• O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

    O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

    July 25, 2014

    It's been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is from 6,000 feet.

    No Medford Fire and District 3 Merger

    No Medford Fire and District 3 Merger

    July 25, 2014

    Medford Fire will continue to operate with a separate administrative body than Jackson County Fire District 3. In a study session today, the Medford City Council took an in-depth look at months worth of research.

    Proposed Improvements to Highway 99

    Proposed Improvements to Highway 99

    July 25, 2014

    Oregon Department of Transportation planners are hoping to facilitate some big changes along highway 99 in the next several years. At an open house on Thursday, the public got a first look at some proposed improvements along the highway between North Ashland and South Medford.

    Central Point Looks At Marijuana Tax

    Central Point Looks At Marijuana Tax

    July 25, 2014

    A state committee is trying to decide how much pot someone could buy if voters approve recreational marijuana. The November ballot measure would also allow the state to tax any marijuana.

    GMO Labeling Qualified for Election

    GMO Labeling Qualified for Election

    July 24, 2014

    The measure to require oregon to label genetically modified products was approved for the November ballot, Wednesday. The Secretary of State's office said the near 119,000 signatures turned in for the initiative were validated. They said just over 87,000 were needed to qualify, and it only took camp

    A Look at Fires from Up Above

    A Look at Fires from Up Above

    July 24, 2014

    NewsWatch 12's reporter Rob Scott is up in the air with the Oregon Department of Forestry Thursday afternoon. The crew is working on finding the best way to access a 1/100th of an acre fire burning in the Tolman Creek Drainage.

    Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

    Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

    July 24, 2014

    After several more suspected arson fires Thursday morning, neighbors in south Medford hope that a suspect is caught soon. The largest fire was set in the 600 block of S. Fir St. The fire burned through a large pile of fruit crates, and some plastic containers.

    OR-7 Wolf Pups Caught on Camera

    OR-7 Wolf Pups Caught on Camera

    July 24, 2014

    The famous wolf known as OR-7 has puppies, and they are growing. New photos, released by wildlife officials this week, show OR-7 and his puppies. ODFW can confirm the existence of two cubs, and possibly a third cub. They say there might be more.

    Jackson County Sheriff Locates Dead Body

    Jackson County Sheriff Locates Dead Body

    July 24, 2014

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Office found a deceased male Wednesday evening. The male was found on Division Rd. and Avenue H in White City. The cause of death has not been determined yet.

    GMO Labeling Measure on November Ballot

    GMO Labeling Measure on November Ballot

    July 24, 2014

    The Oregon Right to Know Initiative officially qualified its Measure 92 for the November Ballot on Wednesday. The Right to Know Initiative requires that genetically engineered foods must be labeled in stores.

    Charter School Waiting Lists Get Longer

    Charter School Waiting Lists Get Longer

    July 24, 2014

    Crater Lake Charter Academy in Eagle Point is the newest charter school in Southern Oregon and is enrolling students for fall. As this new school begins enrolling, waiting lists remain lengthy for the existing non-traditional schools in the area.

    Oregon State Police Investigate Death

    Oregon State Police Investigate Death

    July 24, 2014

    Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to investigate the death of a road construction worker Wednesday night. The work site was on Interstate 84 about 7 miles west of Boardman in Morrow County.

    Another Suspicious Fire Thursday Morning

    Another Suspicious Fire Thursday Morning

    July 24, 2014

    Medford Police and fire crews responded to Hawthorne Park around 7:50 a.m. Thursday morning for a palm tree that caught on fire. Fire officials said this fire is also suspicious, occurring right on the heals of the suspicious fire started on Fir St. earlier Thursday morning.

    Early Morning Fire in Downtown Medford

    Early Morning Fire in Downtown Medford

    July 24, 2014

    MEDFORD, Ore. - Crews are responding to two early morning fires in downtown Medford. Reports say the fires are in the area of S. Fir Street and Melrose Ave.

    Ashland Woman Nearly Struck By Lightning

    Ashland Woman Nearly Struck By Lightning

    July 24, 2014

    The thunderstorms which moved through on Tuesday afternoon dropped 4,500 lighting strikes in Northern California and Southern Oregon. One of those hit right in Ashland resident Anne Novina's backyard.

    Jackson County Employee Health Clinic

    Jackson County Employee Health Clinic

    July 24, 2014

    As of Wednesday, Jackson County employees can make appointments with healthcare professionals at a new wellness center that opened specifically for county employees.

    Grants Pass Low Income Housing Ruling

    Grants Pass Low Income Housing Ruling

    July 24, 2014

    The Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) ruled today that the city council in Grants Pass was in error when it decided to block the construction of low income.

