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WEATHER DISCUSSION

This weeks weather pattern is starting to look more impressive as we chug along. Just last weekend is seemed as if we were only going to get cloud coverage but the pesky high pressure has broken down and now the jet stream can usher these storms in a little further south than expected. It will be nice to finally get some much needed shower activity, however, these storms will be short-lived and not last long (a few hours at most).

The first chance of precipitation will come Wednesday morning. as a warm front rolls through the northwest part of the area. The only places that will see these showers will be locations in the northern fringes of the forecast area. This includes the Cascades in the northern areas and Bandon at the coast. If anything falls, it will be very light and scattered.

A cold front approaching the coast will bring a better chance for showers to all areas starting in the afternoon on Thursday. The line of showers will bring much needed moisture to the area. However, it seems that the jet stream is moving these storms in faster and therefore the rain will only last a few hours at best. Current models have the showers tapering off by Friday morning.The closer this system gets to us, we’ll have a better idea of how much rainfall to expect.

Another frontal system will work its way in on Saturday morning. Isolated shower activity is expected as well. These showers should dissipate into the early afternoon and allow for the clouds to move out for Easter Sunday. All areas are expecting mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures as well.

Thanks for logging on and have a great day!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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(CNN) — A moment of silence at the finish line, the tolling of church bells and a solemn flag-raising ceremony capped the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing Tuesday.

Under a steady rain on Boylston Street, where two homemade bombs last April 15 marked the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11, scores gathered in the personification of a slogan that captured the country: “Boston Strong.”

After a stirring rendition of “God Bless America,” ordinary people, bombing survivors, first responders and dignitaries — including Vice President Joe Biden — bowed their heads in a moment of silence, saw the American flag raised, and sang the national anthem shortly before 3 p.m. on the spot where explosions, carnage, screams and smoke interrupted one of the city’s most joyous and popular events one year ago.

Earlier, thousands gathered to mark the anniversary of a horror that shook the nation.

“We would never wish the devastation and pain we have experienced on any of you,” said Patrick Downes, who was among the many injured in the twin bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon. “However, we do wish that all of you, at some point in your lives, feel as loved as we have felt this last year. It has been the most humbling experience of our lives. We hope you feel all the emotion we feel when we say ‘thank you.’”

Downes was a newlywed at the time of the attack. He and his wife, Jessica Kensky, each lost a leg.

Before the crowd gathered Tuesday at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, he spoke of the three people killed in the blasts and a university police officer killed days later amid efforts to catch the suspects. He called them “guardian angels.”

“Let’s show them they live on in our bonds of family, friendship and community and in the infectious spirit we will feel on the third Monday in April for years to come.” That’s the date of the marathon.

After a string of speakers, Biden began his remarks by saying, “I’ve never witnessed a tribute like I heard today.” To the survivors, he said, “My God, you have survived and you have soared. You are truly inspiring. I’ve never heard anything so beautiful as what all of you just said.”

“So much has been taken from you, but you never, never have given up,” he said.

“You have become the face of America’s resolve for the whole world to see,” Biden said, adding that people all around the world know the pride, courage, and resolve of Bostonians. “That’s why the twisted, cowardly terrorists who acted here and in other places do what they do. They try to instill fear so that we will jettison what we value the most and what the world most values about us: an open society, our system of justice, our freedom of religion; our access to opportunity, the free flow of information and ideas.”

The terrorists, Biden said, “wanted to make America afraid so that maybe, maybe, we’d begin to change our ways. That’s the objective — the very soul of who we are. They figured if they instill enough fear, we will change. And it infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear.

“You are Boston strong. But America is strong … That’s what makes us so proud of this city and this state. What makes me so proud to be an American is that we have never, ever yielded to fear. Never.”

At the marathon, “the whole world witnessed ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things” to help each other, the vice president said.

“America will never, ever, ever stand down,” he said. “We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome and we own the finish line.”

“Next week, we will run again,” said Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association. “But on this day, in this place, in remembrance and resolve, we gather as citizens of Boston, Boston strong.”

One year ago, “the very fabric of this community was tested to its core,” he said, but the city “inspired.”

“You are strong at this broken place,” former Mayor Tom Menino told the crowd, adding, “the heartbeat of Boston is a mighty force.”

To those who lost loved ones and to the many who were wounded, Menino said, “whatever you have to do to recover and carry on, know that the people of Boston and I will be right there by your side.” Menino was mayor at the time of the attack.

On April 15, 2013, the Patriots’ Day bombings killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded at least 264 others. The city then underwent days of fear as the two identified suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers, were on the run. Police say they killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in the process, and then Tamerlan Tsarnaev was run over by his younger brother, Dzhokhar, as they battled police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts and is scheduled to go on trial in November.

 

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Boston Marathon runner Justin Rosas wore jacket the jacket given out at last year’s race Tuesday and said he will never forget April 15th 2013.

“It’s actually been more difficult today than I would have guessed on the one year anniversary. I don’t think about it every day, I do think about it often, but not every day,” said Rosas.

Rosas completed the race about an hour before the first explosion, but was still close by.

“We were actually driving back towards the finish line and were probably about 100 yards away,” said Rosas.

He said the next few days were difficult, but the city came together. This year, he’ll be headed back to run the marathon and said he never hesitated at the thought. Rosas expects this year’s run to be healing for all involved.

“I can see some of the re-traumatizing of the experience but I think it will be healing on the whole. I think all the people going back think it will be healing on the whole,” said Rosas.

There are some security changes this year, and Rosas knows safety will be a priority.

“We’re not allowed to carry as much with us to the start line. At Boston, you’re actually at the start line for about 4 hours, which is a lot longer than any other race,” said Rosas.

