Cesar Chavez hit the game winning shot with 1.5 seconds left as Eagle Point beat Crescent Valley 55-53 to advance to the 5A State Tournament. South Medford, North Valley and Henley were the other boys teams to advance on Saturday night.
MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s time to spring forward. Daylight saving time begins overnight, so you’ll want to set your clocks forward an hour. Fire crews want you to check your smoke alarm while you’re at it.
Nationwide, more than 66 percent of homes involved in structure fires do not have a working smoke alarm inside. Most fires start in the kitchen.
“A lot of times they take the batteries out because of cooking, cause most fires occur in the kitchen and they’re set off by smoke or steam and they take that out and don’t put it back in,” said Medford Fire and Rescue’s Brian Farber.
Farber recommends a working smoke detector in every bedroom and on every floor of the home.
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — All the excitement, noise and power of the monster truck comes to Southern Oregon. The Monster X Tours put on two shows in Central Point at the Jackson County Expo on Saturday. The Central Point-based tour travels all over, even to other continents for races. It visits countries like Russia and Poland to put on the show.
The most recent addition in the expansion is on Riverside Avenue. The business also operates a production facility that makes the liquid that goes inside of the vaping device.
Not only are there three times the retail shops in Medford, but they are all open longer.
And the online business is even busier. EC Blend sells to individuals and wholesalers, recently growing to ship to 41 countries.
Management says it’s all to facilitate to the rapid growth in the e-cigarette market. “We have been automating some of our processes for bottling and packaging we have purchased several new pieces of equipment for bottling and packaging as well as streamlining the processes we already have in place,” said Customer Service Manager Tim Churchill.
In 2012, the business employed 32 people and moved up the following year to 122 employees and still hiring.
EAGLE POINT, Ore. — The severe drought continues to plague Southern Oregon and Northern California. On Saturday, local farmers had the opportunity to learn first-hand how to deal with the drought.
The Oregon State University extension office offered a one-day course. This course was geared towards farmers and ranchers and taught water conservation techniques and drought mitigation strategies.
“Using mulches… using drip tape…or drip irrigation systems which use significantly less water… planting varieties and species that are more drought tolerant both foliage and vegetables,” said Maud Powell, Oregon State University Extension Agent.
Officials said soil fertility management is key when it comes to protecting your farm from a drought. Roughly 25 people participated in the program. Those people toured a small-scale vegetable farm and a livestock operation.
After a few days of dry, sunny weather, another storm system is approaching the coast. This upper level low will push a series of fronts into our area that will increase the rain and the potential for winds. Rain will start in Coos and Curry Counties as well as parts of western Josephine County. The strongest of the cold fronts is set to push in around midnight on Monday. The heaviest of the rain will fall ahead of the front. In terms of rainfall through the next few days, 3″ to 4″ is expected along the coast and Northern California, 1″ to 2″ in the Western Valleys, and 1″ or below in Klamath County and East of the Cascades.
Winds will also become a factor with this storm. A HIGH WIND WARNING will be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday night until 1 a.m. Sunday morning. This warning is for the Northern Coast and will see winds peaking around 11 p.m. A WIND ADVISORY will go into effect for the Shasta Valley, Eastern Klamath county and all of Lake County starting at 5 a.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday. Winds will be sustained out of the south around 25-40 mph. Gusts in this area could reach 55 mph. Any high profile vehicles will experience strong winds driving in these areas.
Snow levels remain above pass level through Sunday. After the cold front passes Monday morning, cooler air will filter in and drop the snow levels down to 4,000′. Snow is not expected to be a problem as the moisture with the system will end fairly early on Monday. I expect there will be a rain/snow mixture in the upper elevation early Monday morning. After temperatures get above the freezing level, rain will take over.
High pressure builds into our area starting on Tuesday. This will decrease the clouds and allow for more sun to warm temperatures up again. Partly cloudy to sunny skies are whats in store for next week starting Wednesday. We should not see rain again until the start of next week.
Thanks for logging on and enjoy the weekend.
Meteorologist Seth Phillips
MEDFORD, Ore. — While many cities in Oregon are looking at banning medical marijuana dispensaries, no definite decision has been made by the state government. However, the city of Medford is already taking the first steps to get a ban put in place.
On Thursday, the city council voted in favor of prohibiting medical marijuana dispensary centers within the city limits, but just three days before, MaryJane’s Attic, a medical marijuana facility, received its renewed business license in the mail. A hopeful sign for business owner Marlene Knuckols.
“I thought maybe something is going to change… and we’ll be able to stay open,” said Knuckols.
However, that wasn’t the case. On Thursday, the Medford City Council voted in favor of a moratorium that would prohibit marijuana dispensary centers in Medford until May 2015.
“Transferring schedule one drugs is illegal under the federal controlled substances act… that’s really the end of it for us,” said Medford city council member Daniel Bunn. “It’s a violation of federal law and we can’t sanction that in the city of Medford.”
The Medford City Council said this should not come as a surprise.
“The city’s position hasn’t really changed… We don’t think we can issue a business licenses to people who conduct unlawful activity,” said Bunn.
For MaryJane’s Attic, this means come March 20, they will have to choose to shut down… Or start facing citations and possibly end up in court.
“Any business that operates without a business license we have the right to try to close down,” said Bunn.
“Right now, my lawyer is looking into our options and we’re staying positive and continue to fight for patients’ rights right here in Medford and then we’ll find out where we go from there,” said Knuckols.
MaryJane’s Attic has been open in Medford for nearly a year and a half, and it said it does not plan on closing but relocating is a possibility.
“I do want to remain open… I want to continue helping the patients as we’ve done all along,” said Knuckols.
The Joint Ways and Means Committee approved $21.8 million for seismic upgrades, security improvements, and structural repair on the McNeal Pavilion.
That’s the largest project the legislature has funded this year for the Oregon University System.
Matt Sayre, the university’s athletic director, says he isn’t sure how far the money will go, but hopes there will be leftovers to make functional improvements to benefit students.
“Right now our facilities are pretty limited. We’ve got only two gymnasiums for all of our athletics and for intramural and club sports,” said Sayre. “So hopefully this money, married with the recreation center, will open up more opportunities for students.”
SOU will form a committee to take bids and determine exactly how the money will be spent. Right now there is no timeframe on the project.
The final count was performed Friday evening. Representatives of the MEA say it was not unanimous but it was enough to pass the contract.
Those new terms are set to expire June, 2016. Teachers say this gives them plenty of time to focus on teaching and to adjust to new leadership when current superintendent Phil Long leaves at the end of the year.
“For the staff, for the administration, for the board, for whoever that new person is there’s going to be a lot of ‘getting to know you,’” said MEA representative and Instructional Coach Lisa North.
Now that the teachers have ratified the contract, the School Board is set to hold their vote. That’s scheduled during the regular School Board meeting Monday at 7:00. Spokespeople for the board say they expect no issues ratifying on their end.
Wayne Pearson, 29, is being held without bail, charged as a fugitive from another state. Meanwhile 31 year-old Shavon Willard is still recovering from gunshot wounds at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
The two fugitives from Idaho were initially taken into custody after a police chase and officer-involved shooting on Hilton Road. The District Attorney’s office is still determining what charges will be filed related to that incident.
Meanwhile the investigation remains on hold for the weekend. Spokespeople for Medford Police say the truck the two were driving, which had been stolen in this area, is in their possession but has not yet been searched. That search warrant is expected to be executed on Monday.
Police say there is no timeframe on charges yet as it will take a while to extradite the two back to Idaho.