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Shady Cove Library Naloxone and Vaccine Event, 12/6, 2-5PM

Shady Cove Library Naloxone and Vaccine Event, 12/6, 2-5PM

SC Library Naloxone and Vaccine Event

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2022 Annual Tree Lighting!

2022 Annual Tree Lighting!

Tree Lighting 2022

Special appearances by:


Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider, Popcorn,

Hot Coffee, and Treats Galore! 

Hosted by:

The City of Shady Cove, Jackson County Library, URCC and Jackson County

Fire District #4


Call City Hall at: 541-878-2225

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City Developing New Community Calendar – Looking for Photos NOW!

City Developing New Community Calendar – Looking for Photos NOW!

The City is looking to develop 500 Community Calendars to assist businesses, citizens, and tourists in knowing when all Community Events are occurring.

Please contact City Hall at 541-878-2225 or email to donate your local pictures and/or tell us about your local events coming up in 2023.

300 DPI minimum and many formats allowed. You will be required to sign a release for publication.

The DEADLINE is November 30 so we can get these out for the beginning of the year.

Photo Release

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Oregon Department of Forestry reminders

Oregon Department of Forestry Reminders for Safe Disposal of Yard Debris

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Department of Forestry and other fire prevention experts urge the public to exercise caution when disposing of yard debris this fall.

With the end of fire season, many Oregonians have debris piles ready to be disposed of that cured over the summer. Preferable options for removal, aside from burning, include composting or recycling. Check with your local disposal company for recycling options.

If burning now is the only option to dispose of yard debris, fire prevention specialists ask people to follow safe burning practices. The following tips can help stop run-away burn piles:

  • Call before you burn –  Burning regulations vary by location depending on the weather and fuel conditions. If you are planning to burn, check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry district, fire protective association, fire department, or air protection authority to learn about current burning restrictions or regulations, and if you need a permit. – Jackson County – 541-776-7007
  • Know the weather – Burn early in the day and never burn on dry or windy days, because fires can spread out of control more easily.
  • Clear a 10-foot fuel-free buffer around the pile – Scrape a ten-foot trail down to mineral soil around the perimeter of the pile to keep the fire contained in one place. Make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above
  • Keep burn piles small – Large burn piles can cast hot embers long distances. Keep piles small, maximum of four feet by four feet. Add debris to the pile in small amounts as the pile burns.
  • Always have water and fire tools nearby – When burning, have a charged water hose, and shovel on hand to put out the fire. Keep the area around the pile damp during the burning process. When finished, drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating until the fire is out cold.
  • Stay with the fire until it is out cold – State laws requires monitoring of debris burn piles from start to finish until it is out cold. This law is intended to ensure sparks or embers that jump from the fire can be put out quickly.
  • Recheck burn piles. They can retain heat for several weeks and restart when the weather warms up and winds blow.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to start or speed up your fire.
  • Burn only yard debris – State laws prohibit burning materials or trash that create dense smoke or noxious odors.
  • Costs of run-away debris burns– State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires all year. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you may have to pay for suppression costs, as well as the damage to your neighbors’ properties. This can be extremely expensive.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, motorized equipment use, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green website. Find public use restrictions for Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands before your burn.

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Fire Season Ends Wednesday, October 26. Call Before you Burn.

Fire Season Ends Wednesday, October 26. Call Before you Burn.


JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – After almost 150 days, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is officially calling the end of the fire season.

On Wednesday, October 26, at 12:01 a.m., fire season will officially be over in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

The announcement comes as more rain has been falling in the area, lessening the wildfire risk.

“We’ve seen longer seasons that have hung on into late October and November before, but it’s been unseasonably dry this month,” said Tyler McCarty, Southwest Oregon District Forester. “Southern Oregon is very fire prone, but the heightened risk has passed at this point with the amount rain we’ve received this week.”

Within the 147 day fire season, there were 240 fires and 21,703 acres burned in Jackson and Josephine counties. Lightning started many of the fires, starting a total of 72 in the area.

The biggest fire in the ODF Southwest District was the Rum Creek Fire, which burned 21,347 acres and destroyed two homes and six structures.

In Klamath and Lake counties, there were a total of 62 documented fires burning about 1,230 acres.

ODF Southwest Oregon District says the end of fire season eliminates all the public regulated restrictions and industrial fire precaution level requirements. This includes regulations on equipment use and the use of fire for debris burning.

“Even though we have lifted fire season, it does not mean that people should be any less careful; they are still responsible for any fire that gets out of control and spreads,” said Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester. “Debris Burning should be attended at all times, done only during daylight hours, in cleared areas, in ‘no wind’ conditions, and meeting Air Quality guidelines.”

