MEDFORD, Ore. — A cold front moving through Southern Oregon today brought measurable rainfall to  much of the region.

The rain came in last night along the coast and early today across West Side Valleys. Mother Nature was quite generous, dropping more than half an inch in Medford as of 11am. Rainfall totals across the West Side range from roughly 0.25″-0.50.” Amounts at the coast are slightly higher, between 0.50″-1.”

Rain will wrap up from west to east today, turning to showers by early afternoon across the Valley. East of the Cascades, rain will move in by this time. Showers will be ongoing through tonight region-wide and a few embedded thunderstorms are also possible. Snow levels will drop to 6,000′ and places like Crater Lake could see a few snow showers into Tuesday morning.

This is the first of many storms that will be moving through this week. Rain is expected to come and go all the way into the weekend. An “atmospheric river event” could bring 3″-6″ of rain later in the week to the Southern Oregon and Northern California Coast.

William "Huey" HusonMEDFORD, Ore. — Today marks the two year anniversary of the William “Huey” Juson homicide. Huson was killed Oct. 20th, 2012.

Medford Police said this is still an active case with investigators working on it daily. Detective Tony Young said they get new tips all the time, and police follow up on any tips they get.

This is the most serious unsolved case Medford Police are working on, according to MPD. Police are still doing additional forensic testing and looking at similar crimes nationwide.

Whether this was an intentional or random crime is still unknown.

The Huson family is holding a closed ceremony at their home today.

We’ll have more on this tragic murder case on NewsWatch 12 at 6.

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FT. KLAMATH, Ore.–For what may be the first time in decades, Klamath tribal leaders and those interested in Klamath Basin history trekked to what is widely believed to be the grove of pines called “council grove.” This is the place where, on October 14th, 1864, U.S. government officials and chiefs from the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin tribes signed a treaty that continues to have widespread impacts on the Basin today.  Klamath County Museum Director Todd Kepple says, “we might think that the treaty granted the Indians a number of things, but when you think about it, really what it was doing was confining the Indians.  They were prohibited from leaving the reservation without getting special permission from the government.”

Tribal chairman Don Gentry attended the tour to the site of a historical marker placed about 30 years ago, and says the treaty was bitter-sweet for the tribes back then. Gentry recalls that, “originally we ceded over 20-million acres of what was recognized as our land to the United States for the benefit of its citizens and to keep the peace. And we were to have a reservation.” That reservation was about two million acres in size. Kepple says, “when the government first asked the Klamath tribes what land they felt they were entitled to, they took in quite a wide swath through south central Oregon. The first request that the tribes made was that everything from Three Sisters east to Steen’s Mountain, and south to the California-Oregon border. And what the Indians were told was that that’s just too much land for them to really control, and so the Indian agent said, ‘we’d  like you to go back and think about this and come back and give us something that’s more realistic of what you think you can control’.”

And so the next day they came back and surrendered 90 percent of their traditional hunting and fishing land and settled for a reservation that essentially required the Modocs to give up their California land and move onto Klamath land in south central Oregon. And keep in mind also that the U.S. Civil War on most people’s minds back east at the time. But when the U.S. Senate took three years to ratify the agreement, some Modoc chiefs gave up and moved their people down into the Tulelake area, sparking the bloody 1872 Modoc war. Captain Jack and his companions were captured and four were hung at Fort Klamath. Some still regard them as war heroes.

But the location of the treaty marker was lost until just recently.  “We know the historical society placed a marker at the treaty signing site back in the 1980′s,” Kepple observes. “But another generation of historical society members has come along and none of us could recall where that marker was. And so it took a little bit of research and a few phone calls to be able to locate that marker again and obtain permission from land owners to be able to get in here.  So it’s been a real pleasure for us to be able to visit this site today with members of the Klamath tribe, members of the tribal council, and recall this history–the good parts. Um, the parts that’re not so good and just process through all those issues together.” Gentry also observes that, “the treaty is important… But its been a mixed blessing of course, as history has shown.”

