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>> 1/29/15  Man Sentenced For Fatal Pedestrian Death

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for driving drunk and killing a 63-year-old woman walking along the road in the Klamath County community Sprague River. 24-year-old Joseph Martin Schuster of Chiloquin had pleaded guilty in the death of Barbara Lynn Malo. He was scheduled to be sentenced three weeks ago but didn't show up in court. He was sentenced Monday on charges of manslaughter, drunken driving and failing to perform the duties of a driver. Schuster was also fined $5,000 and loses his driver's license for 10 years.


>> 1/29/15 More Information About Hayes Consulting Work

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — More of the consulting work done by Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancιe is coming to light. The EO Media Group reports that Cylvia Hayes was paid $118,000 over two years to work with a clean energy organization at the same time she was advising the governor on similar topics. Hayes confirmed the work in an email to the media company. Neither she nor the organization, the Clean Economy Development Center, would say what work she did. Hayes' consulting contracts for organizations seeking to influence public policy became a central issue in Kitzhaber's re-election campaign last year. Her income from the Clean Economy organization had not been previously disclosed.


>> 1/29/15 Still No Sign Of Missing Ashland Teen

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sideline to sideline, an estimated 600 students and teachers have assembled on the football field at Ashland High School to let a missing classmate know they're thinking of her and want her back. They made a big heart formation Tuesday. Five placards in the middle spelled her nickname, "Moose." The 17-year-old girl, Hannah Thomas-Garner, has been missing since Nov. 30. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that police consider her a runaway. She was seen at a party near Ashland on Nov. 30. Police say her car was later found abandoned and bashed up near a freeway exit in Northern California. A motorist reported giving a hitchhiker matching her description a ride the next morning.


1/28/15 First Hearing Held On KBREC Taxing District

The Klamath County Board of Commissioners held their first hearing Tuesday on the effort to create a taxing district for KBREC, the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. A second hearing is scheduled Tuesday, February 3rd at 9:15 a.m.  At the hearing several people spoke in support of KBREC for the 4-H and Master Gardeners Programs in addition to the critically important agricultural research that helps farmers and ranchers. If the taxing district is approved by voters in May the levy would 15-cents and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $15 a year.


>> 1/28/15 Tribes To Hold Meetings To Update KBRA, Other Agreements

The Klamath Tribes will hold a series of meetings with tribal members next month to update them about the Klamath Basin restoration Agreements and the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. Neither agreements passed Congress before the end of 2014 and Chairman Don Gentry said there has been misinformation spreading and he will clarify at the meetings Tribal Council members still support legislation moving forward as written. Meetings are scheduled February 9th in Portland and February 10th in Eugene. Locally a meeting is set for February 12th at Klamath Tribes Administrative Offices in Chiloquin from 6-to-8 p.m., and in Klamath Falls, Friday, February 13th at the Shilo0 Inn from 6-to-8 p.m.


>> 1/28/15 New Rules For Snmowmobilers In National Forests

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has issued a new policy requiring forest managers to limit where snowmobiles can go by specifically designating what areas are open. The federal agency on Wednesday published the final federal register notice for the new rules that take effect Feb. 27. The change follows a 2013 federal court ruling in Boise that found the Forest Service incorrectly exempted snowmobiles from a 2005 Forest Service plan restricting wheeled cross-country travel to designated routes. an Idaho-based backcountry skier group called Winter Wildlands Alliance filed the lawsuit amid concerns new and more powerful snowmobiles were chewing up remote and pristine powder previously reachable only by skiers. The new policy requires forests to publish over-snow vehicle maps using existing designations or maps to be worked out through a public process.





>> 1/27/15 Klamath Falls Man Indicted, Arrested Charged With Manslaughter

A Klamath County Grand Jury has indicted 22 year old Guage Lee Gray of Klamath Falls, in connection with a fatal wreck that killed two people. District Attorney Rob Patridge told KFLS News, Gray is charged with two counts Manslaughter 1, two counts Manslaughter 2 and DUII. Gray is jailed with bail set at $15,000. No trial date has been set yet.

