• Coats for Kids Wraps Up

    Coats for Kids Wraps Up

    October 24, 2014

    Over the last four weeks, NewsWatch 12's Coats for Kids Campaign has collected thousands of coats for local kids in need. The donated coats were collected, cleaned, sorted, and bundled. On Friday, the first rounds of coats headed out to schools.

    Football Players Pledge Against Abuse

    Football Players Pledge Against Abuse

    October 24, 2014

    Players from North and South Medford High School will be donning specially designed logos and unveiling banners at tonight's football game at Spiegelberg Stadium, coinciding with a Medford Police walk to raise awareness for domestic violence.

    GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

    GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

    October 24, 2014

    The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise.

    Police Investigate High School Shooting

    Police Investigate High School Shooting

    October 24, 2014

    Two people are dead in a shooting at a high school outside of Seattle, including the alleged shooter. Four others are currently receiving medical treatment. Students were gathered in a crowded cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 40 miles north of Seattle.

    Harry & David Announces More Hiring

    Harry & David Announces More Hiring

    October 24, 2014

    Harry & David in Medford announced today that it will be adding 3,000 brand-new positions for the holiday season.

    Coats For Kids Final Donation Day

    Coats For Kids Final Donation Day

    October 23, 2014

    Several volunteers from Windermere and other organizations sorted the first coats for the Coats for Kids Campaign. Over the last month, Newswatch 12 has collected thousands of new and gently used kids coats that have been washed, and are ready to head out to the kids.

    Police Conduct Domestic Abuse Sweep

    Police Conduct Domestic Abuse Sweep

    October 23, 2014

    Officers arrested seven people who were not compliant with their domestic violence probation, or had a warrant for a domestic violence crime. This is an annual round up, and police will continue to look for more than 35 people on that list in the next few months.

    National Parks to Raise Fees

    National Parks to Raise Fees

    October 23, 2014

    Representatives at Crater Lake National Park say they are not sure if they will raise fees just yet. Before they do they say they will get some feedback from the public first. They say this will be done through social media and other similar outlets.

    Man Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

    Man Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

    October 23, 2014

    Matthew Hyrup changed his plea to “No Contest” and accepted a sentence of 25 years in prison. He was arrested in February 2012 for assaulting and sexually abusing his stepson while the boy's mother was away from home. The couple had only been married for two weeks.

    Construction Workers in Short Supply

    Construction Workers in Short Supply

    October 23, 2014

    One of the fastest growing industries in Oregon is running out of employees. Local construction companies say post-recession hiring hasn’t caught up with demand, and is now creating a bottleneck in the industry.

    Students Watch for Salmon

    Students Watch for Salmon

    October 23, 2014

    In a hands-on experiment, the class took samples out of Lawson Creek right behind St. Mary's campus to study the life cycle of Chinook salmon. The class looked at water quality, ecology around the creek, and insects and other creatures in the creek.

    Formal Kitzhaber Investigation Requested

    Formal Kitzhaber Investigation Requested

    October 23, 2014

    Lawyers for Rep. Dennis Richardson's gubernatorial campaign filed a request with the U.S. Attorney's office for a formal investigation into possible ethics violations by Governor John Kitzhaber and so-called First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

    Final Days to Donate to Coats for Kids

    Final Days to Donate to Coats for Kids

    October 23, 2014

    NewsWatch12's Kirstin O'Connor collected some of the last minute donations at the Pet Country Grange Co-op in Medford, where one of the nearly 80 barrels was filling up through the morning. Coats For Kids 2014 still needs coats sizes 2T to 4T in toddlers and child sizes 5-8.

    Body Found in Coos Bay [UPDATE]

    Body Found in Coos Bay [UPDATE]

    October 23, 2014

    The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 101 at the Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge in Coos Bay, as Oregon State Police investigated the death of a person found near a vehicle in the water

    Weather Leaves Thousands Without Power

    Weather Leaves Thousands Without Power

    October 23, 2014

    A weather-related power outage in the Glendale/Wolf Creek area left about 1,900 residents without power, and delayed the start of school.

    Law Enforcement Train in Traffic Stops

    Law Enforcement Train in Traffic Stops

    October 22, 2014

    The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is working with a wide variety of agencies from all over, trying to make traffic stops safer for police in a three day workshop in Southern Oregon.

    OSU Studies Sea Lion Population Decline

    OSU Studies Sea Lion Population Decline

    October 22, 2014

    A new study out of Oregon State University suggests sharks could be to blame for a declining sea lion population. Scientists say it’s possible the Pacific sleeper shark are preying on the endangered Steller sea lions in Alaska.

