• More Than 4,000 Lightning Strikes

    More Than 4,000 Lightning Strikes

    July 23, 2014

    It was a very active Tuesday across the state of Oregon as thunderstorms developed left and right producing frequent lightning, hail and heavy rain. About 1,200 lightning strikes were reported over Jackson County alone and about 4,500 for Southern Oregon and Northern California.

    ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

    ODF Lookouts Keep Close Eye on Storms

    July 22, 2014

    When thunderstorms move into the area as they did on Tuesday afternoon, Fire Officials with the Oregon Department of Forestry are prepared to use all resources they have available.

    Miles Talks About Retirement Decision

    Miles Talks About Retirement Decision

    July 22, 2014

    Oregon Tech men's basketball coach Danny Miles announced his plans to retire after the 2016 season. He sat down with NewsWatch 12 to talk about the reasons behind this decision, as well as the things he will and won't miss about coaching at Oregon Tech.

    Cooler With a Few Showers For Wednesday

    Cooler With a Few Showers For Wednesday

    July 22, 2014

    Thunderstorms and lightning strikes scattered the landscape Tuesday, and after a very active afternoon and evening, southern Oregon and northern California will see a much quieter picture on Wednesday.

    County Residents Use Online Watch

    County Residents Use Online Watch

    July 22, 2014

    Cave Junction may have a small presence of law enforcement, but that doesn't mean there aren't eyes and ears watching and listening. A Facebook page with nearly 4,000 followers is updated regularly and has reports of suspicious activity or crimes themselves. Duffy has lived in Cave Junction for yea

    Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

    Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

    July 22, 2014

    Towns and cities across Southern Oregon are racing to begin the debate on taxing medical marijuana before it becomes too late. They say the same measure that would legalize recreational marijuana would also prevent them from taxing as they see fit.

    T-Storms Across the Valley Today

    T-Storms Across the Valley Today

    July 22, 2014

    A pretty active day is ahead for Northern California, the Rogue Valley and Cascades. Spotty showers have been developing throughout the morning across much of the region. Clouds will stick around throughout the morning, but not without some sun breaks.

    First Peaches Ready for Picking

    First Peaches Ready for Picking

    July 22, 2014

    Juicy, red peaches fell off the trees Tuesday at the first annual Sugar Plum Acres "U-pick" event. Sugar Plum Acres is a family owned and operated 16-acre farm that's hosted U-pick's for more than three decades. Peaches this year will cost 60 cents a pound for up to 75 pounds.

    WCL All-Star Game Rained Out

    WCL All-Star Game Rained Out

    July 21, 2014

    Kiger Stadium was all set to host the 2014 West Coast League All-Star Game, but heavy rains during the Home Run Derby forced its cancellation. NewsWatch 12's Brandon Kamerman has more on the missed opportunity.

    Thunderstorms and Fire Weather

    Thunderstorms and Fire Weather

    July 21, 2014

    Monday brought a few thunderstorms to the area, and the rain chances and lightning risk return for Tuesday. Rainfall amounts so far have been low, but a bit of measurable rain is possible locally with Tuesday's storms.

    Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

    Richardson Gets Independent Party Nod

    July 21, 2014

    The Independent Party of Oregon is announcing its support for Dennis Richardson in this November’s gubernatorial race. Richardson, a Central Point representative, recently won out among registered independents in a survey conducted by the party.

    Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

    Sun-Blocking Wardrobe

    July 21, 2014

    The cool down we're expecting this week doesn't mean there's a break from the potential for sunburns. While the SPF in sunscreen is a well-known form of protection, UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor is another way to shield yourself from the sun.

    Cooler but with Thunder & Lightning

    Cooler but with Thunder & Lightning

    July 21, 2014

    A much cooler air mass will be in place this week, finally giving us a break from the extreme heat. However, this new air mass will come as a double-edged sword as thunder and lightning is expected through Tuesday.

    Dix Breaks Through at Big Al’s

    Dix Breaks Through at Big Al's

    July 20, 2014

    Two years after coming up just short of a title in the men's open singles division at Big Al's Tennis Tournament, Ashland's John Dix cruised to victory over Douglass Neuman. Dix won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, earning his first career Big Al's title.

    Cooler Air Moving In

    Cooler Air Moving In

    July 20, 2014

    A change in the weather pattern is in swing. We will see a slight break from the scorching heat for a few days. This will also come with afternoon thunderstorms. Today, afternoon highs were only a few degrees below what they were yesterday. We still sit well above average, but every afternoon we wil

    A Look at Medford’s Urban Renewal

    A Look at Medford's Urban Renewal

    July 20, 2014

    Empty store fronts and few visitors have plagued downtown Medford for years. City officials have been working to change that, but now the Medford Urban Renewal Agency, or “MURA”, has spent its last few dollars for downtown projects.

    Fair Uses Social Media to Reach Guests

    Fair Uses Social Media to Reach Guests

    July 20, 2014

    This year the Jackson County Fair is using social media to connect with more people and reach a larger audience. Along with the new fair app introduced in the weeks leading up to the fair, fair board members are also using Facebook and Twitter.

    Does It Work: Jackson County Fair App

    Does It Work: Jackson County Fair App

    July 20, 2014

    With a busy weekend at the Jackson County Fairground, an Ashland company looked at the amount of people logging on to the Expo's website and they found half of people who visited the site were on their mobile devices.

    Rogues Limp Into All-Star Break

    Rogues Limp Into All-Star Break

    July 19, 2014

    The Medford Rogues have four players going to Monday's West Coast League All-Star Game, but that wasn't enough to stave off the Kelowna Falcons on Saturday. Kelowna scored five runs with two outs in an brutally long 7th inning to beat Medford 9-6.

    Fire Danger: “Extreme”

    Fire Danger: "Extreme"

    July 19, 2014

    Starting Sunday, a change in the weather pattern starts that will bring much needed relief from the scorching heat we've experienced for the better part of July. A healthy dose of arctic air will start making it's way down into the Pacific Northwest and will allow us to drop from the triple digits t