• Jackson County Heads Region in CART

    Jackson County Heads Region in CART

    April 22, 2014

    If there is a ever child abduction case in Southern Oregon, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office now holds the lead role for coordinating a multi-agency response.

    Signatures Gathered for Library Measure

    Signatures Gathered for Library Measure

    April 22, 2014

    Ten thousand signatures were turned in to get a library taxing district measure put on the November ballot, Tuesday. Organizers said they only needed just over 7,000 in order to qualify, and it was accomplished two weeks early. The county clerk will now count and verify the signatures.

    Opportunities Available at Career Fair

    Opportunities Available at Career Fair

    April 22, 2014

    The unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates is the lowest it's been since the class of 2007. Tuesday, 40 employers set up tables at the Southern Oregon University career fair. Organizers said there was something for all students, ranging from internships to career opportunities.

    Another Candidate for Commissioner

    Another Candidate for Commissioner

    April 22, 2014

    There is another candidate in the race for Jackson County Commissioner, Position One. Tonia Moro launched her write-in campaign for the Democratic Nomination, Tuesday. She is a Medford attorney and has been a resident for 24 years. She was born in Missouri and was raised in Florida, but currently li

    New Proposals Could Impact Miners

    New Proposals Could Impact Miners

    April 22, 2014

    New rules are being proposed to deal with mercury levels in the Rogue River, but gold miners are not happy about it. At a hearing Monday night, miners said they are being blamed for a problem that is not their fault. They say the suction dredges they use also help to filter out the Mercury. Official

    Elephant Seal Headed to Pittsburgh Zoo

    Elephant Seal Headed to Pittsburgh Zoo

    April 22, 2014

    A one and a half year-old elephant seal is on it's way to the Pittsburgh Zoo from Crescent City. Officials said the seal named Coolio will be the first Northern Elephant Seal in a zoo or aquarium in the United States. Coolio was found last fall at Pebble Beach in Crescent City malnourished and with

    Rogue Valley SMART Program Gets Books

    Rogue Valley SMART Program Gets Books

    April 22, 2014

    Some at-risk kids in the rogue valley will have the opportunity to take home some new books. Newswatch 12, ABC, and First Book recognized the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program and awarded 2500 books to the organization through the Be Inspired Campaign.

    Vigils on the Eve of Oral Arguments

    Vigils on the Eve of Oral Arguments

    April 22, 2014

    Several vigils are underway tonight, to celebrate what could be the beginning of a change in gay rights. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane is expected to hear oral arguments to allow gay marriage in the state, Wednesday.

    Phone Scam Targets Bank of the Cascades

    Phone Scam Targets Bank of the Cascades

    April 22, 2014

    A statewide phone scam has started targeting southern Oregon, and a local bank is urging people to protect their money. The scam is an automated phone call that claims to be from Bank of the Cascades.

    New Report Highlights Gang Problems

    New Report Highlights Gang Problems

    April 22, 2014

    A two-year study on the gang problem in the Rogue Valley is now being released to the public, and revealed that a majority of people believe there is a significant gang problem in Jackson County.

    Jaws of Life Used to Free Driver

    Jaws of Life Used to Free Driver

    April 22, 2014

    A crash involving two pickup trucks sends one flying through the air, but its driver escaped without serious injuries. The crash happened at the intersection of Crater Lake Avenue and Owen Drive around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

    St. Mary’s Awarded Blue Sky Grant

    St. Mary's Awarded Blue Sky Grant

    April 22, 2014

    Today is Earth Day, April 22, 2014 and in celebration St. Mary's School announced it was awarded the Pacific Power Blue Sky Grant worth up to $150,000. The grant will fund purchasing and installing solar panels for an existing solar ready building on campus,

    Truck Overturned on Highway 140

    Truck Overturned on Highway 140

    April 22, 2014

    Crews are working to clean up an overturned truck on highway 140.

    Pot Discussion at Williams Town Meeting

    Pot Discussion at Williams Town Meeting

    April 21, 2014

    After declaring a medical marijuana moratorium last week, Josephine County Commissioners are now looking for feedback from the public. Last night in Williams, they held the first of several town hall meetings to find out if the moratorium will stay or if dispensaries are the right choice for the

    Trees and Shrubs Affected by Cold Winter

    Trees and Shrubs Affected by Cold Winter

    April 21, 2014

    After the colder-than-average temperatures this winter, you may have noticed your trees and plants have had a harder time bouncing back this spring. Temperatures dropped dangerously low for regional plants during December when the plants were in their dormant state.

    Bill Maher Added to Britt Lineup

    Bill Maher Added to Britt Lineup

    April 21, 2014

    The 2014 Britt Festival is adding another act to their lineup. Comedian Bill Maher is expected to perform on August 29th. Maher is known for his political satire and stand-up comedy, and has earned 32 Emmy nominations for his work on HBO's "Real Time" over the last 12 years. Tickets for members are

    Crews Delay I-5 Construction

    Crews Delay I-5 Construction

    April 21, 2014

    A construction project that would have disrupted traffic along I-5 starting tonight has been postponed until further notice. The project, a pipe installation along exit 24, was delayed due to rain in the forecast.

