if you can't stand the heat

If You Can’t Stand the Heat By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent A friend of mine collects cookbooks. His wife thinks he’s strange because he prefers those over the adult reading that some others prefer. He explains: “I just like cookbooks.”



FIRE SEASON ENDS ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS Fire season ends today on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in southwest Oregon. Rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties. Fire season started June 2…

Parks and Christmas Decorations in Eagle Point

Parks and Christmas Decorations in Eagle Point By Lynn Leissler For the Independent With the Christmas holidays coming quicker than most people like to think,

Wildlife colissions

Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animal s on the road. On October 9, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup driven by ERIC MEYERHOFER, age 44, from Payette,…

Weight loss benefits

By Ralph McKechnie For the Independent You may notice on this page of the paper an ad for Tops (paper version), also known as Take Off Pounds Sensibly. First, I want to congratulate those who have joined

Halloween cats, and more cats By F. C. Blake For the Independent. While working her way through college, Jolee got a part-time, after-school job supervising a telemarketing firm’s office.      


Shady Cove City Council Meeting 100314

Shady Cove City Council Meeting 100314   By Christy Pitto For The Independent   The October 2 Shady Cove City Council Meeting may have broken the record

Elk Hoof Disease

Hunters and others who spend time in the outdoors in northwest Oregon are asked to be on the lookout for elk hoof disease, a problem for southwest Washington’s elk that could also be affecting Oregon’s elk. Elk hoof disease is a bacterial-associated syndrome causes severe lameness in elk. Elk with the disease have deformed and…


STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS PREPARED FOR EBOLA, BUT INFECTION RISK IS LOW News Release from Oregon Health Authority State health officials prepared for Ebola, but infection risk is low State public health officials say they are ready to respond in the unlikely event a person ill with Ebola infection arrives in Oregon, but they emphasize that…

Shady Cove Water meeting

hiland water map

             There was a packed house town hall type meeting at the Shady Cove Fire Station on September 25–and with good reason. Water is finally coming to this town of about 2600 individuals, and from an unexpected source.

Pacificorp foundation donates to Weed relief

The fast-moving wildfire that swept through the northeast corner of Weed last week destroyed more than 100 buildings and altered thousands of lives. But the hardy community near Mount Shasta has vowed to rebuild the structures and mend the gaps in its social fabric created by the Boles Fire. “This was a terrible tragedy for…