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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Danny Miles recently announced that 2016 will be his last season coaching basketball at Oregon Tech. Miles originally was going to coach for another four or five years but pushed up the end date for a couple of reasons. Ultimately, after more than four decades in coaching, Miles is ready to move on, and the 2016 deadline gives him enough time to smoothly transition out of his coaching duties.

“I’m not ready to get out right yet,” Miles said. “I feel good about the kids that are here. I don’t want to let kids down that I promised something to, so I feel very good about it. I got two more years to coach and then I’ll be turning 70 and 45 years coaching this game. It’s been a lot of great moments but it’s time to do something else.”

Miles said as much as he’s loved coaching, he’s looking forward to retirement life. He’s planning to get a house along the Rogue River and there are some things he’s actually looking forward to leaving behind.

“I can’t wait to never go through Christmas Valley again at three in the morning coming home from a road trip from College of Idaho, that’s going to be great and not having to go to La Grande, Oregon is going to be wonderful, so there’s a lot of things like that I won’t miss at all,” Miles said. “I’m not going to miss the bus trips or things like that but I will miss the kids and the fans. We’ve had tremendous fan support here that’s second to none and the people are really special here and that’s why I’ve stayed all these years.”

Miles said he’s confident that Oregon Tech will find a good coach to replace him, but once he retires, he’s going to have a hands-off approach with the team. Miles said he thinks it would be best to stay out of the new coach’s way and let that coach run the team the way he sees fit.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Thunderstorms and lightning strikes scattered the landscape Tuesday, and after a very active afternoon and evening, southern Oregon and northern California will see a much quieter day Wednesday.  While a few embedded rumbles of thunder are possible, most locations will see scattered to isolated showers with the passage of a cold front.

Along with Tuesday evening’s thunderstorms, a few locations reported small hail and heavy rain.  One viewer near Wagner Butte recorded nearly half an inch of rainfall in less than half an hour.  In Phoenix and Talent, residents saw some small hail.  There were several severe thunderstorm warnings issued, and in Siskiyou County, hail reached severe limits.  Ten miles southeast of Somes Bar, hail one inch in diameter was reported by a trained weather spotter.

On Wednesday, the thunderstorm threat will be greatly diminished, but a few isolated storms are possible.  The upper level energy that created the outbreak Tuesday afternoon will be out of our area, so severe storms aren’t expected.  Temperatures will be cooler as well, with highs in the 70′s and 80′s for most locations.  After the front passes, gusty winds are also likely east of the Cascades.  Enjoy the cool down, though…temperatures will be back in the triple digits in the Valley and northern California by the end of the weekend.

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

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

7-22 rob webCAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Cave Junction may have a small presence of law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t eyes and ears watching and listening.

“You might out run the police, but you’re not going to out run Facebook,” said Cave Junction resident Tim Duffy.

A Facebook page with nearly 4,000 followers is updated regularly and has reports of suspicious activity or crimes themselves. Duffy has lived in Cave Junction for years and said neighborhood watch groups have taken off in the past couple years.

“The neighborhood crime watch that we have actually does help because they give you license plate numbers, the color of vehicles, what time they were prowling the neighborhood,” said Duffy.

Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said neighborhood watch programs may have to be relied upon if resources become even slimmer in the future. In the meantime, he likes the community coming together.

“The public is standing up and doing this on their own and they’re sharing this information and I think it’s imperative. I think it’s an integral part of community safety,” said Sheriff Gilbertson.

The sheriff said the only drawback he can see is if a person possibly takes it too far and an innocent person is accused.

“We do still have laws relative to slander and I’d hate to see someone with good intentions, get caught up in making a bad judgment call,” said Sheriff Gilbertson.

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GOLD HILL, Ore. – Brie Malarkey assists a flood of customers at her dispensary, Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill. Her patients are the first in Jackson County to pay a sales tax on marijuana.

And in her first three weeks of business, they generated a lot.

“We were able to return $1,800 dollars to the city council from patients,” said Malarkey.

The tax, a response to concerns from the community, is now the sole source of revenue for the city’s still non-existent public safety department.

And while it’s still uncertain whether or not sales will continue at the same rate, city leaders say early signs are positive.

“If this revenue stream is somewhat constant, we’re talking about paying for half a cop,” said City Manager Rick Hohnbaum.

