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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Sunday afternoon’s weather proved to be what many would consider near perfect.  We saw just a few clouds with a light breeze and highs in the upper 70′s.  Unfortunately, it will be the last such day this week.  A cold front is making its way towards the coast Sunday evening, bringing showers Sunday night and clouds to inland locations.

We are not just seeing showers with this cold front, but also gusty winds.  A wind advisory is in effect for the Shasta Valley in Siskiyou County until 8 PM Monday evening.  Winds are expected to gust up to 45 miles per hour.  There’s not a wind advisory, but we will see breezy conditions in the Klamath Basin too.  Gusts up to 35 miles per hours are possible.

Rain will arrive for west side valleys and northern California during the predawn hours Monday.  By lunchtime, we will see showers in the Klamath Basin.  Rainfall amounts are low for inland locations, but up to .75 of an inch along the coast.  Expect less than .25 of an inch inland, with less than .10 of an inch east of the Cascades.  Snow levels in the southern Oregon Cascades will drop to 5,500 feet Tuesday morning.

This won’t be the last chance for rain this week.  Showers are back in the forecast Wednesday continuing through the weekend.  Although the chances and rainfall amounts are low, models suggest isolated rainfall each day.  While models have been in disagreement with the intensity and timing of the rainfall midweek, they are starting to come in to some alignment.  That means that our confidence is increasing with the rain chances for Wednesday through the end of the week.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Last week the Ashland Grizzlies used a trick play to score the game-winning touchdown against Crater. Quarterback Kyle Weinberg gave it to his brother Nicky Weinberg who threw it to their good friend Shashi Penn. It was the first time those players had run the play in a game but not the first time they ever tried it.

“It felt pretty good,” Nicky said. “I threw it to Shashi like back in the day, the double reverse passes we used to do. We just did random trick plays we came up with back in the backyard and then it happened on the football field.”

Nicky, the sophomore receiver, has been having a great season with the Grizzlies, and he’s helped his brother Kyle ease into his first season as Ashland’s starting quarterback.

“I do feel something a little special throwing to him because we grew up together throwing the ball, and now that it means something, it’s really special,” Kyle said.

“When these kids grow up, how many times are they out in the yard throwing the ball around?” Ashland head coach Charlie Hall said. “I think that has to play into it. We had Nicky and Kyle in football camp when they were in elementary school and middle school and just knew then that they were special athletes.”

Brother tandems are nothing new in the Rogue Valley, but it seems like Ashland in particular has been blessed with some great sibling combos over the years.

“It’s been fun having that,” Hall said. “The younger brothers come in to the program so much more aware of what is going on and there’s an added maturity from them because their brothers have gone through some of the experiences of our program.”

Wwith Kyle being a junior and Nicky a sophomore, there will be plenty more chances for the two to make plays and memories for the Grizzlies.

“Me, Nicky and Shashi all grew up playing together in the backyard, dreaming about what we’re doing right now, and now that all that hard work when we were kids is paying off, it’s an absolutely amazing feeling,” Kyle said.

EUGENE, Ore — After beating Washington 45-20, Oregon moved up to #6 in the new AP Top 25, released on Sunday, October 19. Full postgame interviews with the Ducks after their 11th straight win over Washington are below:

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich:

Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost:

Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum:

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota:

Oregon running back Royce Freeman:

Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell:

Oregon wide receiver Byron Marshall:

Oregon center Hroniss Grasu:

Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown:

Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu:

Oregon defensive back Erick Dargan:

Oregon wide receiver Dwayne Stanford:

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A recent court decision in Josephine County may open the door for cities and towns to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The city of Medford has made it their intention to ban dispensaries altogether, something that remains illegal under state law.

The court decision in Cave Junction basically said communities have the right to ban marijuana dispensaries.

“The moratorium is really just another aspect of that same push pull, people living in fear, people looking towards the future,” said Peter Gross, Chief Operating Officer of Green Valley Wellness.

