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.


IMG_20141024_120656MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford’s two biggest football teams are raising awareness for domestic violence.

Players from North and South Medford High School will be donning specially-designed logos and unveiling banners at tonight’s football game at Speigelberg Stadium, coinciding with a Medford Police walk to raise awareness for domestic violence.

The idea came from Klamath Falls. After their football team did the same, their district attorney extended a challenge to Medford coaches to get on board.

Players in tonight’s game say the community often looks to players, not just for entertainment, but also as role models. They also say many of the players themselves have either experienced or knew someone who experienced domestic violence.

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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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A warm front is lifting north this morning. This is bringing light to moderate rain to much of Southern Oregon. It will continue traveling up the I-5 corridor throughout Friday, bringing clearing skies and drier conditions by the afternoon. Because this is a warm front, snow levels will remain high and all of the precipitation falling will be rain. Rain will wrap up from south to north around lunchtime.

This afternoon will feature partly to mostly sunny skies with highs slightly warmer than Wednesday. It looks like we’ll be lucking out tonight for Friday Night Football. Friday Night Blitz Game of the Week will be at the Black and Blue Game at Spiegelberg Stadium. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but it does appear we’ll most likely remain dry under partly cloudy skies. Temperatures will start in the low 60′s for kickoff but will drop into the 50′s throughout the game.

The next front to impact our region will be tomorrow morning. This is going to be a cold front, associated with the same low pressure system this morning’s warm front belongs to. Rain will spread inland starting tomorrow morning and continue into the afternoon. It could be heavy at times and the highest inland rain totals will be along and west of the Cascades and in Western Siskiyou County.

Ahead of this cold front, winds are going to become gusty ..mainly tonight starting at the coast. A high wind watch has been issued for the Southern Oregon Cascades, Basin, Shasta Valley and Modoc County. Those areas with the strongest winds, like the high terrain, are under this watch which goes into effect tonight. A wind advisory will then go in effect tomorrow morning for Jackson County, Del Norte, the Shasta Valley and Basin. Both the advisory and watch will remain in place through Saturday night as winds will stay gusty through this time frame. Gusts could reach 60-80mph.

Snow levels will drop Saturday night/Sunday morning near 5,000.’ This is going to bring snow showers to the high country into Sunday. Most locations will catch a break on Monday before another cold front moves inland Tuesday.

If you’d like more on your local weather you can head to my Facebook and/or Twitter pages!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

allenSAN FRANCISCO, Cal. – Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said he is pledging $100 million dollars to battle the Ebola virus.

The announcement comes as a New York City doctor is in isolation after testing positive for the virus.

According to Allen, the money will be used to train doctors in Massachusetts, and to build special containment units for those who are infected.

It’s the latest in major donations from Silicon Valley executives.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $50 million, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave $25 million.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Tim Kiesling is a senior at Ashland High School. Tim and a couple of schoolmates are working to organize an ultimate frisbee club team, but in the meantime, Tim gets his ultimate fix with SOUPA, the Southern Oregon Ultimate Players’ Association.

“There’s a lot of really serious players who have played on national teams or coached national teams,” Kiesling said, “I mean the weather’s beautiful here in Southern Oregon so it’s almost always a good day to play.”

Kiesling started playing with SOUPA a few weeks ago, but with limited experience, he needed to study up on the game before playing with the more experienced players.

“I had been watching a lot of ultimate on YouTube, like professional games, so I already kind of knew what was going on,” Kiesling said, “but definitely the first game was a lot of learning.”

SOUPA offers a great chance to learn. The organization’s roots go back more than a decade. Jim Casetllano and some of his friends started playing a loose game in the early 2000′s. There was no official equipment, but that laid back game eventually took on a more competitive tone.

“Everybody kind of reminisces about when they bought their first pair of cleats just to play ultimate and how we were getting pretty serious.” Castellano said.

So Castellano and his friends joined with a group from Ashland to form SOUPA and now the seriousness of the sport is reaching new levels.

“We try to come out every Sunday,” Kellen Akiyama said. “There’s a game on Wednesdays, and we are competitive and we all know each other for the most part.”

“Everybody has a story about how they got into it, whether it was college, whether you were with friends at a park, or there was just a group of people that saw you doing something athletic and recruited you,” Castellano said.

“Somebody can find their niche or their place here in ultimate,” Akiyama said. “As long as they’re having fun and having success on the field, then they’ll stay and they’ll be a part of our community for a long time.”

One thing that brings the group together is a passion for the frisbee.

“I’m definitely always looking forward to it,” Kiesling said. “I mean, I’ll cancel plans on Saturday night if I think they’re going to go too late because I’ve got to be rested up and ready to go for ultimate on Sunday.”

“Part of what makes ultimate so beautiful is watching the disc fly,” Castellano said. “When somebody’s got a really good flick or a really good backhand and they let one rip, just watching that thing sail and somebody run it down, it’s beautiful.”

For more information on the Southern Oregon Ultimate Players’ Association, go to www.soupa.org

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Thursday brought yet another day with showers across the area as a slow moving cold front crept eastward.  The highest rainfall totals were along the coast, with up to half an inch in northern California and west side valleys.  We will see the same cold front stall out and recede northwestward Friday morning as it becomes a warm front and pushes up from the southeast.

As the warm front passes, it will bring a band of rainfall back through southern Oregon and northern California.  However, for the remainder of the day Friday, it looks like we will stay mainly dry, at least by Friday evening – just in time for Friday night football.  A few clouds will stick around during the afternoon as well.

The next cold front is set to move through Saturday morning, also bringing with it more rain showers.  Temperatures will drop for Saturday afternoon and Sunday, with snow levels falling to near 5,000 feet in the high terrain by the end of the weekend.  It appears we may get a break from the showers come Monday, but another front Tuesday brings them right back.

For more information, or to send me your weather pictures, head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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MEDFORD, Ore.– Here’s some ideas of what to do and what not to do with your fall leaves.

OSU Master Gardeners say don’t burn them! You can use fall leaves in your garden for compost, mulch, or as a garden amendment; or give them to your gardening friends. You can also call your disposal company for curbside pick-up.

There are, however, some leaves you don’t want to use, such as diseased, or pest ridden leaves, and leaves from walnut trees.

For more information, contact the OSU Extension 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

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