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Phoenix open house topic is downtown improvement

The Phoenix Urban Renewal Agency plans an open house on the City Center Plan from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at 157 S. Main St., Phoenix. Residents are invited to review rough concepts for public facilities and traffic flow options in the downtown City Center area.

Over the past year, many area residents have expressed a desire to create a real downtown on Main Street and find ways to slow traffic speeds in the couplet area. Phoenix Urban Renewal has worked to design several options for consideration, which have been discussed at joint study sessions with the City Council, Planning Commission and transportation experts. Next, the agency plans to conduct a formal traffic engineering study to analyze the concept options in greater detail.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the rough concept options at the open house, or online at

For more information, contact Phoenix Urban Renewal at 541-512-8703.

California man arrested with bag of meth on a bus

A Stockton, Calif., man was arrested Monday for allegedly carrying 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine on a bus passing through Medford.

Police received a tip that Flavio Jaimes-Toribio, 18, was carrying the meth north from California and into Oregon, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement officials said in a news release.

Jaimes-Toribio was charged with delivery and possession of methamphetamine and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $510,000 bail.

Rotary's CrabFest raises $40,000 for youth programs

The 17th annual CrabFest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs, raised more than $40,000 March 2 to benefit youth programs in Southern Oregon. The event drew 330 participants and included an auction and silent auction.

Proceeds from the event support a wide range of programs, including Ashland High School's Virtual Enterprise class and scholarships for students who might otherwise not have a chance to go to college. At least 5,000 kids have benefitted over the event's 17-year history, according to the club.

Jackson County Democratic Party moves to new digs

The Jackson County Democratic Party will move on April 1 to new office space at 33 N. Central, Suite 210, in Medford.

The organization has occupied a retail space across from the Craterian Theater for nearly 10 years.

Party Chairman Matt Vorderstrasse, who was elected head of the local party in November, said the move was part of a plan to streamline operations and direct more funds to community outreach and other key activities.

Vorderstrasse said a the group determined that a large retail space was necessary only in election years. The organization plans to lease a larger temporary space to accommodate increased activity and the needs of candidates when necessary.

For more information see or call 541-858-1050.

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