NEAR EUREKA, CALIF. — The United States Geological Survey says a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rumbled the ground last night shortly before 10:30pm. The epicenter was located 50 miles west of Eureka, California.
The tremor was felt across Southern Oregon at 10:18pm Sunday night when the earthquake struck. Emergency Management in Eureka says no damage has been reported, however officials do say it’s unusual that an earthquake of this magnitude has brought no injuries or damage to the surrounding area.
Lt. Steve Knight with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department reported his house shaking just before calling in the incident. Others in Northern California had also reported feeling the tremor. The earthquake was felt across Southern Oregon reportedly lasting about 30 seconds.
The depth of the quake was 7 miles. No tsunami threat was warranted.
A cold front that moved through overnight Sunday into Monday has brought considerable rain to Southern Oregon. A couple inches of rain has fallen at the Coast and 1″+ on both the West & East Sides. Over Northern California measurable rain has been reported as well. Showers will develop behind this front mainly through the morning Monday.
By Monday afternoon, showers will begin to wind down and they’ll taper off in full tonight. Tuesday will mark the beginning of a drying and warming trend over the Northwest. The storm track will stay off to our north this week, allowing for plenty of sun to warm afternoon temperatures up. Highs this week will be between 7 & 15 degrees above normal.
West Side Valleys will be in the mid 70′s Saturday and Sunday, which look to be the warmest days of the week. The Klamath Basin & higher elevations will be climbing into the mid 50′s & 60′s.
ASHLAND, Ore. — The Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival has wrapped up, and on Monday it’s back to business as usual for one local chocolatier.
Branson’s Chocolate recently opened their own shop, but has been making chocolates in Ashland for the past eight years. The company attended the annual chocolate festival.
“It was a successful year,” said Branson’s Chocolate owner, Deena Branson. “Our sales were up over last year.”
Branson said their most popular item this year was the truffle, in particularly, the tequila truffle.
“You get the salt, the lime, and the patron in it,” said Branson.
Now that the festival is over, Branson’s is on to their next project, preparing for Easter. They are already making chocolate bunnies, but this is just the beginning and the company says they’re going to have to make a lot to accommodate all of their customers’ needs. Branson said enough is never enough in this case, and she expects the chocolate bunnies to all be sold out before the Easter holiday.
All of Branson’s chocolates are gluten-free. Branson’s also custom wraps and molds their chocolates for businesses in the Rogue Valley area.
MEDFORD, Ore. — Emergency crews responded to a crash near Foothill Road and Coker Butte Sunday evening. Police confirm the female Subaru driver was transported by Mercy Flights to Asante right after the accident. The two people in the Ford sustained minor injuries.
The crash blocked two lanes of travel for less than an hour. Jackson County Fire District 3 assisted sheriff’s deputies at the scene.
The storm that has been affecting our area since Saturday is sticking around a bit longer and dropping some much needed rain. A cold front that moved into our area last night stalled and is causing the rain to hang around. This storm is also caught in a south-to-north upper-level jet stream pattern. When this happens, the storms move slower than normal which allows for more rain to fall over the course of a few hours. One drawback to this flow is flooding. Localized flooding is a concern near low lying streams and urban streets. Concrete does not hold water well and if an intersection or street has poor drainage, the water could back up. Please heed caution if driving in flooded areas, and remember to never cross a street that is covered with water.
Winds are still a factor as the front has not cleared the area yet. The wind warning for the coast has been revoked, however there is a WIND ADVISORY that went into affect Sunday morning and will continue until Monday at 5 a.m. This Warning is for E. Klamath, Lake, and Modoc Counties. SW sustained winds will be anywhere from 35-40 mph and gusts could reach 55 mph in some areas. Strong crosswinds are expected along Hwy. 31 and Strong headwinds will be experienced in the passes of the Warner Mountains.
Rain totals along the coast have been anywhere from 3″ to over 5.50″ since Saturday night. Northern California has seen up to 3″ of rain and everywhere else has seen anywhere from 0.50″ to 1″. These totals are expected to increase as we have more rainfall heading into Saturday night.
