>> 5/27/15 Commissioners
& Sheriff Clash Over Proposed Budget Cuts
The Klamath County
Sheriff says with a $382,000 deficit he will have to close two jail
pods and/or reduce patrols significantly. Commissioner Tom Mallams
says the cuts are excessive in view of the size of the deficit which
is less than 3.2% of the overall sheriff's budget of about
$10-million. Sheriff Skrah and his management team strongly objected
to Mallams remarks noting the levy that was defeated was for the
jail and not public safety. Mallams says constituents have told him
the patrols should be cut and the jail left whole. Mallams also
contends the citizens by their "No" vote on the levy were saying
they are willing to accept a lower level of service from the
Sheriff's Department. Skrah challenged the statement saying that if
crisis calls for service are ignored because of a lack of staff
"that's immoral." No final action was taken on Skrah's request for
$382,000 from road funds. the two sides meet again Thursday morning.
>> 5/27/15 State
Lawmakers Closing Voyeurism Photo Law Loophole
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal advancing in the Oregon
Legislature would close a loophole in state law that allowed a man
to go unpunished after taking photos up a teenager's skirt. Under
the bill, surreptitiously taking pictures up women's dresses without
their consent would be classified as a misdemeanor. The state Senate
unanimously passed the measure Tuesday, three months after an Oregon
judge ruled a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he snapped
photos up a teen's skirt
in a Target store. The judge found the act didn't violate the
state's existing voyeurism laws because the girl was clothed and in
a public place. Several other states — including Kentucky, Florida,
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania — have passed measures outlawing
so-called upskirt photos, while a similar bill in Wisconsin stalled
in the Senate. The Oregon proposal heads back to the House for
>> 5/27/15 Nike Cooperating With FIFA Investigators
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike says it is
cooperating with authorities in the U.S. probe into corruption of
FIFA, the governing body of soccer worldwide. On Wednesday U.S.
officials charged seven FIFA members with racketeering and
corruption charges and announcing a sweeping investigation into
corruption. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing
records and computers to investigate whether the decisions to award
World Cups to Russia and Qatar were rigged. Nike is not an official
FIFA sponsor. But it pays to have the Brazilian and other countries'
national teams wear its shirts and other gear. This is the first
time it has acknowledged it has been contacted in the investigation.
Nike did not address anything specific in the investigation. It said
it is "strongly opposed to any form of manipulation or bribery."
>> 5/26/125 BOCC Holds
First Hearing On Medial Marijuana Moratorium
The Klamath County Board
of Commissioners held its first hearing today regarding a one year
moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. No one spoke in favor
or against the moratorium at today's hearing. A second and final
hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at 9:15 a.m., in the
commissioners hearing room. If the board approves the moratorium it
will take effect immediately and continue through May 1, 2016.
>> 5/26/15 Gilchrist Man
Killed On Highway 97
GILCHRIST, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State
Police are investigating a weekend accident near Gilchrist in which
a pedestrian standing in the middle of Highway 97 was struck by two
vehicles. Sgt. David MacKenzie says the accident before 5 a.m.
Sunday left 60-year-old Miles Douglas Mattox of Gilchrist dead. A
passenger in one vehicle, 56-year-old Robert Saunders, was taken to
a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and
released. MacKenzie says the road was shrouded in heavy fog at the
time of the accident. Highway 97 was closed for about three hours
for the investigation.
>> 5/27/15 Judge Sides
With Cylvia Hayes Over Release Of E-Mails
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has
ruled that Cylvia Hayes, the state's former first lady, can use her
Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to block the
release of some of her personal emails. The Oregonian newspaper
reported Sunday that Marion County Circuit Judge Tracy Prall issued
the ruling last week in a case that concerns a public records
request for an estimated 114,000 of Hayes' emails — 94,000 of which
have already been released publicly. Hayes is the fiancee of former
Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned earlier this year over allegations
that the former first lady used her relationship with him to land
contracts for her business. She went to court to block an order from
the state attorney general's office demanding that she turn over the
emails, dating to the start of Kitzhaber's administration in 2011.
The Oregonian said it is only seeking her emails that relate to the
conduct of government business.
>> 5/22/15 Suspicious
Device Found At Library And Defused
>> 5/21/15 Fatal Wreck
On Highway 140 Near Running Y Resort
A fatal wreck occurred Wednesday night on Highway 140
near the Running Y Resort. Oregon State Police say a pickup and a
motor home collided head on. The pickup was engulfed in flames when
police first arrived. Two people were trapped for a time in the
motor home but managed to get out. Names of the victim and those
>> 5/21/15 Jail Levy
Defeat May Result In Patrol & Jail Staff Cuts
Sheriff Frank Skrah is facing a $300,000
budget shortfall due to the defeat of the 5-uyear jail levy this
week. Skrah says he may have to reduce jail staff and patrol staff
to deal with the budget crunch. But Skrah also says, "We're going to
do our job to protect the county. I don't care how much money is on
the table. We're going to do o0ur job . We're going to do it welll.
We're going to get it done."
>> 5/21/15 GMO Crop
Ruling May Come Next Week
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge who listened to
two hours of arguments in a lawsuit that challenges a southern
Oregon county's ban on genetically modified crops says he might rule
as early as next week. The Medford Mail Tribune reports that U.S.
Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke is being asked to decide whether
Jackson County's ordinance can take effect June 6. County voters
approved it overwhelmingly last May. The county agreed not to
enforce the ban until a lawsuit filed by GMO alfalfa farmers is
resolved. In Wednesday's arguments, a lawyer for the alfalfa farmers
argued that the GMO ban is prohibited by Oregon's "right to farm"
law. Tom Buchele represents supporters of the GMO ban. He said the
judge seemed to understand that it is designed to protect local
farmers from contamination from genetically modified crops.
>> 5/20/15 Jail Levy
Clobbered; KBREC Gets Taxing District
in Klamath county rejected a five year levy for the Klamath County
Jail in the May election on Tuesday. There is concern that Sheriff
Frank Skrah may have to send out layoff notices by the end of the
month following defeat of the measure. It is unknown how many
layoff notices will be sent or if the county commissioners can find
a way to fund the department.
Jail Operations Levy
Vote for 1
Yes . .
. . . . . . . . .
. 6,307 41.52
No. . .
. . . . . . . . .
. 8,883 58.48
Total . . . . . . . .
Over Votes . . . . . . . .
Votes . . . . . . . .
county voters decided to create a Taxing District for KBREC, the
Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center. The vote means KBREC will
now have a long term, stable source of funding. In recent years
KBREC's support from the Klamath county general fund has been
reduced, leading supporters of KBREC to ask voters to create the
18-101 Extension District
Vote for 1
Yes . .
. . . . . . . . .
. 8,223 54.62
No. . .
. . . . . . . . .
. 6,832 45.38
Total . . . . . . . .
Over Votes . . . . . . . .
Votes . . . . . . . .
>> 5/20/15 OR-7 And
Mate Have More Pups
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — State biologists say Oregon's
famous wandering wolf, OR-7, appears to be denned up for a second
set of pups in the southern Cascades. The Medford Mail Tribune
reported Wednesday that OR-7's satellite tracking collar has finally
died, but Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are
still getting a faint signal from the radio portion of the collar.
They can track that with hand-held antennas, and the signal
indicates OR-7's pack has stopped moving around. Biologist Mark
Vargas says biologists won't disturb the wolves to check for pups
until the denning season ends. OR-7 became famous as his GPS collar,
put on in 2011, showed him trekking across Oregon and into Northern
California in search of a mate, which he found. Their first pups
arrived last year.
>> 5/20/15 Lawmakers In
Salem Changing Contraception Prescription Requirements
>> 5/19/15 Today Is
Election Day, Ballots Due By 8:00 P.M.
Today is election day and your ballot must be turned in b y 8:00
p.m., or it won't count. Official drop boxes are located at the
County Clerk's office....the back parking lot of the County
Government Center and at the Klamath Basin Senior Center on Arthur
Street. As of Monday, voter turnout was at 39%. Voters are being
asked to support a 5-year levy for the county jail. The measure
calls for a tax of $1.14 per $1000 assessed valuation. The voters
also being asked to approve a $0.15 per $1000 assessed valuation to
support the Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center (KBREC).
>> 5/19/15 Detour And Delays On Highway 58 Until About 2:00 P.M.
TRAVEL ADVISORY FROM ODOT: HEADING NORTH TO EUGENE
FROM KLAMATH FALLS..........
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 58 (Willamette Hwy.) is
now closed two miles west of
Oakridge (MP 32), as crews begin the process of removing an
overturned semi from the shoulder. The process could take between 3
to 5 hours. During the closure, all traffic will be detoured around
the site using Westfir Road. Minor delays should be expected.