    Witnesses Describe Possible Fire Suspect

    Witnesses Describe Possible Fire Suspect

    July 23, 2014

    Another small downtown fire broke out around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, but police are hopeful that the incident may give them the break they need. Officials responded to the reports of a fire in the doorway of a warehouse building in the 400 block of South Fir Street.

    Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

    Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

    July 23, 2014

    The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted law makers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho senator Mike Carpo to secure more than 600 million dollars of funding from the supplemental funding to this year's fire season. Senator Wyden is also pu

    Poverty Rates Spike in Jackson County

    Poverty Rates Spike in Jackson County

    July 23, 2014

    After about a decade of remaining steady, poverty rates in Jackson County are now on the rise. In just the past year, the number of families needing assistance has spiked, and that has both non-profits and schools struggling to provide support.

    Firefighters Chase Down Hot Spots

    Firefighters Chase Down Hot Spots

    July 23, 2014

    Fire crews are on clean-up duty after more than 1,200 lightning strikes in Jackson County alone. Tuesday’s lightning storms resulted in nearly 45 hotspots in the area, just on Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service land.

    Restaurants Celebrate Nat’l Hot Dog Day

    Restaurants Celebrate Nat'l Hot Dog Day

    July 23, 2014

    If you love hot dogs, today is your day. It’s National Hot Dog Day. Local businesses around the area are prepping some of their favorites for customers. A recent study shows Americans eat seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

    White City Gun Range Will Re-Open

    White City Gun Range Will Re-Open

    July 23, 2014

    The shooting range at the Jackson County Sports park will re-open on Friday at 8:00 a.m. They have been closed since the first of the month due to a lapse in insurance.

    Charges Dropped Against OSF Actor

    Charges Dropped Against OSF Actor

    July 23, 2014

    An Oregon Shakespeare Actor has had all 5 counts of sexual-abuse charges dropped from his record and the case is now closed in Jackson County Circuit Court. 54-year old Tyrone Wilson was arrested by Ashland Police after

    Siskiyou County on Alert for Fires

    Siskiyou County on Alert for Fires

    July 23, 2014

    A storm moved through Siskiyou County and the western portion of Klamath National Forest Tuesday night causing a significant amount of lightning. Nearly 600 down strikes were recorded, according to a press release sent by the CAL Fire Department.

    Murder Suspect Arrested in Cave Junction

    Murder Suspect Arrested in Cave Junction

    July 23, 2014

    Oregon State Police arrested Daniel Joseph Martinson, 44, who was wanted on a felony warrant for Murder related to a November 2013 homicide in Cave Junction.

    Lightning Strikes Hit Douglas County

    Lightning Strikes Hit Douglas County

    July 23, 2014

    A lightning storm moved over the Douglas Forest Protective Association's eastern border Tuesday evening, producing about 100 lightning strikes, according to a press release sent out by the DFPA.

    ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

    ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

    July 22, 2014

    When thunderstorms move into the area as they did on Tuesday afternoon, Fire Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry are prepared to use all resources they have available.

    County Residents Use Online Watch

    County Residents Use Online Watch

    July 22, 2014

    Cave Junction may have a small presence of law enforcement, but that doesn't mean there aren't eyes and ears watching and listening. A Facebook page with nearly 4,000 followers is updated regularly and has reports of suspicious activity or crimes themselves. Duffy has lived in Cave Junction for yea

    Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

    Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

    July 22, 2014

    Towns and cities across Southern Oregon are racing to begin the debate on taxing medical marijuana before it becomes too late. They say the same measure that would legalize recreational marijuana would also prevent them from taxing as they see fit.

    Lightning in Southern Oregon

    Lightning in Southern Oregon

    July 22, 2014

    The owners of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill in Cave Junction say every time a thunderstorm rolls through southern Oregon during fire season, they are anxious to see if their privately owned forest land survives.

    Man Arrested for Eluding Police on ATV

    Man Arrested for Eluding Police on ATV

    July 22, 2014

    A man is expected to face charges for running from police on an ATV. Oregon State Police said Michael Murphy was seen popping wheelies and driving recklessly on Highway 199 in Cave Junction, Monday evening. When they tried to stop him, OSP said he took off. They said they eventually caught up to

    Marijuana Qualifies for November Ballot

    Marijuana Qualifies for November Ballot

    July 22, 2014

    Marijuana is officially on the November ballot. Oregon voters will get to decide whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over.

    Mill Employees Meet Following Fire

    Mill Employees Meet Following Fire

    July 22, 2014

    A fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill left about 250 people without a job. Those employees met Monday afternoon at Springfield High School for an employee meeting. Employees say they were told their insurance is good through the end of the month and they will get one-one-one meetings wit

    Armed Robber Arrested Monday

    Armed Robber Arrested Monday

    July 22, 2014

    The Ashland Police Department arrested Francisco Javier Mercado-Chavez for armed robbery on Monday. On Feb. 8th, 2014 at about 8:30 p.m., officers were sent to the Astro Gas Station at 449 E. Main St. in Ashland for a report of an armed robbery in progress.

