Red Cross Needs Blood Donations

MEDFORD, Ore. — The local Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations. The national average of people per city that donate is 8 percent, but in the Rogue Valley only 2 percent of residents have donated recently. Over the last 11 weeks, the decline in donations has resulted in about 80,000 fewer donations … Continue reading »

Ferguson Fire Burning at 200 Acres

NEAR BEATTY, Ore. — Two structures have been lost to the Ferguson Fire burning about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, and five miles north of Beatty. South Central Oregon Incident Management Team reports six structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire is currently at 200 acres and is 20 percent contained. The … Continue reading »

Fairgrounds Calling All Homebrewers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Fair is accepting admissions for the homebrew judging competition. The fairgrounds were mostly silent Saturday in preparation for the 100th anniversary fair in a few weeks, with the exception of a small keg to welcome amateur brewers. The competition has been a part of the fair for four … Continue reading »

Garage Fire Briefly Spreads to Wildland

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Firefighters responded to a garage fire late Friday night, which also burned one-tenth of an acre. Grants Pass Fire Rescue and police units responded to a garage on fire just before 10 o’clock on North East 12th Street. A detached garage was fully involved in the fire and a vehicle was … Continue reading »

Burglary Turns into Robbery

PROSPECT, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call early Friday morning near Prospect. When NewsWatch 12 arrived on scene, four police vehicles were surrounding a residence on Mill Creek Drive. A suspect was brought out in hand-cuffs. Jackson County Sheriff Sergeant Snaith says the original report was for burglary; that burglary then turned … Continue reading »

Rogue Valley Special Needs Hockey League

MEDFORD, Ore. — After a local father took his son to a Southern Oregon Spartans game, his son wanted nothing more than to play. However, Shad Bowers knew it would be difficult to enroll his 7-year-old son who has autism, into a regular league with his condition. So Bowers decided to start his own youth … Continue reading »

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

New Performance Garden at Britt

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — This year five out of the ten concerts here at Britt’s performance garden are free. The performance garden is also where most pre-concert music will play before each main stage concert. At a cost of just over a million dollars, paid for largely by grants and donations, this garden also solved a … Continue reading »

Rafting Business Back On Track

SHADY COVE, Ore. — This time last year, thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and lightning sparked several fires. The smoke from those fires moved into the valley and just about put rafting companies out of business for the year. One company said so far this year, they’re back on track. Rafts are stacked up and ready … Continue reading »

Jackson County Fair Launches Survey

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. –  The board for the Jackson County Fair is looking to hear from fair goers about what worked and what did not work at the fair this year. Administrators launched a survey on the Jackson County Facebook page for those who attended the fair this year. The fair board says they have already gotten … Continue reading »

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