reeves creek fireSELMA, Ore. – Crews continued to battle a large wildfire burning near Lake Selmac on Tuesday, but told homeowners to be ready to leave if the situation gets worse.

The Reeves Creek Fire was first reported Monday night, and has burned about 230 acres in an area near Reeves Creek Road and Highway 199. No homes have been burned, but crews have given level 1 evacuation notices to people living on Wild Park Drive, telling them to prepare to go if the fire grows.

According to Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry, the fire burned into a “bowl” area between hills, and crews are using helicopters and airplanes to drop water and fire retardant on the flames. Once conditions cool down, hand crews will use bulldozers to build fire lines around more of the fire. As of Tuesday afternoon, there are fire lines around 70 percent of the fire, and the fire is about 20 percent contained.

“The first step is to finish the fire line. Second step is to mop in a little ways to totally extinguish a black line, a ring, around the inside of the fire line,” Ballou said.

Fire crews will be watching the weather forecast over the next few days, to see if winds pick up in the region. If they do, they could begin to spread the fire in different directions.

batkidTULELAKE, Cal. —   A northern California boy became the world-famous “batkid” last year.  Now, he is in the spotlight again.

A movie producer is making a documentary about 5 year old Miles Scott, his battle with leukemia, and the world’s effort to grant his wish of becoming Batkid.

Filmmaker Dana Nachman says “Batkid Begins” is about more than how the Tulelake boy saved San Francisco-turned-Gotham City.  It’s also about how he impacted billions of people and improved their lives.

There is campaign to raise money for the film.

In 2 weeks time, they’ve already raised 50-thousand dollars. They are hoping to raise another 50 thousand in the next 3 weeks to complete the project.
You can find out more about the project and how to support it by clicking here.

reeves cr fireSELMA, Ore. — The Reeves Creek Fire burning near Lake Selmac in Josephine County is now causing a concern for additional homes in that area.
In addition to Reeves Creek Rd. remaining closed, due to potential fire behavior from the Reeves Creek Rd. Fire, a Level 1 Evacuation of residents on Wild Park Ln.(off Hwy 199) has been requested.
That means people should “be ready” for potential evacuation.  This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of anyone with special needs, mobile property, and livestock.
If conditions worsen, emergency personnel will contact affected residents directly.
The fire is burning 230 acres right now and is 20 percent contained. Fire lines have been established around 70 percent of the fire.
The fire was reported at 6:38 p.m. Monday night.  The cause is being investigated.
Seven homes are in or on the edge of the fire’s footprint, but none have burned.
Dozens of other homes are located near the fire. The structures are being protected by firefighters from Illinois Valley Fire Dept., Rural-Metro Fire Dept., Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, and a task force from Jackson County fire districts.
Six fire suppression crews, five wildland fire suppression engines, two bulldozers and three helicopters will be used to fight the fire today. An air tanker is also available.

k fallsKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Over the past few weeks the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has fielded multiple calls from citizens regarding being scammed or defrauded, according to a press release sent out Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said all potential suspects have been located out of state. The persons trying to deceive the citizens do so by selling an item via the internet that does not exist, or they will represent themselves as a government officials asking the citizen to pay money owed to the government, such as taxes. The suspects have even identified themselves as IRS agents.

The phone number will look as though it is an out of area number. These numbers, much like pay as you go cell phones, are easily changed. The common aspect of these cases is that all of the scammers ask for the monies requested in the form of a “Green dot money pak.” These cards are reloadable and difficult to track down once they have been mailed, unlike a check or money card, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is urging citizens to be cautious of anyone who may ask you to mail these form of cards to them.

SHADY COVE, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released new images of 57-year old Dwain Hodge Tuesday. Hodge was last seen on Thursday, July 10, 2014 when he was camping with family near West Fork Trail Creek Rd. and Highway 227. According to family members, Hodge left for a walk and never returned.

The new surveillance photos show Hodge outside of the Shady Cove Market on Wednesday, July 9th, the day before he disappeared. The clothing he was wearing is very similar to the items he was last seen wearing except for the t-shirt.

Hodge is from Shady Cove and described as 5’9” and weighs 250 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, he also has a short salt and pepper beard. He was seen wearing a white Budweiser shirt, red Budweiser baseball cap and dirty med-length jean shorts.

Anyone with any information regarding Dwain Hodge or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 541-774-8333.

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Medford, Ore. — In late May, potatoes were planted in our garden.  Now they’re ready to be harvested.

To know when it’s time to harvest your plants in your own garden, look for the green plant to die off.  After it has died off, dig out the plant.  Potatoes grow clumped together so you’ll need to shake and seperate the potatoes.

For more information, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment or contact the OSU Master Gardener near you.

Jackson County – (541) 776-7371
Josephine County – (541) 476-6613
Klamath County – (541) 883-7131
Coos County – (541) 572-5263
Douglas County – (541) 672-4461

duii driverMEDFORD, Ore. — A White City man is facing a DUII charge following Monday evening’s injury crossover crash on Interstate 5 in Medford. On Monday night, at about 8:30 p.m., Robert Piland, 45, from White City was driving a Chevy Tahoe northbound on I-5 near milepost 30 when it traveled over the center median into the southbound lanes.

The driver of a southbound commercial truck attempted to stop but couldn’t avoid the Tahoe before both were involved in a head-on collision. Piland was extricated by responding fire personnel and transported by ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Subsequent to the initial investigation, he was cited by OSP for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The truck’s driver, Eric Porter, 43, from Oakdale was not injured.

MJAtticMEDFORD, Ore. — MaryJane’s Attic is re-opening Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. after being closed down for months. The owner, Marlene Nuckols, said she was allowed to reapply for her Medford business license on Friday, July 18th and immediately did so. She got the call last Friday that it had been approved.

The Attic portion of her business is opening, which sells clothing, accessories and more. However, she is still not allowed to operate as a medical marijuana dispensary. The business license does not allow her to sell marijuana or any marijuana products.

Nuckols said she is communicating with people in the community that are supporters of her dispensary business to get an initiative started to re-open the dispensary. She said they are still looking to get the ban overturned.

cnn apple(CNN) — Apple is making moves to expand its radio service. The company is reportedly close to buying “Swell,” an APP that streams talk radio. According to technology website “Re/Code,” the deal is worth about $30 million.

Swell did not confirm the Apple deal specifically, CNN reports. But, its parent company revealed in a statement the APP will no longer be available and thanked users for their support.

cnn sports(CNN) — A game changer for college sports this week. The NCAA reached a $75 million settlement with the NCAA and dozens of college athletes in a Class Action suit over head injuries.

The settlement requires mandatory regulations coaches must follow if an athlete experiences a head injury during a game of practice. It will prevent athletes from returning to a game after a concussion.

The money will go to testing and research. A federal judge must approve the deal before it can take effect.

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