>> 1/27/15 County Commissioners Put Jail Levy On May Ballot

Klamath County Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to place a 5-year local levy for Klamath County Jail Operations on the May 19th, 2015 ballot. The formal decision follows a meeting with county commissioners and the Klamath County Public Safety Committee that took place on January 7th. At the meeting members of the committee urged the board to put the measure on the May ballot. Usually commissioners want citizens to gather signatures for ballot measures but the board decided to approve the request because of the critical importance of jail funding for public safety. The levy, if approved, would be $1.14 per $10,000 assessed valuation and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $114 per year. Commissioner Kelley Minty-Morris promised the public that the commissioners will look for ways to lower the $1.14 rate.


>> 1/27/15 Oregon High School Graduation Rate Near Bottom

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has nowhere to go but up when it releases the graduation rate for the class of 2014 on Thursday. A U.S. Department of Education report shows Oregon's 69 percent graduation rate for the class of 2013 was worst among the 49 states able to calculate their rates in the way required by the federal government. State education officials acknowledge rates are too low. But they... say definitions and requirements aren't identical from state to state, so comparisons should be made with caution. The Oregonian reports the state is expanding the definition of who is a high school graduate to be more inclusive, beginning with the class of 2014. For example, students awarded modified diplomas were considered completers, not graduates, in 2013. That will change Thursday.



>> 1/26/15 Man Arrested After Shooting, Barricade Incidents

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a man suspected of shooting into a home in northern Klamath County has been arrested after a standoff in the Deschutes County town of La Pine. The shooting at the home, just south of La Pine, was reported about 2 a.m. Sunday. No one was injured. Police said a man at that address had previously been threatened by 31-year-old Gary T. Davis, and they tracked Davis down at his girlfriend's home in La Pine. Authorities say the couple barricaded themselves in the home at about 7 a.m., and Davis was taken into custody about three hours later. Davis was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending.


>> 1/26/15 High Speed Chase Ends In Rollover, Serious Injuries

Oregon State Police troopers provided emergency medical attention to the occupants of a vehicle involved in a high speed chase that began on the Williamson River Road near Chiloquin Saturday night, when the vehicle they were pursuing crashed on a forest service road. At least two of the occupants in the vehicle were airlifted to Sky Lakes Medical Center. Names of those involved have not been relea...sed. No law enforcement officers were injured. The driver was arrested and is identified as 21 year old Mickey Lee Hicks is charged with 5 counts Reckless Endangering, DUI, and Attempting To Elude, Bail for Hicks set at $37,500. The incident began about 10:45 when an OSP trooper tried to pull over a vehicle for a traffic infraction. The vehicle attempted to elude police, leading the trooper on a chase that lasted an hour and involved additional troopers from Klamath Falls as well as the Klamath County Sheriff's Office. The pursuit left the Williamson River Highway and continued on at least two U.S. Forest Service roads at unsafe speeds. The vehicle being pursued eventually crashed, with two of the four occupants injured severely enough to be transported via helicopter to Sky Lakes. Because of the remote location, it took ground ambulance crews almost a half hour to arrive at the crash scene to assist OSP troopers, who provided EMS to the crash victims until they could be transported to the landing site of the helicopter by ground ambulance. During the chase, officers in pursuit reported the vehicle's occupants were throwing objects out of the window. The vehicle that crashed suffered heavy damage and reportedly rolled.

>> 1/26/15 White Supremacist Gang Members Indicted, Jailed

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Three members of an eastern Oregon white supremacist gang have been charged in connection with a murder plot and other crimes. The East Oregonian reports Jeremiah Mauer, Gregory Tinnell and Warren Gerald Browning are facing one count of racketeering each and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a shooting in a Pendleton home. They also face second-deg...ree assault, riot and felon in possession of firearms charges. The charges were filed during an arraignment Friday at the Umatilla County Courthouse. They are based on secret grand jury indictments handed down Thursday. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Mauer is the founder of the United Aryan Empire, a white supremacist gang. 43-year-old Tinnell and 35-year-old Browning are members. Police arrested the trio this month following a vehicle shooting.


