Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley. “We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it … Continue reading »

Advisories Called on Onion Mountain Fire

UPDATE (8:54) — Fire officials confirm the Onion Mountain Fire has now exceeded 500 acres, with continued active behavior expected overnight. A fire camp is now being set up at the Sprague Seed Orchard in Merlin. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has also called level one evacuations for areas near the fire. Evacuation advisories include … Continue reading »

Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen

MEDFORD, Ore. – A group of local skaters is rallying for cause in Medford. On Saturday the Medford Mayhem skate competition kicked off, not for money or bragging rights, but to raise money for one of their own. Matt Hankey was forced to give up his skateboard for a wheelchair two years ago after suffering … Continue reading »

Int’l Horseback Archery Competition

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A unique sport held its first official competition in the Rogue Valley this weekend. The Rogue Mounted Archers hosted riders from around the world in the 2014 International Horseback Archery Competition in Eagle Point. The sport combines two challenging skills: riding a horse down a long and narrow course, while firing … Continue reading »

Plan for Permanent Vietnam Wall Replica

MEDFORD, Ore. — A group supporting local veterans says it is planning to build a permanent replica of the Vietnam Wall in Jackson County. The president of the Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit group says he’s working with the city of Medford to find a place for the wall. It would be 250 feet long and … Continue reading »

Onion Mountain Fire Breaches Containment

UPDATE (6:00): U.S. Forest Service officials confirm the fire has broken through containment lines and expanded to 50 acres. Ten additional 20-person crews have been called in, making total of 13 ground crews. Officials also confirm a DC-10 tanker, also called a VLAT or Very Large Air Tanker, is aiding in the firefight. No structures … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Evacuations Changed

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. – Mandatory evacuations for certain areas near the Happy Camp Complex changed to advisories on Saturday. Starting at 2:00 P.M. the Siskiyou County Sheriff Office has changed the Mandatory Evacuations to Advisory Evacuations in the following areas on Scott River Road. The area between Scott Bar Post Office at 27233 Scott River Road to … Continue reading »

MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Area Gang and Drug Enforcement Team, or “MADGE” says there are 346 known gang members in Jackson County. While this number is up from last year, officials say it does not mean gang activity is increasing. MADGE deals with all drug and gang related crime in the county, and is … Continue reading »

Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

MEDFORD, Ore. — With wildfire smoke in the air, school administrators said they will not hesitate to enforce restrictions that keep kids inside. The Medford School District checks the air quality index three times a day with a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative. Then the district sends out e-mails to all of the schools in case of extra precautions. … Continue reading »

American Legion Reaches Out to Veterans

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The American Legion will help local Veterans by holding a town hall meeting to discuss the quality of health care that they are receiving from Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) and other VA facilities. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 22nd at the Jackson County … Continue reading »

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