Rural widow’s property tax issue

Rural widow’s property tax issue By F. C. Blake For the Independent. Upon arriving in Oregon decades ago, Gracie and Ben bought twenty-five Upper Rogue rural acres zoned Exclusive Farm Use. They built their farm house on that land they owned jointly. Then Ben raised crops in one section, and small herds of cattle in…

Colorful crafts with fibers at WC Library

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Colorful crafts with fibers at WC Library By F. C. Blake For the Independent. Two years ago, The Independent spotlighted a unique program that Jackson County Libraries’ Outreach Specialist, Janis Mohr-Tipton brought to White City Library. On July 17, 2014, that same artistically gifted woman presented another imaginative craft to spark creative skills. This one…

Boating safety

Most boaters already know they’re required to have a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for every passenger on their boat and that it needs to be “readily accessible.” But what keeps people f rom actually wearing one? It’s surprising when you ask adults why they don’t put one on when they’re…

Rainey’s helping employee through fundraiser.

Rainey’s helping employee through fundraiser. By F. C. Blake For the Independent A familiar face for the past dozen years, Rainey’s Hardware Dept. Sales Associate, Gael Shafer, has become the community’s friend. She often greets regular customers by name, can easily locate merchandise they need, and handles their special orders whenever necessary. But recently they…

Dave Smith’s Financial column

Gen X and Gen Y Face Retirement Savings Challenges By David Smith, CFP® Baby boomers receive a lot of attention in financial and retirement studies. This is understandable considering that there are around 78 million boomers, 10,000 of whom turn 65 every day. (1) But there are almost 116 million Americans born between 1965 and…

Fire District 4 Workshop 060214

  By Christy Pitto For The Independent   Fire District 4 held two days of workshops during the last week of May. Led by Moderator, George Dunkel and attended by FD4 personnel & board members, representatives from FD3 and area citizens; the workshops were part of the ongoing evaluation of FD4. In short “Where are…

March 11 city council meeting

Eagle Point City Council By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Managing one’s personal life has its times of high activity and times when things just buzz along. So it is with managing a city. The March 11 meeting ran short, and most agenda items, including commission and department reports, related to works in progress. Eagle…

Doug Whitsett: Forest Practices Act

Oregon was the first state to adopt a Forest Practices Act. The widely supported 1971 Act was intended to protect forest streams against potential negative timber harvest impacts. It required the maintenance of sufficient undisturbed forest buffers alongside streams to reduce water pollution and soil erosion.

Sherri’s Courage

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