Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley:

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JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Friday night, the duo Montgomery Gentry performed for thousands at Britt fest.

Shops and bars in Jacksonville benefit when the Britt festival is booming. When the smoke blanketed Southern Oregon last year, the crowds and their cash stayed away.

The Britt Fesstival in Jacksonville and Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, combined with the growing wine industry, keep the summer season busy for business owners.

In addition to the successful events themselves, almost all businesses around the key venues like the Britt Stage or the Elizabethan Theatre say they see significant spikes in business on event nights. S

ome businesses even claim four times more customers on evening of concerts or performances compared to other nights.

While some businesses see the boost as a nice bonus, other businesses say they rely on the extra funds.

“In a normal night, it doesn’t get this busy too early, it gets busy later. with Britt going on we get the before Britt parties and after Britt parties,” said Joe Arena, a business owner in Jacksonville.
The crowds were good tonight so getting a manager or an owner to take time away from customers was a challenge but Jacksonville businesses also say the crowds depend on what acts are performing.

Bars and wineries tend to do better when big name bands come to town but some restaurants say they do better on nights with classical music acts.

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GOLD HILL, Ore. — Ballots for the special election in Gold Hill are due on Monday, but many people who say they believe they were registered to vote did not get their ballots.

When those community members contacted the elections office, they were surprised at the reason.

According to the Jackson County Elections Office, when it appears to the county clerk that a voter needs to update their voter information, or they have changed their address, a notice is sent to the voter. At that time, their voter status becomes “inactive.”

If the person does not respond and has not voted or updated their registration for two general elections, the voter’s registration is cancelled. If they want to vote again, they must re-register.

This was the case for several gold hill voters who were not happy to find out that information when it was too late.

“Well I was under the impression that once you registered, you’re registered, but not the case, evidently. So I’m upset because I wanted to vote in the recall and I don’t get to now,” said Gold Hill resident, Stacey Macy.

Voter registration cards area available at all post offices.

If you would like to check your voter status, you can do so at a local elections office, or visit the Oregon Secretary of State Website. Fill in your name and birthday and it will let you know if you are an active voter.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

High temperatures were several degrees cooler Friday than Thursday behind a cold front that passed early Friday morning.  We saw mostly sunny skies throughout southern Oregon, but in northern California, smoke impaired visibility in central Siskiyou County.  Air quality in Fort Jones and Etna has been reading in the “very unhealthy” category off and on throughout the past 24 hours.  That means that any time outdoors is not advised, especially working or exercising outdoors.

Smoky skies will continue throughout the weekend in northern California, but for all other locations, beautiful weather is in store.  Sunshine and dry conditions carry us through not just the weekend, but the extended period.  A weak cold front drops temperatures by a couple of degrees Monday, but highs quickly rebound by Tuesday and Wednesday.  In the Rogue Valley and northern California, afternoon highs will be in the 90′s, back above average.

With that being said, take advantage of one of the last weekends before the start of school! Temperatures will be perfect for a dip in the pool or a trip to the river.

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

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

HEMLOCK LAKE, Ore. — The 790 Fire which is located near the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area by Hemlock Lake is affecting walking and hiking trails in that area. This includes parts of the Pacific Crest Trail which runs through the area.

Fire Crews are working to fully suppress the fire, however  the terrain is very steep and rocky with many wind fallen trees and snags.  This makes fire suppression activities slow and difficult, and also poses threats and security hazards to hikers in the area.

Here is a list of the trails that will be closed from the fire as of August 23:

  • The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) located between Oregon State Highway 140 north to the Crater Lake National Park Boundary
  • Trail #979, Alta Lake Trail;
  • Trail #978, Middle Fork Trail;
  • Trail #981, Seven Lake Trail
  • Trail #980, King Spruce Trail;
  • Trail #984, Devil’s Peak Trail;
  • Trail #994, Lake Ivern Trail;
  • Trail #3730, Seven Mile Trail

 

ipadsEPWHITE CITY, Ore. — Kindergartners in the Eagle Point School District will tap and swipe their way through school this year. District officials bought enough iPads for all students to be able to use in class, just in time for the district’s full-day kindergarten launch.

Early learning experts say the iPads will be more visual and portable for students.

“A desktop would need a tower, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. These are much more portable. Students will be able to gather in a smaller area but have their iPads available and the teacher will be able to direct them,” said Table Rock Elementary Principal Ginny Walker.

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WHITE CITY, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officials say their first priority in the field is to protect life and property. That now includes animals. A case in Douglas County, where an officer went onto private land to help a starving horse he believed was in danger of dying. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled he had every right to do that. Authorities say it can take hours to actually get a warrant and that time could mean life or death for the animal. ,” said Sergeant Tim Snaith with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

“For the most part, if we see an animal that requires immediate medical attention we’re not going to wait for a search warrant. We’re going to go ahead and go onto the property and render aid to the animal make sure it gets emergency aid and if we found any evidence in that process the courts will decide whether we can use that evidence in a criminal case.”

Local animal sanctuaries house mostly animals that are victims of abuse and their representatives say this ruling will make a huge difference in the amount of animals saved.

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(CONSUMER REPORTS) – Consumer Reports tested Amazon’s first smart phone, the Amazon Fire. It did earn a rating of “very good,” however, experts were not wowed.

The Fire boasts a 3-D display and FireFly technology, which identifies objects by scanning them and recognizing songs and movies.

A series of tests were run on the phone and the results are about the same as other phones on the market. In a voice quality test, it matches up with other smart phones. The photo lab test ranks it’s pictures having very good quality. It’s battery life is poor however and is shorter than many phones, including some from LG and Samsung.

Glenn Derene with Consumer Reports explains, “The Amazon Fire’s bells and whistles are interesting, but it’s not enough to make it a great phone. When it comes to core functionality, there are many better options.”

Consumer Reports recommended phones include: the Samsung Galaxy S 5, the HTC One and the newly tested LG G3.

 

DaveBrillenzAug2014LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The Fremont-Winema National Forest has hired Dave Brillenz as the new District Ranger for Bly and Lakeview Ranger Districts (Southeast Zone).

The newly hired Brillenz will provide oversight of the people and resources within 500,000 acres of national forest land. He starts his new position Monday, August 25th.

“We are excited about the depth of experience that Dave brings to our Forest,” said Connie Cummins, Forest Supervisor for the Fremont-Winema National Forest. “He is a solid leader and his background in natural resource management and public collaboration will be a great asset to our organization.”

Brillenz is from Oregon City and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Brillenz also attended Cambridge University in England to complete an international business program. In addition, he also holds a master’s degree in Total Quality Management from the University of the Redlands in California.

His military background will also help him in his duties. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, both in active and reserve duty, for a total of 20 years before he retired. Most of his military career was as a Combat and Environmental Engineer.

“My family and I are looking forward to moving to south central Oregon where there is a sense of community, personal and professional courtesy, honor in a handshake and an emphasis on family values,” said Brillenz.

His hire comes after his predecessor, Amanda McAdams, accepted the Forest Supervisor position for the Modoc National Forest in Alturas, CA.

 

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Meet Sweetpea! She’s an eight-year old Tuxedo Cat who is very sweet and loves to be petted. She was given to the C.A.T.S. by her previous owner who was going into a nursing home and could no longer care for her. She is quiet and loves to be around people.

To adopt Sweetpea or any other cats you can contact the Committed Alliance To Strays (C.A.T.S.). You can find them at   104 N. Ross Lane, Medford, OR, 97501 or you can call them at 541-779-2196. Hours of business are Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The C.A.T.S. also now has a new facebook page. There is information on their cats who are available for adoption. You can find that page here.

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