Jackson County Commissioners say Medford City Council meetings have discussed outright bans of marijuana. Other communities in the area have done the same.

“Those communities that have banned marijuana completely within their communities would receive no funding from the state to take care of law enforcement when people are using within their community or growing within their community,” said Commissioner Doug Briedenthal.

Green Valley Wellness is up and running in Talent. The medical marijuana dispensary said the moratorium has turned into a push and pull from one town to the next.

“If they wish to deny it over there, we are over here up and functioning. We have one of the finest establishments in the area, so we’ll be here to provide what they seek to deny,” Gross said.

This comes just before Oregon voters will decide on Measure 91, which would not only legalize recreational marijuana but standardize taxation across the state.

“That’s why a lot of these communities are making such a big push to put the taxes in place prior to because if they can do that, then they have them on the books,” said Briedenthal.

Jackson County has been discussing different options about marijuana over the past year. On Wed., Oct. 22 commissioners will discuss the first reading of a new ordinance to be able to tax medicinal and recreational grows as well as points of sale.

Police-Lights-22-250x169MEDFORD, Ore. — A man was reportedly injured after a fight with Medford Police officers on Friday night.

On Friday, at about 6:45 p.m., Medford Police say officers were dispatched to the parking lot at 1100 Morrow Road for a physical domestic dispute between a man and a woman.

When contacted by the first officer who responded to the scene, police say 44-year-old John Slater was uncooperative and started kicking and punching the officer. In a news release, Medford Police report the officer and suspect went to the ground as the fight continued. The officer was able to get him into custody after the second officer arrived.

Police say Slater sustained a punctured lung during the fight and was transported to Providence Hospital by ambulance. Medford Police report Slater was cited and released for several charges related to fighting with the officer.

Medford Police report the woman involved in the domestic dispute is also facing charges. 32-year-old Mary Bailey was taken into custody on Saturday after police learned she had assaulted Slater prior to officers arriving to the original call on Friday.

Medford Police say Slater remains in the hospital in stable condition.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


High pressure will remain in control of our weather Sunday. This is going to keep temperatures warm under mostly sunny skies. Increasing high clouds are likely west of the Cascades ahead of our next storm system, due to arrive late Sunday night at the coast. Temperatures are going to be very similar to Saturday, in the 60′s and 70′s. Morning lows will be on the cooler side though, especially east of the Cascades, so the warm up is going to be gradual.

Rain will be falling by midnight Sunday in coastal counties. Through the course of Monday this cold front will travel inland bringing rain to all locations. By the afternoon, it will make it’s way into the Klamath Basin. Winds will be breezy and they’ll begin picking up later Sunday.

The winds look to stay breezy most of the week and temperatures cool. Another storm system is going to move into the area Wednesday/Thursday. However, there is a lot of uncertainty as to how much rain can be expected in our area in particular. Computers are not agreeing on this and for now have gone with rain at the coast and showers inland. It’s possible these showers won’t bring much measurable rainfall.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Community members living at Aspens On The Creek say they’re upset about organizations feeding the homeless near their homes. They have submitted a petition for the city to intervene.

People living at Aspens On The Creek say blackberry bushes used to be a deterrent to keep the homeless from camping illegally behind their community. Now they say they have seen an increase in trespassing and stealing on their properties.

Cliff Bundy is the neighborhood watch chairman. He says his neighbors have growing concerns about transients living in the brush behind their homes and trespassing into their community.

This all started with the issue of feeding the homeless at Railroad Park, just on the other side of the fence bordering Aspens On The Creek. Attempts to organize a system for homeless food distribution locations have fallen flat.

“We wanted to have a permit system so that we knew where people were going to be fed, supply them with a port o’ potty and garbage cans and ask them to adhere to some rules and regulations,” said Ward 3 city council member Chris Corcoran.

