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>> 3/5/15 Police Ask Public For Help In Locating Missing Woman

Klamath Falls City Police need your help.

Alicia went missing from the Klamath Falls, Oregon area on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. Alicia is 35 years old, 5’03” 140 pounds. Alicia has medium length blonde hair. Alicia has family in the Bend, Oregon area, but has not contacted her family since January 22nd. Alicia does not have a lot of ties to the Klamath Falls area, but was in town for a few weeks before she went missing. Alicia is currently listed as a missing person. ... If you have any information about Alicia’s whereabouts or had recent contact with her:

Please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the
Klamath Falls Police Department
541-883-5336
Anonymous information can left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334
 

 

>> 3/5/15 Sky Lakes Lifts Restrictions On Visitors

From Sky Lakes Medical Center
As you may recall, because of the sudden spike of flu and flu-like illness in the area, Sky Lakes Medical Center in January temporarily limited visiting to individuals 18 and older who were not ill themselves. Those restrictions are no longer required. The number of patients admitted with flu-like illness, the number of flu tests done, and the number of positive tests are all significantly down from the peak in early February. That means, as of Wednesday, March 4, the restrictions are lifted and visitation rules return to normal. Please remove from your areas the signs regarding the restrictions immediately, and return them to the Infection Control Office.
Thanks for all you do.
Annette Cole, RN
Chief Nursing Officer

>> 3/5/15 Gutierrez Gets Pay Boost

The Klamath Community College Board of Education has voted to give President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez a $29,000 a year pay raise and also increased his monthly housing allowance to $1800. In return Dr. Gutierrez will withdraw as one of four finalists for the presidency of Pasco Hernando State College in Florida which would have paid $310,000 a year.
 

>> 3/15/15 Tribes Start Process To Terminate KBRA

The Klamath, Yurok and Karuk tribes have voted to file dispute initiation notices which means they have started the process of that could result in termination of the KBRA, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreements. Tribes say they support the KBRA but are concerned because Congress has not acted on the agreements and their bargained-for-benefits are not being realized. The KBRA says if a party to the settlement s believes its bargained-for-benefits are no longer achievable th...ey can submit a dispute initiation notice within 60 days of December 31st, 2014. Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry says his members voted unanimously at their February 28th meeting to file notice because if they had waited it would have been too late. Gentry says the tribes are very concerned about the recent sale of the 90,000 acre Mount Mazama Forest which the new owners say they are not interested in selling.

 

 

>> 3/3/15 Daughter Of Klamath Falls Woman released From East Timor

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley says a Portland woman who was detained for months in East Timor has been released by the government of that Southeast Asia country and has boarded a plane to begin her trip home. In a statement late Monday night, Merkley said Stacey Addison had gotten her passport back and boarded a plane for the first leg of her trip home. The 41-year-old veterinarian was released from prison in late December. She was arrested last September after sharing a taxi with a stranger who asked the driver to stop so he could pick up a package. Police stopped the taxi, determined the package contained methamphetamine and took everyone to the station. Addison was jailed for a few days, then ordered to remain in East Timor during the investigation, then taken to prison in October.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today issued the following statement after learning that Oregonian Stacey Addison has been allowed to leave East Timor and is on her way home to Oregon: “I am very pleased and relieved that Stacey Addison has been allowed to leave East Timor and is on her way back home to Oregon. This is excellent news for all of us who worked to help Stacey win her freedom, especially her mother Bernadette Kero of Klamath Falls, and her large circle of family, friends, and supporters.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., celebrated the release of Stacey Addison, who boarded a plane to the U.S. after passport was returned by authorities in Timor-Leste late last night.
“I am so happy and relieved to know Stacey is finally coming home from Timor-Leste to her loved ones in Oregon. Huge thanks are in order for Ambassador Stanton and everybody at the State Department who worked to bring this situation to a successful conclusion for Stacey."

>> 3/3/15 Stayton Firm To Complete Salt Creek Tunnel Project

A Stayton company, Farline Bridge has won a $7.98 million contract to finish work on the Salt Creek Tunnel on Highway 58. The project began in 2012 and continued in 2013. Farline Bridge will finish lowering the tunnel floor, repairing the tunnel liner and rebuild four viaducts. Once the project begins traffic will be reduced to one lane with a pilot car and delays of 20-minutes. The contractor will be allowed only 20 (maximum) night time closures and they can only occur Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. If there is a night closure the public will be given at least one week's notice. There will be no 24 hour closures allowed during construction work.

>> 3/3/15 Former Henley Baseball Coach Has Died

Former Henley baseball coach and educator Bill Baumgartner passed away early this morning. He led the Hornets to two state championships and Sprague High in Salem to a third. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday in Salem.


 

 

 

 

 

>> 3/2/15 Freight Derails Near Oakridge; Amtrak Bussing Passengers

A Union Pacific freight train derailed near Oakridge about 4:10 a.m. this (Monday) morning. U-P Spokesman Francisco Castillo told KFLS News three empty cars and two full ones left the tracks near a subdivision in Oakridge. Four cars ended up on their side, the fifth was standing. There were no injuries reported and none of the derailed cars was carrying any hazardous materials. The derailment forced Amtrak to bus passengers from Klamath Falls to Eugene and eventually to Portland. Cause of the derailment is under investigation. No word yet on when Amtrak will return to normal service on its northbound Coast Starlight trains.

