• Coats for Kids Campaign Keeps Kids Warm

    Coats for Kids Campaign Keeps Kids Warm

    September 29, 2014

    The cooler temperatures are on their way and NewsWatch12 wants to make sure local children are ready for them. NewsWatch 12, Windemere and a variety of other businesses are teaming up for the annual Coats For Kids campaign.

    The First Sparrow Club Story

    The First Sparrow Club Story

    September 29, 2014

    This year, Sparrow Clubs in Oregon is expanding by adding another director to launch clubs year-round in Central Oregon. The new hire made his way to Southern Oregon for training, but he has already taken flight. The new director, Michael Leeland, told the students at North Medford, "I am here to

    Mt. Ashland Ski Survey Results Are In

    Mt. Ashland Ski Survey Results Are In

    September 29, 2014

    Mount Ashland is revealing the results of their recent ski survey. The survey had 1,200 responses telling mountain management what they want to see over the next 50 years. Some want to see longer runs and faster lifts, others focused inside the lodge, calling for better food, a bigger bar, and more

    White City Responds To Veteran Concerns

    White City Responds To Veteran Concerns

    September 29, 2014

    The VA Domiciliary's director in White City finally responded to NewsWatch 12's request for an interview Tuesday. Veterans are getting a chance to say what they want about the care they are receiving at the White City Dom.

    First Day for SOU Students This Year

    First Day for SOU Students This Year

    September 29, 2014

    Despite a tough last year, Southern Oregon University is seeing some of the highest enrollment numbers in the school's history. Students returned to campus today for events, and the first day of classes.

    Neighbors on High Alert After Burglaries

    Neighbors on High Alert After Burglaries

    September 29, 2014

    Police are on the search for the person responsible for two burglaries on Table Rock Road. The burglaries happened just hours apart and are just blocks away from each other. Medford Police said it already heavily patrols the area, but officers are on even higher alert looking for anything suspicious

    Gender-Neutral Homecoming Royals Chosen

    Gender-Neutral Homecoming Royals Chosen

    September 29, 2014

    Since the 1950's Ashland High School has crowned a homecoming kind and queen, but in last weeks homecoming royalty ceremony, those titles were scrapped in favor of gender equality.

    ‘Drug Take Back’ Collects Pounds

    'Drug Take Back' Collects Pounds

    September 29, 2014

    Hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs are now out of Southern Oregon medicine cabinets. It was all part of a nationwide "Drug Take Back" effort that happened on Saturday.

    Jury Selection for Jodi Arias Trial

    Jury Selection for Jodi Arias Trial

    September 29, 2014

    (CNN) -- Jury selection in the Jodi Arias sentencing re-trial started Monday. Last year, jurors found Arias guilty of murder. But they deadlocked on whether Arias should be put to death.

    Police Searching for Graffiti Artist

    Police Searching for Graffiti Artist

    September 29, 2014

    Grants Pass Police are offering a $500 dollar reward for anyone that helps lead them to the arrest of a graffiti artist. Police said the city has been hit with sever

    Burglaries on Table Rock Rd. Draw Police

    Burglaries on Table Rock Rd. Draw Police

    September 29, 2014

    Two burglaries just hours apart from each other on Table Rock Road drew the attention of Police. Neighbors said this kind of thing happens frequently in that area. The burglar broke through the back of one of the apartments in the 2,

    Missing Georgia Woman Found Safe

    Missing Georgia Woman Found Safe

    September 29, 2014

    Oregon State Police has made contact with a woman and confirmed she is safe in the Crater Lake area and in need of no assistance.

    Oregon Trails-Biggest Town Fires

    Oregon Trails-Biggest Town Fires

    September 29, 2014

    The Boles Fire in Weed brings to mind other fires that nearly destroyed towns in our area, including Bandon, Bonanza, Lakeview, Ashland, and Gold Hill

    Eyes To Burma Fundraiser Held in Ashland

    Eyes To Burma Fundraiser Held in Ashland

    September 28, 2014

    A group of local donors is looking to make a difference for a group of school children all the way across the world. Community members came out to Grizzly Peak Winery Sunday to enjoy wine, listen to music and learn more about a local effort called Eyes To Burma.

    90-Year-Old Man Hits 21st Hole In One

    90-Year-Old Man Hits 21st Hole In One

    September 28, 2014

    Avid golfer Ed Irvine hit his 21st hole in one at Laurel Hills Golf Course Sunday. Irvine is 90-years-old and started golfing 49 years ago.

    Fundraiser Benefits NICU

    Fundraiser Benefits NICU

    September 28, 2014

    A 12-year-old girl is raising money for Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, all to honor her dead grandmother. The award ceremony for the annual Hugs From Heaven golf tournament was held Sunday at Laurel Hills Golf Course.

    Rehab Efforts Underway on Onion Mtn.

    Rehab Efforts Underway on Onion Mtn.

