Oregon Trails-Jails

  MEDFORD, Ore.–Possibly the oldest existing city jail in southern Oregon is at the 125 year old Jacksonville city hall. A plaque on the wall says it was built in 1880 for 25-hundred dollars and included two jail cells in addition to a clerk’s office, fire station and council meeting room, still in use today. … Continue reading »

Gold Hill to Discuss Public Safety

GOLD HILL, Ore.– Gold Hill City Council leaders said they are still discussing the future of public safety. County leaders are meeting tonight to decide if a tax levy to fund a police officer should be added to the May ballot. If an officer is hired for Gold Hill, resourced will not be pulled from … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Big Floods

MEDFORD, Ore.–For most southern Oregon residents memories of the New Year’s Day Flood of 1997 is the most recent reminder of how warm rain on heavy wet snow can cause catastrophic flooding in our region. The really big storm and floods of Christmas 1964 set the standard for measuring how bad winter weather can be … Continue reading »

Irrigation Water Shuts Off in Gold Hill

GOLD HILL, Ore. — 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, and starting the process now … Continue reading »

Oregon Trails-Biggest Town Fires

Ashland, OR–The fire that roared through Weed almost two weeks ago caught almost everyone off guard, even though conditions were ripe for a fire to spread once it started. Fortunately, although more than a hundred buildings were burned, no one was seriously hurt. It’s the worst fire in our region in many years. But its … Continue reading »

90-Year-Old Man Hits 21st Hole In One

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Avid golfer Ed Irvine hit his 21st hole in one at Laurel Hills Golf Course Sunday. Irvine is 90-years-old and started golfing 49 years ago. His first time golfing was with his daughter’s fiance who is now his son-in-law. “He got me to go out on the golf course and I … Continue reading »

Fundraiser Benefits NICU

GOLD HILL, Ore. — A 12-year-old girl is raising money for Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, all to honor her dead grandmother. The award ceremony for the annual Hugs From Heaven golf tournament was held Sunday at Laurel Hills Golf Course. Hannah Joseph is the founder and brains behind the fundraisng event she coined “Hugs … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Fire Contained

[UPDATE 10:30 a.m.] — ODF Has confirmed that the fire was human caused, however details as to how it was started were not given. Tune in to NewsWatch 12 tonight for more information as the story develops. GOLD HILL, Ore. –  A pile of wood ignited on the banks of the Rogue River near the … Continue reading »

Special Meeting on Gold Hill Irrigation

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — In a special meeting on Saturday, the Gold Hill Irrigation District Board approved a move to add more funding to streamline the current project under construction. Water has been shut off in the irrigation district for more than two weeks while crews worked on a project to get the canal back … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Canal Work Progresses

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Today is the first day for concrete pouring at the irrigation shutoff station in Gold Hill. This is a big step in a long term project to work on the water intake system to improve fish passage through the canal. But the project may be put on hold after this initial … Continue reading »

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