fb weed 3WEED, Calif. — United Way of Jackson County has opened an account at U.S. Bank for the long-term healing of the communities affected by the Boles Fire burning in Weed, California. United Way said, “Weed and its surrounding communities have experienced devastation. These donations will be used to help them rebuild.”

Any donations made to these accounts at U.S. Bank branches will be sent directly to the community. Any U.S. Bank branch will receive donations in the United Way account. Also, American Red Cross and Salvation Army accept donations for the immediate disaster as well as the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Community Disaster Relief Fund.

In addition to these accounts being set up, local community members are also stepping in to help the people in Weed displaced from the fire.

- Samantha Hamilton with the Lighthouse Family Worship Center will be accepting donations from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Center, located at 3500 Arrowhead Dr. in Medford. She said they’re asking for clean, non-ripped clothing, shoes and socks, any personal care items, non-perishable food and water, dog and cat food, and diapers.

The group will be traveling to Weed and delivering these donations on Thursday. If you have any questions, call 541-778-1255.

- Kelly’s Automotive Service is asking for donations to help the citizens in Weed, Ca. They are asking people please donate the following: clothing, shoes, food, bedding, Porta Cribs, Personal Care Items such as soap, shampoo, razors and toilet paper, also dog and cat food and cat litter and cat litter boxes.

Kelly’s Automotive is hoping to fill up two trucks and take the donations on Sunday. You can drop off your donations at Kelly’s Automotive in Grants Pass located at 1661 N.E. 6th St. or in Medford at 2990 Biddle Rd. Kelly’s is open from 8-6 pm Mon-Fri and Grants Pass is also open on Saturday from 8-2 pm. If you have questions, you can call the Medford shop at 541-830-4005 or in Grants Pass at 541-476-6864.

- Project Linus in Klamath Falls is collecting 850 new handmade blankets for the children in Weed, Ca. If you would like more information, contact Trudy Novak the chapter coordinator at trudy.novak47@gmail.com or call her at 541-884-2438. Projectlinus.org

- Stacie Skinner is leading a Southern Oregon Donation Drive for the residents affected by the Boles Fire. She is asking folks to donate clothing and food and essential items. She’s planning to take a motor home filled floor to ceiling with donations to Weed on Saturday. She’ll be making pick-ups at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Pilot in Central Point, Pilot in Phoenix and then a last stop in Ashland. You can reach her at 541-415-1780 if you’d like to meet her at any of these pick-up points on Saturday.

- Garrison’s Home Furnishings in Central Point is operating as a donation site for anyone who would like to donate clothing, food or other items to the people affecting by the fire in Weed. You can drop off any donations from now until Sunday, Sept. 21st. On Sunday Garrison’s is planning to use their moving trucks to take the supplies they get to Weed. They are located at 6435 Crater Lake Highway.

- The North Valley Catholic Social Services website is also a place where people can go to donate to those impacted by the Boles fire.  www.nvcss.org

100 dollar billsGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is investigating an “abundance” of cases regarding counterfeit money, especially $100 bills.

According the police, the serial numbers on the counterfeit bills are the same. Medford Police along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are also investigating similar crimes involving counterfeit money.

The police department urges people to be cautious when accepting larger denomination of bills and in this case, $100 bills. They said that genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly space. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit bill, the serial number may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury Seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

TURN IN POACHERS LOGOEAGLE POINT, Ore. — Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division are asking for the public’s help to identify the person responsible for the unlawful killing of three black tail bucks on Lake Creek Road in Eagle Point.

A reward of up to $5,250 is being offered through two sources for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case, according to a press release put out by OSP.

The Human Society of United State and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering $5,000 and the Turn in Poachers Program is offering an additional $250.

An Oregon State Police trooper found the three black tail bucks disposed of on Lake Creek Road near milepost 4. One of the bucks had his head cut off and the hind quarters and the rest was left to waste. The other two bucks had their skull caps cut off and the rest was left to waste. OSP believes they may have been killed around the first week of September.

mountain fire[UPDATE 1:14P.M.] Firefighters said they were able to surround spots of the Onion Mountain Fire that spread to the east, Tuesday. Dozers and crews were able to tie a fire line to the 640 road.

Crews will continue to build a line on the southside of the fire, Tuesday. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry are being used to stop progress to the northeast.

A group from Rural-Metro Fire is in place in case the fire spreads towards homes and popular areas. Level one evacuations remain.

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore.– The Onion Mountain Fire is now just shy of 3,000 acres. Fire officials said an infrared flight helped them to see the real progress of the fire Tuesday morning. They said it is now at 2 percent containment.

The level one evacuations put in place Monday are expected to remain the same Tuesday. This means people should be ready to evacuate at any time, but there are no mandatory evacuations in place. Josephine County Emergency Officials said this impacts about 430 people.