 

>> 3/2/15 Cops Arrest Man Trapped In Tavern Ventilation System

Police arrested a man Sunday morning who had become stuck in the ventilation system at the Howdy Doody Tavern on East Main Street. Police were dispatched to the tavern at 12:58 a.m. on Sunday and an employee took them to a backroom where the man was stuck. Fire District #1 arrived to help free the man who got out on the roof. Police arrested 19 year old Joshua Wolf Haynes. The investigation showed after Haynes got on the roof of the tavern he dismantled the HVAC system and to...ssed a large portion of the system onto a car in a neighboring driveway, causing damage to the vehicle. Later police learned the owner of the vehicle had caught Haynes inside the vehicle before he got on the roof at the tavern. Haynes is lodged in the county jail and charged with Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Mischief 2, Burglary 2, Unauthorized Entry Into A Motor Vehicle and False Information To Police. Bail for Haynes is set at $50,000.

 

>> 3/2/15 Record Low Snowpack reported At Crater Lake

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The snow level at Crater Lake National Park is at a record low for this time of year. Park Ranger Dave Grimes tells the Mail Tribune newspaper that the official snow depth at park headquarters was 28 inches Thursday. The previous record low was 31 inches in 1977. Records show the average snow depth for Feb. 26 is 110 inches. The park is actually at 104 percent of its average precipitation for this time of the year. But warmer temperatures have caused much of that moisture to fall as rain rather than snow. The National Weather Service forecasts a chance of snow through Monday night.

 

 

>> 2/26/15 "Missing" Home Found

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A southern Oregon sheriff says the mystery of the missing "stolen" house has been solved, but other mysteries remain. Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said Thursday that the log cabin had been moved about a half mile across a field outside the town of Chiloquin last summer. Neighbors were surprised to hear that anyone considered it "missing." The sheriff says, "This is a situation where three parties are claiming ownership, (and) one of the three parties sold it to a fourth party." Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly who owns the cabin. On Tuesday, the sheriff said a complete home had been stolen off its foundation. The 1,200-square-foot house was unoccupied. At this time the investigation continues and no charges have been filed against anyone.

 

>> 2/27/15 A.G Rosenblum Defers Kitzhaber - Hayes Probe

From Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

SALEM—Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced that, at the request of federal authorities, she will temporarily defer the Oregon Department of Justice’s investigation into allegations against former Governor John Kitzhaber and Ms. Cylvia Hayes.  In return, the U.S. Attorney's Office has agreed to share information with the state once the far-ranging federal criminal investigation is completed. Rosenblum, a former federal prosecutor and a former state judge, thanked United States Attorney Amanda Marshall and the FBI for their cooperation and stated: "I reiterate my prior statement that Oregonians deserve a thorough review of the allegations surrounding now former-Governor Kitzhaber and Ms. Hayes. I fully support the efforts of the federal authorities. We share the ultimate goal of protecting the integrity of our state institutions through a comprehensive investigation. My decision to temporarily defer our state investigation is in line with this shared goal. At the appropriate time, we will review the facts, and investigate further if necessary, to ensure that any violations of state law are addressed." Oregon statutes require the state Attorney General to investigate allegations of public corruption and malfeasance by public officials, and they encourage cooperation and coordination with local, state and federal authorities. State law also provides that following the investigation, the Attorney General is to coordinate, cooperate and assist in taking legal action, as appropriate.  

 

>> 2/27/15 Outrage In Grants Pass Over Punishment

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school district is reviewing its tardiness punishments after a picture posted on Facebook of a 6-year-old sitting behind a cardboard screen in the lunchroom generated widespread outrage. The Grants Pass School District issued a statement saying it "is taking the concerns raised very seriously," and the punishment "was never intended to isolate or stigmatize students." Nicole Garloff says her son, Hunter, was upset when she dropped him off late at Lincoln Elementary School, so she checked on him at lunchtime. She found him sitting behind a cardboard screen. She took him home, and posted a photo on Facebook. So did the boy's grandmother. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the criticism was so intense, the district superintendent and a police officer stood guard Wednesday outside the school.

 

>> 2/26/15 BREAKING NEWS...Oracle Sues Kitzhaber Re-Election Team

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oracle America Inc. has filed a lawsuit accusing former Gov. John Kitzhaber's campaign consultants of orchestrating the abandonment of the now-defunct Cover Oregon health insurance exchange portal to assist his re-election effort. The suit restates Oracle's argument made in a previous lawsuit that Oregon, and not the tech giant, was responsible for problems that led to the portal's failure to launch in 2013. In the lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Court, Oracle alleges the portal could have fully launched but consultants with Kitzhaber's 2014 re-election campaign manipulated the state to shut it down. The company alleges this was done to protect Kitzhaber from political fallout from the portal's initial failures. Kitzhaber resigned earlier this month amid an ethics scandal surrounding him and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
 

