News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:08:03 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Neighbors infuriated after vehicle vandalism http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/neighbors-infuriated-after-vehicle-vandalism.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/neighbors-infuriated-after-vehicle-vandalism.html Neighbors infuriated after vehicle vandalism

Medford, Ore. -- Neighbors in West Medford are infuriated after waking up to find racist and hateful messages spray painted on their vehicles. 

Derek Norpchen lives on 11th and Union Street. He said last night his neighbor knocked on his door around midnight to tell him someone had spray painted an offensive word in big letters on the side of his truck. 

"It' just totally random and totally malicious and kind of ruined my day," Norpchen said. 

He wasn't the only one. Others on his block woke up to the same thing. 

"We were getting ready to go to church to go to mass and we come out here and my daughter was the first one to saw it," Juan Martinez said. "She said 'oh they tagged our car' and then my wife came out and she got all depressed and she didn't even go to communion she was so upset." 

Some of the words and symbols tagged on the cars were racist and offensive. Neighbors said at least five vehicles were hit before a man on the block caught a teenage girl in the act and tried to chase her down. 

"Late last night I was sitting here watching TV and I happen to hear a girl shaking a spray paint can," neighbor Ken Steck said. "I noticed across the street that my neighbor's truck was tagged with an inappropriate name and I thought no I can't let this go."

The girl got away. Medford Police said they searched the area last night, but were not able to find the suspect. She's described as a slender teenager about 5 feet tall with blonde hair. They said she was with another girl who was on a skateboard. Now, Norpchen and others are left with a mess and a big bill. 

"I have to actually go to an auto body specialist and insurance will cover it, but after $500. That's what I have to pay first," Norpchen said. 

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:53:33 -0700
RC aircraft soar to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/rc-aircraft-soar-to-raise-money-for-cma.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/rc-aircraft-soar-to-raise-money-for-cma.html RC aircraft soar to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network

Eagle Point, Ore. -- People packed Agate Skyways today to see remote control airplanes take flight.

It was the 37th year for the Rogue Eagles RC charity air show.

Around 1,000 people watched as more than 70 planes soared overhead. Some of those planes are even hand built -- one of them taking five years to make.

Organizers say so far, It's the biggest show yet.

"It's fun it's exciting and you get to watch things you've never seen before," said PR Officer for the Rogue Eagles Larry Cogdell.

One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the Children's Miracle Network.

Last year the event raised $2,500 and organizers are hoping to double that number this year.

If you missed out today there is also a show tomorrow at Agate Skyways. Gates open at 11:00.

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:56:17 -0700
Service held for former Commissioner Richard "Ric" Holt http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/service-held-for-former-commissioner.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/service-held-for-former-commissioner.html Service held for former Commissioner Richard

Ashland, Ore. -- A celebration of the life of a former Jackson County Commissioner was held today.

Richard "Ric" Arlen Holt died earlier this month after a long battle with diabetes. He was 77.

His funeral was held in Ashland this morning.

Holt was commissioner for 12 years before leaving office in 2002.

Holt was also known for his career as a child actor, with his most famous role as baby "Beau" in the 1939 blockbuster "Gone With the Wind."

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:07:11 -0700
Parents and students hit the stores for back to school shopping http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/parents-and-students-hit-the-stores-for-back-to-school-shopping.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/parents-and-students-hit-the-stores-for-back-to-school-shopping.html Parents and students hit the stores for back to school shopping

Medford, Ore. -- Just a little more than a week away from school means parents and students are hitting the stores for some back to school shopping.

The National Retail Federation's Back-to-School Spending Survey shows families will save nearly $39 while shopping for school supplies this year compared to last.

According to the survey 30 percent of shoppers will wait until one or two weeks before school to begin shopping and more than 60 percent of them will go to discount stores.

"We'll probably get some at the Dollar Store because it's cheap," said parent Ren Kolar, "then head back to Staples for the rest."

"When we were at Walmart, I was surprised. It was really not busy in there for a Saturday right before school was starting, so it made me wonder where everyone was at," parent Brenda Atchley commented.

Total spending is expected to reach $24.9 billion.

Despite the decrease in sales this year, families have on average spent 42 percent more on school items over the last decade.

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:59:49 -0700
Cave Junction fire threatens homes http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/cave-junction-fire-threatens-homes.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/cave-junction-fire-threatens-homes.html Cave Junction fire threatens homes

Cave Junction, Ore.-- The Oregon Department of Forestry is investigating the cause of a blaze that threatened close to 10 homes Friday evening.

The fire that started on a grass field on West Side Road jumped the street and burned nearby neighbor Dave Lewis' property. Illinois Valley Fire District, ODF, Rural Metro, Grants Pass Fire, and The U.S. Forest Service helped out in mopping up the blaze that was fueled by wind.

Fire crews were protecting all the homes threatened and nobody was hurt.

IVFD said the fire burned five acres.

 

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:21:42 -0700
Weekend weather may help local wildfires http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/weekend-weather-may-help-local-wildfires.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/weekend-weather-may-help-local-wildfires.html Weekend weather may help local wildfires

NEAR CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, ORE. -- The north entrance of Crater Lake National Park is back open after nearly 2 weeks of being closed as firefighters conducted burnout operations on the National Creek Complex Fire.

