Klamath Falls News Update
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018
KLAMATH BASIN WEATHER
Hazy skies, partly sunny, high of 58.
Hazy skies of smoke, otherwise sunny, high of 55.
Low of 23 degrees.
Sunny, high of 56.
Sunny, high of 56.
Mostly sunny with a high near 55.
A chance of rain. High of 48.
TODAY'S KLAMATH FALLS AREA NEWS
Klamath County Public Health
The Air Quality Advisory today, Friday November 16, 2018 is RED.
The red advisory means:
- Only pellet stoves may be used inside the air quality zone.
- Individuals with approved exemptions may use their wood burning heat source inside the air quality zone.
- Use only seasoned dry wood.
- Outdoor burning is prohibited countywide.
For air quality questions please call 541-883-5118.
From the U.S. Forest Service
The Agency 2 fire was reported yesterday on the Chiloquin Ranger District (5 miles NW of Chiloquin) at approximately 3:20 pm and was 3.5 acres when resources got on scene.
The fire was burning in dense lodpepole pine with snags and heavy dead and downed material. The fire grew to 5 acres overnight. With firefighter safety a concern, fire managers made the decision to use firing operations as the best direct attack method to control the spread of the fire, and keep the perimeter of the fire safely within the road system. Firing operations were completed today keeping the fire at 25 acres. Smoke will continue to be visible from Hwy 62
Congratulations is in order for KCC’s Dr. Julie Murray-Jensen, vice president of enrollment and external affairs and foundation executive director. In January, she will be the new president at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill.
In her position as vice president of enrollment and external affairs, Murray-Jensen oversaw workforce and community education development, the Klamath Center for Education and Training, marketing and outreach, and a host of other positions related to the college’s success. As foundation director, in 2017 Murray-Jensen helped the college raise more than $850,000 for the Work Skills Technology Center through the “Completing the Transformation” campaign. Her last day at KCC is Dec. 14.
Small Business Saturday to Encourage Support of Klamath Falls Locally-Owned Businesses Klamath Falls Downtown Association (KFDA) announces that it will be supporting the nationwide “Small Business Saturday” on November 24.
Small Business Saturday and the “Shop Small” movement is a nationwide effort backed by American Express to encourage people to shop at small, locally-owned shops that support economies and promote thriving communities. Small Business Saturday happens every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and reminds shoppers to continue to support small businesses after Black Friday and through the holiday shopping season.
American Express promotes the movement through Neighborhood Champions, and KFDA is proud to partner with the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and the Klamath Community College Small Business Development Center (KCC SBDC) to promote the movement in Klamath County and support the many small businesses that make up our local economy.
In Klamath County 99.3% of our businesses are small! Even though we celebrate these locally-owned businesses every day, Small Business Saturday reminds local shoppers to put them at the top of their list of holiday shopping stops.
In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, several shops in the downtown area will be offering sales or promotions and the Cerulean Hotel will make its back parking lot available to the public free of charge on that day. In addition, the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans will host a “Chocolate Walk” featuring approximately 30 participating shops in downtown.
The City of Klamath Falls has also signed on in support of efforts to encourage shopping at downtown businesses during the busy holiday season. Starting on Black Friday (November 23) through the end of the year, the 2-hour parking limit within the downtown parking district will be waived. All other restrictions will remain in place and will be enforced, including 15-minute zones, accessible parking spots, after hours parking, and reserved parking spots. This will provide a safe and convenient opportunity for shoppers to spend more time enjoying all that downtown has to offer.
Registration open for 12th annual History Fitness Hike
Registration deadline is Nov. 28
Historic sites along Riverside Drive in Klamath Falls will be explored during the Klamath County Museum’s 12th annual History Fitness hike on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Registration deadline for the event is Nov. 28. The hike is free, but a donation is requested to defray expenses.
The event is designed to encourage outdoor exercise while exploring local history.
Participants will be transported by bus from the Museum at 1451 Main Street to the hike starting point at Reames Golf and Country Club. The hike will cover about five miles, with interpretive stops at several historic sites along the way.
“Our hike will take folks past several historic residences, as well as the townsite of Merganser, which predated Linkville,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “We’ll also see where some of the community’s founders lived in the late 1800s.”
The hike is rated as easy, though it is recommended only for people capable of walking long distances. The entire route will be on paved roads or sidewalks. Participants should prepare for any kind of weather, though the hike may be postponed in the event of extremely harsh weather.
For more information or to register, contact the Klamath County Museum at (541) 882-1000.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
SCOUTING FOR FOOD
This weekend is "Scouting for Food" weekend. The Crater Lake Council of Boy Scouts will be set up from 9-4 at Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, Holiday Market, Thunderbird and Walmart collecting food for the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, the Salvation Army and the Gospel Mission.
Prosperity Rebekah Lodge #104 will also be set up at Fred Meyer collecting food and funds for the Food Bank. These food drives benefit three charities which provide meals and food boxes to those in need through the holidays and winter.
Most wanted food items include:
Canned meats, fruit and vegetables
EACH DOLLAR YOU DONATE CREATES 8 MEALS!
Make a secure on-line donation at: klamathfoodbank.org, Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank: Fred Meyer Community Rewards, Amazon will make a donation to the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank when you purchase selected items: Sign up at Amazon.com/smile.amazon.com
Win big and raise money for local United Way charities!