This includes:
· All of Pickett Creek area
· All of Shan Creek area
· All of Limpy Creek area
· Riverbanks Road from Robertson Bridge to Limpy Creek
· All of Taylor Creek drainage

There have been reports of people who are calling residents claiming evacuation orders have changed to level two. Law enforcement officials said to be aware this is a scam too, and to contact them directly for information. You can also stay up to date with evacuation orders here and on our Facebook page.

joco voteSALEM, Ore. — Unregistered Oregon voters should expect to get a postcard in the mail this week.

Election officials say 900,000 Oregonians who have a driver license or state ID card will be getting postcards reminding them to register if they haven’t already. Officials say it’s all part of an effort to expand participation.

If you get a postcard and you are registered, it could be because information on your voter registration doesn’t match your driver license.

The postcards were sent out Sept. 15.

6-25 jbo unemployment webEUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s unemployment rate moved up from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August. This was the highest unemployment rate since November 2013.

The primary measure of employment in Oregon, seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment, increased by 2,900 jobs in August. Professional and business services added 900 jobs while manufacturing added 1,000 jobs in August.

Employment is now 40,700 jobs above where it was a year ago. With the job growth, Oregon is now just 20,100 jobs from its pre-recession employment peak reached in December 2007.

For more details click here.

UPS-TRUCK(CNN) — UPS is going to make it a happy holiday for lots of people looking for work.

This holiday season, the parcel delivery service plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal employees–that’s nearly double last year’s total of 55,000.

UPS hires thousands of temporary workers each year to help deal with the annual surge in package deliveries from October through January.

The seasonal workers will be paid at least $10 an hour to sort packages, load trucks and assist drivers in making deliveries.

UPS says after the holiday season, many of the temporary jobs could become full-time positions.

NASA(CNN) — No more hitch-hiking for American astronauts. They’ll soon have their own ride.

NASA is expected to award a contract to both Boeing and SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

The U.S. has been relying on Russia to transport astronauts since the last space shuttle launch in July 2011.

The private aerospace companies are expected to begin shuttling astronauts in 2017.

WEED MILL BURNING 2 DAYLIGHTRoseburg, Ore. – When the Boles Fire swept through Weed on Monday, September 15, it also burned the mill.  Many people in that community depend upon the mill for employment. The spouse of one mill worker tells NewsWatch 12 “Without the mill, I’m not sure what would be left of Weed.”

The owners of that plant, based in Dillard, Oregon, issued the following statement Tuesday about the situation in Weed:

“ROSEBURG, Ore. — Roseburg Forest Products’ veneer facility in Weed, Calif., was hit by the Boles Fire on Monday, Sept. 15, shortly after 1 p.m. All Roseburg employees were evacuated and are safe. There were no injuries.

Although the main processing area and facility were not destroyed, a number of buildings on the complex were damaged. The company is assessing the damage; however, spot fires are persisting on site as of Tuesday morning.

‘Our primary concern at this point is our people,’ said Roseburg CEO and President Allyn Ford. ‘Some of our employees, along with their neighbors, have lost their homes, so we want to help those displaced by this fire. As far as the mill, we need to assess the damage, which is premature since there are still spot fires burning on site. Our objective is to establish stability, both for our people and the facility.

‘We are currently marshalling all of our resources with one goal: to get the plant back up and running as soon as possible.

‘I want to thank the community of Weed and first responders for working together to help us save as much of the plant as possible.’”

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


After the heartbreaking news of the Boles Fire in Weed, California Monday I unfortunately cannot say winds will be improving today. Fire crews will have a tough fight these next 48 hours as winds continue to remain gusty. Sustained winds will be between 10 and 20mph with gusts around 35mph out of the WSW.

Because winds have remained so breezy we haven’t seen much smoke settling near the surface which has kept air quality readings good to moderate. High temperatures are going to be slightly cooler this afternoon compared to Monday but still on the warmer side for the I-5 corridor valleys.

The big cool down arrives tomorrow as an upper level low approaches the Pacific Northwest. This has a good amount of moisture with it, but unfortunately that moisture doesn’t quite make it to our area. As this disturbance approaches Wednesday, winds will pick up. Afternoon/evening winds look to be even stronger tomorrow gusting near 40mph.

High temperatures will begin cooling down Wednesday and skies will stay partly to mostly cloudy. Showers will arrive at most locations by Wednesday night but will remain light and isolated. Measurable rain is unlikely and the best bet will be along the coast for any light rainfall.

Temperatures will be at their coolest Thursday and winds will gradually die down through the end of the week. High pressure will move back in by Friday warming our temperatures once again.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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