bear attackCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Oregon State Police is now reporting the bear attack in Central Point as unsubstantiated following their initial report and investigation.

Police said the incident occurred last night in the 4100 block of Grant Road. A 57-year-old man called 911 claiming he was attacked by a bear in his back yard. He was transported to the hospital with minor scratches on his arms, legs and face.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and OSP said they take incidents like this very seriously, but after following up with the man and searching his property, there was not enough conclusive evidence to back up the claims.

“We looked good and hard in all kinds of different locations and we didn’t find any evidence of bears being around,” said Mark Vargas, the District Wildlife Biologist for ODFW.

Vargas said bears are known to bite during attacks, and there were no visible bite marks.  Also, scratches would have to be parallel and consistent and in this case, they were not.


Down SyndromeMEDFORD, Ore. — Currently nearly 400,000 people are living with Down Syndrome in the United States. On Sunday, dozens of people from across the Rogue Valley came together to raise awareness for the disorder.  Volunteers gathered at Alba Park around noon. There were games, food and other non-profits set up. The money raised from the walk is going to the Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon.

“They’re people too and that’s the key point here, they are no different from you and I, they laugh, they cry, they love, they live, they’re awesome,” said David Curry, the President of the Board of Directors for DSASO.

DSASO was founded thirty years ago. The organization donates money and time to nine different local counties across southern Oregon, from the coast to Lakeview.  It provides educational and outreach programs along with advocacy and support for those with Down Syndrome.

deer buckMEDFORD, Ore. — A deadly deer disease is sweeping the Rogue Valley. Since January, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife experts estimate 100 deer have died because of the disease.

It’s called adenovirus hemorrhagic disease, or AHD, and was first detected in the southern Oregon two decades ago, but it is more prevalent this year compared to years past.  Steve Niemela, a wildlife biologist at ODFS said he’s been getting three to four calls a day regarding the sickness.

“Unlike a chronic disease that can wear an animal down, they get skinny, they lose their coat,” said Niemela. “This affects them really quickly so when they die, they actually look superficially like they are in good condition.”

Wildlife officials said the disease is spread through nose to nose contact. They are urging people not to feed or water deer.

climate march intl(CNN) — Across the world, climate change protesters want to make this a Sunday to remember. A reported 2,500 marches are planned in 160 countries around the globe.

A rally is planned for Vogel Plaza, Medford from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in solidarity with other marches taking place on Sunday.

Organizers in New York say they expect more than 150,000 people to march as part of a global rally for the environment. Thousands are marching in Melbourne, demanding action from the Australian government, which just abolished a carbon tax created by the previous administration.

In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue was bathed in light on Friday along with a message calling for action.

All of this is meant to highlight a UN Summit on the environment that gets under way on Tuesday in New York.

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PULLMAN, Wash. — Oregon survived behind a patchwork offensive line thanks to another big night from Marcus Mariota, outscoring Washington State in the second half to win 38-31 in Martin Stadium on Saturday night.

How it Happened: Mariota was sacked five times in the first half as the Cougars fought to a 21-21 halftime tie. The Ducks shored things up just enough in the second half, getting a go-ahead touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown late in the third quarter from Mariota, his fourth of five in the game.

Who Stood Out: Mariota finished 21-of-25 passing for 329 yards and the five touchdowns, shrugging off the pressure put on Oregon’s inexperienced offensive line. Left tackle Tyrell Crosby and right tackle Matt Piersoneach made his first career start at those respective positions, and the Ducks struggled with protection and penalties all night. The tide shifted when DeForest Buckner forced a fumble and Arik Armstead recovered it in the third quarter, setting the stage for Brown’s go-ahead touchdown.

What it Means: The second-ranked Ducks survived their first conference road trip with a victory, and now have a bye week in which to try and get healthier and shore up the offensive line. Oregon improved to 4-0 and is now 1-0 in Pac-12 play.

Odds and ends: Devon Allen scored two touchdowns, giving him five for the season, tied for the UO lead this season with Royce Freeman. … Freeman started the game, and is thought to be Oregon’s first true freshman starter at running back since Derek Loville in 1986. … Mariota had never been sacked more than three times in a single game.

Next Up: The Ducks enter a bye weekend in which they’ll practice Tuesday through Thursday, before beginning their next full practice week Saturday in anticipation of a Thursday night home game against Arizona on Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN)


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Corvallis, Ore. – Tailbacks Terron Ward and Storm Woods each scored twice and Oregon State wore down San Diego State 28-7 on Saturday night before a crowd of 41,339 at Reser Stadium.

Senior quarterback Sean Mannion displaced former OSU star Derek Anderson (2001-04) in first place atop the school career passing yardage list on a 27-yard connection with Hunter Jarmon with 11:20 left in the third quarter that gave him 11,263 yards at that point. He also assumed third place on the all-time Pac-12 list on the same play.

Mannion completed 24 of 31passes to 10 different receivers for 275 yards and increased his career total to 11,339 yards. USC’s Matt Barkley is the all-time leader with 12,274 yards; USC’s Carson Palmer is second at 11,818.

