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Klamath Falls News Update

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019

 

    KLAMATH BASIN WEATHER
 

TODAY 
Possible rain mixed with snow flurries til 2pm, then partly sunny, high near 43.
...Possible showers or quick snow flurries overnight, low of 28.

Thursday
Mostly sunny, high near 44.  Low overnight of 24.

Friday
Sunny with a high near 48.

Saturday
Mostly sunny with a high near 46.

Sunday
Sunny with a high near 50.
 

 

   TODAY'S KLAMATH FALLS AREA NEWS HEADLINES & STORIES...

 

Klamath County Commissioner Work Agenda For Today
1.

Call To Order & Those Present

2.

Del Fox

Swan Lake Pump Storage Project

3.

Renee Blakely - Human Resources

1.

Department Request - Community Corrections

2.

Minimum Wage Discussion

4.

Business View Magazine Featuring “Klamath County” (Stephanie Brown, Mark Gallagher, Jeremy Morris)

5.

BOCC

1.

2019 Graduation Sensation Request

2.

Public Health Related Items - KMM

6.

Vickie Noel / Finance

1.

Approval Of Internal Service Fund Charges

7.

Other County Business

8.

Adjournment

 

Local Engineering Firm Enjoys Seamless Leadership Transitions

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon – Anders Rasmussen, PE, has been named the Klamath Falls Office Principal of SHN, a consulting firm offering engineering, environmental, geology, planning, and surveying services.  He takes over from Steve Donovan, who has moved out of the region.  Rasmussen has contributed to SHN’s success since 2012 and has been involved with many infrastructure design and planning projects in the Klamath Basin and surrounding area, including the Falcon Heights Water and Sewer District’s wastewater system, the City of Klamath Falls’ wastewater collection system, the City of Medford’s trickling filter pump station, and the City of Tulelake’s water system improvements. 

He has also provided engineering assistance to agencies in Southern Oregon and Northern California, including the cities of Paisley, Bonanza, Roseburg, Winston, Alturas, Fort Jones, Etna, and Shasta Lake, the South Suburban Sanitary District, and the Lake Shastina Community Services District.

“Besides continuing work on infrastructure improvements, which I find fascinating, I’m also excited to assist the next generation of engineering and surveying students from Oregon Tech,” says Rasmussen.  SHN has hired numerous engineering interns over the past years.

At SHN’s corporate office in Eureka, California, Mike Foget, PE has been named CEO.  Working at SHN since 1995, Foget takes over from K. Jeff Nelson, PE who retired on January 1, 2019. Foget is an environmental and civil engineer, noted for many projects including environmental assessments for the construction industry in Coos Bay and North Bend.

SHN is a small business that has been supporting rural communities in Northern California and Southern Oregon for 40 years. The SHN Klamath Falls office opened in 2012.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019             

Local church marks MLK day with readings
Tanya Weitenauer is one of several people who read Dr. Martin Luther King's own words from his famed "I Have a Dream" speech Monday at the U.C.C/Congregational Church and Free Will Church of God in Christ. It was all part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in the Klamath Basin. See feature story in Tuesday's H&N

 

Students match wits at annual chess tournament

The annual MLK school chess tournament, held in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., drew a bevy of Klamath basin students Monday to match wits with each other on the board game. This was a five-round, no eliminations chess event for student players to get ready for the February Klamath & Lake County Chess For Success Tournament, the March State Tournament in Portland and the April Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation Seaside Tournament. Details in Tuesday's H&N

 

Govt. shutdown blues...today is Day 23.

Doris Cochran, a disabled mother of two young boys, is stockpiling canned foods these days, filling her shelves with noodle soup, green beans, peaches and pears — anything that can last for months or even years.

For those like Cochran who rely on federal aid programs, the social safety net no longer feels so safe.

As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history stretches into a fifth week, millions of poor Americans who depend on food and rental assistance are becoming increasingly worried about the future. Most major aid programs haven't dried up yet. But each day the stalemate in Washington drags on, the U.S. inches closer to what advocates call a looming emergency. Those dependent on the aid are watching closely under a cloud of stress and anxiety.

 

Registration open for human trafficking awareness workshops

YREKA —Two free training sessions on awareness of human trafficking will be offered in early February through First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission and community partners, according to a news release.

International award-winning communicator Deena Graves, will present two workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 6 to the community and those who work with children and youth.

The “Traps of a Trafficker” session, for teens and those who care for them, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Siskiyou Family YMCA at 350 N. Foothill Drive in Yreka. In this interactive presentation, youth will learn about the tricks, traps and lures of traffickers. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

 

 

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Lunar Eclipse Viewing on Sunday

A gathering to view a total lunar eclipse on Sunday will be held at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.

Amateur astronomers will have telescopes set up by the time the earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, makes first contact with the full moon around 7:30 p.m.

The eclipse reaches totality at 8:40 p.m., and will be completely obscured by shadow for about an hour. Visitors are welcome at the museum anytime between 7:30 and 10 p.m.

“This eclipse will be a fun one to watch, because it will be visible from start to finish in the evening hours,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “Plus there’s no school on the following day, so staying up late is an option. All we need is a couple of layers of warm clothing and a clear sky.”

An activity geared toward youngsters will help demonstrate how an eclipse happens. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Telescopes are not necessary for viewing the eclipse, but will allow those who attend the museum gathering to see other deep-sky objects, such as the Orion nebula that would normally be washed out by the light of a full moon.

