Domestic violence vigil set for Thursday

A candlelight vigil at 7 tonight on the steps of the Jackson County Justice Building, 100 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford, will honor two women police say were victims of domestic violence.

Kristy Huddleston and Liesa Werner each died of gunshot wounds last Friday and Sunday, respectively.

The event is open to the public.

Police say Werner's assailant took his own life after murdering her. Huddleston's husband, Bourne Huddleston, who is held in the Jackson County Jail on numerous murder charges, told police his wife committed suicide.

If Huddleston is convicted of killing his wife, the deaths would bring the number of Jackson County domestic violence fatalities since March 2011 to 10, six women and four children.

Jeff LaLande will present "Blue and Gray: The Civil War Period in Southern Oregon" as the next "Windows in Time" lecture series at noon Wednesday, April 4, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., and at noon Wednesday, April 11, at the Ashland Branch Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

For more information on the "Windows in Time" series, call Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996 or 541-774-8689 or the Southern Oregon Historical Society at 541-899-8123.

Motorists can leave their studded tires on even longer, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said.

ODOT extended the studded tire season through Monday, April 9, as weather forecasts call for continued harsh driving conditions in snow zones. Motorists must remove studded tires from their vehicles no later than 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, April 10.

People not driving in snowy areas shouldn't wait until the deadline to remove studded tires, ODOT officials said.

Northwest Nature Shop's annual "The Rabbits are Coming" event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland.

Jackson County 4-H clubs will exhibit a variety of rabbits, and 4-H members will share their knowledge of raising and caring for rabbits.

For more information, call 541-482-3241 or visit

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