Beers and BoogieMEDFORD, Ore. — A Southern Oregon brewery is trading brews for bucks today in an effort to help local kids.

Tonight, 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 can enjoy live music, dancing, a silent auction, and food.

Event Coordinating Jennifer Hedgepeth says, “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 starts tonight at 6 and runs until 8:30. There is a $15 cover charge that includes food catered by sunrise cafe.

lottery voteGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon voters may soon get to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled. “Securing Our Safety” is a group of citizens dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County.

Members are proposing a measure to allow 50-percent of state-controlled lottery dollars to be county-controlled instead. The measure was supposed to be on this year’s November ballot, but the group failed to get enough signatures. Now, the supporters aim to gather 150,000 signatures for the measure to go on the November 2016 ballot.

Chief Petitioner Cliff Thomason says, “In Josephine County we can use it for public safety where we have a big need, we can also use it to help some of the schools and their infrastructure.”

So far 12,000 signatures have been collected.

Merkley @ SOUASHLAND, Ore. — Senator Jeff Merkley visited Ashland yesterday, hitting 50 towns in seven days as part of his “Jobs and Opportunity Tour” leading up to the election.

He stopped at Southern Oregon University to meet with students and faculty members for a roundtable discussion. Merkley answered questions about student loans, debt, and the increase in tuition costs. Some students say, it was also beneficial just to meet the Oregon leader.

Dylan Bloom, a student at SOU says, “It was also nice to put a face to the name and see how he interacts with people as a person as an individual.”

Senator Merkley also stopped in Medford and Grants Pass, and is continuing his tour today in the Willamette valley.

 

houston march 3CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — One year later, the search for the suspect and vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run continues. Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help to solve the incident that killed two men on October 30th, 2013, near Cave Junction.

Police received the report about fifteen minutes after midnight last year that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199, South of Cave Junction.

When emergency personnel arrived, they confirmed 21-year old Jarred Houston and 41-year old Robert Calvin – both from Cave Junction – were dead. The involved vehicle and driver had already fled the scene of the crime.

Houston and Calvin were reportedly in a dispute that turned physical and spread out into the middle of the road where they were hit by the suspect vehicle. The vehicle in question was described by Police as light colored, possibly tan, 1980s style single cab Toyota pickup, with a matching color canopy and some front end damage.

Police have invested hundreds of hours into the investigation, but to no avail. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the unsolved case.

Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111,

halloweenMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are offering some tips to parents to keep their children safe this Halloween, including finding out who lives in their neighborhood.

Medford Police said they have about 700 registered sex offenders in Medford and about 50 of them are “Predatory” sex offenders. Before you leave the house Friday night, Police say you can look up your area with an interactive map to see what registered sex offenders might be in the surrounding houses.

The map only shows “Predatory” sex offenders and gives you a picture and who the offender typically targets.

Medford Police are also offering other tips this year to stay safe, including giving your child a flashlight or glow stick to stay visible, staying on sidewalks, and giving curfew and check-in times for kids and teenagers.

Police say all drivers should use extreme caution while traveling on Halloween night.

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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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