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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Behind the cold front that moved through Friday morning we saw just a few showers.  By the afternoon, there was even a bit of blue sky visible in the Rogue Valley and along the coast.  Spotty showers will be back for Saturday, but we will be seeing a break from the rain chances for Sunday.  All in all, rainfall totals were decent.  West side valleys saw around three quarter of an inch, along the coast right around one inch, and east of the Cascades amounts were near half an inch for Klamath Falls by Friday evening.

For Saturday, temperatures will be chilly.  By Saturday night, the overnight lows will be downright cold.   Frost advisories have already been issued for early Saturday morning in eastern Curry County, Josephine, Jackson, and western Siskiyou Counties.  There is a freeze warning for western Siskiyou County as well in effect for the same time period: 1 AM Sunday until 8 AM the same day.  Saturday night’s temperatures may be the coolest of the season for west side valleys, and also potentially the first frost this fall.

We will see a break from the rain chances on Sunday, with most locations under partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Ahead of the next system, rain chances return for Monday and Tuesday and temperatures will warm slightly towards the middle of the week.  We are watching the possibility of a cold front passing towards the end of the week, but models are in large disagreement at this time, so confidence in the forecast at that time is low.

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

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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Recent drops in gas prices have many people thinking these are some of the lowest prices they’ve seen in years. It was at this time 41 years ago, when fuel prices were a tenth of what they are today, that the OPEC oil embargo kicked-in, and drivers began to go into sticker shock at the pump, if there was even gas to sell.

In this Oregon Trails, News watch 12′s Ron Brown takes a look at how that winter of shortages and long lines at the pump impacted our area.

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ASHLAND, Ore. — This is the last weekend of performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The theatre goes dark over the next four months as it prepares for the 2015 season.OSF is planning on renovating the bricks, which is currently a multi-functional space.

It is a loading dock, a performance venue, a lobby, a waiting area, a break room, and the festival’s general manager calls it “Ashland’s living room.” The effort to change it will begin this time next year. A donation of a half a million dollars will help fund the renovation. OSF says its priority is keeping the functionality but increasing the ease.

Ted Delong, OSF General Manager, says, “Really the big thing we hope to do is to level out the space as much as we can here on this hillside to make it more accessible for patrons who are in wheel chairs, have walking difficulty of any kind or who are wearing high heels whatever it might be.“ Another major project which should be completed by this time next year will benefit the actors.

The old production space, where the costumes, props, and sets were created has been cleared out. It will be renovated from top to bottom, and transformed into a rehearsal space, so the casts and crews from multiple shows will all be in the same building.

OSF wants your input on the future of the bricked area. There is a community meeting planned for mid-November, where people will see the first mock ups from the landscapers and contractors.

K9MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is getting a $10,000 donation meant to pay for a new police dog. For 11 years, Darco has worked in Southern Oregon as a K-9, but Darco is ready to retire.

So the members of the Southern Oregon kennel club have raised money to buy a new police dog. The check will be presented this weekend during the dog show in the Compton Arena at the Expo Center Fairgrounds in Central Point.

Jodi AriasPHOENIX, Ariz. — Dramatic developments today in the death penalty retrial of former Medford waitress and Yreka resident Jodi Arias.

The 34 year-old Arias has one final shot to convince a jury to spare her life. She was expected to take the stand today but in a surprise move, the judge cleared the courtroom as the defense called its first witness and did not reveal who it was. It is still not known who the mystery witness is or what was in his or her testimony.

Last year, a jury convicted Arias of the 2008 murder of then-boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury deadlocked on whether she should receive the death penalty.

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LACEY, Wash. — Quick thinking by a Seattle teenager with a cell phone helped capture an amber alert suspect, and ensure a little boy’s safety.

15 year-old Camryn Wood is being hailed a hero. Camryn and her dad were driving on the I5 in Lacey, Washington. After the alert came out, the father and daughter noticed a vehicle driving near them as the same description of the one over the alert. The father-daughter crime-fighting team tailed the suspect’s car into a hotel parking lot in Olympia, then waited until police arrived.

“I’m always looking out, because that’s just how me and my dad are,” explains Wood, “If somebody needs our help, and we have the opportunity to help, we’re gonna take it.”

Police say the suspect, Cassandra Wilhelm, is the mother of the 18 month-old boy, and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and a drug addiction. She’d been ordered by the court to stay away from the child, and reportedly assaulted the boy’s father before snatching him.

