• Gusty Winds Affect the Fire Fights

    Gusty Winds Affect the Fire Fights

    September 15, 2014

    As a trough of low pressure approached the Northwest, winds picked up throughout Monday afternoon. One weather station near Weed reported a gust of 39 miles per hour, and when a fire began near that city, it grew quickly.

    Cooler Fall-Like Temperatures on the Way

    Cooler Fall-Like Temperatures on the Way

    September 15, 2014

    The ridge of high pressure that has been bringing the hot and dry weather to our region will begin breaking down these next few days. Winds remain out of the south today and this continues to allow smoke to move into Southern Oregon.

    Oregon Trails–Hassell Bunks

    Oregon Trails--Hassell Bunks

    September 15, 2014

    After decades of struggling with small blocks to hold logs on log trucks an Ashland logger in the mid-1950s devised a system for tall stakes that could be folded down.

    Active Weather to Start the Week

    Active Weather to Start the Week

    September 14, 2014

    After weeks of dry weather, we enter our first active weather pattern of the 2014-15 water year. I'll break it down by the specifics: Smoke: Upper air surface models show that the low pressure system offshore will keep winds out of the south, southwest for the beginning of the week.

    Web Extra: Ducks After Beating Wyoming

    Web Extra: Ducks After Beating Wyoming

    September 14, 2014

    Oregon coaches and players talk after Saturday's 48-14 win against Wyoming.

    “Speedballing” on the Rise

    "Speedballing" on the Rise

    September 14, 2014

    The combination of meth and heroin at the same time is called "speedballing" and while not a new abuse of drugs, officials in Medford said it has recently become more common in Jackson County. The effects of meth and heroin become escalated when used at the same time.

    Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen

    Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen

    September 13, 2014

    A group of local skateboarders is holding a fundraiser to benefit one of their own. South Medford High graduate Matt Hankey suffered from a stroke at the age of 16. Since then has been unable to move most parts of his body, and can barely speak.

    Cooler Air and Showers on the Way

    Cooler Air and Showers on the Way

    September 13, 2014

    Before we start talking about the wonderful thought of showers and cooler air. I must discuss the next few days. We'll still be getting hot afternoon temperatures as the axis of the high pressure ridge sits over us. In fact, the warmest day should be Sunday, but only by a few degrees at best.

    Amateur Athlete: Scott Richter

    Amateur Athlete: Scott Richter

    September 13, 2014

    When Jamie Young took over the St. Mary's football team four years ago, he instilled a completely new philosophy focused less on what happens on the field and more about the brotherhood off it. That became no more evident than last November when the team reached out to one of its brothers.

    Friday Night Blitz, Sept. 12th

    Friday Night Blitz, Sept. 12th

    September 13, 2014

    North Medford beats Canby in a battle of two top ten 6A teams. South Medford improves to 2-0 with a win over Lake Oswego. Grants Pass crushes Newberg to also move to 2-0. Move scores and highlights from around Southern Oregon.

    Smoky This Weekend, Cooler Next Week

    Smoky This Weekend, Cooler Next Week

    September 12, 2014

    Winds aloft continue to blow from the southwest, pushing the smoke into southern Oregon. There will be no major change in this pattern until a cold front passes towards the middle of next week. This not only shifts the winds, but it also drops high temperatures down to the upper 70's and lower 80'

    MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

    MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

    September 12, 2014

    The Medford Area Gang and Drug Enforcement Team, or "MADGE" says there are 346 known gang members in Jackson County. While this number is up from last year, officials say it does not mean gang activity is increasing. MADGE deals with all drug and gang related crime in the county, and is now working

    Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

    Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

    September 12, 2014

    With wildfire smoke in the air, school administrators said they will not hesitate to enforce restrictions that keep kids inside. The Medford School District checks the air quality index three times a day with a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative. Then the district sends out e-m

    Gold Hill Structure Fire Investigated

    Gold Hill Structure Fire Investigated

    September 12, 2014

    Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a fire that destroyed a garage in Gold Hill and caused several small wildfires this afternoon. That fire created clouds of black smoke visible from I-5, and even forced ODF to send a helicopter to scan the area.

    Pet of the Week: Jasper

    Pet of the Week: Jasper

    September 12, 2014

    Meet Jasper! A golden retriever and Siberian husky mix. Jasper is about a year old and 54 pounds. He is young and active so would do well in a home with children or where he can be walked often or let outside often. He would also do best in a home without cats. After being placed into a home origina

    SOU Students Trained in Fire Safety

    SOU Students Trained in Fire Safety

    September 12, 2014

    Fire officials are teaching students at SOU fire training. This is due to students coming back to campus within a few weeks, and RA’s need training, incase a fire were to break out in the dorms. NewsWatch 12’s Kirstin O’Connor will tell you how these students are being trained tonight at 5 and

    Gang Training Helps Teachers

    Gang Training Helps Teachers

    September 12, 2014

    Gang violence has been on the decline and is almost extinct in some schools. The decline is due to a decade of racial integration and gang awareness training. About a decade ago students were largely separated by race.

    Haze & Smoke Return to Southern Oregon

    Haze & Smoke Return to Southern Oregon

    September 12, 2014

    A fire weather warning is in effect through 10am Friday for the Cascades and Eastern Douglas County. This warning is for very dry air and conditions that promote active wildfire behavior. Winds will shift again for today, helping to bring smoke back into Central Siskiyou County and much of Southern

    Fire Weather Concerns & Smoky Skies

    Fire Weather Concerns & Smoky Skies

    September 11, 2014

    Winds aloft shifted Thursday, rerouting the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex back into southern Oregon. By the afternoon, a veil of smoke was visible in southern Jackson and Klamath Counties. This will continue throughout the weekend and most of next week.

    Medford Officers Justified in Shooting

    Medford Officers Justified in Shooting

    September 11, 2014

    At today's conference, District Attorney Beth Heckert announced the officers involved in the shooting on August 24th, were justified for using deadly force. The Grand Jury met for four hours and the 15 jury members deliberated for less than 5 min.