    Storm Hits Coast

    Storm Hits Coast

    October 22, 2014

    Wind gusts as fast as 52 miles-an-hour blew through stormy Newport Wednesday morning, clearing the beaches and filling the bay with returning boats. Boats are tied up along the docks throughout coastal cities, while fishermen wait for the storm to pass before they can go back out to sea.

    Man Arrested for 2012 Home Invasion

    Man Arrested for 2012 Home Invasion

    October 22, 2014

    A man is now facing charges for a home invasion and robbery in Ashland in 2012.

    Spartans Hockey Team Delivers Coats

    Spartans Hockey Team Delivers Coats

    October 22, 2014

    The Southern Oregon Spartans Hockey team delivered hundreds of coats to NewsWatch 12 Wednesday for the Coats For Kids campaign. 18 players boarded the Spartans team bus Tuesday morning and traveled to Southern Oregon Linen Service in White City to pick up and transport coats to the news station.

    Fire Sprinkler Controls Fire at Airport

    Fire Sprinkler Controls Fire at Airport

    October 22, 2014

    Fire crews responded to a fire alarm this morning at Airport Chevrolet on Biddle Road.

    State Investigating Sheriff Winters

    State Investigating Sheriff Winters

    October 22, 2014

    The Oregon Secretary of State's Office is investigating the re-election of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, after receiving an allegation of false information in the November Election Voter Pamphlet.

    Medford Schools Halloween Policy

    Medford Schools Halloween Policy

    October 22, 2014

    This year the Medford School District will continue its policy of only allowing Halloween costumes to be worn by Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

    Teen Walks Away With Minor Injuries

    Teen Walks Away With Minor Injuries

    October 22, 2014

    The teenager who had to be extracted from her car after a serious wreck on the interstate, is said to be in good condition. Oregon State Police said the 16-year-old was able to walk away from the hospital with some broken fingers, bumps, and bruises.

    Social Security COLA to Go Up in 2015

    Social Security COLA to Go Up in 2015

    October 22, 2014

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today.

    Federal Law Consuming School Funds

    Federal Law Consuming School Funds

    October 21, 2014

    A federal law currently set in place is consuming 25 percent of money that should be going towards county and school funding. Right now, the U.S. Forest Service is allowed to sue private land owners. This happens when a fire starts on private land and moves over into publicy owned land, destroying n

    Baby Bear Cub in Ashland Pharmacy

    Baby Bear Cub in Ashland Pharmacy

    October 21, 2014

    Some Ashland Rite Aid customers saw a rare site when they went to the store on Sunday. A one-month-old, 13 pound bear cub wandered into the store in the afternoon.

    Candidates Hope to Fill Richardson Seat

    Candidates Hope to Fill Richardson Seat

    October 21, 2014

    The race is on for several positions this election. Dennis Richardson held the office for State Representative House District 4 for nearly 12 years.

    Mt. Ashland Celebrates Next 50 Years

    Mt. Ashland Celebrates Next 50 Years

    October 21, 2014

    Skiers and riders celebrated 50 years of Mt. Ashland, and are hoping for another 50 years to come. The mountain held its anniversary celebration Saturday.

    Teen in Critical Condition

    Teen in Critical Condition

    October 21, 2014

    Emergency teams are on the scene of an accident on Interstate 5 right now, right at the intersection of Crater Lake Highway. Oregon State Police said to expect some delays. We are not sure how serious it is just yet, but we have reports they are using tools to pry at least one car open. We have a re

    Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 years

    Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 years

    October 21, 2014

    A Klamath Falls man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drugs and felon in possession of firearms. Vincent Sanchez is expected to serve 15 years, with another five years of supervised probation. This is the minimum mandatory prison sentence for anyone who possesses a firearm or ammunitio

    Arrest Made in Alleged Trespass Assault

    Arrest Made in Alleged Trespass Assault

    October 21, 2014

    Police have arrested a man accused of following and hitting an alleged trespasser with his vehicle.

    “Beauty After Breast Cancer”

    "Beauty After Breast Cancer"

    October 21, 2014

    A local nurse with Asante is inspiring others by creating a book called "Beauty After Breast Cancer."

    Jackson County Talks Water Management

    Jackson County Talks Water Management

    October 21, 2014

    Jackson County is looking to the state of Colorado as a model for a sustainable water project called the WISE project. WISE stands for Water for Irrigation, Streams and Economy. Jackson County is currently working on finding funding to bring this project to Southern Oregon.

