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Jail, court system cope with COVID aftermath

As the rest of the community begins to return to something approaching “normal,” the situation inside the Jackson County Jail is still stuck in a pandemic time ...

Water pumping changes are a reasonable step

Changes to the Medford Water Commission’s water-pumping policies and rates are a reasonable response to a spike in usage, and should give law enforcement and st...

Two examples of coping with the drought

Two reports this week offer a glimpse of where the water situation stands heading into the summer. The news is not great, but it’s not the end of the world eith...

New nature preserve offers double benefit

A local conservation organization and Jackson County Fire District 5 teamed up recently to prepare donated land for preservation by removing a house on the prop...

Greenway survey is a chance to be heard

The Bear Creek Greenway represents decades of hard work and dedication by many people to create a bicycle and walking path that now stretches 18 miles along the...

Assessor continues to display incompetence

Jackson County elected officials will likely see their income increase in the next fiscal year — with one exception. The Jackson County Budget Committee has rec...

Attendance zones complex for good reason

The maps of potential attendance boundaries for Medford’s middle schools are out, and they illustrate just how complex a process it is to draw an attendance are...

Open primary amendment faces uphill battle

Supporters of opening up Oregon primary elections to nonaffiliated voters are trying to qualify a constitutional amendment for the November ballot that would ac...

Fire survivors: Make your voices heard

Rogue Valley residents frequently complain that state government doesn’t listen to their concerns — with some justification. Well, one state agency wants to hea...

Election funding request is reasonable

Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker has asked the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for funding to pay for election equipment and security measures. The request ...

Commitment needed to address homelessness

Addressing the challenge of homelessness can seem overwhelming, a problem so big and so complex that it can’t be solved. But a pioneering program underway here ...