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ASHLAND, Ore. — It’s a bit disconcerting for SOU’s opponents when Motade Atanda rises for the attack. Maybe it’s the nearly four kills per set, or maybe it’s the lightning speed on her finish.

“She hits it pretty fast so it’s coming up,” head coach Josh Rohlfing said. “It’s coming at you like a fastball from 20 feet away, and it’s tough.”

It’s intimidating and can shake the confidence of those on the other side of the net, but it wasn’t long ago that a variety of circumstances shook Atanda’s confidence.

“It’s kind of been like a rocky few years for me,” Atanda said.

She’s been to three schools, one Division I, on Junior College and then SOU.

“I was questioning if I wanted to continue playing after Butler,” Atanda said.

Butler is where Atanda’s college career started, but it was far from home and she was getting sporadic playing time. Then she transferred to Foothill Junior College where she was named an All-American. SOU took notice and Rohlfing send an assistant coach to watch Atanda play.

“I sent him to the showcase for the California junior college, and she was playing there, and he said, ‘Yeah, she’s legit, and she’s somebody that we need to be looking at,’” Rohlfing said.

Atanda ended up in Ashland three years ago. She loved the area and the school, but the confidence still wasn’t quite there.

“It’s just taken a little bit of time in that regard,” Rohlfing said. “Last year she probably could have played a little bit more for us, but she still had some things to improve on.”

“Playing a lot definitely helps your confidence,” Atanda said. “Just being out there on the court, playing a different opponent besides your own team.”

Now, three states, colleges and coaches later, Atanda’s confidence is peaking.

“Now it’s definitely all come together. I’m starting. I’m playing a lot,” Atanda said.

“She’s unbelievable. I mean, you get ooos and aahs every time she goes up to take a swing,” Rohlfing said. “No matter where we go, someone’s commenting on her. Truly one of the best players in the nation.”

She makes it look so easy, but there’s a lot that goes in to Motade Atanda’s swing, starting with a wayward path to Southern Oregon and ending with a whole lot of confidence.

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We have been watching the approaching cold front for about a week or so, anticipating the rain chances and the impact it will have on trick-or-treaters throughout the area.  Thursday evening the front was just offshore, but bands of light rain formed ahead of the boundary.  This rain, along with the cold front, will be moving inland throughout the overnight hours and spotty showers will stick around through the day on Halloween.

While rain behind the cold front Friday will be scattered to isolated, showers will still be in the area and that’s certainly worth mentioning as your planning on dressing accordingly for Halloween festivities.  Also to note are the cool temperatures Friday evening.  Highs Friday will be about 5 – 10 degrees cooler than Thursday and will drop to below average values for most locations.

Even by Saturday morning, showers will linger.  For the high terrain and mountain passes, that could mean a mix of rain and snow as snow levels drop to at or below 5,000 feet Friday and Saturday night.  Crater Lake could see snowfall accumulations up to six inches with this system.  We will get a break from the rain by the end of the weekend, but temperatures will remain cool for the start of the work week.

For more information, or to send me your weather pictures, head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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MEDFORD, ORE.– Sparrow Clubs will soon get thousands to benefit local kids with our upcoming Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars.

Every night we have been getting a sneak peak at the dances and the local contestants up for the “Shining Star Award”.

Tonight we meet Jani Rollins who says it’s fun to participate because she loves to dance, but also because of the idea behind the whole Sparrow Clubs program.


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This weekend is your last chance to see a performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. There are plenty of seats still available to the remaining plays – including Coconuts, Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Water by the Spoonful and a Wrinkle in Time.

If you were hoping to catch “The Great Society” you’ll have to travel up to Seattle the next couple weeks. The remaining shows are sold out as the performance prepares to go on the road. The curtain will fall on all of OSF’s 2014 productions following Sunday evening’s shows.

Also in Ashland, ghosts and goblins are invited out to partake in the children’s parade at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. After the procession from East Main to the Plaza, kids can enjoy trick or treating in downtown.

Stop by the Ashland Art Center for Halloween photographs. There will be live music, face painting, and some mad science experiments by science works. The fun doesn’t stop there, look for specially-themed events at several of Ashland’s downtown businesses.

As the weather returns to a wet and chilly pattern get your hands on something warm and fuzzy. Fibermania returns to the Josephine County Fairgrounds for the 5th time. Artisans and vendors from across Southern Oregon, Washington, and California. You’re able to buy raw fleece, unique artwork and gifts and see the alpacas who lend their coats to create such a wide range of products. The event opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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ASHLAND, Ore. — “All the world’s a stage” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The plays produced on OSF’s stages are captivating audiences across the country, and while the demand is increasing, it really comes as no surprise to the cast and crews who call OSF home.

“Really exciting time for the work that we’re doing. Outside of Manhattan we have the highest density of high qualified performers in any one area,” said Heath Belden, the “Into the Woods” Stage Manager. “This is a hotbed of creativity. Especially under Bill Rouch it’s driving a lot of the theatrical conversation across the country right now.”

7 years ago, Artistic Director Bill Rauch established a project called “American Revolutions”. The goal was to commission 37 plays on great moments in American history. More than half way through, the most notable play “All The Way,” went all the way to a little place know as Broadway.

“From here it was picked up by […] the resident theatre at Harvard University […] and then from Cambridge it went down to New York where it was the big hit on Broadway last year. Which was very exciting and a little bit fun,” explained Julie Felise Dubiner, the Associate Director of American Revolutions.