The Klamath tribes lost their federal tribal status 90 years later, in 1954, and by 1964 the old reservation was broken up and most tribal members offered cash settlements instead. Then, in 1986, tribal status, without the reservation, was restored and celebrated in Chiloquin with speeches, dancing and feasting. The tribe continues to celebrate restoration of tribal status every year since.


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Those weekend temperatures are long gone as a new cooler air mass moves in throughout Monday morning. This system has brought rain to much of the West Side since early today and given the quick nature of this storm, mother nature has been good to us. Rain totals have been between 0.25″-0.50″ as of 8am. The coast has seen up to an inch of rainfall.

Rain will transition to showers from west to east across Southern Oregon and Northern California as this front travels eastbound. With the cooler air moving in aloft, a few embedded thunderstorms cannot be ruled out across all locations throughout the day. Temperatures are going to stay on the cooler side behind this cold front and also with the cloud cover present. A wind advisory is in place through 8pm tonight in the Shasta Valley where gusts will be near 40mph.

Tuesday will bring a break in rain to the area, but it’s short-lived. This looks to be the only break we’ll see in a while too. A series of disturbances are going to move through our region beginning Wednesday. The timing is still uncertain at this time but it does appear that more measurable rain is on the way for our area. As of now, Thursday looks to be the wash out for most locations.

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Sunday afternoon’s weather proved to be what many would consider near perfect.  We saw just a few clouds with a light breeze and highs in the upper 70′s.  Unfortunately, it will be the last such day this week.  A cold front is making its way towards the coast Sunday evening, bringing showers Sunday night and clouds to inland locations.

We are not just seeing showers with this cold front, but also gusty winds.  A wind advisory is in effect for the Shasta Valley in Siskiyou County until 8 PM Monday evening.  Winds are expected to gust up to 45 miles per hour.  There’s not a wind advisory, but we will see breezy conditions in the Klamath Basin too.  Gusts up to 35 miles per hours are possible.

Rain will arrive for west side valleys and northern California during the predawn hours Monday.  By lunchtime, we will see showers in the Klamath Basin.  Rainfall amounts are low for inland locations, but up to .75 of an inch along the coast.  Expect less than .25 of an inch inland, with less than .10 of an inch east of the Cascades.  Snow levels in the southern Oregon Cascades will drop to 5,500 feet Tuesday morning.

This won’t be the last chance for rain this week.  Showers are back in the forecast Wednesday continuing through the weekend.  Although the chances and rainfall amounts are low, models suggest isolated rainfall each day.  While models have been in disagreement with the intensity and timing of the rainfall midweek, they are starting to come in to some alignment.  That means that our confidence is increasing with the rain chances for Wednesday through the end of the week.

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Last week the Ashland Grizzlies used a trick play to score the game-winning touchdown against Crater. Quarterback Kyle Weinberg gave it to his brother Nicky Weinberg who threw it to their good friend Shashi Penn. It was the first time those players had run the play in a game but not the first time they ever tried it.

“It felt pretty good,” Nicky said. “I threw it to Shashi like back in the day, the double reverse passes we used to do. We just did random trick plays we came up with back in the backyard and then it happened on the football field.”

Nicky, the sophomore receiver, has been having a great season with the Grizzlies, and he’s helped his brother Kyle ease into his first season as Ashland’s starting quarterback.

“I do feel something a little special throwing to him because we grew up together throwing the ball, and now that it means something, it’s really special,” Kyle said.

“When these kids grow up, how many times are they out in the yard throwing the ball around?” Ashland head coach Charlie Hall said. “I think that has to play into it. We had Nicky and Kyle in football camp when they were in elementary school and middle school and just knew then that they were special athletes.”

Brother tandems are nothing new in the Rogue Valley, but it seems like Ashland in particular has been blessed with some great sibling combos over the years.

“It’s been fun having that,” Hall said. “The younger brothers come in to the program so much more aware of what is going on and there’s an added maturity from them because their brothers have gone through some of the experiences of our program.”

Wwith Kyle being a junior and Nicky a sophomore, there will be plenty more chances for the two to make plays and memories for the Grizzlies.