>> 2/26/15 BREAKING NEWS...Hayes Suing The Oregonian Over Email Release

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye. Hayes filed a lawsuit against The Oregonian on Thursday asking a judge to rule that she is not required to turn over her emails to the newspaper. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum found earlier this month that emails on Hayes' private accounts that concern state business must be provided to The Oregonian under the state's public records law. Hayes is at the center of an ethics scandal that led to Kitzhaber's resignation last week. Her lawyer says in the lawsuit that releasing the emails would violate her privacy and her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

 

>> 2/26/15 Shasta Way Mobile Home Fire "Suspicious"

Fire Marshal Scott Rice says a fire that heavily damaged a double wide mobile home in the 5000 block of Shasta Way on Wednesday afternoon is "suspicious." Rice says one of the occupants heard a noise and ran to a back bedroom and saw smoke. Rice says the woman saw a 2000 four door Oldsmobile leaving the scene. No one was injured in the fire. The mobile home is expected to be a total loss. The Red Cross provided the owner and her mother with food, lodging, clothing and information about mental health and disaster health services.

 

>> 2/26/15 Head Of Oregon DAS Interviewed By IRS and FBI Agents

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The director of the Oregon state Department of Administrative Services says he was questioned two weeks ago by agents from the FBI and the IRS in a federal investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. Michael Jordan also disclosed Wednesday in an interview with The Oregonian (http://is.gd/hZYl2x) that state technicians went through the offices of the governor after Kate Brown took office to gather computers and other electro...nics used by Kitzhaber staffers. Jordan says they told him they did so after discussions with the office of U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. The newspaper reports that Marshall's office didn't return a call seeking comment, and Brown's office declined comment. An IRS spokesman says that agency does not comment about ongoing investigations. Kitzhaber resigned last week following a series of reports about Hayes' work for advocacy groups with an interest in Oregon public policy. He has maintained the couple did nothing wrong.

 

>> 2/26/15 Judge Orders Oracle To Host Medicaid System Another Year

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ordered technology giant Oracle Inc. to continue hosting Oregon's Medicaid health insurance system for low-income Oregonians even after the company's contract expires this weekend. Marion County Circuit Judge Courtland Geyer ruled Wednesday that Oracle should host Medicaid for another year. Oracle had told the state it would terminate hosting on Saturday. Oregon sued to compel Oracle to continue hosting. Oregon officials argued in court that Oracle had promised the contract would be renewed. Oracle argued it didn't make a promise and was not legally obligated to do business with Oregon. The court fight has occurred amid a larger legal battle over the failure of Oregon's health care exchange portal, which was also built by Oracle. Oracle and Oregon sued each other over that failure.

 

 

>> 2/25/15 Horse Stolen From Large Animal Shelter

A horse named Feathers has been reported stolen from the Klamath County Large Animal Shelter. The Barn Manager at the shelter, Dawn Keen told KFLS News the horse was stolen sometime between 11:30p.m. Monday and 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. Feathers is a gelding, brown in color, 15 hands high with a large white marking on its face.  The shelter rescued Feathers and two other horses from the Dodge Hollow area near Merrill, February 12th. Sheriff Frank Skrah has assigned two deputies and a corporal investigating calling the incident, "A no-no, a big time no-no" Anyone with information about the horse named Fathers is asked to call the sheriff or Keen at 541-891-7403.

 

 

>> 2/25/15 Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars Of Stolen Items Returned To Owners

Police have recovered $150-to-$200-thousand dollars worth of stolen goods following the execution of a search warrant in Malin last week on Falvey Drive. The stolen items have been handed back to their rightful owners. Police arrested 31 year old Tyler Bodle jailing him on numerous theft and burglary charges. Police also recovered numerous Indian artifacts and are being helped by the Klamath Tribes in identifying and determining their age and origin. Police say the investigation is on-going and they expect more arrests. The Klamath County Sheriff's Department has several saddles and a off brand generator and are still trying tio locate the owners.

>> 2/25/15 A First Time For Everything...

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah has been in law enforcement more than 40 years but a new theft case is the first of its kind that Skrah has ever investigated. Skrah showed reporters a picture of a 1500 square foot log home on Tuesday afternoon at a news conference. The log home, which was on a foundation, was stolen recently in Sprague River. Skrah says three questions need to be answered. "First, who stole the home? Second, when did it occur and third, how the hell did they get it out from where it was at?" Skrah says the home is owned by an absentee owner. There are no suspects. Skrah says he can't believe an entire home was stolen and no one noticed.

>> 2/25/15 Lawmakers Look At Ethics Laws Changes

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the wake of an ethics scandal that ended former Gov. John Kitzhaber's political career, Oregon lawmakers have proposed a wide variety of measures to prevent abuses in the future, uncover them or punish offenders. Their ideas range from strengthening public records laws to allowing the Legislature to impeach the governor. Gov. Kate Brown said last week she'd pursue changes to restore trust in government. She hasn't unveiled her plans in detail, but she sa...ys she wants more money and independence for the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, and stronger public records laws. Republican lawmakers have proposed beefing up the attorney general's investigative authority, limiting the actions of the governor's spouse and giving impeachment power to the state Legislature. Oregon is the only state where the Legislature cannot impeach the governor.