The city of Medford has cleaned up blackberry bushes from McAndrews Rd. to 10th St. in downtown. This has exposed that area causing the homeless to migrate north, ending up along the Greenway near Aspens On The Creek

Community members living at Aspens On The Creek claim they have seen people jumping over fences, running through their yards and stealing things from their properties.

However, people in Railroad Park say they aren’t the ones to blame for trespassing into the community.

City council members plan to communicate and decide how to regulate the system and foster a sense of safety in this community

“Seek a starting point with police, with parks and recreation because parks and recreation works with the state of Oregon and this is going to take a team of partners,” Corcoran said.

No organizations have applied for a permit through the city, therefore the city has no authority to stop local organizations from handing out free food in Railroad Park.

1018DUCKSEUGENE, Ore —  Freshman Royce Freeman rushed for 4 touchdowns as 9th-ranked Oregon extended its winning streak against Washington to 11 games, as the Ducks dominated the Huskies 45-20 in front of a packed house at Autzen Stadium.

Freeman rushed for three first half touchdowns and the Oregon led 28-6 at halftime. Freeman rushed for another TD in the second half, and the freshman finished with 169 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. It was the second straight game Freeman finished with over 100 yards rushing.

Marcus Mariota continued his argument to be a Heisman candidate, throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns. This was the 33rd straight game Mariota has thrown a touchdown pass.

The Ducks defense limited the Huskies offense to just 317 yards, and forced two turnovers, including Erick Dargan recording his fourth interception of the year.

Oregon now flies south to the Bay Area to take on Cal next Friday at the brand-new Levi’s Stadium at 7:15 p.m.

hateful-speech-ralllySPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield residents are taking a stand against what they say are hateful words popping up around town.

The event’s organizer, Michael Carrigan, said a Springfield individual distributed flyers saying “diversity is white genocide” at Springfield High School and at Native American and Latino events.

The man taking responsibility for those flyers is retired Springfield resident Jimmy Marr. He showed up at the rally at Springfield City Hall Saturday morning, not afraid to share his beliefs in person.

“What I do is put out leaflets with the, standard wording and logo ‘diversity’ is a code word for white genocide,” said Marr.

Marr said he has others working with him to spread this message.

“They don’t like open borders. They don’t like being blended out of existence. They don’t like turning on their television and watching that smut. Having their kids turned into homosexuals and inter race mixers,” said Marr.

Those against Marr’s memos said they know what he’s doing isn’t illegal.

“This is not about reducing or eliminating anybody’s freedom of speech. This is about community standards. This is about having a response to hate speech. This is about bringing people together,” said Juan Carlos Valle, League of United Latin American Citizens President.

So protesters are retaliating by putting out their own propaganda to Springfield businesses and households with a message far from what Marr and his friends are promoting.

“Springfield is a wonderful community. It is strong, it’s diverse, and we are so proud of this community. It’s a place where everybody is treated with dignity and respect and when someone else in Springfield does something hateful this community will respond,” said Carrigan.

The Springfield School District sent a letter home with students Friday saying these flyers were unacceptable and the school community must work together to fight back against these kinds of messages.

1018soulogoHELENA, Mt. — The SOU Raiders nearly erased a 15 point deficit in the last five minutes of the game, but a failed two point conversion led to a 42-40 loss to Carroll College on Saturday. The loss is the Raiders first of the season.

SOU’s offense struggled in the first half, trailing 21-6 at the break. Austin Dodge and the Raiders found their rhythm in the second half as Dodge finished with 356 yards and three touchdowns. Dodge hit Dylan Young for a score with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but could not convert the two-point conversion to tie the game.

Carroll was led on offense by running back Dustin Rinker. Rinker had 30 carries for 303 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders and Saints combined for 1,161 yards of total offense.

The loss drops SOU to 6-1 on the season and 5-1 in the Frontier Conference. Carroll improves to 5-1 in league play. The Raiders are on the road next week to play College of Idaho.

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