>> 5/19/15 Unemployment
Hits 5.2% In Oregon
Oregon's unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent in
April from 5.4 percent in March, reaching Oregon's lowest rate since
July 2007 when the rate was also 5.2 percent. The rate is now back
to where it was during 2006 through early 2008 when Oregon's rate
held steady between 5.0 and 5.5 percent. Oregon's payroll employment
grew rapidly, adding 7,600 in April, following revised gains of
2,600 in February and 2,700 in March. April's gain was on track with
the rapid growth seen during
September 2014 through January 2015 when growth averaged 6,200 jobs
per month. The recent, rapid job growth is consistent with Oregon's
performance prior to the recession. Jobs expanded by 3.2 percent
between April 2014 and April 2015, a similar pace as seen during mid
2004 through 2006 when Oregon's annual gains averaged 3.0 percent.
In April, four major industries grew rapidly over the month and over
the year, with each adding between 1,000 and 2,900 jobs in April,
and each growing by close to 5 percent since April 2014.
* Health care and social assistance (+11,200 over the year) was
boosted by all four of its component industries, but its social
assistance component grew at the fastest rate by adding 3,000.
* Manufacturing (+9,800 jobs over the year) was led by semiconductor
and electronic component manufacturing, transportation equipment
manufacturing, and food manufacturing, which each added close to
* Professional and business services (+9,700 over the year) was led
by computer systems design, management of companies, and
administrative and waste services, which each added about 1,600.
* Leisure and hospitality (+9,100 over the year) was boosted by
rising demand at restaurants, which led to food service and drinking
places adding 6,900 jobs.
>> 5/15/15 B-B-Q
Fundraiser Today At O-I-T Danny Miles Court
The public is invited to attend a Bar-B-Q fund
raising event today, Friday, May 15th from 5-to-7 p.m. at Danny
Miles Court at O-I-T. Money raised at the Bar-B-Q will be used to
help pay transportation costs for the Hustlin' Owls women's softball
team who are headed to the NAIA Softball World Series In Sioux City,
Iowa May 22nd to the 28th. The cost for adults is $15 and students
(with ID) pay $10.
>> 5/15/15 OWRC Adopts
Temporary Rules In Klamath County
The Oregon Water Resources Commission has adopted
temporary emergency rules granting a preference for livestock water
and human consumption uses for water rights holders that meet
certain requirements. Specifically the rules allow holders of water
rights for stock water and human consumption uses in Klamath
County...that would otherwise be shutoff during a call by a senior
water right holder to continue use of that water for those purposes.
The Commission is authorized to grant a preference for these uses
when the Governor declares a drought emergency. Governor Kate Brown
declared a drought emergency in Klamath County on April 6, 2015. The
preference request was made by the Upper Klamath Landowner
Improvement District and Crater Lake National Park.
>> 5/15/15 Schools To Get More Money From State
State lawmakers in Salem say they will increase K-12 funding
by $100 million following the latest revenue forecast. Klamath
County School Superintendent Greg Thede says he expects an
additional $1-million for the 2015-17 biennium. The budget committee
for county schools begins working on the 2015-16 budget next
Thursday, May 21st. Klamath Falls City School Superintendent Dr.
Paul Hillyer says he expects about a half million in extra funding
from the state. Hillyer thinks the extra money will need to be set
aside to cover the district's 5.5% per employee increase for the
Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) beginning in the 2017-19
biennium. Last month the Oregon Supreme Court6 struck down the
legislature's 2013 vote to cut PERS benefits.
>> 5/15/15 Oregon Attorney General Warns Of Starbucks App Scam
From Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Do you use a Starbucks application ("app") to pay for your coffee,
pastries, or daily newspaper? If you do, you may be allowing
criminals to siphon money from your bank account. The Oregon
Department of Justice has learned scammers are changing the account
passwords of some Starbucks customers and repeatedly transferring
balances to themselves using an auto reload function available on
the app. The number of transfers and the amount of money
scammers could take is theoretically unlimited, as long as the
customer has the auto reload feature turned on. If you have the
Starbucks app on your mobile device, Oregon Attorney General Ellen
Rosenblum urges you to immediately turn off the auto reload
function. "It is important to remember that allowing apps access to
your personal and financial information opens you up to significant
risks, like theft. If you do choose to use mobile pay services, I
suggest using strong, unique passwords and making sure any auto-pay
or reload functions are turned off. Protect these mobile pay
accounts like you would your bank account," said Attorney General
You should also remember to:
• Not share your password with others.
• Have a different password for each account.
• Write down your password and store it in a safe place away from
your phone or computer.
• Change your passwords several times a year.
If you think you have lost money to this scam, contact the Oregon
Department of Justice online at www.OregonConsumer.gov or
>> 5/14/15 Klamath
Project To Get 30% Less Water
>> 5/14/15 Museum To
Dedicate Research Library In Honor Of The Howes
From the Klamath County Museum
The Klamath County Museum on Friday, May 15, will
dedicate its research library in memory of Carrol and Marjorie Howe,
who devoted much of their lives to education and history in the
community. The library dedication will also recognize financial
support provided to the museum by a trust fund the Howes established
before their deaths. A dedication ceremony is set for 4 p.m. Friday
at the museum, 1451 Main St. The library, located on the museum’s second
floor, will be open to the public from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday. “Carrol
and Marjorie were dedicated public servants, and even though they’ve
been gone for 15 years, we continue to benefit from their
foresight,” said Bill Nicholson, chairman of the Klamath County
Museum Advisory Board. “Carrol played an active role in the design
of many of our museum exhibits, and his legacy is helping us
maintain those exhibits.” The Howes’ son and daughter-in-law, George
and Kim Howe of Gig Harbor, Wash., will attend the ceremony on
Friday. Carrol Howe moved to Klamath Falls in the 1930s, working as
a teacher and coach at Henley High School. He served as
superintendent of schools for Klamath County from 1948 to 1960. He
served as state representative from Klamath County from 1960 to
1972. He died in 1998. Marjorie Howe also worked as a teacher in
Klamath County, and served as Carrol Howe’s legislative assistant.
She died in 2000. Carrol Howe was active in several local
organizations, including the Shaw Historical Library, the Lava Beds
Natural History Association and the Oregon Archaeological Society.
He researched and wrote several books, including “Sagebrush to
Shakespeare,” “Frontier Stories of the Klamath Country,” and
“Ancient Modocs of California and Oregon.” The Howes established a
trust fund that makes annual distributions to the Klamath County
Museum and to Southern Oregon University. “Distributions from the
Howe Trust to the museum have totaled nearly $400,000 over the past
decade,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “That has certainly helped
us fulfill the core mission of the museum, which is to preserve and
interpret local history.” The Klamath County Museum’s research
library contains hundreds of books on local and state history. It is
open by appointment for anyone wishing to conduct research.
For more information contact the Klamath County Museum at (541)
>> 5/13/15 Consultants
Challenge State On Well Shutoff
A hydro geology consulting firm hired by the city of
Klamath Falls is disputing the shutoff last year by the Oregon Water
Resources Department of the Fremont well and the reduction of the
Wocus well. The report from Portland-based GeoSyntec challenges
OWRD's claims that the wells were interfering with water levels in
Upper Klamath Lake. The city hired GeoSyntec last year to analyze
how the state came to the conclusions it reached on the wells.
Consultants told the city council
the state's method was flawed and assumed the only source of water
from the wells was coming from nearby Upper Klamath Lake. GeoSyntec
also said the state assumed the Fremont and Wocus wells are pumped
at a certain rate other than the actual pumping rate. GeoSyntec
consultants used the same model (or equations) the state used and
their results show "almost no impact" between the wells and Upper
Klamath Lake. A spokesman for Oregon Water Resources Department has
not commented saying he needs to study the consultants report.
>> 5/13/15 Commissioners
Put Trapper District On May 2016 Ballot
The Klamath County Board
of Commissioners will put a measure to create a Trapper Taxing
District on the May 20-16 ballot. The Klamath County Budget
Committee had asked supporters of the county trapper to withdraw
from funding by the county general fund a few years ago. The budget
committee reduced funding for the trapper position since 2013 and
since that time ASAP, Advocates For Sustainable Animal Populations,
has been raising money via banquets and other activities to support
the traspper. ASAP asked the board to put their measure on the
ballot without the group needing to gather signatures on petition.
The commissioners usually demand that groups gather signatures if
they want to put measures before the public. However, ASAP has
relatively few members and most are very busy farming or ranching.