Many structural fire agencies also require permits for residential debris burning, so make sure to check with the local fire department for those requirements.

ODF does note that slash burning is still prohibited.

While fire season is over, officials are asking the public to be careful when burning. They say to continue to practice fire prevention when debris burning.

ODF says that fires can still spread in fall and winter conditions.


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2019 Leaf Drop Off!

Got Leaves? Leaf Drop Off – October 21 – December 9, 2022

Leaf Drop Off 2022

October 21 – December 9, 2022

We have decided to move up the leaf collection date due to the weather and lack of limbs.  Please DO NOT bring limbs now.  We have had the trailer up since May.  We have to take the leaves to a different spot than limbs.

Bring your LOOSE LEAVES (no bags) to the Shady Cove Public Works Building.  We will accept loose leaves only.  * No garbage, sticks, or other yard debris will be accepted.  (Pine needles are okay.)

The City will have a designated trailer parked in front of the building.  Please do not overfill the trailer.

Leaf Drop Off

Shady Cove Public Works Building

1008 Celtic Circle     

Shady Cove, OR  97539

City of Shady Cove
22451 Hwy. 62
Shady Cove, OR  97539

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Jackson County Community Smoke Survey

Jackson County Community Smoke Survey

MEDFORD, Ore– With wildfire smoke now a common occurrence in Southern Oregon, Jackson County and the City of Medford want to hear about how wildfire and prescribed fire smoke is impacting the Jackson County community.

According to Jackson County’s website, officials are hoping to gather community input through the “Jackson County Community Smoke Survey”.

The survey is being offered in both English and Spanish and will be available until September 30. You can find the link to the survey here:

The goal of this survey is to help Jackson County and the City of Medford create the first Jackson County Smoke Management Community Response Plan.

The Community Response Plan is being created in partnership with the University of Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience with funding provided by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The plan is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2023.


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Meetings times? Features? Pictures? City Projects? Frequently Asked Questions?

Please let us know by emailing:

Or call: 541-878-3757.

We value your input.

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State Forester announces next steps for statewide wildfire risk map

State Forester announces next steps for statewide wildfire risk map

August 4, 2022 | Climate changeNews releasesWildfire

Oregon’s wildfire environment has changed significantly in the past decade. Climate change is bringing us hotter, drier summers and historic levels of drought, resulting in severe wildfire conditions and longer, more complex and more expensive fire seasons. We find ourselves at a critical juncture when it comes to wildfire and need to take bold action to mitigate further catastrophic impacts to Oregonians, communities and our state’s natural resources.

Senate Bill 762 laid the foundation for that bold action. The bill passed in 2021 with bipartisan support and made investments in fire-adapted communities, wildfire response and resilient landscapes. Eleven state agencies are tasked with implementing the various components of SB 762. The Oregon Department of Forestry was directed to develop and maintain a statewide wildfire risk map. The map identifies the risk of a wildfire occurring in a given area to help determine where resources are needed most to protect lives and homes when a wildfire does occur.

In addition to writing the rules for map development and maintenance with a rules advisory committee, we were also tasked with defining the wildland-urban interface and assigning a risk classification at the property ownership level (1.8 million tax lots across Oregon). This work had to be completed by June 30, 2022, less than a year after the bill was adopted. We knew the first iteration of an undertaking of this scale and complexity wouldn’t be perfect, but we have been and continue to be committed to improving the map and our processes related to it. At the same time, our partner agencies are working to collect input as they develop the new codes for defensible space (Office of the State Fire Marshal) and home hardening (Building Codes Division) and address concerns related to homeowner’s insurance (Division of Financial Regulation).

We’ve been soliciting and collecting questions, concerns, and other input since the statewide wildfire risk map was released just over a month ago. We’ve received specific feedback from nearly 2,000 Oregonians that has helped us understand the key areas of concern related to risk classification. We have a window of opportunity before the new codes go into effect to take some immediate steps toward addressing those concerns, and we will be taking full advantage of the opportunity.

As required by SB 762, we posted a wildfire risk map on the Oregon Explorer on June 30, 2022 and sent notifications to property owners in the extreme and high risk classifications shortly after. In response to input received since posting, we have decided to remove the current iteration of the wildfire risk map from the Oregon Explorer and withdraw the notices sent. We will immediately begin working with Oregon State University on some refinements to improve the accuracy of risk classification assignments based on what we’ve heard from property owners thus far.

Since we are withdrawing the initial map and notifications, the current appeals process will end and any appeals filed will become moot. For those who did submit an appeal, we will be reviewing the information submitted and using it to identify any additional areas where we may need to take a closer look at the data. Please note, this decision does not impact the code development and adoption processes currently underway through Office of the State Fire Marshal for defensible space or Building Codes Division for home hardening.

