• Police Respond To Child Stuck in Car

    Police Respond To Child Stuck in Car

    August 21, 2014

    When Kristin Hals was leaving a parking lot on Tuesday afternoon, she accidentally locked her keys, and her two-year-old son inside the car. She called 911, and when police arrived, she says they were did not help get her child out of the car.

    “Ice Bucket Challenge” Making an Impact

    "Ice Bucket Challenge" Making an Impact

    August 20, 2014

    A bag of ice, bucket of water and a link to donate are all it has taken to have the nation turn its attention to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Old Blue Fire Evacuation Alerts Lifted

    Old Blue Fire Evacuation Alerts Lifted

    August 20, 2014

    Level 1 evacuation notices have been lifted for homes along Humbug Creek Road, near the location of the Old Blue Mountain Fire, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

    City Hopes to Adjust After Lithia Move

    City Hopes to Adjust After Lithia Move

    August 20, 2014

    Lithia Motors’ impending move toward Highway 62 will create a void near the downtown Medford area, according to Medford City Councilors. Lithia is planning to move several dealerships to new buildings next to its existing superstore location on Highway 62.

    Pride Festival Seeks Volunteers

    Pride Festival Seeks Volunteers

    August 20, 2014

    Organizers of the Southern Oregon Pride Festival say they are expecting more people than ever this year, in part because of Oregon's ruling on same-sex marriage. This year's parade will be held October 11th in Ashland. Organizers are pushing for more volunteers to help with the extra interest.

    Happy Camp Elementary Delays Start

    Happy Camp Elementary Delays Start

    August 20, 2014

    Happy Camp Elementary School is delaying start Thursday due to poor air quality. The school was supposed to kick off the school year Thursday, Aug. 21 but has delayed it until Monday, Aug. 25 at 8:00 a.m.

    Old Blue Mt. Fire 100% Lined

    Old Blue Mt. Fire 100% Lined

    August 20, 2014

    The Oregon Department of Forestry reported that thousands of gallons of helicopter-borne water was poured on the Old Blue Mountain Fire Tuesday, significantly knocking out numerous hot spots within the 99 acre fire tha

    Peanut and Almond Butter Recall

    Peanut and Almond Butter Recall

    August 20, 2014

    (CNN) -- Inspired Natural Foods is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut butter, almond butter and other nut butters. It's based on concerns of salmonella contamination.

    Back to School Shopping

    Back to School Shopping

    August 20, 2014

    The first day of school is right around the corner. That means kids and parents may be shelling out big bucks for back to school shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, nationwide Americans will spend close to 75 billion dollars on new clothes and school supplies.

    Oregon Trails-Kingsley Field

    Oregon Trails-Kingsley Field

    August 20, 2014

    Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls is the only airbase in Oregon named after an Oregon Airman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor

    Residents Use Phone Tree For Evacuations

    Residents Use Phone Tree For Evacuations

    August 19, 2014

    The Old Blue Mountain Fire is forcing a level 1 evacuation alert for all homes on the left fork of Humbug Creek Rd., and addresses 2542 and above on the main fork of Humbug Creek Rd. When those advisories were issued were spread by community members using a local fire district activated a phone tree

    Old Blue Mountain Fire Grows

    Old Blue Mountain Fire Grows

    August 19, 2014

    Old Blue Mountain Fire is now an estimated 99 acres. This is an increase from previous estimates of 60 and 80 acres. Fire officials say the increased estimate comes from better mapping of the fire. Tonight, the fire line is 85 percent complete, and the fire is currently 30 percent contained.