“Me, Nicky and Shashi all grew up playing together in the backyard, dreaming about what we’re doing right now, and now that all that hard work when we were kids is paying off, it’s an absolutely amazing feeling,” Kyle said.

EUGENE, Ore — After beating Washington 45-20, Oregon moved up to #6 in the new AP Top 25, released on Sunday, October 19. Full postgame interviews with the Ducks after their 11th straight win over Washington are below:

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich:

Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost:

Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum:

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota:

Oregon running back Royce Freeman:

Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell:

Oregon wide receiver Byron Marshall:

Oregon center Hroniss Grasu:

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown:

Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu:

Oregon defensive back Erick Dargan:

Oregon wide receiver Dwayne Stanford:

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A recent court decision in Josephine County may open the door for cities and towns to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The city of Medford has made it their intention to ban dispensaries altogether, something that remains illegal under state law.

The court decision in Cave Junction basically said communities have the right to ban marijuana dispensaries.

“The moratorium is really just another aspect of that same push pull, people living in fear, people looking towards the future,” said Peter Gross, Chief Operating Officer of Green Valley Wellness.

Jackson County Commissioners say Medford City Council meetings have discussed outright bans of marijuana. Other communities in the area have done the same.

“Those communities that have banned marijuana completely within their communities would receive no funding from the state to take care of law enforcement when people are using within their community or growing within their community,” said Commissioner Doug Briedenthal.

Green Valley Wellness is up and running in Talent. The medical marijuana dispensary said the moratorium has turned into a push and pull from one town to the next.

“If they wish to deny it over there, we are over here up and functioning. We have one of the finest establishments in the area, so we’ll be here to provide what they seek to deny,” Gross said.

This comes just before Oregon voters will decide on Measure 91, which would not only legalize recreational marijuana but standardize taxation across the state.

“That’s why a lot of these communities are making such a big push to put the taxes in place prior to because if they can do that, then they have them on the books,” said Briedenthal.

Jackson County has been discussing different options about marijuana over the past year. On Wed., Oct. 22 commissioners will discuss the first reading of a new ordinance to be able to tax medicinal and recreational grows as well as points of sale.

Police-Lights-22-250x169MEDFORD, Ore. — A man was reportedly injured after a fight with Medford Police officers on Friday night.

On Friday, at about 6:45 p.m., Medford Police say officers were dispatched to the parking lot at 1100 Morrow Road for a physical domestic dispute between a man and a woman.

When contacted by the first officer who responded to the scene, police say 44-year-old John Slater was uncooperative and started kicking and punching the officer. In a news release, Medford Police report the officer and suspect went to the ground as the fight continued. The officer was able to get him into custody after the second officer arrived.

Police say Slater sustained a punctured lung during the fight and was transported to Providence Hospital by ambulance. Medford Police report Slater was cited and released for several charges related to fighting with the officer.

Medford Police report the woman involved in the domestic dispute is also facing charges. 32-year-old Mary Bailey was taken into custody on Saturday after police learned she had assaulted Slater prior to officers arriving to the original call on Friday.

Medford Police say Slater remains in the hospital in stable condition.

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High pressure will remain in control of our weather Sunday. This is going to keep temperatures warm under mostly sunny skies. Increasing high clouds are likely west of the Cascades ahead of our next storm system, due to arrive late Sunday night at the coast. Temperatures are going to be very similar to Saturday, in the 60′s and 70′s. Morning lows will be on the cooler side though, especially east of the Cascades, so the warm up is going to be gradual.

Rain will be falling by midnight Sunday in coastal counties. Through the course of Monday this cold front will travel inland bringing rain to all locations. By the afternoon, it will make it’s way into the Klamath Basin. Winds will be breezy and they’ll begin picking up later Sunday.

The winds look to stay breezy most of the week and temperatures cool. Another storm system is going to move into the area Wednesday/Thursday. However, there is a lot of uncertainty as to how much rain can be expected in our area in particular. Computers are not agreeing on this and for now have gone with rain at the coast and showers inland. It’s possible these showers won’t bring much measurable rainfall.

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