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Troon Vineyard Anniversary

Troon Vineyard is celebrating another anniversary.  The vineyard is celebrating 42 years of creating wine and they’re inviting you to celebrate.  There will be live music, south american cuisine and of course, wine.  It’s all happening at the vineyard on Kubli Road in the Applegate Valley.  It’s happening Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Everyone gets in free, but you will have to pay for food and wine.

Shrek: The Musical

One of the most popular ogres is heading from the big screen to the stage.  Shrek: The Musical opens Friday.  The Teen Musical Theater of Oregon is putting on the show at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center in Medford.  The show runs from August 1st through August 9th.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for youth.


Theater lovers can see Godspell on the stage.  The play features several favorite songs including “By My Side” and “All for the Best.”  The show tells bible parables using games, storytelling techniques and comic timing.  Godspell opens Friday at the Randal Theater and offers shows through August 17th.  Advanced reserved seats are $15 or pay what you want at the door.

Britt Classical Festival

The hills will be alive with the sound of music this weekend.  On Friday, the Britt Classical Festival begins.  It is the first season on the hill for music director, Teddy Abrams.  The opening night features Abrams and Beethoven’s Fifth. That gets underway at 8 p.m., with a conversation starting at 7 p.m.

Del Norte County Fair

The Del Norte County Fair kicks off Thursday with country singer, John Michael Montgomery.  The fair continues through Sunday.  It’s packed full of fun, including the so-called “Quad Bash,” a destruction derby and of course, the rodeo.


[UPDATE 11:15 a.m. JULY 31ST] The Josephine County Search and Rescue team recovered the body of 7-year old Dakota Vincent at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. He was found about 50 ft downstream from the Parkway Bridge in 8 ft of water. The Search and Rescue dive team were able to get his body. Josephine County Search and Rescue officials confirmed Vincent died from drowning.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Law enforcement in Josephine County is continuing the search for a missing boy at Baker Park.

On Monday night, police and fire and rescue responded to Baker Park for a possible drowning, reported east of the bridge. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said several people called reporting two children and an adult female had gone under water and efforts were being made to save them.

The woman and her 5-year-old sister had gotten out of the water by the time emergency responders arrived, and were being tended to after being rescued by bystanders. The 7-year-old child was still missing and was last seen in the water.

GPDPS reports the Josephine County Search and Rescue Dive Team responded along with two rescue boats and continued the search this morning. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police department at 541-450-6260.

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Medford, Ore. — In the middle of a drought, it’s more important than ever to know where your water is going and use what water we do have wisely.

OSU Master Gardeners said you should make a priority list.  They say established trees and shrubs need to be saved first because it’s more costly to replace them.

They also suggest reducing lawn watering.  OSU Master Gardener, Jane Moyer said you only need one to two inches of water per week to keep your lawn green.

You can learn more about watering priorities and irrigation tricks at the OSU Extension Service.  The Sustainable Watering Practices class is August 11th at 7 p.m. at 569 Hanley Rd. in Central Point.

OSU Master Gardeners can be contacted at the following numbers:

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

Dispatchers Flooded with CallsCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Wednesday’s storms increased the amount of calls made to 911′s Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by 48% compared to Tuesday. Dispatchers expect another spike in calls Thursday afternoon since more storms are in the forecast.

Coming up tonight on Newswatch 12 at 5 and 6, find out which calls are the most valuable to first responders and what to ask yourself before dialing 911.

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Smoke Seen from Wagner #1 Fire

TALENT, Ore. — There are currently 30 reported fires on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, according to information from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The largest of those fires is the Wagner #1 Fire that is estimated to be eight acres and located in the Wagner Butte area.

Currently on the High Cascades Ranger District there are 42 confirmed fires. The majority of these fires are estimated to be less than 1/4 acre in size.

ODF is reporting that the Camp Creek Complex is near the vicinity of Rustler Peak. This complex is reported to have a total of 27 fires of which most are located in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The largest fire in the complex is about seven acres and zero percent contained.

Currently there are over 100 firefighters attached to engines, bulldozers and hand crews assigned to the fire activity on the Siskiyou Mountains and High Cascades Ranger Districts. Two helicopters are currently assigned with air tankers available if needed, and additional firefighting resources have been ordered.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said a Red Flag warning is in effect from 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon until 11:00 p.m. Thursday night for abundant lightning.

reeves creek wednesdaySELMA, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is reporting that the 204 acre Reeves Creek Fire is being mopped up Thursday. Eleven fire suppression crews and eleven engines are working on finishing mop up efforts and making sure there are no more hot spots.

The Level 1 evacuation advisory for the Wild Park Lane area was lifted Wednesday. The Reeves Creek Fire sits at 75 percent contained. Firefighters are supported by five water tenders and two bulldozers; helicopters and air tankers are available, if needed.

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[UPDATE 11:00 a.m. JULY 31ST] Kevin Mulert was found alive Thursday morning at about 10:30 a.m. by searchers on horseback, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is reporting. He was found about 1.5 miles southeast of his camp. Searchers provided initial medical care and water as it appeared he was dehydrated. A National Guard helicopter was reportedly taking him to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for examination.

LAKE COUNTY, Ore. — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for missing 18-year old Kevin Robert Mulert Thursday morning. Mulert is from Deerfield, Illinois and believed to be missing in a remote area of northern Lake County.

Mulert was reported missing on Wednesday from a therapeutic wilderness program after the program staff members discovered he was missing around 8:00 a.m. The programs campsite is six miles south of Frederick Butte.

About 30 searches from search and rescue teams out of Lake, Deschutes and Klamath counties are at the site focusing on a 5 mile area around the program’s campsite. Search teams on the ground include personnel on horses, ATV’s, motor vehicles and on foot. A search canine is also expected to join later today. Air resources are also being used to assist in the search.

Mulert is described as a bi-racial male, 5’11,” 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may have been wearing glasses and was believed to be wearing a red fleece jacket, khaki shorts and socks. He was not wearing shoes and walked away undetected from the camp during the early morning hours.

According to Sheriff McDonald, temperatures are expecting to be in the mid to upper 90′s again Thursday with a chance of thunderstorms. Anyone traveling in the area and sees someone with a matching description should call 911 immediately.

pumice flat fireCRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Flat Fire located near the Southern boundary of Crater Lake Park has become a “complex,” according to officials at Crater Lake. The weather has caused the 25 acre wildfire to become a complex because there are several new fires within the same area.

The storms over the past two days have caused 16 new fires that are not contained. The complex is approximately 35 acres in radius and several of the fires can be seen from the road. There are resources working on 12 of the identified fires. Officials at the Park said each fire will be suppressed 100 percent and crews will continue to search for additional fires.

The work on Thursday will include recon, bucket drops and ground crews. There are repellers working on two of the fires and officials said they are hoping to receive an additional crew of fire jumpers later today.

The Pumice Flat Fire is 100 percent lined. There continues to be spot fires and isolated torching to the north end of the park.


Fire StockSISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) reported Thursday morning that they had 15 new fires started by Wednesday afternoon’s thunderstorms. As of Thursday, all of those fires are contained, but crews are still out making sure there are no hot spots and reinforcing fire lines.

All of these fires were four acres or less in size. Suzi Brady of CAL FIRE said the fires were burning everything from timber to heavy ground fuels. The fires were widespread across Siskiyou County.

CAL FIRE said they are predicting more lightning today, so they have extra staffing on hand to battle any new fires that start up.

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