>> 1/2/3/15 Murder Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

A murder suspect made his first appearance in Klamath County Circuit Court on Thursday. 32 year old Joseph Everett Woodward is accused of the shooting death of 49 year old Donald Clinton Black at Black's home in the 2000 block of Montelius Street early Tuesday morning. Woodward also faces charges of manufacturing, possessing and delivering marijuana and methamphetamine. His next court appearance is Thursday, January 29th.


>> 1/23/15 Oregon Inmate Linked To California Murders By DNA Evidence

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say DNA evidence has linked an Oregon prison inmate to at least two of five killings of young women that terrified the San Francisco Bay Area for four months in 1976. The San Mateo district attorney's office says 66-year-old Rodney Halbower is also being investigated for the rest of the killings and the death of a teenager in Nevada. Halbower is charged in the deaths of 17-year-old Paula Baxter and 18-year-old Veronica Cascio. Their two deaths were among six police say are connected and occurred between January and April in 1976 in California and Nevada. Four of the bodies were found in the suburbs immediately south of San Francisco and one was found near Gypsy Hill Road, giving the killings their nickname. A sixth body was found in Reno. Halbower is scheduled to enter a plea in Redwood City on Monday.


>> 1/23/15 Brown Wants Voting Registration Change

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Secretary of State Kate Brown hopes a more Democratic Legislature will improve the odds for her effort to automatically add licensed drivers to the voter rolls. Brown's initiative is one of several stymied liberal priorities that are likely to find a friendlier reception in the new Legislature, which begins a five-month session on Feb. 2. The bill passed the House in 2013 but... fell one vote short in the Senate. Brown told The Associated Press she and her staff haven't spoken with all the newly elected lawmakers yet, but she's optimistic about her chances. Brown says the state should remove barriers that prevent people from participating in democracy. Critics say it's not too much to ask people who want to vote to fill out a registration form.



>> 1/22/15 More Information On Homicide Case

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a man found dead in a house in Klamath Falls. Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says 32-year-old Joseph Everett Woodward was arrested with help from the SWAT team Wednesday on a charge of murder. He is accused of killing 49-year-old Donald Clinton Black of Klamath Falls, who was found dead in a house on Tuesday. Patridge says Woodward was also charged with making, selling and having methamphetamine, and selling and having marijuana. He says investigators are still looking for a white car seen leaving the area, but they have talked to a man earlier identified as a person of interest in the case, Zachary Nathaniel Craig, and no longer consider him involved.


>> 1/22/15 Mom Urges California To Pass Death With Dignity Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. Brittany Maynard's mother and husband will be at the state Capitol on Wednesday to support a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives in California. The 29-year-old Northern California woman had brain cancer. She argued in online videos that patients facing imminent death should be able to die on their own terms. Maynard's family has been speaking publicly for the first time since her November death as lawmakers nationwide consider whether to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs. The California proposal would require patients to take the fatal medication themselves. Previous efforts have failed after facing opposition from religious and medical groups.


>> 1/22/15 State Lawmaker Wants Go Slow Approach To Pot Edibles

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A key lawmaker says a marijuana overdose in an Oregon resort town shows the need to go slowly on making pot-infused candies and cookies available to the public. Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) is co-chair of a legislative committee working on implementing the ballot measure approved last fall legalizing recreational marijuana. She said Wednesday she's not willing to allow the legal sale of marijuana edibles until regulators figure out how to control potency and keep them away from kids. Police in Sunriver say an officer was called to a condo Monday. He found a 37-year-old woman slumped on a bathroom floor and having trouble breathing. The woman had eaten three marijuana candies shaped like raspberries brought by a friend. EMS medics treated the woman and she came around.