But that revenue stream could soon be off the table for other cities thanks to the same measure that would make recreational pot legal in November. That measure, proposed by New Approach Oregon, would give the state exclusive rights to determine tax rates across the board.

Now cities like Central Point, Eagle Point, and Medford are among those hoping to pre-empt that measure.

In Central Point, the city council is already preparing for a first reading of an ordinance that would place a 5% tax on a dispensary’s income, along with a higher tax on recreational marijuana.

Unlike Gold Hill, which saw an opportunity for revenue, they say their goal is to push aspiring dispensary owners out.

“The council was very forthright in their opinion that they wanted to create a disincentive for these establishments to come to Central Point,” said City Manager Chris Clayton.

Cities like Eagle Point and Medford, meanwhile, are just beginning their discussion around taxes.

They say it’s largely driven by the fact that they may not be able to do it come November.

“Our legal advice has been that if we don’t come up with something that we might lose the opportunity to tax it,” said Eagle Point Mayor Bob Russell.

But dispensary owners say the flurry of ideas creates an uneven playing field.

Once the market becomes saturated, dispensaries will be competing to serve a limited supply of patients, and some may have price advantages over others.

“I would hope that wasn’t part of their decision making,” said Malarkey. “Hopefully it’s just customer service and product quality.”

As of now, Gold Hill and Ashland are the only cities in Jackson County to approve medical marijuana taxes. Ashland is also taxing at a 5% rate, with a 10% tax on recreational marijuana. Although neither tax has actually been implemented yet because there are no state-approved dispensaries operating in the city.

Central Point is set to have a first draft of their tax ordinance on July 24th. Eagle Point and Medford do not yet have ordinances written.

Thunderheads build on the horizon near Cave Junction's Rough and Ready Mill

Thunderheads build on the horizon near Cave Junction’s Rough and Ready Mill

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The owners of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill in Cave Junction say every time a thunderstorm rolls through southern Oregon during fire season, they are anxious to see if their privately owned forest land survives.

Last year they lost some land due to the Douglas Complex fire.

They say they manage the land by clearing brush and other fuels, but a threat of nearby federal land, which is not maintained as well, worries them.

Tonight on NewsWatch 12 at 5 and 6, see what they are doing to calm fears of a wildfire as they watch for lightning.

MurphyCAVE JUNCTION, Ore.– A man is expected to face charges for running from police on an ATV. Oregon State Police said Michael Murphy was seen popping wheelies and driving recklessly on Highway 199 in Cave Junction, Monday evening.

When they tried to stop him, OSP said he took off. They said they eventually caught up to him when he came to a dead end.

He was booked in the Josephine County Jail on charges of eluding police, reckless driving, and several other traffic violations.

 

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Medford, Ore. – They may be one of the creepiest invaders of your garden – earwigs.  That’s why OSU Master Gardeners are offering some simple tips to get rid of them.

Earwigs are somewhat beneficial insects because they love to eat aphids as a primary food source.  However, they are omnivores and also eat tender plant buds.

One method to get rid of them involves an empty container, soy sauce and vegetable oil.  All you need to do is punch holes near the top of the container.  Fill it with equal parts soy sauce and vegetable oil, and put a lid on it.  When you put it out in the garden, earwigs will follow the smell of the soy sauce and drown in the mixture.

Another method is as simple as using a page from a newspaper.  Just roll the page from top to bottom, twist in the center and place it at a base of plant being infested.  The next morning, throw it out and place a new newspaper down. OSU Master Gardeners said you should see a significant decrease in the earwig population.

To see how to make these methods a reality, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment.

You can also contact the OSU Master Gardener near you.

Jackson County - (541) 776-7371

Josephine County - (541) 476-6613

Klamath County - (541) 883-7131

Coos County - (541) 572-5263

Douglas County - (541) 672-4461

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Ashland, Ore. — The fight against HIV/Aids has changed dramatically over the last few decades, but it’s not over. On  Tuesday you can join the fight by simply sitting down for a meal or grabbing a coffee.

It’s part of The Daedalus Project’s Daedalus Drinks, Daedalus Dines fundraiser.  More than a dozen local restaurants and coffee shops are participating in the event.  They’re contributing a portion of their proceeds to the project.

