rsc hot note odfMEDFORD, Ore. — NewsWatch 12′s reporter Rob Scott is up in the air with the Oregon Department of Forestry Thursday afternoon. The crew is working on finding the best way to access a 1/100th of an acre fire burning in the Tolman Creek Drainage.

Tonight on NewsWatch 12 at 6, get a birds eye view from the Rogue Alley from a spotter plane.

Ashland Council Wants Ban On GMOPORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Right to Know Initiative officially qualified its Measure 92 for the November Ballot on Wednesday. The Right to Know Initiative requires that genetically engineered foods must be labeled in stores.

The campaign submitted over 156,000 signatures, nearly double the required 87, 213 collected in only six weeks. “The labeling measure passed through the qualification process with ease,” according to a press release sent out by the Right to Know Initiative.


cle hot noteEAGLE POINT, Ore. — Crater Lake Charter Academy in Eagle Point is the newest charter school in Southern Oregon and is enrolling students for fall. As this new school begins enrolling, waiting lists remain lengthy for the existing non-traditional schools in the area. More people reportedly attempt to enroll in local charter schools each year. Some students are behind nearly 40 people in line to attend this fall.

Coming up at 5 & 6, find out which grade levels have the longest waiting list and why so many families are choosing the charter school path.

Police-Lights-22-250x169MORROW COUNTY, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to investigate the death of a road construction worker Wednesday night. The work site was on Interstate 84 about 7 miles west of Boardman in Morrow County.

Information released today by OSP showed that on Wednesday, July 23 at about 11:15 p.m., OSP, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Boardman Police, Boardman Fire crews, and Boardman Ambulance crews were sent to a reported highway construction work site accident in the westbound lanes of I-84, near milepost 158. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found Glen Warren McCoy, 64, from Sparks, Nv., fatally injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

McCoy was a member of a construction company out of Sparks, Nv. that was contracted with ODOT to install rumble strips at a paving project site. He was working outside of a 1999 Dodge pickup operated by another employee when the pickup, which had a piece of equipment in tow, began to slowly move forward and he was run over by the rear dual tires.

ssa hot noteMEDFORD, Ore. — After several more suspected arson fires Thursday morning, neighbors in south Medford hope that a suspect is caught soon. The largest fire was set in the 600 block of S. Fir St. The fire burned through a large pile of fruit crates, and some plastic containers.

Neighbors in the area are saying they are concerned that they could be the arsonist’s next target. Tune in tonight on NewsWatch 12 to hear the description of the suspect that police were able to obtain this morning.

PALM TREE FIREMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police and fire crews responded to Hawthorne Park around 7:50 a.m. Thursday morning for a palm tree that caught on fire. Fire officials said this fire is also suspicious, occurring right on the heals of the suspicious fire started on Fir St. earlier Thursday morning.

Officials said they found a box of matches and other materials used to kindle a fire near the tree. The fire started at the bottom of the palm tree, but there was only smoke, no visible flames.

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A quiet day is ahead as high pressure begins building into the West today. A new and cooler air mass will keep temperatures below average today — in the 70′s and 80′s. Thursday will be feeling more like spring than summer! This won’t last long though, so enjoy it for what it’s worth.

Any low lying clouds at the coast throughout the morning should clear out quickly. That will make for even a pleasant day in Curry and Coos County with partly to mostly sunny skies.

By tomorrow, we tack on almost 10 degrees to highs. The warming trend carries into the weekend as triple digits return by Sunday for our valleys. The weather through Sunday will remain inactive with clear skies bringing very hot afternoons.

Early next week some monsoonal moisture from the Desert Southwest looks to creep high enough into our forecast area. This will allow the chance for thunderstorms to return to the forecast for Monday through Wednesday of next week. Right now, this threat only includes Northern California and the Klamath Basin.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

malaysia(CNN) — Planes carrying seventy-four more coffins of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived Thursday in the Netherlands. It’s been one week since the plane was shot down, killing all 298 people on board.

Most of them were Dutch. The first of the bodies of those who died reached Endhoven on Wednesday.

Authorities hope all the remains recovered so far will be flown to the Netherlands by Friday.

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MEDFORD, Ore. – A suspicious, early morning fire sent police searching for a possible arson suspect near S. Fir St.  and Melrose Ave.

The fire broke out around 3:30 A.M. Large flames got close to a building, but fire crews were able to keep it from catching fire.

At one point, it appeared police officers were pulling people over to question them.

Flames were so big,  smoke could be seen from Interstate 5, witnesses said.

At this time, investigators do not know the cause of this fire, but they say it does fit the pattern of recent suspicious fires in Medford that began on June 25th.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Medford Police.




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ASHLAND, Ore. — The thunderstorms which moved through on Tuesday afternoon dropped 4,500 lighting strikes in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

One of those hit right in Ashland resident Anne Novina’s backyard. The strike left no scar or scorch mark, but Novina swears she saw the zig-zag pattern hit in the middle of her lawn just 25 feet from her second story sliding glass door. 

She happened to be standing at the door at that exact moment because her cat, Pricilla, was pawing and meowing to be let in.

“The noise was so incredibly loud, it was like an explosion, and so that coupled with the sight of this, bright, thing, was enough to be a little bit intimidating,” said Novina.

Novina says her whole body clenched up for a moment, and she does not know if that was from the lightning itself, or just a the fear and adrenaline.

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