News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:31:12 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Truck crashes into propane tank; prompts nearby evacuations http://kobi5.com/news/item/truck-crashes-into-propane-tank-prompts-nearby-evacuations.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/truck-crashes-into-propane-tank-prompts-nearby-evacuations.html Truck crashes into propane tank; prompts nearby evacuations

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White City, Ore. -- A scary situation this morning after a propane leak in White City evacuated nearby businesses and homes.

It happened this morning when this truck rolled into a propane tank in front of Rainey's Market on highway 234.

It took about an hour and a half to get the propane shut off.

Rick Kirkman, the owner of the truck, says his brake were on when he went inside the market, "It rolled from that yellow line. I guess the brake let go and, I don't know, no one can figure out why the brake started rolling."

Highway 234 and surrounding streets were closed off a half mile in each direction until they could shut the propane off. No one was injured. 

 


WHITE CITY, ORE. -- Local emergency crews have responded to Rainey's Corner Market at 4865 Sams Valley Highway in White City after a truck crashed into a propane tank station.

The store and surrounding areas were evacuated as a precaution.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reopened area around noon and the propane was shut off.

According to officials, the car rolled into the tank.

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC5 News for updates.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:56:00 -0700
Thousands attend first ever hemp and cannabis fair http://kobi5.com/news/item/thousands-attend-first-ever-hemp-and-cannabis-fair.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/thousands-attend-first-ever-hemp-and-cannabis-fair.html Thousands attend first ever hemp and cannabis fair

Central Point, Ore. -- Thousands of people attended the first ever hemp and cannabis fair today in Central Point.

The line was out the door at the Olsrud arena in the Jackson County Expo was at capacity just a couple hours after opening their doors. 

Naomi Forkash, Director of the Hemp and Cannabis Fair says it's about celebrating and learning about hemp and cannabis, "We wanted to create a place where we could invite our neighbors, friends, PTA members to come check us out and see 'what does this legal marijuana thing mean to me?'"

Forty-eight vendors packed the arena, some handing out edibles, oils and educational materials. 

There was no smoking allowed at the fair and everyone had to be 21 or older. 

The fair runs again tomorrow from 11-6 and is 15 dollars.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:45:15 -0700
Forest Service firefighter dies in northern California http://kobi5.com/news/item/forest-service-firefighter-dies-in.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/forest-service-firefighter-dies-in.html Forest Service firefighter dies in northern California

Adin, Calif. -- Fire officials have confirmed that David Ruhl from South Dakota died Thursday while responding to the Frog Fire located northwest of Adin, California.

Officials say search and rescue was conducted until the firefighter was found Friday morning. The Forest Service is investigating the line-of-duty death.

Fire officials say Ruhl was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14th. Ruhl's permanent position is Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.

"This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking," said Forest Supervisor, Amanda McAdams. "Please keep the family and all of our Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Fire officials say the Frog Fire started Thursday afternoon and had grown 800 acres by Friday evening.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 10:04:04 -0700
Local fires causing unhealthy air quality http://kobi5.com/news/item/local-fires-causing-unhealthy-air-quality.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/local-fires-causing-unhealthy-air-quality.html Local fires causing unhealthy air quality

If you've been outside you know those fires are blanketing the valley with smoke.

The air quality in some areas was at unhealthy today. 

NBC5 medical specialist Dr. Robin Miller says people with respiratory, heart, or any chronic diseases as well as children and elderly people should stay inside in the air conditioning. 

Even if you're healthy she doesn't recommend exercising outdoors. 

"If you go out and exercise in this kind of air quality and heat you will probably experience nausea, headache, fatigue it's just not going to feel good so use common sense and don't do it"

Dr. Miller says those dust masks that people wear really don't do much. You need to get a respiratory mask that is tight around your face.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:52:20 -0700
Cellular Connection gives away hundreds of free backpacks to children http://kobi5.com/news/item/cellular-connection-gives-away-hundreds-of-free-backpacks-to-children.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/cellular-connection-gives-away-hundreds-of-free-backpacks-to-children.html Cellular Connection gives away hundreds of free backpacks to children

Medford, Ore. -- School is just around the corner and today hundreds of local kids got to pick out a backpack for free!

It was part of the annual backpack giveaway put on by the Cellular Connection in Medford.

They had 400 backpacks on hand stuffed with basic school supplies for kids to come take. 

They also gave away tickets to this week's Rogues game. 

"We just want to help out and make sure that no kid goes to school feeling left out every kid that has a need we're going to try and fill it for them," said Sales Associate Nick Bailado  

There's about 20 backpacks left over. If you need one for your child you can stop in the Cellular Connection on Center drive or call 541-772-3890.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:40:17 -0700
Sentry Eagle open house http://kobi5.com/news/item/sentry-eagle-open-house.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/sentry-eagle-open-house.html Sentry Eagle open house

Klamath Falls, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing threw open the gates of Kingsley Field for an open house today.

The 15th 'Sentry Eagle' open house attracted a big crowd...there was already a long line before the gates opened at nine.

Crowds got a close look at 8 different units from across the U.S. involved in the biggest air-to-air training exercise of its kind.

