Kirstin O'Connor

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

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  1. First Peaches Ready for Picking — July 22, 2014
  2. Sun-Blocking Wardrobe — July 21, 2014
  3. Carnival Safety Test Ride — July 18, 2014
  4. Lavender Festival Kick-off — July 11, 2014
  5. Law Enforcement Helps Guide Torch Run — July 7, 2014

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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 »

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 »

Warning Signs of Heat Related-Illnesses

MEDFORD, Ore. – Tuesday started off the month of July as the hottest day of the year for many areas in Southern Oregon. The heat is especially dangerous for people who spend most of the day working outside. In the past four years, 33 people received benefits through Oregon’s workers’ compensation system for heat-related illnesses. The majority … Continue reading »

SOU Summer Programs Kick Off

ASHLAND, Ore. - Keeping kids active during the summer vacation can be a challenge, especially for working parents. Southern Oregon University is offering new summer courses to give kids a hands-on, educational experience during the break. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Southern Oregon University’s Pre-College Youth Programs Coordinator about which classes are still open for enrollment.

C.A.T.S. in Danger of Closing

MEDFORD, Ore. – A local animal shelter dedicated to keeping stray cats off the streets recently announced that without some last-minute help, it will have to shut its doors. The Committed Alliance to Strays (C.A.T.S.) shelter has rescued more than 10,000 kittens and cats in Jackson County. For more than 20 years the nonprofit organization has … Continue reading »

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