    Wells Fargo Offers Bank Robbery Reward

    Wells Fargo Offers Bank Robbery Reward

    October 21, 2014

    Wells Fargo announced today a reward of up to $5,000 for original information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed Wells Fargo bank branches in Salem on Oct. 16 and in Cottage Grove on Oct. 17.

    Grants Pass Approves Marijuana Tax

    Grants Pass Approves Marijuana Tax

    October 21, 2014

    The Grants Pass City Council unanimously approved a marijuana tax at Monday's City Council meeting in anticipation of Measure 91 passing on the November Election.

    Man Eludes Police, Still Searching

    Man Eludes Police, Still Searching

    October 21, 2014

    Medford Police are searching for a man they said led them on a chase after a traffic stop. Police said 25-year-old Terrance Chavers was stopped just before midnight near Chestnit and 8th, in Medford. They saud Chavers had a warrant out for a DUII, but refused to get out of the car and fought with po

    Web Extra:Oregon Candidates for Governor

    Web Extra:Oregon Candidates for Governor

    October 20, 2014

    In just about two weeks we will find out the results of the 2014, November Election. Incumbent John Kitzhaber is up against Representative Dennis Richardson for the governor's seat. Both Candidates talked with Newswatch 12 about some of the key issues for the state including the botched health excha

    Coats For Kids Still In Need

    Coats For Kids Still In Need

    October 20, 2014

    NewsWatch 12's Coats For Kids campaign has been very successful this year with the generous donations of community members in the Rogue Valley. However, there is still a need for kids coats, especially for toddlers and elementary school children.

    Life After Loss To Breast Cancer

    Life After Loss To Breast Cancer

    October 20, 2014

    We introduced you to Leah Rodgers in 2012 during her battle with breast cancer. She passed away shortly after the story aired. Now, her family is sharing their story, in hopes of helping others understand the disease.

    Rain Impacts Local Fish Populations

    Rain Impacts Local Fish Populations

    October 20, 2014

    Monday morning's showers, combined with last week's moisture, is helping jump start recovery from a dry year.

    New App Connects Parents With School

    New App Connects Parents With School

    October 20, 2014

    Jackson County School District 9 is unveiling its new ParentLink app. This app is available for free and can be downloaded directly to a smart phone or tablet. School administrators said it helps parents and children by keeping them safe and connected to the district.

    Huson Homicide Two Years Later

    Huson Homicide Two Years Later

    October 20, 2014

    Monday marks the two year anniversary of Medford taxi cab driver, William “Huey” Huson’s death. Detectives working for Medford police are continuing to investigate the case on a daily basis and have high hopes that one day the unknown suspect will be brought to justice.

    UO’s Largest Fundraising Effort Ever

    UO's Largest Fundraising Effort Ever

    October 20, 2014

    The University of Oregon is trying to raise $2 billion dollars, the largest fundraising effort in State history. According to UO's Vice President of University Ad

    Medford Heroin Dealer Sentenced

    Medford Heroin Dealer Sentenced

    October 20, 2014

    On Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Dennis Lee, 45, of Medford to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sanchez will be on three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. Lee’s 10-year sentence is the maximum allow

    Ashland Considers Bee City U.S.A.

    Ashland Considers Bee City U.S.A.

    October 20, 2014

    The City of Ashland is meeting Monday night to discuss becoming the third Bee City in the United States. In June of 2012, the City of Asheville, North Ca

    Disaster Loan Center Closes in Weed, CA.

    Disaster Loan Center Closes in Weed, CA.

    October 20, 2014

    The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Weed is closing on Thursday. The Center was established to help victims of the Boles Fire that damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or de

    Missing Man Found Safe In California

    Missing Man Found Safe In California

    October 20, 2014

    Medford Police are searching for 74-year old Norman Burness. He was last seen Sunday morning when he drove away from the Motel 6 on Alba Drive in Medford. He was driving a red, 2013 Chevy Sonic and wearing a salmon colored jacket and dark blue jeans.

    2 Year Anniversary of “Huey” Huson

    2 Year Anniversary of "Huey" Huson

    October 20, 2014

    Today marks the two year anniversary of the William "Huey" Juson homicide. Huson was killed Oct. 20th, 2012. Medford Police said this is still an active case

    Oregon Trails-1864 Treaty

    Oregon Trails-1864 Treaty

    October 20, 2014

    The signing of a treaty 150 years ago with Klamath tribes continues to impact much of south central Oregon today.