News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:25:05 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Klamath National Forest to discuss recovery efforts from wildfires http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/klamath-national-forest-to-discuss-recovery-efforts-from-wildfires.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/klamath-national-forest-to-discuss-recovery-efforts-from-wildfires.html

YREKA, CAL. --  The Klamath National Forest announced Saturday that they will host several community forums about the restoration process of burned areas in wildfires.

Officials will begin to hold a series of community open houses on Friday to talk about the Westside Fire Recovery Project.

The project focuses are areas burned last year including the Beaver Fire and Happy Camp Complex Fire.

The main objectives are to reduce safety hazards, getting the maximum economic value from burned trees, and increasing restorations efforts.

Below is a list of all the open house meetings:

Yreka– Friday, January 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Klamath National Forest Headquarters Office.

Scott Valley- Saturday, January 31 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Fort Jones Community Hall.

Klamath River- Tuesday, February 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Happy Camp- Wednesday, February 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Karuk Senior Nutrition Center.

Scott Bar- Thursday, February 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Hall.

Sawyers Bar- Friday, February 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Salmon River Restoration Council.

Seiad– Friday, February 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Seiad Fire Hall.

 

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:35:04 -0800
Oregon unemployment rate lowest then it has been in 8 years http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/oregon-unemployment-rate-lower-than-it-has-been-in-six-years.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/oregon-unemployment-rate-lower-than-it-has-been-in-six-years.html Oregon unemployment rate lowest then it has been in 8 years

Ore. --- After the largest three month gain in more than two decades, Oregon’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in six years.

According to the State Unemployment Department, the rate for December was 6.7%; strong job gains and a slowdown in the rush to get back in the work force helped push the number down from 7%.

The unemployment rate hasn't been this low since August of 2008; job gains were strong in government, health care and retail.

However new home construction, outside of Portland, has been lackluster.

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:58:24 -0800
Gas for under $2 a gallon http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/gas-for-under-2-a-gallon.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/gas-for-under-2-a-gallon.html Gas for under $2 a gallon

ASHLAND, ORE. -- Good news for local drivers. At some gas stations in the Rogue Valley you can now fill up for less than $2 a gallon.

Cars lined up outside the ARCO Station in Ashland Saturday afternoon waiting for a fill for just $1.99 a gallon.

One driver was filling up on his way out of town to Seattle, a road trip he and his wife planned after seeing the low prices.

The average price for gas across the state of Oregon is $2.25

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:21:34 -0800
Salvation Army in need of Christmas donations http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/salvation-army-in-need-of-christmas-donations.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/salvation-army-in-need-of-christmas-donations.html

MEDFORD, ORE. -- The Salvation Army is gearing up for it's annual toy distribution but they say that they're running out of gifts for children in need.      

Volunteers bagged toys for 1,100 kids, but there's still 860 more children to go and their supply is sparse. 

They especially need items for children between 6 and 12 years old. 

They also need more people to volunteer for the distribution next Friday. 

"It takes a village to raise a child and it takes awhole community to help a few people in the community. Just one and two people can't do it," said Cpt. Martin Cook, of the Salvation Army.

You can make a donation at the Salvation Army thrift store in Medford, or at all local Bi-Mart and Fred Meyer stores.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:50:55 -0800
Local Jeep club to give away free Christmas Trees http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/free-christmas-tree-giveaway.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/free-christmas-tree-giveaway.html Local Jeep club to give away free Christmas Trees

MEDFORD, ORE --  A local auto club is getting into the holiday spirit by giving out free Christmas trees.

Members of the 'Southern Oregon Jeep Klub went to Butte Falls, Saturday, and picked up nearly 60 trees.

They want to give those trees to those who can't afford them for the holidays.

The club will be giving them away Sunday from 4-6 pm at the North Nedford Walmart on Crater Lake Highway.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:01:19 -0800
Immigrants say Obama's executive order is a step in the right direction http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/immigrants-say-obama-s-executive-order-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/immigrants-say-obama-s-executive-order-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction.html Immigrants say Obama's executive order is a step in the right direction

Medford, Ore. -- President Obama announced sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system Thursday, allowing millions of people in America without proper documents to stay.

20 year old Ricardo Lujan of Medford came to the United States with his family from Mexico when he was just eight years old.

"It still haunts me to this day. I was separated from my family, I was with strangers," Lujan said.

He says his parents didn't want him and his sister to be exposed to the drugs and poverty they experienced in Guanajuato, Mexico

"No one really wishes to go this route, but certain circumstances push individuals to make drastic measures."

Lujan is protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, which essentially buys time from deportation for young undocumented immigrants, many of whom were brought to the USs as children and have essentially grown up in this country.

But Lujan says those rights should extend to parents as well.

"Immigration law is highly complex. And frankly, there's a needs for it to be revised to reflect today's realities," said Yaschar Sarparast, an immigration attorney in Medford.

