9-19 wedding ring 2WEED, Cal. – Bertha Cervantes looks on as a team of family members and firefighters sift through rubble under the setting sun. For hours, the firefighters have been helping her family search the burnt wreckage of their home for surviving valuables, even after many other families have already called it a day. Despite the devastation, Bertha is struggling to hold back tears of joy.

She already found what she came for.

“My wedding ring,” said Bertha, holding up the still shiny diamond. “It means 40 years, it means a lot for me.”

Bertha says she had taken off her wedding ring to cook when the fire came racing through her Angel Valley neighborhood. She and her husband, Jose, had to rush the family out before they could grab it.

She says she had already given up hope of finding it, until the firefighters managed to sift it out.

“I was crying for hours saying it’s impossible. And then when the ring came… my heart started pumping,” said Bertha.

That tiny miracle is one of the few things to survive the disaster.

The house, which Jose had built with his own two hands, is now nothing but a foundation – the tiny handprints of their now grown kids still visible in the concrete. The family’s entire life savings, which had been stored under the bed in the form of jewelry and cash, is completely lost.

And a lifetime worth of family memories and sentimental items has vanished entirely.

But the family says that little ring, now caked with a layer of ash, has given them the will to begin the long process of rebuilding. And they say it never would have happened without the firefighters.

“We were just absolutely devastated,” said Bertha’s daughter, Adriana. “But now… she’s just so happy with the wedding ring, that’s really what matters to us.”

ASHLAND, Ore. — SOU Raiders beat College of Idaho on Saturday at Ashland High School.

Final Score from Ashland High School: SOU Raiders 56, College of Idaho 28.

We’ll have highlights and reaction Tonight at 11 PM.

gamerosityMEDFORD, Ore. — The whole month of September is a time to recognize and bring awareness to pediatric cancers. An annual event is celebrating survivors and those fighting the disease with bounce houses, slingshots, and some things straight from the kids’ vivid imaginations.

“Gamerosity” hosted its second annual “Game On Day” event at the U.S. Cellular Fields in Medford. The free event was open to everyone in the community, but there were also several local families there whose children are still battling cancer.

The executive director says events like this help raise more support for their “hero kits”. Each kit includes an iPad Mini, headphones, t-shirts and capes for the “little heroes” that are spending most days in the hospital.

“It’s actually disturbing sometimes when we realize how many local kids in just a 50 mile radius are actually undergoing chemotherapy treatment right now, but to our community’s credit when we post a local child campaign they get funded so fast it’s actually really been impressive,” said Manny Munoz, the Executive Director of Gamerosity.

The funding for Gamerosity comes from grants, and donations from people nationwide.

huntingCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hunting season is right around the corner, and this weekend youth from across our region are getting the chance to perfect their aim and hunt some pheasants.

This is all part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual youth pheasant hunt. It is one of the largest in Oregon, and is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Central Point ODFW office.

Managers are set to release 500 pheasants onto the land throughout the weekend, and that much game is bringing in  a large crowd. On Saturday, nearly 200 people came out to test their skills, and some got lucky… Bagging a pheasant to take home for dinner.

“I tried to get some today with a 20 gauge, but we didn’t really see any,” said hunter, Treyson Bauman.

“I got like one of the longest tail feathers,” said Clayton Leckband, another hunter. “Usually you will measure to see who has the longest tail feather, and this one is like 19 and the highest was like 21 so I was close.”

The hunt will continue Sunday. All hunters must have their hunting license and be under 18-years-old. Hunters did have to pre-register, but those wanting to hunt can come and wait on stand-by.



scagg fire(CNN) — A fast moving wildfire has forced several evacuations near Hagg Lake.

Friday evening, families in a Gaston neighborhood were ordered to evacuate. The fire was first reported Friday afternoon on private timberland.

State forestry officials say the Scoggins Creek Fire, located 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake, is burning in extremely dry brush and trees. Oregon Department of Forestry reports the fire grew to nearly 400 acres overnight and is currently 0% contained. Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.

ODF reports Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice. Lee Road at West Shore and Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance are also closed due to the fire.

Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek a conflagration. The declaration clears the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the flames.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

bolesWEED, Calif. — The Boles Fire is now 100% contained, holding at 479 acres.

