“Speedballing” on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford police arrested three people Saturday night on charges related to possession of meth. Drug abuse is nothing new to southern Oregon, but what is new is an increase in meth being combined with heroin. The combination of meth and heroin at the same time is called speedballing, and while not a new … Continue reading »

Wildfire Evacuates Campground & RV Park

ESTACADA, Ore. – Travelers along I-5 ran into thick smoke from the nearby 36 Pit Fire. The wildfire has burned about a 2,300 acres in the Mount Hood National Forest. Fire officials say the wildfire started Saturday afternoon near the town of Estacada. The town is not threatened at this time, but a nearby campground … Continue reading »

Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley. “We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it … Continue reading »

Marijuana Conference Draws Locals

ASHLAND, Ore. – Cannabis advocates in Southern Oregon are heading north to Portland for the state’s first ever international marijuana conference. Five different Jackson County businesses, and some local lawmakers, are taking part in the International Marijuana Business Conference. This comes after a similar, Oregon-specific event back in January. It also comes amid growing international … Continue reading »

Senior Financial Abuse Growing in Oregon

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Financial exploitation of seniors is on the rise in Oregon. A new report from the office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations found that reports of financial abuse rose 18 percent from 2012 to 2013. Senior financial abuse has been growing for years. In fact, it’s the most common type of … Continue reading »

Albany Holds 9/11 Commemoration

ALBANY, Ore. — The anniversary of 9/11 is being remembered around Western Oregon Thursday. Dozens of people gathered Thursday morning in front of the Linn County Courthouse – not only to honor those who lost their lives 13 years ago, but to honor and appreciate the work first responders continue to do. “September 11, 2001,” … Continue reading »

Bill Gates Pledges $50M to Fight Ebola

(CNN) — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will donate $50 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. More than 2,200 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the outbreak has been concentrated. Cases have also been reported in nearby Nigeria and Senegal. It’s considered the … Continue reading »

Text to 911 Not in Oregon, Yet

MEDFORD, Ore. — When you’re in an emergency “talking” on the phone to 911 isn’t always the most convenient. This is why the state of Oregon is considering allowing people to text 911 instead of calling. Right now if you text 911, you will get an immediate response stating you must make a voice call … Continue reading »

“Ink Out” Helps People Remove Tattoos

MEDFORD, Ore. — A man is teaming up with Valley Immediate Care and offering free or low-cost tattoo removal for those who need it the most, but can’t afford it.  This is part of a new program called “Ink Out.” It allows certain organizations and criminal justice agencies to select qualifying candidates to get tattoos … Continue reading »

Woman’s Birthday Wish is for Missing Boy

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon boy missing for more than four years would have turned 12 Tuesday. A Medford woman shares a birthday with him and is trying to raise awareness about his story. Melissa Bobo has asked her Facebook friends to take a minute to “like” the Facebook page Missing Kyron Horman and read … Continue reading »

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