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Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 4:10 PM

A free pesticide and container collection event for agricultural, commercial and industrial users will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4, in Grants Pass, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 in White City. Registration is required by Thursday, Feb. 18. The Grants Pass event will be held at the Redwood Transfer Station, and the White City event will be held at the Rogue Disposal Transfer Station. Organizers say the events will help large farms and commercial or industrial...

Posted Jan 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Advocates for wild fish and clean water want the state's top environmental managers to apply new Oregon Department of Forestry rules that expand streamside riparian protection rules on Western Oregon's private and commercial forestlands to...

Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Locals concerned about the environmental impacts of a natural gas pipeline through Oregon and an export facility on the Oregon Coast rallied outside Rogue Regency Inn this afternoon.

Posted Dec 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Underwater barriers in Crater Lake are being floated as one idea to slow the invasion of millions of non-native crayfish that are threatening a salamander known as the Mazama newt. “It’s still early in the invasion,”...

Posted Dec 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

TRAIL — A 500-foot-long gravel berm kicked up by the 1964 flood and now cloaked with blackberries stands like a shrine to all things wrong for wild salmon in Elk Creek over the past five decades. The berm blocks access to Elk...

Updated Dec 8, 2015 at 5:49 PM

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted today to support the proposed resolution of a lawsuit over the county's ban on growing genetically modified crops. Farmers growing alfalfa genetically modified to withstand herbicides will be...

Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 4:25 PM

A proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Jackson County’s ban on genetically engineered crops would allow continued growing of Roundup-ready alfalfa if it has already been planted. Farmers with the genetically modified or GMO...

Updated Dec 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is voicing its opposition to a proposed Crater Lake Wilderness Area. Commissioners Rick Dyer and Colleen Roberts voted Wednesday to proclaim their strong opposition to a proposal to designate a...

Posted Nov 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Josephine County Board of Commissioners reversed itself and terminated a $135,000 contract with a private laboratory to test for toxic chemicals at the former Fielder Dam site near Wimer. The 2-1 split decision Wednesday came after a...

Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Animal activists are blasting a state proposal that would require skunks, raccoons and other nuisance animals captured by licensed "critter catchers" to be killed and not relocated, saying the approach is "out of step" with Oregonians'...

Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Don Denman, the long-time Medford lawyer who spent a decade helping shape Oregon's fish and wildlife management policies, died Saturday after a nearly 20-year battle with cancer. He was 82. A lifelong duck hunter and fly-fisherman, Denman...

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