Kirstin O'Connor

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Name: Kirstin O'Connor
Date registered: September 12, 2013

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  1. C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support — July 28, 2014
  2. Students Raise Funds for Fire Stations — July 25, 2014
  3. First Peaches Ready for Picking — July 22, 2014
  4. Sun-Blocking Wardrobe — July 21, 2014
  5. Carnival Safety Test Ride — July 18, 2014

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C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support

MEDFORD, Ore. – An animal shelter called the Committed Alliance to Strays, better known as “C.A.T.S.,” was on the verge of closing, when a celebrity Facebook share triggered a surge of donations. The managers said it would take thousands of donations to survive. C.A.T.S. has a budget of about $15,000 a month. Back in June, the … Continue reading »

Students Raise Funds for Fire Stations

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -An idea sparked by the major wildfires that destroyed over 70,000 acres of Southern Oregon last summer, Hidden Valley High School students Rachel Loughran, Jordan Gilbert, and Sylvia Marr have found a way to award $35,060 to their local Fire Departments in Josephine County. As members of the Josephine County Foundation (JCF)- … Continue reading »

First Peaches Ready for Picking

TALENT, Ore. – Juicy, red peaches fell off the trees Tuesday at the first annual Sugar Plum Acres “U-pick” event. Sugar Plum Acres is a family owned and operated 16-acre farm that’s hosted U-pick’s for more than three decades. Peaches this year will cost 60 cents a pound for up to 75 pounds. The farm owners … Continue reading »

Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

ASHLAND, Ore. – The cool down we’re expecting this week doesn’t mean there’s a break from the potential for sunburns. Experts say many times the coolest days of the summer are the ones people experience the worst damage from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV). While the SPF in sunscreen is a well-known form of protection, UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor … Continue reading »

Carnival Safety Test Ride

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – This year, organizers promised bigger and better carnival rides at the Jackson County Fair. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor jumped into a few of the rides with a camera — to find out how to stay safe when you buckle in!  

Lavender Festival Kick-off

Jacksonville, Ore. - NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor meets one of the local lavender farmers participating in this year’s statewide festival. The statewide Oregon Lavender Festival includes 30 lavender farms, and many of the participants are right here in Southern Oregon. The trail to the lavender farms will take visitors from Jacksonville to Grants Pass on Highway 238. Local … Continue reading »

Corvettes Take Rogue Valley Run

MEDFORD, Ore. – A national non-profit organization that celebrates classic and contemporary Corvettes hosted it’s Western States Corvette Convention in Medford for the second time in two years. The members said they selected the Rogue Valley as a premier location for Corvette Runs. More than fifty sporty, sleek Corvettes paraded through the Rogue Valley on … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Helps Guide Torch Run

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– The torch for this year’s Oregon Special Olympics is being passed on for its next leg of a 270 mile journey. Law enforcement agencies in Jackson County are just finishing up with the Southern Oregon Olympians who carried the torch 17 miles. Newswatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor was with the runners as they were … Continue reading »

Guardians of the Flame Begin Torch Run

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Officers from several Jackson County law enforcement agencies hit the pavement Monday morning to kick off a statewide journey for Special Olympics. Thirty-nine runners from Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Central Point Police Department, the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Special Olympics participated this year. That’s a few more … Continue reading »

Timed Temperature Test Inside Hot Car

MEDFORD, Ore. - NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spent ten minutes inside a car during the Midday newscast. In that short time a thermometer inside the vehicle rose from 80 degrees to 130 degrees. She had her heart rate and body temperature monitored by Heather Timmons, RN at Providence Medford Medical Center. At the time it was only 82 degrees outside. The demonstration … Continue reading »

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