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>> 12/19/14 Air Quality Advisory GREEN Until Noon Saturday

 

>> 12/19/14 Wal Mart Apologizes, Asks Carolers To Come Back

Henley High school students who were told to leave Wal Mart in Klamath Falls last night as they sang Christmas carols were invited to come back today and sing. The students arrived about 12:30 p.m. and sang in the Produce Section. Wal Mart spokeswoman Betsy Harden told KFLS News there was a misunderstanding last night complicated by an in-store "Code Adam." Harden explained the code is used when children are missing in the store and there were several last night. Harden said "We reached out to the Principal of Henley High School this morning to apologize for last night and to invite the students to sing in our store and we were happy that they did. Harden would not discuss whether the manager who asked the students to leave was disciplined or counseled and she would not discuss Wal Mart's policies regarding the circumstances when a store manager can ask people to leave.

 

>> 12/19/14 WalMart Boots Henley High Christmas Carolers

From KOBI TV
Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Children caroling inside the Klamath Falls Walmart say they were kicked out Thursday night and told to leave or police would be called. Parents tell NBC5 News that a group of students from Henley High School were caroling at the Klamath Falls Walmart Thursday night when they were asked to leave in a manner that frightened some of the kids. A manager at the Klama...th Falls Walmart declined to comment. We are told however, that the students were not invited to be there and the singing was on private property. According to another parent, who recorded the above video, the children left the Walmart and headed to Fred Meyer where they say they were welcomed and allowed to sing. You can find that video here: http://on.kobi5.com/1DR2VSb We've reached out to Walmart’s corporate office regarding the incident but haven't heard back.

 

>> 12/18/14 Quake Recorded West Of Salem

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6 a.m. Friday about 25 miles west of Salem, Oregon. A report from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says it was centered about 16 miles deep. A sheriff's dispatcher in Salem says the 911 center received calls from residents saying they felt the shaking, but there are no reports of damage. The quake was near Willamina in Oregon's Coast Range. That's 250 miles from the area south of Lakeview in northwest Nevada where hundreds of small quakes have been recorded in a swarm that began last July.

 

>> 12/19/14 Oregon Supreme Court Says Paralyzed Snowboarder Can Sue Mt. Bachelor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a ski resort's liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing. The justices ruled Thursday that it's not in the public interest to allow the Mount Bachelor resort's liability waiver to stand. The ruling sends the case back to the Deschutes County trial court. To win, the snowboarder will have to convince a jury that the ski resort was negligent in designing, building and maintaining the ski jump. Myles Bagley was 18 when he was injured at Mount Bachelor in 2006. He filed a lawsuit two years later seeking $21.5 million. The trial court threw out his claim, and the appeal wound up in the Supreme Court. A ski resort lawyer says he's confident the resort will win at trial.

 

 

>> 12/18/14 Air Quality Advisory GREEN Until Noon Friday

 

>> 12/18/14 Sheriff's Department Gets Enforcement Grants

From the Klamath County Sheriff

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA), through the Oregon Department of Transportation, has awarded the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office grant money for traffic safety totaling $17,500.

 DUII Grant amount awarded to Klamath County 2014/2015 = $ 14,000.00

DUII High Visibility Enforcement Event

-        Christmas/New Year’s 2015 (Dec 12, 2014- Jan 1, 2015)

-        Super Bowl Week-end

-        St. Patrick’s Day

-        Memorial Day

-        Independence Day

-        Labor Day High Visibility Enforcement Event

-        Klamath County Fair / Rodeo

 Safety Belt Blitz amount awarded to Klamath County 2014/2015 = $3,500.00

Seat Belt Blitz Periods

-        Blitz #1 (Feb 9-22, 2015) Emphasis on Belts/Child Restraints, Texting and Speed

-        Blitz #2 (May 18-31, 2015) Emphasis on Nigh-time/Day-Time Belts, Minors in Open Pickup beds. Click-it or Ticket (Nationwide)

-        Blitz #3 (Aug 24- Sept 6, 2015) Emphasis on Child Seat, Texting and Speed

 

>> 12/18/14 Obama Grants Clemency To Two Oregonians

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Barack Obama has granted clemency to 20 people, including two from Oregon.Obama granted a pardon to David Mannix of Lafayette. He was sentenced in 1990 by U.S. Marine Corps general court-martial to 75 days' confinement and reduction in rank for theft of military property. Also Wednesday, the president reduced the sentence of Barbara Scrivner of Portland. She was 29 when she was sentenced in 1995 to 30 years in federal prison for a drug crime. The website for the group Families Against Mandatory Minimums says the harsh sentence combined with a lifetime of abuse and addiction led Scrivner to jump from a 40-foot prison building. She overcame the near-death experience to pursue a degree in biblical studies and speak to teenagers about the dangers of drug abuse.

