Oregon State Police have added 10 troopers to its Grants Pass patrol office in the last five years, but the agency says it has no plans to add more. Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel expects rural patrols by his deputies to end if a tax proposal on the May 16 ballot fails.
By Shaun Hall of the Daily Courier
Oregon State Police officials say troopers will not pick up the slack if rural patrols by Josephine County sheriff's deputies cease this summer.
The agency, which traditionally is reluctant to step into local politics, issued a carefully wordered advisory after the Daily Courier requested comment. Voter rejection of the public safety levy next month would create serious shortfalls in local law enforcement services. Read More »
From left to right: Nick Hager, 9, Mia Thompson, 10 and Elsie Moss, 10, all Redwood Elementary School students, walked in the school's annual "Trashion Show" Friday afternoon as part of the school's Earth Day celebration. The students in the show learned about recycling, reducing and reusing in the weeks leading up to the Trashion Show, and made their own costumes out of completely recyclable materials.
By Madeline Shannon of the Daily Courier
Redwood Elementary fourth-graders walked in a "Trashion Show" on Friday, an activity that required them to make outfits out of recyclable materials and wear them in a fashion show in the school's gym.
The fun event taught students about recycling, reusing products and diverting what would have been wasted materials into a creative, fun project. Read More »
ABOVE LEFT: Silversmith Laurie Asplin solders the bezel that will hold a stone to the base plate for Barbara Cromwell of Grants Pass during a metalsmithing class held at the Rogue Gem and Geology Club workshop. The club offers classes and equipment for members. ABOVE RIGHT: Some of the stone and silver jewelry made by Asplin. Her work will be for sale at the annual Rogue Gem and Geology Club show and she'll offer silversmithing demonstrations.
By Edith Decker of the Daily Courier
"OK, now let's light the torch," says Laurie Asplin, the silversmith who's been teaching classes at the Rogue Gem and Geology Club for five years.
Her classes are tiny — four students. Currently, Barbara Cromwell, a new club member, is learning how to solder a bezel onto a baseplate. The bezel is a type of rim that will hold her stone — a Boulder opal — securely to the ring she's making. Read More »
Whether you're about to head out on a road trip or just want to see what the weather's like in the mountains, thedailycourier.com's Trip Check page is for you. Check out the latest pictures from Webcams throughout our region, all on one page that we've custom designed for Southern Oregonians, using Oregon Department of Transportation cameras.
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The mountains circling Grants Pass can feel like old friends that we see every day. But how much do you know about them? Ever wonder what those mountains are called, and why? The Daily Courier has compiled names and their origins, along with other information, for most of them within sight in an interactive project.
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