Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore. — More than 40 people have already signed up for the City of Ashland’s lawn replacement program. City Officials said more people are concerned about the drought and want to take steps to conserve water. One homeowner had work done to replace his lawn earlier this year, replacing grass with bark, rocks, and … Continue reading »

Gov. Kitzhaber Expects Jobs in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Governor Kitzhaber visited NuScale Power in Corvallis on Friday to learn about an innovative approach to nuclear power and how the company plans to bring more than 100 jobs to Oregon. NuScale Power was recently awarded a $217 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop small modular reactor technology. The … Continue reading »

Man Wielding a Machete is Arrested

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2253 Highway 99 in Ashland on Sunday for a man threatening others with a machete. Deputies were met by the victim, Isaac Lindsey, 28, of Ashland, who said he and three other people were confronted by Jon Coldwate, 45 of Ashland, over living arrangements. Coldwate … Continue reading »

Federal Bill to Legalize Some Marijuana

(CNN) — Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh’s brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh’s organs. … Continue reading »

Lightning Kills 1, Hurts 13 on Beach

(CNN) — A relaxing day at Southern California’s famed Venice Beach took a deadly turn Sunday afternoon when a powerful lightning bolt struck the water, killing one person and injuring at least 13, emergency officials said. The sudden lightning strike at Venice Beach caused panic as people tried to get out of the water and … Continue reading »

Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Fire crews got the call around 6:00 a.m. Monday for a grass fire on Kane Creek Road.  The Oregon Department of Forestry responded with two helicopters, two ground crews and three engines and were able to contain the fire. Crews are continuing to mop up and expect to be done by … Continue reading »

C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support

MEDFORD, Ore. – An animal shelter called the Committed Alliance to Strays, better known as “C.A.T.S.,” was on the verge of closing, when a celebrity Facebook share triggered a surge of donations. The managers said it would take thousands of donations to survive. C.A.T.S. has a budget of about $15,000 a month. Back in June, the … Continue reading »

Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

MEDFORD, Ore. — Edgar Lupton was born on July 27, 1914. The World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday with his family and friends at Welcome Home Adult Foster Care. Newswatch 12 Photojournalist Dustin Peters takes us to the big celebration.

Police Arrest 12 People in Bar Sweep

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers from parole and probation teamed up with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Deputy District Attorney to check out 28 different establishments on Saturday night. Police call this a “bar sweep.” Officers are in uniform, visiting bars to make sure citizens are upholding the law. MPD says eight people were … Continue reading »

Ashland Rental Battle Moves on Slowly

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fight over vacation rentals in Ashland continues despite what would-be hosts say have been some unexpected delays. A group called “The Hosts” in Ashland recently got the city council’s attention, calling for the drafting of an ordinance that would loosen restrictions on short-term vacation rentals in designated R-1 zones. Originally the … Continue reading »

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