Commissioners noted the "unique situation" where the budget
committee asked trapper supporters to withdraw from county general
fund support. The commissioners decided that since ASAP had done the
best they could the past two years, decided to put the issue before
voters next year. If approved it would cost about $0.06 per thousand
dollars assessed valuation. The city of Klamath Falls and the
suburbs are not (not) inside the trapper district and neither is
most of the north end of Klamath county.
>> 5/13/15 Drug Court
Okayed To Seek Renewal Grant From State
The Klamath County District Attorney has
received approval of county commissioners to apply for a renewal of
a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Drug Court
Administrator Steve Tillson told commissioners the grant request for
the 2015-17 biennium will be $467,000. The money will fund the court
as well as three full time employees...a Substance Abuse
Counselor...a Case Manager and a Mental Health Professional.
Klamath County Drug Court contracts with Lutheran Family Services
for treatment services.
>> 5/8/15 Police Taser &
Arrest Man After High Speed Chase
>> 8/15 Letter Carrier
Food drive Tomorrow (Saturday)
Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank i is reminding everyone to please
fill a bag with canned or microwavable non perishable food items and
leave it by your mailbox by 9am tomorrow, Saturday, May 9th Food
Bank Director Nikki Sampson says this is a critical food drive for
them as they need to help make sure food boxes for parents with
school kids who don't have access to school lunches have food over
the summer. Last year the letter carriers food drive netted 32,000
pounds of food and Sampson is hoping they can reach that level again
>> 5/8/15 Hunt On For California Man With His Two Daughters
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Police are looking for a
Rohnert Park man who they say might have taken off with his two
daughters in apparent violation of a court order. The Press Democrat
reports that authorities say 45-year-old Everett Dean Reep
picked up his daughters from an after-school program on Tuesday
after a Mendocino County judge gave him temporary custody. The judge
rescinded the custody order Wednesday after Reep had already
vanished with the girls. Reep is an unemployed electrician with a
criminal history. The girls' mother has a restraining order against
him. Rohnert Park Police Sgt. Jeff Justice says Reep was pulled over
in Oregon Wednesday evening, but the trooper let him continue after
he said he was on his way to Washington state to visit his father.
>> 5/7/15 PacifiCorp To
Buy Solar Power From Bly Facility
>> 5/7/15 County To Ask
State To De-List Gray Wolf
Klamath county commissioners are going to ask the Oregon Fish and
Wildlife Commission to remove the gray wolf from the state
Endangered Species Act. Commissioner Tom Mallams says if de-listed
there would be more options available to protect livestock and
game animals. Mallams will carry the request to Salem on Monday and
present it to state lawmakers.
>> 5/7/15 ASAP Asks Commissioners To Put Ballot Measure Out
>> 5/6/15 BREAKING
NEWS..Air Service To Return To Klamath Falls
>>5/5/15 Today Is The
70th Anniversary Of Bly Balloon Bombing
Today is the 70th anniversary of the deaths of five
children and the pregnant wife of a minister who were all killed by
a Japanese balloon bomb. Minister Archie Mitchell and his 26 year
old wife Elsie, took five children from their Sunday school on a
picnic near Leonard Creek northeast of Bly on May 5th, 1945. One of
the children yelled that he had seen what looked like a balloon.
Minister Mitchell was getting lunch out of the car and before he
could yell to the child not to touch
the balloon, it exploded. In addition to Mitchell's pregnant wife,
13 year old Jay Gifford, 13 year old Edward Engen, 14 year old Dick
Patze, 13 year old Joan Patzke and 11 year old Sherman Shoemaker
were also killed by the bomb. The site of the tragedy is now known
as the Mitchell Monument and honors the only Americans to die in the
United States as a result of enemy action during World War 2.
>> 5/5/15 Local Resident Almost Scammed Out Of $60,000
A Klamath Falls resident who asked not to be
identified, told KFLS News she was almost scammed out of $60,000.
The woman received a phone call telling her that her grandson was in
a jail in a foreign country and needed money for a lawyer. Luckily
the woman didn't fall for the scam. However she says she wrote to
the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to advise them as to what
>> 5/5/15 Gun Background
Check Bill On The Way To Governor Brown
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Democrats have muscled
through legislation expanding background checks to cover nearly
every private firearm sale in the state. House lawmakers passed a
bill Monday making it illegal to transfer a gun to someone who isn't
a close relative. Private sales would have to take place in front of
a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check. The bill would
make Oregon the eighth state with universal background checks. It
goes to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who has indicated support.
Advocates say no other states have passed such legislation this
year. Republicans have opposed the measure since it was introduced
and hundreds of opponents flooded legislators with emails and calls
urging them to vote against it. But last year's election helped
Democrats increase their majorities in both chambers, paving the way
for the bill's passage.
>> 5/4/15 Avista Seeks
>> 4/24/15 Tribes Call
The Klamath Tribes have made a call for water. This could lead to water shutoffs next week, according to Water Master Scott White. Tribal Chairman Don gentry says the calls were made to elevate water levels to instream flows agreed upon by stakeholders in last year's Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The calls were made on Crooked, Deep, Irving, Jackson, Larkin, Sand and Scott Creeks. Calls were also made on the Upper and Lower Sprague River, the Sycan River and Wood River. If irrigators are shutoff from water they will receive notice by mail.
>> 4/24/15 Judge Suggests Big Fine For Bakery
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An
administrative law judge
proposes that the owners
of an Oregon bakery pay
$135,000 to a lesbian
couple refused service
more than two years ago.
The judge, Alan
McCullough, ruled in
January that Sweet Cakes
by Melissa discriminated
against Laurel and
Rachel Bowman-Cryer by
refusing to bake them a
wedding cake. The bakers
cited their religious
beliefs. The case is one
that has been cited in
the national debate over
religious freedom and
gays. Friday's proposed
order dealt with the
award for emotional
suffering. The sides
will review the proposal
and have the chance to
file exceptions before
Avakian issues a final
order. Bakery owners
Aaron and Melissa Klein
closed their Gresham
store in 2013 and
operate the business
>> 4/24/15 Armed
Protestors Cause Shutdown Of Medford BLM Office
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A
call for help from a
rural gold miner led
more than 100
protesters, many of them
armed, to gather outside
Medford's Bureau of Land
Management office. The
Medford Mail Tribune
) that BLM closed the
office Thursday, citing
safety concerns. Many
supporters of the Sugar
Pine Mine openly
Protesters say BLM
officials can't legally
require the mine's
owners to file a plan of
Authorities told the
miners to file or remove
their equipment. An
owner originally asked
for help defending his
land from U.S.
authorities but asked
his armed supporters to
back off last week. BLM
spokesman Tom Gorey said
the miners "have a
interpretation of the
constitution that has
not been recognized by
>> 4/23/15 Fire Destroys
Building At Superior Fence
Klamath County Fire District No.
1, along with Kingsley Field Fire Department, Keno RFPD, and Oregon
State Police, responded to a reported structure fire this afternoon
at Superior Fence, located 6930 Airway Drive. The fire was
dispatched at 1:26pm. Upon arrival, crews reported the structure to
be 80% engulfed in fire. In all, five fire engines, two water
tenders, the Kingsley Field crash truck, a Battalion Chief, the Fire
Marshal, and two Chief Officers responded to the scene.
In addition, PPL and Avista also responded to the scene. As of
4:45pm, fire crews have the situation under control and will be on
scene for a couple of more hours working on hot spots. The 4,480 sq
ft building is used for a powder coating operation. It is believed
that the fire started in the powder coating booth located in the
back end of the shop. The building has been fully destroyed, and
early estimates are $500,000 in loss. The cause of the fire is
currently under investigation. There were no civilian or firefighter
injuries associated with this incident.
>> 4/23/15 Small
Grocers, Farmers Markets May Stop Allowing SNAP Cards
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Some
small Oregon grocers may
stop accepting payment
in the form of
government benefits for
low-income people. The
Bend Bulletin reports
that a provision in the
2014 Farm Bill is making
it difficult for some
small grocery stores to
customers using the
formerly known as food
stamps. The state used
to pick up the cost of
processing charges to
SNAP, but last year's
bill requires retailers
to either purchase the
state's machines or pay
a monthly rental fee of
$25 to use them. Larger
stores use one machine
to process credit cards
and food benefits, but
that is harder for
smaller shops to afford.
More than 30 natural
foods stores, produce
stands, farmers markets
and meat shops in
Central Oregon currently
>> 4/23/15 House
Committee Holds Marathon Session On Gun Background Checks
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House legislators have conducted a rare marathon public hearing on a bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all private gun transfers. The House Committee on Rules heard several hours of testimony Wednesday on a bill requiring all gun sales between people who aren't close relatives to take place in front of a licensed gun dealer. The dealer would, for a fee, have to conduct a background check before a gun transfer could be completed. Opponents argued the measures would do little to protect Oregonians, saying the background check system is fraught with errors. They say the only people affected by the legislation would be law-abiding citizens. Bill supporters say it's needed to stop people from buying firearms online without a background check.