 

>> 2/245/15 Arrest Made In Murder Of Donald Black

A Eureka, California woman is lodged in the Klamath County Jail on a charge of Murder and 2nd Degree Criminal Conspiracy in connection with a shooting death that killed a Klamath Falls man last month. The Klamath Count y sheriff’s Department has confirmed 36-year old Barbara Ranae Bareilles was arrested Monday in California on a warrant and charged with the January 20th shooting death of 49 year old Donald Clinton Black of Klamath Falls. The murder led to activation of the Klamath County Major Crime Team which asked the public for help in locating a late model white Honda. Joseph Woodward was arrested and charged with Murder the day after the shooting incident. No other details have been released.

 

>> 2/24/15 Fair Board Sues County

The Klamath County Fair Board is suing Klamath County for $285,789 claiming they have been shortchanged when Transient Room Tax monies have been distributed dating back to 2007. The board says they are owed $151,778 doe to the money being improperly distributed between 2007 and 2013. The lawsuit also claims the fair was shortchanged when the county used $82,000 in room tax funds to balance the county budget after an audit. The fair wants that money plus 9% interest. The fair received a $300,000 loan from the county in 2012 but only $115,000 has been rep;aid. The Fair Board claims the loan would not have been needed if the room tax money had been properly distributed. The Board of County Commissioners say they want to settle the dispute out of court.

 

>> 2/24/15 Search Warrant Leads To Seizure Of Artifacts

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say they recovered numerous archaeological artifacts when they recently executed a search warrant at the home of a Klamath Falls man. Lt. Josh Brooks says state police fish and wildlife division officers in southern Oregon have wrapped up a seven-month-long investigation into the unlawful taking, possession and sale of such artifacts. They have forwarded their information to the Klamath County district attorney's office. Sgt. Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls office says an extended drought has exposed many archaeological areas normally hidden by water. Oregon law says no one may remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit.

 

>> 2/24/15 Probe Launched Over Release Of Kitzhaber's Private E-Mails

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state agency has asked the Oregon State Police to investigate the disclosure of some of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's personal emails to a reporter. Michael Jordan, director of the Department of Administrative Services, notified staff at the state data center of the investigation last week. The data center handles a wide variety of technology functions, including the archival of emails. Two data center workers have also been placed on paid leave pending an internal investigation. A spokesman for the agency would not say whether the internal investigation relates to the leak of the emails. A story published last week in Willamette Week quoted from emails between Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, as well as between the then-governor and a lawyer representing him before the state ethics commission.

 

>> 2/24/15 Alaska Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Today

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has become the third state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A ballot measure approved by Alaska votes in November kicks in Tuesday, allowing adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot and up to six plants. Regulations for the sale of the drug till must be hammered out. Smoking marijuana in public remains off-limits, and police officers in Alaska's largest city plan to strictly enforce the public ban. Fear of people getting $100 fines for toking in public led an organizer to call off plans for a celebration party in downtown Anchorage. Marijuana legalization supporters in Anchorage want the event to be low-key. They also plan to launch an advertising campaign recommending safe consumption, including ads on city buses.

 

 

>> 2/23/15 Klamath Teen Charged With Arson, Burglary

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Klamath County teenager accused of setting fires late last year. 19-year-old Brandon Levi Harris was booked into the county jail Friday on charges of arson and burglary. The suspicious fires began shortly after Thanksgiving when an unattached garage burned down on Altamont Drive within the city limits of Klamath Falls. Four fires were set in the first week of December, three at vacant rental homes and one at a trailer. A vehicle fire reported Dec. 19 appears to be unrelated to the structure fires. City police Detective Peter York says a witness statement led to Harris' arrest and the investigation isn't over.

 

>> 2/23/15 County Fair Board Suing BOCC

From the Klamath County Board of Commissioners
Klamath Falls, Oregon- Klamath County Commissioners learned today of a lawsuit seeking money damages filed by the Klamath County Fair Board. The suit apparently relates to Fair Board disagreement with financial transactions between the board and the county over a period of years. The intent to file suit caught the Commissioners by surprise as they assumed the issue had been dealt with as the two parties met and discussed this s...everal times in the past.  “We have sat around the table with members of the fair board multiple times about this issue and felt it was resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, we’re disappointed to learn that isn’t the case” said Commissioner Jim Bellet.
“It is our intention to take care of both the board and the county, we’d like to resolve this issue in a mutually agreeable and satisfactory way. This is a county department and the entire county as a whole, we should be able to peacefully work through this together” said Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris.
“The bottom line is, we all care about the county tax payer. Because legal cases can get expensive, it is our desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Fair board, in a spirit of trying to resolve this. We hope that the fair board would consider some type of mediation over pursuing this in the court system” said Commissioner Tom Mallams.

 

>> 2/23/15 Federal Study Predicts 10 Coal Train Derailments Per Year For 10 Years

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades. The projection was contained in a Department of Transportation analysis from July. It says the derailments could cause more than $4 billion in damage and possibly kill hundreds of people if a serious accident were to happen in a densely populated part of the U.S. The study took on new relevance last week after a train loaded with oil derailed in West Virginia, causing a spectacular fire and forcing hundreds of families to evacuate. Monday's accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments. Senior federal officials say it underscores the need for stronger tank cars and other safety improvements.