 

>> 12/18/14 Former Rite Aid Executive In Oregon To Plead Guilty

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Rite Aid quality assurance executive in Oregon and a New Jersey businessman have agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with a nine-year, $14.6 million surplus inventory kickback scheme. Federal prosecutors Thursday charged Timothy Foster and businessman Jay Findling with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 65-year-old Foster with making false statements. They face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count and are required to pay restitution to Rite Aid. The Camp Hill, Pennsylvania company says it's pleased with the outcome. The 54-year-old Findling must forfeiture $11.6 million to the government. Prosecutors say Foster used Findling's company as a front to sell surplus inventory to third parties at higher prices and that they pocketed the difference. Their lawyers didn't immediately comment.

 

 

>> 12/17/14 The Air Quality Advisory GREEN Until Noon Thursday

 

>> 12/17/14 Man Dies In House Fire

A cigarette that was still burning when it was tossed into a trash container is believed to have caused a fatal fire. Fire Marshal Scott Rice says 67 year old David Michael Lyman and his pet dog were found dead in their rental home in the 2800 block of Memorial Drive on Monday night. Rice says the trash container held flammable debris which caused the fire to burn slowly while creating a thick black smoke. Firefighters were called to the home about 7-o'clock Monday night after receiving reports of a fully involved structure. It took firefighters about an hour to contain the blaze. Lyman's body was discovered as firefighters entered the home and began to ventilate smoke from the fire.

 

>> 12/17/14 Nordstrom's Fires Associate After Facebook Posting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nordstrom department store has fired an African-American sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page. Aaron Hodges of Portland suggested killing a white officer for every black man killed by police. A screen grab of his comment quickly circulated online, leading many complaints to Nordstrom. Hodges said Tuesday that he made the comment in an... exchange with a friend from high school. According to Hodges, he says outrageous things to "bring things into scope" and he didn't literally mean that officers should be killed. The 37-year-old says he understands why Nordstrom fired him. What he doesn't understand is why someone would take a screenshot of his comment and send it to his employer. Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow says the company doesn't tolerate threats of any kind.

>> 12/17/14 OLCC Names Man To Prepare For Marijuana Legalization

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon official who oversaw the rollout of medical marijuana dispensaries will now lead preparations to regulate recreational marijuana. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Tuesday that Tom Burns will be the director of marijuana programs. The voter-approved marijuana initiative requires the OLCC to come up with regulations for growing, testing and distributing marijuana. Sales are likely to begin early in 2016. Burns is currently the director of pharmaceutical purchasing for the Oregon Health Authority. In that job, he was in charge of developing regulations for stores that distribute medical marijuana. Burns was previously the chief executive officer of the California State Senate and vice president for state government affairs for GlaxoSmith

 

>> 12/16/14 Air Quality Advisory GREEN Until Noon Wednesday

 

>> 12/16/14 Chiloquin Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal Hit And Run Case

A Klamath County man has pleaded guilty to being drunk when he ran down a woman in the rural community Sprague River. The prosecutors will recommend 23-year-old Joseph Martin Schuster of Chiloquin be sentenced to more than seven years in prison when he returns to court Jan. 5 in Klamath Falls. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter, drunken driving, and failing to perform the duties of a driver in the April 20 death of 63-year-old Barbara Lynn Malo.
 

>> 12/16/14 Man Accused Of Producing Child Pornography

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been arraigned on federal charges alleging he produced child pornography for more than a decade and traveled to the Philippines to have sex with kids. Steven Rockett pleaded not guilty at a brief court appearance Monday in Portland. He remains in custody at the Washington County Jail. The 45-year-old man from suburban Portland was arrested on state charges last year after police investigated a report that he sexually abused three local girls. The 11-count federal indictment signed on Dec. 10 says Rockett produced child porn from 2000 to 2013, and made at least five trips to the Philippines to engage in sexual conduct with minors.

 

>> 12/16/14 Pretty Good Year For Oregon Wine Grape Growers

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) â Winemakers say it was generally dry for Oregon's 2014 grape harvest, and yields were good â which signals an abundance of good wine from the vintage. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Wine Board calls it a Goldilocks year: "Not too cold, not too hot, and not too much rain." Growers tell the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/1swS9Gm) dry conditions for harvest aren't the norm in O...regon, especially in the Willamette Valley. But such conditions make for ripe, high-quality fruit, and they inhibit plant diseases. Last year, growers in the Willamette Valley had to deal with late September rains that shrank harvests and challenged winemakers' skills. Elsewhere, some Southern Oregon growers said yields this year were blunted by vine damage from a December freeze. A freeze also affected some low-lying Columbia Gorge vineyards.

