Whitsett on wildfires

The season for northwest wildfires has arrived, with two major forest fires already occurring in Northwestern Washington. Catastrophic wildfires have become progressively more destructive, causing enormous damage to both public and private forest and range lands, as well as posing severe risks to public health and the environment.    

Perfect attendance

Tristen DeVore

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent Can you imagine 13 straight years of school without missing a day for sickness–or for any reason?

Lavender plant  cutting growing roots in container

You may not recognize this plant without me telling you it is a Lavender plant, sprouting new leaves and ready to be planted to brighten up the garden.  Lavender, for me, is a very desirable plant to have in flower beds around the property.  It is very beautiful while in bloom and has some other…


SHERIFF 5-24-16

SHERIFF  5-24-16   5/13 Eric Lee Stockton, 34, Harlan Dr, WC.  Possession of a controlled substance/meth.   Released on own recognizance. Marty John Porter, 40, E. Archwood Dr, EP.  Out of county warrant for contempt.  Released on bail. James Franklin Elledge, 42, Falcon St, WC.  Failure to appear for theft 3.  Does not meet lodging criteria…

Southern Oregon Speedway report

By Don Martin II For the Independent Rain came in and washed away the racing activities at Southern Oregon Speedway last week. However,  

POLICE 5-24-16

POLICE  5-24-16   5/11 Michael Richard Gross III, 18, EP.  Arrested on Jackson County Circuit Court warrant, failure to appear for assault 4 and harassment.  Lodged JCJ. 5/12 Gale Robertson, 43, EP.  Arrested and cited for improper use of 911. Patrick Palfreyman, EP.  Cited for speed violation, 50/25. 5/13 Michael Wayne Acrey, 58, EP.  Arrested…


OBITUARIES  5-24-16   Michelle Lee Michelle Lee, 42, of Eagle Point, Oregon passed away May 14, 2016 at Providence Medford Medical Center.  Arrangements by Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel.   Randy Steven Breedlove Randy Steven Breedlove, 58, passed away May 17, 2016.  A celebration of life was held May 22, 2016 in Shady Cove, Oregon.  …

Let’s do Lunch

Lemon Layer Cake

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent      

Lady Eagles Advance

Lady Eagles Advance By Tim O’Sullivan For the Independent     Megan Ayers came within a walk of a perfect game and led the offense with four runs scored as the Lady Eagles softball team advanced in the playoffs with a 19-0 whitewashing of South Albany

Friends of the Fair foundation

The Mayfields accepting the award

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent    

FRee Fishing weekend

Hyatt Lake, OR – In celebration of free fishing weekend (June 3-5), the Medford Bureau of Land Management and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are teaming up for a free fishing event at Hyatt Lake Campground on Saturday, June 4. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.