>> 1/21/15 Suspect Arrested In Montelius Street Homicide

From D.A Rob Patridge
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the Klamath County Major Crime Team arrested Joseph Everett Woodward (DOB 5-16-82) for the Murder of Donald Clinton Black. Mr. Black was murdered on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at approximately 2:10 a.m. in the 2000 Block of Montelius Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. In addition, Woodward was also charged with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana, manufacture of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. The Klamath Falls Police Department SWAT Team and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office SRT Team were activated to apprehend Woodward. Search warrants were served at multiple locations within Klamath County. The Major Crime Team is still actively seeking information from the public about a white four door vehicle, believed to be a newer model Honda Civic, leaving the area of Montelius Street shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The Major Crime Team has contacted Zachary Nathaniel Craig (DOB 10-16-1990) a prior person of interest in the Black murder investigation. Craig is no longer a person of interest at this time. The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

>> 1/21/15 Unemployment Drops In Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's unemployment rate has dropped to a level not seen since the days before the economy plunged off a cliff into the Great Recession. The state Employment Department said Wednesday that the December unemployment rate of 6.7 percent accompanied strong job gains in the last three months of the year. The rate was down from 7 percent and represents a six-year low. The agency says job gains in December topped 8,000, and totaled about 24,000 for the last quarter of the year. It says December hiring was unusually widespread in the various sectors of the economy. The jobless rate hovered around 7 percent for months because as the state gained jobs, people rejoined the labor force. But in December, the agency said, the labor force grew only slightly.

>> 1/21/15 Agreement Reached Between Blueberry Growers U-S Labor Department

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government and two Oregon blueberry producers have settled a dispute over allegations farm workers were paid less than the minimum wage. The case began in 2012 when the U.S. Department of Labor told the growers to pay $220,000 in back wages and penalties. Otherwise, the agency said, it would block shipment of their perishable berry crops. The growers paid, but a federal judge stopped the agency, saying the farmers acted under duress. Under agreements signed last week, the farm workers get to keep $73,500 they got as compensation. The government agreed to pay the growers nearly an equal amount, and each grower gets $30,000 in addition. neither side admitted liability. The agreements note that Pan-American Berry Growers and B&G Ditchen had to bear their own legal fees.



>> 1/21/15 Person Of Interest Sought In Murder Case

From Klamath County D.A. Rob Patridge
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at approximately 2:14 a.m. Klamath 911 received a call regarding a murder in the 2000 Block of Montelius Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Klamath County Major Crime was activated to respond. The investigation involves the death of Donald Clinton Black (DOB 11-22-65). The Major Crime Team has named Zachary Nathaniel Craig (DOB ...10-16-1990), photo below, as a person of interest in the investigation and is seeking the public’s help in locating him. Craig is a resident of Klamath Falls and is described as a white male adult, 6’ 02” tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds, black hair, and blue eyes. Craig currently has an outstanding Klamath County arrest warrant for failing to appear in 2014 hit and run case. The public is advised not to approach Craig and to call 911.

>> 1/20/15 Major Crime Team Investigates Early Morning Murder

From D.A. Rob Patridge

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at approximately 2:14 a.m. Klamath 911 received a call regarding a murder in the 2000 Block of Montelius Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Klamath County Major Crime was activated to respond. The investigation involves the death of Donald Clinton Black (DOB 11-22-65). No one has been arrested related to this incident. The Major Crime Team is actively seeking information from the public about a possible white vehicle leaving the area of Montelius Street shortly after 2:00 a.m. The Klamath Falls Police Department is leading the investigation and if the public has information they can call the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336 or they may leave anonymous information at the police department tip line at 541-883-5334.
The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.


>> 1/20/15 Klamath Falls Man Charged With Murder

A Klamath Falls man has been charged with the murder of a Bly Mountain resident last May. 21 year old Richard Hamilton Tallent is accused of the May 10th, 2014 murder of 61-year old Steven Edward Dann. Tallent is jailed on chargers of Murder and a Felon in Possession of a Weapon following his indictment and arrest last week. District Attorney Rob Patridge says investigators believe Tallent conspired with others. Tallent will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.