The Beavers did not need a 300-yard performance from Mannion on this night, however. Woods (11-52) and Ward (15-50) combined for 102 rushing yards and the defense completely stifled the Aztecs after surrendering a touchdown their opening drive.

Ward scored on runs of 12 and two yards, Woods on runs of five and two yards. Steven Nelson andMichael Doctor added interceptions and the Beavers had three sacks for 20 yards in losses. SDSU gained 75 yards on its first drive and then had just 140 the rest of the way.

“That was a good win,” OSU coach Mike Riley said. “We had a speaker last night talk about perseverance and that came into play today.

“We had to stay with it because it didn’t look very good early. There were some fantastic defensive plays after we got past that first drive.

“It was a hard game. We wanted to run the ball because we knew it would be hard if we had to pass protect all game.”

SDSU had three sacks in the first quarter but none thereafter.

“Sean adjusted, we got rid of the ball quicker,” Riley said. ‘We rushed for 10 times of the amount we had against them last year. Even though 100 yards isn’t great we were pretty effective.”

SDSU took a 7-0 lead with 11:27 left in the first quarter on a 2-yard scoring run by tailback Donnel Pumphrey. OSU replied with Ward’s 12-yard run with five seconds left in the first quarter to even the score 7-7. Mannion’s 32-yard hookup with Hunter Jarmon was the big play on the 70-yard drive.

Ward scored again on a 2-yard run with 27 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Beavers a 14-7 intermission lead. Mannion’s 49-yard pass to Rahmel Dockery on the previous play positioned OSU for the go-ahead score.

Woods’ 5-yard TD run made it 21-7 with 9:58 left in the third quarter. The record-setting pass to Jarmon set up the score. A 2-yard TD run by Woods made it 28-7 with 1:16 left in the third quarter and completed the scoring.

The Beavers open Pac-12 Conference play against USC on Sept. 27 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PDT; it will be televised by ESPN.


9-20 rob webWEED, Calif. — Elementary school students use a path every day to get up the hill, to and from school.  When the Boles Fire swept through last week, this path was right in its way and was damaged with debris and fallen trees coming right down onto it.  As school officials have their eye on reopening next week, fire crews made sure the path would be ready.

Step by step, the path is cleared and tripping hazards are removed. A fire crew spent Saturday morning clearing out the trail that had become buried under burned trees and down power lines. Weed Elementary School is planning on reopening on Tuesday and fire crews made sure they trail would be safe to use.

“Taking out some of the branches and dead trees that were along the pathway and trying to make it look somewhat nice, despite the background,” said Truong Nguyen with Cal Fire.

The crew is with the California conservation core and specializes in clearing brush and making defensible space.  The partnerships is with Cal Fire and this crew came in from southern California.

Police-Lights-22-250x169KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls resident is in custody after reportedly trying to rob a local pool hall with a toy gun and then being taken down by a customer.

Klamath Falls Police say 41-year old Justin Keffer entered the Black Dog Billiards around 11 a.m. on Saturday wearing a mask and demanding money. Apparently he had painted a toy gun black, giving it the appearance of a deadly weapon.

Reports say a customer confronted Keffer during the robbery and then chased him down Main Street. By the time police arrived, he was already being detained. There were no reported injuries, and no property was stolen.

Glacier Breaks Off Mt. Shasta

Photo: Beverly David

MT. SHASTA, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department is sending deputies to monitor the roads near Mount Shasta after a piece of glacier broke off and started flooding the area.

Reports surfaced today of some bridges being overrun with water near the Pilgrim Creek and Mud Creek area.

The U.S. Forest Service and California Highway Patrol are also working to monitor parts of State Route 89 just in case.

There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.

9-19 wedding ring 2WEED, Cal. – Bertha Cervantes looks on as a team of family members and firefighters sift through rubble under the setting sun. For hours, the firefighters have been helping her family search the burnt wreckage of their home for surviving valuables, even after many other families have already called it a day. Despite the devastation, Bertha is struggling to hold back tears of joy.

She already found what she came for.

“My wedding ring,” said Bertha, holding up the still shiny diamond. “It means 40 years, it means a lot for me.”

Bertha says she had taken off her wedding ring to cook when the fire came racing through her Angel Valley neighborhood. She and her husband, Jose, had to rush the family out before they could grab it.

She says she had already given up hope of finding it, until the firefighters managed to sift it out.

“I was crying for hours saying it’s impossible. And then when the ring came… my heart started pumping,” said Bertha.

That tiny miracle is one of the few things to survive the disaster.

The house, which Jose had built with his own two hands, is now nothing but a foundation – the tiny handprints of their now grown kids still visible in the concrete. The family’s entire life savings, which had been stored under the bed in the form of jewelry and cash, is completely lost.

And a lifetime worth of family memories and sentimental items has vanished entirely.

But the family says that little ring, now caked with a layer of ash, has given them the will to begin the long process of rebuilding. And they say it never would have happened without the firefighters.

“We were just absolutely devastated,” said Bertha’s daughter, Adriana. “But now… she’s just so happy with the wedding ring, that’s really what matters to us.”

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