• Web Extra:Oregon Candidates for Governor

    Web Extra:Oregon Candidates for Governor

    October 20, 2014

    In just about two weeks we will find out the results of the 2014, November Election. Incumbent John Kitzhaber is up against Representative Dennis Richardson for the governor's seat. Both Candidates talked with Newswatch 12 about some of the key issues for the state including the botched health excha

    Coats For Kids Still In Need

    Coats For Kids Still In Need

    October 20, 2014

    NewsWatch 12's Coats For Kids campaign has been very successful this year with the generous donations of community members in the Rogue Valley. However, there is still a need for kids coats, especially for toddlers and elementary school children.

    Life After Loss To Breast Cancer

    Life After Loss To Breast Cancer

    October 20, 2014

    We introduced you to Leah Rodgers in 2012 during her battle with breast cancer. She passed away shortly after the story aired. Now, her family is sharing their story, in hopes of helping others understand the disease.

    Rain Impacts Local Fish Populations

    Rain Impacts Local Fish Populations

    October 20, 2014

    Monday morning's showers, combined with last week's moisture, is helping jump start recovery from a dry year.

    New App Connects Parents With School

    New App Connects Parents With School

    October 20, 2014

    Jackson County School District 9 is unveiling its new ParentLink app. This app is available for free and can be downloaded directly to a smart phone or tablet. School administrators said it helps parents and children by keeping them safe and connected to the district.

    Huson Homicide Two Years Later

    Huson Homicide Two Years Later

    October 20, 2014

    Monday marks the two year anniversary of Medford taxi cab driver, William “Huey” Huson’s death. Detectives working for Medford police are continuing to investigate the case on a daily basis and have high hopes that one day the unknown suspect will be brought to justice.

    UO’s Largest Fundraising Effort Ever

    UO's Largest Fundraising Effort Ever

    October 20, 2014

    The University of Oregon is trying to raise $2 billion dollars, the largest fundraising effort in State history. According to UO's Vice President of University Ad

    Ashland Considers Bee City U.S.A.

    Ashland Considers Bee City U.S.A.

    October 20, 2014

    The City of Ashland is meeting Monday night to discuss becoming the third Bee City in the United States. In June of 2012, the City of Asheville, North Ca

    Disaster Loan Center Closes in Weed, CA.

    Disaster Loan Center Closes in Weed, CA.

    October 20, 2014

    The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Weed is closing on Thursday. The Center was established to help victims of the Boles Fire that damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or de

    Missing Man Found Safe In California

    Missing Man Found Safe In California

    October 20, 2014

    Medford Police are searching for 74-year old Norman Burness. He was last seen Sunday morning when he drove away from the Motel 6 on Alba Drive in Medford. He was driving a red, 2013 Chevy Sonic and wearing a salmon colored jacket and dark blue jeans.

    2 Year Anniversary of “Huey” Huson

    2 Year Anniversary of "Huey" Huson

    October 20, 2014

    Today marks the two year anniversary of the William "Huey" Juson homicide. Huson was killed Oct. 20th, 2012. Medford Police said this is still an active case

    Oregon Trails-1864 Treaty

    Oregon Trails-1864 Treaty

    October 20, 2014

    The signing of a treaty 150 years ago with Klamath tribes continues to impact much of south central Oregon today.

    Court Decision Sparks Moratorium Debate

    Court Decision Sparks Moratorium Debate

    October 19, 2014

    A recent court decision in Josephine County may open the door for cities and towns to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The city of Medford has made it their intention to ban dispensaries altogether, something that remains illegal under state law.

    Man Injured in Scuffle with Police

    Man Injured in Scuffle with Police

    October 19, 2014

    A man was reportedly injured after a fight with Medford Police officers on Friday night. At about 6:45 p.m., Medford Police say officers were dispatched to the parking lot at 1100 Morrow Road for a physical domestic dispute between a man and a woman.

    Community Petitions Railroad Park Use

    Community Petitions Railroad Park Use

    October 18, 2014

    Community members living at Aspens On The Creek say they're upset about organizations feeding the homeless near their homes. They have submitted a petition for the city to intervene.

    Dozens Rally Against Hateful Flyers

    Dozens Rally Against Hateful Flyers

    October 18, 2014

    Springfield residents are taking a stand against what they say are hateful words popping up around town. The event's organizer, Michael Carrigan, said a Springfield individual distributed flyers saying "diversity is white genocide" at Springfield High School.

    Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

    Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

    October 18, 2014

    Law enforcement officials are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspected three-time bank robber. The FBI says the suspect has robbed from banks in Salem, Eugene and Cottage Grove over a two day spree.

    Medford Schools Address Ebola Concerns

    Medford Schools Address Ebola Concerns

    October 17, 2014

    The Medford School District is addressing the risks of Ebola in Southern Oregon. While those administrators say there is no real risk at the moment, they are getting ready for anything. This afternoon, Superintendent of Medford Schools, Dr. Brian Shumate, addressed the risk of Ebola in the district.