    First Peaches Ready for Picking

    First Peaches Ready for Picking

    July 22, 2014

    Juicy, red peaches fell off the trees Tuesday at the first annual Sugar Plum Acres "U-pick" event. Sugar Plum Acres is a family owned and operated 16-acre farm that's hosted U-pick's for more than three decades. Peaches this year will cost 60 cents a pound for up to 75 pounds.

    WEB EXTRA: Gold Hill Councilor Statement

    WEB EXTRA: Gold Hill Councilor Statement

    July 21, 2014

    The four Gold Hill city councilors at risk for recall all submitted letters of justification that qualify them for a special vote next month. Monday at 4:30 p.m. was the deadline for the councilors to either submit a statement of justification or resign from their positions. Lorraine Parks, Gus W

    Gold Hill Councilors Recall Election

    Gold Hill Councilors Recall Election

    July 21, 2014

    The four Gold Hill city councilors at risk for recall all submitted letters of justification that qualify them for a special vote next month. Monday at 4:30 p.m. was the deadline for the councilors to either submit a statement of justification or resign from their positions.

    Jackson County Fair Numbers Up From ’13

    Jackson County Fair Numbers Up From '13

    July 21, 2014

    The Jackson County Fair is over the Expo is nearly empty. Organizers said numbers in key categories significantly increased over last year. Paid attendance is up 20% compared to 2013. Food and beverage sales increased between 25% and 30% compared to 2013, while the fair's carnival did record busines

    Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

    Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

    July 21, 2014

    The Independent Party of Oregon is announcing its support for Dennis Richardson in this November’s gubernatorial race. Richardson, a Central Point representative, recently won out among registered independents in a survey conducted by the party.

    Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

    Southwest Oregon Spared from Flames

    July 21, 2014

    As more than 600,000 acres burn across the state, Southwest Oregon crews are still ready and waiting. Handfuls of local ODF firefighters have been shipping out to help with fires elsewhere. But the region has yet to see a major fire event.

    SOU Improving Science Building

    SOU Improving Science Building

    July 21, 2014

    Southern Oregon University is investing $21 million into its science building, part of a series of capital improvements going on through 2016. This latest work will be mostly modernization, part of an investment from the Oregon University System.

    Another Downtown Medford Fire

    Another Downtown Medford Fire

    July 21, 2014

    Medford Police and Medford Fire are on the scene of an apartment fire off an alley behind 235 N. Ivy Street. They said they are still investigating whether it is related to other recent arsons. Police said a neighbor in the area saw the fire and put it out with a garden hose. There is some damage to

    Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

    Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

    July 21, 2014

    The cool down we're expecting this week doesn't mean there's a break from the potential for sunburns. While the SPF in sunscreen is a well-known form of protection, UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor is another way to shield yourself from the sun.

    Governor Victor Atiyeh Dies at 91

    Governor Victor Atiyeh Dies at 91

    July 21, 2014

    Today Governor Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions statewide be lowered and flown at half-staff until date of interment in honor of former Governor Victor Atiyeh. He served from 1979 to 1987 in Oregon. Governor Atiyeh passed away on Sunday, July 20, at the age of 91.

    Oregonians Protest Illegal Immigration

    Oregonians Protest Illegal Immigration

    July 21, 2014

    A demonstration on immigration took place far from the U.S./Mexico border. About 1,000 miles away, on a highway overpass in Salem, about two dozen people lined up with American flags, this weekend.

    A Look at Medford’s Urban Renewal

    A Look at Medford's Urban Renewal

    July 20, 2014

    Empty store fronts and few visitors have plagued downtown Medford for years. City officials have been working to change that, but now the Medford Urban Renewal Agency, or “MURA”, has spent its last few dollars for downtown projects.

    Fair Uses Social Media to Reach Guests

    Fair Uses Social Media to Reach Guests

    July 20, 2014

    This year the Jackson County Fair is using social media to connect with more people and reach a larger audience. Along with the new fair app introduced in the weeks leading up to the fair, fair board members are also using Facebook and Twitter.

    Riding Beyond Helps Cancer Survivors

    Riding Beyond Helps Cancer Survivors

    July 20, 2014

    An equine therapy program is helping people ride beyond cancer. Riding Beyond uses a horse to help cancer survivors or people in recovery to reconnect with the world. It’s common during the recovery period for people to not want to be touched or be around others.

    OSP Investigating Motorcycle Crash

    OSP Investigating Motorcycle Crash

    July 20, 2014

    Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash outside of Gold Hill. Police say it happened on Highway 234, at milepost 9. The driver reportedly passed a pickup at a high speed and lost control.