Taking Flight: Legacy of Sparrow Clubs

MEDFORD, Ore.–  This year, Sparrow Clubs in Oregon is expanding by adding another director to launch clubs year-round in Central Oregon. The new hire made his way to Southern Oregon for training, but he has already taken flight. The new director, Michael Leeland, told the students at North Medford, “I am here to empower you, … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Flu Vaccines

(CONSUMER REPORTS) –  With flu season around the corner, health experts say it’s best to get vaccinated as early as possible. The standard vaccine is now free, without a co-pay or deductible. but there are other types to consider, and one vaccine doesn’t require a shot at all. Dr. Orly Avitzur with Consumer Reports says  … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Master Gardener Volunteer

Medford, Ore. — You don’t have to be a master to be a Master Gardener.  In fact, the Master Gardener Program said you only need to have a desire to learn. If you’d like to be a Master Gardener through Jackson County Extension Service you’ll need to call right away.  The new class begins January … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Guessing Game

With just eight days to go to my due date – I’m getting anxious for this baby to arrive! My co-workers are having a little fun with it, placing their bets on when baby #2 will arrive and how much he’ll weigh. You can take part, by guessing which one of my colleagues has the … Continue reading »

Taking Flight: Soaring with a Smile

Medford, Ore. — As several schools prepare to adopt new Sparrows for the school year, one North Medford High School student will be adopted by her peers. Hailey Maddox will be adopted as her school’s Sparrow.  The 15-year-old is fighting a rare cancer.  In January, doctors found it in her knee, lymph nodes and lungs. … Continue reading »

Sparrow Clubs Begins New School Year

Grants Pass, Ore. — Sparrow Clubs has launched a new school year with its first club of the year. Grants Pass High School packed the gym Wednesday to meet five-year-old Kassandra.  The school’s new sparrow was born premature at only 26 weeks.  She contracted MRSA.  The infection spread to her brain severely damaging her eyes. … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Extending the Season

Medford, Ore. – If you’re not ready for the growing season to end, it doesn’t have to.  There are a lot of options for those looking to keep your crops thriving during the cold overnights ahead. Some of the tools you can use include cloches, hoop houses and floating row covers.  For more information on … Continue reading »

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 »

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