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 — When prohibition was repealed, Americans celebrated with a passion for beer that led to a big demand for one of the brew’s key ingredients… hops.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 »

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 »

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