Suspect Identified in Car Jacking Case

MEDFORD, Ore. — Steven Wayne Fennell (29) has been arrested after the car jacking incident that placed Jefferson Elementary on Lockdown. Medford Police officers responded to the Winco parking lot for a carjacking that had just occurred. The 49-year old female victim reported she was sitting inside the vehicle in the parking lot of the … Continue reading »

Heritage Barn Workshop at Hanley Farms

 CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As icons of the state’s rural landscape, Oregon’s historic barns tell the story of our agricultural roots, yet are often not considered as candidates for preservation and reuse.  Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Workshop will put them in the spotlight as their annual Heritage Barns Workshop travels to Hanley Farm, whose 1854 … Continue reading »

Mount Ashland GM Starting Out Strong

ASHLAND, Ore. — The new Mount Ashland General Manager is wasting no time in getting to work. Hiram Towle says, he plans to spend the next few weeks getting to know the program and reaching out to the community. Last season, Mount Ashland was plagued with little snow, and did not open their ski season … Continue reading »

Industrial Fire Prevention Level Lowered

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Industrial Fire Prevention Level (IFPL) in forests and wildlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in southwest Oregon lowered from level 3 to level 2 this morning. This affects the 1.8 million acres of state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s Southwest Oregon District … Continue reading »

Red Cross On Set With NewsWatch 12

MEDFORD, Ore. — There are organizations in place to not only help people cope with the immediate shock of devastations, but to make a plan for the future which can sometimes be hard to even think about at first. The Southern Oregon chapter of Red Cross is helping the family in Medford whose home burned … Continue reading »

Property Crime Unit Needs Volunteers

Grants Pass, OR – Due to limited resources of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office during the last 28 months property crime investigations have consequently fallen to the wayside. Sheriff Gilbertson, working in concert with the District Attorney’s Office, formed a team of vetted and well-trained Volunteers and Reserves to assume this function. These teams will … Continue reading »

Weather Helps Coos District Fire Levels

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Weather changes have brought cooler conditions to the Coos Forest Protective Association.  The reduced fire danger levels are allowing fire mangers to lower fire levels within the district.  Lands protected by CFPA within Regulated Use Areas CS-1, CS-2, CS-4, CS-5, SK-1 and SK-2 will lower to a Level II (2).  Changes are … Continue reading »

Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Update

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Effective Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., Level 1 Evacuation advisories continue due to the Onion Mountain Fire, as well as the adding of one additional Level 1 Evacuation advisory as listed below. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations. The fire was estimated this morning to be … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Sifting Through the Rubble

WEED, Cal.– Fire Crews are assessing just how much damage was left behind from the Boles Fire. They are sifting through the rubble Wednesday, trying to find anything that may have been sparred. They are also working to make sure the area will be safe for others to enter. Downed power lines, hot spots, and … Continue reading »

Winds Still Gusty at Boles Fire

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Fire Crews are hesitating to let people back into the evacuated areas of the Boles Fire because they have not determined it to be safe just yet. Newswatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor explains.

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