Kirstin O'Connor

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

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  1. In the Garden: Wheatgrass Seeds — October 3, 2014
  2. Sheriff Winters Timeline Serving County — October 3, 2014
  3. Sheriff Winters Plans to Retire — October 2, 2014
  4. Officials Censor White City VA Town Hall — September 26, 2014
  5. New Gender-Neutral Homecoming Tradition — September 25, 2014

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Nut-Free Schools: Part II

MEDFORD, Ore. – The first week of school can be nerve-racking for students, but it can also create panic for parents. “Play dates, or birthday parties make me really nervous,” said Medford mother, Megan Kirkpatrick. That’s a normal feeling for most parents who allow friends to supervise their kids. But some parents worry less about how kids behave, and more about … Continue reading »

No Labor Day Weekend Impacts on Rafting

SHADY COVE, Ore. — There are still many places and ways to enjoy the three day weekend and warm weather, but some raft rental stores say they expect a lull this weekend. Owners of raft and paddleboard rental shops in shady cove say the big wave of customers has already passed. They say that’s not … Continue reading »

Scooper Planes Force Lake Restrictions

LOST CREEK LAKE, Ore. – People living near the lake had a good view of planes skimming the water this week. That’s because Lost Creek Lake isn’t just being used as a vacation spot this Labor Day weekend, it’s also being used to help fight fires. The planes scooping water from the lake this week are a … Continue reading »

More Than 100 School District Hires

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District is gearing up for the first day of school, with more than 100 new employees. One of those is the new District Superintendent, Doctor Brian Shumate. He says there are about 120 new employees, and about 68 are new teachers. After the teacher strike left some parents and … Continue reading »

Citizens’ Review Opposes GMO Labeling

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The statewide debate about labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms might not end on the same side as the local elections. A recent citizens’ review polled 20 random voters for their recommendations on measures in the election this fall. The panel found that labels required by measure 92 would not give … Continue reading »

Medford Father Feels Napa Earthquake

CORDELIA, Calif. — A local father and his son felt the earthquake while they were spending the weekend in Northern California. Medford resident Shane Schmidt and his son are staying in a hotel in Cordelia, California before a trip abroad. Shane says he and his son woke up around 3-15 in the morning to the … Continue reading »

Paddington Receives National Award

ASHLAND, Ore. — A local mom-and pop shop is being recognized in a national business competition. It’s the 63rd year for the Retail Excellence Awards, which selects stores from the gift industry based on four categories. Paddington Station celebrated its 40th year anniversary last year and held several community events which earned them a spot … Continue reading »

Foundation Honors Firefighters with Ride

TALENT, Ore. — A local non-profit that honors firefighters and EMT’s is starting a new fundraiser that’s making some noise. The Liberty Ride started Saturday morning at Fire District 5 in Talent. The organization helps crisis victims by holding open houses at the fire house to educate students and helps fund special equipment for Fire … Continue reading »

World of Wine Helps Asante Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – The 12th annual “World of Wine” kicked off Tuesday with one extra night added to the event schedule. Tuesday night was for sponsors celebrated the more than 200 wines ready to be poured for guests through the week.  This year the World of Wine is partnering with Asante Foundation’s Children’s Miracle Network. Every dollar from the event … Continue reading »

Red Cross Helping Wildfire Victims

MEDFORD, Ore. -   Evacuations are still in place for several communities close to the wildfires in our region. Some families have even returned to property completely destroyed by the fast-moving fires. This has many people in the community asking what they can do to help. NewsWatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with the disaster program manager for … Continue reading »

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