>> 4/20/15 Supreme Court
Won't Hear Oregon Gay Marriage Ruling Appeal
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an attempt to reverse a federal judge's decision that allowed gays and lesbians to begin marrying in Oregon. Judge Michael McShane's ruling came down last May. In June, the high court refused to block it. On Monday, The Oregonian reports, the court included the Oregon case on a long list of petitions it refused to hear. The National Organization for Marriage has been battling against state actions to allow same-sex marriage. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia now allow gay marriage. The court is hearing arguments April 28 on gay marriage cases from four states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
>> 4/20/15 County Commissioners Holding Medical Marijuana Town Hall Tuesday
Klamath County Commissioners will hold a Town Hall-style meeting on the issue of medical marijuana tomorrow. The meeting will be in Room 219 of the Government Center (305 Main Street) and starts at 6:00 p.m. Commissioner Jim Bellet says "We are nearing the time when we need to set policy on this issue and we'd like as much public input as possible before crafting it." Speakers at tomorrow's Town Hall meeting will each have three minutes.
>> 4/20/15 KCC To Offer RN Program Beginning In June
On April 16th, the Oregon State Board of Nursing approved the Associates of Applied Science Nursing degree and program at Klamath Community College. The KCC Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing (AAS-N) will provide students with the academic and clinical preparation necessary to take the national licensure examination leading to practice as a registered nurse. The KCC’s AAS-N program priority is that graduates will serve our local medical community by providing highly skilled Registered Nurses (RN) at a time when RN nurses are in short supply and in high demand. The need for increased RN recruitment is everywhere, but especially so in rural areas. Because demand is so high, Klamath and Lake County rural hospitals have a difficult time attracting and retaining qualified nursing personnel. They frequently rely on traveling nurses to fill positions. So the KCC AAS-N provides the opportunity to grow our own RNs from our local kids. For our local students the AAS-N offers the opportunity to become an RN within two years. In the AAS-N students receive many hours of clinical study and hands on practice time. Since KCC already offers a highly successful LPN program, we have the updated, modern SIM labs where all students can practice patient care until they reach proficiency. This approach to teaching has proved successful in the LPN program where 3 out 4 of the last classes of graduates had 100% pass rates. Students in the AAS-N program will also develop skills particular to the needs of rural communities. The benefits to students and the community is this program puts highly skilled RN’s into rural hospitals and clinics after two years. Another distinct benefit is that with the high demand for rural RNs there is also a high wage that comes with these jobs for local kids. As Dr. Gutierrez emphasized, “This program would not have happened without a strong partnership with the Lake Health District and the hard work of its CEO Charlie Tveit. These kinds of partnerships between KCC and businesses helps us to afford these programs that provide access for local students so we can fill rural nursing positions.” Charlie Tveit, CEO of Lake Health District, expressed that the Health District has experienced very positive retention of homegrown nurses. “We have found that these types of programs being available for our region are a good investment, providing opportunities for employing and retaining quality staff for the hospital, long-term care unit, home health and hospice,” he said. Overall, The KCC RN program will increase KCC’s ability to enhance the growth and development of individuals, businesses, and our greater community. This program also addresses KCC’s strategic plan goal to increase the number of academic disciplines in (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics/ STEM) by 25%. KCC is continuing to develop local STEM opportunities which will result in students securing high demand and high wage jobs by offering a new AAS Computer Engineering Technology and AAS Digital Media and Design degrees which will start next fall. KCC will be accepting applications to the AAS-N program ASAP. Please call our Nursing Director: Lori James 541-880-2223 or visit our website www.klamathcc.edu for more information. The KCC RN program begins this summer on June 22nd.
>> 4/16/15 Air Quality
Advisory GREEN Until Noon Friday
>> 4/16/15 Klamath -
Lake Counties Receive Stove Replacement Money
From Governor Brown
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today a $1.5 million
plan to replace wood stoves and fireplaces in an effort to encourage
economic development and improve air quality in Lake and Klamath
counties. The Regional Solutions program will be used to fund the
installation of certified and non-wood burning devices, such as
ductless heat pumps, and home weatherization. "This program
demonstrates that, by working together, we can achieve both economic
environmental goals," said Governor Brown. "We are ensuring working
families can continue to heat their homes while creating less air
pollution and ultimately allowing greater business expansion in the
region. Collaborative solutions such as this are key to a healthy
future for the entire state." Open fireplaces and residential
uncertified wood stoves significantly contribute to air pollution.
Their use is one reason why the communities of Lakeview and Klamath
Falls currently exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
for fine particulates. This makes it difficult for local businesses
to get permits from the Department of Environmental Quality and
creates a barrier to economic development. The funds will also
assist with preservation of existing housing stock in both Lake and
Klamath counties within designated air quality limited regions. The
program will begin in May 2015. Funds will be available until they
are depleted. “This is vital to the health and economic well-being
of Oregonians in Klamath and Lake counties," said Jane O'Keefe, of
South Central Regional Solutions. "Without an intense effort to
reduce airborne particulate matter in these counties, local
businesses will be unable to expand and new businesses will face
high hurdles to locate and recruit in the area.” The program is a
joint partnership of the South Central Regional Solutions program
and the South Central Economic Development District. Partners
include the Oregon Department of Energy, the Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality, the Town of Lakeview, Lake County Board of
Commissioners, Lake County Public Health, City of Klamath Falls,
Klamath County Board of Commissioners, Klamath County Public Health,
the Energy Trust of Oregon, and Avista.
Visit the South Central Economic Development District for more
>> 4/16/15 Oregon House
Votes To Extend Statute Of Limitations In Some Cases
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House has voted to give prosecutors more time to bring criminal charges in some sex crimes cases. The House unanimously backed an extension of the statute of limitations from six to 12 years for the most extreme cases of rape and sexual abuse. The House move Wednesday sends the measure to the Senate. Researchers say sex crimes are under reported, and it sometimes takes victims many years before they feel comfortable going to police. Democratic Rep. Jennifer Williamson says rape victims shouldn't be denied justice simply because they waited too long to report the crime. The statute of limitations is designed to ensure prosecutors and defendants have a chance to collect evidence before witnesses forget or documents are lost.
>> 4/16/15 Feds Want
Long Sentence For Metheny
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors have
asked a federal judge to sentence the vice president of a defunct
Oregon helicopter company to more than 15 years in prison for his
role in a crash that killed nine people in 2008. Prosecutors say
that when the U.S. Forest Service solicited bids for helicopters to
be used in firefighting operations, Steven Metheny submitted
proposals with altered performance charts and falsified weight and
balance records. The crash near Weaverville, California,
killed the pilot, a Forest Service safety inspector and seven
firefighters. Assistant U.S. Attorney Byron Chatfield says in a
sentencing memorandum that Metheny was motivated by "pure greed."
The Mail Tribune reports that Metheny's attorneys have yet to
respond to the memorandum, but said last fall that Metheny's plea to
filing a false statement and conspiracy to defraud the Forest
Service does not constitute an admission that his crimes contributed
to the crash. Sentencing is set for June 15.
>> 4/10/15 OIT Tuition
Hike Up To Board Of Higher Education
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Tech Board of Trustrees supports a 5 percent tuition increase. If the proposal is approved by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the base tuition rate would increase from $155 per credit to $162.75 per credit. The tuition rate for higher cost degrees, such as engineering and technology, would be $187.16 per credit. Oregon Tech President Chris Maples said he understands the financial burden, but says the tuition increase would likely help buy needed equipment for the university, including in the computer science department. On a separate matter, Maples said Oregon Tech is not planning to lay off staff or faculty despite a projected $2 million budget shortfall.
>> 4/10/15 Reynolds
Leaving Lava Beds For Death Valley National Park
SAN FRANCISCO – Mike Reynolds has been named as the new superintendent of Death Valley National Park, located in eastern California and western Nevada. He replaces Kathy Billings who recently retired. Reynolds will begin his new assignment on May 31, 2015, managing a staff of 125 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $9 million. “Mike is an experienced leader with the National Park Service, and we know his skills, experience, and passion for Death Valley m...ake him a great fit for Death Valley National Park,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “I am delighted to keep him in our region and know that park staff, partners, and community members will enjoy working with him.” Reynolds most recently served as superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, both located in northeastern California. He has worked with both the local and Japanese American communities to develop the future of the new Tule Lake Unit. A general management plan is nearing its final stages. Reynolds will indirectly continue his affiliation with the story of Japanese American incarceration through Death Valley’s close connection to Manzanar National Historic Site. “I am excited by the chance to further the NPS mission at Death Valley and humbled by the opportunity to serve the visitors, resources, and staff at the park,” said Mike Reynolds. “Death Valley is a world class resource and I look forward to the opportunity to live and work there again.” Reynolds has worked for the National Park Service for more than 18 years and has served at Big Bend, Great Smoky Mountains, Death Valley, and Yellowstone National Parks. He also spent three and a half years as superintendent at the National Park of American Samoa. Reynolds has a BS in Math and Business Operations from Indiana University and an MS in Outdoor Recreation from Arizona State University. Reynolds will relocate to Death Valley along with his partner, Sarah Bone, and his Samoan cat named Tele. As avid outdoor enthusiasts, they look forward to running, hiking, and backpacking throughout the beautiful and wild park.
