Senator Whitsett on climate

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Agreement) is being hailed by its proponents as a huge step forward in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saving the environment. However, further review of what the Agreement will actually accomplish raises several questions about its effectiveness, true costs and impacts on energy availability, grid reliability and…

PSA: Master food preservers

The Jackson County Master Food Preservers presents Pressure Canning: Meat, Broths, Soup Bases & Low Acid Vegetables, the fourth class in their canning and preserving series, at the OSU Extension auditorium August 13. Learn to preserve your soups, meats and broths and enjoy the convenience of pulling a jar from your cupboard on a cold…


Faded photos and old memories of summer rains

AROUND THE HOUSE Summer Rain By Lynn Leissler For the Independent The first gentle drops, a soft patter outside my window, woke me at 4:30. Summer rains aren’t all that frequent in Oregon, especially in our southern regions or across the mountains to the east. So when they come, I relish the refreshment.

Starks Wins WST Sprint Car Speedweek Finale

Starks Wins WST Sprint Car Speedweek Finale Trey Starks won the sixth round of the WST Speedweek Series Saturday night at Southern Oregon Speedway. He gained the lead from Trophy Dash winner Jered Ridge on lap eight and led the rest of the way to win ahead of Mitchell Faccinto and Roger Crockett. The win…

SHERIFF 7-19-16

SHERIFF  7-19-16   7/8 David Lee Faust II, 33, Avenue G, WC.  Failure to appear for depositing trash within 100 yards of water and littering, and parole violation for identity theft.  Released due to overcrowding. 7/10 Sheila Christine Wise, 46, Avenue A, WC.  Felon in  possession of a weapon, menacing and interference with a report. …

Royals Win Streak Ends

Royals Win Streak Ends By Tim O’Sullivan For the Independent   North Jackson’s 11-game winning streak came to a screeching halt with a pair of losses, 6-3 and 8-7, in a doubleheader against Crater on Wednesday.

Racing at SO speedway

Don Martin II Southern Oregon Speedway Publicity Director/Sales (925)-458-3446 (message) IMCA Modifieds Back At Southern Oregon Speedway Saturday night racing continues at Southern Oregon Speedway this week with a five division show that will feature the IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Southern Oregon Dwarf Cars, OTRO Hardtops and Super 4’s.  It should be another great…

POLICE 7-19-16

  6/30 Allen Larell Stansell,  28, Eagle Point.  Arrested on a Jackson County Circuit Court warrant for failure to appear for trespassing. Lodged JCJ. Chloe Reese, EP.  Cited for unnecessary noise. 7/1 Jason Hogue, EP.  Cited for careless driving, no accident. Gregory Lawrence, 26, EP.  Arrested and cited for theft by receiving. 7/2 Joseph Rasmussen,…

Plowed ground

In just a couple of years, the above vine will bear clusters of grapes like these

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent What I’m about to show you may be a little premature in terms of  the time of year, but it will give you a chance to practice the technique and have it down when it comes time for the actual propagation.    


James Louis Pitto of Trail Oregon, died July 12 at Providence Hospital in Medford.  Pitto was born August 15, 1936 in Oakland, California.  He was the son of Joe (Louis Raphael) Pitto and Helen Marie Pitto. He married Clarisse Le Duc Pitto on June 2, 1958. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism…

New Graduation Requirements

New Graduation Requirements By Lynn Leissler For the Independent While students and teachers take a much needed break, D9 staff and board continue the work of running a school district. Administration wise, July officially starts the new school year, and plans are already in place for much of next year.