Rogue Valley News, Tuesday, Jan. 7 – Red Cross In Need of Type O Blood Donations and Platelets

A car crashing into a Pacific Power pole on Monday afternoon in Central Point knocked out the power to more than 1500 customers in the area on Table Rock Road.

Pacific Power crews have been working restoring the power and should have all power back up and online today.

On Sunday evening, Jackson Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a serious traffic collision at Bigham Brown Road and Alta Vista Dr. in Eagle Point.

One vehicle was found to be a recently stolen vehicle out of Medford PD. The vehicle was reported traveling at extremely high speeds and driving recklessly prior to the collision. When the suspect vehicle ran through the stop sign at the intersection it collided with a second vehicle.

The driver of the suspect vehicle is 55 year old Alfred Lee Walker Jr. of Medford. Walker and two passengers were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center. Preliminary information indicates the driver of the suspect vehicle had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit and faces charges including: DUII-alcohol, Assault II, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The suspect was cited as he was not released from the hospital for lodging.

All three subjects in the suspect vehicle were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Also on Sunday, Grants Pass Fire Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire at 515 SW Western Ave.  The fire was on the front porch of the house and was called in by neighbors who saw the flames.

The home owner began putting water from a garden hose on the fire that was inside the covered front porch.  Fire crews arrived and quickly extinguished the fire. The interior of the house was searched and found that there was smoke in the house but the fire had not extended into the house. Fire crews used a positive pressure fan to clear out the smoke.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6200.  Grants Pass fire rescue was assisted by Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response Ambulance and the Grants Pass Police.

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live.

The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander – All Suite Oceanfront Resort and a $500 gift card for expenses.

Your next opportunity to donate blood in Klamath Falls is Monday, January 13th from noon to five at the Cerulean Inn on Main Street and Tuesday the 14th from 10 until 2 at the Library on North 3rd.

Fires across Australia continue. Oregon BLM will send firefighters to help.

The BLM in Oregon announced today that it has deployed four to assist Australia with the prolific wildfires spread throughout the country.

These firefighters include staff from the BLM Prineville District that will accompany 13 other interagency Pacific Northwest firefighters also assisting Australia. The BLM firefighters from Oregon/Washington being deployed to Australia include expertise in air tactical support, wildland fire incident management, and firefighter crew leadership.

Fires that started to burn in August have continued uninterrupted with large areas of both New South Wales and Queensland burned, multiple property losses, and, sadly, fatalities. Fire conditions continue to challenge in New South Wales and Queensland, while new fires are causing concern further south in Victoria.

Fire conditions in Australia are extreme due to an extended drought, hot temperatures, and relative humidity in the single digits.

Around the state of Oregon

A driver hit and killed a middle school student yesterday morning in Gresham near the school according to police reports.

Gresham police Sargent Tom Walker said the 11-year-old Dexter McCarty Middle School student was hit in a marked crosswalk on Southeast Hogan Road. A traffic light was in his favor at the time of the crash according to Walker.The driver who hit the boy pulled over and has cooperated with investigators. The boy died at the scene. Neither the boy nor the driver has been publicly identified.

In Umatilla County on Sunday, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle on Hwy 11 near milepost 31.

Preliminary investigation reveled that a pedestrian, identified as Alicia Bernhardt (20) of Walla Walla, was struck by a northbound, what is believed to be, 2002-2003 Blue Honda Accord.  The vehicle fled the scene before emergency personnel arrived on scene.

The Accord should have sustained damage to the passenger side front corner and is now missing the passenger side mirror.

Bernhardt sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP (mobile) and refer to Senior Trooper Dan Chichester case# SP-20004675.

Offering over 1,800 cash prizes, tickets for the Oregon Lottery’s 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day Raffle are now on sale. Of all Oregon Lottery games, the Raffle offers the best odds of winning $1 million.

Only 250,000 tickets will be sold and each Raffle ticket costs $10.

Raffle prizes include:

  • One $1 million top prize
  • 300 prizes of $500
  • 1,500 prizes of $100
    The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, Mar. 17.
  • To check the winning numbers for the Raffle, players can go to or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.
    Players can also use the Lottery’s smart phone app on March 17 to check their Raffle ticket. The app can be found on the Apple or Android app stores.
    The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.
    Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 138.8.
    Raffle History
  • The 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Raffle was the Lottery’s first Raffle game
  • Chuck Mikes of Camas, WA was the first $1 million top prize winner
  • The 2010 Thanksgiving Raffle doubled the number of tickets and prizes offering 500,000 tickets and two $1 million top prizes
  • Since 2009, the Lottery has offered 19 Raffle games: St. Patrick’s Day Raffle (12), Thanksgiving Raffle (4), 4th of July Raffle (2), and Halloween Raffle (1)
    The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Girl Scout Cookies are now on sale in Oregon

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Season Has Kicked Off in Oregon

Girl Scouts will sell cookies door-to-door, at booth sales, and via the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based platform that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online. Now in its sixth year, the Digital Cookie platform continues to bring Girl Scout programming into the future by providing girls with invaluable business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills that prepare them for 21st century leadership.

NEW Girl Scout Cookie Released for 2020

New this year, Girl Scouts introduces a brand new Cookie, Lemon-Ups™. The new Girl Scout Lemon-Ups™ Cookie is a crispy lemon cookie baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs. “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator” are among the eight phrases that bring the experience of Girl Scouting to life. The new cookie joins the national 2020 lineup, which also includes favorites such as Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils®.

Local Girl Scouts will take orders from customers beginning January 4 for delivery beginning mid-February.

Cookie Booth Sales and Cookie Finder

Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths in front of local retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 14 through March 8, 2020.

Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

The Power Behind the Girl Scout Cookie Program

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world. Girl Scouts learn five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Girl Scout Cookies Have Local Impact

100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales remains within the local region. “I am inspired by the life skills that are being developed in the Cookie program,” says Victoria Foreman, Director of Product Program for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “Girls are developing a strong sense of self by participating, learning skills to succeed, and problem solve to manage setbacks as they build their Cookie businesses.”

Girl Scouts use their cookie proceeds to power amazing experiences be it an Astronomy Adventure, Horse Camp, Snowshoe Hike or other activity. And, troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects such as building ADA ramps, helping a local animal shelter or cleaning a local beach/park/trail. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps provide for new and unique opportunities for local girls including valuable educational experiences that have lifelong impact. Girl Scout campers in Oregon and Southwest Washington use cookie program proceeds to fund their own camp and travel adventures. And, nearly every Girl Scout troop uses some portion of their cookie proceeds to give back to their local communities.

About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit

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