Garage Fire in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire officials are looking to what caused a garage fire that broke out this afternoon in Medford. The fire happened in the 8000 block of Spring Street. Extensive damage was done to the back side of the garage and the attic above. Fire officials estimate the total cost of damage to be … Continue reading »

Local Winemakers React to Napa Quake

TALENT, Ore. – The Sunday morning earthquake was centered near the wine epicenter of the United States. Multiple wineries have reported damaged property, including oak barrels full of aged wine falling to the ground. Local vintners say natural disasters are something most winemakers prepare for. Typically catastrophic insurance covers the wine, equipment, and even the … Continue reading »

Medford Father Feels Napa Earthquake

CORDELIA, Calif. — A local father and his son felt the earthquake while they were spending the weekend in Northern California. Medford resident Shane Schmidt and his son are staying in a hotel in Cordelia, California before a trip abroad. Shane says he and his son woke up around 3-15 in the morning to the … Continue reading »

Medford Hosts Leadership Convention

MEDFORD, Ore. — Friday, the Chamber of Medford and Jackson County showed off all the area has to offer to visitors for a leadership convention. The event rotates to a new city every year and has been planned for the past 8 months. The convention began Thursday and runs through Saturday night and has a series … Continue reading »

Police Arrest Theft Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police arrested a man they say tried to steal a commercial hedge trimmer from Ace Hardware. Medford Police report 30-year-old Anthony Grant fought employees when they confronted him allegedly trying to steal a hedge trimmer valued at around $500. He was able to get away, but an officer located him some … Continue reading »

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 »

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