    Some Advisories Lifted Near July Complex

    Some Advisories Lifted Near July Complex

    August 19, 2014

    Some evacuation advisories have been lifted for residents near the July Complex. Incident Commanders say residents of Quartz Valley, Mugginsville and the Greenview areas are no longer being asked to be prepared for an evacuation. This includes everyone along Quartz Valley Rd. between Scott River

    US Cellular Nearing Completion

    US Cellular Nearing Completion

    August 19, 2014

    Construction at US Cellular Park is one step closer to being finished. Medford Parks and Recreation hosted a tour of the work for phase four of the project, Tuesday. This includes two new baseball and softball fields, and one full-sized multi-use field. These fields are expected to hold 10 to 18

    Nature Camp Teaches Kids Survival Skills

    Nature Camp Teaches Kids Survival Skills

    August 19, 2014

    This week students are lacing up their boots to learn about wildlife. It is all part of the Wilderness Navigator Day Camp at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Medford. Kids seven to 12 are getting hands on learning everyday until Friday. Kids are learning how to build a shelter and survive in th

    Mt. Ashland Hires New General Manager

    Mt. Ashland Hires New General Manager

    August 19, 2014

    The lifts stand still on Mt. Ashland, as they have since the spring of 2013. Coming out of a ski season where little snow fell, new changes will be ready to go this year.

    Steep Terrain Challenging Firefighters

    Steep Terrain Challenging Firefighters

    August 19, 2014

    People living near another lightning-sparked wildfire have been told to be ready to leave if conditions worsen. The Old Blue Mountain Fire was sparked by lightning Monday night, about eight miles south of Rogue River. The fire has burned about 60 acres, and is 15 percent contained.

    Earthquakes Reported Southeast of Oregon

    Earthquakes Reported Southeast of Oregon

    August 19, 2014

    The area near the borders of Oregon, California and Nevada has seen a cluster of earthquakes in the past 24 hours,but experts say the activity can be common in that area. About 13 earthquakes have been recorded since Monday in Nevada, just south of Lake County.

    Level 1 Evacuations- Old Blue Mtn. Fire

    Level 1 Evacuations- Old Blue Mtn. Fire

    August 19, 2014

    A Level 1 evacuation alert is in effect for portions of Humbug Creek Rd. in Jackson County. The evacuation is for all homes on the left fork of Humbug Creek Rd., and addresses 2542 and above on the main fork of Humbug Creek Rd (the dirt portion).

    World of Wine Helps Asante Foundation

    World of Wine Helps Asante Foundation

    August 19, 2014

    This year the World of Wine is partnering with Asante Foundation's Children's Miracle Network. Every dollar from the event will go to the Children's Miracle Network neonatal intensive care unit, the family birth centers and the pediatric department.

    Flight from Brookings Crashes, Kills 1

    Flight from Brookings Crashes, Kills 1

    August 19, 2014

    A man died in a plane crash shortly after leaving the Brookings Airport, Monday night. Robery J. Madge from Redwood City, California was heading to San Carlos, Calif. The FAA said around 9:30p.m, Madge reported engine troubles and said he would try to make it to Gnoss Fi

    Woman Sets Husband on Fire

    Woman Sets Husband on Fire

    August 19, 2014

    (CNN) -- A Mt. Angel woman is charged with attempted murder after she told police she set fire to her husband over an argument.

    Attempted Bomber Gets 15 Years

    Attempted Bomber Gets 15 Years

    August 19, 2014

    The man who admitted to setting off a homemade bomb at the District Attorney's Office last November, said he was sorry for what he had done. Alan McVay was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Monday. McVay was given a chance to speak in court and said he never meant to hurt anyone. He said he gave

    Gold Hill Canal Water Begins To Lower

    Gold Hill Canal Water Begins To Lower

    August 18, 2014

    About 400 residents between Gold Hill and Rogue River will have to do without irrigated water for at least the next three weeks.

