• Level 1 Evacuation For Reeves Creek Fire

    Level 1 Evacuation For Reeves Creek Fire

    July 30, 2014

    The Oregon Department of Forestry, Illinois Valley Fire and Rural Metro are battling flames in the Reeves Creek Fire, and trying to keep it from spreading past it's current 230 acres.

    Talent Dispensary Focused On Going Green

    Talent Dispensary Focused On Going Green

    July 29, 2014

    A medical marijuana dispensary focused on "going green" is up and running in the Rogue Valley. For the last five weeks, Talent Health club has been working with patients at their store on South Pacific Highway. The shop is one of three Rogue Valley dispensaries with city and state certification t

    ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

    ODF Dispatch Severe Weather Preparations

    July 29, 2014

    Oregon Department of Forestry Dispatch center tracks the lightning storms all over Southern Oregon and Northern California from a room in Central Point. Dispatchers use a variety of computer weather programs to plot and map the strikes. That information is used to compare to strikes and fires see

    Thuderstorm Moves Through Ashland

    Thuderstorm Moves Through Ashland

    July 29, 2014

    Thunder and lightning in Ashland Tuesday Night started two small fires. One of the strikes hit near the reservoir, the other on Mt. Ashland. Neither fire is said to be large.

    Non-Profit Pleads Guilty

    Non-Profit Pleads Guilty

    July 29, 2014

    An Ashland based non-profit, believed to have ties to terrorism, was convicted in court, Tuesday. Haramain Islamic Foundation pleaded guilty in district court. The conviction is for filing a false tax return with the IRS. The conviction stems back from a 150,000 dollar donation moved through the fou

    Governors Call for Wildfire Funding

    Governors Call for Wildfire Funding

    July 29, 2014

    Oregon, Washington, and California Governors are teaming up to call for more wildfire support. They are pushing for the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. It will give the U.S. Forest Service access to emergency funding for suppression and other programs aimed at reducing wildfire risks. The governors s

    Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

    Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

    July 29, 2014

    Two helicopters made dozens of drops Tuesday morning as the Launch Fire burns more than a hundred acres. The fire is burning just on the other side of Four Mile Lake's campsites.

    Crews Battling Reeves Creek Fire

    Crews Battling Reeves Creek Fire

    July 29, 2014

    Crews continued to battle a large wildfire burning near Lake Selmac on Tuesday, but told homeowners to be ready to leave if the situation gets worse. The Reeves Creek Fire was first reported Monday night, and has burned about 230 acres in an area near Reeves Creek Road and Highway 199.

    “Batkid Begins” Movie in-the-Making

    "Batkid Begins" Movie in-the-Making

    July 29, 2014

    A movie producer is making a documentary about 5 year old Miles Scott, his battle with leukemia, and the world's effort to grant his wish of becoming Batkid.

    Level 1 Evacuation Notice Put Out

    Level 1 Evacuation Notice Put Out

    July 29, 2014

    The Reeves Creek Fire burning near Lake Selmac in Josephine County is now causing a concern for additional homes in that area. In addition to Reeves Creek Rd. remaining closed, due to potential fire behavior from

    Klamath Citizens Be Aware of Scammers

    Klamath Citizens Be Aware of Scammers

    July 29, 2014

    Over the past few weeks the Klamath County Sheriff's Office has fielded multiple calls from citizens regarding being scammed or defrauded, according to a press release sent out Tuesday.

    Search Continues For Shady Cove Man

    Search Continues For Shady Cove Man

    July 29, 2014

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Office released new images of 57-year old Dwain Hodge Tuesday. Hodge was last seen on Thursday, July 10, 2014 when he was camping with family near West Fork Trail Creek Rd. and Highway 227.

    Man Facing DUII Charges After Crash

    Man Facing DUII Charges After Crash

    July 29, 2014

    A White City man is facing a DUII charge following Monday evening's injury crossover crash on Interstate 5 in Medford. On Monday night, at about 8:30 p.m., Robert Piland, 45, from White City was driving a Chevy Tahoe northbound on I-5 near milepost 30 when it traveled over the center median into the

    MaryJane’s Attic Re-Opens in Medford

    MaryJane's Attic Re-Opens in Medford

    July 29, 2014

    MaryJane's Attic is re-opening Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. after being closed down for months. The owner, Marlene Nuckols, said she was allowed to reapply for her Medford business license on Friday, July 18th and immediately did so. She got the call last Friday that it had been approved.

    25 Acres Burning Inside Crater Lake Park

    25 Acres Burning Inside Crater Lake Park

    July 29, 2014

    The Pumice Fire is burning 25 acres inside Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday morning and there is no containment at this time. According to officials at Crater Lake, one week ago on Tuesday, July 22nd, the Park received numerous lightning strikes.