CAL FIRE reports the Damage Assessment Teams have concluded their inspections and are working with the City and County to produce a final damage inspection report. Excess resources are being released and made available for other incidents as necessary.

If you feel you have information regarding the Boles Fire, please contact 1-800-468-4408. A reward may be offered up to $10,000 leading to the cause of the fire.

The evacuation center at the Mt. Shasta Armory is remaining open for displaced residents. CAL Fire says the Salvation Army no longer needs any tangible donations.

Graphic provided by Medford Police to help spot fake bills.

Graphic provided by Medford Police to help spot fake bills.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are cautioning the public about counterfeit bills. Medford Police report seeing a significant increase in counterfeit 50s and 100s.

Earlier in September, Medford Police said a man walked into Guitar Center and paid for $2,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment all with fake bills. Store employees didn’t realize the money was counterfeit until the next day.

Grants Pass Police have also encountered cases of counterfeit bills this month. In that case, the serial numbers on the counterfeit bills are the same.

Medford Police want the public to remember three important things: security strip, color shifting ink, and the watermark – all of which counterfeiters cannot replicate.

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Summer has been hanging on by a nail. Every time we get a cold front that brings a relief, another dominant ridge of high pressure brings in temperatures well above average. The good news, is that on the first day of fall, we will be seeing “fall-like” temperatures. A series of strong cold fronts will start bringing temperatures down as we progress through the week. By Thursday, we will bottom out seeing the 70′s in the west side valleys and Northern California, the 60′s in the Basin, and the 50′s in the high country. The coast will sit in their usual middle 60′s.

Before we get there,  the warmest temperatures will be here on Saturday. So warm, in fact,  that we will be nearing records. The day record for September 20th  in Medford is 98 degrees, and we will be very close. I wouldn’t be surprised if some areas around the region see their warmest September 20th in a while.

A very weak round of thunderstorms are expected Sunday afternoon as a low pressure system moves through Nevada. These storms will be fast-moving and will drop only trace amounts of rain. It should be said that we could see a few dry lightning strikes. Any storms that develop will be in Modoc County and the Eastern Klamath Basin.

With the next system coming in mid-week, more rain is expected. Timing will be the key. Being so far out, the exact timing is likely to change. We’ll have a much better handle on the time at the beginning of the week. Early rainfall estimate say up to 1″ at the coast. 1/2″ in the mountains, Basin, and Northern California, and 1/4″ in the Rogue and Illinois Valleys. Of course, this is just an estimate. Many things can change between now and then. What we do know, is that we will get another system, and more rain with it.

Thanks for logging on and stay cool out there.

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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College Football Forecast

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Oregon State Beavers

Reser Stadium: 7:30 p.m. / Temperature at kickoff: 78 degrees / Winds: NW ~ 5 mph

FBForecast: High pressure over Oregon creating clearing conditions. Expect it to be hot for tailgating, but comfortable temperatures throughout the game. Go Beavers!

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Upsets, comebacks and blowouts take center stage on the Friday Night Blitz. Highlights include Grants Pass/Sheldon, Roseburg/North Medford, South Medford/Willamette, Mountain View/Crater, Sweet Home/North Valley, North Eugene/Phoenix, Cottage Grove/Henley and Klamath Union/Elmira.

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With high pressure in control for the next couple of days, highs Saturday are going to be well above average.  For some locations, afternoon temperatures will reach near record values.  In Medford, the record high for September 20th is 98 degrees, and the forecast high is only one degree shy of that.

That’s not to say that it wasn’t hot in some places on Friday…Brookings made it up to the 90′s with offshore flow and help from the Chetco Effect.  I don’t think we’ll see temperatures quite as hot on Saturday, but it will still be a warm afternoon for some locations along the coast.  For once I’m going to say “enjoy the heat while we have it,” because highs next week will fall to the lower 70′s in the Rogue Valley, 60′s in the Klamath Basin, and 50′s for highs in the mountains.

Fortunately, with the easterly offshore winds that we’ve been seeing, smoke from the Happy Camp Complex is being pushed out of central Siskiyou County towards the coast, and air quality has improved throughout the region.  Winds will develop a more southerly component by Saturday evening and Sunday, so it’s possible that smoke from the Complex will return to southern Oregon.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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