• Snow Levels Drop Late Thursday

    Snow Levels Drop Late Thursday

    April 23, 2014

    A warm front is bringing increasing rain and wind to the region this evening with the heaviest rain falling overnight into tomorrow morning ahead of a cold front. Tonight and Thursday morning snow levels will climb to 6,000 to 7,000 feet

    Policy Change for Injectable Medicine

    Policy Change for Injectable Medicine

    April 23, 2014

    Grants Pass School District 7 has made a policy change doctors say could save lives. Now, trained staff will be able to help students with injectable medicine instead of just licensed health care providers.

    ODFW Stocking Lakes with Trout

    ODFW Stocking Lakes with Trout

    April 23, 2014

    Trout fishing season starts this weekend, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is getting lakes and reservoirs ready to go. Throughout the month of April, more than 50,000 trout will be released from Cole Rivers Hatchery.

    Local Kids Get “Inspired”

    Local Kids Get "Inspired"

    April 23, 2014

    Some kids in the Rogue Valley are taking home new books this week. The "Be Inspired" campaign is giving away more than eight million books to schools across the country. NewsWatch 12's Kirstin O'Connor spoke with the Area Manager for the local SMART program that helped get several of these books loc

    Heavy Rain Moves into Coast Today

    Heavy Rain Moves into Coast Today

    April 23, 2014

    Rain will continue today across much of the Pacific Northwest. A warm front is due to arrive by late morning bringing moderate to heavy rainfall into early afternoon, by about 1 o'clock, to the coastline.

    Rain and Snow to Continue

    Rain and Snow to Continue

    April 22, 2014

    A slight "break" in precipitation today has created the gap between two sets of storms that has and will be moving in to the region. Last night came the first round with a very strong cold front moving onto the coast. Cooler air was rushed in and allowed for our high temperatures to be 10-15 degrees

    Rogue Valley SMART Program Gets Books

    Rogue Valley SMART Program Gets Books

    April 22, 2014

    Some at-risk kids in the rogue valley will have the opportunity to take home some new books. Newswatch 12, ABC, and First Book recognized the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program and awarded 2500 books to the organization through the Be Inspired Campaign.

    Much Cooler Today with Spotty Showers

    Much Cooler Today with Spotty Showers

    April 22, 2014

    Rain and snow came through overnight, wetting the roads and blanketing the higher passes with snow. Anywhere from .10"-1" of rain fell across the region and a couple inches of snow in the high terrain. The roads near Diamond Lake & Crater Lake are covered in snow and will be slick once plowed.

    Trees and Shrubs Affected by Cold Winter

    Trees and Shrubs Affected by Cold Winter

    April 21, 2014

    After the colder-than-average temperatures this winter, you may have noticed your trees and plants have had a harder time bouncing back this spring. Temperatures dropped dangerously low for regional plants during December when the plants were in their dormant state.

    Raiders Helped by Coaching Consistency

    Raiders Helped by Coaching Consistency

    April 21, 2014

    One of the keys to building a successful football program is consistency. Coaches come and go quickly as they look to climb the ladder to opportunities at bigger schools. At Southern Oregon, the Raiders have done a good job of finding that consistency with their coaching staff.

    Rain, Wind, and Snow In the Forecast

    Rain, Wind, and Snow In the Forecast

    April 21, 2014

    There is a lot going on this week as far as weather is concerned. Rain, wind, and snow are in the forecast. This active weather pattern will last through the week and could even stretch into the weekend.

    State Pot Testing Regulations Under Fire

    State Pot Testing Regulations Under Fire

    April 21, 2014

    Southern Oregon is still waiting on its first marijuana dispensaries, but some advocates are already calling out the state for its loose testing regulations. While testing is required on all product, the labs doing that testing have no oversight.

    Debate Series Helps Educate Voters

    Debate Series Helps Educate Voters

    April 21, 2014

    Election day is now less than a month away and ballots will be mailed out in about two weeks. We spoke with Craig Fronek, KCMX radio host, about a new debate series that should help voters get to know a little bit more about the measures and candidates they're voting for this May.

    Spring Showers Moving in All Week

    Spring Showers Moving in All Week

    April 21, 2014

    Today marks the beginning of an active weather pattern across the Northwest. A series of storms will bring rain and even snow to the region throughout the end of the week. Skies will cloud over today and spotty showers will develop ahead of a cold front that will sweep through Southern Oregon tonigh

    Kids Search for Easter Eggs in Ashland

    Kids Search for Easter Eggs in Ashland

    April 20, 2014

    The weather was perfect for the Easter egg hunt in Lithia Park. Thousands of kids met the Easter bunny and searched for dozens eggs. As NewsWatch 12 photojournalist Dustin Peters shows us, even the ones who didn't find the golden egg still had fun.

    SOU’s Avila Gets Centrowitz’s Attention

    SOU's Avila Gets Centrowitz's Attention

    April 20, 2014

    Eric Avila already holds the nation's best time in the 5K, but on Saturday Avila competed at the Oregon Relays in the 1,500. It was his first time running that distance this season. He finished 2nd behind former Oregon standout Matthew Centrowitz.

    Transition Starts Tomorrow

    Transition Starts Tomorrow

    April 20, 2014

    After the beautiful sunny weather seen during the weekend, active weather is on tap for the week. Rain, wind, and snow are all expected with a series of storms moving in. The high pressure ridge is finally breaking down and off the coast a very well defined, deep trough is setting up to move onshore

    Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban Under Review

    Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban Under Review

    April 20, 2014

    This week, a federal judge will review Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. LGBTQ advocates in Southern Oregon and around the state will be holding vigils on the eve before Wednesday’s oral arguments. Oregon is the last state on the West Coast to hold a same-sex marriage ban.

    “The Bachelor” Stars Coming to Medford

    "The Bachelor" Stars Coming to Medford

    April 20, 2014

    ABC’s "The Bachelor" stars Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell will be coming to the Rogue Valley on April 26 for a local non-profit fundraiser. Both will be arriving Friday night, for the Valley Wide Dance Party. The party is being hosted by Tumor Hater.

    I-5 Traffic Slows to 50 mph for 25 Days

    I-5 Traffic Slows to 50 mph for 25 Days

    April 20, 2014

    Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) analysts say drivers should expect delays on Interstate 5 for the next few weeks near Phoenix. Starting Monday, ODOT will drop travel down to one lane only in each direction at exit 24 near Phoenix.