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An expected hot and dry weekend has prompted Oregon Department of Forestry officials to declare the start of 2015's fire season in Jackson and Josephine counties.ODF spokesman Brian Ballou said the season will kick off Friday, launching restrictions on the 1.8 million acres of county, state, private and Bureau of Land Management forestlands that ODF's Southwest District is tasked with protecting. That means no more burn piles, ditch burns or...

Updated at 9:49 AM

Craterian Performances' 19th season will bring in 19 touring shows, plus multiple local productions by Teen Musical Theater of Oregon, Next Stage Repertory Company, the New Craterian Music Hall series, a special Southern Oregon University...

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal grand jury has indicted the former president of an Altus bank and a business partner on bank fraud and other charges, federal prosecutors said Monday.

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Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

Felony arrestsFugitive — Brian P. Gallagher, 41, of the 3000 block of Sycamore Way, Medford. Ashland police Sunday arrested Gallagher on a fugitive warrant out of New Mexico as well as charges of...

Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

When professional Rogue Valley photographer James Owings died in 1930, he left behind glass negative plates stacked more than a foot deep across the floor of a room in his house."My mother saw no need for them," said his son, Cecil Owings,...

Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A while back, there was a big story about a low-income housing project behind the Mail Tribune. As I recall, it was supposed to be a four-story building with 50 units. Whatever happened to that project? I thought it was going to start...

Posted Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

June 2, 1915THE BOSCH MAGNETO WINS AGAINThe following dispatch was received by the Crater Lake Motor Car company today."Bosch magneto with DePalma driving a Mercedes won five hundred mile race making fastest...

Updated at 6:38 AM

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Updated Jun 1, 2015 at 8:30 PM

 SALEM — The presidents of Oregon universities are pledging to limit tuition hikes if the Legislature agrees to boost higher education funding over the next two years.

Updated Jun 1, 2015 at 7:13 PM

A man who allegedly threatened to kill himself and police Sunday night died in an exchange of gunfire with an officer shortly after police responded to a domestic disturbance at his southeast Medford home.James Anthony...

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