The largest national park in the lower 48 states, Death Valley National Park encompasses 3.4 million acres. Death Valley National Park contains a below-sea-level basin, steady drought, and record summer heat making it a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley. For more information about Death Valley and to plan your trip to the park, see www.nps.gov/deva or see www.facebook.com/DeathValleyNP for current updates.
>> 4/10/15 Attempted
Escape From Juvenile Detention Leads To Lockdown
The Klamath County Juvenile Detention Center went into lockdown about midnight after a male teenage inmate tried to escape. Juvenile Department Director Dan Golden says the boy called for help on an intercom and when a staff member arrived the boy attacked and grabbed the staff member's key ring and ran away. Security measures were implemented preventing the boy from escaping from the building. Police arrived and located the inmate who was returned to his cell.
>> 4/9/15 Release Of
94,000 Kitzhaber - Hayes Emails
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 94,000
emails between former first lady Cylvia Hayes and staff in the
governor's office show Hayes regularly inserted herself in policy
discussions with the blessing of her fiancee, then-Gov. John
Kitzhaber. The emails also show that few staffers pushed back, and
Hayes regularly adopted a supervisory tone when addressing employees
in the governor's office. Those are among the findings of The
Oregonian's review of many of the emails, which were releas...ed
last week by Gov. Kate Brown, who succeeded Kitzhaber after his
decision to step down in February. The Portland newspaper says more
than 20 reporters and editors pitched in to review the massive trove
of documents. Federal authorities are investigating
conflict-of-interest allegations surrounding Hayes' consulting
business. She and Kitzhaber have denied wrongdoing.
>> 4/9/15 Not Much
Progress For Improving VA Appointments
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Wait times for Oregon veterans seeking medical care have been slow to improve as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs struggles to hire new doctors and nurses. VA spokesman Daniel E. Herrigstad says frustrations competing with the private sector to fill 174 new positions in the Portland area have been compounded by Portland being one of the fastest-growing VA medical service areas in the nation. The Associated Press examined waiting times for appointments at 15 VA medical facilities in Oregon as part of a nationwide look at how the agency is doing since a scandal over delays and attempts to cover them up. Government data from September 2014 through February 2015 shows wait times at four medical facilities in the Portland area have not improved, and some have gotten worse.
>> 4/9/15 Search Underway For "Military Mistress"
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities are searching for the woman they've dubbed the "Military Mistress," saying she and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states. Bobbi Ann Finley of Dallas, Oregon, got her nickname in 2010, when national news outlets spotlighted allegations she went from one military base to the next, marrying service members to gain access to their bank accounts. In all, she married 14 U.S. service members. ABC News reports that she went to prison after pleading guilty to theft by deception. Marion County deputies said in a news release this week that the 39-year-old Finley and her new husband, 27-year-old Zackerie House, have written bad checks in Oregon, Colorado and Oklahoma. Investigators say they appear to be buying items to be used for camping in remote areas.
>> 4/8/15 Another Year
Of Reduced Water For The Klamath Project
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Farmers on a federal irrigation project straddling the Oregon-California border are slated to get 65 percent of full deliveries this growing season, due to the lack of mountain snowpack that feeds reservoirs. The allocation announced Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is a little more than last year, but represents the fourth straight year of drought for parts of the West. Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association says the cutbacks will hurt some farmers. The allocation means no water at all for local wildlife refuges. Dry years have spelled tough times for Klamath farmers since 2001, when the Endangered Species Act forced major irrigation cutbacks to leave water for protected sucker fish and salmon. The Oregon Water Resources Department says this is the 15th year of drought in the Klamath Basin over the last 23 years.
>> 4/8/15 Feds To
Consider Changes To Owl Listing
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal biologists have agreed to consider changing protections for the northern spotted owl from threatened to endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday there is enough new scientific information in a conservation group's petition to warrant a hard look, which will take about two years. After the northern spotted owl was listed as a threatened species in 1990, it became a symbol for Endangered Species Act protections that harm local economies. Logging cutbacks to protect owl habitat put many Northwest timber towns into an economic tailspin. Paul Henson, Fish and Wildlife supervisor for Oregon, says a lot has changed since the original listing. Back in 1990, the biggest threat to the owl was logging. Now it is the barred owl, an aggressive cousin that invaded spotted owl territory.
>> 4/8/15 Right To Try
Bill Clears Oregon House
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The House has voted to make Oregon the latest state to give dying patients a right to try experimental medical treatments that haven't been approved by government regulators. The House unanimously backed the bill on Tuesday, sending it to the Senate. The "right to try" bill would allow patients to ask drug makers for access to experimental treatments that have completed the first phase of clinical trials and haven't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Insurance companies would not be required to cover the drug or complications that arise from using it. Right to try bills are advocated by the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based libertarian think tank. Five states adopted the Legislation last year, and it's under consideration in many others.
>> 4/7/15 Governor
Declares Drought Emergency In Klamath County
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in three more counties — Crook, Harney, and Klamath — due to low water levels and record low snowpack. Brown declared a drought emergency in Malheur and Lake counties last month. She added the latest three on Monday. The counties asked the state to take action, and the Oregon Drought Council considered the requests in light of water conditions, future climatic forecasts and agricultural impacts. The drought continues to have significant impacts on agriculture, livestock and natural resources in each of the counties. In the governor's words, "Oregon's unusually warm and dry winter has potentially dire consequences." The declaration allows increased flexibility in how water is managed to ensure that limited supplies are used as efficiently as possible.
>> 4/7/15 K-12 Funding
Bill Clears Legislature
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A
two-year budget for
Oregon schools is on its
way to Gov. Kate Brown.
Democrats in the state
Senate approved the $7.3
billion budget in a
party-line vote Monday.
After complaining for
weeks that the
Democratic budget was
offered suggestions to
increase it by $200
million. They want to
sell off state
forestland, freeze state
employee pay and
eliminate a program that
pays counties that offer
tax incentives to
say the proposal is
Democratic budget is a 9
percent increase over
the current two-year
budget. Democrats say
it's not an ideal budget
but it's the best they
can do right now.
>> 4/7/15 Old Cabin May
Predate Lewis & Clark Expedition
MOLALLA, Ore. (AP) — Two researchers believe a log cabin in Clackamas County may have been built a decade before the Lewis and Clark expedition. They say it might have been put up by Russians sent by Catherine the Great to grow wheat and gather pelts to help support the Alaskan fur trade. The Oregonian reports that the cabin is being restored by Gregg Olson of Historic Building Repair, who has saved several of Oregon's oldest log buildings. He's using antique hand tools to recreate fragile pieces. Olson and architectural historian Pam Hayden have written a 200-page paper about their research. Restore Oregon, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Molalla Area Historical Society have supported the restoration efforts. Kinsman Foundation grants funded much of the work.
>> 4/6/15 Henley Teacher
Charged In Alleged Bullying Incident
A Henley High School Physical Education
teacher is on paid administratve leave after being charged with one
count of harassment and two counts of criminal misconduct in
connection with an alleged bullying incident during a class. 57 year
old Peter Paul Lucas was booked into nthe county jail and posted
bail last Wednesday. Court documents show during a class a male
student was unable to finish running laps and Lucas allegedly
encouraged other students to pile on top of the...
student. While the student was pinned Lucas allegedly put his shgow
near the victim's face asking him if he could smell the dog waste on
his shoe. Lucas told police he lifted his shoe for one second and
did not place it near the students head. Lucas claims he and the
students were joking around and did not realize the victim was upset
until ran away ands into the Henley High office. Lucas will appear
in court Wednesday April 15th at 1:30p.m. County School
Superintendent Greg Thede says they are taking the situation very
>> 4/6/15 Two Arrested
Two Klamath Falls men were arrested Saturday after Klamath Falls Police and Klamath County Animal Control served a search warrant in the 5700 block of Summers Lane. Police had received information the home was being used for illegal animal fighting. 41 year old Fernando Morales Senior and 19 year old Fernando Morales Junior were each charged with 28 counts of participating in cockfighting and involvement in animal fighting. Police seized 28 roosters, cockfighting supplies including fighting gaffs, boxing gloves, medications, steroids, vitamins and cockfighting literature. The men are jailed with bail for each set at $145,000
>> 4/6/15 Oregon Senate
Committee Okays Background Check Bill
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Senate committee has approved a bill requiring background checks on most private gun sales. The Senate Judiciary committee also approved an amendment Monday. It allows sellers who live more than 40 miles from the buyer to ship the gun to a local dealer. The purchaser would have to visit the dealer for the background check before picking up the firearm. Opponents of the measure say background checks can be unreliable and inaccurate. They say the bill infringes on their 2nd Amendment rights. The two Republican lawmakers on the committee opposed the measure. Supporters say it makes it harder for those who shouldn't have a gun to get their hands on one. The proposal now heads to the Senate floor.