 

>> 12/15/14 Air Quality Advisory  GREEN Until Noon Tuesday

 

>> 12/15/14 Water Service Interruptions

From City of Klamath Falls Public Works

The City of Klamath Falls is working to connect water service to a new water main and there will be water service interruption in the areas and times listed below:

Brooke Drive, Monday, December 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Austin Street, (Laverne to Bristol) Monday, December 15th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Laverne Avenue (Railroad tracks to Altamont) Tuesday, December 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Austin Street (Laverne to Onyx) Tuesday December 16th from, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you have questions, call 541-883-5363

 

>> 12/15/14 Hunters Reminded Top File Big Game Reports

From ODF&W

Any hunter who purchased 2014 big game or turkey tags needs to report their hunt results by the deadline, which is Jan. 31, 2015 for most tags. Hunters are required to report on each deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased—even if they were not successful or did not hunt. Sports Pac license holders need to report on each big game or turkey tag issued.

 Hunters have two ways to report:

·        Online via www.odfw.com or reportmyhunt.com either at home or by visiting an ODFW office with a computer available for Hunter Reporting (ODFW field or regional offices in Adair Village/Corvallis, Bend, Clackamas, La Grande, Portland-Sauvie Island, Roseburg, Salem Headquarters, Springfield, Tillamook.)

·        By telephone: Call 1-866-947-6339 to talk to a customer service representative. Hours: 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week.

 Reporting deadlines are:

·        Jan. 31, 2015 for all 2014 hunts that end by Dec. 31, 2014

·        April 15, 2015 for all 2014 hunts that end between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015

 Hunters need the following pieces of information to report, which takes just a couple of minutes:

·        Hunter/Angler ID number (located on ODFW licenses, tags and applications; this is a permanent number that stays the same from year-to-year)

·        The two digit Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) number of the Unit you hunted in most and the Unit you harvested an animal in if successful (see pages 94-95 of 2014 Big Game Regulations or Hunting Unit Maps webpage).

·        The total number of days hunted (including mentoring youth), the number of days hunted in the WMU hunted most, and the number of days hunted in the WMU you harvested an animal in if successful.

$25 penalty for not reporting deer and elk tags

Hunters who fail to report 2014 deer or elk tags on time will be penalized $25 when they purchase a 2016 hunting license. This penalty is assessed once, regardless of the number of unreported tags. 

As of Dec. 10, more than 70 percent of 2014 deer and elk tags remain unreported (or 135,533 deer and 90,178 elk tags). 

“The information hunters provide is used when setting controlled hunt tag numbers and hunting seasons,” said ODFW Game Program Manager Tom Thornton. “We really appreciate hunters taking a few minutes of their time to complete the report.” ODFW used to get this data through phone surveys but these became more difficult and expensive as hunters moved or screened their calls. The mandatory reporting program was put in place in 2007 so these calls could be phased out.  A penalty of $25 was added two years ago because even after several years promoting the program and providing incentives to report, only about 40 percent of tags were being reported on time. This rate was too low to for ODFW to even use the data.  After the penalty was implemented for 2012 tags, rates jumped to 80 percent or more. This has allowed ODFW to phase out its big game survey calls; the agency no longer makes these calls.

 Chance to win special big game tag  

Hunters that report on time are entered into a drawing to win a special big game tag. ODFW selects three names each year and the winners can choose a deer, elk or pronghorn tag. Hunters who win may hunt an expanded hunt area and extended season, similar to auction and raffle tags that hunters can pay thousands for.  “What a fantastic surprise earlier this year when I received the news of this lottery,” said one of last year’s winners, Brian Tuttle of Powell Butte. “We came into 16 bulls in two days.” Tuttle took a large bull elk in the Wenaha Unit (see photo). Another 2014 winner, Lorne Becker of Pendleton, took a 6 x 6 bull elk in Wenaha.   

 

 

>> 12/14/14 Air Quality Advisory YELLOW Until Noon Saturday

 

>> 12/12/14 Three Students Hospitalized Following Portland School Shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters say they have taken three people to the hospital after a shooting at a Portland, Oregon, high school. Fire Bureau spokesman Terry Foster said Friday he didn't have information about the conditions of the three people or whether all were gunshot victims. Police earlier reported that there were at least two victims at the Rosemary Anderson High School. They said one or more suspects fled. The north Portland school serves at-risk students who were expelled or dropped out, are homeless or are single parents. The enrollment is about 190 students.