Snow levels on Sunday will remain around 6,500′. A strong cold front will pass Sunday night which will pull in some arctic air into the area. This will lower snow levels down to 4,500′ by Monday morning. The upper levels of the Cascades and Siskiyous will see the best chance for a snow/rain mix in the early morning hours. This snowfall will be a light dusting at best and total snowfall accumulation is estimated to be around 1″ in the Cascades. It is unlikely that the Siskiyous will see any snow accumulation. Precipitation is slated to move out of the area in the afternoon on Monday as high pressure builds into the area. Temperatures for next week will be warmer and most days will see mostly sunny skies.
Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson, forward Eric Moreland, Forward Angus Brandt, forward Devon Collier:
Courtesy: OSU Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State honored its seniors in a big way on Saturday afternoon, taking down Arizona State in overtime, 78-76 in front of a rowdy Gill Coliseum crowd.
The Beavers will face Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
After being down by 14 midway through the second half, Arizona State (21-10, 10-8 Pac-12) battled back to force overtime. In the extra period, Roberto Nelson put the team on his back, getting a steal with 51 seconds left, then proceeding to cash in a three with 21 seconds to go. The clutch shot gave Oregon State (16-14, 8-10) a 76-72 lead that Arizona State could not overcome, as the Beavs escaped with the victory from the line.
Eric Moreland grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and scored a team-high 16-points, providing the Beavers with energy all over the court.
Nelson scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native also came up with six rebounds and three assists.
Malcolm Duvivier had his best game in Beaver uniform, dropping a career-high 13 points after a 4-of-7 shooting performance.
Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each made senior day count, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively for the Beavers.
After the thrilling victory, Oregon State paid tribute to its six seniors, Daniel Jones, Michael Moyer,C.J. Mitchell, Brandt, Collier, and Nelson.
“This was a hard fought game and that was a good team,” Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson said. “It was out of my hands, our guys just made sure that we were going to win. These senior days are emotional for the guys. It’s hard to realize that you’re coming down to the end. It is overwhelming for everyone, and our energy level could have been flat but we came out really well.”
The Beavs were able to limit Arizona State to a 41 percent shooting performance (25-for-61) and outrebounded the Sun Devils 44-33. Oregon State also took advantage of a 21-11 second chance points differential.
Jahii Carson finished the afternoon with 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds for Arizona State. Jonathan Gilling also played well, scoring 20 points and grabbing five boards.
The Beavers came out with a tenacious 1-3-1-zone defense that gave the Devils fits, as Oregon State pushed out to a 9-1 lead five minutes in to the contest. ASU would respond with a 9-0 run to go ahead by one, 10-9 with 12:40 remaining in the half.
Duvivier hit back-to-back three’s and a pair of free throws that put Oregon State up by seven, 17-10, with just under 11 minutes on the clock.
With 37 seconds left in the frame, Duvivier did it again, splashing a three-ball from the corner off an assist from Hallice Cooke that extending the Oregon State advantage to 33-28.
Going into the locker room, the Beavers maintained the 33-28 lead, after holding the Devils to a 36 percent clip (9-for-25) from field and outrebounding ASU 18-12 in the first 20 minutes of play. Oregon State also shot a lights out 80 percent (4-of-5) from beyond the arc, three of which came from Duvivier in the opening period.
Oregon State took a 13-point lead at the 14-minute mark of the final frame, 48-35, after a Moreland got a hoop and harm to fall off a steal in transition.
The Sun Devils wouldn’t quit, going on a 6-0 run that narrowed the Beavers’ edge to 54-46 with just 9 minutes left to play. The lead would be cut even further, as ASU trimmed it to four, 57-53 at the 5:33 mark.
With a minute to go, Nelson fired up a three, grabbed his own rebound and laid one in amidst three ASU defenders to put Oregon State up 67-61.
Gilling would keep it close after hitting a three with 35 seconds to go, and on the next possession Jermaine Marshall would tie it all up at 67 with a three of his own. The Beavers had a chance to win in regulation with a final shot from Nelson, but it hit back iron as ASU forced overtime.
