New District Ranger at Fremont-Winema NF

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The Fremont-Winema National Forest has hired Dave Brillenz as the new District Ranger for Bly and Lakeview Ranger Districts (Southeast Zone). The newly hired Brillenz will provide oversight of the people and resources within 500,000 acres of national forest land. He starts his new position Monday, August 25th. “We are excited about … Continue reading »

Fires in Lakeview Increase in Size

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Firefighters have responded nearly 40 fires in the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership area (SCOFMP) since July 1, according to the Management teams most recent press release. The largest is the Saddle Flat fire which was reported at 3:25 p.m., July 3 and has grown to 5.3 acres. It is located at Township 23S … Continue reading »

Fire Agencies Consolidate Into One

  LAKEVIEW, Ore. – There have been several discussions about this year being an early fire season, and to get ahead of the curve the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Wildland Fire Operations and The Lakeview Interagency Fire Center will be working out of one facility. They consolidated the facilities with the goal being to … Continue reading »

Police Seize $15,000 Worth of Marijuana

LAKEVIEW, Ore.– Several pounds of Marijuana were confiscated during a traffic stop near Lakeview last Saturday. Oregon State Police say Gary Price, from Utah, had six pounds of pot concealed inside his car. He was pulled over on Highway 140 near milepost 82 for a traffic violation. Police say the estimated amount of the drugs totals … Continue reading »

Former Deputy to Appear in Court

LAKEVIEW Ore. — Kenneth Turkle, the former Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, is set to appear in court today. Turkle pleaded not guilty to felony charges earlier this month. The former sheriff’s deputy is accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 17 year-old Lakeview girl, who was missing for several … Continue reading »

Friday Night Blitz Preseason Special

The NewsWatch 12 Sports team previews the 2013 high school football season. Stories include: how the smoke from nearby fires has and will affect the teams in Grants Pass, an up-and-coming star at South Medford, why Crater is so successful at sending players to Division I schools, Danial White’s learning experience at Ashland, the merry-go-round … Continue reading »

Utah Man Cited for Pounds of Marijuana

NEAR LAKEVIEW, Ore. — A Utah man was cited Wednesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper pulled over his pickup truck for a traffic violation on Highway 140 West of Lakeview and found approximately six pounds of marijuana. The 29-year old man from Sandy, Utah was identified as Austen L. Temple and stopped … Continue reading »

Friday Night Blitz 11/02

Scores and highlights from the play-in round in the 6A, 5A and 4A. Games include North Medford at Clackamas, Corvallis at Ashland and Eagle Point at Crescent Valley.