>> 1/20/15 O-I-T Trustees Hold First Meeting Tomorrow & Thursday

From O-I-T
WHEN: Wednesday, January 21st, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday, January 22nd, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited to join the meeting at Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville Campus, or view it by video streaming at Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls Campus.
WHERE: Oregon Tech Wilsonville Campus
Room 402, 27500 SW Parkway Ave., Wilsonville, OR 97070
Viewable by video: Mt. Thielsen Room, College Union..., Klamath Falls Campus
WHAT: The Oregon Institute of Technology Board of Trustees will assemble for their first meeting on Wednesday, January 21st and Thursday, January 22nd to begin their official role as governing board of the university.
The Board also will consider a number of other items:
• Large-scale overview of university
• Adoption of bylaws and policy statements
• Election of board leadership roles
• Draft of board core value pledge
• Preparation for 2015 Legislative Session
HOW: The public is welcome to attend regularly scheduled board meetings and workshops. Meetings held at the Oregon Tech Wilsonville campus will be broadcast for viewing at the Klamath Falls campus. For information on locations and times, please refer to the specific Agenda. If you would like to speak at a regularly scheduled board meeting under the Public Comment portion, you can fill out the Public Comment Sign-In Sheet and submit it via email to board@oit.edu at least 24 hours prior to the meeting or bring it with you and submit it to the Board Secretary at the meeting.



>> 1/20/15 U-of-O Reports No New Cases Of Bacterial Infection

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — There have been no new reports of University of Oregon students becoming ill with a bacterial infection that causes meningitis. But a Lane County Public Health official tells The Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/180I5Se ) the agency and the health center on campus are prepared to see students who may need to be tested for the potentially life-threatening bloodstream infection, cal...led meningococcemia. Meanwhile, the student who was taken to a hospital last week is stable — no better, no worse. The university and Lane County Public Health notified 800 people who may have had contact with her. If they have an unexplained fever, headache or neck pain, they are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

>> 1/15/15 Crater Lake Visitors Increased In 2014

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Crater Lake — Oregon's only national park — reports visitation was up in 2014 — part of a nationwide trend. Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman says 619,469 people visited the park last year, up from 523,027. He attributes the increase to a lack of snow that allowed the park to open roads, campgrounds and trails a month earlier than usual, and a promotional campaign by Tr...avel Oregon. Ackerman says he expects to see even more visitors this season, as a result of the movie "Wild," which includes scenes of star Reese Witherspoon hiking a trail overlooking the lake. Nationwide, unofficial figures show a record 294 million people visited National Park Service sites in 2014, a 20 million increase over 2013.


>> 1/15/15 Lawmakers Want To Increase K-12 Funding

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Democratic legislative leaders are proposing a nearly $600 million increase in funding for primary and secondary schools during the next two-year budget cycle. The chief budget writers released an outline of their proposals on Wednesday. Their budget would allocate $330 million more to K-12 schools than Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber's proposal, which was criticized by school advocates. They also would spend less on early-childhood education. Sen. Richard Devlin and Rep. Peter Buckley lead the Ways and Means Committee. They told reporters that they made education their top priority. Their budget proposal would give 52 percent of the general fund and lottery to education, from preschool through college. As a result, the lawmakers say their plan would require relatively small budget cuts in social safety net programs.


>> 1/15/15 OLCC To Hold Community Listening Sessions On Legal Marijuana

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The agency in charge of writing the rules for selling recreational marijuana in Oregon says it will start holding community meetings this month as it works toward the opening of retail stores in late 2016. The voter-approved law allowing recreational marijuana, including homegrown, goes into effect July 1. It gives the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the chore of regulating sales, as it does with distilled spirits. The law says the commission must begin taking applications for retail licenses next January. As it considers the rules, the agency plans to hold "listening sessions" in communities around the state. The first are scheduled in Baker City and Pendleton on Jan. 22. The agency said Wednesday it will soon announce more sessions.


>> 1/14/15 Mariota Headed To NFL

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The Ducks quarterback announced on Oregon's website on Wednesday that he would forgo his senior season. The school said he filed paperwork on Wednesday, a day before the NFL deadline. Mariota was the humble leader of Oregon's high-flying offense. The 13-2 Ducks defeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl in college football's first playoffs, but fell 42-20 to Ohio State in Monday night's national championship game. Mariota won every major award he qualified for, starting with the Heisman Trophy, as well as AP Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. He set a conference record for most touchdowns in a single season with 58.



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