FIRE IN KFALLS GALE EMMONS VIEWERKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — American Red Cross said volunteers responded Friday afternoon to a house fire on the 2000 block of Round Lake Road in Klamath Falls.

The Red Cross says this single-family fire affected two adults, including “one fatality and several pet fatalities”.

No names were publicly released.

police lightsMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are investigating an accidental death, in which they say a man was killed when a tree fell on his tent.

On their Facebook page this morning, Medford Police report a 23-year-old man was killed when a tree fell onto his tent in a transient camp area north of Bear Creek Park.

Police report the area off the Greenway had just been cleared of transients, leading police to assume the man must have set up camp there recently.

Police are currently working on notifying the man’s next of kin. His identity has not yet been released publicly.

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North Medford beats South Medford 49-22 in the Black and Blue Bowl. Grants Pass blows out South Eugene, Crater, Ashland and Eagle Point all lose. Mazama crushes Phoenix for the Skyline conference championship.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Over the last four weeks, NewsWatch 12′s Coats for Kids Campaign has collected thousands of coats for local kids in need. The donated coats were collected, cleaned, sorted, and bundled. On Friday, the first rounds of coats headed out to schools.

Windermere employees have been in charge of transporting the coats to the cleaners, and now to schools. Many of the workers said taking the coats to schools is their favorite day.

This year, 263 coats went to Jackson Elementary School alone. The school has about 425 students total, and staff at the school said they have already noticed the need for warms coats.

“In the morning some of them don’t have adequate coats and it’s raining outside. It’s going to get colder soon. So, yes, we do see a need for new coats which is wonderful that we’re getting them,” said Christina Ferrari, a Student Success Specialist at Jackson Elementary.

Friday was the last day you could make a donation, and all of those donations will now head to the cleaners. Those coats will be sorted, and head out to local schools in our area in the next few weeks.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Friday brought a break in the precipitation to our area. A very well developed low pressure system is what’s responsible for the rain we’ve been getting. A cold front swung through and brought us a couple of days of cooler and wet weather. Friday morning started with a line of showers moving north. As the line exited the region, warmer air from the south moved in. This also cleared us out and most areas saw mostly sunny skies. Temperatures were up to 17 degrees warmer this afternoon than what we had yesterday.

Now for tonight, clouds will slowly increase from the west as the next cold front approaches. This is also picking up our winds. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for the Rogue Valley, Northern California, and eastern sections of the Klamath Basin. A HIGH WIND WARNING is also in effect for the Basin, Northern California, the coast, and the Cascades. These will last until Saturday afternoon/evening as that is when the strongest of wind is expected. Winds in excess of 60 mph are expected in upper elevations. Also, vehicles (especially high-profile) will experience strong crosswinds on west-east facing highways. Gusts will likely knock down power lines, so more power outages could occur.

Snow levels will be falling Sunday morning to around 5,000′, so dusting of the upper elevations is expected. This includes, Diamond Lake Summit, Crater Lake NP, and Hwy. 140 near Lake of the Woods. This will be a light dusting. Still, travel will be impacted and roads will be slick.

If heading out to the Monster Dash this Saturday in Ashland, expect rain, on and off and also gusty winds at times.

Thanks for logging on and have a great weekend!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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IMG_20141024_120656MEDFORD, Ore. — Rival Medford football teams are working together to raise awareness for domestic violence.

North and South Medford High set aside their competition for a brief moment before Friday night’s game to sign a pledge saying they will “neither accept nor demonstrate domestic violence.”

In addition to that pledge, each team wore a logo on their helmets with a saying “what you tolerate, you encourage.”

“I feel like it’s going to give us something to play for in a way, because we’ll be wearing that sticker on our helmet,” said South Medford player Jahan Kahusi.

The idea for the pledge came from Klamath Falls, which earlier this month held a rally to raise awareness for the issue. Players from Henley, Mazama, and Klamath Union High Schools walked in that march. They later worked with community leaders to design the logo, and challenged other schools in the area to participate.

Coaches in Medford say it was a no-brainer to take part, given the recent controversy caused by Ray Rice and other professional players.

“The NFL has caused a lot of talk, it’s in the media a lot,” said North Medford coach Mike Mitchell. “I think it’s good because it’s going to get an awareness that needs to be out there.”

Saint Mary’s also agreed to hop on board, wearing the logo and signing the pledge during Saturday night’s game.

Meanwhile the message is reaching the college level. University of Oregon athletics officials say they’ve heard of the initiative, but haven’t said whether or not they’ll participate.

But players in Southern Oregon say, regardless of how far the movement goes, just wearing the small logo makes them feel that much better going out onto the field.

“Whichever way the game goes, we’re still helping a good cause,” said North Medford running back Nick Janakes.

This is the second cause North and South Medford High Schools have supported this season. They also added logos to their helmets in support of breast cancer awareness.

5-24 gmoSALEM, Ore. – The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly $23 million has been raised by campaigns for both sides of Measure 92, with those looking to defeat the proposal out-raising proponents almost 3-to-1.

The news comes on the heels of a new report from Center for Public Integrity, that found that – at just over $5 million in ad buys – the GMO campaign in Oregon is the fifth most expensive race in the country.

 

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This week’s “Pet of the Week” is Bao, an 8 year old Pug! Bao is a little overweight and looking to go into a home that can regularly walk him. He does walk well on a leash! It would be in his best interest to diet in order to shed a few pounds. Clearly he is treat motivated and listens well!

Bao was returned to the shelter after being placed in a home with children. He’d be best in a quiet home without children. Bao also gets along well with other cats and dogs.

If you’re interested in Bao contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

shooting(CNN) — Two people are dead in a shooting at a high school outside of Seattle, including the alleged shooter.  Four others are currently receiving medical treatment.

It was around 10:30 a.m. Students were gathered in a crowded cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 40 miles north of Seattle. Fellow students and eyewitnesses say freshman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire.

Fryberg was considered to be a well-liked student. The scene he created in the cafeteria was chaotic. Three of the injured students were taken to a nearby hospital where they immediately went into surgery. A fourth was transferred to Seattle for treatment.

HarryDavid-LogoMEDFORD, Ore. – Harry & David in Medford announced today that it will be adding 3,000 brand-new positions for the holiday season.

According to the company, most positions are available immediately, and run through the end of November. 970 positions are currently available in Medford.

The company will host several hiring events in Medford, with dates to be determined.

For more information, or to apply, visit  http://www.HarryandDavid.com/Jobs, or stop by the employment center located at 2500 S. Pacific Hwy.

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