Mt. Ashland Approved For Emergency Loan

ASHLAND, Ore. — For the first season in its 50 year run, the Mt. Ashland Ski Area did not open for ski season this year. Record low snow levels made it impossible for the ski resort to on time this year, or at all. When that decision was made, administrators at Mt. Ashland applied for … Continue reading »

Allergy Season in Full Swing

MEDFORD, Ore. — The flowers and trees in the Rouge Valley can be easy on the eyes but hard on the sinuses. Allergy sufferer Mike Brown knows all too well as he walked his dog Monday morning. “Never had an allergies. None, absolutely none.  Come here, Boom! It’s like the waters let loose,” said Brown. … Continue reading »

Jackson Declares Drought Emergency

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Jackson County Board of Commissioners are asking the governor to declare an emergency drought for the area. On Wednesday, the board took the first step to get help for agencies and individuals affected by the dry conditions by declaring an emergency drought for Jackson County. The declaration will now move to … Continue reading »

Officials Prepare Early for Fire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. – Recent rains have not been enough to pull Southern Oregon out of a severe drought situation and now fire crews are getting ready for what they fear will be an intense wildfire season. Several fire agencies in the area are prepping for fire season two to four weeks early this year. Hiring has … Continue reading »

Lack of Snow Cancels Mt. Ashland Season

ASHLAND, Ore. – Officials at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area have announced that they will not open this season, marking the first time in its 50-year history it has failed to open for skiers and snowboarders. The mountain received less than a foot of snow at lower elevations, and with no snow in the forecast … Continue reading »

Mt. Ashland Cancels Season

ASHLAND, Ore. – Officials at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area have announced that they will not open this season, marking the first time in its 50-year history it has failed to open for skiers and snowboarders. In an email sent Friday morning, officials explained that the mountain had received less than a foot of snow … Continue reading »

Rain Leads to High Water Levels

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – River levels were noticeably higher Monday morning after rainfall in the Rogue Valley over the weekend. From Sunday to Monday, Rogue River water levels increased by about seven feet and peaked around 11 feet near Grants Pass. Though the water levels never officially surpassed flood levels, the Rogue River overflowed in … Continue reading »

6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Near Eureka

NEAR EUREKA, CALIF. — The United States Geological Survey says a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rumbled the ground last night shortly before 10:30pm. The epicenter was located 50 miles west of Eureka, California. The tremor was felt across Southern Oregon at 10:18pm Sunday night when the earthquake struck. Emergency Management in Eureka says no damage has … Continue reading »

NOAA Issues El Nino Watch

The Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday that there is a 50% chance for ENSO-neutral to end and El Nino to develop during the summer or fall. ENSO-neutral is forecast to remain though spring 2014, but if westerly winds continue to emerge in the western equatorial Pacific, the development of El Nino would become more likely.  … Continue reading »

Reservoirs Rise But Still Below Average

ASHLAND, Ore. — Temperatures are warming, and it is causing what little snow pack there is on Mount Ashland and Mount Shasta, to start to melt.  The run-off helps to fill local reservoirs, but officials said those reservoirs are lower than year’s past. Emigrant lake is 39 percent full, and that is higher than it’s … Continue reading »

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