News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Sun, 24 May 2015 22:27:41 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Thousands line downtown Grants Pass for 56th Boatnik Parade http://kobi5.com/news/item/thousands-line-downtown-grants-pass-for-56th-boatnik-parade.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/thousands-line-downtown-grants-pass-for-56th-boatnik-parade.html Thousands line downtown Grants Pass for 56th Boatnik Parade

Boatnik brings dozens of boats to the Rogue River this weekend but this morning people gathered to see the floats on land.

Thousands lined the streets of downtown Grants Pass for the 56th Annual Boatnik Parade.

More than 100 floats participated in the parade. This years theme, "Going Rogue on the Wild and Scenic."

Parade goers say it's one of their favorite parts of the Boatnik weekend.

"Just the idea of the community spirit everyone is friendly here to have a good time and I thoroughly enjoy that," said parade-watcher Linda Anderson.

"It's not just about family and friends and hanging out but its about people who gave up their rights and freedoms to go fight for us so we can be free," said spectator Kathrine Corey.

Of course there were a lot of patriotic themed floats.

Boat races also began this afternoon and will continue through the weekend.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 17:22:29 -0700
Dozens turn out to downtown Ashland to rally against GMOs http://kobi5.com/news/item/dozens-turn-out-to-downtown-ashland-to-rally-against-gmos.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/dozens-turn-out-to-downtown-ashland-to-rally-against-gmos.html Dozens turn out to downtown Ashland to rally against GMOs

Ashland, Ore. -- Dozens of people gathered in downtown Ashland rallying against genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The rally comes the same day as the worldwide event "March Against Monsanto." Monsanto is a leading company when it comes to genetically modified crops.

Local and national organizations handed out books and spoke about the need to boycott and label GMOs in the Ashland Plaza.

They say instead of marching they wanted to raise awareness and bring facts to residents.

"Each trying to share with the public a different aspect of corporate overreach," said Catie Faryl of the Chamber of Commons

Rogue valley residents were set to march in Medford today as well.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 17:35:50 -0700
Harry and David Country Village hosts hundreds for a "Taste of Harry and David" http://kobi5.com/news/item/harry-and-david-country-village-hosts-hundreds.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/harry-and-david-country-village-hosts-hundreds.html Harry and David Country Village hosts hundreds for a

Hundreds of people kicked off Memorial Day weekend by getting a taste of Harry and David. 

This is the second annual event at Harry and David Country Village in Medford.

This year people people had the chance to enjoy food and drinks from nearly 60 local vendors.

Organizers say so far they've seen 30 percent more people come through the tent than last year.

"We're already seeing within the first few hours a great increase on attendance. I'm sure the weather's helping and travelers in for the soccer tournament, so it's been wonderful," said Country Village General Manager Lory-Strahl.

The event will continue tomorrow from noon to six. It's 10 dollars for drinks and food, you can choose between wine or beer, five dollars for food only.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 17:48:26 -0700
North Medford students host lazer tag night for teacher battling cancer http://kobi5.com/news/item/north-medford-students-host-lazer-tag-night-for-teacher-battling-cancer.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/north-medford-students-host-lazer-tag-night-for-teacher-battling-cancer.html North Medford students host lazer tag night for teacher battling cancer

Medford, Ore.-- Jessica Cook was in her second year teaching at North Medford High school and in her last month of pregnancy, when she got devastating news. A breast cancer diagnosis in the beginning of April.

"I go into chemo with a smile on my face."

But it's her contagious bright attitude that perhaps caught the attention of her students. A group of them hosted a lazer tag night. For ten dollars at the door, they were raising money for Mrs. Cook on Friday night.

"It's just a good opportunity for us to rally up and do what we can for her," said student Cory Reece.

And Cook said she is so thankful for everyone's help. Especially since her bhusband has Thyroid cancer last year. He is okay now and Cook will hopefully be okay too. Chemo therapy ends in July and then she has a surgery scheduled in August.

But Cook is just happy her newborn Aria is healthy and the rest of her three children are too.

Now she looks forward to defeating cancer with a smile on her face.

This was the third fundraiser the students hosted for Cook. They has raised a couple of thousand dollars so far.

You can click the link below if you'd like to help out.

 

 

 

 

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Fri, 22 May 2015 22:32:55 -0700
Boatnik 2015 kicks off http://kobi5.com/news/item/boatnik-2015-kicks-off.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/boatnik-2015-kicks-off.html Boatnik 2015 kicks off

Grants Pass, Ore. -- Year after year the Boatnik Festival kicks off the unofficial start to summer in Grants Pass and Josephine County and with the beautiful weather, the crowds showed up in force to celebrate.