    September 28, 2014

    Activity on the Onion Mountain Fire is winding down, and now the remaining crews are focusing their efforts on rehabilitating the damaged land. It starts with a pile of weed free hay and native grass seed. Natural solutions to help cut back on erosion and heal the burnt land.

    OSP Seeks Help, Fatal Hit & Run

    OSP Seeks Help, Fatal Hit & Run

    September 28, 2014

    A man was found dead in the middle of the road Saturday night after an apparent hit and run, east of Cottage Grove. Oregon State Police is reaching out to the public, hoping someone can help them figure out who was driving when the pedestrian was hit.

    Veterans Feel Silenced After VA Meeting

    Veterans Feel Silenced After VA Meeting

    September 27, 2014

    Veterans are dissatisfied after the White City VA promised an open public forum Friday night, but restricted their ability to speak. Residents at the facility were prevented from talking to media or even home videographers unless they signed a waiver.

    Oregon Gubernatorial Debate In Eugene

    Oregon Gubernatorial Debate In Eugene

    September 27, 2014

    The Gubernatorial candidates forum was as part of the League of Oregon Cities 89th conference. This comes after a debate in Sunriver on Friday between Governor John Kitzhaber and State Representative Dennis Richardson.

    Suicide Prevention Walk Raises Awareness

    Suicide Prevention Walk Raises Awareness

    September 27, 2014

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians aged 10 to 24, according to the Oregon Heath Authority. Nationally, we lose one person to suicide every 13 minutes. On Saturday, dozens of people walked around Central Point, raising money and awareness for suicide prevention.

    Volunteers Clean Up Rogue River

    Volunteers Clean Up Rogue River

    September 27, 2014

    Volunteers in Jackson County are pitching in to help clean the Rogue River in honor of National Public Lands Day. The event, led by Rogue Riverkeeper and six other organizations, had volunteers pick up garbage along the banks.

    Police Get Drugs off the Streets

    Police Get Drugs off the Streets

    September 27, 2014

    A nationwide effort is underway to get unwanted prescription pills off the streets. On Saturday, local police held an event to safely dispose of those drugs and prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. Jackson County of course has the highest prescription drug death rate in the state.

    Coach Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charge

    Coach Arrested On Child Sex Abuse Charge

    September 27, 2014

    A former school football and wrestling coach is now facing child sexual abuse charges. Police say they've identified at least eight victims in two states: Oregon and Washington. Kenneth Carroll appeared before a judge by video after he was captured in Montana and extradited to Oregon.

    National Drug Take Back Day

    National Drug Take Back Day

    September 27, 2014

    Items that can be dropped off include prescriptions, over the counter medications, medication samples, ointments, locations, and liquid medications. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, syringes, chemotherapy medications.

    Final Update for Happy Camp Complex

    Final Update for Happy Camp Complex

    September 27, 2014

    Helicopter missions this weekend include a reconnaissance flight for the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. The BAER team will work with the Klamath National Forest on a plan for repair of the lands directly impacted by the fire.

    Motor Home Fire Investigation

    Motor Home Fire Investigation

    September 27, 2014

    Eugene-Springfield firefighters responded to a motor home fire in Eugene. It happened on the 3000 block of Firwood Way at 5:10am Friday. Flames engulfed the motor home and spread to surrounding trees, vegetation, and a fence.

    Police Continue Boles Fire Investigation

    Police Continue Boles Fire Investigation

    September 26, 2014

    Investigators in the weed area have released little information about the origin of the Boles Fire while they continue to gather information.

    Officials Censor White City VA Town Hall

    Officials Censor White City VA Town Hall

    September 26, 2014

    The town halls were designed to give veterans the opportunity to stand up to a panel and voice whatever questions or frustrations they have with their local Veterans Affairs facilities. But, veterans who are current patients at the White City facility were not allowed to share their stories with the

    Man Sentenced in Neighbor Killing Case

    Man Sentenced in Neighbor Killing Case

    September 26, 2014

    A Southern Oregon man accused of killing his neighbor was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in Josephine County Court.

    Richardson Vs. Kitzhaber Debate

    Richardson Vs. Kitzhaber Debate

    September 26, 2014

    The Gubernatorial Debate was held Friday at 11:00 a.m. House Representative Dennis Richardson debated Governor Kitzhaber for the first time today. You can watch the full debate here.

    Local Students Cleanup For Weed, Ca.

    Local Students Cleanup For Weed, Ca.

    September 26, 2014

    McLoughlin Middle School is sending all their students outside today for a community cleanup to help students in Weed, California. The middle school students have raised about $2,000.

    Fire Danger Reduced to MODERATE

    Fire Danger Reduced to MODERATE

    September 26, 2014

    Fire danger has been reduced to "Moderate" for Jackson and Josephine Counties. The reduction comes from the cool and wet weather pattern that moved over the region on Wednesday and will continue to come through Friday.

