EVFD Levy Taken To A Vote
Next week, those living within the Evans Valley Fire District will be voting on Measure 15-184, a proposed levy aimed at providing fulltime-staffing positions.
“This has been in the works for some time,” Chief Travis Crume said. “The board unanimously agreed to do this and put it on the ballot. It will assess a rate of .97 cents per $1,000 on property owners: For example, if a person has there property assessed over $100,000, they will pay $97 into the levy and $194 if it's assessed over $200,000. The money collected by the levy will pay for three paid staffing positions, one for each shift.
“That way, we can have a certified firefighter/EMT on staff at all times. We need people with that experience on each shift, and it will bump up our level of service," Crume said. "And, our student firefighters will benefit from being around that sort of expertise." Currently, EVFD staffing consists of two paid positions Crume and Capt. Tom Davidson and over 14 volunteers. The levy has raised concerns among some in the (Subscribe for full story)
Fire Season Beginning
The 2019 fire season is set to start on June 1, yet it has already been very active for firefighters across the state. According to the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, more than 126 fires have been reported throughout the state, and over 1,000 acres have burned about 70 of those fires have happened this month. A fire near Cottage Grove destroyed over 80 acres and resulted in level one evacuations issued. However, that evacuation was later rescinded. “It got very busy all around us,” Rogue River Fire District Chief Jim Price said. "We were lucky that nothing happened around here. But, since it's been warm and we've had low humidity those things can lead to a grass fire if people aren't careful." (Subscribe for full story)
Riverhawks Spread Their Wings
To get to Vesper Meadow you head south on Interstate 5 toward Ashland, then northeast up Dead Indian Memorial Road for 16 miles. Perhaps, and most importantly, you would need to shift your perspective to completely arrive, as did Rogue River Elementary School 5th graders Kaden King and Hannah Bowen Saturday morning. “It’s a great place to relax in nature. It was quiet with the birds chirping in the background,” said Hannah. At 4,500 feet above sea level, the air is clean, and the sky is clear. And that's where Hannah and Kaden found themselves on the cloudless morning where they took part in the Vesper Meadow Education Program Artists' Day Out. The two had been driven to their destination by RRES paraprofessional, and parent, Andrea Bowen. She and Kaden King's mother, Amber King, had corresponded with the 5th-grade RRES teach-ing team to make this day an occasion to remember for the two "Riverhawks." Artists' Day Out and Youth Mentorship pairs local artists with local students for an all-day hands-on art in a nature program. According (Subscribe for full story)