In the end, the Beavers get the win and secure a meeting with Oregon in the 1st round of the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
Oregon forward Mike Moser, guard Johnathan Loyd, guard Jason Calliste:
EUGENE, Ore — Senior guard Jason Calliste scored a team-high 18 points and fellow senior Johnathan Loyd added 16 points as Oregon stunned No. 3 Arizona 64-57 in front of a sold out Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks took a 2-0 lead 32 seconds into the game and did not lead again until the 4:22 mark of the second half, when Calliste hit a jump shot.
Senior Mike Moser also scored in double figures, with ten points and ten rebounds.
With the win, the Ducks are the seven seed in the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.
Oregon will play Oregon State in the first round, marking the first time the two teams will meet in the conference tournament.
Tipoff is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the MGM Garden Arena. The winner will advance to play UCLA.
ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Independent Film Festival box office will open Monday, but only AIFF members will be allowed to purchase tickets.
Those tickets are available at the box office in the Ashland plaza or online. Ticket sales online start at 10 a.m., and at the box office start at 4 p.m. The general public will be able to purchase tickets for the shows starting next Sunday. Filmmakers and guests alike are excited for the upcoming festival.
“Filmmakers say they love our audiences… our audiences ask great questions… our theaters are full, and it’s just a great dialog between artist and filmgoer,” said Executive Director Anne Ashbey with the Ashland Independent Film Festival.
Organizers said they’re expecting to sell close to 18,000 tickets this year. Tickets are sold separately for each show. They are $12 for the general public, $11 for senior citizens and $6 for students.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival will take place April 3-7.
MEDFORD, Ore. – Kailey Flockoi and her coach gather over an iPhone, reviewing video from their championship race last week. The video shows the final runs of what will hopefully prove a once-in-a-lifetime season.
“I definitely had a different image of what this year was going to go down like,” said Flockoi.
Last week’s races on Mount Hood were among the only days on actual snow for the kids being served by the foundation.
The majority of their time was spent on flat ground, keeping fit through repetitive dry land exercises.
“We’ve definitely done more dry land than we’ve been on snow, or at all,” said Flockoi. “We’re definitely more of a dry land team than a ski team right now.”
Instead of their normal 25 or so training days on the mountain, they got four or five — abandoning their home turf on Mount Ashland for expensive field trips hours away.
“The biggest challenges we had was the financial part of it,” said Head Coach Gary King. “We had to make it optional, it couldn’t be mandatory because not everybody could afford it.”
In order to subsidize what is normally an expensive sport, the foundation holds pre-season ski swaps and other fundraising events.
But this season’s costs jumped by about half.
Whereas normally fundraising doesn’t start until September or October, this year they have to start almost right away. Representatives of the MSEF say they’re also considering approaching the community for donations, and talking to businesses about sponsorships – both options they’ve never had to try.
But despite the hardships, King says the team’s enthusiasm and sense of comradery were as high as ever. And even though Flockoi, their defending state champion, left with nothing to show but an injured knee, she says she agrees.
“It was kind of not the senior year I was looking forward to, but I still had a blast,” said Flockoi.
MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford may soon be home to a new park. The Medford City Council recently approved a master plan to turn part of the former Cedar Links Golf Course into a community park.
This is a one-million dollar plan that will be getting put into place within the next two years if everything goes smoothly. Medford city councilor Daniel Bunn said the 5.5 acre piece of land that was purchased back in 2011 will make the perfect place for a park. This is because the area is already open, grassy, and is on a good road.
Neighbors we spoke with said even though they’re sad the golf course is gone, they are glad to see the land be put to good use.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said nearby resident Dan Vanderford. “To me you can’t have too many parks in the area, and plus instead of houses it’s going to be a park which is going to be a benefit to me living across the street.”
Before the park is built, the city must go through a community process and public hearing to make sure the park meets citizens’ needs.
The rest of the land, previously owned by Cedar Links Golf Course, is now privately owned.