Rain Impacting Illinois Valley

NEAR CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The rain that’s soaking the region is good news for anyone worried about water supplies and wildfire danger later this year.¬†While several inches have come down in the last few days on the west side of the Cascades, most streams in southwest Oregon are containing the runoff. Water gushes down … Continue reading »

Public Works Watching Water Levels

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Public works employees in areas with flood risks are getting ready for rain and rising river levels. They say the dry weather leading up to these storms has helped them prepare. The Josephine County Public Works Supervisor says employees have been out clearing downed tree limbs and clearing culverts in recent … Continue reading »

No Fishing Restrictions Yet

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The severe dry conditions in California are now impacting fishing, but Oregon wildlife officials say restrictions are not in place for the Rogue Valley just yet. California has closed fishing on a number of rivers and streams, including Smith River, due to the severe drought. The Oregon Department of Fish and … Continue reading »

Dry Weather Affecting Wells

MEDFORD, Ore. — Coming off the driest calendar year on record in Medford, 2014 hasn’t been off to a great start. Residents who depend on wells might see an impact if surface water is their prime source. About half an inch of rain is all that has been collected at the Medford Airport so far … Continue reading »

Farmers Keeping Calm in Face of Drought

TALENT, Ore. — Drought-like conditions continue throughout the state of Oregon, and some farmers say they are starting to grow concerned, but they are not ready to declare a disaster quite yet. Only a little over half of an inch of rain has fallen in the Rogue Valley this year, but farmers are remaining optimistic. … Continue reading »