• Cooling Off for the Start of Fall

    Cooling Off for the Start of Fall

    September 20, 2014

    Summer has been hanging on by a nail. Every time we get a cold front that brings a relief, another dominant ridge of high pressure brings in temperatures well above average. The good news, is that on the first day of fall, we will be seeing "fall-like" temperatures.

    Friday Night Blitz, September 19th

    Friday Night Blitz, September 19th

    September 19, 2014

    Southern Oregon teams continue to reign in the 6A and 5A. Highlights from Friday Night Blitz include Grants Pass/Sheldon, Roseburg/North Medford, South Medford/Willamette, Mountain View/Crater and a number of games featuring teams from the Skyline.

    Oregon Trails: History of Hops

    Oregon Trails: History of Hops

    September 19, 2014

    With summer winding down and fall straight ahead, the harvest season in Southern Oregon is peaking. For nearly 150 years, one of the important crops exported out of the Rogue Valley was a key ingredient used by beer makers at home and abroad.

    Fire Season Longer Than Normal This Year

    Fire Season Longer Than Normal This Year

    September 19, 2014

    Fire experts expect the 2014 fire season to be long and active. The Oregon Department of Forestry said southern Oregon is looking at a longer than normal fire season. Due to the lack of snow pack fuels are extra dry, and season ending rains aren't expected until October or November.

    Insurers Warn Weed Homeowners of Scams

    Insurers Warn Weed Homeowners of Scams

    September 19, 2014

    As homeowners sift through their properties fro items left behind, state insurance officials are on the lookout for scammers.

    Therapists Available At Boles Fire

    Therapists Available At Boles Fire

    September 19, 2014

    A group of psychologists are holding free group therapy session for Weed residents throughout the weekend. The group, which includes behavioral experts,

    Pet of the Week: Cleo

    Pet of the Week: Cleo

    September 19, 2014

    Meet Cleo! Cleo is a 12-year old Calico Cat that was brought to the Committed Alliance To Strays (CATS) in August 2002, after being found in a dumpster. Cleo was originally given to a home, but was returned because the adopter had to move to take care of a sick relative.

    Firefighters Standing By For Assistance

    Firefighters Standing By For Assistance

    September 19, 2014

    Dozens of Cal Fire personnel are assisting those residents today as they are let back into the devastated neighborhoods. Hundreds of firefighters have been staged for hours this morning, preparing for what’s expected to be a very emotional day for many weed families. Cal Fire officials say they ha

    Weed Residents Return Home

    Weed Residents Return Home

    September 19, 2014

    Weed residents are about to get a first-hand look at the damage done to their community. At 10 a.m. they will be let back in to their neighborhoods for the first time since the Boles Fire broke out. The Boles Fire is holding at 479 acres, and so far crews have managed 85% containment.

    Reuniting the Animals of Weed

    Reuniting the Animals of Weed

    September 19, 2014

    The few surviving mementos aren't the only thing to come from the ashes. In the early morning hours, during news coverage, two of our team members found an 11 week-old kitten hiding under a pile of debris. Her paws were scorched and she was very hungry and thirsty.

    Summer-Like Before the Start of Fall

    Summer-Like Before the Start of Fall

    September 19, 2014

    The cooler weather from Thursday didn't last long. High pressure will slide in today, as a "rex block" sits over the West. This pattern in the jet stream brings offshore winds to the coast, enhancing the Chetco Effect and warming up all coastal communities.

    Some Evacuations Lifted For Onion Mtn.

    Some Evacuations Lifted For Onion Mtn.

    September 18, 2014

    The Onion Mountain Fire is holding steady at 4,077 acres at 20 percent contained. Fire crews said the fire is 100 percent lined, but with more hot dry weather ahead, they are not ruling out the chance the fire spreading again. At 6 a.m. on Friday the Level One Evacuation notice will be lifted the

    Amateur Athlete: Zaruba Anderson

    Amateur Athlete: Zaruba Anderson

    September 18, 2014

    Last year, in her freshman season with the Hidden Valley cross county team, Zaruba Anderson finished fourth at the 4A State Championship. Now in her sophomore year, Zaruba is focused on taking first. NewsWatch 12's Brandon Kamerman shows how Zaruba is following in her mother's footsteps.

    Mostly Sunny and Warmer For Friday

    Mostly Sunny and Warmer For Friday

    September 18, 2014

    Rain showers ended around the area sooner than anticipated, and the clouds began to break throughout the afternoon Thursday. That afternoon sunshine will continue for Friday after a few clouds move through Thursday night.

    Northern California Communities Pitch In

    Northern California Communities Pitch In

    September 18, 2014

    Northern California communities pitch in. More than a thousand homes were initially threatened by the boles fire. Now Northern California communities nearby weed are banding together to help close to 150 families who have nothing left to return to. Some students say from the moment they heard the b

    Boles Fire Community Meeting

    Boles Fire Community Meeting

    September 18, 2014

    CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 in conjunction with the cooperating agencies on the Boles Fire will be hosting a community meeting in Weed, CA. Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions.

    Plans Set for Roseburg Mill Employees

    Plans Set for Roseburg Mill Employees

    September 18, 2014

    Employees at the Roseburg lumber mill are learning their fate today. This morning the company held a team meeting for all of those affected by the fire. On Monday, September 22nd, around 60 workers will head to Oregon temporarily.

    Donations to Weed are Overflowing

    Donations to Weed are Overflowing

    September 18, 2014

    There has been an out-pour of donations for victims of the Boles Fire, but now the amount of donated supplies is overflowing beyond the walls of the storage space available. Many community members are sending trucks full of clothes, food and other supplies to help out people who are displaced.

    Firefighters Discuss Recovery

    Firefighters Discuss Recovery

    September 18, 2014

    Firefighters continue to scour the neighborhoods destroyed in the Boles fire for signs of human life. Today search teams sent dogs through the wreckage trained in detecting human scent. The fire burned so hot that there isn't even much rubble left, only ash.

    Red Cross On Set With NewsWatch 12

    Red Cross On Set With NewsWatch 12

    September 18, 2014

    There are organizations in place to not only help people cope with the immediate shock of devastations, but to make a plan for the future which can sometimes be hard to even think about at first. The Southern Oregon chapter of Red Cross is helping the family in Medford whose home burned last night,