    State Pot Testing Regulations Under Fire

    State Pot Testing Regulations Under Fire

    April 21, 2014

    Southern Oregon is still waiting on its first marijuana dispensaries, but some advocates are already calling out the state for its loose testing regulations. While testing is required on all product, the labs doing that testing have no oversight.

    VIBES School Seeks Full-Day Kindergarten

    VIBES School Seeks Full-Day Kindergarten

    April 21, 2014

    VIBES Charter School, which operates inside Kids Unlimited, will ask the school board to add full-day kindergarten to the school for the 2014-15 school year. VIBES will ask for about 50 kindergarten students.

    Car Crashes into Medford Rite Aid

    Car Crashes into Medford Rite Aid

    April 21, 2014

    A confused driver crashed through the front glass panels of a Rite Aid pharmacy. Medford Police said it happened just before noon at the Rite Aid in the Medford Center. No one was hurt in the crash.

    Man Hit and Kills Woman Near Klamath

    Man Hit and Kills Woman Near Klamath

    April 21, 2014

    A man is behind bars, accused of driving under the influence and causing a fatal traffic crash. The crash happened Sunday night on Rosewood Lane in Sprague River, near Klamath Falls. Sheriff Deputies said 23-year old Joseph Schuster hit and killed 63-year old Barbara Malo.

    Woman Indicted in Homicide Investigation

    Woman Indicted in Homicide Investigation

    April 21, 2014

    A Josephine County woman is now part of a homicide investigation. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said a missing persons report came in on April 2nd. Oregon State Police said deceased remains were later found at a campsite in the Sunny Valley area, and are believed to be the same person. 38

    Methamphetamine Seized in White City

    Methamphetamine Seized in White City

    April 21, 2014

    A large amount of methamphetamine was located Friday morning after the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team served a search warrant after a two month long investigation. The investigation led the MADGE team, accompanied by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Secur

    Armed Robbery in Gold Hill

    Armed Robbery in Gold Hill

    April 21, 2014

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who robbed the Gold Hill Market and Deli on 2nd Avenue Saturday.

    Season for Sunscreen

    Season for Sunscreen

    April 21, 2014

    When Spring starts, doctors say it is time to start thinking about sun protection. Dr. Barbara Sibley with Southern Oregon Pediatrics said it's important to put sunscreen on your children whenever they are outside during the season. That includes the overcast days.

    Dead Bees Found

    Dead Bees Found

    April 21, 2014

    A creepy sight in Sherwood this weekend, thousands of dead honey bees were found on a busy street.

    Family Finds Body in Willamette River

    Family Finds Body in Willamette River

    April 21, 2014

    A disturbing discovery for a family hiking near Albany Sunday. The family spotted a body floating in the Willamette River west of Bryant Park around 3pm.

    Interstate 5 Work Postponed Due to Rain

    Interstate 5 Work Postponed Due to Rain

    April 21, 2014

    The rainy weather forecast for this week has postponed work on Interstate 5 until further notice north of Phoenix which would have channeled traffic into a single lane.

    Kids Search for Easter Eggs in Ashland

    Kids Search for Easter Eggs in Ashland

    April 20, 2014

    The weather was perfect for the Easter egg hunt in Lithia Park. Thousands of kids met the Easter bunny and searched for dozens eggs. As NewsWatch 12 photojournalist Dustin Peters shows us, even the ones who didn't find the golden egg still had fun.

    Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban Under Review

    Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban Under Review

    April 20, 2014

    This week, a federal judge will review Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. LGBTQ advocates in Southern Oregon and around the state will be holding vigils on the eve before Wednesday’s oral arguments. Oregon is the last state on the West Coast to hold a same-sex marriage ban.

    I-5 Traffic Slows to 50 mph for 25 Days

    I-5 Traffic Slows to 50 mph for 25 Days

    April 20, 2014

    Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) analysts say drivers should expect delays on Interstate 5 for the next few weeks near Phoenix. Starting Monday, ODOT will drop travel down to one lane only in each direction at exit 24 near Phoenix.

    Local Mom Drops Pounds for Better Life

    Local Mom Drops Pounds for Better Life

    April 19, 2014

    A local woman, known for her efforts to help make playgrounds more wheelchair accessible in Southern Oregon, is now revealing her hard work as she shed several pounds over the last year. Mona Pinon is the founder of the Blue Slide Project.

    Citizens Protest Proposed Pipeline

    Citizens Protest Proposed Pipeline

    April 19, 2014

    On Saturday, nearly 200 people rallied in Shady Cove to protest a proposed natural gas pipeline. The Jordan Cove Pacific Connector would transport billions of feet of gas obtained through fracking overseas. Nearly 200 people rallied in Shady Cove.