    Shooting Investigation in West Medford

    Shooting Investigation in West Medford

    September 25, 2014

    Medford Police are currently investigating a possible shooting Thursday night. Several witnesses reported that two to three vehicles were involved in a verbal altercation in which 2-4 rounds were fired, according to police.

    Ecstasy-Laced Candy Found

    Ecstasy-Laced Candy Found

    September 25, 2014

    The Eugene Police Department says a new take on a popular drug has hit the streets, and it could be especially enticing for kids. Officers say they found ecstasy disguised as candy last week when they contacted two men in the Park Blocks in downtown Eugene. Police say the men had about three p

    KCC Deemed Military Friendly School

    KCC Deemed Military Friendly School

    September 25, 2014

    Klamath Community College is being recognized for being a military friendly school. Only 15-percent of schools in the country are given this award. The honor is given to schools that do the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to make sure they are successful in the classroom. KC

    New Gender-Neutral Homecoming Tradition

    New Gender-Neutral Homecoming Tradition

    September 25, 2014

    At Friday's annual football game Ashland High School will crown three students as "The Grizzly Royalty" instead of selecting a Homecoming king and queen. This year there will be three crowns, and they won't necessarily be awarded to both genders.

    Move-In Day for SOU Students

    Move-In Day for SOU Students

    September 25, 2014

    Thursday is the first official move in day for students at Southern Oregon University. Students were outside housing unloading vehicles with boxes, bedding and suitcases ready to move in. Over 75 staff and 100 student volunteers and faculty are on hand assisting students.

    Sharing Garden with Students

    Sharing Garden with Students

    September 25, 2014

    More than 100 pounds of food were distributed from over 6 small gardens in the area. The gardens are created in the donated space of people's back yards. The goal of the gardens is to create produce that used no pesticides.

    Not Enough Signatures for Recall

    Not Enough Signatures for Recall

    September 25, 2014

    A petition to recall Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker does not qualify for the November ballot this election, according to the County Clerk's office. The signature verification process has been completed and it was relea

    Suspected Bank Robber Caught

    Suspected Bank Robber Caught

    September 25, 2014

    Police have arrested 63-year old Gerald Schram in connection with the bank robbery at U.S. Bank on Court St. Wednesday.

    Fire Level Reduced to “High”

    Fire Level Reduced to "High"

    September 25, 2014

    Fire danger has been reduced to “High” for Jackson and Josephine Counties. The reduction comes from the cool and wet weather pattern that moved over the region yesterday and will continue through Friday. The rain reduced wildfire danger on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry’

    Police Forced to Shoot Bear in Medford

    Police Forced to Shoot Bear in Medford

    September 25, 2014

    Medford Police officers were forced to shoot a bear in a residential neighborhood early Thursday morning. At about 4:10 a.m., officers were notified of a black bear in the Washington Elementary School area.

    UO Funds to Prevent Sexual Violence

    UO Funds to Prevent Sexual Violence

    September 25, 2014

    EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon is upping its efforts to prevent sexual violence by setting up an emergency fund. The interim president

    Tanker Base Honors Former Commissioner

    Tanker Base Honors Former Commissioner

    September 24, 2014

    The air tanker base at the Medford Airport is getting a new name. A sign was revealed this Wednesday afternoon, recognizing the late County Commissioner, Jack Walker. Twelve years ago, the U.S. Forest Service was considering closing the base at the Medford Airport and moving it to Klamath Falls. Jac

    It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!

    It's Raining! It's Pouring!

    September 24, 2014

    Most of southern Oregon is still in either in a severe or extreme drought, and to change that, a series of rain events need to occur. In this situation, snow pack remains exceptionally important, and we're going to have to have a very wet winter to even think about getting out of the drought.

    Rain Pours on Onion Mountain Fire

    Rain Pours on Onion Mountain Fire

    September 24, 2014

    Rain continues to fall on the Onion Mountain Fire and the National Weather Service in Medford estimates the amount of rain that has fallen in the past day is equivalent to 20,000 bucket drops.

    Bank Robber Pedals Away on Green Bike

    Bank Robber Pedals Away on Green Bike

    September 24, 2014

    Medford Police reported at 2:24 p.m. Wednesday, they responded to a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank at 1242 Court Street. The suspect threatened he had a handgun and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Burned Areas at Risk of Flash Flooding

    Burned Areas at Risk of Flash Flooding

    September 24, 2014

    Crews and equipment were pulled out of the Happy Camp Complex over the past few days to prepare for rain and flooding. Even though crews are not actively working on the burned areas, they are monitoring the rain.

    Man Arrested on Meth Charges

    Man Arrested on Meth Charges

    September 24, 2014

    A month long investigation led to an arrest, thousands in cash, and drugs off the streets of Southern Oregon. Last Friday, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team say they served a search warrant at a home on Sams Valley Road in Central Point.