• DWTRVS: Jani Rollins

    DWTRVS: Jani Rollins

    October 30, 2014

    Sparrow Clubs will soon get thousands to benefit local kids with our upcoming Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars. Every night we have been getting a sneak peak at the dances and the local contestants up for the "Shining Star Award". Tonight we meet Jani Rollins who says its fun to participate becau

    High Demand for OSF Plays

    High Demand for OSF Plays

    October 30, 2014

    “All the world's a stage” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The plays produced on OSF’s stages are captivating audiences across the country, and while the demand is increasing - it really comes as no surprise to the cast and crews who call OSF home.

    Hunting Accident Leads to Death

    Hunting Accident Leads to Death

    October 30, 2014

    Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies and other emergency personnel responded to a reported fatal hunting accident in the 4000 block of Clarks Branch Road, about 10 miles north of Myrtle Creek. Officials responded at 10:53 a.m. A 20 year old female was shot by her father while the two were hunting.

    Remains Found in Curry County Identified

    Remains Found in Curry County Identified

    October 30, 2014

    Skeletal remains found in Curry County have now been identified. The Curry County Sheriff's Office says the remains of 26 year-old Keith Callaway were found on Sunday. Callaway had an address in Brookings, his family has been notified. Back in May, Brookings Police say Callaway’s landlord had call

    After-Fire Meetings for N. Cal Residents

    After-Fire Meetings for N. Cal Residents

    October 30, 2014

    The Klamath National Forest has scheduled eight community meetings for community discussion regarding the Little Deer, Logs, Whites, and Beaver Fires as well as Happy Camp Complex. The goal of these meetings is to reflect upon experiences from the 2014 fires and share lessons learned;

    Oregon Leads Nation in Zombie Homes

    Oregon Leads Nation in Zombie Homes

    October 30, 2014

    In a report released by RealtyTrac today, the state of Oregon has the highest percentage of vacant foreclosed homes in the nation, also known as “zombie homes.” The study found that more than 117,000 homes had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure.

    Today is the Last Day to Mail Ballots

    Today is the Last Day to Mail Ballots

    October 30, 2014

    The last day for mailing ballots is today. The Jackson County elections office recommends to mail ballots no later than the Thursday before the next Tuesday elections. Over 50 election workers are processing incoming ballots.

    Ashland Businesses Prepare for Halloween

    Ashland Businesses Prepare for Halloween

    October 30, 2014

    Ashland plaza has been a hot spot for Halloween entertainment for many years. Right now the plaza is pretty quiet, but tomorrow, it is expected to be filled with thousands of ghosts, zombies and whatever else people dress up as this year.

    “Iron Mike” to be Removed

    "Iron Mike" to be Removed

    October 30, 2014

    A statue vandalized earlier this month is being removed from its post in the Ashland plaza. The statue known as "Iron Mike" will be taken down tomorrow so experts can discuss options for repairing it. "Iron mike" is part of the carter memorial fountain in the Ashland Plaza.

    Whales in Oregon Tour

    Whales in Oregon Tour

    October 30, 2014

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium Outreach Program gave Medford students a lesson, under the sea. On October 21st, first and second graders at Hoover Elementary participated in singing, dancing, and a whale presentation. Interactive tables were also set up with artifacts about marine life. Aquarium voluntee

    Human Bean Donates More Than $142K

    Human Bean Donates More Than $142K

    October 30, 2014

    The human bean is making a huge donation to breast cancer research and prevention, with some help from coffee lovers. The 9th annual "Coffee for a Cure" event raised more than $142,000 dollars last Friday.

    Medford Council to Vote on Marijuana Tax

    Medford Council to Vote on Marijuana Tax

    October 30, 2014

    In just a few hours the Medford City Council could make a major decision regarding the taxing of marijuana. Councilors are expected to hold a second reading of a proposed marijuana tax at their meeting this afternoon.