    Several Small Fires Causing Smoke

    Several Small Fires Causing Smoke

    August 18, 2014

    Valley residents may be seeing smoke in the area because of several small fire reports. Medford Dispatch officials say there is reports of fire West of Jacksonville and in Gold Hill near Foots Creek. These fires are reported to be smaller than an acre. Stay with Newswatch 12 on Facebook and at 11p.m

    Trenton Nowak’s Family Remembers Him

    Trenton Nowak’s Family Remembers Him

    August 18, 2014

    We first met Trenton Nowak three weeks ago. He was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in June and given six months to live. He lost the battle just two months later on Sunday, August 17. “Really hectic and sad and overwhelming. We’re just trying to keep it together and get everything

    Paddle Oregon 2014 Takes Off

    Paddle Oregon 2014 Takes Off

    August 18, 2014

    A week-long trip down the Willamette River is officially underway for about 200 paddlers who will be learning about the river’s ecology, history, and its importance to Native American culture. Hundreds of canoeists and kayakers are paddling 98 miles in five days, from Corvallis to Canby. Paddle

    Drought Causing Low Lake Levels

    Drought Causing Low Lake Levels

    August 18, 2014

    Jackson County Parks have taken a big financial hit this summer, as area lakes have been much lower than normal. Currently Emigrant Lake is 30 percent full, and Howard Prairie Lake is 37 percent full.

    Suspicious Fires Set Along Greenway

    Suspicious Fires Set Along Greenway

    August 18, 2014

    Medford firefighters are investigating a pair of suspicious fires that were set on the Bear Creek Greenway Sunday night. The first fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. near the Rogue Valley Mall, and a second fire was reported less than a mile down the Greenway near the Railroad Park.

    Child Sex Abuse Investigation

    Child Sex Abuse Investigation

    August 18, 2014

    A man is facing charges of child sex abuse after being investigated for an illegal mushroom grow. Last February, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators searched a home on West 11th street in Medford, and a storage unit on Highbanks Road in Central Point. They said Ernest Taylor was

    Police Dog Takes Down Wanted Suspect

    Police Dog Takes Down Wanted Suspect

    August 18, 2014

    A police dog helped to track down a man wanted for a felony parole violation. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said they got a tip about Robert Hilkey's whereabouts on Rogue River Highway, late Sunday night. When they arrived they said Hilkey tried to take off on a bicycle. Despite warnin

    Two Suspicious Grass Fires

    Two Suspicious Grass Fires

    August 17, 2014

    Investigators say two fires sparked Saturday late evening and are considered suspicious. Both were about a fourth of an acre. Medford Fire and Rescue teams say both were near the Greenway along I-5. Traffic was slowed for a short time, but both fires were contained quickly.

    Oklahoma Family Featured in Daedulus

    Oklahoma Family Featured in Daedulus

    August 17, 2014

    The Daedalus Project is wrapping up Monday with Sunday night being the final day for the film festival portion of the fundraiser. One of the film airing tells the story of a 19-year-old HIV positive man, who takes his life. The family of this man was in town over the weekend.

    Heat Lamp Leads to Structure Fire

    Heat Lamp Leads to Structure Fire

    August 17, 2014

    At around 7:39 a.m., firefighters responded to a home full of smoke on Idaho Street . Ashland Fire reports a heat lamp apparently fell from a pet lizard's cage and lit the living room floor on fire. No one was home at the time of the fire.

    Rogue River Competition Draws Crowd

    Rogue River Competition Draws Crowd

    August 16, 2014

    Thrill seekers spent the day rushing through the Powerhouse Rapids on a course designed by Olympic gold medalist, Oliver Fix for the King of the Rogue event Saturday. Hundreds of spectators packed the banks of the river to watch.

    Last Day at the Josephine County Fair

    Last Day at the Josephine County Fair

    August 16, 2014

    Sunday is the final day to head out the Josephine County Fair. With this being the one-hundredth year, fair officials said they are seeing more people come out to celebrate. "It was a little sparse last year for the fair. We saw about 72,000 people come out."

