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

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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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ASHLAND, Ore. – The #9 Southern Oregon Raiders played a very different opponent in their second “home game” of the 2014 season. However, much like SOU’s 38-35 win over Carroll College at Ashland High School on Sept. 6, the Raiders pulled off another hard-fought battle on Saturday, eventually dispatching of College of Idaho with a 56-28 win.

The score is not indicative of the closeness of the game. In fact, the Yotes jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Sean McShane tied the game in the 2nd quarter with a 22-yard touchdown reception and then helped the Raiders take the lead with a highlight-reel catch and run later in the quarter. College of Idaho tied the game again early in the 2nd half, but a 62-yard touchdown reception by Matt Retzlaff gave SOU a lead it would never surrender again.

Austin Dodge returned to his “video game numbers” with 476 passing yards and five touchdowns. Melvin Mason rushed for 90 yards and a score, and Keegan Lawrence carried the ball three times for 58 yards and two total touchdowns. McShane had eight receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns while Dylan Young totaled 101 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.

Southern Oregon (4-0, 3-0 in Frontier Conference) goes back on the road next week to play Montana State-Northern (1-3, 0-3 in Frontier Conference).

gamerosityMEDFORD, Ore. — The whole month of September is a time to recognize and bring awareness to pediatric cancers. An annual event is celebrating survivors and those fighting the disease with bounce houses, slingshots, and some things straight from the kids’ vivid imaginations.

“Gamerosity” hosted its second annual “Game On Day” event at the U.S. Cellular Fields in Medford. The free event was open to everyone in the community, but there were also several local families there whose children are still battling cancer.

The executive director says events like this help raise more support for their “hero kits”. Each kit includes an iPad Mini, headphones, t-shirts and capes for the “little heroes” that are spending most days in the hospital.

“It’s actually disturbing sometimes when we realize how many local kids in just a 50 mile radius are actually undergoing chemotherapy treatment right now, but to our community’s credit when we post a local child campaign they get funded so fast it’s actually really been impressive,” said Manny Munoz, the Executive Director of Gamerosity.

The funding for Gamerosity comes from grants, and donations from people nationwide.

huntingCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hunting season is right around the corner, and this weekend youth from across our region are getting the chance to perfect their aim and hunt some pheasants.

This is all part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual youth pheasant hunt. It is one of the largest in Oregon, and is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Central Point ODFW office.

Managers are set to release 500 pheasants onto the land throughout the weekend, and that much game is bringing in  a large crowd. On Saturday, nearly 200 people came out to test their skills, and some got lucky… Bagging a pheasant to take home for dinner.

“I tried to get some today with a 20 gauge, but we didn’t really see any,” said hunter, Treyson Bauman.

“I got like one of the longest tail feathers,” said Clayton Leckband, another hunter. “Usually you will measure to see who has the longest tail feather, and this one is like 19 and the highest was like 21 so I was close.”

The hunt will continue Sunday. All hunters must have their hunting license and be under 18-years-old. Hunters did have to pre-register, but those wanting to hunt can come and wait on stand-by.



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