• Fire Season Longer Than Normal This Year

    Fire Season Longer Than Normal This Year

    September 19, 2014

    Fire experts expect the 2014 fire season to be long and active. The Oregon Department of Forestry said southern Oregon is looking at a longer than normal fire season. Due to the lack of snow pack fuels are extra dry, and season ending rains aren't expected until October or November.

    Free Tetanus Shots for Fire Victims

    Free Tetanus Shots for Fire Victims

    September 19, 2014

    The Siskiyou County Public Health Department is administering free Tetanus vaccinations to any adults who lost their homes in weed this week.Tetanus bacteria commonly enters the body through breaks in the skin, cuts, or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects.These objects are usually found i

    Hunting Season Looks Promising

    Hunting Season Looks Promising

    September 19, 2014

    Firearm hunting season is just two weeks away, and wildlife personnel say the season is looking good. The mild winter last year is great news for big game. The warmer temperatures resulted in higher winter survival, meaning more deer, elk, and other animals are roaming the wilderness this fall.

    New iPhone 6 Hits Shelves

    New iPhone 6 Hits Shelves

    September 19, 2014

    The new iPhone 6 is hitting store shelves today all across the nation. On Medford’s north side, both Verizon and AT&T saw customers lining up outside around 4 o'clock this morning.

    Families Search for Lost Pets in Weed

    Families Search for Lost Pets in Weed

    September 19, 2014

    While families are coming back to what's left of their homes in Angel Valley Friday, other survivors of the Boles fire are being found and rescued.

    Insurers Warn Weed Homeowners of Scams

    Insurers Warn Weed Homeowners of Scams

    September 19, 2014

    As homeowners sift through their properties fro items left behind, state insurance officials are on the lookout for scammers.

    Therapists Available At Boles Fire

    Therapists Available At Boles Fire

    September 19, 2014

    A group of psychologists are holding free group therapy session for Weed residents throughout the weekend. The group, which includes behavioral experts,

    Crater Lake Announces Vehicle-Free Days

    Crater Lake Announces Vehicle-Free Days

    September 19, 2014

    Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive will be open for non-motorized traffic only Saturdays September 20and 27th. The park plans to preserve every third and fourth Saturday in September as an annual opportunity to highlight non-motorized use of the park.

    N. Central Ave to Close for Construction

    N. Central Ave to Close for Construction

    September 19, 2014

    North Central Ave. will be closed from Jackson Street to Second Street on Saturday. September 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. due to construction in the right-of-way. Medford Public Works says, travelers should expect delays associated with this work and are advised to seek alternate routes.

    Founder’s Day Fire Affected by Weather

    Founder's Day Fire Affected by Weather

    September 19, 2014

    On September 17th the passage of a cold front and associated low pressure trough brought moderating conditions to the fire area. Although strong winds were forecast, they did not materialize on the fire and the increased humidity and light rain fall has significantly reduced fire activity.

    Scott Valley Bank Donates to Weed Fund

    Scott Valley Bank Donates to Weed Fund

    September 19, 2014

    In response to the Boles Fire disaster, Scott Valley Bank is donating $10,000 to the Community Disaster Relief Fund administered by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation (SRCF). In addition to the $10,000 donation, Scott Valley Bank is making all of its branches available to receive cash donation

    Firefighters Standing By For Assistance

    Firefighters Standing By For Assistance

    September 19, 2014

    Dozens of Cal Fire personnel are assisting those residents today as they are let back into the devastated neighborhoods. Hundreds of firefighters have been staged for hours this morning, preparing for what’s expected to be a very emotional day for many weed families. Cal Fire officials say they ha

    Gang Member Returns to Jail

    Gang Member Returns to Jail

    September 19, 2014

    The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s service took Juan Antonio Gonzalez-Marquez (19), from Medford, into custody following a traffic stop. Gonzalez-Marquez absconded from MacLaren Youth Correctional transitional program in Junction City, Oregon. Gonzalez-Marquez was origina

    Weed Residents Return Home

    Weed Residents Return Home

    September 19, 2014

    Weed residents are about to get a first-hand look at the damage done to their community. At 10 a.m. they will be let back in to their neighborhoods for the first time since the Boles Fire broke out. The Boles Fire is holding at 479 acres, and so far crews have managed 85% containment.

