Shake Out Prompts Emergency Reminders

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Thursday was the Great Shake Out Event, meant to practice responding to an earthquake. The Jackson County Emergency Management Team was one of the supporters of the Shake Out Event and even participated in the drill at their office. Officials say drills like this are a good reminder for everyone to … Continue reading »

Local Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County health officials are preparing for what they say is a possible, but very unlikely, Ebola outbreak. The department held a news conference Thursday to address the issue. Meanwhile local health systems like Asante Rogue Regional and La Clinica are putting together personal protective equipment and holding role-play scenarios to prepare … Continue reading »

Talent City Councilor Resigns

TALENT, Ore. — A now former Talent City Council member said she is still trying to process the request for her resignation from her position. Darby Stricker stepped down last night because she said current law states it is illegal to hold a city seat while running for another city position. She said she met … Continue reading »

Missing Children Forum Held in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday night marked the first night of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office informational series. Wednesday’s event focused on Southern Oregon’s amber alert program and the largest child abduction response team in the nation. Wednesday’s event was called “A Child Goes Missing: The Community’s Response To Our Biggest Fear.” Participants talked about child abduction efforts in … Continue reading »

Curry County Jail Downsizes

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Curry County Commissioners approved a proposal Wednesday morning to decrease the number of beds in the Curry County jail. The jail currently has 50 beds, but will now be cut in half to 25 so the county can continue a more manageable operation. Sheriff John Ward said he plans for the bed … Continue reading »

Crater Lake Sees First Snow

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — Tuesday night’s storm brought the first snowfall for Crater Lake since last spring. More than four inches was dumped on the park, prompting camp ground and road closures. On Wednesday the scene at the national park was almost picturesque. Snow clung to trees and branches, but the fog made it almost impossible to … Continue reading »

Snow Falls on Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — Tuesday night’s storm brought the first snowfall for Crater Lake this year. Some roads are closed, and all campgrounds on the park property are also closed. People were excited about the snow, but some were disappointed because they couldn’t see the lake. Hear from park staff and travelers tonight on NewsWatch 12 … Continue reading »

Last Day of Fire Season For SW Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire season ended on Wednesday for Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Southwest Oregon. Fire season started on June 2 this year, and lasted 136 days. Rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forest … Continue reading »

Web Extra: Merkley and Wehby

  MEDFORD, Ore.– Senator Jeff Merkley and his challenger Dr. Monica Wehby have been two key players in the race for U.S. Senate during this November’s election. Each candidate spoke separately with Newswatch 12, and explains plans for Southern Oregon if elected, and their campaign so far.

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

MEDFORD, Ore. — Habitat for Humanity is working to raise money to build its 56 home in the Rogue Valley. On Tuesday a fundraiser was held at Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness and money for the new addition. Vickie Salazar, the new homeowner, is ecstatic about her future new handicap accessible home. “Well I … Continue reading »

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