    Shelter Celebrates Adoption Milestone

    Shelter Celebrates Adoption Milestone

    April 19, 2014

    Southern Oregon Humane Society is celebrating 5,000 dog adoptions through its "Saving Train" program. The shelter saves lives through that program, targeting dogs who are in line to be euthanized at other shelters. Saturday the shelter commemorated the milestone with a party. Also, every dog adop

    Early Earth Day and Arbor Day

    Early Earth Day and Arbor Day

    April 19, 2014

    Thousands celebrated Earth Day early at ScienceWorks in Ashland Saturday. There were 65 exhibits showing visitors different technologies, tips for energy conservation, waste management, habitat restoration and even a cardboard city.

    Secretary of the Interior at Crater Lake

    Secretary of the Interior at Crater Lake

    April 19, 2014

    The US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, kicked off National Park Week with a visit to Crater Lake National Park, highlighting this year's "Go Wild!" theme that encourages people to connect with the nation's natural heritage.

    Governor Signs Basin Agreement

    Governor Signs Basin Agreement

    April 18, 2014

    Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and members of the Klamath Basin Task Force are gathering this morning for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.

    FDA Approved Allergy Immunotherapy Pill

    FDA Approved Allergy Immunotherapy Pill

    April 18, 2014

    People with allergies may soon see a new way to treat them, thanks in part to a Medford medical facility. The FDA has approved a pill therapy to treat hay fever at home in place of allergy shots. The Allergy and Asthma Center of Southern Oregon in Medford helped develop data for the clinical trials

    Oz Closing Spikes Other Gym Traffic

    Oz Closing Spikes Other Gym Traffic

    April 18, 2014

    The Oz Fitness Center in Medford will be closing its doors soon and members were surprised to hear the news, leaving them shopping for a new gym. Members were informed of the closing on Thursday with a simple note on the door of the center. It read that Oz attempted to renegotiate rent with the l

    Local Tattoo Shop Giving Back

    Local Tattoo Shop Giving Back

    April 18, 2014

    A local tattoo artist is giving back to the community after suffering the loss of his son. Rogue Tattoo is holding a charity event on May 17th for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. Proceeds from that day will go directly to the charity.

    Beef Prices Pressure Local Restaurants

    Beef Prices Pressure Local Restaurants

    April 18, 2014

    Restaurants in Southern Oregon are reeling from rising food prices, and nothing is rising faster than beef. Local butchers say beef prices are going up by as much as a third, potentially driving people away from a favorite staple of our diets.

    Students Honored for Promoting Tolerance

    Students Honored for Promoting Tolerance

    April 18, 2014

    Students and staff at Hedrick Middle School are being honored for their efforts to promote tolerance and respect among students. The student council started a program to help students get to know each other better.

    Oregon Trout Season Officially Begins

    Oregon Trout Season Officially Begins

    April 18, 2014

    Starting next week, trout season will begin for many Oregon anglers with the opening of several popular fisheries. On Saturday, April 26, hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and many lakes will open around the state for trout fishing.

    Two Men Arrested for Marijuana Delivery

    Two Men Arrested for Marijuana Delivery

    April 18, 2014

    Two men from Washington were arrested Thursday night after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper discovered they were hauling about 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash in their vehicle.

    Thousands of Eggs Dyed for Egg Hunt

    Thousands of Eggs Dyed for Egg Hunt

    April 18, 2014

    Easter is just two days away and that means it is crunch time for local groups holding Easter egg hunts. Volunteers at Southern Oregon University are busy dyeing thousands of eggs for one of the most popular egg hunts in Southern Oregon.

    Local Man Named Principal of the Year

    Local Man Named Principal of the Year

    April 18, 2014

    Principal John George of Fleming Middle School in the Three Rivers School District is officially the Middle School Principal of the Year. Students gave George a standing ovation in an assembly. Find out how he earned the state title.

    Terminally Ill Man Does Stand-Up Comedy

    Terminally Ill Man Does Stand-Up Comedy

    April 17, 2014

    Alan "Rosey" Rosenberg was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. He was given just six months to live without treatment, and one to two years to live with chemotherapy. Rosenberg chose to do the chemo, but has since finished his treatment.

    Klamath Sheriff’s Office Faces Cuts

    Klamath Sheriff's Office Faces Cuts

    April 17, 2014

    A packed house filled the room for the budget hearing for the sheriff's office Thursday afternoon. Many of the public commenters thought cuts to the sheriff’s department would lead to bigger problems.

    Huddleston Sentenced to Life in Prison

    Huddleston Sentenced to Life in Prison

    April 17, 2014

    A Rogue Valley man convicted of murdering his wife was sentenced today to life in prison. Bourne Huddleston was convicted of trying to hire two people to murder his wife, Kristy, in 2012, and then committing the crime himself.

    Governor Visits Southern Oregon

    Governor Visits Southern Oregon

    April 17, 2014

    Governor John Kitzhaber is hoping to increase economic development and job creation in Southern Oregon. Kitzhaber was in Medford this afternoon and met with development leaders in the area and toured the development hub downtown.