 

>> 2/20/15 Klamath Falls Man Charged With Negligent Homicide

A Klamath Falls man has been charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with a train-vehicle wreck in 2013. 28 year old Nicholas Jordan Conway was driving an SUV that tried to cross rail tracks on December 13th, 2013 near Midland, west of Highway 9i7. The Union Pacific train hit the passenger side of the SUV killing Conway's 25 year old wife Kalla and his 33 year old brother MacKenzie Conway. A grand jury indicted Conway late last month. He entered not guilty pleas and was booked and released after posting $20,000 bail.

>> 2/20/15 Labor Secretary Gives Ultimatum At Port Talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official is ratcheting up pressure on the two sides haggling over a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, saying if they don't reach an agreement by Friday, they'll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez gave that deadline Thursday to leaders of the dockworkers' union and a maritime association representing their employers. The talks in San Francisco began nine months ago, but broke down in recent weeks. As negotiations drag on, billions of dollars of cargo sits on ships anchored outside the 29 ports. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf applauded the move, which she learned about in an evening call with Perez. Neither the union nor the maritime association had comment; both are operating under a media blackout.

>> 2/20/15 Pot Vs. Hemp?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An agricultural dispute in Southern Oregon is shaping up as hemp versus pot. Medical marijuana growers say they were surprised when the state issued its first hemp license to an Eagle Point man. The Oregonian reports that medical pot growers fear cross-pollination will turn their high-grade buds into a low-power, seedy throwback to the pot of the 1960s. Hemp is a cousin of marijuana that has little of the THC compound that gets users high. It can be used in a variety of products, from rope to food. It's been legalized in Oregon, and the state just began issuing licenses. But state agricultural officials say they don't have authority to regulate where hemp is grown. One lawmaker, Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland, says the Legislature may step in.

 

>> 2/19/15 New Governor Sworn In

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On her first day in office, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urged a quick settlement to a dispute between dockworkers and their employers that has hamstrung international trade through West Coast seaports. Brown joined the governors of California and Washington state on Wednesday in issuing a statement saying the impasse has disrupted trade and is threatening jobs and state economies. The labor dispute has tied up 29 ports that handle around $1 trillion in trade annually. Dozens of ships are anchored up and down the West Coast as they wait for dock space. Brown on Wednesday took over as Oregon's governor from fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who resigned over an ethics scandal. As secretary of state, Brown was next in line for the governor's job.

 

>> 2/19/15 Former Trailblazer Jerome Kersey Dead At Age 52

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state medical examiner says former Portland Trail Blazers player Jerome Kersey died from a blood clot that traveled from his left calf to his left lung. The announcement Thursday comes a day after Kersey died at 52. He had minor knee surgery Friday, but it could not be immediately determined if surgery caused the clot. Kersey appeared Tuesday with former Blazers Terry Porter Brian Grant at a Portland high school in celebration of African-American History Month. He visited the team offices hours before his death. Kersey helped the Trail Blazers twice reach the NBA Finals before he won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee.
 

>> 2/19/15 Economists Predict Kicker Rebates Checks Coming This Summer

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State economists are predicting that Oregon taxpayers will receive "kicker" income tax rebates next year. The quarterly revenue forecast released Thursday projects nearly $350 million will be credited to taxpayers when they file their 2015 taxes. Oregon's "kicker" law is triggered when tax collections exceed expectations by at least 2 percent during a two-year budget cycle. When that occurs, the unanticipated revenue gets returned to taxpayers. But unlike past kicker rebates, which were distributed as a check around Christmas, those in the future will be refunded on tax returns. State Economist Mark McMullen says the state will be able to tell for sure whether the kickers will be credited next year after it sees how tax collections go this year.

 

>> 2/18/15 Family To Hold Celebration Of Ed Caleb's Life

From the family of Ed Caleb
Klamath Falls, Oregon- There will be a celebration honoring the life event of former long-time Klamath County District Attorney Ed Caleb on March 8th in Klamath Falls. “We wanted to give the community the opportunity to reflect on the long career of our father in a way that is light hearted and joyful” says Caleb’s daughter Kali Caleb- Rogers. Caleb was an avid sports fan who could often be found cheering on the local teams on the soccer fields and basketball courts. Because of this, his service will be held at Steen Sports Park in Mike’s Fieldhouse. “Our father would have loved to see all his friends and colleagues together, celebrating his long and colorful life as the District Attorney. Our dad loved Klamath County, and the community loved him” said son Nick Caleb.
The Celebration of Life will include remarks by a variety of community leaders, friends and family. Public is welcome, seating may be limited. The Caleb children are working to set up a fund to support youth in their father’s name. “Ed Caleb cared about children more than almost anyone I know, he would love to see anyone who wanted to honor him to do so by giving back to kids” said Debbie Vought, Executive Director of Citizens for Safe Schools, an agency Caleb co-founded in 1999.
Caleb passed away in January. He had been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Caleb was the district attorney of Klamath County for 27 years and was active on various community boards and with other community groups.
What: Celebrating the life of Ed Caleb
Where: Mike’s Field House at Steen Sports Park, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
When: Sunday March 8th, 1 pm.