    Josephine County Increases Rural Patrol

    Josephine County Increases Rural Patrol

    October 30, 2014

    At the request of Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners had agreed in June during the 2014/2015 budget season to allocate and additional $655,000 to the Sheriff's Office in order to increase Rural Patrol Coverage for the residents of Josephine County.

    Man Arrested After Bad Marijuana Deal

    Man Arrested After Bad Marijuana Deal

    October 30, 2014

    Medford Police responded to a call from man who said he was involved in an illegal marijuana deal where the suspect he was selling to pulled a gun and stole the marijuana. The victim was able to provide a description of the three suspects and their vehicle, which was a silver Scion Cube.

    Officers Justified in GP Fatal Shooting

    Officers Justified in GP Fatal Shooting

    October 30, 2014

    The Grants Pass Police officers who were involved in a shooting in September were found justified in their actions. The shooting occurred September 21st and resulted in the death of Daniel Diaz of Northwest Blossom Drive in Grants Pass.

    Local Brewery Supports Sparrow Clubs

    Local Brewery Supports Sparrow Clubs

    October 30, 2014

    A Southern Oregon brewery is trading brews for bucks today in an effort to help local kids. Tonight, Walkabout Brewery will hold an event to raise money for Sparrow Clubs of Southern Oregon. A portion of beer and wine purchases will be given to the program. Community members can enjoy live music, da

    Group Pushes for Lottery Funding Measure

    Group Pushes for Lottery Funding Measure

    October 30, 2014

    Oregon voters may soon get to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled. “Securing Our Safety” is a group of citizens dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County. Members are proposing a measure to allow 50-percent of state-controlled lottery dollars

    Jeff Merkley Visits SOU on Campaign Tour

    Jeff Merkley Visits SOU on Campaign Tour

    October 30, 2014

    Senator Jeff Merkley visited Ashland yesterday, hitting 50 towns in seven days as part of his "Jobs and Opportunity Tour" leading up to the election. He stopped at Southern Oregon University to meet with students and faculty members for a roundtable discussion.

    Yr-Old Double-Fatal Case Still Unsolved

    Yr-Old Double-Fatal Case Still Unsolved

    October 30, 2014

    One year later, the search for the suspect and vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run continues. Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help to solve the incident that killed two men on October 30th, 2013, near Cave Junction.

    Online Map Shows Local Sex Offenders

    Online Map Shows Local Sex Offenders

    October 30, 2014

    Medford Police are offering some tips to parents to keep their children safe this Halloween, including finding out who lives in their neighborhood. Medford Police said they have about 700 registered sex offenders in Medford and about 50 of them are "Predatory" sex offenders.

    WEB EXTRA: Before & After KDRV’s New Set

    WEB EXTRA: Before & After KDRV's New Set

    October 29, 2014

    Notice something different on NewsWatch 12? Wednesday night we debuted a brand new set. It's the same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.

    WEB EXTRA: Take a Tour of KDRV’s New Set

    WEB EXTRA: Take a Tour of KDRV's New Set

    October 29, 2014

    Take a quick virtual tour of NewsWatch 12's new set and see time lapse video of the move in and set up our 7 separate sets. Same number one news team, just a better view!

    WEB EXTRA: The Show Must Go On

    WEB EXTRA: The Show Must Go On

    October 29, 2014

    While NewsWatch 12's new set was being constructed, outfitted, and tested, our staff continued to produce 4 1/2 hours of newscasts everyday. This took a lot of coordination and patience. In this web extra see exactly what each of our departments contributed to our new look.

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    WEB EXTRA: Tools of the Trade

    WEB EXTRA: Tools of the Trade

    October 29, 2014

    To use all the components of NewsWatch 12's new set it takes some special tools of the trade. One of those is a top of the line wireless microphone system. Tiny but effective - the new mics are coated in kevlar - the same material used in combat gear.

    The Making of NewsWatch 12′s New Set

    The Making of NewsWatch 12's New Set

    October 29, 2014

    Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12's first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.

