Shelter Celebrates Adoption Milestone

MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon Humane Society is celebrating 5,000 dog adoptions this weekend through its “Saving Train” program. The shelter saves lives through that program, targeting dogs who are in line to be euthanized at other shelters. Saturday the shelter commemorated the milestone with a party. Also, every dog adopted Saturday left with a … Continue reading »

Early Earth Day and Arbor Day

ASHLAND, Ore. — Thousands celebrated Earth Day early at ScienceWorks in Ashland Saturday. There were 65 exhibits showing visitors different technologies, tips for energy conservation, waste management, habitat restoration and even a cardboard city. One of the event coordinators, Paige Prewett, says the focus of the event was education. “All of the exhibitors are here … Continue reading »

Secretary of the Interior at Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — The US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, is kicking off National Park Week with a visit to Crater Lake National Park. Secretary Jewell strapped on snowshoes and hit the trails with students and teachers from Eugene’s Network Charter School. She also held an informal question and answer session with students … Continue reading »

Hundreds Show Up for Kiwanis Egg Hunt

MEDFORD, Ore. - The moment the ribbons were cut, kids raced to grab as much candy as they could Saturday at the annual Kiwanis Egg Hunt in Hawthorne Park. Medford Kiwanis members said every year they see about 500 kids show up for the egg hunt in the park. Members are prepared to hand out about 40 pounds … Continue reading »

Governor Signs Basin Agreement

NEAR CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon and California leaders are gathering this morning for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. Members include Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath … Continue reading »

Local Tattoo Shop Giving Back

MEDFORD, Ore. – A local tattoo shop is raising money for one of Portland’s biggest child-care charities. Rogue Tattoo is planning a fundraising event for next month. On May 17th customers can come in and get a tattoo of their child’s name for $80. Nearly all (90%) of that money will go to the Ronald … Continue reading »

Beef Prices Pressure Local Restaurants

ASHLAND, Ore. – A sirloin steak sizzles on the grill of Omar’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant. A year ago that popular cut cost the restaurant just under $4.00 per pound, now it costs them over $4.60. “Restaurant owners here in town are very aware of it,” said co-owner Chris Del Monaco. “It’s a tough time … Continue reading »

Students Honored for Promoting Tolerance

MEDFORD, Ore. – Middle school can be a tough time for students, with a new school, new work, and a bigger challenge making friends. Some students at Hedrick Middle School remember how lonely it felt just trying to find someone to eat lunch with. “I had to sit with my brother for a while,” said … Continue reading »

Rogue River School to Receive New Books

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The ABC Network and “First Book” reached across the country last month to find schools in need of new books through the “Be Inspired” campaign. NewsWatch 12 asked the community to participate by nominating schools and programs deserving of new books for kids. Southern Oregon entered more nominations than any other … Continue reading »

Local Man Named Principal of the Year

NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Principal John George of Fleming Middle School in the Three Rivers School District is officially the Middle School Principal of the Year. Students gave George a standing ovation in an assembly Thursday. State officials considered the school “persistently dangerous” when George first starting his work as principal. Within years, the … Continue reading »

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