Rogue River to Receive New BooksROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The ABC Network and “First Book” reached across the country last month to find schools in need of new books through the “Be Inspired” campaign. NewsWatch 12 asked the community to participate by nominating schools and programs deserving of new books for kids.

Southern Oregon entered more nominations than any other part of the country and two local schools received the most nominations of any in the entire nation. In fact, Rogue River Elementary School received the most nominations overall. Shady Cove Elementary came in a close second.

Alexia Burkey with a couple of nice trout she caught at Shorty's Pond in Molalla, one of 340 ponds, lakes and streams that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks with trout.

Alexia Burkey with a couple of nice trout she caught at Shorty’s Pond in Molalla, one of 340 ponds, lakes and streams that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks with trout.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Starting next week, trout season will begin for many Oregon anglers with the opening of several popular fisheries. On Saturday, April 26, hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and many lakes will open around the state for trout fishing.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says while many lakes and some rivers and streams are open to trout fishing year-round in Oregon, the early trout opener in April continues to be a tradition with many families, and the first chance of the year to fish several popular locations.

Some of these popular locations include:

Hyatt Lake and Howard Prairie Reservoir in Jackson County, and Hemlock Lake in Douglas County.

Large portions of the Willamette, Santiam and McKenzie rivers and many small streams in the Willamette Valley.

Crane Prairie Reservoir, Big Lava Lake, South Twin, Wickiup, Odell and other Central Oregon lakes.

Krumbo and Pilcher reservoirs, Wood and Powder rivers and portions of the Sprague and Williamson rivers in the southeastern part of the state.

Anglers should check the 2014 sport fishing regulations for even more water bodies that open April 26. In addition, many more rivers and streams will open for trout fishing on Saturday, May 24.

For anglers getting ready to hit the water, ODFW offers a lot of information to get started fishing or deciding where to go, including:

Trout stocking schedules – includes maps showing you how to get to each stocking location
The Recreation Report – weekly updates from agency experts on the latest fishing conditions
Trout Fishing in Oregon – how to fish for trout in rivers and lakes
Easy Angling Oregon – 101 great places for newcomers and families to fish
Family Fishing Events – bring the whole family, we’ll provide the fish, the gear, and plenty of encouragement
Local and Regional Guides – 50 places to fish close to Portland, Bend, Roseburg, and Medford

COTY HAMMOND RYAN LONGLEYCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Two men from Washington were arrested Thursday night after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper discovered they were hauling about 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash in their vehicle. The OSP trooper stopped the Saturn station wagon around 11:00 p.m. Thursday for a speeding violation. The driver, Ryan Longley, 23, from Lake Tapps, Wash. and passenger Coty Hammond, 22, from Spanaway, Wash. were traveling northbound on Interstate 5 at the time.

A search led the OSP trooper to the marijuana and hash concealed in trash bags inside the car. The estimated value is over $110,000, according to Oregon State Police. Hammond and Longley are both lodged in the Jackson County Jail for felony Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance — Marijuana.

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Ashland, Ore. — Easter is just two days away and that means it is crunch time for local groups holding Easter egg hunts.  Volunteers at Southern Oregon University are busy dyeing thousands of eggs for one of the most popular egg hunts in Southern Oregon.

It’s all for the Rotary Club of Ashland’s 56th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The 255 dozen eggs were provided by Willamette Egg Farm.  They’re then dyed by Southern Oregon University’s Dining Hall staff.

They’ll be ready just in time for Sunday’s egg hunt.  The event begins at noon in Lithia Park near the tennis courts with a special arrival of the Easter Bunny.  At 1 p.m. sharp the Easter egg hunt will start.

Kids in each of the five age groups will get to search for the eggs, candy and two golden eggs.  The event is open to anyone 0-10 years old.


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MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s Friday and that means it’s time for you to meet NewsWatch 12′s Pet of the Week. This week it’s two cats that are adopted brothers and are being adopted out together. Watch the video to meet Ned and Finn and see how you can take them home.

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Following the spring showers that came through yesterday is beautiful weather and improving conditions. Partly to mostly sunny skies are on the way for today with areas of fog in the morning, clearing quickly once the sun comes up. High temperatures will climb into the 60′s & 70′s.

Saturday a weak front will try to push inland but falls apart while doing so. Showers are expected only at the Coast beginning at 9am and continuing into early afternoon. A stray shower could make it into the West Side and the Cascades but these showers will be light and won’t amount to much.

Sunday looks to be fantastic — partly to mostly sunny skies will round out the weekend and temperatures will climb again into the 60′s & 70′s. All outdoor plans will have no problems, at least concerning the weather! A cooler and slightly more active weather pattern will move in for next week.

If you’d like more weather updates, head to my Facebook and/or Twitter pages!

Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

Students Stand for PrincipalNEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Principal John George of Fleming Middle School in the Three Rivers School District is officially the Middle School Principal of the Year. Students gave George a standing ovation in an assembly Thursday. State officials considered the school “persistently dangerous” when George first starting his work as principal. Within years, the school jumped to being considered “outstanding.” Find out how those changes came to fruition, tonight on NewsWatch 12 at 5.

Governor John KitzhaberNEAR CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon and California leaders are gathering this morning for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.

Members include Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry, and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force.

Members of the Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin water users have come together and developed solutions to water issues affecting the region. The Upper Basin Agreement represents a historic milestone for one of the most complex and contentious natural water wars in the West.

Friday’s event will celebrate the leadership, good faith, and hard work that made the Agreement possible while highlighting the economic and environmental benefits for the Klamath region.

NewsWatch 12 has a reporter at the ceremony this morning and will bring you the full story tonight at 5 & 6 PM.

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Alan “Rosey” Rosenberg was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. He was given just six months to live without treatment, and one to two years to live with chemotherapy. Rosenberg chose to do the chemo, but has since finished his treatment.

In the wake of his diagnosis, Rosenberg decided to start a comedy stand up act called “Rosey’s Last Stand-Up.” In the show, Rosenberg sheds light on the idea of death and dying, and more importantly, living life to the fullest.

“Even my impending death, no matter if it’s days or weeks, or moments. It’s not now. Now I’m alive, and if that’s the message that people would feel moved by then that’s why I’m here,” said Rosenberg.

Rosenberg’s next show will be on Monday night at The Oregon Shakespeare Festivals Carpenter Hall on Monday, April 21, at 7:30.

Tickets are 10 dollars at the door and proceeds go to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.


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