Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

SALEM, Ore. – The Independent Party of Oregon is announcing its support for Dennis Richardson in this November’s gubernatorial race. Richardson, a Central Point representative, recently won out among registered independents in a survey conducted by the party — 677 votes compared to John Kitzhaber’s 413. That means Richardson can list the independent party endorsement … Continue reading »

Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – As more than 600,000 acres burn across the state, Southwest Oregon crews are still ready and waiting. Handfuls of southwest Department of Forestry firefighters have been shipping out one at a time to help with fires elsewhere. But the region has yet to see a major fire event. That’s obviously good … Continue reading »

SOU Improving Science Building

ASHLAND, Ore. – Southern Oregon University is investing $21 million into its science building, part of a series of capital improvements going on through 2016. This latest work is part of an investment from the Oregon University System. The science building is being remodeled for scheduled seismic upgrades, as well as electrical and plumbing modernization. … Continue reading »

Another Downtown Medford Fire

MEDFORD, Ore.– Medford Police and Medford Fire are still investigating the cause of an apartment fire off an alley behind 235 N. Ivy Street. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. Officials said though the cause is unknown at this point, and they have the fire listed as suspicious. Investigators are looking into … Continue reading »

Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

ASHLAND, Ore. – The cool down we’re expecting this week doesn’t mean there’s a break from the potential for sunburns. Experts say many times the coolest days of the summer are the ones people experience the worst damage from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV). While the SPF in sunscreen is a well-known form of protection, UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor … Continue reading »

A Look at Medford’s Urban Renewal

MEDFORD, Ore. — Empty storefronts and few visitors have plagued downtown Medford for years. City officials have been working to change that, but now the Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA), has spent its last few dollars for downtown projects. In the report above, NewsWatch 12′s Kasey Kershner reports on where the city is now and … Continue reading »

Fair Uses Social Media to Reach Guests

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — This year the Jackson County Fair is using social media to connect with more people and reach a larger audience. Along with the new fair app introduced in the weeks leading up to the fair, fair board members are also using Facebook, Twitter, websites, and advertisements to communicate with guests. This … Continue reading »

Riding Beyond Helps Cancer Survivors

ASHLAND, Ore. — An equine therapy program is helping people ride beyond cancer.  Riding Beyond uses a horse to help cancer survivors or people in recovery to reconnect with the world. It’s common during the recovery period for people to not want to be touched or be around others, but trainers for Riding Beyond said … Continue reading »

OSP Investigating Motorcycle Crash

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash outside of Gold Hill. Police say it happened on Highway 234, at milepost 9. The driver reportedly passed a pickup at a high speed and lost control, hitting the gravel on the shoulder and into a field. Nolan Ringulet from Lakeview, was … Continue reading »

Jacksonville Farmer’s Market Expands

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market is exploding this year, roughly doubling in size since last summer according to managers. They say part of the reason it is growing is because it offers some unique features others can’t. Since last summer, the market has gone from 20 to 25 vendors, to now roughly 50. … Continue reading »

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