He says the processes of becoming a legal citizen often contradict each other.

"It's not a straight forward system, so it can be overwhelming for the average person and there is not a direct path for everybody," said Sarparast

As for Lujan, he says he is pleased the President is bypassing Congress to help advance immigration reform, even though it may not be permanent.

 

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:09:17 -0800
Larson's closes up shop this weekend http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/larson-s-closes-up-shop-this-weekend.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/larson-s-closes-up-shop-this-weekend.html Larson's closes up shop this weekend

Medford, Ore. -- After 69 years, Larson's Home Furnishings, a family run business through three generations, will close it's doors on Sunday.

Al and Scottie Larson first opened up the store as an appliance repair shop in 1945 along Main street.

It has since grown to two buildings connected by a sky bridge, at the corner of Tenth and Fir.

 Troy Larson, son of current owner Bruce Larson, says his dad is ready to retire.

"We loved retail. My dad loves the valley. In general, the people here. So, in that regard it's sad, but it's good to see him retire. He's been working 7 days a week, his entire career," Larson said.

The store will be open from 9-6 on Sunday.

They do have a close out sale with items at or below market value.

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Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:41:36 -0700
Jacksonville FD receives high rating for service to community http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/jacksonville-fd-receives-high-rating-for-service-to-community.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/jacksonville-fd-receives-high-rating-for-service-to-community.html

Jacksonville, Ore. -- Homeowners in Jacksonville could be paying a little less for their homeowners insurance thanks to the work of their fire department.

Tuesday the Jacksonville Fire Department announced they received a rating of a two from the Insurance Service Office.

The ratings range from one, being the best, to ten , being the worst.

According to Jacksonville Fire Chief Devin Hull the ratings help define how well a department can serve it's community, but can also provide cost savings to homeowners "With the new class 2 rating there's about a 5 to 6 percent savings that'll be directly passed on to those folks through their [homeowners] insurance premiums."

Jacksonville is the first city south of Portland to accomplish a class two rating.

There are only 22 cities in Oregon with a class two rating, none with a class one.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:32:21 -0700
Napa's winery woes http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/napa-s-winery-woes.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/napa-s-winery-woes.html Napa's winery woes

Napa, Cali. -- (NBC News) While dozens of wineries in Napa, California's famed wine region are still cleaning up and tallying damage after last weekend's earthquake, their focus is changing.

Winemakers across the state are picking and crushing grapes ahead of usual harvest time because the drought has ripened crops early, one symptom of the lack of water.

"Although we are set up with drip irrigation and we can water, the vines don't need a lot of water," says Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery.

Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards says stress, within limits, is good for grapes, but with all things in wine making, requires careful attention.

"If the drought is too heavy and the vine has to struggle to a degree where it's own life is threatened, the drought has gone too far," he explains.

So far that hasn't happened in much of the Napa region, despite the unprecedented drought throughout the state, but in more arid regions, like the Central Valley, a lack of water has been catastrophic, leaving grapes dying on the vine.

The amount of water in any given year not only impacts grapes on the vine, but the number of new vines that can be planted. New plants that determine future crops, need more water than established vines.

Throughout California, vintners say another year of drought could put them over the edge.

Still, despite the drought winemakers say overall they expect to toast high yields and good quality.

At the same time, they're learning to live with less water through resource management and new technologies, including the development of more drought resistant grapes.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:54:21 -0700
Free school supplies for low-income families http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/free-school-supplies-for-low-income-families.html http://kobi5.com/news/economy/item/free-school-supplies-for-low-income-families.html Free school supplies for low-income families

Medford, Ore. -- With the school year just around the corner, now is the time families are beginning to stock up on school supplies.

But for low income or needy families, those school supplies can be a fortune.

"I have twin third graders, and one going into kindergarten. It's pretty hard this time of year, with school clothes, and supplies, and lists, and registration they charged for this year too," said mother Leah Morse. 

Hoping to help ease the pain, Saint Vincent De Paul is hosting their 15th annual back to school program in Medford this week, giving away free school supplies to nearly 3,000 Jackson County students.

Volunteers say students receive differnt items depending on their grade level.

"High schoolers get the binders, the paper, notebook, pens, pencils. And the lower grades will get markers and crayons, glue sticks, and scissors, those types of things," said volunteer Debra Christian. 

It's when all those items are added together that make a big difference for families with limited income.

"Backpacks are $20 to $40 a piece and everything else. It's like 50 dollars a kid for all the miscellaneous things, and it really helps out a lot," Morse said.

The National Retail Federation forecasts the average family with children enrolled in grades K through 12 will spend $669, up 5% from 2013.

With volunteers helping pass out free school supplies, families are able to keep a little extra cash in their wallets.

Families can pick up school supplies through Friday between 10 am and 2 pm.  And also Tuesday and Thursday night between 5 and 7 pm.

 

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