 

>> 2/18/15 Kate Brown Oregon's New Goverrnor

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber. Brown assumed Oregon's highest office during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Salem on Wednesday. The 54-year-old former secretary of state becomes  Oregon's 38th governor. In a speech to the Legislature after her swearing-in, Brown praised Kitzhaber for his contributions to Oregon but also said "we must restore the public's trust." Unlike most states, Oregon has no lieutenant governor. Under the state constitution, the secretary of state takes over if a governor steps down or dies. Kitzhaber announced last week that he would resign amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. He has denied wrongdoing on both of their parts.
 

 

>> 2/18/15 Student Athlete At U-of-O Dies, Cause Unknown

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A female University of Oregon student who was a member of the school's acrobatics and tumbling team has died. A county public health official says the death is being investigated for any links to a recent outbreak of a contagious bacterial infection. The university's athletics department identified the student who died Tuesday afternoon as 18-year-old freshman Lauren Jones. Acrobatics and tumbling head coach Chelsea Shaw called the death "a terrible and sudden loss for our whole Oregon community." Jones graduated from Southwest Dekalb High School in Lithonia, Georgia, in 2014. University spokeswoman Julie Brown tells The Oregonian that Jones lived on campus and an ambulance was called to her residence hall. No other details were immediately available. The Register-Guard reports that Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says an autopsy is planned Wednesday and health officials plan tests to determine whether Jones died from complications of meningococcemia. Three UO students have been hospitalized with the infection.

 

>> 2/17/15 Klamath Falls Man Missing In  Lake County

LAKEVIEW, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Lake County are looking for a 44-year-old man who has vanished, leaving behind a burned-out motor home near a snow park. The Lake County sheriff's department says the man was last seen Friday near the Quartz Mountain Snow Park. His motor home got stuck on a forest road. Authorities said the vehicle was found Saturday, but Spencer King Giesea of Klamath County and two yellow Labradors were not around. Since then, the sheriff's office said Monday, searchers have found one of the dogs nearby. Giesea is described as 5 feet 9, and about 170 pounds with gray hair, blue eyes and glasses. He was last seen wearing a jeans jacket and snow pants. The snow park is about 30 miles west of Lakeview.

 

>> 2/17/15 Warm Weather Continues Over Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) — Temperatures hit record highs Monday in parts of Washington and Oregon as one of the mildest winters continues in the Northwest. The National Weather Service reported record highs of 59 at Sea-Tac Airport, 60 at Olympia, 62 at Hoquiam, 62 at Vancouver, 61 in Portland, 62 at Hillsboro, Oregon, and 66 at Salem, Oregon. The high in Klamath Falls Monday was 55, higher than the average but below a record high of 62 in 1977, another drought year. Forecasters expect more near-record temperatures on Tuesday because of a summer-like high pressure ridge that creates sunny, dry days. Forecasters say the ridge may weaken enough Wednesday for some clouds, and a chance of light rain and mountain snow Thursday and Friday. But the high pressure is expected to rebuild over the weekend and into next week.

 

>> 2/17/15 Kitzhaber Out Of Sight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With two days left before Gov. John Kitzhaber leaves office amid an ethics scandal and criminal investigation, he remained out of public view. The Legislature tried to get its new session back on track, while death penalty opponents made a last-minute appeal. House Speaker Tina Kotek briefed reporters on the Legislature's plans and made clear she's not seeking the secretary of state post that will become vacant when Kate Brown is sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's next governor. Kitzhaber issued a moratorium on executions in 2011. Death penalty opponents asked him Monday to commute the sentences of the state's 34 death row inmates. That could spare Brown from making a decision on the death penalty.

 

 

>> 2/13/15 UPDATE On Kitzhaber Resignation

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. Kitzhaber said his resignation would be effective on Wednesday. In a statement on Friday, he apologized to the people who helped him get re-elected in November and supported him for the past three decades. He said it was not in his nature to "walk away from a job I have undertaken." The announcement is a stunning fall from grace for the state's longest-serving chief executive. Kitzhaber has consistently maintained that he and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, worked hard to avoid conflicts between her public and private roles.

 

>> 2/13/15 AG Says Criminal Investigation To Continue

STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLEN ROSENBLUM
“Today is a sad day for Oregon. I want to thank Governor Kitzhaber for his service to our state. The governor’s decision to resign will not affect our ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of his and Ms. Hayes’ conduct. Oregonians deserve nothing less than a full and fair investigation of all the facts, as well as the opportunity to reach a resolution that will truly allow our state to move forward.”

 

>> 2/13/15 Governor To Resign Wednesday February 18th

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the plan says Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to resign amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. The announcement is a stunning fall from grace for the state's longest-serving chief executive. The person spoke only on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to talk about the governor's plan. The decision on Friday capped a wild week in which Kitzhaber see...med poised to step down, then changed his mind, but ultimately bowed to calls from legislative leaders that he quit the state's top job. Secretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kitzhaber, will assume the office. She will also be the nation's first openly bisexual governor. Kitzhaber has consistently maintained that he and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, worked hard to avoid conflicts between her public and private roles.

