Senator Whitsett Newsletter

Record low snowpacks in Oregon mountain ranges have already prompted Governor Kate Brown to proclaim drought declarations for seven counties, including Lake, Crook and Klamath counties, which I am privileged to represent in the state Senate. Those drought declarations emphasize the importance of creating sensible policies relating to the regulation of water use throughout Oregon. The…

Smart shopping class at Medford Library

Smart shopping class at Medford Library By F. C. Blake For The Independent The free, one-hour lunchtime event attracted people who said they attended out of curiosity, or “just wanted to get some smarts about shopping.” On April 27 at noon we had an “It’s a small world” moment in Medford Library’s Adams Room.  

SHERIFF 5-5-15

SHERIFF 5-5-15   4/24 Dillan James Fuerstenberg, 21, Rolling Hills Dr, EP. Burgulary 2, trespass 2, possession controlled substance/marijuana. RISK-doesn’t meet the lodging criteria to stay Charles William Boyd, 37, Loch Lomond Dr, WC. Fail to appear fail to pay possession controlled substance/meth, felon restricted weapon. Bail. Dwight Antony McLaughlin, 24, Christa Lane, EP. Fail…

Popular musicians expanding venues

CarolHenderson and Chuck Dorgan

Popular musicians expanding venues. By F. C. Blake For the Independent Super-talented vocalist, Chuck Dorgan along with Fun Country trio members, Carol and Virgil have enjoyed a significant following throughout the Rogue Valley for years. Skilled on several instruments including standard and pedal steel guitars, Dorgan well-merits the popularity, as do his group’s other two…

Supremes overturn major PERS reforms

The Oregon Supreme Court announced their decision to overturn major PERS reforms from the 2013 Grand Bargain that would have saved the state close to $5 billion in unfunded liability. “Today we lost 95% of critical savings from PERS reform,” said Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “That means larger class sizes; fewer school days; teacher layoffs;…

One simple Omelet

Egg, diced chicken and spaghetti sauce

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Interdependent While the actual process of nutrition s complicated, I have found that the amount of information that a person needs is actually very little. And please let me caution you that I am not a dietician nor am I a doctor. But I do have an idea of what…

Margaret K. Bluto

Margaret Bluto

  Margaret K. Bluto (affectionately known to many as simply Nana) of Eagle Point, OR. was born Margaret Kathleen Maple on Aug. 20th 1932 in Winooski, VT.  Margaret passed into the arms of her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 1, 2015 at the age of 82, surrounded by her loving family and…

Man arrested after firing a shot in Butte Falls

  Man arrested after firing a shot in Butte Falls On Monday, April 27, 2015, about 11:09 am, ECSO (Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon), received 911 calls regarding a man shooting a rifle at a vehicle in the area of Pine St. and Cedar St., Butte Falls. Callers reported the man with the rifle was…

EVENTS 5/5/15

EVENTS 5/5/15 Eagle Point   Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is one of the most difficult tasks anyone can face.  Support groups provide family members and loved ones an opportunity to learn from others, receive support for themselves, and learn about the many…

EPHS FFA

5-5-15   EPHS FFA   Date Start Event Name Location Tue 05/05/2015 TBD EPHS FFA CDE Days Corvallis High School Thu 05/07/2015 6:00 am EPHS FFA Plant Sale EPHS Greenhouse Eagle Point High School Fri 05/08/2015 6:00 am EPHS FFA Plant Sale EPHS Greenhouse Eagle Point High School Sat 05/09/2015 6:00 am EPHS FFA Plant…

EP Authorizes SDC Study

EP Authorizes SDC Study By Lynn Leissler For the Independent At its April 28 meeting, Eagle Point administrative staff and city council deliberated the pros and cons of authorizing an outside study of its SDCs (System Development Charges). The economic downfall and the need to improve water facilities have depleted current SDC funds. SDCs are…