Margaret L. Saul

Margaret L. Saul, 90, of Eagle Point, died March 24, 2012, at Three Fountains. Arrangements by Southern Oregon Cremation Services.

Dee Jay Neville

Dee Jay Neville, age 84, passed away Thursday, March 08, 2012, in Washington, UT. He was born September 1, 1927, in Medford, Oregon to David and Veda Browning Neville. He married Marget Josephine Nelson on December 27, 1950, in the Logan Utah Temple. He was raised in Prospect, Oregon. He served in the United States…

Opportunity to help URCc for business or individual who needs tax credit

Because the Upper Rogue Community Center’s senior and disabled transportation program is considered a form of mass transit which in theory reduces the amount of carbon emission released in the atmosphere, it has been qualified through the Oregon Department of Energy, as a Business Energy Tax Credit conservation project. For a period of 2-3 years…

Crisis in Oregon budget

By Rep. Dennis RichardsonThe rumors in the State Capitol and news media this week were that the Governor had torpedoed the Legislature’s Budget Rebalance Plan and the fragile agreement between the Democrat and Republican Co-Chairs of the Ways & Means Committee was in jeopardy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Legislature has the…

Michael A. Turner

Our beloved Michael Albert Turner, of Prospect, Oregon went in peace on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. A celebration of Mike’s life and a pot luck will be held at the Prospect Community Club on Saturday, Feb. 18 beginning at noon. Arrangements by Conger-Morris Medford.

Highlights of Governor’s State of Union speech

The point I want to make to you today is this: all of our job creation and economic development strategies will be futile in the long run unless we are successful in transforming our system of public education and our health care system. Public education because none of us should be willing to accept 65…

Ollie Dean Lanning

April 15, 1917 – October 3, 2011Ollie Dean Lanning went to be with the Lord on October 3, 2011 at the age of 94.  Ollie Dean was loved and respected by many.  Her caregivers, Juan and Alma Araiza have been a blessing to her and the family for the last nine years. Ollie Dean was…

Gov't has two standards for turbidity

By Sen. Doug Whitsett (Distr. 28)For the Independent    Turbidity is a measure of water clarity. The loss of clarity is usually caused by mud, silt, organic material and chemical precipitates suspended in the water column. Turbidity has been measured in Oregon in nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) since 1990. That method essentially measures how deep into…

Minimum wage increasing

Oregon’s minimum wage will rise from $8.50 an hour to $8.80 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2012. This is a result of a ballot measure approved in 2002, which reflects a rise in the cost of living as defined by the August Consumer Price Index (CPI). It jumped 3.8% from a year ago. Oregon has…

On economy, for now Oregon has reserves, says governor

“The revenue forecast should not come as a surprise given the uncertainty in the European economy and the recent political turmoil in our nation’s capital over raising the U.S. debt ceiling and developing a long-term debt reduction plan. We planned for this possibility in the past legislative session — and we have reserves set aside….

Update on National Guard bonus's

The Oregon National Guard, working in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau, has been able to positively resolve 10 Oregon bonus issues to include the bonus complication of PFC Chelsea Wells, who is now with the Georgia National Guard. The number of Oregon bonus issues in the 2007 to 2008 time frame totaled 19, including…