• New Jackson County Health Building

    New Jackson County Health Building

    December 18, 2014

    Jackson County Health and Human Services is preparing to move into a brand new building on Holly Street in downtown Medford. The new building took years of planning, and millions in county funds.

    12 Scams of Xmas: Malicous Software

    12 Scams of Xmas: Malicous Software

    December 18, 2014

    Our society basically has the world at our fingertips with the amount of information we can gather and store on computers and mobile devices. It allows increases the chance for digital crooks to gain that often sensitive information or potentially completely disrupt our computers.

    Bars Preparing to Watch the Raiders

    Bars Preparing to Watch the Raiders

    December 18, 2014

    As the Southern Oregon Raiders prepare themselves for the big game Friday, local businesses are getting ready for the crowds. The NAIA National Championships game begins at noon on ESPN-U.

    Vigil to Bring Hannah Home

    Vigil to Bring Hannah Home

    December 17, 2014

    More than two weeks after Hannah Thomas-Garner's disappearance family and friends gathered in the Ashland Plaza for a vigil. Candles were provided and people were given the opportunity to say a few words about Hannah.

    Electronic Recycling Rules Change Jan.1

    Electronic Recycling Rules Change Jan.1

    December 17, 2014

    Starting January first, computer keyboards and mice as well as printers will be added to the list of recyclable items. It is part of Oregon E-Cycles, a statewide program that provides free recycling of all brands of computers, monitors and Tvs.

    Sony Cancels Release of The Interview

    Sony Cancels Release of The Interview

    December 17, 2014

    Sony announced Wednesday afternoon that the planned release of "The Interview" on Christmas Day has been cancelled. The move comes after most of the country's largest theater chains decided not to show the movie due to threats of a September 11th-type attack from anonymous hackers.

    CONSUMER REPORTS: GAMING SYSTEM CONSOLES
    A Heart for Fostering: The Process

    A Heart for Fostering: The Process

    December 17, 2014

    DHS says the process of becoming a foster parent is extensive for a good reason, but it's not necessarily hard. It begins with a conversation with in the home because fostering a child impacts everyone in a family.

    Police Shooting Suspect Sentenced

    Police Shooting Suspect Sentenced

    December 17, 2014

    The man who Medford Police said stole a truck and found himself in a shootout with police plead no content to charges, Wednesday.

    Mt. Ashland Sets 2014 Ski Season Open

    Mt. Ashland Sets 2014 Ski Season Open

    December 17, 2014

    Mt. Ashland will open for ski season on Friday December 19th for the first time in 20 months. The ski area will offer beginner terrain on the Sonnet chair lift starting on Saturday at 9:00 AM.

    SOU Raiders Take On the Race Track

    SOU Raiders Take On the Race Track

    December 17, 2014

    uesday the Southern Oregon Football team took some time off from football as the Raiders took to the beach, but Wednesday the team went from the beach to the race track. Coach Howard calls the Raider Offense, the "Ricky Bobby Offense."

    Police Search for Burglary Suspect

    Police Search for Burglary Suspect

    December 17, 2014

    Police are seeking the public's help finding a man in connection to a burglary on the 1000 block of Sunset Ave. Police said on December 9th, a vehicle was broken into, and the thief or thieves stole more than $4,000 worth of hunting gear.

    Festival of Trees Marks Record Year

    Festival of Trees Marks Record Year

    December 17, 2014

    For the first time since the 2008 recession, the Providence Festival of Trees has raised more than half a million dollars. The 2014 Festival - which ran from December 3rd thought the 7th - earned $523,000.

    Man Accused of Tossing Pipe Bombs

    Man Accused of Tossing Pipe Bombs

    December 17, 2014

    A manhunt is underway for a suspect accused of throwing pipe bombs out of his car during a police chase. Officers said on Tuesday, 43 year-old Neal Panschow took off when they tried to pull him over.

    Oak Grove Students Get A Jump On Debate

    Oak Grove Students Get A Jump On Debate

    December 16, 2014

    Students at Oak Grove Elementary school are doing their research and bringing arguments to the table for a new debate team. Fifth graders at the school are already hosting debates in their classroom.

    Rogue Creamery Expanding Locations

    Rogue Creamery Expanding Locations

    December 16, 2014

    One of the most well known places to get local cheese is expanding. Representatives from Rogue Creamery said construction in underway to build a new dairy in Grants Pass.

    Holiday Help for Kids with No Christmas

    Holiday Help for Kids with No Christmas

    December 16, 2014

    Teachers in the Medford School District are using programs to help students through the holidays. Jackson Elementary student success specialist Christina Ferrari teaches using the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support model.

    Toys R Us Braces for Holiday Blitz

    Toys R Us Braces for Holiday Blitz

    December 16, 2014

    Toys R Us is ready for the last-minute Christmas Rush. The company says it will keep its stores open for 39 straight hours on December 23rd and Christmas Eve - including its Medford location.

