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Beekeepers fight to hold Jackson County to honeybee laws
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- A long fight between local bee keepers and Jackson County came to a resolution Wednesday.
   
For the past three years bee keepers have been fighting to keep tax breaks awarded to them under state law, but the county wants to dip into the bee keeper's pocket.

"Their argument is that bees are not a sufficient  use of the land to qualify as farm use," said John Jacobs, the President of the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association.

Farmers with land zoned exclusively for farm use and bring a certain amount of farming-based income receive a tax break with bees falling under a livestock category.

Jacob's has bee fighting for his livestock for years and on Wednesday that fight led to a judge's order on the county to abide by state law for farms that are suitable to be a site for bee hives.

"The law already said bees are livestock and qualify as farm use so we are just trying to get the county and the state to follow existing state law," Jacobs said.

Jacobs rents thousands of bee hives to orchardists and stresses bees are impertive to the functionality of the local agriculture industry making exclusive farm use zones , or EFU's, an essential aspect to local farming.

"The intent of  EFU zoning regulations was to preserve farm land so bees really are the backbone of our current farming system," Jacobs said.

Jacobs says he has a dozen locations where he has his hives and several others just like him with hundreds of thousands of bees.

Other Oregon counties have looked to follow Jackson County to tap into more taxpayer money.
  

Crab season is here!
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- It's the time of year again fresh crab coming in almost as fast as it's being devoured.

The Wharf is a local seafood business that is known for it's fresh crustaceans and recently received shipments of fresh crab from San Franciso.

Restaurant Manager Brigette Stein says although the California crab is looking good the Oregon crab on the way should be the best she's seen in the last few years.

"People love just coming here getting it fresh we have it live outback. we will cook it for you the day you want it or you can take it home and cook it yourself so it's just a great option for everybody," Stein said.

The Oregon crab season starts on December 1st and places that sell seafood , like the Wharf, are expected to have it available that day.

Custody case: Oregon man surrenders; daughter safe
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A McMinnville man has surrendered in Ashland, a day after losing custody of his 7-year-old daughter but failing to give her to her mother.

Police said the girl appeared to be unharmed.

KGW-TV reported that 38-year-old Paul Robert Bute took his daughter out of school just before a hearing on Wednesday.

At the hearing, authorities said, a judge ordered that he not have custody of her or any other children.

But he didn't give up the girl, and police issued an alert seeking public help in locating him. He came to the Ashland police station on Thursday morning.

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Information from: KGW-TV

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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