Since the fire broke out on August 1, crews have been working extensively to contain the blaze that's grown to more than 13,000 acres.

But steep terrain and hot dry weather has made containment difficult.

Jeff Colton with the National Weather Service is the sole incident meteorologist for the National Creek Fire. He says while firefighters have made good headway with the weather conditions given, they will see some minor relief this weekend.

"We're expecting about a quarter to half an inch on this fire tonight and tomorrow morning. It'll bring up humidity and help the  firefighters hopefully get some control of the edges of this fire," Colton said.

While the rain will help, Colton says it may still be months before the fire is completely out, saying snow maybe the best weapon.

"Even though it's going to rain, it's not going to stop the fire season, this is like a season slowing event, not a season ending event," said Colton.

That's a statement echoed by Chris Meggs with the US Forest Service.

He and his colleagues will spend the next several days reminding everyone, that just because weather conditions may improve and progress is being made, doesn't mean the fire danger level will go down.

"Firefighting is a dangerous business... just please be careful," Meggs said.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:23:16 -0700
Rain helps ease fire restrictions in Southern Oregon http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/rain-helps-ease-fire-restrictions-in-southern-oregon.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/rain-helps-ease-fire-restrictions-in-southern-oregon.html Rain helps ease fire restrictions in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, ORE. -- The little bit of rain we saw overnight is helping ease fire restrictions.

While the fire danger level remains at "extreme", the Oregon Department of Forestry is alowing the use of power equipment.

The public may now use power-driven equipment, such as chain saws and brush cutters, in the cool morning hours until 10:00 a.m., at which time power-driven machinery must be shut down. Equipment use may resume after 8:00 p.m.

This regulation change also applies to other power-driven, spark-emitting equipment, such as wood splitters and generators. In all cases, a fire extinguisher or water supply must be available at the work site, and a fire watch of at least one hour must take place after equipment is shut down.

The cutting, welding or grinding of metal must also shut down between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and may only take place in an area cleared of vegetation and other flammable material. A water source must be at the job site and a one-hour fire watch must be conducted after shut down.

In Douglas County, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has dropped the fire danger from “extreme” to “high”. 

"Effective immediately, all land protected by DFPA will reduce to Industrial Fire Precaution Level Three (IFPL III).

 The Public Use Restrictions for the general public remains in effect, but the following changes have been made: Open fires, including campfires, warming fires, cooking fires, and charcoal fires are allowed in DFPA approved campgrounds.  

Open fires remain prohibited outside of designated campgrounds.The mowing of dry grass with power driven machinery is allowed before 10:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m."

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:04:40 -0700
Medford public safety projects over budget http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/medford-public-safety-projects-over-budget.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/medford-public-safety-projects-over-budget.html Medford public safety projects over budget

Medford, Ore -- The Medford City Council gets unwelcome news. Their public safety projects, including the new police station, are millions of dollars over budget. 

The city says, just because they're over budget doesn't mean they're out of options.

"Hoping for the best and expecting the worst, it didn't shock me," said Medford City Council Vice President Chris Corcoran. 

Corcoran says he wasn't surprised the city is over budget on current projects.

"There's more demand than there is supply," said Corcoran. 

Current city projects are coming in between five and six million dollars over budget. Specifically the new police station and proposed fire stations and the reason may be that business in the private sector is too good. 

“The sub contractors, their employees are busy, the subcontractors are thriving, but when you get to a public project like this, because of the timing that's involved, now it's going to hit the city's pocket," said Corcoran. 

Demand for specialized work is driving prices higher. Corcoran says the city has a plan, and always did, even if they'll have to adjust in their next budget cycle.

 "There is long term light at the end of the tunnel, it's just a short term crunch," said Corcoran. 

Corcoran emphasizes, in no way will the extra costs be the responsibility of tax payers.

"We're going to complete these project, we will find the money within the city coffers," said Corcoran.  

Corcoran says even with the project shortfalls everything remains on track and they expect the new police headquarters to be done sometime next summer.

 

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:11:58 -0700
Tickets available for Jim Belushi Holly Theatre benefit concert http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/tickets-available-for-jim-belushi-holly-theatre-benefit-concert.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/tickets-available-for-jim-belushi-holly-theatre-benefit-concert.html Tickets available for Jim Belushi Holly Theatre benefit concert

Medford, Ore. -- Tickets are still available for Jim Belushi's Holly Theatre benefit concert Saturday night.

It's all part of an effort to help the holly raise money to restore the interior. 

The performer and Hollywood star will perform with his blues band, The Sacred Hearts, at Eden Vale Winery.

You can still get tickets for that concert through the cascade theatre box office.  

Call 530-243-8877.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:04:44 -0700
Adorable photo of baby in Raider's helmet http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/adorable-photo-of-baby-in-raider-s-helmet.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/adorable-photo-of-baby-in-raider-s-helmet.html Adorable photo of baby in Raider's helmet

This is Ken and Haley Fozz-Nott's Fasnacht's baby boy Kolton. 

Ken is the Southern Oregon University football team's co-offensive coordinator. 

The Raiders take the field to defend their NAIA national title on September 5th at Carroll College in Montana.

Their first home game will be on September 12th.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:46:33 -0700