    Coats For Kids Handed Out At Schools

    Coats For Kids Handed Out At Schools

    October 29, 2014

    This year, thousands of coats were collected at nearly 80 locations across Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. Those coats were then washed, sorted, and bundled. Now they are headed out to local schools.

    Beers to Benefit Sparrow Clubs

    Beers to Benefit Sparrow Clubs

    October 29, 2014

    A local brewery is trading brews for bucks to benefit kids in the valley. Thursday night, Walkabout Brewery will hold an event to raise money for Sparrow Clubs of Southern Oregon. A portion of beer and wine purchases will be given to the program. Community members will be able to enjoy live music, d

    DWTRVS: Daniel Corbett

    DWTRVS: Daniel Corbett

    October 29, 2014

    Dances are being polished and costumes finalized in preparation of Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars. Several local community members are dedicating many hours to practice for the show that debuts next Saturday. The annul competition benefits local Sparrow clubs every year, helping sick kids who n

    Lottery Funding Could See Changes Coming

    Lottery Funding Could See Changes Coming

    October 29, 2014

    Voters may soon get to decide if millions of dollars of lottery funds should be state controlled. Securing Our Safety is a group of citizens dedicated to restoring public safety in Josephine County. Members are proposing a measure, to allow 50 percent of state-controlled lottery dollars.

    Josephine Co. Battles Budget Cuts

    Josephine Co. Battles Budget Cuts

    October 29, 2014

    On Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff, Gil Gilbertson, met with county commissioners to discuss the public safety budget moving forward and how much money could be left over at the end of the fiscal year. Back in June, county commissioners and the sheriff decided to take out $655,000.

    Researchers Identify New Autism Genes

    Researchers Identify New Autism Genes

    October 29, 2014

    A new study published in the journal Nature identifies 27 genes that, if mutated, will either cause autism or contribute to its risk. The study was completed by the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and is the most comprehensive look at the genomes of parents and children where

    Arrest Made in Rogue River Burglary Case

    Arrest Made in Rogue River Burglary Case

    October 29, 2014

    A local man is accused of burglarizing a home on W. Evans Creek Rd. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, 32 year-old Jarrod Garwood was arrested after a search warrant was served at his home on E. Evans Creek Rd.

    Indoor Options for Halloween

    Indoor Options for Halloween

    October 29, 2014

    With rainy weather in the forecast for Friday, there are other options in the Rogue Valley for families to celebrate Halloween indoors. Below are cities listing different options for planning out your Halloween evening.

    Intent to Fund Own School Services

    Intent to Fund Own School Services

    October 29, 2014

    The Eagle Point School District Board of Directors are meeting Wednesday night to discuss their intent to withdraw from the Southern Oregon Educational Service District (SOESD). The deadline to submit notice of intent is fast approaching on Nov. 1.

    Restaurant Impossible Coming to Ashland

    Restaurant Impossible Coming to Ashland

    October 29, 2014

    National makeover show Restaurant Impossible is coming to Ashland to work it's TV magic on Mystic Treats. According to the restaurant's owners, the show's host, Robert Irvine, and his crew will be at the location on Ashland St. in the Tolman Creek Shopping Plaza on Tuesday Nov. 4 and Wednesday No

    Budget Woes Plague County Sheriff

    Budget Woes Plague County Sheriff

    October 29, 2014

    On Monday November 3, four new sheriff's deputies will take to the streets of Josephine County. The Sheriff's Department is moving $655,000 from next year's budget into this years balance, after county commissioners approved the proposal today.

    Merkley Headed Back to Southern Oregon

    Merkley Headed Back to Southern Oregon

    October 29, 2014

    Sen. Jeff Merkley's "Jobs & Opportunity Tour" will visit seven towns throughout Southern Oregon today as part of his 50-town tour to get out the vote.