 

>>< 2/13/15 Oregonian Says Kitzhaber To Resign "Soon"

The Oregonian is reporting that multiple sources have told them Governor John Kitzhaber will announce his resignation, "soon." It is unknown when the resignation , if it happens, will take effect., The Oregonian reports the resignation will come in a statement from the governor, not a news conference.There is a security detail in the office of Secretary of State Kate Brown.

 

>> 2/13/15 Oregon A.G. Tells Cylvia Hayes To Release E-Mails To Oregonian Newspaper

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general says Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has seven days to turn over emails to The Oregonian, putting more pressure on the couple amid an ethics scandal that has put Kitzhaber's job on the line. Ellen Rosenblum issued the order Thursday in response to a request from the Portland newspaper. Hayes does not have a state email account but uses multiple private email accounts to interact with state officials. A lawyer for Hayes had urged Rosenblum to reject the newspaper's request, saying she's not a public official. But Rosenblum said Hayes' "high-level involvement in the executive branch of Oregon's state government" makes her a public official and emails discussing public business are subject to disclosure. Hayes' lawyer, Whitney Boise, did not respond to a request for comment.

 

>> 2/13/15 Wyden, Crapo Introduce Secure Rural Schools Bill In U-S Senate

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A bill to renew federal subsidies to timber counties has been filed in the Senate. The Secure Rural Schools program made up for federal timber revenues that declined as environmental protections reduced national forest logging, but it expired last year. Efforts to renew it failed in the lame-duck session of Congress. The latest version was filed Thursday by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Idaho Republican Mike Crapo (KRAY'-poh). It calls for sharing $360 million with more than 700 counties across the country. The program has been particularly important in Oregon timber counties, which shared nearly a third of the total.

 

>> 2/13/15 Not Much Of A Winterfest In Bend

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A sign of how little snow has fallen this winter: At the annual Oregon WinterFest this weekend in Bend's Old Mill District, there won't be any ski or snowboard competitions. In previous years, event organizers have trucked in hundreds of cubic yards of snow from Mount Bachelor to lay down a base for the events. This year, the Bulletin newspaper (http://bit.ly/1FHDGPi) reports that the organizers have announced that given the sorry state of the snowpack and the moderate amount of snow in the forecast, it's not possible to hold the competitions responsibly. The three-day celebration begins Friday and features ice carving, music and the crowning of a Fire King and an Ice Queen. Substituting in the schedule for snow events are more music and motocross.

 

>> 2/12/15 Top State Officials Tell Governor To Resign

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek have all called upon Governor John Kitzhaber to resign.

 

>> 2/12/15 State Lawmakers Tell Kitzhaber To Resign

From The Oregonian/oregonlive.com
Senate President Peter Courtney and House Majority Leader Tina Kotek met with Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday morning and told him it was time to resign, according to multiple sources. Courtney is expected to meet with reporters at 1 p.m. The leaders met with their fellow lawmakers earlier Thursday to let them know about the meeting with the governor. As Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, left that meeting, he said simply, "Sad day." "I've known John Kitzhaber longer than anyone else in the building," he said. "This is a sad day for Oregon." The news comes following a bizarre statement issued by Secretary of State Kate Brown on Thursday morning. Brown described how she had received a call from the governor on Tuesday afternoon asking her to return to Portland for a face-to-face meeting. "I got on a plane yesterday morning and arrived at 3:40 in the afternoon. I was escorted directly into a meeting with the Governor. It was a brief meeting. He asked me why I came back early from Washington, DC, which I found strange. I asked him what he wanted to talk about. The Governor told me he was not resigning, after which, he began a discussion about transition," she wrote in the statement. "This is clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation."


 

>> 2/12/15 Secretary Of State Kate Brown releases Statement

From Secretary Of State Kate Brown
Late Tuesday afternoon, I received a call from the Governor while I was in Washington, DC at a Secretaries of State conference. He asked me to come back to Oregon as soon as possible to speak with him in person and alone. I got on a plane yesterday morning and arrived at 3:40 in the afternoon. I was escorted directly into a meeting with the Governor. It was a brief meeting. He asked me why I came back early from Washington, DC, which I found strange. I asked him what he wanted to talk about. The Governor told me he was not resigning, after which, he began a discussion about transition. This is clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation. I informed the Governor that I am ready, and my staff will be ready, should he resign. Right now I am focused on doing my job for the people of Oregon.

 

>> 2/12/15 Sources Say Kitzhaber Planned To Resign, Changed His Mind

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Sources with direct knowledge of the situation say embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had reached a decision to resign because of an ethics scandal surrounding him and his fiancée, but he changed his mind for reasons that are unclear. The sources spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about private discussions. They say Kitzhaber informed some of his aides on Sunday that he was going to resign and on Tuesday he asked Oregon's secretary of state, Kate Brown, to rush back from a conference in Washington, D.C. Brown would become governor if Kitzhaber resigns. Both are Democrats. Brown's abrupt and unexplained return to Oregon sparked speculation that Kitzhaber planned to quit, but he issued a statement saying he would stay put.
 

