Local Police Deal with Overdose Surge

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford will soon be the first police agency in the state to carry a new drug that reverses the effects of an overdose. Naloxone is a drug given to patients that overdose on heroin or opiate-based pills that effectively reverses the effects within minutes. Officers are being trained on the use of … Continue reading »

Oregon Discusses Future of Pot Violation

OREGON — Recreational marijuana isn’t officially legal until next summer, but some counties in Oregon are already changing how they prosecute marijuana violations. Prosecutors in Multnomah County announced they will dismiss 50 pending cases involving marijuana, and future marijuana crimes will not be pursued. Southern Oregon authorities and the Jackson County District Attorney say enforcement … Continue reading »

State Investigating Sheriff Winters

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore – The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is investigating the re-election of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, after receiving an allegation of false information in the November Election Voter Pamphlet. According to officials, this type of investigation may lead to criminal charges. NewsWatch 12 has reached out to Sheriff Winter’s for his reaction, but so far he … Continue reading »

Jackson County Talks Water Management

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Jackson County is looking to the state of Colorado as a model for a sustainable water project called the WISE project. Southern Oregon WISE stands for Water for Irrigation, Streams and Economy. Jackson County is currently working on finding funding to bring this project to Southern Oregon. The WISE Project in … Continue reading »

Court Decision Sparks Moratorium Debate

MEDFORD, Ore. — A recent court decision in Josephine County may open the door for cities and towns to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The city of Medford has made it their intention to ban dispensaries altogether, something that remains illegal under state law. The court decision in Cave Junction basically said communities have the right to … Continue reading »

November Ballots Mailed Today

MEDFORD, Ore. — The November election is still a few weeks away, but ballots are on the way to Jackson County mail boxes this morning. Ballots were dropped off at the postal service office this morning to be mailed out. Officials expects to see about 70% return rate by election day. This year, more than … Continue reading »

New Bus Route Already Growing Numbers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Commuter Line, linking Grants Pass to Medford, has been up and running for a few weeks but interest has already increased and they’re halfway to their goal of 100 boardings a day. For some passengers, a bus ride is a place to kill time while on the way … Continue reading »

Crews Still Active at Contained Fire

COPCO ROAD, Ore. — There’s nothing but burned trees as far as they eye can see and even though  the Oregon Gulch Fire reached full  containment several weeks ago, fire crews are still coming out nearly  every day, keeping a close eye on it. At least six times a week, forest officers from the Oregon … Continue reading »

Local Officials React to Ebola Threat

MEDFORD, Ore. — The man diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States is recovering in a Dallas, Texas area hospital. Officials said he contracted the virus during a trip to Africa last month. The Oregon Health Authority said it is aware the threat is now closer to home, but not close enough for Oregonians … Continue reading »

Multi-Party Ballot Affiliations

MEDFORD, Ore. — Colleen Roberts and Kevin Talbert are running against each other for Jackson County Commissioner Position Three, but Roberts is running as both the republican and democratic candidate, while Talbert represents the Independent Party. Roberts, who is a registered Republican, won the Republican Primary Election in May. According to the Jackson County Elections … Continue reading »

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