It’s the first half of the story behind Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency. Part two of LBJ’s story, “The Great Society”, wraps this weekend, and hits the road.

“Both parts are headed up to Seattle in the next couple of weeks to run together,” said Dubiner.

“The cast and designers are meeting up in Seattle starting next week to put that production into that theatre,” said Associate Artistic Director, Christopher Acebo.

It’s a fast turnaround, and requires a single set to cover all the needs of two plays.

“The logistics of that and getting all of that up to Seattle is pretty complicated,” explained Acebo.

American Revolutions productions are not the only plays moving on. OSF’s “Into the Woods” is heading out of the woods and down to Los Angeles. With more than 300 costume pieces, the move is a big undertaking. One piece was so huge, OSF staff had to build a specialty box to ship it.

The fairy tale musical is not an OSF original, but the company’s adaptation quickly drew attention, specifically of the interim artistic director of a theatre in L.A.

“She was in the audience this year and told her theatre that this is the show that should fill their empty slot in their season,” Belden explained.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is opening the curtain on high demand creations for several reasons.

“[The Leadership] Has made this a really viable place for art to happen and then for art to go outside of this valley,” said Acebo.

“The craft here is off the charts good,” said Belden.

“We are kind of out in the middle of nowhere and so if you are making the commitment to come here we have a responsibility to really produce plays that are really worthy of that effort,” said Acebo.

Before the curtain falls on the 2014 season, OSF finds itself beyond Ashland.

“That is a wonderful situation to be in in American theatre,” said Belden.

This coming Wednesday, a truck arrives to move all of the “Into The Woods” costumes, set pieces and props down to L.A. – that show opens for previews in mid-November. The final performance for “The Great Society” is Saturday night, and the move to Seattle will be so fast, the costume and stage crew will be pulling an all-nighter to get everything packed and ready for shipping.

HuntingMYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies and other emergency personnel responded to a reported fatal hunting accident in the 4000 block of Clarks Branch Road, about 10 miles north of Myrtle Creek. Officials responded at 10:53 a.m.

A 20 year old female was shot by her father while the two were hunting. Lifesaving efforts by the father and responders were not successful and the female was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been activated and is currently investigating the incident. No further information will be available today.

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(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Americans spending more money than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top 42 billion dollars this year, according to the trade publication, value retail news. Consumer reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of nearly 16,000 subscribers, and can help you bag the best bargains.

Most shoppers who told Consumer Reports about 25,000 outlet store visits are happy with the deals. 64% say outlets offer great value. Those surveyed found superior value at these stores: Bon Worth, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh, Izod, and L.L.Bean. But the ratings from Consumer Reports subscribers were not as good for some other stores, including American Eagle Outfitters, Old Navy, Gap, Nike, and Levi’s. These days most merchandise is made especially for the outlets. At that point, quality comes into play.

Mandy Walker with Consumer Reports says “The retail version is made of a nice, heavy, embossed leather. It’s got a rounded top, so it sits nicely, and a rounded handle, which is more comfortable. The outlet version is a fine bag. It has a few less fine details and a flat handle.” There’s a $100 difference between J.Crew’s outlet ballet flats and those from its retail store. “The shoes are very similar. But the retail version is made of leather in Italy, and the outlet version is made in China of polyurethane. And the retail version also has a heel, which will provide much better support,” explains Walker

Also be aware not everything is cheaper at the outlets. Although this Corelle dinnerware set is identical to the one at the retail store, it actually costs more. Same with the Revere Ware pot and pan set. The bottom line is, some outlets definitely offer bargains, but you have to shop carefully.

Curry County SheriffGOLD BEACH, Ore. — Skeletal remains found in Curry County have now been identified.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office says the remains of 26 year-old Keith Callaway were found on Sunday. Callaway had an address in Brookings, his family has been notified. Back in May,

Brookings Police say Callaway’s landlord had called them for a welfare check on his tenant. While there wasn’t enough information to list Callaway as a missing person, they put an all-points bulletin for him. The cause of Callaway’s death has not yet been determined.

Police are continuing to investigate and are asking the public for any information that may help in this case.

Eric FreinCANADENSIS, PaSuspected Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein is now in custody, after nearly seven weeks on the run.

A law enforcement official says he was taken into custody without incident. At least one weapon was recovered, according to a law enforcement source.

Frein is suspected in an ambush back in September that left Pennsylvania state corporal Bryon Dickson dead. Frein has been in hiding since then.

The manhunt for him has cost several million dollars.

Klamath National ForestYreka, Calif. – The Klamath National Forest has scheduled eight community meetings for community discussion regarding the Little Deer, Logs, Whites, and Beaver Fires as well as Happy Camp Complex.

The goal of these meetings is to reflect upon experiences from the 2014 fires and share lessons learned; use the experiences from 2014 to improve wildfire response, ecosystem resilience and fire adapted communities; and to continue to build fire-related partnerships in local communities.
Presentations are planned in the following communities:

Yreka – Nov. 7th (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at  Winema Hall at the Fairgrounds

Klamath River – Nov. 10th (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.) at the Klamath River Community Center

Macodel – Nov. 10th (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.) at the Butte Valley Fire Hall

Seiad – Nov. 11th (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) at the Seiad Fire Hall

Sawyer’s Bar – Nov. 12th (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at the Salmon River Restoration Council

Happy Camp – Nov. 12th (12:00 – 2:00 p.m.) at the Happy Camp Grange Hall

Scott Bar – Nov. 13th (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) at the Community Hall

Fort Jones – (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Fort Jones Community Center

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