    Local Starbucks Customers Pay It Forward

    Local Starbucks Customers Pay It Forward

    December 16, 2014

    An instance of "paying it forward" happened in the Rogue Valley as customers at the Starbucks on Crater Lake Highway spent Tuesday morning paying it backwards in the drive-thru line. According to staff, customers spontaneous started paying for the person behind them in line who placed an order.

    Oregon Employment At All Time High

    Oregon Employment At All Time High

    December 16, 2014

    Seasonally adjusted payroll employment in Oregon jumped to a record level of 1,740,800, marking the most number of workers ever employed in the state. The addition of 11,200 jobs in November means the number of working Oregonians is now 3,000 more than the prior peak reached in December of 2007.

    Vigil Tomorrow for Missing Teen

    Vigil Tomorrow for Missing Teen

    December 16, 2014

    A candlelight vigil will be held at the Ashland Plaza, Wednesday, to shine light for 17-year-old Hannah Thomas-Garner. Ashland Police said she was reported missing after not returning from a party in Ashland on November 29th.

    Pair Facing Charges for Mail Theft

    Pair Facing Charges for Mail Theft

    December 16, 2014

    Two locals are facing charges after allegedly rifling through residents' mail. Early Monday morning, Jody Parke, 39, and Susan Metcalf, 46, were arrested after allegedly being caught going through mailboxes at Table Rock Rd and Midway Rd.

    Suspect Resists Arrests Before Takedown

    Suspect Resists Arrests Before Takedown

    December 16, 2014

    Two men are facing charges after police say they led officers on a foot chase. According to Medford Police, an officer recognized 37 year-old Victor Villalobos behind the Medford Center Safeway as a suspect with a warrant for his arrest.

    California King Fire Suspect Indicted

    California King Fire Suspect Indicted

    December 16, 2014

    A man previously charged with deliberately starting the Pollock Pines wildfire has been indicted by a grand jury for starting one of California's biggest wildfires of 2014. 37 year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman was indicted earlier this month on one count of arson of forest land.

    In Need of Some Christmas Cheer

    In Need of Some Christmas Cheer

    December 15, 2014

    There are a couple children in real need of some holiday cheer this year. He is now having more seizures because of the growth of the tumor and there is not a lot doctors can do.

    A Heart for Fostering: The Parents

    A Heart for Fostering: The Parents

    December 15, 2014

    The goal of foster care is always to reunite children with their biological parents. Bob Hendrick who helps certify new foster homes in Josephine County says this eventual separation can be a hang up for many potential foster parents.

    Interest in S.O.U. Grows

    Interest in S.O.U. Grows

    December 15, 2014

    With the Raiders in the play-offs, eyes everywhere are on Southern Oregon University. That could mean new students and new money coming to the school.

    Ice Rink Activities Postponed Two Days

    Ice Rink Activities Postponed Two Days

    December 15, 2014

    Ashland Parks and Recreation needs a couple more days to install the new cover at the ice rink. This means the schedule of regular activities will be moved from Wednesday to Friday.

    Gone With the Wind Star Reflects on Film

    Gone With the Wind Star Reflects on Film

    December 15, 2014

    75 years after the release of Gone With the Wind, Baby Bo is still alive and kicking in the Rogue Valley. Ricky Holt was only 9 months old when Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell saw him by accident at a film studio and cast him on the spot.

    Shipping Intensifies Ahead of Holidays

    Shipping Intensifies Ahead of Holidays

    December 15, 2014

    Postal carriers are expecting Monday to be the busiest shipping day of the entire year. After storms slowed down the process last year and some deliveries did not make it to their destinations on time, postal services are getting an early start.

    Average Gallon of Gas at 5 Year Low

    Average Gallon of Gas at 5 Year Low

    December 15, 2014

    The price of a gallon of gas has fallen below the $2.00 mark in 13 states across the country. According to the price tracker website gas-buddy.com, three states have stations selling gas for less than $1.90 - Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio - but the low prices aren't widespread.

    Arrest Made in Portland School Shooting

    Arrest Made in Portland School Shooting

    December 15, 2014

    A second person has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a Portland school. Police said Marquel Dugas was taken into custody on Saturday on a probation violation. They are still looking for a third person they believe was involved.

    Arrest Made After Volkswagen Break In

    Arrest Made After Volkswagen Break In

    December 15, 2014

    A teenager is facing charges after police said he tried to steal a car from from the Volkswagon dealership on Riverisde Ave. Early on Monday December 15th, 18 year-old Tyreese Key was allegedly spotted trying to steal a car from the dealership, and tried to run from officers.