    Ferguson Fire 100 Percent Contained

    Ferguson Fire 100 Percent Contained

    July 29, 2014

    [UPDATE 8:30 A.M. JULY 29TH] -- Suppression and mop-up efforts continue on the Ferguson Fire, which is about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls. The fire is still holding at 200 acres and is 100 percent contained. The Klamath County Sheriff's Department has lifted the level one evacuation notification o

    Reeves Creek Fire Burns Nearly 250 Acres

    Reeves Creek Fire Burns Nearly 250 Acres

    July 29, 2014

    (UPDATE 7:25 A.M.): Firefighters and bulldozers dug fireline all night on the Reeves Creek Fire, which has burned 200-250 acres of forestland south of Selma (25 miles southwest of Grants Pass in Josephine County). Fireline now encircles 70 percent of the fire’s perimeter.

    The Launch Fire Burning 100 Acres

    The Launch Fire Burning 100 Acres

    July 29, 2014

    FOUR MILE LAKE, Ore. -- The Launch Fire is burning 100 acres near Four Mile Lake Tuesday morning. Interagency fire crews have multiple resources on scene as of Monday night.

    3 Ethiopian Track Athletes Found

    3 Ethiopian Track Athletes Found

    July 28, 2014

    Confirmed by UO Police Department - Three of 4 missing Ethiopian athletes are safe in Beaverton. Missing persons case active on fourth. Latest on KEZI 9 News at 5 and 6 p.m. EUGENE, Ore. — New information is surfacing about the four missing Ethiopian track athletes who disappeared from the Worl

    Ashland Park Director Search Hits Snag

    Ashland Park Director Search Hits Snag

    July 28, 2014

    Ashland Parks & Rec has hit a snag in the search for a new director after one of their top candidates turned down the job. The department has been looking for a replacement over the summer due to the retirement of current director Don Robertson.

    Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

    Smoldering Fire Left Over from Lightning

    July 28, 2014

    An early morning fire outside Gold Hill became the largest of 38 lightning caused fires from storms earlier in the month. But despite the delayed fuse, firefighters say it likely won’t be the last sleeper fire they have to chase down.

    Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

    Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

    July 28, 2014

    The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions.

    SOU Renovates Science Hall

    SOU Renovates Science Hall

    July 28, 2014

    Science professors at Southern Oregon University said they hope a multi-million dollar project on their science building will bring more interest in the program. The university recently started work on a $21 million renovation project on the science building.

    Arson Suspect Linked to Another Fire

    Arson Suspect Linked to Another Fire

    July 28, 2014

    Medford Police were able to determine that Debra Irene Johns was responsible for the small fire in the women's bathroom of the Jackson County Jail lobby on July 24th. Johns is now charged with intentionally setting 3 of the twenty-three fires in Medford since June 25, 2014.

    Man Wielding a Machete is Arrested

    Man Wielding a Machete is Arrested

    July 28, 2014

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to 2253 Highway 99 in Ashland on Sunday for a man threatening others with a machete. Deputies were met by the victim, Isaac Lindsey,

    Gov. Kitzhaber Expects Jobs in Corvallis

    Gov. Kitzhaber Expects Jobs in Corvallis

    July 28, 2014

    Governor Kitzhaber visited NuScale Power in Corvallis on Friday to learn about an innovative approach to nuclear power and how the company plans to bring more than 100 jobs to Oregon.

    C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support

    C.A.T.S. Receives Global Support

    July 28, 2014

    An animal shelter called the Committed Alliance to Strays, better known as "C.A.T.S." was on the verge of closing, when a celebrity Facebook share triggered a surge of donations.

    Ashland Rental Battle Moves on Slowly

    Ashland Rental Battle Moves on Slowly

    July 27, 2014

    The fight over vacation rentals in Ashland continues despite what would-be hosts say have been some unexpected delays. Initially council members predicted an ordinance would be drafted by August, now that has moved back a few months.

    Hundreds Ride for Chris Kilcullen

    Hundreds Ride for Chris Kilcullen

    July 27, 2014

    Hundreds of motorcycles took to the streets Sunday morning in honor of fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen. This was the event's fourth year. With close to 400 riders this time around, organizers say it has definitely grown since the inaugural ride.

    4 Ethiopian Track Members Missing

    4 Ethiopian Track Members Missing

    July 27, 2014

    The University of Oregon Police Department is working to try to locate the members. They say a secondhand source claims the athletes are safe in another part of the state, but officials haven’t been able to contact the track members directly to confirm that.

    Search Continues for Missing Woman

    Search Continues for Missing Woman

    July 27, 2014

    Police and loved ones are frantically searching Sunday night for a missing woman from Dundee, Ore. The 38-year-old stay-at-home mom left her house to run errands on Thursday, and has not been heard from since. It has been 72 hours since Jennifer Huston went missing.

    Car Wash for A Cure

    Car Wash for A Cure

    July 27, 2014

    A local car wash and a breast cancer survivor are teaming up to raise money for breast cancer research. A fundraiser is taking place at the Talent Car Wash on Highway 99. The money raised goes directly to breast cancer survivor Adrienne Weiss.

    Civil Air Patrol Holds Fundraiser

    Civil Air Patrol Holds Fundraiser

    July 27, 2014

    The largest Civil Air Patrol Squadron in Oregon is holding a fundraiser yard sale. This is the second year for the yard sale that raises money for the volunteer organization. The program has been in place since World War II.

