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MEDFORD, Ore. — The human bean is making a huge donation to breast cancer research and prevention, with some help from coffee lovers.

The 9th annual “Coffee for a Cure” event raised more than $142,000 dollars last Friday. Local proceeds from beverage and pastry sales are going toward mammograms and follow-up care for women who are uninsured or under insured with breast cancer.

The Medford based company currently operates and franchises 52 locations in 8 states.

Kaci HickoxFORT KENT, Maine — The Maine nurse quarantined after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is refusing to abide by a state order to stay in isolation for 21 days. Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend left their Fort Kent home this morning to go on a bicycle ride. Neighbors in the area say they are frustrated at her for leaving.

Jim Majka, one of her neighbors, explains, “Why she’s being so defiant, I’m not sure but its causing consternation here and people are trying to ask why she won’t honor it. It’s a simple thing. Stay in the quarantine until it’s over and we’re good.” Hickox explains her side: “I’m not willing to let civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based.”

Hickox says she is symptom-free and has twice tested negative for Ebola. Still the governor of Maine says the only way to resolve this is for her to be tested again.

The governor says a state trooper is parked outside of her home for her own safety.

7-13 marijuanaMEDFORD, Ore. — In just a few hours the Medford City Council could make a major decision regarding the taxing of marijuana.

Councilors are expected to hold a second reading of a proposed marijuana tax at their meeting this afternoon. Under the proposal, the city would tax recreational marijuana should voters approve its use in next week’s election. However, the proposal does not include any tax to medical marijuana.

During the first reading, the council split the vote on whether to pass the tax, which is why today they are expected to again vote on the proposal

Medford is not the only Southern Oregon city voting to approve a marijuana tax today. The Rogue River City Council is also taking up the issue. Councilors are also holding a second reading of their marijuana tax proposal. So far, the city has not established what its tax rate will be, but councilors say they want to have a proposal in place before Tuesday’s deadline.

Grants Pass, Ore. — At the request of Sheriff  Gil Gilbertson, the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners had agreed in June during the 2014/2015 budget season to allocate and additional $655,000 to the Sheriff’s Office in order to increase Rural Patrol Coverage for the residents of Josephine County. The goal was have patrol 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, more than doubling the amount of hours currently covered.

Beginning Monday, November 3rd, there will be patrol coverage 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. These will be two patrol teams working overlapping 8 hour shifts. On Monday, November 17th, this coverage will increase to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This change is a temporary budget fix. Sheriff Gilbertson explained that this move is to improve “safety to the community as soon as possible”. Also included in this budget change is the hiring and training of two new dispatchers. It is likely that this year’s $5.7 million budget will be reduced to $1.6 budget next year which will potentially lead to more layoffs.

robert custerMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police responded to a call from man who said he was involved in an illegal marijuana deal where the suspect he was selling to pulled a gun and stole the marijuana.

The victim was able to provide a description of the three suspects and their vehicle, which was a silver Scion Cube. An alert officer spotted the vehicle matching the description on Main Street near Riverside Avenue minutes after the robbery was reported. The occupants of the vehicle also matched the description of the robbery suspects.

Due to there being a gun involved in the robbery, officers conducted a “high risk” traffic stop at the intersection of W. Main Street and Holly Street. Three occupants were taken into custody without incident.

After the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant on the vehicle and
recovered approximately 10 pounds of marijuana and a stolen handgun out of Mississippi. As a result of the investigation, Robert Custer, 23, was lodged for one count of Robbery 1st Degree.

The other subjects were interviewed and released.

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ASK THE METEOROLOGIST

“How long does it take you to get all the reports, satellite data and other data to do your weather forecasts?

Cameron, Rae Micharson

Love this question! Prepping for our newscasts requires a lot of work and a lot of time. Us meteorologists have to come in hours before we go live in order to forecast, make the graphics and get ready.