    Reuniting the Animals of Weed

    Reuniting the Animals of Weed

    September 19, 2014

    The few surviving mementos aren't the only thing to come from the ashes. In the early morning hours, during news coverage, two of our team members found an 11 week-old kitten hiding under a pile of debris. Her paws were scorched and she was very hungry and thirsty.

    Habitat for Humanity Helps Families

    Habitat for Humanity Helps Families

    September 19, 2014

    More than 16% of Jackson County residents live in poverty, and Habitat for Humanity is working to improve the living conditions of those families. In the past year, the organization began building their 50th and 51st home in the Rogue Valley, and it seems the kids of those families are as thankful a

    Some Evacuations Lifted For Onion Mtn.

    Some Evacuations Lifted For Onion Mtn.

    September 18, 2014

    The Onion Mountain Fire is holding steady at 4,077 acres at 20 percent contained. Fire crews said the fire is 100 percent lined, but with more hot dry weather ahead, they are not ruling out the chance the fire spreading again. At 6 a.m. on Friday the Level One Evacuation notice will be lifted the

    Northern California Communities Pitch In

    Northern California Communities Pitch In

    September 18, 2014

    Northern California communities pitch in. More than a thousand homes were initially threatened by the boles fire. Now Northern California communities nearby weed are banding together to help close to 150 families who have nothing left to return to. Some students say from the moment they heard the b

    Boles Fire Community Meeting

    Boles Fire Community Meeting

    September 18, 2014

    CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 in conjunction with the cooperating agencies on the Boles Fire will be hosting a community meeting in Weed, CA. Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions.

    Boles Fire at 479 Acres

    Boles Fire at 479 Acres

    September 18, 2014

    Firefighters say they are making progress. Rains last night helped with containment and mop up efforts. The fire is at 479 acres, but is now 85% contained. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed, and 1,100 are still being threatened.

    Fire Donations Overwhelming

    Fire Donations Overwhelming

    September 18, 2014

    There has been an out-pour of donations for victims of the Boles Fire, but now the amount of donated supplies is overflowing beyond the walls of the storage space available. Some people are even offering up their homes for extra storage space.

    RCC Receives Excellence Award

    RCC Receives Excellence Award

    September 18, 2014

    For the 11th consecutive year, Rogue Community College has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. RCC President Peter Angstadt presented the award September 16 at the Board of Education meeting, to the RCC Budget and Financial Services, Human Resources, Informa

    Suspect Identified in Car Jacking Case

    Suspect Identified in Car Jacking Case

    September 18, 2014

    Parents who have children at Jefferson Elementary are getting texts about a lockdown at the school. Medford Police say they arrested a man in that area. They said he stole a car from the Winco parking lot.

    Plans Set for Roseburg Mill Employees

    Plans Set for Roseburg Mill Employees

    September 18, 2014

    Employees at the Roseburg lumber mill are learning their fate today. This morning the company held a team meeting for all of those affected by the fire. On Monday, September 22nd, around 60 workers will head to Oregon temporarily.

    Donations to Weed are Overflowing

    Donations to Weed are Overflowing

    September 18, 2014

    There has been an out-pour of donations for victims of the Boles Fire, but now the amount of donated supplies is overflowing beyond the walls of the storage space available. Many community members are sending trucks full of clothes, food and other supplies to help out people who are displaced.

    Firefighters Discuss Recovery

    Firefighters Discuss Recovery

    September 18, 2014

    Firefighters continue to scour the neighborhoods destroyed in the Boles fire for signs of human life. Today search teams sent dogs through the wreckage trained in detecting human scent. The fire burned so hot that there isn't even much rubble left, only ash.