>> 4/3/15 Spring 2015
Open Burn Window Begins Tomorrow
SPRING 2015 OPEN BURN WINDOW
As allowed by the Klamath County Air Quality Ordinance, the 2015 Spring Open Burn Window within the Klamath County Air Quality Zone will start on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. and will end Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm.
Public Health requirements for clean air are:
1. The Air Quality Advisory must be “GREEN”. Find out the daily advisory by calling 541-882-BURN (2876)....
2. Only residential yard waste, such as tree limbs, brush, and leaves may be burned.
3. All burning must occur between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and be fully extinguished by 5:00 pm.
4. No trash, plastic, rubber, tar, petroleum products, treated or painted wood may be burned.
5. The use of Burn Barrels is prohibited.
6. The burning of commercial, construction, demolition or industrial waste is not included in this burn window. Burning for these purposes requires a special permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; contact Bonnie Hough at the DEQ office in Bend at (541) 633-2016.
7. Agricultural burning inside the Air Quality Zone is prohibited without a certificate of variance.
Fire District requirements for public safety are:
1. The wind must be between 4 to 10 mph. For wind speed call 883-8127.
2. There must be a pressurized water hose at the fire site at all times.
3. A responsible adult must be present at the fire from the first flame until the fire is extinguished.
4. The burn pile shall be no larger than 6 feet in diameter and 4 feet high.
5. There must be a six-foot clear area surrounding the base of the pile and the pile must be at least 20 feet from combustible fences and buildings.
6. The person conducting any burning is responsible for damage and the cost of an out of control burn as well as traffic problems and other hazards caused by the smoke.
The Open Burn Window may be cancelled at any time due to Air Quality or Fire Hazard conditions. Check with your local Fire District or the City of Klamath Falls (inside the city limits) for additional restrictions. Klamath County Fire District #1 885-2056 Klamath County Fire District 4 884-1670
Klamath County Environmental Health 883-1122 City of Klamath Falls Code Enforcement 883-5358
>> 4/3/15 Scott Autopsy
An autopsy on the body of a missing Klamath Falls area transient has proven inconclusive. 35 year old Christine Scott's body was located near Lake Ewauna. Police say she had been in the water for some time and any evidence as to her cause of death had deteriorated. The investigation into Scott's death continues and anyone with information asked to call Klamath Falls Police.
>> 4/3/15 AG Says Statre
Won't Cover Hayes Legal Bills
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice has rejected former first lady Cylvia Hayes' request for the state to cover her legal bills in her fight to keep emails out of the public eye. The Oregonian reports that a senior Justice Department official notified Hayes' lawyer of the decision on Thursday. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office has ruled that Hayes was a public official and ordered the former first lady to give her emails pertaining to state business to The Oregonian, which requested them under the public records law. Hayes is suing the newspaper in an effort to block the release. Since Rosenblum had declared Hayes to be a public official, her lawyer said the state is obligated to pay her legal bills.
>> 4/1/15 Public Safety
Committee To Hold Jail Levy Meetings
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A series of
informational meetings about Ballot Measure 18-100 will be held this
month at various locations around the county.
The meetings are all being held by the Klamath Public Safety
political action committee, which is promoting passage of the levy.
Members of the committee will present information and field
questions about the measure.
Following is a list of meetings planned:
Chiloquin Community Center, April 8, 7 p.m.
Crescent Community Center, A...pril
8, 6 p.m.
Malin Community Hall, April 9, 7 p.m.
Bonanza Community Hall, April 10, 7 p.m.
Bly Community Hall, April 10, 7 p.m.
Merrill City Hall, April 13, 7 p.m.
Klamath Falls City Council Chambers, 500 Klamath Ave., April 15, 7
Hope Community Center, 2408 Homedale Road, April 21, 7 p.m.
The levy will also be the subject of a forum at the Klamath Basin
Senior Center, 2045 Arthur St., at noon April 21.
Organizations that have endorsed the levy include the Klamath Falls
City Council, the Merrill City Council, the Klamath Tribes, the
Klamath County Association of Realtors, the Klamath Rental
Association, Klamath County Republican Women and the Klamath County
Democratic Central Committee. The PAC’s web site is
www.klamathpublicsafety.org. Donations to the committee can be
made online, or mailed to KPS PAC, 20990 Highway 140 East, Dairy, OR
To contact the committee, send an email to
>> 4/1/15 Gun Background
Check Hearing Gets Heated
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposal that would require background checks on private firearms sales drew two hours of heated testimony from gun-rights advocates and gun control proponents. The bill would require gun buyers and sellers who aren't related to visit a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check through the Oregon State Police. Opponents said Wednesday background checks are ineffective, difficult to enforce and disproportionally burden law abiding citizens. Several testified they would refuse to comply if the bill passes. Supporters of the measure acknowledged it wouldn't prevent all people prohibited from owning a firearm from getting one. They say the bill will make it harder for them to access one. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the measure at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
>> 4/1/15 Teenager
Convicted Of Rape Now Charged With Aggravated Murder
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The teenager
who raped a woman outside Autzen Stadium last football season has
been charged with killing a woman at a Beaverton apartment complex.
Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County sheriff's office says
17-year-old Jaime Tinoco (HI'-may tin-OH'-coh) was arrested
Wednesday on aggravated murder and weapons charges. Nicole Laube
(LOW'-bee) was stabbed Aug. 19 while hanging lease-renewal fliers at
an apartment complex. Ray says Tinoco lived with his pare...nts
across the road from the apartments. Tinoco was recently sentenced
to more than 14 years in prison for the rape that occurred Sept. 13
during a supervised group outing to a Ducks football game. He was on
supervised probation for burglary and drug convictions. Ray says a
Eugene detective then questioned Tinoco about the Laube killing and
got "significant information."
>> 3/31/15 K-12 Funding
Bill Passes Oregon House
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The
Oregon House has
approved funding for
Oregon schools for the
next two years. The
House voted along party
lines Tuesday to send
the $7.3 billion budget
to the Senate. The
budget was pushed by
leaders, who say the 9
percent increase would
allow most districts to
kindergarten to all
students without cutting
budgets beyond current
interest groups have
criticized the proposal
as inadequate. They say
it won't allow school
districts to make
improvements and will
require some to increase
class sizes. Money from
the state general fund
and lottery makes up the
bulk of the budget for
Oregon school districts.
>> 3/31/15 States Sue
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) —
general is suing four
Oregon companies for
magazine sales tactics
she says are misleading
and hurt seniors. Lori
Swanson says the
magazine and newspaper
subscription renewals to
Minnesotans at inflated
rates. Some customers
didn't realize they had
been scammed until
publishers sent them a
real renewal offer for
much less. Better
Business Bureau records
appear to show some of
the companies are
alternate names for one
another. A man taking
calls for the companies
said he couldn't provide
contact information for
officials to comment.
Swanson's office says
magazine scams usually
target senior citizens.
Some companies in the
charged more than twice
the going rate for
publications like TV
Guide. Swanson wants the
companies to stop the
restitution and face
>> 3/31/15 Packy's Son
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) —
Oregon Zoo officials in
Portland say they have
euthanized a 31-year-old
elephant known for his
enthusiasm for painting.
They decided Rama was in
too much pain from an
old leg injury.
Oregonian reports that
Rama was euthanized
Monday. Zoo officials
say physical therapy
medications were no
longer working and new
modifications did not
improve his quality of
life. The elephant
suffered a leg injury in
1990 when older female
elephants pushed the
young bull out of the
Portland zoo's herd, a
practice naturally seen
in the wild. Rama fell
into a moat, which has
since been filled in.
