HAPPY CAMP, Cal. -  As of 9:00 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 17, all mandatory and advisory evacuations for areas on Scott River Road from Highway 96 to Joyland Gulch are lifted.  This includes the community of Scott Bar, Mill Creek Road, and all other roads not mentioned.  All road closures on Scott River Road will be lifted at 9:00 AM as well.  Although all evacuations are lifted, fire crews and their equipment will still be in the area.

 

 

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A full effort kick on a soccer ball on a golf course; this is the new trend adopted by Dutcher Creek Golf Course in Grants Pass.

“Everybody likes to try something new, and kicking a ball’s been around forever,” Superintendent Todd Moore said. “What a better way to join two sports: soccer and golf.”

Soccer golf, that’s the name of the sport that’s quickly gaining popularity around the country. Over 200 courses nationwide, including one of the newest in the Rogue Valley. Todd Moore helped plan the course at Dutcher Creek and he said it’s a great way to bring the community together.

“Just to get more people out and make it aware around the Valley that there’s something other to do,” Moore said. “It’s a family sport. Kids can come out and play.”

In fact, Moore invited kids from around Grants Pass to break in the course. Casey Zottola, a former soccer player at Grants Pass High School, played his first round of soccer golf last week.

“It was fun. It was different than I was expecting,” Zottola said. “I thought the holes were going to be bigger actually. They were kind of hard to putt into.”

Traditional golfers would also like the holes to be a bit bigger. In fact, the games are played the same way. The golfers keep score, the lowest score wins and just like traditional golf, frustration is inevitable.

“I hit five trees. I kicked it into five trees,” Moore said. “Yeah, you could say it’s frustrating, but you put that shot away and you’re ready for your next one.”

For more information on the Dutcher Creek Soccer Golf Course, visit www.dutchercreekgolf.com.

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WEED, Ca. — CAL Fire is reporting this morning that the Boles Fire is 375 acres and 20 percent contained. Over 150 structures have been damaged or destroyed. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said that as of Tuesday morning ninety-five people were utilizing the Red Cross shelters at the local high schools.

CAL Fire reported three injuries in Tuesday mornings update, but we are unsure the extent of those injuries. I-5 and HWY 97 are closed in the Weed area. There is an Evacuation Order for the community of Weed. An arson investigation has begun today, however, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said that is normal procedure for any fire to help determine the cause.

The Weed Elementary School and Weed High School are closed today. The elementary school was damaged by the flames, but the extent of that damage is unknown at this time according to the school district Superintendent’s Office.

Fire crews are doing a damage assessment Tuesday morning to evaluate what’s been lost or what can be saved. The Roseburg Forest Products mill in Weed has received significant damage from the fire, but is reportedly not completely destroyed, according the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Tuesday afternoon, as expected, winds were gusting to near 40 miles per hour again near Weed.  We will not see this change for Wednesday.  A fire weather warning is already in effect for central Siskiyou County, which includes the Shasta Valley, until 9 PM Wednesday.  For most of the Klamath Basin, the fire weather warning begins at 11 AM and also expires at 9 PM.  Winds tonight are expected to gust up to 30 miles per hour, but by tomorrow afternoon, winds could reach 40 to 50 miles per hour.

The silver lining in the midst of these fire weather concerns is the chance for rain, which will begin on the coast and push eastward through Thursday evening.  Rainfall totals along the coast could reach .75 of an inch, with lesser amounts elsewhere.  Mountain locations can expect between a quarter and half an inch, while valleys will likely receive less than a tenth.  The threat for lightning will be low, with the exception of a few embedded rumbles of thunder east of the Cascades.

Temperatures will also be cooling by Thursday.  Increased cloud cover Wednesday helps keep highs cooler than previous days, and the cold front drops highs to values slightly below average on Thursday.  The cool down is brief, and by the weekend, highs will be back in the 90′s.  Winds shift with the passage of the cold front, but by Saturday they will be blowing from the south again.  The assumption is that, if the fires continue to burn, smoke will return to southern Oregon, but that is dependent on the rain falling on the fires in the area.

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

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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WEED, Cal. – Crowds gathered outside the Weed Mercantile Mall Tuesday morning, many watching friends and loved ones emerge from the scorched hill beyond the train tracks. Residents, many of whom were evacuate before seeing the destruction of their homes, got an early chance to see the aftermath before CalFire declared the area too unsafe.

“Actually seeing it, it was really… surreal,” said resident Holly Hansard.

In total, about 2,000 people were displaced by the Boles Fire. Meanwhile, about 170 employees of the Roseburg Forest Products mill, one of the largest employers in the area, await word on what will happen to their jobs.

The phone lines, much like the homes, have been reduced to ashes.

“We’re just sitting and waiting, because we can’t go down to the mill to ask any questions because they won’t let us in,” said Mary Jackson, whose husband works at the mill.

Mill spokespeople say, of the 170 jobs at the mill, 50-60 will be temporarily moved to Oregon. A few will stay behind to help with repairs.

The remainder face as much as two months without work.

“This was a mill town,” said Jackson. “So if that goes down, I think Siskiyou County will be hurting a lot.”

But despite the utter devastation, a strong and resilient community remains. And even those who lost so much are still on their feet, and determined to move on.

“It’s tough right now,” said resident Jonathan Lane. “But we’ll be fine.”

fb weed 3WEED, Calif. — Newswatch 12 is teaming up with Goodwill to help victims of the Boles Fire.

Goodwill is part of a multi-agency response team that includes the American Red Cross to address the immediate needs of the people affected by the Boles Fire. If you would like to donate clothing or household items in Siskiyou County, Goodwill will accept donations at Chesler Flooring, 505 S. Broadway Street, Yreka from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information in Siskiyou County only, call 530-842-6627 or 530-842-5800.

For immediate needs, Goodwill will provide support to the American Red Cross by supplying resources to collect and store donations in Yreka. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Goodwill will transport a truck and trailer from Medford filled with totes, pallets and a pallet jack to help transfer donated items to a donation bank in Siskiyou County. Goodwill is also transporting a large donation of toiletries and personal care items and clothing.

For long-term needs, i.e., when fire victims will return to more permanent housing, Goodwill will partner with community organizations to supply affected families with credit vouchers to be used to purchase the specific items they need to establish a home. If the public would like to donate financial gifts to augment the voucher program, they can write a check to Southern Oregon Goodwill and send to 11 W. Jackson Street, Medford, OR 97501. Goodwill asks that they write Boles Fire or Weed Fire Victims in the memo of the check. They can also make a donation online at: http://www.sogoodwill.org/donate/financial-gifts/ [1]

United Way of Jackson County has also opened an account at U.S. Bank for the long-term healing of the communities affected by the Boles Fire burning in Weed, California. United Way said, “Weed and its surrounding communities have experienced devastation. These donations will be used to help them rebuild.”

Any donations made to these accounts at U.S. Bank branches will be sent directly to the community. Any U.S. Bank branch will receive donations in the United Way account. Also, American Red Cross and Salvation Army accept donations for the immediate disaster as well as the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Community Disaster Relief Fund.

In addition to these accounts being set up, local community members are also stepping in to help the people in Weed displaced from the fire.

- Samantha Hamilton with the Lighthouse Family Worship Center will be accepting donations from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Center, located at 3500 Arrowhead Dr. in Medford. She said they’re asking for clean, non-ripped clothing, shoes and socks, any personal care items, non-perishable food and water, dog and cat food, and diapers.

The group will be traveling to Weed and delivering these donations on Thursday. If you have any questions, call 541-778-1255.

- Kelly’s Automotive Service is asking for donations to help the citizens in Weed, Ca. They are asking people please donate the following: clothing, shoes, food, bedding, Porta Cribs, Personal Care Items such as soap, shampoo, razors and toilet paper, also dog and cat food and cat litter and cat litter boxes.

Kelly’s Automotive is hoping to fill up two trucks and take the donations on Sunday. You can drop off your donations at Kelly’s Automotive in Grants Pass located at 1661 N.E. 6th St. or in Medford at 2990 Biddle Rd. Kelly’s is open from 8-6 pm Mon-Fri and Grants Pass is also open on Saturday from 8-2 pm. If you have questions, you can call the Medford shop at 541-830-4005 or in Grants Pass at 541-476-6964.

- Project Linus in Klamath Falls is collecting 850 new handmade blankets for the children in Weed, Ca. If you would like more information, contact Trudy Novak the chapter coordinator at trudy.novak47@gmail.com or call her at 541-884-2438. Projectlinus.org

- Stacie Skinner is leading a Southern Oregon Donation Drive for the residents affected by the Boles Fire. She is asking folks to donate clothing and food and essential items. She’s planning to take a motor home filled floor to ceiling with donations to Weed on Saturday. She’ll be making pick-ups at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Pilot in Central Point, Pilot in Phoenix and then a last stop in Ashland. You can reach her at 541-415-1780 if you’d like to meet her at any of these pick-up points on Saturday.

- Garrison’s Home Furnishings in Central Point is operating as a donation site for anyone who would like to donate clothing, food or other items to the people affecting by the fire in Weed. You can drop off any donations from now until Sunday, Sept. 21st. On Sunday Garrison’s is planning to use their moving trucks to take the supplies they get to Weed. They are located at 6435 Crater Lake Highway.

- The North Valley Catholic Social Services website is also a place where people can go to donate to those impacted by the Boles fire.  www.nvcss.org

100 dollar billsGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is investigating an “abundance” of cases regarding counterfeit money, especially $100 bills.

According the police, the serial numbers on the counterfeit bills are the same. Medford Police along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are also investigating similar crimes involving counterfeit money.

The police department urges people to be cautious when accepting larger denomination of bills and in this case, $100 bills. They said that genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly space. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit bill, the serial number may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury Seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

TURN IN POACHERS LOGOEAGLE POINT, Ore. — Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division are asking for the public’s help to identify the person responsible for the unlawful killing of three black tail bucks on Lake Creek Road in Eagle Point.

A reward of up to $5,250 is being offered through two sources for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case, according to a press release put out by OSP.

The Human Society of United State and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering $5,000 and the Turn in Poachers Program is offering an additional $250.

An Oregon State Police trooper found the three black tail bucks disposed of on Lake Creek Road near milepost 4. One of the bucks had his head cut off and the hind quarters and the rest was left to waste. The other two bucks had their skull caps cut off and the rest was left to waste. OSP believes they may have been killed around the first week of September.

mountain fire[UPDATE 1:14P.M.] Firefighters said they were able to surround spots of the Onion Mountain Fire that spread to the east, Tuesday. Dozers and crews were able to tie a fire line to the 640 road.

Crews will continue to build a line on the southside of the fire, Tuesday. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry are being used to stop progress to the northeast.

A group from Rural-Metro Fire is in place in case the fire spreads towards homes and popular areas. Level one evacuations remain.

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore.– The Onion Mountain Fire is now just shy of 3,000 acres. Fire officials said an infrared flight helped them to see the real progress of the fire Tuesday morning. They said it is now at 2 percent containment.

The level one evacuations put in place Monday are expected to remain the same Tuesday. This means people should be ready to evacuate at any time, but there are no mandatory evacuations in place. Josephine County Emergency Officials said this impacts about 430 people.

This includes:
· All of Pickett Creek area
· All of Shan Creek area
· All of Limpy Creek area
· Riverbanks Road from Robertson Bridge to Limpy Creek
· All of Taylor Creek drainage

There have been reports of people who are calling residents claiming evacuation orders have changed to level two. Law enforcement officials said to be aware this is a scam too, and to contact them directly for information. You can also stay up to date with evacuation orders here and on our Facebook page.

joco voteSALEM, Ore. — Unregistered Oregon voters should expect to get a postcard in the mail this week.

Election officials say 900,000 Oregonians who have a driver license or state ID card will be getting postcards reminding them to register if they haven’t already. Officials say it’s all part of an effort to expand participation.

If you get a postcard and you are registered, it could be because information on your voter registration doesn’t match your driver license.

The postcards were sent out Sept. 15.

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