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Citizens in Grants Pass want "outsiders" to leave
By Jackie Garrity/KTVL.com

Grants Pass, Ore.- - A group calling themselves "concerned citizens" gathered today on the steps of the Josephine County Court house to voice their concerns.

"Certaintly the miners are entitled to get their fair day in court and not have anything done to them until after the legal process but they don't need gun toting people coming around, threatening the whole community frankly" said Jerry Reid.

The citizens said with the different groups protecting the Sugar Pine Mines, they feel their community has been exploited by the local and national media.

They say, they are simply asking them to leave. They tell us their presence is effecting their local economy, tourism and overall atmosphere in the community.

Trader Joe's Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage is recalled

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) -- Trader Joe's customers who bought the chain's Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage are urged to throw it out amid concerns plastic may have made its way into the packages.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that Massachusetts-based sausage maker Kayem Foods is recalling more than 59,000 pounds of the product.

The recall is for 8-ounce sausage packages sold at Trader Joe's stores nationwide and marked with expiration dates of April 22, 25 and 29. Customers can return the product for a full refund at any Trader Joe's.

The USDA says no one has eaten the recalled meat so far, and that there is a remote chance of negative health effects if someone does.

Bill would let motorcyclists drive between cars during jams
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Senate has backed a bill allowing motorcycles to pass between cars or trucks during highway traffic jams.
The Senate's 18-10 vote on Thursday sends the measure to the House.
Motorcycle and moped riders on a highway with a speed limit of at least 50 mph would gain the right to pass between vehicles if traffic moves at no more than 10 mph.
Motorcyclists who support the measure say it's safer for them to drive around vehicles than to face the constant risk of being hit from behind in stop-and-go traffic.
Critics worry it will increase the risk of collisions.
The measure is the second highway bill approved this week. The House voted Tuesday to designate the far left lane of as a passing lane on high-speed roads.

Medford Police providing a safe way to disgard personal information

Saturday, April 25th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Medford Police will
be hosting a Drug Take Back / Rogue Shred Event at the Medford City Hall
parking lot. The event is free.

· Drop off unused, outdated and unwanted prescription drugs.
· Bring personal and confidential documents that need shredded.

This event aims to reduce the amount of prescriptions drugs and
medicines in households, where they can be obtained by family members
or friends for improper use or abuse. Furthermore, other methods of
disposal can pose potential safety and health hazards.

Illegal drugs, needles, thermometers, medical waste, aerosol cans and
inhalers will not be accepted. Please note that Medford City Hall has a
permanent drug drop box in the lobby for folks that are unable to attend
the event.

Thieves are often after personal information they can use to assume your
identity. They frequently acquire this information in rather crude ways,
such as burglary and theft. Shredding sensitive documents can prevent
the hassle of having your identity stolen. This portion of the event is
sponsored by Rogue Disposal and Recycling INC, and Rogue Shred LLC.

Dog dies after ingesting Ice Breaker gum with Xylitol

GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. (AP) – Anyone with a dog knows how curious and resourceful they can be around anything edible. That curiosity apparently killed a dog in Western Wisconsin.

Luna, a 2-year-old golden retriever, was put down by her owners Tuesday evening after she ingesting Xylitol-laden gum on Monday. Luna had suffered severe liver damage.

"Luna had gotten into a container of gum, actually chewed it open herself," said Samantha Caress, 22. She, boyfriend Jordan Pellett ,22, and their son, Grady, 7 months, are devastated.

"She was like our first child. She was like our family before we even had Grady," said Caress.

Caress and Pellett said the dog ingested the "Ice Breaker" Lemon-flavor gum while the couple was out of the home in rural Glenwood City. They rushed her to the Animal Emergency Center in Oakdale, Minnesota early Tuesday.

"They actually called, later, after we dropped her off about three four hours, and they said her blood came back and it wasn't good," sobbed Caress.

The Center said a treatment for Luna would cost $20,000, beyond their means.

"And they said it was still only a 25% chance that she would live from it and we just didn't want her to suffer so we had to put her down," said Caress.

"Certain types of sugar-free gum have huge amounts of Xylitol," said Dr. Justine Lee, Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota. "A lot of people do not think about it, but Xylitol's a product in sugar-free vitamins. They are in toothpaste. They are in dental floss. They are in nasal sprays or in gums or in baked goods and as little as a couple of pieces of gum can result in severe hypoglycemia, so a life threatening drop in blood sugar and actually liver failure."

Lee suggested that anyone with a dog should check the ingredients on any products they buy. If Xylitol is in the first three or five ingredients, keep the product away from the reach of the dog.

"Elevate your purse or your backpack, so your dog can't get into it," said Lee. "Make sure you put vitamins or chewable products out of reach on a shelf."

She also recommended pre-programming a cell phone with the number of a veterinarian and ASPC Animal Poison Control to receive fast advice on a dog's situation.

The advice and the information about Xylitol comes too late for Caress and Pellett. Now, the hope to spare other dog owners their pain.

"We started a fund on go fund me under Luna's name," said Pellett. "It is called Luna-s Gift of Hope and all the proceeds are going to be going to CoCo's Heart Dog Rescue at Hudson, Wisconsin. Our goal right now is set at pretty high at $20,000. It is just what it would have cost to try to save Luna. So, if we could raise that and all those proceeds to help them save other dogs, out of the rescue, that'd be great."

Caress and Pellett said they are just trying to change their horrific experience into something positive.

Analyzing New Medford Businesses
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comMEDFORD, Ore. -- 

With all of the new construction bringing more traffic to the area, the public works department is looking at access and safety.

Analysis of each area is not only time-consuming, but each change or modification to a street, driveway or signage affects everything else nearby.

City of Medford Public Works Director, Cory Crebbin, said he believes the proposed site for Costco will work out well.

"I hope it works, it's a much better location from a transportation perspective, but also from their customers perspective to move to that location from Highway 62 location they're in currently," Crebbin said.

Crebbin said the city doesn't do a traffic analysis based on when new businesses open, rather it's based on the average for the future.

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