>> 12/12/14 Congress Passes Central Oregon Water Bill

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A last-minute bill to use unallocated water at a Central Oregon reservoir has gotten through the Congress. The Bend Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1AriE4j) reports the measure will allow the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to release water for municipal use, irrigation and fish habitat from the Prineville Reservoir on the Crooked River. The city of Prineville is about 20 miles downstream, and will get enough water for 500 homes. The measure also relocates a wild and scenic river boundary so that the dam can be developed for hydropower.The measure was approved without objections on Thursday after Republican Rep. Greg Walden and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley reached an agreement on water releases for fish. The measure says they can't drain the reservoir and make it unusable.
 

>> 12/12/14 Legislature Creates Special Marijuana Committee

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will have a committee dedicated to getting ready for the voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana. The Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91 will be comprised of both House and Senate members. Sen. Ginny Burdick and Rep. Ann Lininger were named the committee's co-chairs on Thursday. Measure 91 gave the job of regulating marijuana to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Lawmakers are likely to discuss issues that include the fate of the medical marijuana system and local taxation of pot.

 

>> 12/11/14 Air Quality Advisory GREEN Until Noon Friday

 

>> 12/11/14 Another Suspicious Fire

From Fire District #1

A mere 45 minutes after a fire was reported on Eberlein Street last Thursday evening another broke out just down the street at 909 Mitchell Street. Upon arrival, the Fire Marshal for Klamath County Fire District No. 1, Chief Scott Rice, saw that the Fire Chief for the Fire District as well as City of Klamath Falls Police Officer Wheat was interviewing Starla Chambrose and her father, Greg Evaas in front of the smoldering home. In short the two stated the building was nearly completed with its renovations and there was even fresh stain on the cabinet doors.  The fire scene was examined thoroughly and it was noted that there was a size 10 Converse tennis shoe print on the back of the door, same as previous suspicious fires. The print was measured and photographed into evidence. Officer Wheat stated that he had also added into evidence a partial used book of matches and a smoke detector that had been tampered with, having its buttons removed.  The matches were found on the west side of the kitchen counter within 3 feet of the fire origin.  Both items have been sent to Oregon State Police Crime lab for fingerprinting. It is believed that prior to break in, the perpetrator turned the electrical main off. And during the break in a can of stain had been spilled and the same shoe print was also noted in the stain and on the flooring. The cause of the fire appears to be incendiary using matches in the second drawer on the left side of the kitchen counter.   No witnesses have come forth at this time.  If you have any information that may help aid the police or fire personnel in any of the recent fires please contact Klamath County Fire District No. 1 at 541-885-2056

>> 12/11/14 Oregon Senate Confirms Three More O-I-T Trustees

From O-I-T

The Oregon Senate today officially confirmed three additional members of Oregon Tech’s new governing board who were appointed by Governor Kitzhaber last month. Oregon Tech announced in September the initial trustees appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate as part of this historic change in higher education governance in Oregon. With their official terms beginning immediately, the Trustees will assume governance of Oregon Tech on July 1, 2015 from the State Board of Higher Education, whose structure sunsets on June 30, 2015. University presidents, including Oregon Tech’s Chris Maples, serve as ex-officio members of their respective Boards.

The three members who were confirmed are:

  • Jessica Gomez, Founder, President and CEO, Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc., Medford, OR
  • Paul Stewart, President/CEO, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Fred Ziari, President, IRZ, ezWireless, and Zeco, Hermiston, OR

Gary Johnston, Owner of 7L Investments LLC from Boise, ID, is scheduled for a confirmation hearing at the earliest opportunity in 2015.

Trustees who were already appointed and confirmed earlier this Fall include:

  • Dr. Jeremy Brown, President, Portland Community College, Portland
  • Melissa Ceron, Student, Business Management/Accounting, Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls
  • Dr. Lisa Graham, CEO, Black Canyon Woodworks (currently serving a partial term on the State Board of Higher Education), Bend
  • Dana Henry, Student Support Services, Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls (Non-Faculty Staff member)
  • Kathleen Hill, Writer/Consultant and elected Member of the Klamath Tribal Council, Chiloquin
  • Kelley Minty Morris, Klamath County Commissioner, Klamath Falls (also confirmed today to a partial term on the State Board of Higher Education)
  • Celia Núñez, Agency Training Specialist, State Farm Insurance Company, Wilsonville
  • Dr. Dan W. Peterson, Associate Professor of Communication, Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls (Faculty member)
  • Dr. Steve Sliwa, Founder and CEO, Seeq, Portland and Seattle
Each of the public university boards in Oregon includes up to 15 trustees, with 11 members at large, the institution’s president, one faculty member, one non-faculty staff member, and one student. For more information on Oregon Tech Board members, including bios, go to www.oit.edu/trustees