Local high schools looked to earn a trip to the state tournament on Friday night. South Medford beat conference foe Roseburg to advance to the 6A Tournament, while Henley and Mazama moved on to the 4A Tournament in Corvallis
GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety received a 9-1-1 call shortly before two o’clock Friday afternoon from a teenage male reporting that an unknown adult male had forced himself into the teenagers residence and assaulted his mother.
Police arrived on scene shortly afterwards looking for the subject and conducted interviews of nearby residences. Officers had probable cause that the person responsible for assault was Sean Strunk, when police tried to contact Strunk, he barricaded himself in his home.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety SWAT Team and Critical Incident Negotiations Team were activated. After negotiations with Strunk failed the SWAT team entered Strunk’s residence. Officials subdued Strunk with a Taser.
No injuries were reported and Strunk was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for a medical evaluation before being transported to the Josephine County Jail.
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Kelsey Box comes from a racing family.
“I’ve been growing up and raised with anything with a motor pretty much so it’s been a part of my life forever,” said Box.
Box started racing in 2008. Since then, she’s raced countless times, at high speeds, navigating tough turns. In January of 2013, Box, got in a single car wreck.
“I was in the ICU for three or four days, then I went up another level to rehab and I was in rehab for about three weeks,” said Box. “They said I was going to be there for two months but I wasn’t going to have that happen.”
The extent of the injuries left her paralyzed from the waist down.
“At first it didn’t hit me because all I was really wanting was to get out of the hospital but once I got home it hit me really hard and to be honest with you I still really haven’t accepted it because it’s only been a year and a few months,” said Box.
Box didn’t let her disability keep her from racing. Her family helped he design a truck that she can operate with only the use of her hands. For those few minutes she’s behind the wheel, Box can once again focus on what she loves.
“Everything just want away,” said Box. “Every problem, me having a disability, nobody’s seeing that when I was out there on the track. For a moment, you know, I forgot, so it helps me a whole lot. That’s the reason I went back to it.”
The quite weather from today is short-lived as a cold front will bring rain and wind to the coast late Saturday afternoon with rain pushing inland overnight Saturday. Rain will be heavy at times Saturday night into Sunday night and could lead to localized street and stream flooding. Winds will also be on the increase Saturday into Sunday and may reach advisory criteria level near Cape Blanco with possible gusts up to 60mph in the headlands there. Winds will also be gusty along and east of the Cascades as well as in the Shasta Valley. Rain will be heaviest at the coast and Curry and northwest Siskiyou county could see 3 to 4 inches of rain, 2 to 3 inches for Josephine county and up to 2 inches elsewhere on west side valleys. East of the Cascades rain totals could reach up to .75 inches.
This system will be tapping into sub-tropical moisture which means high snow levels near 7,000 feet Saturday climbing to 9,000 feet by Sunday. Snow levels will drop Monday behind the front bringing our best chance for mountain snow, but by then precipitation will be light and more isolated. Showers will continue taper off through the day Monday with drier conditions returning Monday night into the remainder of the work week.
Meteorologist Megan Parry
CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Bulldozers are hard at work at the Rough and Ready mill in Cave Junction to prepare for what will become a newer, more efficient operation.
Once a casualty of the failing timber industry, now they’re preparing to re-hire 67 people.
“These employees almost feel more attached to this mill than we do,” said co-owner Jennifer Phillippi. “We feel like we’re kind of stewards of the mill, but it’s for them.”
The news is thanks to a roughly year-long effort announced Friday by governor Kitzhaber.
The initiative is a collaboration between multiple public and private agencies to get the mill back on their feet and keep them there.
“The basic mill was still there. What it needed was to be re-tooled and upgraded and get the financing they needed, and a stable timber supply,” said Kitzhaber.
The financing will come in the form of a million dollars in state loans, three quarters of which will be contingent on the company creating at least 60 full-time positions. They’ll also receive roughly $4 million in state and federal tax credits over the next 7 years.