    New Skate Park in Cave Junction

    New Skate Park in Cave Junction

    August 16, 2014

    Cave Junction Skate Park officially opened in Jubilee Park. The skate park is expected to help the town and citizens by giving kids something to do and keeping them off the streets. The park is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

    Teens Stranded by Greyhound

    Teens Stranded by Greyhound

    August 16, 2014

    Two teens were left stranded in an unfamiliar place by a big name bus company. A pair of Eugene parents says Greyhound left their kids to fend for themselves, after the company overbooked their bus.

    July Complex Uses Out Of State Resources

    July Complex Uses Out Of State Resources

    August 15, 2014

    While most of the crews brought in to work on the July Complex are from California agencies, some personnel are being brought in from out of state.

    Residents React to Evacuations

    Residents React to Evacuations

    August 15, 2014

    When mandatory evacuation orders are put in place in Siskiyou County, residents are informed by the sheriff's department and expected to leave immediately, but that's not always the case.

    Boy Scout Makes Archery Range Targets

    Boy Scout Makes Archery Range Targets

    August 15, 2014

    Ten new targets now line the Jackson County Sports Park's archery range. A local boy scout is behind the project range officials said was much needed.

    Medford Hosts Leadership Convention

    Medford Hosts Leadership Convention

    August 15, 2014

    Today, the Chamber of Medford and Jackson County showed off all the area has to offer to visitors for a leadership convention. The event rotates every year and has been planned for the past 8 months. The convention began Thursday and runs through tomorrow night and has a series of leadership presen

    Life Jacket Loaner Station

    Life Jacket Loaner Station

    August 15, 2014

    Grants Pass residents could soon be seeing life jacket loaner stations set-up across the city. This following the death of a seven-year-old who drowned in the Rogue River last month. The life jacket loaner stations would be open wooden shacks equipped with metal hooks where life jackets would hang.

    Mop-up Continues on Rogue River Dr. Fire

    Mop-up Continues on Rogue River Dr. Fire

    August 15, 2014

    The mop-up process is continuing on the Rogue River Drive Fire near Shady Cove. On Friday, dozens of crews were digging out hot spots. They are working from outside in, mopping-up 250 feet inside the perimeter. Fire officials are now calling this fire contained but not controlled.

    Dogs Used in Stephanie Warner Search

    Dogs Used in Stephanie Warner Search

    August 15, 2014

    More than a year later, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate Stephanie Warner's disappearance. On Friday, Jackson County Search and Rescue teams used trained scent dogs to check several remote locations in Jackson and Josephine counties.

    Rogue River Drive Fire Downsizes

    Rogue River Drive Fire Downsizes

    August 15, 2014

    The Rogue River Drive Fire is down to 492 acres. Crews are continuing the mop-up today. Road blocks are now removed. Tonight at 5 and 6, find out why it could still be dangerous to be in the area and what's next for crews on the scene.

    Red Cross Helping Wildfire Victims

    Red Cross Helping Wildfire Victims

    August 15, 2014

    Evacuations are still in place for several communities close to the wildfires in our region. Some families have even returned to property completely destroyed by the fast-moving fires. This has many people in the community asking what they can do to help.

    Truck Crash Causes I-5 Delays

    Truck Crash Causes I-5 Delays

    August 15, 2014

    Oregon Department of Transportation detoured traffic on I-5 this morning after a truck crash. At last report, ODOT says traffic is back onto the interstate, but clean up of the truck crash will continue through most of the day. ODOT reports the truck contained about 50,000 empty glass wine bottles.

    Local Police React To Missouri Riots

    Local Police React To Missouri Riots

    August 14, 2014

    With the recent riots in Missouri, local police are sharing their plans if a similar situation should happen in Southern Oregon. Location and demographics are different than in Medford, police say the procedures established in each community are similar.

    Central Point Approves Marijuana Tax

    Central Point Approves Marijuana Tax

    August 14, 2014

    The Central Point City Council passed a second reading of an ordinance on Thursday night that will tax medical and recreational marijuana. Even though the mayor and city councilors. Have made it very clear that they don't want any form of marijuana anywhere in Central Point.