    Woman Arrested for Selling OSU Phones

    Woman Arrested for Selling OSU Phones

    September 18, 2014

    A former Oregon State University employee turned herself in to Oregon State Police Thursday after warrants were issued following an indictment related to selling university-owned cellphones during her employment. On September 18, 2014, former OSU employee Christina Marie Adams, age 49, from Eugene,

    Heritage Barn Workshop at Hanley Farms

    Heritage Barn Workshop at Hanley Farms

    September 18, 2014

    s icons of the state’s rural landscape, Oregon’s historic barns tell the story of our agricultural roots, yet are often not considered as candidates for preservation and reuse. Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Workshop will put them in the spotlight as their annual Heritage Barns Workshop trave

    Mount Ashland GM Starting Out Strong

    Mount Ashland GM Starting Out Strong

    September 18, 2014

    The new Mount Ashland General Manager is wasting no time in getting to work. Hiram Towle says, he plans to spend the next few weeks getting to know the program and reaching out to the community. Last season, Mount Ashland was plagued with little snow, and did not open their ski season for the first

    OSP Identifies Driver of Fatal Crash

    OSP Identifies Driver of Fatal Crash

    September 18, 2014

    Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery early Monday of a single vehicle fatal crash scene down a steep embankment off Old Stage Coach Road north of Highway 126W is Lane County. The ongoing investigation confirmed the deceased victim, Canyon Arthur McCardel,

    Industrial Fire Prevention Level Lowered

    Industrial Fire Prevention Level Lowered

    September 18, 2014

    The Industrial Fire Prevention Level (IFPL) in forests and wildlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in southwest Oregon lowered from level 3 to level 2 this morning. This affects the 1.8 million acres of state, county, private and Bureau of Land Management lands protected by ODF’s

    Red Cross On Set With NewsWatch 12

    Red Cross On Set With NewsWatch 12

    September 18, 2014

    There are organizations in place to not only help people cope with the immediate shock of devastations, but to make a plan for the future which can sometimes be hard to even think about at first. The Southern Oregon chapter of Red Cross is helping the family in Medford whose home burned last night,

    Man Charged with Arson for King Fire

    Man Charged with Arson for King Fire

    September 18, 2014

    A man has been charged with Arson for the King Fire in California. The El Dorado County Superior Court charged Wayne Allen Huntsman Thursday with Arson of Forest Land, a felony.

    Property Crime Unit Needs Volunteers

    Property Crime Unit Needs Volunteers

    September 18, 2014

    Due to limited resources of the Sheriff's Office during the last 28 months property crime investigations have consequently fallen to the wayside. Sheriff Gilbertson, working in concert with the District Attorney's Office, formed a team of vetted and well-trained Volunteers and Reserves to assume thi

    College of the Siskiyous Back in Session

    College of the Siskiyous Back in Session

    September 18, 2014

    While the Weed elementary and high schools are still closed for fire investigations, College of the Siskiyous is back in session for students today. Students at College of the Siskiyous are just being released from classes on the first day back since the fire.

    Truck Crash in Scottsburg Closes Hwy 38

    Truck Crash in Scottsburg Closes Hwy 38

    September 18, 2014

    Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge near milepost 16 is still closed following a traffic crash involving a commercial truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber products. The truck and trailer is hanging over the bridge railing above the river and an estimated hundred gallons of diesel has l

    Weather Helps Coos District Fire Levels

    Weather Helps Coos District Fire Levels

    September 18, 2014

    Weather changes have brought cooler conditions to the Coos Forest Protective Association. The reduced fire danger levels are allowing fire mangers to lower fire levels within the district. Lands protected by CFPA within Regulated Use Areas CS-1, CS-2, CS-4, CS-5, SK-1 and SK-2 will lower to a Leve

    Insurance Tents for Boles Fire Victims

    Insurance Tents for Boles Fire Victims

    September 18, 2014

    Insurance companies are set up to help the hundreds of homeowners in Weed with damaged or destroyed neighborhoods. Representatives from farmers insurance say the catastrophe relief tents are set up in situations where clients need may be unable to call or use the internet.

    Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Update

    Onion Mountain Fire Evacuation Update

    September 18, 2014

    Effective Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 9:30am, Level 1 Evacuation advisories continue due to the Onion Mountain Fire, as well as the adding of one additional Level 1 Evacuation advisory as listed below. THE ONLY evacuations are the Level 1 advisory evacuations.

    Rainfall Lowers Douglas Co. Fire Levels

    Rainfall Lowers Douglas Co. Fire Levels

    September 18, 2014

    A change in the weather pattern has brought cooler and wet conditions to the region. This is allowing fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to lower fire restrictions for industrial forest operators. Effective Thursday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m.,

    Tourists Shocked by Weed Fire Damage

    Tourists Shocked by Weed Fire Damage

    September 18, 2014

    A group of international tourists say, one of the most striking memories of their cross-country trip is driving through weed. The group from Finland says, they've dreamed about visiting America for years. They started their journey in New York,

    Clean Up Extends Past the Fire

    Clean Up Extends Past the Fire

    September 18, 2014

    Hot spots aren't the only thing fire crews are trying to clean up today. They are also trying to clean up the fire retardant dropped by air tankers. Fire officials say, several parts of the town are covered in the red substance, as firefighters tried to save as many homes as possible.

    Fire Crews Sifting Through the Rubble

    Fire Crews Sifting Through the Rubble

    September 17, 2014

    Fire Crews are assessing just how much damage was left behind from the Boles Fire. They are sifting through the rubble Wednesday, trying to find anything that may have been sparred. They are also working to make sure the area will be safe for others to enter. Downed power lines, hot spots, and possi

    Winds Still Gusty at Boles Fire

    Winds Still Gusty at Boles Fire

    September 17, 2014

    Fire Crews are hesitating to let people back into the evacuated areas of the Boles Fire because they have not determined it to be safe just yet. Newswatch 12's Kirstin O'Connor explains.

    Weed Elementary Hopes To Re-Open Tuesday

    Weed Elementary Hopes To Re-Open Tuesday

    September 17, 2014

    At Weed Elementary, teachers said smoked filled the hallways and sparks began to fly just minutes after they realized there was a fire outside their doors. Administrators went back to the K-8 school today to assess the damage and see when they will be able to get kids back in classes.

    Smokey; Poor Air Quality in Weed, Ca

    Smokey; Poor Air Quality in Weed, Ca

    September 17, 2014

    Fire season has not been easy on Northern California this year. While the national attention has been focused on the Boles Fire, the region has been flooded with smoke from the very beginning. That's left people living for weeks in poor air quality conditions.

    Eugene Baby Gets Bone Marrow Transplant

    Eugene Baby Gets Bone Marrow Transplant

    September 17, 2014

    A Eugene baby is one step closer to coming home after receiving a bone marrow transplant in Portland. Monday night, 4-month-old Kai Knight, received a bone marrow transplant at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Tuesday morning, just hours later, he was all smiles.

    Oregon Minimum Wage Goes Up Again

    Oregon Minimum Wage Goes Up Again

    September 17, 2014

    Thousands of Oregonians will be getting a boost in their paycheck starting next year. Labor officials announced Wednesday they’re raising the state’s minimum wage to $9.25, up from $9.10, starting January 1. Minimum wage employees working 30 hours a week will get $234 more next year.

    New Advisory on Onion Mountain Fire

    New Advisory on Onion Mountain Fire

    September 17, 2014

    Another evacuation advisory was added to the area of the Onion Mountain Fire, Wednesday. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office said all people of Limpy Creek Rd. system from Riverbanks Rd. to the West should be prepared to evacuate.

    Red Cross Shelters Help Fire Victims

    Red Cross Shelters Help Fire Victims

    September 17, 2014

    The Red Cross shelters have relocated. There is only one shelter right now and it is at the Mt. Shasta Armory. Red Cross supervisors said that between the two previous shelters at Yreka and Mt. Shasta High Schools they had over 100 people, but today at the Armory they are only expecting twenty peop