    Oregon Trails-Highway 140

    Oregon Trails-Highway 140

    December 15, 2014

    it's been 50 years since the ribbon was cut opening what is now known as the Winnemucca to the Sea highway. Now work is underway on a 31-million dollar upgrade on Bly mountain between Klamath Falls and Lakeview

    Open Enrollment Deadline Looms

    Open Enrollment Deadline Looms

    December 15, 2014

    Today is the last day for Oregonians to enroll for health insurance coverage to start or continue in January of 2015. Residents in the state need to use the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, to compare plans and enroll in coverage.

    A Heart for Fostering: The Children

    A Heart for Fostering: The Children

    December 14, 2014

    Hundreds of children in Josephine County are currently in foster care. According to the Department of Human Services 1 in 55 children in the county are in the foster care system. DHS says it has an urgent need for more foster parents.

    Winter Challenges for Ashland Homeless

    Winter Challenges for Ashland Homeless

    December 14, 2014

    The cold weather is putting more pressure on transients and homeless in the area to find shelter. Some are now turning to local businesses, but ending up on the wrong side of the law in doing so.

    Crews Clean Up Truck Crash Intersection

    Crews Clean Up Truck Crash Intersection

    December 14, 2014

    Crews spent the day cleaning up a Medford intersection after a truck crashed into a traffic light pole Sunday morning. Crews took down wires and traffic lights from the pole the truck ran into and worked into the late afternoon with the plan to take the pole down safely.

    25-Year-Old Dies in Crash in Prospect

    25-Year-Old Dies in Crash in Prospect

    December 14, 2014

    Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports 25-year-old Zachary Ryan Jones was driving southbound in the 1200 block of Mill Creek Drive when he lost control of the 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup he was driving while trying to negotiate a curve.

    Woman Delivers Baby Unexpectedly in Home

    Woman Delivers Baby Unexpectedly in Home

    December 14, 2014

    A woman and her newborn baby are safe at the hospital after an early morning delivery in the living room of their home. Medford Fire responded to a call just before 4 a.m. this morning in the 2000 block of Salyer Lane.

    Local Woman Overcomes Tragedy

    Local Woman Overcomes Tragedy

    December 13, 2014

    A Central Point woman will have to rebuild her home after a 50-year-old, 100 foot tree fell into her living room during Thursday’s storm, but that's just the beginning of a remarkable story of resolve. Francis says she hopes her luck will change soon.

    Kids Show Skills In Robot Tournament

    Kids Show Skills In Robot Tournament

    December 13, 2014

    Elementary and middle school students are building Lego robotics, and competing in a tournament at St. Mary's School. America ranks No. 21 out of 34 developed countries in science test scores. Competitions like the one today put kids/ math and science skills to practical use.

    Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

    Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

    December 13, 2014

    Quarterback Marcus Mariota became the first University of Oregon player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Alabama's Amari Cooper.

    Zumbathon for Medford Sparrow

    Zumbathon for Medford Sparrow

    December 13, 2014

    People are gathering at McLoughlin Middle School to raise funds for a little boy battling cancer. Jorge Machain is a 7-year-old battling Embryonal Sarcoma. He is a member of Sparrow Clubs. A Zumbathon is being held at McLoughlin Middle School from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

    Car Fire in Medford Quickly Extinguished

    Car Fire in Medford Quickly Extinguished

    December 13, 2014

    A car fire broke out just after 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Medford Fire says the fire happened in the 2000 block of Poplar Drive. Engines arrived on scene quickly and put the fire out in less than a minute.

    Suspect Arrested In Portland Shooting

    Suspect Arrested In Portland Shooting

    December 13, 2014

    A gunman opened fire Friday on four people near Rosemary Anderson High School, then reportedly fled on foot with two other men. At least three of the injured ran inside the school building for help, police and paramedics arrived and were rushed to the hospital.

    Sex Offender Arrested in Medford

    Sex Offender Arrested in Medford

    December 13, 2014

    A wanted sex offender is now in jail. Medford Police arrested 32-year-old Donald Berry on Friday night. A community member came to police with information about Barry’s location. Police then went to the address and arrested the man.

    Golf Course Cleans Up Tree Damage

    Golf Course Cleans Up Tree Damage

    December 12, 2014

    The wind that ripped through the Rogue Valley uprooted more than ten trees on the Rogue Valley Country Club Golf Course. Grounds crews at the RVCC spent the day Friday picking up cracked limbs and trunks scattered all over the green.

    Salvation Army Low On Toy Donations

    Salvation Army Low On Toy Donations

    December 12, 2014

    On Friday, The Salvation Army said it is running low on toy donations for the holidays. Toy distribution is slated for December 19th. Volunteers have bagged toys for about 1,100 children but still have 860 more to serve and they say there are not enough toys left to go around.

    Forest Restoration Resumes in Ashland

    Forest Restoration Resumes in Ashland

    December 12, 2014

    Forest restoration work is resuming in the hills above Ashland. On Friday, crews headed out to do prescribed burning after drought conditions forced them into a long hiatus.