>> 2/12/15 Oregon Worst State For Graduation Rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department says the latest high school graduation rate has reached 81 percent. That's for the 2012-2013 school year, and it's an improvement from the year before. But it still means that about 1 out 5 students is leaving high school without a diploma. The highest rate was in Iowa — 90 percent. The lowest state rate was 69 percent in Oregon. Even lower was the District of Columbia at 62 percent.

 

>> 2/11/15 Lawyers Says Governor Not Resigning

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says the governor told him Wednesday morning he's not resigning. Portland attorney Jim McDermott says he's hopeful the governor will say that himself soon. Oregon's capitol has been abuzz in speculation that the governor's resignation was imminent after the woman who would succeed him abruptly returned from Washington, D.C., without explanation. Secretary of State Kate Brown, who is next in line to be governor, left a conference for the National Association of Secretaries of State two days early. Her spokesman says he's unsure why. Newspapers have called for Kitzhaber's resignation over allegations that his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, used his office to land contracts for her consulting business.The state attorney general has launched a criminal investigation. The governor has denied wrongdoing on both of their parts.
 

>> 2/11/15 Update On Brown's return To Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As an ethics controversy has prompted calls for Oregon's governor to resign, the woman who would replace him has abruptly left a conference in Washington, D.C., to return home. It wasn't clear whether the unscheduled return of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown on Wednesday had anything to do with the influence-peddling allegations surrounding Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. Brown's spokesman, Tony Green, says he doesn't know why... Brown left the National Association of Secretaries of State meeting. She's the organization's president. Newspapers have called for his resignation over allegations that Hayes used his office to land contracts for her consulting business. Kitzhaber has denied wrongdoing and has said he won't step down over the scandal. Hayes has not publicly addressed the allegations.

 

>> 2/11/15 Secretary Of State Brown Abruptly Leaves D.C. Meeting, Headed Back To Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Secretary of State Kate Brown has left a conference in Washington, D.C., and is making an unscheduled return to Oregon. Brown's abrupt return Wednesday comes as Gov. John Kitzhaber faces calls for his resignation. Brown would become governor if Kitzhaber leaves the office before the end of his term. A spokesman for Brown, Tony Green, says he doesn't know why Brown left the conference for the National Association of Secretaries of State. She is president of the organization. Green says she's due into Portland Wednesday afternoon. Kitzhaber is facing the biggest crisis of his nearly four-decade political career. Newspapers have called for his resignation over influence-peddling allegations surrounding his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. The state attorney general has launched a criminal investigation. Brown and Kitzhaber are both Democrats.
 

>> 2/11/15 Lawyers Say Hayes Not A "Public Official"

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée are arguing that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission has no jurisdiction to investigate Cylvia Hayes, even though Kitzhaber spent months saying it was the appropriate agency to look into influence-peddling allegations. But whether the ethics commission looks at the allegations may be a moot point, now that the state attorney general has launched her own criminal investigation. Hayes' defense to three complaints lodged with the ethics commission was dated Dec. 8 and became public this week. Hayes is accused of using her position as first lady to land private consulting clients. She argues that state ethics laws don't apply to her because she doesn't meet the legal definition of a "public official." The ethics commission investigates civil conflict-of-interest complaints.

 

>> 2/11/15 Arrests Made In Mule Deer Poaching Investigation

From Oregon State Police
In Mid-December 2014, Senior Troopers Hayes and Bean received information that GENE A. PARSONS, 37, of La Pine, had been involved in the illegal killing of a large number of mature trophy class mule deer bucks during the fall of 2014. Sr. Troopers Hayes and Bean initiated an investigation, gathering information and evidence over the next several weeks.
On January 17, 2015, a search warrant was executed at PARSONS' home in La Pine. During the service ...
of the warrant, numerous large mule deer antlers, deer meat, firearms, and controlled substances were seized. PARSONS was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Take/Possession of Mule Deer with additional charges pending.
Additional information developed during the search warrant led troopers to identify another suspect, LANCE COURNOYER, 44, of Grants Pass. Further investigation into COURNOYERS' conduct resulted in charges for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Unlawful Take of Mule Deer, and waste of Game Mammal.
PARSONS' parents, OLIVER PARSONS, 64, and SUZAN PARSONS, 58, of La Pine, were found in possession of 6 sets of large mule deer antlers and deer meat and were cited and released for the crimes of Aiding in a Game Violation, Illegal Possession of Mule Deer, and Tampering with Evidence. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper James Hayes at 541-419-1653.

 

>> 2/11/15 Oregon Grants First Hemp Growing License

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state regulators have issued the first license to grow industrial hemp in Oregon. Now, Capital Press reports, Edgar Winters of Eagle Point just has to figure out how to get seeds to plant. That was a question last year in Kentucky and Colorado, two states in the forefront of growing hemp for products such as clothing, food and cosmetics. The plant is illegal under federal law, and seeds will have to be imported. Oregon officials say they're working on that. Kentucky officials say a provision in the new federal budget keeps federal drug agents from interfering with state-approved hemp development. Hemp is related to marijuana but doesn't cause a high. Winters says that if he can get a crop in, warehouse and processing facilities are ready to go.