Medford Police Practice P.I.T. Maneuver

MEDFORD, Ore. — A little pressure on the bumper of a suspect’s car is all it can take to safely end a police pursuit. It may seem like just a tap, but officers say it takes skill and precision to execute. “When doing a maneuver like that, there’s a lot of  things that can go … Continue reading »

Vector Control Monitoring Mosquitoes

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Standing pools of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and are home to larva in their early stages. For more than a month, Jackson County Vector Control has been going around and treating areas like before the problem gets out of hand. Jackson County Vector Control made a stop at … Continue reading »

South Medford Students Help Sparrow

MEDFORD, Ore. — As the school year winds down at schools in southern Oregon, so does the effort to help out each school’s sparrow. At South Medford High School’s assembly Wednesday, it was announced students had donated more than 600 hours of their time and raised more than $15,000. Students first met their sparrow, a young boy … Continue reading »

Unemployment Numbers Unchanged in April

MEDFORD, Ore. — Unemployment numbers for the month of April were released today, and local economists say the numbers have plateaued in southern Oregon. Seasonally adjusted numbers have the unemployment rate at 8.6% in Jackson County and 9.7% in Josephine County. State-wide the unemployment rate remains at 6.9%. Local economists said the numbers have improved … Continue reading »

Superintendent Files Tort Claim

MEDFORD, Ore. — The superintendent of the Three Rivers School District has filed a tort claim against the school board on grounds of retaliation and harassment. NewsWatch 12 received a copy of the letter notifying the school board of the tort claim from Superintendent Patricia Adams’ attorney. In the letter, Adams’ attorney states the harassment … Continue reading »

Heat Not Impacting Crops Yet

MEDFORD, Ore. — Morris Arthur has been growing blueberries at his Alta Vista Orchard for twenty years. He’s seen cold snaps and heat waves, and said warm temperatures aren’t much of a concern this time of year. “As long as you have plenty of water for irrigation, it doesn’t really effect early on,” said Arthur. … Continue reading »

Final Election Day Preps Underway

MEDFORD, Ore. — As of this afternoon, 16 percent of registered voters in Jackson County had turned in their ballots, and officials expect that number to increase to twenty percent by the end of the day. Tuesday morning, Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker ran a test on the tabulator’s software to make sure the system … Continue reading »

Health Building Expanding to Meet Demand

   MEDFORD, Ore. — Scattered across nine buildings along East Main Street in Medford, the Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services will soon be under one roof. “Just for efficiency, for better use for our staff, better use of their time so they’re not running around so on and so forth, and for … Continue reading »

Historic Bridge Needs One More Grant

APPLEGATE VALLEY, Ore. —  “We’re so happy to see one out here in Oregon getting repaired,” said president of the McKee Bridge Historical Society, Robert Van Heuit as he read comments left by some of the six thousand annual visitors to the McKee Covered Bridge over the Applegate River. The state’s highest, and fourth oldest … Continue reading »

Commons Fills Vacant Retail Spaces

MEDFORD, Ore. — Sounds of construction can be heard at the Commons and after more than a year of being empty, retails spaces are starting to fill up. “We’ve been touting this project as kind of a re- branding and re-energization of downtown, so we really wanted somebody like Starbucks. We kind of set out … Continue reading »

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