A Look at Medford’s Urban Renewal

MEDFORD, Ore. — Empty storefronts and few visitors have plagued downtown Medford for years. City officials have been working to change that, but now the Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA), has spent its last few dollars for downtown projects. In the report above, NewsWatch 12′s Kasey Kershner reports on where the city is now and … Continue reading »

Moccasin Hill Fire Forces Evacuations

NEAR SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — While fire crews work to contain the Moccasin Hill Fire, hot spots continue to burn near evacuated areas. The sky above Sprague River which was clear Sunday afternoon, is now filled with smoke, helicopters and air tankers. “I’d seen how far the fire was so I went back home and … Continue reading »

High Temps Lead to Long Wait List

MEDFORD, Ore. — In the past week, outdoor temperatures have climbed past 100, and calls for air conditioning repair have climbed past 200. The number of calls has crews working overtime, and customers in a waiting line. Triple digit temperatures combined with only half of her A.C. units working has led to 80 degree temperatures … Continue reading »

Structure Fire in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday morning, Medford Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry crews responded to a fire inside a vacant building which then began to spread into a field of dry grass. An off duty firefighter called in just before 11:30 a.m. and reported the thick smoke and flames just off of Kings Highway. When … Continue reading »

“Operation Dry Water” in Effect

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Sgt. Shawn Richards said his message for staying safe out on the water is simple. “All we ask is that whoever’s operating the boat, whether it be a raft or powerboat, be a sober driver,” said Sgt. Richards. He says 22 people were arrested for B.U.I.I.’s last year a number right … Continue reading »

Fireworks Restrictions

MEDFORD, Ore. — Legal firework sales will continue through July 6th, but where and when you can set them off depends on where you live. No fireworks can be set off in Ashland at all. The lone exception is the display that will take place on the Southern Oregon University athletic field. In Grants Pass, … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Inspect Fireworks Tents

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Fire District 3 was out inspecting firework vendors tents on the first day fireworks can be legally sold in Oregon. The first day of sales may be Monday, but manager Jim Ford said opening takes days of perpetration. “The larger tents take a long time to set up and get all … Continue reading »

Icon Enters Electric Motorcycle Market

MEDFORD, Ore. — When the world got its first look at Harley-Davidson’s new Livewire Project this week, some employees didn’t even know about it. “We come into work this morning and even the guys were saying ‘how come we didn’t know about it?’” said Larry Mejia, operations manager at D & S Harley-Davidson. Mejia has … Continue reading »

Jackson Aquatic Center Open for Summer

MEDFORD, Ore. — After 54 years, the Jackson Aquatic Center is still making a splash this summer. The only public pool run by the city of Medford opened this week and hosts 11 sessions of swim lessons. The last one will wrap up at the end of August. Day two of lessons continued Tuesday and parents … Continue reading »

St. Mary’s School Adds Solar Panels

MEDFORD, Ore. — A project under construction on the rooftop of Saint Mary’s in Medford will not only supply green energy, but also add to the science curriculum once students return this fall. A 40 kilowatt solar panel array is being installed thanks to a $200,000 grant from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Campaign. School officials … Continue reading »

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