Lawmakers Work on Wildfire Funding

MEDFORD, Ore. — The hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Oregon and Washington has prompted lawmakers to take action. Senator Ron Wyden is working with Idaho Senator Mike Carpo to secure more than $600 million of funding from the supplemental funding to this year’s fire season. Senator Wyden is also pushing to allow the … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fruits and Vegetables

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The hot weather mixed with severe drought conditions is impacting fruits and vegetables in the Rogue Valley. With the hot sun beating down on crops across southern Oregon, one might think the crops would be dried up, but farmers said with the proper irrigation, some of their crops are even being … Continue reading »

Governor Declares State of Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. — A state of emergency has been verbally declared in Oregon by Governor Kitzhaber due to the severe fire season. The governor’s office says the emergency declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist fire crews in the state. While no large wildfires are currently burning … Continue reading »

California Okays Fines for Wasting Water

(CNN) — California is cracking down on water wasters during the severe drought. Lawmakers approved a new set of emergency rules Tuesday. Anyone repeatedly caught wasting water on landscaping, car washing, hosing down sidewalks could face fines of up to $500 a day. Local law enforcement will enforce the fines. Water used tied to public … Continue reading »

City Offers Places to Cool Off

EUGENE, Ore. — If you can’t beat the heat during the next few days of hot weather, the City of Eugene says you can cool off at the library. The downtown library is just one of many places to escape the heat during Eugene’s mini heat wave. It’s hours are as follows:  Sunday 1 p.m. to … Continue reading »

Helping Pets Through the Thunder

EUGENE, Ore. — Many woke up to the sound of thunder shaking their windows and homes Sunday morning, but it wasn’t just people who were startled by the noise. The Greenhill Humane Society says the rules involving pets and thunder are pretty similar to those regarding fireworks, and pet owners should be well-prepared. Sasha Elliott … Continue reading »

Wind-Driven Mills Fire Burns 5,500 Acres

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. (CNN) — At least 200 homes and other structures are in the path of a fast-moving wildfire in Washington state. The wind-driven fire is near the town of Entiat, about three hours east of Seattle. So far it’s burned 5,500 acres. An enormous mushroom cloud of smoke can be seen for miles. … Continue reading »

High Temps Lead to Long Wait List

MEDFORD, Ore. – In the past week, outdoor temperatures have climbed past 100 degrees, and calls for air conditioning repair have climbed past 200. The number of calls has crews working overtime, and customers in a waiting line. Triple-digit temperatures combined with only half of her A.C. units working has led to 80-degree temperatures inside … Continue reading »

Keeping Kids Cool in the Heat

EUGENE, Ore. — The heat is on around Lane County. And while it can mean fun in the sun, warnings are going out to keep kids safe. Doctors want parents to know about the dangers. Coaches, Scout leaders, and parents we talked to say they are taking extra steps and planning ahead to keep kids … Continue reading »

Hot Weather Affects Solar Panels

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Tuesday’s above average temperatures meant below average production for one industry. Tom McDowell with Rogue Solar in Medford said one of the largest misconceptions about solar energy is that on hot days, panels will produce more energy. In reality, high temperatures actually produce significantly less energy than they would on an average day. … Continue reading »

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