Meanwhile, a study led by the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC) identified roughly 28 million board feet of timber each year to be farmed on nearby federal lands over the next 20 years.
“There’s a real opportunity to go out onto that forested landscape, reduce density, and in the reduction of that density provide materials to the mills,” said George McKinley, Executive Director of the SOFRC.
The Rough and Ready owners say that opportunity, when combined with harvest on private lands, could benefit more than just their company.
“This mill only uses 30 million board feet,” said Phillippi. “You could support our mill and the other mills in the community very easily.”
The mill is expected to re-open in June. Phillippi says the 67 positions brought on at the beginning will only have them running at half-capacity, meaning another 30-40 jobs could open up in the future if the initiative proves successful.
MEDFORD, Ore. — The two suspects from Thursday’s shooting in Medford have been identified as 29-year-old Wayne Pearson and 31-year-old Shavon Willard. Both are recovering from gunshot wounds and are said to be in stable condition. Pearson and Willard both have warrants out in multiple counties in Idaho.
The scene has cleared less than 24-hours after police cars lined Hilton Road in Medford. Police said the incident began at a nearby motel before ending in a Medford neighborhood.
Medford Police Chief Tim George said, “Before any game plan could get set up, that vehicle went mobile again and left the motel and that’s when this event occurred as it traveled to the area of Hilton and Corona.”
The pair had been on the run since the Jefferson County Sheriff said Pearson rammed a deputy’s car as he eluded law enforcement.
Officials said the investigation is ongoing and once complete a grand jury will review the case. The Jackson County District Attorney said the grand jury would “Look at both the officers’ actions whether it was right for them to use deadly force in the way that they did and then also to look at the suspects’ actions. Then, that grand jury could return indictments.”
ASHLAND, Ore.– Tonight kicks off this weekend’s 10th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival at the Ashland Springs Hotel. A chocolatier from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point is putting his artwork on display of a chocolate sculpture of an electric guitar. All weekend long local chocolate makers will be offering chef demonstrations, samples and some of the Oregon’s top quality chocolate.
Event organizers say hundreds of people have already bought tickets for the event and they expect more to come. Next year they expect the event to be even bigger bringing in chocolatiers from California and Washington. Local businesses hope to cash in on the foot traffic this event brings to the city of Medford as dozen of businesses are offering discounts to festival goers.
The 10th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival all starts Saturday at 11 a.m. and tickets are $20 per person.
It’s the most common cancer in the United States.
But a new study says it’s not just a problem: it’s a forecast.
Researchers in the U. K. compared more than 500,000 people with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer to nearly nine million cancer-free people.
After 6 years, those who had skin cancer saw a 36 percent increase in the odds of developing a second cancer somewhere else like the brain, bladder, lung, or colon.
Younger adults were 23 times more likely to develop another cancer and 94 times more likely to develop the more deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma.
Researchers say part of the risk is genetic.
The Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday that there is a 50% chance for ENSO-neutral to end and El Nino to develop during the summer or fall. ENSO-neutral is forecast to remain though spring 2014, but if westerly winds continue to emerge in the western equatorial Pacific, the development of El Nino would become more likely. However a lot of uncertainty still exists if El Nino will develop or if we’ll see ENSO-neutral remain. We’ve been in an ENSO-nuetral phase since winter 2012 and the reason for the below average precipitation for southern Oregon and northern California.
If El Nino were to develop this would bring good news to the drought stricken state of California as El Nino winters tend to bring wetter conditions to California and the Southwest. While there is uncertainty and winter is still almost a year away, there is hope that by the end of the year we could see a wetter pattern develop.
There are currently 3,700 students enrolled throughout the state.
Because classes are mostly done from home, the school hosts field trips regularly.
Today, Southern Oregon students who mostly interact online met at the Central Point Grange to learn about aviation.
You can find out more about the online public school here.