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Life Art: From the street to the canvas
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Most people use their words to tell a story- Kevin Ammerman uses spray paint.

"I wanted to get known and get my name know out there and I had no way else to offer but my art and thought that was the only way to get my name out," Ammerman said.

A few years later he hit rock bottom.

"When I was 19 years old got arrested for it and felony charges it," Ammerman said.

Serving three months in jail, but when Ammerman got out he got an opportunity to put his artwork to good use.

"When kids create these works of art to them they have a voice and they want to say something so I think that adults should slow down and listen," he said.

Phil Ortega is the Director of Life Art in Jackson County giving people like Ammerman a second chance.

"If they want to do art lets put a purpose behind it and lets redirect that energy to something positive," Ortega said.

Also working for Jackson County School District 9, Ortega brought artwork like Ammerman's to the Tablerock Elementary campus in White City.

"We've been creating these beautiful murals on our campus and the idea is that we involve them in the school and we make the school and culture more appealing to young kids," Ortega said.

Ammerman now one of those mentors to upwards of 100 kids over the last few years.

"I started mentoring kids at Life Art and teaching them how to use spray paint and other mediums of art the appropriate way then the way I went about," he said.

Through life art artists can even get paid for their work.

"When kids create pieces of art when they do sell them they keep 80 percent and the other 20 goes into buying more supplies," Ortega said.

"I dont have to hide or be ashamed of  the stuff i was doing. I'm doing it the right way now and i get my art to be seen and get paid for it and it's a great feeling," Ammerman said.

Joe Ferguson with the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center looking into this kind of art to bring life to hard hit areas in Jackson County.

"In other communities they've looked at doing murals in areas that have continued to be tagged by graffiti," Ferguson said.
For homeowners like Randi Brock in west Medford her fence being a constant target she's all about it.

"I would love it if they could come put their artwork on my fence," Brock said.

"If people in west Medford want to reach out to life art we would love to partner with them to create some of these beautiful murals where the kids feel more validated in more places than just here in White City," Ortega said.

"I personally know homeowners who instead taking the graffiti off painted art over it and continued to do so and it stopped the tagging," Ammerman said.

"if you have art ability why not put it in the city the right way and make the city more beautiful instead of destroying it"

Your Sports: 02.25.14
This week in Your Sports:

-Local Football Camp for 7th graders through graduated-seniors

-Cascade Christian Senior, Jason Wyncoop, signs for Multnomah University

-SOU women's basketball advances to semifinals of conference tournament

Finicky Water in Ruch for Ranchers
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comJACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Too much water and not enough water is affecting local farms and ranches.

Several ranches in Ruch dealt with clogged pipes from an overflowing river.

Ruch ranchers said the Little Applegate River is flowing more than it has in years, but that's causing a problem for some of their cattle.

Peter Salant at Salant Family Ranch said the river overflowed during heavy rains and filled the ditch, but filled it with rocks and silt, clogging the pipe almost completely.

He said the ranchers will clear the pipe and is a fix right now, but what everyone needs is more rain and snow in the coming months.

If not, there are options for cattle ranchers, but no good outcomes.

"The ultimate ‘what if’ is I have to sell all the cows and then not worry about irrigating pastures that year, but it’s not a scenario you want to have to follow through on. Only if it gets that desperate," Salant said.

From water to hay, Randy Sell at Valley Feed and Farm Supply in Eagle Point said the rise in the price of hay is hurting his customer base.

"As price goes up substantially, that dictates whether someone can stay in the animal business and it's mostly the recreational animal lovers to see if they can afford to stay in business and keep their animals," Sell said.

Sell said the markets seeing record low numbers for cattle across the nation.

He said the best thing to do right now for anyone growing hay is fertilize, take care of your fields and store as much as possible.

Ranchers said while beef prices are 15 percent lower than last year, alfalfa and grass prices are some of the highest they've ever seen.

Disaster Relief For Pets
Ariana Rakhshani/KTVL.com

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- Rogue Valley Kennel Club is fundraising for a disaster trailer for up to 65 pets.

It would be used in emergency situations to evacuate pets, and would be the first to appear in Oregon.

The trailer would remain in Josephine County at the Health Department, but would also reach out to Jackson County.

In order to get the trailer, they need $12,000 in local funds. They plan to buy the trailer from American Kennel Club Reunite before fire season.

To donate, send donations to Karen Bodeving at 574 Northeast E Street, Grants Pass, 97526.

Body Found During Search for Three-Week-Old Boy
KNIGHTS LANDING, Calif. (AP) - Police have found the body of 20-day-old baby boy in a swampy region near the Sacramento River after dozens of searchers spent the night looking for a missing infant.

Authorities found the body shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday near the rural town of Knights Landing about 30 miles west of Sacramento. They have not identified the body.

Justice Rees and his 23-year-old mother, Samantha Green, of Woodland were reported missing Monday.

Woodland Police Capt. Dale Johnson said Green was found in the area late Tuesday afternoon, upset and disoriented. He said she could not provide details about where she had been or what happened to her baby.

Johnson said that "foul play is not suspected at this time" and the investigation continues.

Copyright 2015 Associated Press. 

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