"It's a unique training opportunity for us."  Says Lieutenant Colonel Shaun Bowes of the South Carolina Air National Guard.  "And it's just great to interact with all of the other airplanes from the Air Force, and the National Guard."

The training improves communication and sharpens skills.

"Brief, Debrief."  Adds 173rd Fighter Wing Commander, Colonel Kirk Pierce.  "And then getting everybody together at the end of the day and going over what are the key factors on how do we make it better."

But families were the focus today.

And armed with earplugs, kids got a first hand look at some of the fastest machines on the planet...setting the stage for the next generation of fighter pilots.

It's estimated that this year's Sentry Eagle open house attracted over 10,000 visitors to Kingsley Field.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:03:55 -0700
Ben Bryan - Suicide Prevention Coordinator., SORCC http://kobi5.com/news/item/ben-bryan-suicide-prevention-coordinator-sorcc.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/ben-bryan-suicide-prevention-coordinator-sorcc.html Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:11:56 -0700 Smoke From Fires Settles into the Rogue Valley http://kobi5.com/news/item/smoke-from-fires-settles-into-the-rogue-valley.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/smoke-from-fires-settles-into-the-rogue-valley.html Smoke From Fires Settles into the Rogue Valley

Smoke from regional fires in Oregon and Northern California is affecting air quality for the Rogue Valley. The haze was slightly visible Friday morning, and became more thick as the day wore on.
"It's gotten worse then it was when I first started out a couple hours ago," Charlsa Yates said, a Medford resident.


With the smoke in the valley, health experts are urging people to check air quality conditions and stay inside when possible.

"If you're feeling short of breath, if you're starting to cough, that's an indication that it's time to stop what you're doing an go into an air conditioned room," Dr. Jim Shames said.
    
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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:45:08 -0700
Community and firefighters concerned but hopeful about Stouts Fire http://kobi5.com/news/item/community-and-firefighters-concerned-but-hopeful-about-stouts-fire.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/community-and-firefighters-concerned-but-hopeful-about-stouts-fire.html Community and firefighters concerned but hopeful about Stouts Fire

MILO, ORE. -- The Stouts Creek Fire in Douglas County has burned at least 6,000 acres about 11 miles east of Canyonville.

Smoke from the fire covered much of the surrounding area on Friday, something Arron Bennett is used to.

"I used to fight wildfires quite a few years back , but never lived in an area where it was right there at our back door," Bennett explained.

Just miles from his home, the Stouts Creek Fire grew 6,000 acres Thursday in just a matter of hours. Nearby residents are worried it could grow even more as the weekend approaches and more scorching temperatures are expected.

"Probably the worst I've ever seen  this quick. This is getting serious to the point where  catastrophe is just about upon us," said nearby resident Rick Brown.

While you can't see much on the ground other than smoke, the view from the air shows the fire is still raging.

"Right now we have a lot of uncontrolled lines out there," said Paul Ries, a public information officer with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

500 firefighters from across the state have set up camp at Days Creek school.

"We're in the process of getting the apparatus together that going to help us contain this fire," said Ries.

While there are no signs of the fire slowing down anytime soon, local residents tell me they have faith in the firefighters.

Meanwhile, they have set up information booths along Tiller Highway. 

The fire is currently 0% contained.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:11:08 -0700
ODF crews ready for aggressive start to wildfire season http://kobi5.com/news/item/odf-crews-ready-for-aggressive-start-to-wildfire-season.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/odf-crews-ready-for-aggressive-start-to-wildfire-season.html ODF crews ready for aggressive start to wildfire season

Medford, Ore.-- All hands are on deck for the Oregon Department of Forestry as they prepare for what will likely be a busy weekend ahead.  As fire season finally picks up.

ODF said they're fully staffed with crews in the air and on land.

"Hoping to have a good summer, hoping nothing blows up too big and no one gets hurt."

Oregon Department of Forestry Firefighter, Brent Chapman is packing up to prepare for his seventh fire season.

"This is what we use on initial attack on a fire we hook it straight up to a truck and then you can run this hose out like a back pack and then it leafes out behind you."

Chapman is one of dozens of ODF firefighters. Ready to hit steep terrain amid 100 degree temperatures.

He's loading up hose packs as ODF readies engines, extra dozers, everything in their firefighting arsenal.

"Just to be prepared we saw it and wanted to fill it on our truck before someone else takes it," said Chapman.

Over at the Medford Air Tanker Base, five retardant aircrafts are fueling up to help fight the Stouts and Cable Crossing fires in Douglas County.

"They don't put a fire out they help stop the spread of a fire so we can get some folks on the ground and get that line dug and suppress the fire," said Paul Galloway, spokesman for ODF.

He said that while the retardant helps, the combination of weather and smoke is slowing them down.

"Visibility was very poor this morning so those aircraft were here on the ground in Medford unable to support those firefighters until we had better visability."

But when visibility improves, the tankers go back up and the fight continues.

"We're in a pretty critical spot."

Critical preparation work just getting started as the 2015 wildfire season hits high gear in Southern Oregon.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:04:44 -0700