    Students Push for Voter Turnout

    Students Push for Voter Turnout

    October 17, 2014

    With the election just weeks away, SOU students are rushing to fill ballots. They say SOU's poor reputation for voter turnout is misleading, and expect plenty of ballots this year with measures that appeal to millennials and young voters.

    Crews Clean Up Homeless Camps in Medford

    Crews Clean Up Homeless Camps in Medford

    October 17, 2014

    The Medford Police Department plans to continue transient campsite cleanup efforts each month. Officers and other work crews just finished cleaning up six campsites yesterday. One was located just off the Bear Creek Greenway bike path. Medford police officers sweep the bike path and Greenway once a

    Vehicle Crash on I-5 Results in Fatality

    Vehicle Crash on I-5 Results in Fatality

    October 17, 2014

    Oregon State Police is investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred this afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. Preliminary information indicates on October 17, 2014 at approximately 1:27 p.m. OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a

    Teddy Roosevelt Show At Callahan’s Lodge

    Teddy Roosevelt Show At Callahan's Lodge

    October 17, 2014

    In the Days of Teddy Roosevelt, an upbeat musical show about the early 20th Century, will be performed at Callahan’s Mountain Lodge on Friday, October 24. Through music, brief narration, and a wide-screen movie, this show tells the story of Teddy Roosevelt and his times.

    Vandals “Disarm” Iron Mike Statue

    Vandals "Disarm" Iron Mike Statue

    October 17, 2014

    On Thursday, Ashland citizens reported to the police department that the gun carried by Iron Mike was missing. Iron Mike is the statue on top of the fountain on the Ashland plaza. Upon further inspection by city staff, it was discovered that the front half of the gun the statue holds was broken off.

    K Falls Museum Offers Solar Eclipse View

    K Falls Museum Offers Solar Eclipse View

    October 17, 2014

    Klamath Falls residents who want to get a close look at a partial eclipse of the sun will get their chance Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Klamath County Museum.The museum will feature an 11-inch telescope equipped with a solar filter available during the unusual event.

    Harry & David’s Hiring Event: Successful

    Harry & David's Hiring Event: Successful

    October 17, 2014

    Harry and David says it's hiring event was a huge success. The company has more than 11,000 positions available for the upcoming holiday season. Yesterday's hiring event brought in 300 people and 240 applications. Harry and David’s corporate employment office has several full days of interviews sc

    Montague Group Hands Out Water Kits

    Montague Group Hands Out Water Kits

    October 17, 2014

    Montague was extremely close to completely running out of water this year. The residents of Montague banded together and saved 75% of the normal water usage. Residents didn’t water lawns or gardens, reused sink and shower water for plants and some trucked in water.

    I-5 Delays Near Cottage Grove Expected

    I-5 Delays Near Cottage Grove Expected

    October 17, 2014

    Weekend Interstate 5 travelers should expect congestion and delays in the northbound direction between Drain and Cottage Grove (milepost 162-170) until the middle of November. Delays are likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. each Friday and Sunday. Most delays have been less than 20 minutes, but

    JoCo Working on Community Watch Program

    JoCo Working on Community Watch Program

    October 17, 2014

    The Josephine County Sheriff's Office announces work on developing a new type of Community Watch Program. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has been researching additional options for a Neighborhood Watch program that would combine a sense of community and security, better options for privacy and a level of pr

    OSP Releases Names in GP Fatal Crash

    OSP Releases Names in GP Fatal Crash

    October 17, 2014

    Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and sport utility vehicle that occurred southwest of Grants Pass. According to police, a 2000 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by...

    Group Holds GMO Baby Formula Event

    Group Holds GMO Baby Formula Event

    October 17, 2014

    Supporters of the GMO labeling initiative are reaching out to voters after a recent consumer reports study found genetically modified ingredients in baby formula. Yesterday, a small group met outside the south Medford Walmart to send out samples of three different baby formulas for testing.

    November Ballots Mailed Today

    November Ballots Mailed Today

    October 17, 2014

    The November election is still a few weeks away, but ballots are on the way to Jackson county mail boxes this morning. The Jackson county clerk says voters shouldn't have to wait long to get them. The Jackson county clerk says ballots for the November 4th election will be dropped off in Jackson Coun

    Coast Guard Closure Controversy

    Coast Guard Closure Controversy

    October 16, 2014

    The Newport Fishermen’s Wives is speaking at a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss the closure. Representative Kurt Schrader is planning to attend, as well as spokespeople from Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden’s offices.

    Congressional Candidates Face Off

    Congressional Candidates Face Off

    October 16, 2014

    Incumbent Rep. Peter DeFazio a Democrat from Springfield, Pacific Green Candidate Michael Beilstein from Corvallis and Republican challenger Art Robinson from Cave Junction took the podium Wednesday night at the University of Oregon Law School.

