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Register for the 2018 Run For The Law!

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HERE ARE THE DETAILS ON THE 2018 RUN FOR THE LAW RACE!

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, 8:30 AM

10k Run or 5k Walk/Run & Kids’ Dash

Our 10k run and 5k walk/run course starts and ends at Club Northwest (2160 NW Vine St., Grants Pass, OR)

Register online at:

https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=128536

 

▲Run our 10k or walk/run our 5k course starting and ending at Club Northwest (2160 NW Vine Street, Grants Pass, OR) with chip timing! Starts at 9:00 am March 3th. Kid’s dash for youth 12 and under will start promptly at 8:30 am.

▲Packet pickup will be the day before the race at Club Northwest. March 2, 2018 from 2p-7p.

  • Cash prize for 1st and 2nd place male and female finisher in the 10K!
  • Cash prize for 1st and 2nd place male and female finisher in the 5K!

▲Race awards include: a medal for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place male and female in each age category for runs. Age categories are: 0-12; 13-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+

▲Everyone participating in the free kid’s dash will receive a ribbon.

▲Pre-registered participants will receive race packet filled with coupons or items donated by sponsors.

▲ Long sleeve dry wick Adult and kids shirts available for order until February 16. Order in advance to guarantee getting one, limited supply available race day!!  Adults $15.00, Kids $10.00.

▲Early registration fees are $20 for 5K/10K; 18 years or younger $15 for any race. Kid’s dash is FREE!  THERE IS A LATE FEE OF $5.00 IF REGISTERING THE DAY OF THE RACE!

For race routes and more run information see the following link:  

http://securingoursafety.org/run-for-the-law-a-county-united/

Timber and Public Safety

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It’s nearly impossible to talk about public safety in Josephine County without mentioning timber. For decades, our public safety services were funded largely by timber receipts from the sale of timber on federally owned land. Now that those federal dollars have mostly dried up, Josephine County has scraped by on federal Secure Rural Schools payments meant to temporarily replace those lost revenues until our county can stand on its own.

Each year, our public safety officials spend a nail-biting few months waiting to hear whether the county will receive another federal payment through the Secure Rural Schools Act. The most recent SRS payment to Josephine County was for nearly $4.9 million. No SRS funding has been authorized for the coming fiscal year.

On Thursday, Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley urged the Senate to pass legislation reauthorizing SRS. But the senators said Congressional leaders blocked their efforts, arguing that more effective timber management could replace the lost revenue. According to Wyden and Merkley, logging on public lands would have to increase by 400 percent to match what counties have been receiving in SRS payments.

Unless there is a last-minute shift by the Senate, the SRS payments that Josephine County received last spring will be our last.

With the failure of the public safety levy on Nov. 8, this leaves us with few options for funding law enforcement in our county.

Securing Our Safety (SOS) is working to get the community more involved in conversations about our county’s future. Please join SOS for our next meeting this Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Newman United Methodist Church at Sixth and B streets in Grants Pass.

To join our email list, send us a message via Facebook, or email media@securingoursafety.org

Photo of the Day

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Autumn explosion of color in Riverside Park.

By posting a Photo of the Day, we’re looking to capture “the good, the bad, the ugly and the unique” of Josephine County.

Do you have a photo you think we should feature? Email it to media@securingoursafety.org

We’re looking for shots that illustrate:

• The beauty of Josephine County
• The crime-related challenges we’re facing
• The essence of what we love about living here
• Aspects of our county we’d like to see improved
• The quirky: Unique stuff you’d only find here

Check out our past photos of the day below: