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MEDFORD, Ore., –Notice something different on NewsWatch 12? Wednesday night we debuted a brand new set. It’s the same number one news team, just a better view!

Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — Take a quick virtual tour of NewsWatch 12′s new set and see time lapse video of the move in and set up our 7 separate sets.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — While NewsWatch 12′s new set was being constructed, outfitted, and tested, our staff continued to produce 4 1/2 hours of newscasts everyday. This took a lot of coordination and patience. In this web extra see exactly what each of our departments contributed to our new look.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — With Dennis Richardson being the Republican Candidate for Governor his current seat for State House in District 4 will be filled by one of two candidates.

Darlene Taylor represents the Working Families Party, and is endorsed by the Democratic party.

“Jobs of course is number one to help fight the poverty issue, we need to do some work on our education system, we need to get back to some of the basics. We need to work on infrastructure which is aging and crumbling,” said Darlene Taylor.

Taylor is running against Republican Duane Stark for the seat, who is building his campaign on connecting with the community, and conservative spending.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — To use all the components of NewsWatch 12′s new set it takes some special tools of the trade. One of those is a top of the line wireless microphone system. Tiny but effective – the new mics are coated in kevlar – the same material used in combat gear.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore. –  This year, thousands of coats were collected at nearly 80 locations across Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties for NewsWatch 12′s Coats For Kids Campaign. Those coats were then washed, sorted, and bundled. Now they are headed out to local schools.

Jackson Elementary administrators work with hundreds of kids and families who rely on programs like Coats for Kids to meet basic needs of many of their students. The school had the largest order Coats for Kids has ever filled.

263 coats filled 13 large bags that were dropped off by Windermere volunteers on Friday. On Wednesday, those coats were handed out at the school to hundreds of kids from all grade levels.

Teachers of each classroom keep an eye out for students that may need a coat, and a careful system is in place to make sure all the coats go home with students.

“Trying to make sure first, number one, to be sensitive to you know, everybody’s feelings. Being sensitive to needs and then being sensitive to serving the most with what we have. We do have a large school and lots of kiddos,” said Monique Strain, with Jackson’s educational support staff.

Volunteers and school staff carefully fitted each child that came through today, and handing out all the coats took nearly three hours.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, a few showers moved through the area and brought small amounts of rainfall.  It’s all along an old frontal boundary that is drifting back towards the north.  As it does so, showers will taper off Wednesday night, but a few showers are still possible for coastal locations through Wednesday night into Thursday.

Aside from a few coastal showers Thursday, the area will be getting a break from the wet stuff.  Clouds will stick around though, before then next cold front approaches the area.  We have been watching this cold front for some time since it directly impacts the forecast for Halloween and trick-or-treating.  Models have been relatively consistent with this system, and for now, it still looks like we are going to see scattered showers all through the area on Friday and Friday evening, but the heaviest, steadiest rainfall will move through earlier in the day.

After the front passes Friday morning, we will not only be seeing showers, but gusty winds.  This is true for the Klamath Basin, Shasta Valley, and the coast.  By Friday night, temperatures will start to drop, so for the mountain passes and higher terrain, keep an eye on the weather as snow levels will be dropping.  Showers will be more isolated on Saturday, and by the weekend, we will dry out and keep a few clouds in place.

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

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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 ASK THE METEOROLOGIST

“Why are clouds white?”

Mrs. Schultz’s Class, St. Mary’s School

Why are clouds white? Well, it has to do with the kind of light that is reflected through the water droplets that make up the cloud. These droplets are large enough to scatter the light of all seven wavelengths, those being red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Because all of those colors are scattered uniformly, no one color dominates. That then makes the cloud appear white!

Clouds are sometimes gray when light cannot reach all of the way through the cloud, or when other clouds are around that cast shadows on the clouds we see. Sometimes, clouds can even appear to have a green tint. This happens when the water droplets in the clouds, and sometimes hail, are low enough to reflect the color of the earth’s surface. That may be green, or if there’s no grass, brown.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

 

 

beers and boogieMEDFORD, Ore.– A local brewery is trading brews for bucks to benefit kids in the valley. Thursday night, Walkabout Brewery will hold an event to raise money for Sparrow Clubs of Southern Oregon. A portion of beer and wine purchases will be given to the program. Community members will be able to enjoy live music, dancing, a silent auction, and food.

Beers and Boogie Coordinator, Jennifer Hegepeth said, “Not only does it benefit the sparrow clubs, but it highlights some of or amazing local vendors and that’s what’s great about living in the Rogue Valley. We all come together as a community to support these amazing organizations that truly change lives.”

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. There is a 15 dollar cover charge that includes food

 

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