    Providence Offers Employee Mammograms

    Providence Offers Employee Mammograms

    October 16, 2014

    At Providence Medford Medical's Breast Center, administrators are encouraging staff to lead by example to get mammograms by offering free exams for all employees all day. The Breast Center began breast exams and mammograms for employees on Thursday.

    Harry & David Hiring for the Season

    Harry & David Hiring for the Season

    October 16, 2014

    Harry and David is gearing up for this year's holiday season. Over the next few months, the company plans to take on more than a thousand new employees. Event is for anyone interested in getting more information about the seasonal positions at Harry and David.

    SOU Students Make Free Speech Demands

    SOU Students Make Free Speech Demands

    October 16, 2014

    A group of Southern Oregon University students is demanding the university change its free speech regulations after administrators asked a planned demonstration to relocate to a designated free speech area.

    Shake Out Prompts Emergency Reminders

    Shake Out Prompts Emergency Reminders

    October 16, 2014

    Officials say drills like this are a good reminder for everyone to look at their emergency preparedness. One of the most important recommendations, especially preparing for an earthquake is called a hazard hunt.

    Local Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

    Local Hospitals Prepare for Ebola

    October 16, 2014

    Jackson County health officials are preparing for what they say is a possible, but very unlikely, Ebola outbreak. Local hospitals are gathering protective equipment and practicing role play scenarios in case the deadly disease were to surface here.

    Talent City Councilor Resigns

    Talent City Councilor Resigns

    October 16, 2014

    A now former Talent City Council member said she is still trying to process the request for her resignation from her position. Darby Stricker stepped down last night because she said current law states it is illegal to hold a city seat while running for another city position.

    No Ebola Concerns at PDX

    No Ebola Concerns at PDX

    October 16, 2014

    Health officials said there is no concern over the boy who showed up at the Portland International Airport, Wednesday, vomiting on a flight from Africa. Other sources are reporting that the boy likely vomited because he ate too much junk food, and had no signs of fever or other symptoms. After a ful

    Missing Children Forum Held in Medford

    Missing Children Forum Held in Medford

    October 15, 2014

    Wednesday night marks the first night of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office informational series. Wednesday's event will focus on Southern Oregon's amber alert program and the largest child abduction response team in the nation.

    Curry County Jail Downsizes

    Curry County Jail Downsizes

    October 15, 2014

    Curry County Commissioners approved a proposal Wednesday morning to decrease the number of beds in the Curry County jail. The jail currently has 50 beds, but will now be cut in half to 25 so the county can continue a more manageable operation. Sheriff John Ward said he plans for the bed approval to

    Crater Lake Sees First Snow

    Crater Lake Sees First Snow

    October 15, 2014

    Tuesday night’s storm brought the first snowfall for Crater Lake since last spring. More than four inches was dumped on the park, prompting camp ground and road closures. On Wednesday the scene at the national park was almost picturesque. Snow clung to trees and branches, but the fog made it almos

    Frontier Airlines to Leave EUG

    Frontier Airlines to Leave EUG

    October 15, 2014

    The Eugene Airport is saying goodbye to yet another flight. Frontier Airlines is getting rid of its direct route to Denver.

    Breast Reconstruction Awareness Event

    Breast Reconstruction Awareness Event

    October 15, 2014

    October 15 is Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, also known as BRA Day. A Eugene doctor is trying to bring attention to the options available to women coping with breast cancer.

    Snow Falls on Crater Lake

    Snow Falls on Crater Lake

    October 15, 2014

    Tuesday night's storm brought the first snowfall for Crater Lake this year. Some roads are closed, and all campgrounds on the park property are also closed.

    Last Day of Fire Season For SW Oregon

    Last Day of Fire Season For SW Oregon

    October 15, 2014

    Fire season ended on Wednesday for Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands in Southwest Oregon. rainfall of at least one-half inch was recorded in many parts of the district, which includes state, private, county, city and Bureau of Land Management forest lands.

    Web Extra: Merkley and Wehby

    Web Extra: Merkley and Wehby

    October 14, 2014

    Senator Jeff Merkley and his challenger Dr. Monica Wehby have been two key players in the race for U.S. Senate during this November's election. Each candidate spoke separately with Newswatch 12, and explains plans for Southern Oregon if elected, and their campaign so far.

    Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

    Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014

    Habitat for Humanity is working to raise money to build its 56 home in the Rogue Valley. On Tuesday a fundraiser was held at Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness and money for the new addition. Vickie Salazar, the new homeowner, is ecstatic about her future new handicap accessible home.

    Phoenix HS Homecoming Parade

    Phoenix HS Homecoming Parade

    October 14, 2014

    Phoenix High School is re-kindling its homecoming parade for the first time since the 1970s.