While we met the bill’s initial deadline for delivering on the map, there wasn’t enough time to allow for the type of local outreach and engagement that people wanted, needed and deserved. Once this round of refinements is complete, we are planning to bring a draft of the updated map to communities for discussion and input. After another round of revisions based on local input, the map will be finalized. We will then post an updated map on the Oregon Explorer and issue new notices to property owners in the extreme and high risk classifications, which will start a new appeal period. We are in the process of developing a plan and timeline to complete these activities, including public engagement and outreach opportunities. We will share that publicly as soon as it is complete.

We know how important it is to get this right, and we’re fully committed to continuing to work with the Governor’s Office, legislators, our partner agencies, local governments, and Oregonians to do just that.

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Help Design the New City Welcome Sign!

Help Design the New City Welcome Sign!

Our Welcome to Shady Cove signs are in need of repair. Our City Council is requesting your assistance to design what they will look like.

Wood, plastic, stone?

Please email your ideas or comments to or call 541-878-2225.

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Wildfire during a Drought

Wildfire during a Drought

May brings renewed focus on wildfire awareness during drought


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Well Assistance from Jackson County is up to $7500

Well Assistance from Jackson County is up to $7500

The Jackson County Domestic and Public Well Assistance Program offers up to $7,500 per person to owners who faced challenges with their domestic and public wells located in Jackson County throughout our severe drought in 2021.

On April 13, 2021, our State Governor, Kate Brown, signed executive order No. 21-08 declaring a state of drought emergency in the Jackson County area. This drought has caused issues with water flow and the concentration of particulates in water flowing from wells in Jackson County.

The program aims to financially assist the affected owners of domestic and public wells located within Jackson County to repair existing wells or even construct new ones.


  1. The residential property was occupied by the legal owner as their primary residence during the 2021 declared drought, and the residence uses a domestic use well for residential needs
  2. The residential property was occupied by a family member of the legal owner during the 2021 declared drought, and the residence uses a domestic use well for residential needs
  3. There existed a legal agreement between the legal property owner and a renter of a property during the 2021 declared drought, and the residence uses a domestic use well for residential needs.
  4. The well existed within a Public Water System and was registered as an active well for domestic use during the 2021 declared drought

And you have filed a Dry Well Report via one of the two options below:

  1. The legal owner contacted the Jackson County Watermaster’s office and registered a dry well or slow recharge domestic well complaint during the 2021 declared drought; or
  2. The legal owner completed a Dry Well Reporting Form on the Oregon Water Resources Department web page.

During the 2021 declared drought, If the legal owner did not file a well complaint but is or has experienced well issues after April 13, 2021, as a result of the 2021 declared drought, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Jackson County Watermaster’s office.


Financial compensation will be established based on the following criteria:

  1. A complaint was made, or a Dry Well Form was submitted due to the 2021 declared drought.
  2. The legal owner incurred financial costs due to issues with a domestic well as a result of the 2021 declared drought.
  3. The legal owner is seeking financial assistance to address their well issues due to the 2021 declared drought.


If you are an interested domestic well owner, you may obtain an application form from the Jackson County Watermaster website, OR the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office at 10 S Oakdale Avenue, Room 309, in Medford.

Jackson County Watermaster stated that you must complete this application and provide all the information and documentation requested to become eligible for financial compensation. Required information and documentation include a w-9, receipts/invoices and proof of payment, or estimate from a well driller, pump installer, or other professional, and any other supporting documentation you may have.

Submit your application and other documents by either emailing, or by mail or in-person to the Jackson County Watermaster’s Office.


Jackson County will review your application and all supporting documentation for completeness following your submissions.

They will determine if you meet the criteria and are eligible to participate in the Domestic and Public Well Assistance Program. Financial compensation will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first received basis, as long as funds are available. Funds may be taxable, so consider consulting with a tax advisor.


By accepting funds, you agree to allow Jackson County staff access to the property to complete a compliance check as deemed necessary. The maximum award is limited to $7,500.00 per applicant, property owner, or public water system.

  1. $7,500.00 toward new well construction due to an existing well going dry due to the 2021 declared drought.
  2. $5,000.00 toward deepening an existing well that qualifies under Oregon Construction Standards (OAR Chapter 690, Divisions 200 through 230) due to the 2021 declared drought.
  3. $1,500.00 toward installing a new holding tank, meeting the requirements of NSF Standard 61, as a result of the 2021 declared Drought.
  4. $2,000.00 toward treatment, including disinfection, Arsenic, Nitrate, Iron, and hardness removal; this includes well casing cleanout and reconditioning due to the 2021 declared drought.
  5. $500.00 for hauled water due to a dry well during the 2021 declared drought.
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