I am usually in the weather center a little after 2am. I look at different computer models which show graphical outputs of weather parameters. In other words, these models will show predicted precipitation, areas of low pressure, wind speeds and directions, etc. I also look at these computer models in numerical form ..which is how I can come up with numbers for your 7 day forecast.

To sum it up, every morning these computers help me determine a 7 day forecast of cloud cover, precipitation type and temperatures. Once I have written down your forecast, I then insert it into our weather graphics that we show you on air! This is used with a program we call WSI. Believe it or not, this program is very intuitive and it’s very simple to re-enter temperatures daily and switch weather icons (maybe from rain to mostly cloudy, etc.). In this program I can choose which graphics I would like to show over the air and in whatever order I please!

All of this requires quite a lot of prep time, as I mentioned. We typically will get in around 2 o’clock (morning or night) to prep for a 5 o’clock newscast!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

GP officer involvedGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass Police officers who were involved in a shooting in September were found justified in their actions. The shooting occurred September 21st and resulted in the death of Daniel Diaz of Northwest Blossom Drive in Grants Pass.

Diaz walked over to his cousins house and threatened to shoot him for supposedly planting computer chips in Diaz’s head. Diaz then fired a round into the air. The wife of Diaz’s cousin then called the police and they were dispatched to the scene. This was not the first incident where Diaz had threatened the family.

A full investigation of the incident by the Josephine County Major Crime Response Team revealed that all three officers involved in the shooting were justified in using deadly force under the circumstances they encountered.

 

 

 

 

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


Today our next storm system will begin approaching coastal waters. A warm front from this area of low pressure is lifting north currently and this is bringing a few showers to the coast. Showers will turn to rain here this afternoon and tonight when this front travels inland, it could fall heavy at times.

Inland, skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy. This evening around 7 o’clock rain showers will begin developing across the Valley ahead of the front. As it drives inland tonight we will then see rain spread eastbound. Early Friday rain will be falling across West Side Valleys. It will be ongoing through much of the day.

As far as Trick-or-Treat is concerned, showers are likely west of the Cascades and rain east. Roads and sidewalks are going to be wet with puddles all over so keep those feet warm! Dress to stay warm and to stay dry!

This cold front will bring in the coldest air mass we’ve seen so far this fall. Snow levels will drop Friday afternoon and will reach 4,500′-5,000′ by Saturday morning. Snow showers are likely above this elevation into the weekend. A couple inches will fall across the high country and if you’re planning to head over the higher passes through this time frame make sure to check TripCheck and look at the roads.

Showers on Saturday will taper off through the day. Sunday will feature dry weather but cooler temperatures. The whole weekend will stay cool from the new air mass moving in. It does appear another weaker system will approach the area next week.

If you’d like more on your local weather, head over to Facebook and/or Twitter!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

Beers and BoogieMEDFORD, Ore. — A Southern Oregon brewery is trading brews for bucks today in an effort to help local kids.

Tonight, Walkabout Brewery will hold an event to raise money for Sparrow Clubs of Southern Oregon. A portion of beer and wine purchases will be given to the program. Community members can enjoy live music, dancing, a silent auction, and food.

Event Coordinating Jennifer Hedgepeth says, “Not only does it benefit the Sparrow Clubs, but it highlights some of or amazing local vendors and that’s what’s great about living in the rogue valley. We all come together as a community to support these amazing organizations that truly change lives.”

The event starts tonight at 6 and runs until 8:30. There is a $15 cover charge that includes food catered by sunrise cafe.

lottery voteGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon voters may soon get to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled. “Securing Our Safety” is a group of citizens dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County.

Members are proposing a measure to allow 50-percent of state-controlled lottery dollars to be county-controlled instead. The measure was supposed to be on this year’s November ballot, but the group failed to get enough signatures. Now, the supporters aim to gather 150,000 signatures for the measure to go on the November 2016 ballot.

Chief Petitioner Cliff Thomason says, “In Josephine County we can use it for public safety where we have a big need, we can also use it to help some of the schools and their infrastructure.”

So far 12,000 signatures have been collected.

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