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New Watershed Council First Meeting Scheduled

For the developmental committee of the new Valleys of the Rogue Watershed Council, all eyes are on Thurs., Oct. 24. That's the date of the council's first official meeting. At the meeting, officers will be chosen, and the group's business will begin in earnest. The council's five-person developmental committee spoke on issues it faces heading into that first meet-ing, which starts at 6 p.m., at Rogue River Elementary School, in an informational meeting at the Rogue River Library on Fri., Oct. 27. After each of the five members of that committee introduced themselves, each presented different aspects of the nascent Valleys of the Rogue Watershed Council. The Valleys of the Rogue Watershed includes 12 subbasins, ranging north to south from three forks of Evans Creek to Foots Creek. This includes all the streams that flow into the Rogue River between Gold Hill and the City of Rogue River. The subbasins are the same (Subscribe for full story)


Shooting At Hemp Farm

A Rogue River man is in jail after allegedly shooting someone last Friday during an altercation at a hemp farm. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO), at around 11:58 a.m. county dispatchers received a 911 call about a shooting at a hemp farm along Pine Grove Road's 1200 block. The caller reported that two people had been shot and were already on their way to the hospital in a private vehicle. However, after arriving on the scene, deputies confirmed that only one person had been shot. The victim was identified as Russell Anthony Clark, 55, Talent, who received a gunshot wound to his arm and wasn't life-threatening. The suspect, identified as Jeremy Odell O'-Patchen, 34, had fled on (Subscribe for full story)


Rogue River's New Mayor

The decision was made to appoint Wayne Stuart as Rogue River’s new mayor during the city council's Sept. 26 meeting with councilor Mark Poling as acting mayor pro tem. Councilors Fred England, Bob Pascalar, Barb Hilty and Don Daugherty were present. Last month, the council also voted unanimously to accept Mayor Ryan Hess' handwritten letter of resignation. It simply read: "I, Ryan Hess, resign the position of mayor of the city of Rogue River, Oregon as of today's date, Aug. 7, 2019." Hess stepped down due to new employment offers and Poling, as mayor pro tem, stepped in for the time being."Over the last few weeks, I've been discussing with my fellow commissioners our options in finding another mayor," Poling said. "We all eventually came to one decision, and we felt Councilor Stuart would make an excellent mayor."(Subscribe for full story)



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