"Everybody's coming out. Weather stays nice it's gonna be crowded in no time" said Glen Hantula a Boatnik vendor.

56 years the Boatnik Festival in Grants Pass has been welcoming summer to Josephine County.

"It was really fun especially when you're all the way at the top" said one youngster.

And there's a lot more than just the traditional fair rides but the Boatnik Festival is more than just family fun.

"My mom and my dad were in the military so it was a big celebration, my thank you to them" said Airman First Class Dillon Smith who is at the festival with the Air National Guard this Memorial Day weekend. He's here to honor those who serve like him him, and his parents before him.

"This is my first Memorial Day in the service so it's nice having people thank me, I haven't really done much yet but I plan to" said smith.

A weekend to honor and remember as well as have a little fun.

The Boatnik Festival goes all weekend and into the Memorial Day holiday, So you have plenty of time to catch the festivities.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:23:43 -0700
Local rafting companies prepare for holiday weekend http://kobi5.com/news/item/local-rafting-companies-prepare-for-holiday-weekend.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/local-rafting-companies-prepare-for-holiday-weekend.html

Shady Cove, Ore. -- With sun in the forecast and the Summer months inching closer, local rafting companies are getting ready to take adventurers on the Rogue River. The owners of "Raft the Rogue" in Shady Cove say since opening they've already had tourists from as far away as Hawaii take rides down the Rogue River. And with the Memorial Day holiday they expect business to pick up quite a bit in the next few weeks.

 "Everyone that comes is in a good mood because they're out to have a good time so we like to make sure that happens, " said David Bowman.

As always expert rafters say the most important piece of equipment to have when you hit the water is a life jacket.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 18:44:28 -0700
Jasper's Cafe pitches in to help family of Jessica Thompson http://kobi5.com/news/item/jasper-s-cafe-pitches-in-to-help-family-of-jessica-thompson.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/jasper-s-cafe-pitches-in-to-help-family-of-jessica-thompson.html

Medford, Ore. -- A local burger joint is pitching in to help a family devastated by a tragic shooting earlier this week.  Jasper's Cafe in Medford is donating every tip earned this Sunday to the family of Grants Pass woman Jessica Thompson. Thompson was shot and killed by her husband Charles Peroski Thursday before Peroski then turned the gun on himself. Thompson's friend says she's overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

"It blows my mind and I like to think that she would have done the same for any of her friends or family," said Kasondra Orcutt.

The money will go to Thompson two children and their grandfather as they work to return to a normal life. 

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Sun, 24 May 2015 18:39:34 -0700
Old guard posts Arlington flags http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/old-guard-posts-arlington-flags.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/old-guard-posts-arlington-flags.html Old guard posts Arlington flags

(NBC News)  A solemn annual ceremony marks the observance of Memorial Day weekend at Arlington National Cemetery. 

For the 60th year, soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the "Old Guard", have placed American flags at the 228,000 gravesites for service members buried at Arlington.

"Everytime you read a tombstone you think of a family that doesn't have a dad now, or a sister that doesn't have a brother now, or you think of the wife that's a widow now," said one soldier as he placed flags. 

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Sat, 23 May 2015 15:30:48 -0700
Surprise tenant shocks homeowner http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/surprise-tenant-shocks-homeowner.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/surprise-tenant-shocks-homeowner.html Surprise tenant shocks homeowner

(WJAC)  An elderly Bedford, Pennsylvania woman living on the lower floor of her two-story house was surprised to discover a stranger living on her second floor.

"They heard a noise upstairs and they found this man hiding in a closet," said Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins.  "He had been living there for several weeks."

The man was Mark Potts, the boyfriend of the homeowner's caretaker.

"When police searched the upstairs room, they found several suitcases, a duffle bag and other personal items belonging to Potts. He was taking up residence there. He didn't bring in new furniture but he was living there," Higgins explained.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 15:17:55 -0700
School slap session outrages parents http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/school-slap-session-outrages-parents.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/school-slap-session-outrages-parents.html School slap session outrages parents

(KPRC)  Parents of a child at Houston, Texas' Frank Black Middle School are outraged after they say their son was slapped by several students and that their son's teacher gave the order.

Skyler Norman said she was beside herself after her son, 14-year-old Gavin Norman, told her that he was assaulted at school.

"I was pretty upset. I was trying not to explode," said Skyler Norman. "That kind of rage, I don't know how to handle that. I want to cry, I want to scream, I don't know what to do."

"They were hitting me so hard that my glasses broke," said Gavin. "I had a knot on my head."

Gavin said it started when he was joking back and forth with his teacher. He said the teacher instructed the students in the classroom to get up and slap him.

"I was crying when they got done hitting me and teacher didn't do anything," said Gavin.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 15:10:16 -0700