Friends of the Fair Foundation honor recipients

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By Ralph McKechnie Nearly 20 years ago, a group of individuals formed what has become one of the major supporters of the Jackson County Fair. The Friends of the Fair Foundation has, over those years, raised nearly $10 million for capital projects at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Among those projects were the paving of roads,…

Eagle Point FFA Livestock judging team

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CDE Days Livestock Judging College Classic   On May 5th, the Eagle Point FFA Advanced Livestock Judging team competed at the 2015 CDE Days College Classic of Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College. The contest was made up of eight livestock classes consisting of sheep, goats, cattle and pigs that the contestants judged, placed,…

EPID cautious about water this year

By Ralph McKechnie   Eagle Point Irrigation District manager, David Ford, is looking optimistically to this irrigation season. Ford said in the District’s Board meeting on May 12, that predictions were for a short water season in 2014, and the District managed to get through without having to alter the schedule and he is hoping…

Hands on ag day at the Expo

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Hands on ag day at the Expo By Ralph McKechnie As many as 900 fourth graders from Medford, White City, Eagle Point and Central Point got just a glimpse of rural and farm life at the Expo on May 7. Several volunteers assisted Sharon Bateman in putting the entire event together, something that young people…

state floriculture contest winning team

State winning team

State Floriculture 2015 The Eagle Point FFA Chapter’s Floriculture Team hasn’t won the state contest since 2008, and for the last six years, they’ve placed second. However, on April 25th, the Floriculture Team reclaimed their title by placing first out of twelve teams in the Oregon State Floriculture Contest, held in McMinnville, Oregon. This win…

Whitsett Newsletter

    During the daily hustle and bustle of our Legislative Assembly, members of this body can lose sight of priorities that best serve the public. They are too often replaced with favorite projects, as well as new and expanded programs that serve specific segments of our population. Strong advocacy for these efforts by lobbyists,…

AROUND THE HOUSE

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AROUND THE HOUSE Vinegar Moves to the Garage By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Gray skies promise rain today,

SHERIFF 5/19/15

SHERIFF 5/19/15 5/8 Donald Ray Dunklin, 61, Crater Lake Hwy, WC. Reckless driving. ROR-released own recognizance. Sharon Lynn Watkins, 50, Shasta Av, EP. Hindering. Perry Lewis Hulse, 47, Shasta Av, EP. Disorderly conduct 2. RISK- doesn’t meet the lodging criteria to stay. 5/9 Vicente Avina Ayala Jr, 33, Avenue A, WC. Assault 4, harassment, trespass…

Queen and Princess Day at White City Library

Queen and Princess Day at White City Library By F. C. Blake For the Independent Despite competition from Vintage Faire, Art in Bloom, and last-minute Mothers’ Day shopping, White City Library’s May 9 event drew approximately two-dozen eager participants. The occasion, “Queen and Princess Day,” coincided appropriately with Mothers’ Day Eve, and newscasts heralding newborn…

Preparing for the New Fiscal Year

Preparing for the New Fiscal Year By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Although things appear quiet on the surface, Eagle Point city staff is working hard to prepare the 2015/2016 budget. At the May 12 meeting, Finance Director Melissa Owens once more talked about the USDA loan the city has labored to procure. The funds…

POLICE 5/19/15

POLICE 5/19/15 5/5 Dillan James Fuerstenberg, 21, WC. Arrested on Jackson County Circuit Court Warrant ( fail to appear/ theft 2) Lodged JCJ. Joye Otto, Ashland. Cited for speed violation, 42/25 and failure to carry proof on insurance. Jeremiah Coleman, Grants Pass., Cited for no motorcycle endorsement. 5/6 Nazario Garcia Navarro, WC. Cited for no…