    Wanted Rape Suspect Arrested

    Wanted Rape Suspect Arrested

    October 29, 2014

    A rape suspect wanted for sexual assaults in several states, including Oregon, was arrested Wednesday morning. Massachusetts State Police said Gregory Lewis was arrested shortly before midnight in Fort Edward, New York, near the border with Vermont.

    DWTRVS: Kimberly Jostad

    DWTRVS: Kimberly Jostad

    October 28, 2014

    Several community members have been practicing for weeks, preparing for the annual "Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars" competition. Now in just about a week and a half , they will lace up their shoes and compete for the "Shining Star Award"; all while raising money for sparrow clubs.

    New Gas Tax Taken for a Test Drive

    New Gas Tax Taken for a Test Drive

    October 28, 2014

    When drivers head to the gas pump, they're currently shelling out a 30 cent tax for every gallon of gas. That money goes directly to ODOT to help improve roads and complete construction projects. The gas tax adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

    10 Year-Old Hit by Car in Grants Pass

    10 Year-Old Hit by Car in Grants Pass

    October 28, 2014

    A 10 year-old boy was taken to the hospital early this morning, after being struck by a car while crossing at an intersection. Witnesses said the boy was looking both ways at the intersection of Parkdale Dr. and Golden Park Dr. before stepping in front of an oncoming vehicle.

    Groups Try to Pass Public Safety Levy

    Groups Try to Pass Public Safety Levy

    October 28, 2014

    Josephine County community groups want to put another public safety levy on the May 2015 ballot. Organizers are looking at why the past levies failed, and crafting a new measure that would allot more money to rural sheriff's patrols.

    Police Concerned About Kids and Apps

    Police Concerned About Kids and Apps

    October 28, 2014

    Police are weighing in on concerns that children may contact dangerous people through applications on their phones. Kids now have the ability to communicate with each other outside of text messages and voice calls, stoking parents worries about less oversight over who their kids are talking to.

    In the Garden: Planting Garlic

    In the Garden: Planting Garlic

    October 28, 2014

    Elephant garlic grows about a softball size bulb and is really hard to find this time of year, but not impossible to grow in your own garden. NewsWatch12's Kirstin O'Connor met with OSU Extension Master Gardener Teresa Reavis to find out more about how to plant the mild ingredient.

    68lbs of Pot Found During Traffic Stop

    68lbs of Pot Found During Traffic Stop

    October 28, 2014

    A traffic stop led to the arrest of two Washington State man and 68 pounds of marijuana off the streets. Oregon State Police stopped a rented Hyundai Sonata with California license plates for a speeding violation on Interstate 5 near mile post 28, Saturday morning. According to investigators, a t

    Strike Possible At University of Oregon

    Strike Possible At University of Oregon

    October 28, 2014

    The University of Oregon is facing a possible strike. The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University haven't been able to agree on salaries and paid leave. The GTFF said they aren't making livable wages and they're asking for a 5.5 increase on the minimum. The University said they m

    Irrigation Water Shuts Off in Gold Hill

    Irrigation Water Shuts Off in Gold Hill

    October 28, 2014

    Rural residents near Gold Hill can expect to see the irrigation water slowly shut off. The Gold Hill Irrigation District is shutting off water starting today for a fish salvage project starting on Thursday. Officials say the water legally has to be turned off by Friday,

    Scooping Out Ice Cream for Measure 92

    Scooping Out Ice Cream for Measure 92

    October 27, 2014

    A Ben and Jerry's ice cream truck is on a tour through Oregon, scooping out ice cream and information about Measure 92. If passed, the "Right to Know" initiative will require food manufactures to label all food sold in the state, if they have genetically engineered ingredients.

    Ballot Drop Boxes Now Open

    Ballot Drop Boxes Now Open

    October 27, 2014

    Ballot drop off locations across Jackson and Josephine Counties are now open. The elections office has been accepting ballots through the mail and at the office, but now people can take their ballots to physical locations.