How dry it is and will continue to be

By Ken ClarkSenior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.comMy last blog of 2011 showed how warm and dry much of the West was in December. The calendar may have been chanted, but the weather pattern certainly hasn’t. If the long-range models are right, we may see no appreciable change over the next two weeks. So. Oregon and California…

SOHS remembers Ginger Rogers with “Glitz and Glamour”

The Southern Oregon Historical Society will host “Glitz and Glamour” on a Sunday Afternoon, a tea and fashion show of gowns from the personal collection of Ginger Rogers. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 1,  at 2 p.m. at the Rogue Valley Country Club. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Ginger Rogers’ birth.  To…

EPHS equestrians seek help for state competition

{gallery}/03_29_11/eques{/gallery}Oregon is famous for its firsts–first with a bottle bill, first with assisted suicide, first with petitions, and so on. But did you know that Oregon, southern Oregon to be exact, was the first to have high school equestrian teams? The equestrian team concept began in the area about 20 years ago and now includes…

SOS has new truck and services

{gallery}/03_29_11/trash{/gallery}Southern Oregon Sanitation has made a major investment in equipment that the community will start to see soon. They have purchased one new and two used front loader disposal trucks. Their size is a bit intimidating at 15 ft. 6 in. in height. Those customers with big dumpsters have been contacted about changing from their…

Crime & ID Theft program

Detective Brandon Bloomfield, a Senior Forensic Examiner with the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, will discuss the Task Force’s role in crime investigation and identity theft prevention, Thursday, Mar. 17, 4-5:30 p.m. in the community room at the Eagle Point Library. Detective Bloomfied is one of about 650 Certified Forensic Computer Examiners  in the…

Crime & ID Theft program

Detective Brandon Bloomfield, a Senior Forensic Examiner with the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, will discuss the Task Force’s role in crime investigation and identity theft prevention, Thursday, Mar. 17, 4-5:30 p.m. in the community room at the Eagle Point Library. Detective Bloomfied is one of about 650 Certified Forensic Computer Examiners  in the…

Fiber show to be 1st in So. Oregon

{gallery}/10_26_10/alpaca{/gallery} The State of Jefferson Alpaca Association (SOJAA) will hold their 1st Annual FiberMania show at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, in Grants Pass, Nov. 13-14.. Admission is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 9a.m.-5p.m. Whether you are a fiber artist looking for raw materials or someone who appreciates the talents…

Business men form So. Ore Angels

Area investors recently formed the Southern Oregon Angel Investment Conference 2011 LLC to accept business plan submissions from emerging growth companies seeking seed-stage financing. Companies who qualify should submit for a chance at winning a minimum investment of $125,000 from the investors. The winner will be announced at the Southern Oregon Angel Conference in Medford…

SOMMER unites 7 counties in a fight against pot grows

{gallery}/07_20_10/pot{/gallery} By Mike LeonardFor the IndependentSummer in Southern Oregon brings thoughts of Shakespeare, Britt, the fair, sun and rafting but it also means the beginning of the prodigious marijuana grow season. Southern Oregon and Northern California have always ranked as top growing areas for illegal marijuana. To help combat its harvest and distribution Jackson County…

SOLV events June 19 in So. Oregon

Upcoming SOLV activities in Southern Oregon on June 19. Volunteers will gather to remove invasive non-native plants at 5 different sites in Jackson County. Following the project there will be a celebration BBQ at Touvelle State Park. Each event is from 9-1″30 p.m.For information and registration contact Markie Germer at markie.germer@jswcd.org, or 541-776-4270 x3. •Weed…

Shriners to convene in Shady Cove, parade on May 1

The Hillah Shriners of southern Oregon will hold their annual Ceremonial in Shady Cove on April 29 through May 1. A celebratory parade on Saturday, May 1 will feature mini-cars, antique cars and fire engines, a mule patrol and dazzling red fezzes, giving both residents and visitors a chance to enjoy the kind of day…