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.

superheroesPORTLAND, Ore. — Superheroes have a surprise for an Oregon boy who survived a terrifying fire that took the life of two of his cousins.

Eight-year old Caden Teddleton has spent the last eight years in the burn center. He survived an RV fire in Coquille but lost his two of his cousins. That’s why a group of superheroes came together to make this birthday an extra special one. A staff of doctors, nurses and first responders dressed up as superheroes to make all the difference.

“He wasn’t having a very good day but after coming out here and seeing the surprised look on his face and the smiles, it was pretty awesome,” said Caden’s father Doyne Teddleton.

Caden has a lot of recovery ahead, but his family says he is tough.

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Many gather in the Ashland Plaza at all times of the day. Some transients say they try to be respectful of the people who work downtown and those passing-by on their way to different destinations in the city.

It’s at night though, when the commotion in the plaza starts getting loud. One local band member who frequents the plaza says, at night, it turns into a big party and there is medical and recreational marijuana being used. Lately he’s even seen meth being pulled out, but while the marijuana is acceptable to the homeless and transient community, the meth is not.

Charles Coyde-Toney, a local musician who frequents the plaza says, “If there was a situation where that was to happen, then I think everyone around would say ‘that’s not okay, take that somewhere else, you should go away.’”

Ashland police also have deputies on duty at all hours of the day who make sure the plaza and other areas of Ashland are safe and drug-free. Even though medical marijuana has been legalized in the state, it is still illegal to smoke on public property.

Chief Deputy Corey Falls says they have had issues with the plaza in the past. If people are cited multiple times for any type of law violation they can be banned from the city.

legalLONGVIEW, Wash. — From sodas to coffees, a Pacific Northwest bottler is infusing drinks with marijuana.

Mirth Provisions says it’s filling a gap in the Washington marijuana business. The company is the first company to produce the product they’re calling “Legal.” It’s infused with 20 milligrams of THC.

A Mirth Provisions employee explains, “The idea is we’re going to put a reasonable dosage in here that you can kick back and casually drink the whole thing, without worrying about how you’re going to feel later.”

The coffee drinks are on hold until the state gives the green light. The sodas will be available on Monday in eight of the 22 stores in the state that are licensed to sell marijuana.

SMOKE PIC TUESHAPPY CAMP, Calif. — As these fires continue to burn, sending smoke in the area, communities throughout Northern California are trying to deal with the poor air quality.

Happy Camp Elementary is preparing to install air purifiers throughout the school sometime this weekend. The school is expecting to open Monday. That’s three school days later than it was expecting to open.

In Fort Jones, officials have set up a Clean Air Respite Center to give people an escape from the smoke. It’s at the family resource center on Main Street in Fort Jones. It’s open from 9-5 on the weekdays.

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