    Drivers Ignoring Roxy Ann Rules

    Drivers Ignoring Roxy Ann Rules

    July 27, 2014

    Police officers say they're having to respond to drivers locked inside of Roxy Ann's Prescott Park gates. Apparently, visitors are ignoring the signage in the area showing the gate will close at 8 p.m. Officers say they have to "routinely" open it.

    Growler Demand Opens Doors for Brewers

    Growler Demand Opens Doors for Brewers

    July 27, 2014

    Local brewers say the craft beer business in the valley is poised to explode, and it’s partially thanks to growlers. The refillable bottles were new to Medford just a year ago. Now demand is rising, which could change the face of the business.

    Police Investigate Fatal Hwy 126 Crash

    Police Investigate Fatal Hwy 126 Crash

    July 27, 2014

    A Florence man was killed in a crash east of Mapleton early Saturday morning. Oregon State Police say an SUV was westbound on Highway 126 near milepost 22 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and into a tree. It happened just after 3 a.m.

    Eugene Police Call a Possible Hoax

    Eugene Police Call a Possible Hoax

    July 27, 2014

    There was a heavy police presence on Cal Young Road in Eugene Saturday afternoon after officers received a call of a gunshot wound, but officials were quickly recalled from the scene. Eugene Police reopened the road after finding out the call was a possible hoax.

    Firefighters Raise Money for MDA

    Firefighters Raise Money for MDA

    July 26, 2014

    Jackson County Fire District 3 crews spent Saturday morning out on the streets collecting cash for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The Fill the Boot fundraiser took place in Central Point and White City. Two on-duty engines participated.

    Peachpalooza at Harry & David

    Peachpalooza at Harry & David

    July 26, 2014

    The event happens every year at Harry and David. Some people started waiting in line at the crack of dawn on Saturday. The peach sale offered 20 cents a pound, and some people say they stock up for jams.

    Red Cross Needs Blood Donations

    Red Cross Needs Blood Donations

    July 26, 2014

    The national average of people per city that donate is 8 percent, but in the Rogue Valley only 2 percent of residents have donated recently. Over the last 11 weeks, the decline in donations has resulted in about 80 thousand fewer donations than expected.

    Ferguson Fire Burning at 200 Acres

    Ferguson Fire Burning at 200 Acres

    July 26, 2014

    Two structures have been lost to the Ferguson Fire burning about 30 miles east of Klamath Falls, and five miles north of Beatty. South Central Oregon Incident Management Team reports six structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire is 20 percent contained.

    Fairgrounds Calling All Homebrewers

    Fairgrounds Calling All Homebrewers

    July 26, 2014

    The Josephine County Fair is accepting admissions for the homebrew judging competition. The competition has been a part of the fair for four years. Before then it was illegal for homebrewers to allow others to try their beer outside their home.

    Garage Fire Briefly Spreads to Wildland

    Garage Fire Briefly Spreads to Wildland

    July 26, 2014

    Firefighters responded to a garage fire late last night, which also burned one-tenth of an acre. Grants Pass Fire Rescue and police units responded to a garage on fire just before 10 o'clock on North East 12th Street.

    Burglary Turns into Robbery

    Burglary Turns into Robbery

    July 26, 2014

    Jackson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call early Friday morning in near Prospect. When NewsWatch 12 arrived on scene, four police vehicles were surrounding a residence on Mill Creek Drive. A suspect was brought out in hand-cuffs.

    Rogue Valley Special Needs Hockey League

    Rogue Valley Special Needs Hockey League

    July 25, 2014

    After a local father took his son who falls on the autism scale to a Southern Oregon Spartans game, his son wanted nothing more than to play. However, Shad Bowers knew it would be difficult to enroll his 7-year-old son, Tanner, into a regular league with his condition. So Bowers decided to start

    Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

    Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

    July 25, 2014

    An emerging trend in STD's in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump.

    New Performance Garden at Britt

    New Performance Garden at Britt

    July 25, 2014

    At a cost of just over a million dollars, paid for largely by grants and donations, this garden also solved a major program dilemma for Britt, creating a completely separate space and environment allowing Britt to expand its line up, and appeal to a wider audience.

    Rafting Business Back On Track

    Rafting Business Back On Track

    July 25, 2014

    This time last year, thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and lightning sparked several fires. The smoke from those fires moved into the valley and just about put rafting companies out of business for the year. One company says so far this year, they're back on track.

    Jackson County Fair Launches Survey

    Jackson County Fair Launches Survey

    July 25, 2014

    The board for the Jackson County Fair is looking to hear from fair goers about what worked and what did not work at the fair this year.

    Search for Chief Continues Next Month

    Search for Chief Continues Next Month

    July 25, 2014

    City officials say they are leaning toward keeping Medford Fire and Rescue and Jackson County Fire District 3 separate entities. The City Manager says they plan to make that official on August 21st when they move on the recommendations of a study.