Rep. Rishardson seeks your rational ideas to balance budget

By Rep. Dennis Richardson As one of three Co-Chairs of Oregon’s Joint Senate-House Ways & Means Committee, I am struggling to develop recommendations on how best to solve Oregon’s revenue short-fall and rebalance the State Budget in the upcoming February 2012 Legislative Session. “Thinning the soup” by squeezing agency budgets can only go so far….

Finally, serious ideas to extend Hwy.140

{gallery}11_22_11/140{/gallery} Same venue; different address; alternate means of  access. These seemingly insignificant modifications may have explained the sparse turnout Nov. 16, for the 5-7 p.m. open house presented by Oregon’s Department of Transportation. The location, Jackson County Parks Auditorium, no longer provides the once-familiar, though circuitous entry via Antelope Road. The structure’s address of choice…

SC administrator to attend planning sessions as needed

With spring finally here and sunny days becoming more common than anomalous, it’s tempting to shirk duty and laze in its rays. A city doesn’t run itself however, so the Shady Cove Council and Budget Committee spent an otherwise dazzling spring afternoon and evening dealing with matters of cleanliness and support, and even whether or…

D9 budget members learn role, some patrons want 4-day week

The District 9 Budget Committee held their first meeting Apr. 6. Supt. Cynda Rickert said her message was intended as an overview of the district’s financial position for the 2011-12 school year and for the second year of the biennium, which is 2012-13.Rickert reviewed data as follows: • Savings by careful planning and execution by…

Jean Pech

Jean Pech, 83, of Eagle Point, died Feb. 28, 2011, at her home. She was born May 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Mo., to Mary and Burton Craven. The family moved to Montana when she was a baby and then to Los Angeles where she grew up. She moved to the Rogue Valley in October…

SB 360 public hearing provides more details on urban interface

An hour-long session preceding a public hearing on Oregon Senate Bill 360 answered most questions the audience had regarding their properties in the Jackson County Forestland-Urban Interface. When the official hearing began only a handful stayed, with three people giving oral testimony opposing the legislative bill. SB360 was written to cover extraordinary costs of fighting…

Local House members on key committees

Committee assignments for Oregon House of Representatives were announced last week by Co-Speakers Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg). The Oregon House is split 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans, thus it was decided each committee will have two co-chairs and two-vice-chairs, one from each party. Co-chairs are to work together to develop work…

24th Scholarship Dessert seating still available

Entertainment is in place, the guest speaker is ready, members of the National Honor Society are ready, the Scholarship Committee is ready–are the hostesses and guests ready? This Thursday evening, Dec 2, at 7 p.m. in the EPHS cafeteria  is the 24th annual Scholarship Dessert. Community leaders such as Olive Lansburgh and Mary Scheffler were…

Eagle Point voters have choices for mayor and council

Initially we believed we would run all political data in the Oct. 26 edition. While much of it will be there, we are going to feature Eagle Point candidates in this edition with a briefer summary in the Oct. 26 issue.  Our opinion will be in the Oct. 26 issue, as well. This information is…

Steve Hauck

Stephen James Hauck, 55, died Sept. 23, 2010, at his residence in Shady Cove with his family at his side. He had been under the loving care of Dr. Kendall Michels and Providence Hospice with angels Marci and Joni. He was born in Ashland, Ore., on Mar.25, 1955, to John and Kathy (Weeks) Hauck. He…

Governor appoints LBS teacher to TSPC

“It’s quite an honor,” said Little Butte 1st grade teacher Shirley Blanchard on her appointment by Governor Kulongoski to the Teachers Standards &  Practices Commission (TSPC). Her appointment was ratified by the Senate Committee, which included Senator Atkinson, last week. The commission reviews teacher licensure, and deals with discipline issues that come before the commission….