Rama was a son of the
elephant, Packy, who
Zoo officials say Rama
had an unusually sweet
temperament and loved to
paint, creating artwork
that was displayed in a
>> 3/30/15 David Henslee
Is New Klamath Falls Police Chief
David Henslee is the new Klamath Falls
Police Chief. Henslee was previously a Corvallis Police Department
Captain. About 100 people attended the swearing-in ceremony at
police headquarters this morning. Henslee's parents, his
grandfather, his wife and two of his three children also attended.
Henslee described himself as a "progressive, motivational and
participatory leader. I recognize that everybody has value and I
find strength in our differences." Henslee succeeds Chief Jim Hunter
who retired earlier this year after more than two decades of service
with the department. After being sworn in Henslee made it clear
where his loyalties lie as a college football fan, telling the
crowd, "Go Beavers."
>> 3/30/15 Highway 97
Sees Jump In Big Rig truck Traffic
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Southern
Oregon has a sign of economic recovery: Lots more big rigs at the
weigh scales on Highway 97 near the border with California. A 25
percent year-over-year increase in traffic at the stations in 2014,
jumping to more than 238,000 trucks. State transportation workers
say trucking tracks the economy, dropping quickly in downturns. U.
S. 97 is an alternative to Interstate 5 for some truckers headed
north into Oregon because it can save fuel. Man...y
of those truckers then take Oregon 58 over the Willamette Pass to
I-5. The scales are just north of the Oregon Institute of
Technology. Right now, scale workers say, they're busy with bees
being trucked north to pollinate fruit crops in Oregon and
>> 3/30/15 Bly Terrorist
Camp Suspect Pleads Guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — A British man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in New York that he plotted to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon. Haroon Aswat pleaded guilty Monday to supporting terrorism and conspiracy. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say Aswat conspired with a radical cleric to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago. He was arrested in 2005 in Zambia and later brought to Great Britain. He fought extradition for several years before being sent to the United States in 2014 to face the terror charges. His lawyers say he's been treated for mental illness. He is to be sentenced July 31.
>> 3/27/15 Body Found In
A body was found in Lake Ewauna Wednesday afternoon by a kayaker. Klamath Falls Police Lt. Rob Dentinger says they don't know how long the body was in the water. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Dentinger says police are trying to locate next of kin.
>> 3/27/15 Peninsula Air
Authorized To Serve Crescent City, CA
Alaska-based Peninsula Airlines received authorization Thursday to provide air service to and from Crescent city, California. a Vice President of Penn Air, Murphy Forner, told a meeting of city and county officials Monday, authorization to serve Crescent City was critical to air service being offered in Klamath Falls. The tentative schedule calls for an early morning flight to Portland and either a late morning or early afternoon flight to Portland and return service to Klamath Falls in the early evening.
>> 3/27/15 BOR Seeking
New Area Manager
The Bureau of Reclamation is looking for a new manager. Sheryl Franklin took a personal leave in December and according to acting manager Brian Person, Franklin will not return. Person says they hope to have a new manager in place sometime in May.
>> 3/26/15 Secure Rural
Schools Act Included In Medicare Bill, Passes U-S House
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. House has passed a Medicare bill that includes renewal of a program that pays subsidies to timber counties, especially in Oregon. The House voted 392-37 on Thursday to pass the bill that permanently blocks physician Medicare cuts. It now goes to the Senate. Attached to the bill is a two-year renewal of the Secure Rural Schools Program, which expired last year amid partisan disagreements. That program paid subsidies to rural timber companies around the country to make up for declining federal timber revenues from logging. Timber harvests have been reduced to protect fish, wildlife and clean water. Last year Oregon got about $100 million of the $500 million paid nationwide. Loss of the subsidies has forced some Oregon counties to consider tax increases or cuts to law enforcement.
>> 3/26/15 Walden
Holding Town Hall Meeting Saturday
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold a town hall meeting in Klamath county on Saturday. Walden will give an update on securing a two year extension of Secure Rural Schools payments for schools, roads, and law enforcement in Oregon’s rural communities. He will also discuss efforts in the House to balance the federal budget and grow jobs by reducing burdens on American workers and small businesses. "I am looking forward to answering questions from the public and giving an update on local and national issues, including reforming federal forest policy to grow jobs and revenue, increasing access to quality health care, and standing up for our nation’s veterans. These town hall meetings help me develop my ‘to do’ list to take back to Washington, D.C. each week. They are a great way to keep in close touch with Oregonians, along with mail, email, Facebook, Twitter, and regular telephone town halls,” Walden said.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
What: Klamath County Town Hall Meeting
When: 4:00 pm
Where: Mazama Room, Oregon Institute of Technology, 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls
>> 3/26/15 IFA Nursery
Investigators with Klamath County Fire District No. 1, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Oregon Department of Forestry have determined that a fire which occurred Tuesday was accidental. The cause was determined to be from an overheated extension cord, which fed power to a small 110 volt water heater located on the mezzanine at IFA Nurseries. The 15,000 sq ft building located at 1205 South Spring Street experienced structural damage estimated at $750,000 and contents loss estimated at $100,000. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries associated with this incident. Fire District No. 1 reminds everyone that appliances should always be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Extension cords should be for temporary use only, and should always be unplugged when not in use.
>> 3/25/15 Firefighters
Battle Blaze At IFA Nurseries; Cause Unknown
Klamath County Fire District No. 1, along with Kingsley Field Fire Department, responded to a reported structure fire this afternoon at the IFA Nurseries, located at 1205 South Spring Street. The fire was dispatched at 1:02pm. Upon arrival, crews reported heavy smoke with flames coming from the roof of the building. In all, three fire engines, one ladder truck, a Battalion Chief, and the Fire Marshal responded to the scene, for a total of 15 personnel. Fire crews had the situation under controlled within an hour.
The 15,000 sq ft building is used as a process facility for tree seedlings, as well as administrative offices. It sustained moderate fire damage and heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries associated with this incident.
>> 3/25/15 State K-12
Funding Budget Headed To Ways & Means Committee
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon legislative panel has advanced a $7.255 billion spending plan for primary and secondary schools. Democrats on the budget subcommittee that oversees education funding approved the schools budget in a party-line vote Tuesday. The full Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to take up the measure on Thursday, setting up votes in the full House and Senate as soon as next week. Democrats praised the budget as a stable funding plan that will allow most schools to continue with their current level of service. They say they'll try to bolster the funding if lawmakers later raise additional revenue or the economy leads to stronger revenue projections. Education interests have criticized the budget, saying it won't allow the state to improve lackluster graduation rates.
>> 3/25/15 Crater Lake
Parks Gets A Lot Of Snow...But Not THAT Much
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — After a warm, mild winter, Crater Lake National Park has recorded nearly 2 feet of snow in recent days, but the seasonal total is still a third of normal. The park usually has 119 inches of snow on the ground as of March 24. But the total recorded Tuesday was 40 inches. The snow that fell beginning Friday was heavy and wet. Rangers said cross country skiing was tough.
>> 3/24/15 Walden Gets
Two Year Extension Of Secure Rural Schools Act
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) —
Rep. Greg Walden says
House Speaker John
Boehner has agreed to
include a two-year
extension of subsidies
to Oregon timber
counties in a bipartisan
agreement to reform the
way doctors are paid by
Oregon Republican said
Tuesday the House will
vote on the bill on
Thursday. In the Senate,
Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron
Wyden says a three-year
extension of the program
is making progress, as
well. He added he was
happy the House was not
linking the payments to
legislation to increase
logging that would never
pass the Senate. The
make up for declines in
federal timber revenues
shared with counties
since logging on
national forests was cut
back to protect the
northern spotted owl and
salmon. Last year they
provided $100 million to
>> 3/24/15 Missing Cat
Returned To Owners After 7 Years
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Seven years after he
disappeared, a cat named Brave has made it back to spend his last
days with his family, thanks to a microchip. KTVZ-TV reports (http://is.gd/4Y4hhY
) the 10-year-old cat was brought to the Humane Society of Central
Oregon last Friday — and soon reunited with his owners since his
microchip was linked to a cellphone number they still have. Mark
Reinecke soon claimed his cat at the Bend shelter but it was a
bittersweet reunion. An exam and ...ultrasound
showed a large abdominal mass that is most likely a cancerous tumor.
Now the family plans to give their pet comfort care to keep him
happy during his final days. Reinecke and his wife, Melissa Lande,
say they lived in their old home for several years after Brave
vanished but have moved twice since. The cat was found across town
from the home where he last lived. Reinecke says Brave is "really
happy to be held" and even the new family dog is keeping an eye on
>> 3/24/15 Education
Leaders Say K-12 Funding Bill "Inadequate"
SALEM, Ore. (AP) —
leaders say they'll move
forward this week with a
schools budget that
education interests call
Speaker Tina Kotek and
Senate President Peter
Democrats, said Monday
that it's important to
provide school districts
with certainty as they
develop their budgets.
