Strength of Weed Emerges from Ashes

WEED, Calif.– One week ago Monday, the Boles Fire ripped thought the city of Weed in a matter of minutes. Some had only seconds to grab what they could and get out. Fire leaders reported Monday, 143 homes were completely destroyed while another 93 are considered unlivable. What few possessions that are left, suddenly mean … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: Hop Harvest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — When prohibition was repealed, Americans celebrated with a passion for beer that led to a big demand for one of the brew’s key ingredients… hops. And Southern Oregon jumped on the bandwagon with a number of hop yards being re-established. Several were in the Grants Pass area, and others in the … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails: History of Hops

With summer winding down and fall straight ahead, the harvest season in Southern Oregon is peaking. For nearly 150 years, one of the important crops exported out of the Rogue Valley was a key ingredient used by beer makers at home and abroad. In this Oregon Trails, NewsWatch 12′s Ron Brown takes a look at … Continue reading »

Pet of the Week: Cleo

Meet Cleo! Cleo is a 12-year old Calico Cat that was brought to the Committed Alliance To Strays (CATS) in August 2002, after being found in a dumpster. Cleo was originally given to a home, but was returned because the adopter had to move to take care of a sick relative. CATS is running a … Continue reading »

Out & About: September 19-21, 2014

Art and Sound Festival This is the official last weekend of summer, but the fall events are already pushing their way through. After this weekend, downtown Medford may never be the same. The streets are set to be lined with artists and live bands, with the two-day “Downtown Art and Sound” event. It kicks off … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Color in a Winter Garden

Medford, Ore. — You can escape the winter gray with some winter color in your garden, but you need to start thinking about that now. OSU Extension Master Gardener, Jane Moyer ran down some options in today’s ‘In the Garden’ segment. If you have any questions you can contact the OSU Master Gardener near you. … Continue reading »

How to Help Boles Fire Victims

WEED, Calif. –Newswatch 12 is teaming up with Goodwill to help victims of the Boles Fire.  Goodwill is part of a multi-agency response team that includes the American Red Cross to address the immediate needs of the people affected by the Boles Fire.   Leaders  say that they are appreciative of the outpouring of support, but … Continue reading »

2014 Coats for Kids

Do you have gently-used coats hanging in the closet that are never worn? Kids in Southern Oregon need those coats to keep them warm during the coming cold and wet weather. The cooler temperatures are on their way and NewsWatch12 wants to make sure local children are ready for them.  NewsWatch 12, Windemere and a … Continue reading »

Doctor Eases Enterovirus D68 Concerns

Medford, Ore. — There are growing concerns as a rare virus spreads across the country, even sending some children to the hospital.  Enterovirus D68 has been reported in the Midwest, with unconfirmed reports in Idaho.  However, local doctors said it is not reason for panic, saying it is like the common cold. Dr. Barbara Sibley … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails–Hassell Bunks

  ASHLAND, Ore.–From the time the timber industry set down roots in the Northwest, one of the biggest challenges has been how to harvest the monster trees growing on the steep slopes of the Coast and Cascade mountains. More than a hundred years ago, loggers turned to steam power to snake the giant logs prized … Continue reading »

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