Fire Crews Gear up for Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews across the Rogue Valley are gearing up for another, possibly intense fire season.  Fire departments are dusting off their wildland firefighting gear, and the Oregon Department of Forestry already has crews hard at work. Fire danger is at low right now, but that will be changing within the coming months.  … Continue reading »

Drought Causes Lime Prices to Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Droughts in the United States and Mexico are squeezing lime prices sky-high. Restaurants across the Rogue Valley are being impacted by the recent lime price increase. Elements in downtown Medford said it has seen the price of a shipment of limes triple just in the past month. The owner said he still … Continue reading »

Ashland Drought Plans

ASHLAND, Ore.– In anticipation of drought conditions, the City of Ashland is taking action now to reduce water use over the next several months. They City and the Parks Department, “will not plant trees, shrubs or annuals starting now through the summer season,” said City Administrator Dave Kanner. “Other than a few shrubs and trees that … Continue reading »

Lunar Eclipse Overnight Monday

WEATHER NEWS Starting late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, the Western Hemisphere will get a magnificent show. The moon will pass through the Earth’s umbra (shadow). This is called a Lunar Eclipse (sometimes referred to as a “Blood Moon”). When the eclipse begins, the moon will begin to darken slightly as it starts to … Continue reading »

Opposition – Earth, Mars & Sun Align

MEDFORD, Ore.– Tonight the Earth, Mars and Sun will all align in what is called the “Opposition.” This event happens about every two years and with clear skies in the forecast you will be able to see it all week! Look to the skies for a very bright orange dot, that’s Mars, and it’s about … Continue reading »

Prepare for Activities in Warmer Weather

MEDFORD, Ore.– The warmer days this week may inspire some people to run outside or get active, but local health experts say to not do too much, too soon. They say going from an inactive state in the winter, to a high impact lifestyle can cause overexertion. Health experts say it is best to start … Continue reading »

Car Wash Recycles Water

MEDFORD, Ore. — As Jackson County waits for the governor’s approval of its drought declaration,  local car washes are working to cut down on water use. According to the International Car Wash Association, taking your car to the car wash uses about the same amount of water as an average person’s shower. Those who chose … Continue reading »

Vineyards Benefit From Recent Rains

MEDFORD, Ore. – The sound of soft earth underfoot is like music to Dick Ellis’ ears. Just a couple weeks ago there wasn’t a drop of water to be seen. “We were sweating it,” said Ellis, a vintner and co-owner of Pebblestone Cellars. “We were worried not only from the standpoint of having water in … Continue reading »

The Good Friday Alaska Quake of 1964

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of possibly the most destructive earthquakes in U.S. history, and one of the most devastating tsunami’s to ever hit the West Coast. The Good Friday Alaska Quake of 1964 generated a huge wave that pounded the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast, killing more than a … Continue reading »

Tornadoes Touch Down in California

NEAR REDDING, CALIF. — It’s not every day that tornadoes are reported in California, but on Wednesday several were spotted on the ground all in one day across Northern California. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), a government agency that issues daily outlooks regarding severe weather potential, is reporting four tornadoes made contact with the ground … Continue reading »

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