Seattle police say this is the quickest end to an amber alert they’ve ever had.

sleepmidday(Wexner Medical Center) — Most Americans who spend part of the year on daylight saving time look forward to the extra hour of sleep when it’s time to “fall back” to standard time. We are a nation of sleep-deprived people, and experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say all ages suffer in various, unhealthy ways.

“For children, sleep deprivation can lead to behavior problems, trouble focusing and learning in school and it can affect their immune systems,” said Dr. Aneesa Das, a sleep medicine specialist at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “Chronic tiredness makes it harder to cope and process what’s going on around you.”

When children enter the teen years, sleep becomes a bigger issue. Das says a teen’s circadian rhythm, or internal body clock, tells them to stay awake later and sleep later than children and adults do. She says only 15 percent of teenagers get the recommended sleep they need.

“Sleep is time the body uses to restore itself. Muscles and other tissues repair themselves, hormones that control growth, development and appetite are released. Energy is restored and memories are solidified, so we need to try to get regular sleep on a regular basis,” Das said.

For adults, sleep loss is even more serious. It accumulates over the years and has been shown to contribute to several chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and obesity.

Adulthood is also when sleep-related disorders, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, are more likely. During menopause, women often experience night sweats and insomnia due to changing levels of hormones. As men age, an enlarged prostate can lead to more frequent trips to the bathroom overnight. Certain medications can also disrupt sleep, such as those for heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure and asthma.

“Adult sleep gets more fragmented, or interrupted during the night,” Das said. “This could be caused by a medical condition, caring for young children, light and noise disturbance, pets or just the stress of the day.”

Here are the recommended hours of sleep we should get throughout our lifetime, according to the National Sleep Foundation:

• Infants: up to 16 hours total, including naps

• Toddlers (1-3 yrs): 12-14 hours, including naps

• Preschool (3-5 yrs): 11-13 hours, most do not nap after age 5

• School-age (5-12 yrs): 10-11 hours

• Teens: 8.5-9.5 hours

• Adults: 7-9 hours

To improve the chances of getting a good night’s sleep, Das offers a few tips: don’t perform vigorous exercise within four hours of bedtime; have a wind down routine that includes dim light; avoid using tablets, phones and laptops before bed because they emit blue light that interferes with sleep; try a warm bath two hours before bedtime and beware of sleep aid medications because they can have side effects.

consumer-reports-logo 3x3(Consumer Reports) — You’ve heard it before you need at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day! Juicing offers a way to up that number.  More Americans are catching on; sales of juicers are up 25 percent in the past year.

Consumer Reports tested 13 juicers, both augers and extractors. Extractors spin very fast to separate the juice from the pulp. They produce less pulpy, frothier juice. Cold-press juicers, also called auger-style, make juice by slowly crushing and mashing produce. Auger-style juicers tend to be more expensive but in tests they produced more pulp, which can make for a more nutritious juice.

Convenience is also key. A juicer is not going to do you any good if you don’t like using it. So Consumer Reports pays close attention to things like how easy the machine is to assemble, how easy it is to clean, the size of the feed tube, since a wider feed tube means less time spent chopping fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces. For example, it takes a lot of time to scrub out bits of pulp from the Bella NutriPro juicer 13695.

The best of the bunch? The extractor-style juicer from Juiceman JM800S beat out pricier juicers. It costs $70. And the best of the auger-style is the Kuvings Whole Slow B600 that costs $400.

But don’t juice up everything you buy. Eating whole fruits and veggies is even better for you. Consumer Reports says, rather than buying a juicer, you might consider using a blender or food processor.  That way you’ll get all the nutrients plus fiber.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

saturation2MEDFORD, Ore. — As Halloween party-goers are getting ready for tonight, so is local law enforcement. Medford and Ashland police departments both say they will have extra patrols out tonight looking for drinking and driving, and other criminal activity.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Medford Police will both be providing support in downtown Ashland tonight. Officials hopes the extra police presence will dissuade crime activity.

Sgt. Don Lane with MPD explains, “Being proactive… trying to stop things before they happen and also visible presence. more people on the street in cars and people see police around a little bit more and hopefully they think twice before doing something too silly” The Sheriff’s Offices for Jackson, Siskiyou, and Douglas counties also say they will have increased patrols tonight.

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says it does not have the funds for patrols tonight.

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