...Wednesday, November 14th through Tuesday, November 27th
The Klamath County Library is raffling off curated “gift bundles” of books and DVDs to raise money for local United Way-affiliated charities.
Raffle tickets will go on sale for $1 each (or 6 tickets for $5) at the downtown library’s checkout desk from Wednesday, November 14th through Tuesday, November 27th at 8 pm. Winners will be notified by phone on Wednesday, November 28th. All proceeds benefit the local United Way.
We have bundles for all sorts of interests: knitting, spy thrillers, superhero movies, John Wayne westerns, cozy mysteries, and much more! There are bundles for all ages: adults, teens, youth titles – even board books and picture books for the little ones.
Come down to the downtown library to see all the bundles available!
For more information about the raffle, please call 541-882-8894 ext. 20. For more about the United Way of the Klamath Basin and the local organizations they support, please visit www.unitedwayoftheklamathbasin.org.
This month’s Big IDEA feature is Norm Kester, founder of the of the Central Point, Ore., ophthalmic coatings company Quantum Innovations.
Quantum Innovations Announced as November IDEA Talk Speaker The Klamath IDEA (Inspire Development, Energize Acceleration) will host an IDEA Talk on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at MC’s on Main.
This month’s Big IDEA feature is Norm Kester, founder of the of the Central Point, Ore., ophthalmic coatings company Quantum Innovations. Kester started the company in his garage in 2002 after relocating to the Rogue Valley to be closer to family.
Since then, Kester has combined his knowledge of lens coating technology with his passion for helping people to grow the company to serve a global market. In 2013, Quantum Innovations was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon” by Oregon Business Magazine, in large part due to employees being treated like family and given the freedom and knowledge to work effectively. “We are so excited to continue our 2018-2019 season with an innovator like Norm. His journey from garage to midsize employer, with a spirit to help others along their journey, is a terrific one!
You won’t want to miss it,” said Klamath IDEA Director Kat Rutledge. Kester is serious about advancing local economic opportunities and providing students with skill development. He represents the manufacturing sector in several regional workforce initiatives, is a leading promoter of the annual Careers in Gear youth success expo, is a member of Rogue Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, leads the local Business Education Partnership, and is co-chair of Southern Oregon Business Innovation Group.
This month will also include a new Start-up Spotlight to showcase a new local business. Brothers Ry and Ty Kliewer of Skyline Brewing Company will share the story of how they transformed an old milk barn on their family farm in Midland into a modern microbrewery. The brothers credit community support for their launch from hobby to enterprise while running their farming operation.
“We’ve ramped up a little faster than we imagined. The people around here, and their enthusiasm, are a really big part of how that happened,” Ty said. Klamath IDEA is committed to creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem to increase opportunities for wealth and prosperity in South Central Oregon. Klamath IDEA is a community initiative made up of organizations, events, and individuals cooperating for a common purpose: entrepreneur-based economic development.
The 2018-2019 IDEA Talks season has been generously sponsored by the Klamath Community College Small Business Development Center, Craft 3, Coldwell Banker Holman Premier Realty, and Klamath County. IDEA Talks are also supported in part by Oregon lottery funds, which are administered by the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon).
IDEA Talks are gatherings designed as a networking opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial mindset interested in learning, connecting, and being inspired. Each gathering features one or more guest speakers discussing an inspirational or educational entrepreneurial-related topic. IDEA Talks bring together entrepreneurs (of all ages), founders, business owners, innovators and support organizations under one roof to hear about and discuss opportunities, needs, and great ideas for starting a business, expanding a business, or getting support in the process.
“Entrepreneurship is so important to the economic vitality of our region, and IDEA Talks are a tangible way for people to engage with the local community and get excited about what’s going on and what’s possible here,” said Ben Blanchard, entrepreneur concierge with Klamath IDEA. IDEA Talks will continue through the winter and spring with a new line-up of speakers and networking opportunities.
MC’s on Main is located at 617 Main St. in downtown Klamath Falls. Appetizers prepared by MC’s on Main and a non-alcoholic beverage ticket are included in the cost of entry. A no-host bar will be available. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentations will start at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in attending this event can purchase discounted tickets in advance online at Eventbrite.com or on Klamath IDEA’s Facebook page for $15. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 (cash only).
AVOID SPREADING THE FLU AT WORK
It’s flu season, which means you know the drill: If you get sick, stay home from work. But what if you have a big meeting, or an important deadline?
“Most people know they should stay home, but still find reasons to go into work,” said Liz Hill, SAIF’s Total Worker Health® adviser. “Not only does this expose your co-workers to an illness, it also makes it a lot harder for your body to recover.”
Hill suggests managers can help set expectations during flu season. This includes:
- Encouraging workers to use their sick leave. Oregon law requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 hours of paid leave per year.
- Making it easy for workers to wash their hands. Consider having alcohol-based hand sanitizer available on worksites where handwashing facilities are not available.
- Planning for flu season. When employees are out, extra work can fall to other staff members—increasing their likelihood of getting sick or injured. Have a contingency plan for being short on employees.
Most importantly, managers should lead by example.
“It sometimes seems managers are the least likely to take a sick day,” said Hill. “Remember, you are setting the tone for the whole team—if you get sick, stay home.”
For more information on flu prevention at work, visit saif.com/flu.
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