Rosas said he’s excited to lace up the shoes and feel the “Boston strong” spirit once again.

Those two days and that time and my experience is what ‘Boston strong’ means to me,” said Rosas.

seedsMEDFORD, Ore.– Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops.

The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said they do not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference, Tuesday, at Oregon State University’s Extension Center, they presented data largely supporting the ban.

They said the agriculture giant, Syngenta, has revealed roughly 35 GMO fields in the Rogue Valley, making for a high probability of contamination with non-GMO farms.

“If you try to overlay another 35 farms, which really aren’t farms, on top of what’s already here, it’s physically impossible to keep the separation,” said Association member, Chuck Burr.

Syngenta spokespeople argue the number of GMO fields in the area is much lower than the Associations’ claims, estimating about half of their number between Jackson and Josephine counties together.

Although the press conference was held at the OSU Extension Center, the extension says they are not in any way associated with the GMO measure.

HuddlestonMEDFORD, Ore.– The fate of a man accused of killing his wife is now in the hands of the jury.

It comes on the same day Bourne Huddleston took the stand to defend himself in his murder trial. Huddleston stuck to the story he’s been presenting in court; that his wife killed herself in March 2012.

The prosecution questioned the many versions of the story Huddleston has told. He took the stand first thing this morning, and claimed Kristy Huddleston shot herself, because she was upset over a relationship Bourne was in with another woman. Bourne claims he worried someone would blame him for Kristy’s death, so he tried to clean up the scene and got rid of the gun. He called himself a coward for leaving his son alone in the house with Kristy’s body.

The state medical examiner said the fatal would was the result of a homicide, and prosecutor David Hoppe challenged Huddleston’s version of the events. He pointed out that Huddleston has changed his story repeatedly during the investigation, and that he initially told police he didn’t know what happened.

He said Huddleston’s story conveniently changed whenever he was presented with new evidence.

“You give a statement you admit is complete lies. Then [the investigator] talked to you again, after you drink your water, which you need, and you give a whole different story. And now I’m talking to you and it’s changing. Does it matter who asks the questions, if the truth is relative? Is that the fact?”

Both sides gave closing arguments Tuesday afternoon, with the prosecution laying out the inconsistencies in Huddleston’s story, and the defense arguing that not enough was done by investigators to see if the death was a suicide. The case was handed over to the jury at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. After a brief meeting with Judge Lorenzo Mejia, the jury said they will begin deliberations Wednesday at 9 a.m.

quartz creek fire 2 web_RESIZE Quartz Creek Rd fire 1 web_RESIZEMERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same property, about 40 feet from each other. One structure was a residence, but the homeowner was not at home, and the other was a garage with a living area above it.

Fire crews were at the scene until about 2:30 in the morning extinguishing the flames, but both structures were completely lost. The damages to the buildings cost approximately $150,000, according to Lt. Mike Shaw with Rural Metro Fire. The pictures above show the home before it caught fire and then what fire crews saw when they arrived on scene.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says Dr. Brian Shumate will be the next leader of the district.  He has 27 years of education experience, the previous two have been as Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky.

Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who retires June 30th. Long served a total of 30-years with the district, nine of which as superintendent.

Shumate will be inheriting a district still feeling the effects of a drawn-out strike. He also says student transiency and high number of English language learners will pose a challenge.

And while low graduation rates remain a problem, he says he intends to fix that through extra-curricular activities and student engagement.

“I want to make sure we have a variety of offerings within the high school, not just athletics, but curricular activities and pathways within their daily lives — that connect them to the school experience,” said Shumate. “Then I believe we can improve graduation rates.”

Shumate says he plans to adjust to tight budgets by looking at how schools are using their resources and reallocating if necessary. He says he’ll be spending his time in the next few months speaking with administrators and teachers in order to become more familiar with the district.

Shumate is expected to begin his position with the Medford School District on July 15th. That is pending an official contract offer and a public vote by the School Board.

You can find out more about Shumate on his current district’s website.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A Rogue Valley man accused of murdering his wife takes the stand in his own defense during his trial on Tuesday.

Borne Huddleston wanted to testify so his side of the story could be heard.  He says the state’s side of the story is systematic, and he wants people to know the real truth.

While on the stand Tuesday afternoon, Huddleston stuck to his story stating his wife, Kristy Huddleston, committed suicide.  He says he did not know what to do when he found his wife dead.  He said he panicked and left for his girlfriend’s house.  In court, he repeatedly called himself a “coward” for leaving his 10-year-old son at home alone and not calling 911.

During the cross examination process, Deputy District Attorney, David Hoppe, called into question the fact that Huddleston had changed his story multiple times since being arrested.

The trial is continuing throughout the day on Tuesday.  Closing arguments are expected to start before the end of the day.

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are sold every year come Easter. This makes it the most popular chocolate Easter candy in the nation, according to the National Retail Federation.

Local chocolatiers say Easter is one of their busiest holidays, and they are gearing up for a potential busy next few days.  Branson’s Chocolate in Ashland has already sold more than 100 chocolate bunnies, but it’s expecting to sell even more as the holiday gets closer.

“I start making bunnies… February… March and hoping I have enough but I usually run out,” said Deena Branson, owner of Branson’s Chocolate.

Branson said most people wait to buy the chocolate bunnies because that way kids do not see them beforehand.   This year Americans will spend close to $2.1 billion on Easter candy, with 70 percent being chocolate candy.

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Medford, Ore. – If the summer temperatures have you thinking about your summer garden, you can start preparing now.  You can do that by germinating summer plant seeds.

OSU Master Gardener Laurin Parker said, “We can actually start them indoors so we can get a nice plant going and then put it outside when the weather warms up.”

To see tips on how to germinate seeds watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment or contact the OSU Master Gardener near you.

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