5 and speeding away from police multiple times after getting pulled over. At approximately 8 p.m. on Feb. 10, a trooper from the Oregon State Police received a call about a silver Volkswagen Passat that had cut


Heavy snow predicted for Oregon highways

BEND, Oregon — Weather forecasters are predicting tougher than normal driving conditions across central and northern Oregon highways between now and Tuesday, February 26. Central Oregon is currently predicted to receive the greater snowfall, but Interstate 84 through the Columbia Gorge is also expec


Oregon AG to sue over Trump family planning 'gag rule'

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced she will be filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for a new rule issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the Title X family planning program.


Oregon parole board requests bill to eliminate sex offender reclassification deadline

SALEM, Ore. — A local mom and alleged sexual assault survivors blasted a bill Friday that would get rid of the state's deadline for reclassifying sex offenders. "It's important to do it in a timely manner because it's in the interest of public safety and this is what people wanted," Christine VanOrd


Rain. Snow. Flooding? A wet weekend on tap for Western Oregon

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - There is a very wet weekend in store across Oregon. Rain showers pick up Friday night across the Valley with snow showers building over the Passes. A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 4 a.m. for Willamette & Santiam Passes for 3-8" of new snow Friday evening into Saturday.


Ban Mai Thai: A restaurant to remember

Ban Mai Thai isn’t just another Thai restaurant. It creates its own signature cocktails, has a long specialty menu, and on weekends it doubles as a sushi bar. Located at 1887 N.E. Seventh St. in Grants Pass, Ban Mai Thai is a simply decorated establishment with an open floor plan allowing servers to


Doll therapy helps local seniors with dementia, alzheimers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Nyla Gunderson was diagnosed with dementia years ago. She likes to sing, and is visited by family regularly, but her communication skills have declined with the disease's progression, as often happens with dementia and Alzheimer's patients.


A Piece Of Sacred Meteorite Is Returned To An Oregon Tribe

A small piece of Oregon’s most storied rock added a chapter to its history Friday when the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville returned it to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.


Pacific Power Responds to Jo Co's Newly Adopted Smart Meter Ordinance

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Last week, Josephine County implemented its ordinance intending to shield residents who refuse to accept Pacific Power's smart meter installation from any fees that might cause "economic hardship." On Monday, the utility company responded, beseeching residents to keep up on their



February 22, 2019 4:10 a.m. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Medford have issued a Flood Potential Outlook for a wide area in the region, including in Douglas County.


Washington, Oregon snowpack levels up

Weeks of colder temperatures and consistent heavy precipitation has bolstered the snowpack in Oregon and Washington’s mountain ranges, bringing snow levels closer to the long-term average.


Oregon rent control bill would still allow a 10 percent rent increase

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon is quickly moving to become the first state in the nation with statewide rent control that does not allow cities to opt out. The law Oregon’s legislature is close to approving would exempt rental units newer than 15 years.


Oregon Coquille Tribe Snaps Up More Acreage for Second Casino, But Must Await DOI Approval

The Coquille tribe in Oregon awaits a federal ruling on whether a 2.42-acre site is part of its reservation, a determination that will decide whether or not it can open a second casino.


Oregon's talent attractive to filmmakers

PORTLAND, Ore. — "Oscars have always been exciting to me ever since I was a little kid, because I got really excited about the makeup," said Christina Kortum, owner of Ravenous Studios.