If future projections
show the state will have
more money, Kotek and
Courtney say 40 percent
of the additional
revenue will be
dedicated to K-12
schools. The Democratic
leaders say their $7.24
billion budget provides
enough money for most
school districts to
avoid cutting services.
It's scheduled for a
committee vote on
reaching the House and
Senate next week.
and others say many
districts would be
forced to reduce school
days or lay off
requesting an additional
>> 3/23/15 Drought
Assistance Available In 13 Counties
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's worsening drought has triggered a federal disaster loan program in 13 Oregon counties. The Oregonian reports low-interest loans meant to offset economic losses associated with the drought are now available in Grant, Jackson, Baker, Crook, Douglas, Harney, Josephine, Klamath, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wheeler counties. The announcement was made Friday by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Farmers in those counties are also eligible for emergency aid through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that most of Oregon is in drought disaster mode.
>> 3/23/15 ODOT Wants
Studded Tires Off March 31st
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding Oregonians they should remove studded tires by March 31. Given current weather forecasts, transportation officials say they do not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season. The Washington State Department of Transportation announced the same deadline last week. A study completed in 2014 concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways.
>> 3/23/15 Education
Leaders Upset About K-12 Funding Levels
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Education interests have mounted an unusually vocal challenge to the schools budget proposed by Democratic legislative leaders. School officials say the $7.24 billion plan would lead to larger classes and shorter school years. They're asking for an additional $265 million. Legislative leaders are defending their plan. They say most school districts will do neither better nor worse than their current funding situation. They say their proposal is the best they can do without devastating other areas of the budget, including higher education. The school budget is likely to come up in the House and Senate in the coming weeks.
>> 3/16/15 Body Of
Missing Klamath County Man Found In Lake County
From Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a report of a man found deceased south of Highway 140 near Lofton Reservoir in rural Lake County this (Sunday) afternoon. According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, at approximately 12:30 p.m., deputies and troopers were dispatched to an area approximately 2.4 miles south of the location where missing Klamath County Man SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, is believed to ...have left his motorhome after he was last seen on Friday, February 13. Investigators contacted a couple driving in the area who spotted GIESEA's dog, Angel, as they passed by. When the couple returned a few hours later the dog was still in the area and as they stopped to investigate they discovered GIESEA deceased.
While the investigation is still on going, investigators do not believe the death to be suspicious at this time, however, further review by the medical examiner's office is pending.
>> 3/16/15 BOCC To Vote Tuesday Onb Drought Declaration
Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Klamath County Commissioners will be asked to declare a Drought Emergency and also request that Governor Kate brown also declare a Drought Emergency in Klamath county. Tomorrow's meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Government Center on Main Street.
>> 3/16/15 KCSO Warns Of IRS, U-S Treasury Scam
SCAM ALERT! From the Klamath County Sheriff
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that the IRS nor the Treasury Department do not call people and threaten them with arrest warrants or litigation for monies owed. Nor do they demand payment to avoid arrest or litigation. Communication with these branches of Government will be via U.S. Mail.
Klamath County Sheriff’s personnel have fielded a growing number of calls from victim’s or would be victim’s tha...t are telling us that they have received calls demanding payment for taxes owed. The caller in many of these calls identifies himself as “Steve Martin”. The caller tells the recipient in the call that they will be taken before a magistrate or arrested if they do not make payment immediately.
These calls like many “phone scams” originate in foreign countries. Many times routed through phone trees and systems making it difficult if not impossible to back track. In the event it can be tracked back it usually goes to a foreign country or bad address ….. Thus making solving these crimes nearly impossible.
- If you receive a call like this do not give the caller any information.
- Do not make payment
- Remember the IRS and US Treasury do not call you they correspond via mail
- Do not give your Social Security number or Date of Birth
If you wish to contact the Internal Revenue Service their telephone number for the Klamath Falls area is (800)829-1040.
>> 3/13/15 Three Groups
Endorse Five Year Jail Levy
The Klamath Falls City Council, the Klamath tribes and the Klamath County Association of Realtors have endorsed the local option five year levy for the county jail, coming up on the May ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot by county commissioners at the request of the Public safety Advisory Committee. A member of the committee, Chuck wells, says a series of town Hall meetings will be held in coming weeks to give everyone a chance to learn about the measure. The levy, if approved, would cost 1-dollar-14-cents per 1-thousan dollars assessed valuation. However, county commissioners have promised to look for ways to cut the dollar-14-rate.
>> 3/13/15 KCC President Says Advanced Diploma Program "Will Continue"
Klamath Community College President Doctor Roberto Gutierrez says if state lawmakers eliminate funding for ADP, the Advanced Diploma Program, KCC will fund it for the 2015-16 school year. High school students forego receiving a degree and attend KCC for their 5th year of high school. The state uses K-12 funding money to pay for tuition and books. However, State Senator Mark Hass, a Beaverton democrat, says he sees "an ethical problem" because of the use of K-12 money for colleges. Gutierrez says KCC will use scholarships, grants and other sources to continue support for the ADP next year if state lawmakers eliminate funding.
>> 3/13/15 Another U-of-O Student Stricken With Potentially Deadly Infection
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon says a fifth student has been diagnosed with the same contagious bacterial infection that killed one student and sickened three others this year. The Register-Guard newspaper reports that university spokeswoman Jen McCulley said Thursday night the latest case involves a 19-year-old male sophomore who is hospitalized and "doing very well." The school recently completed a four-day mass vaccination clinic aimed at protecting students ...from the infection. Citing privacy laws, the university wouldn't say whether the latest student received a dose of the vaccine. The 19-year-old lived in an off-campus student apartment complex with three roommates. He belongs to a fraternity. The roommates will receive antibiotics. Public health officials are trying to reach others who may have had close contact. This is the first confirmed case of the potentially fatal blood infection meningococcemia since 18-year-old Lauren Jones died of the disease Feb. 17. The other three students sickened since mid-January have recovered.
>> 3/12/15 KCEDA Asks
For $250,00 From County
Klamath County Commissioners on
Wednesday morning were asked to support a big increase in funding
support for KCEDA, Klamath County Economic Development Association.
The county has provided $136,000 support for KCEDA per year over the
past few years. But on Wednesday KCEDA board members including Mark
Wendt, Sam Porter and Lauren Jesperson urged the commissioners to
raise that funding to $250,000 to support their new budget of just
over $600,000. KCEDA alos receives $25,000
in funding from the City of Klamath Falls and will ask the City
Council to increase mfunding to $50,000. Jesperson told the
commissioners for every $1 invested by the county for KCEDA, there
is a return of $7.50 to the county. KCEDA members told the
commissioners they adopted a new "pay for play" plan for membership
in the organization as of last November. For a pledge of $5,000 a
year for three years, businesses can attain "Platinum Status" in
KCEDA. That new platinum membership category has raised at least
$140,000 so far and with the three year commitment, a total of
$420,000 has been pledged. KCEDA members also told the commissioners
they have decided to put much more emphasis on retention of local
businesses coupled with a greater effort to helpincrease employment
at those businesses. KCEDA says the effort to attract outside
companies to the area also means Klamath county is competing with
hundreds even thousands of other local entities across the nation.
Commissioners said the request will go through the budget committee
process but seemed warm to the idea of boosting support for KCEDA.
>> 3/12/15 Governor
Brown Axes Kitzhaber Forest Advisor
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) —
Gov. Kate Brown has
ended a state contract
with former Gov. John
adviser, who collected
nearly $400,000 in fees
and expenses while also
running a consulting
Wednesday that Brown
took the action the day
she took office, Feb.
and a timber industry
leader said they
questioned the roles of
Tom Tuchmann, but they
say they didn't raise
objections publicly for
fear of alienating
When he was an adviser
to Kitzhaber, Tuchman
also owned a company
called U.S. Forest
Capital that had
expertise in financing
for buyers such as
conservation groups to
>> 3/12/15 Oracle Loses
Another Round In Court Fight With State
Ore. (AP) — The state of
Oregon has notched
another victory in its
high-stakes legal battle
with Oracle Inc., over
the failure of the Cover
Oregon health insurance
District Judge Anna
Brown this week rejected
Oracle's attempt to try
the case in federal
court. The decision
means dueling lawsuits
filed by the state and
the company will proceed
separately in state and
federal court. The
state's lawsuit accuses
Oracle and its
attorneys prefer to try
their case in state
court in Salem, where
legal experts say jurors
may be more sympathetic.
Oracle accuses OregonS
infringement and breach
of contract. A
spokeswoman declined to
comment on the judge's
Last month, a state
judge also sided with
Oregon in ordering
Oracle to continue
hosting computer systems