The money will go to support HIV/Aids research, prevention and community events.

Eduardo Placer, the director of The Daedalus Project said, “It’s because of that money we still have free HIV testing in our community.  It is because of that money that we have a house here in Medford that houses people that would otherwise be homeless.  It is because of that money that we gave scholarships to 95 students in rural Kenya who are either partial orphans or fully orphaned from the ages of 5-13.  They have access to education because of money we raised.”

The following restaurants are participating in the fundraiser throughout Tuesday, be sure to mention the Daedalus Project.

- Alchemy, 10% proceeds from 4 p.m. – close

- Brothers’ Restaurant, 25% proceeds from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

- Café 116, 10% proceeds from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

- Dragonfly Cafe and Gardens, 20% dinner proceeds from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

-  Granite Taphouse, 10% proceeds from 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

- Home State BBQ, 15% proceeds from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

- Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine Restaurant, 10% proceeds from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

- Liquid Assets Wine Bar, 3 p.m. – midnight

- The Lunch Show, 100% beverage proceeds, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

- Noble Coffee Roasting, 10% proceeds from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

- Oberon’s Tavern, 30% proceeds from 3:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

- Sammich Ashland, 10% proceeds from11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

- RedZone Sports Bar N’ Grill, 10% proceeds from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

POT LAWSPORTLAND, Ore. – Marijuana is officially on the November ballot. Oregon voters will get to decide whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over.

In a press release from the New Approach Oregon campain Tuesday morning, it said the Oregon Secretary of State certified that the petition has enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

It’s being called the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act. Today’s announcement comes almost exactly two weeks after Washington state began regulated sales of marijuana.

The proposed measure in Oregon would allow for licensed and regulated cultivation and sales of marijuana. Sales would be taxed and generate money for schools, state and local police and drug treatment, prevention and mental health programs, according to a press release sent by New Approach Oregon.

 

health exchangeWashington (CNN) — Two appeals courts reached differing decisions on Obamacare subsidies Tuesday, meaning a likely Supreme Court case on the key component of the health care law.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against the subsidies, while a similar panel of the 4th Circuit down the road in Richmond, Virginia unanimously backed the Obama administration.

The opposing rulings mean the next stop for the issue will almost certainly be the nation’s highest court in a case that represents the best hopes of the 2010 law’s conservative foes to undermine it.

In the first ruling, the D.C. panel decided the federal money that helped people afford health insurance only could go to those who signed up through exchanges run by states.

That’s what the law specified, the ruling said, meaning those who signed up through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for the subsidies that helped them afford coverage.

Only 14 states and the District of Columbia set up their own exchanges, meaning that the 4.7 million who signed up for subsidized health coverage overall under Obamacare through HealthCare.gov could be affected.

“Although our decision has major consequences, our role is quite limited,” the majority opinion said, noting the question was whether the Internal Revenue Service rule regarding tax credits was permissible under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

“Having concluded it is not, we reverse” the lower court’s decision that had favored the Obama administration.

A few hours later, the 4th Circuit panel came to the opposition conclusion, with all three judges concurring. It said the IRS had the authority to establish the tax credits and that Congress intended them to be a central component of the laws.

For now, the law remains unchanged and the subsidized policies are unaffected until the legal case plays out, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. The Justice Department said the government would appeal the D.C. panel’s decision.

However, the potential long-term impact is huge.

If the Supreme Court ends up ruling against President Barack Obama’s administration, the result would wipe out subsidies and undermine a key component of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans obtain health coverage.

The easiest fix — changing the law to specify that it allows subsidies for coverage purchased through the federal government as well as state exchanges — would mean reopening the debate over the laws that passed with zero Republican support.

Republicans now control the House and are expected to make gains in the November election, perhaps also gaining a majority in the Senate.

That means Obama and Democrats have no chance of getting Congress to approve such a change in the law despised by the political right.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, one of the leading crusaders against the health care law, called Tuesday’s ruling “a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.”

He argued the federal subsidies, such as tax credits to people who didn’t sign up on state exchanges, amounted to assuming funding powers the Constitution granted Congress.

Earnest, however, said the law clearly intended to provide subsidies for all who enrolled under Obamacare, and that the administration was confident in its legal position.

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