 

From the shower to the stage

The Ross Ragland Theater is hosting a two-day Karaoke Sing-off, an event exclusively for amateurs with a knack for singing along to their favorite song, while raising funds for good causes. The sing-off includes a $5 registration fee, with $500 cash and prizes for the winner.

The Karaoke Sing-off will be a judged competition with audience participation. For two nights, competitors will have the opportunity sing one song of their choice. A panel of three judges will consider the overall talents and stage presence of each contestant, while the audience serves as a veritable fourth judge by submitting votes for their favorite via text or ballot at $1 per vote.

Contestants have until 6:30 p.m. on the first night of competition, Thursday, Jan. 24, to sign-up and pay the $5 registration fee.  The competition continues into Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., where once again each competitor will be granted one song to sing. After all songs are completed votes will be tallied and a champion crowned. Refreshments will also be available for purchase during both events.

 

Waste Management providing holiday service

Waste Management customers in the Klamath Basin will be serviced as usual on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, according to a news release.

This includes customers in Klamath Falls, Bonanza, Chiloquin, Dorris, Lakeview, Malin, Merrill and unincorporated areas of Klamath County.

 

Shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

 Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history.

The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the flames to prepare for the next onslaught, but much of that effort has ground to a halt on U.S. land because employees are furloughed. Firefighting training courses are being canceled from Tennessee to Oregon, piles of dead trees are untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin dry vegetation aren't getting done.

Although the furloughs only affect federal employees, the collaborative nature of wildland firefighting means the pain of the four-week-long shutdown is having a ripple effect — from firefighters on the ground to federal contractors and top managers who control the firefighting strategy.

 

Shutdown threatens to stall Paradise recovery

The historic government shutdown is beginning to stir anxiety in and around Paradise, California. The town of about 25,000 people was almost completely destroyed by a deadly wildfire last November and almost everyone and everything directly affected is relying heavily on federal aid.

So far FEMA and Small Business Administration loans do not appear to be affected. But local officials say the shutdown is causing delays in more under-the-radar infrastructure projects, which could have serious, long-term consequences.

“Time is of the essence, we want to try and move this along as much as we can,” says Marc Nemanic, associate director of the local nonprofit 3CORE which is aiding Paradise in recovery planning. A prolonged stall is Nemanic’s biggest concern.

 
...For complete details on these and other stories see todays Herald & News. Wynne Broadcasting and the Herald and News…stronger together to keep you informed KFLS

 

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Bly Man Dies From Exposure, Hypothermia

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Bly man; rather the Klamath County sheriff's office says he died from exposure.

Monday, sheriff’s deputies found the body of Justin Curtis Bandy, 37, just a short distance from his home, according to a news release. Early scanner reports suggest that the man may have had hypothermia.  Wednesday evening the sheriff's office confirmed the death was due to exposure. There were no further details.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Greg Walden will hold 16 town halls in January, according to a news release.

His Klamath Falls town hall will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Oregon Tech college union.

He will also host meetings in Josephine, Jackson, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney, Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties this month.

“I look forward to getting together with people on the ground and hearing your concerns and ideas and suggestions about this new session of Congress, and giving you an update on the things we’ve accomplished and what we want to work on going forward,” Walden said.

Oregonians who cannot attend Walden’s town hall meetings but would still like to ask questions or provide input are encouraged to visit www.walden.house.gov.  Second District residents can also sign up for telephone town hall meetings through Walden’s website.

 

Commissioners consider $1.3 million purchase of Triad school lot

At a Wednesday morning meeting, Klamath County Commissioner Donnie Boyd floated the idea of purchasing the Klamath Falls City Schools-owned property of Triad High School at 2450 Summers Lane.  The property is currently for sale at $1,290,000. 

Boyd suggested the county purchase the building for $1.3 million, and enter into a deal with KFCS to reduce the $4-4.5 million loan they approved in Nov. for Klamath Union High School renovations.   Boyd said a deal like this would mean the county would be Triad’s landlord.

“That’s about a four percent return on our investment instantly,” Boyd said. “Then we have a piece of property that the county could use to attract business in the future.”

Boyd said the purchase could allow them to reduce the KFCS loan to $2.7 million.

 

Klamath Falls City Works Crews will be repairing a leak in the geothermal system today.

The eastbound lane of North 8th Street between Pine and Main Streets will be closed to traffic. No right or left turning movements onto 8th Street off of Pine Street will be allowed while crews are working.

The City would like to thank Citizens, in advance for proceeding with caution in these areas. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Klamath Falls Public Works Department at (541) 883-5363.

 

Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls), announced his agenda for 2019 Legislative Session after Swearing-in at opening ceremonies on the Oregon House Chamber Floor.

"My goals are clear and simple, to represent the needs of this district and look for opportunities to expand Liberty to all Oregonians,” said Rep. Reschke.

"I want to clearly address SB501 which is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment. The right to bear arms ensures our liberties and our families are protected. However, Portland-area democrats have written a radical gun-control proposal for 2019 Session that will make it harder for law-abiding Oregonians to purchase firearms and ammunition. Gun control laws by their very nature only work if people are willing to obey, which restricts law-abiding citizens. Gun control helps the lawless. I plan to vote NO on SB501 and I will continue to support the Second Amendment."

Following is a brief overview of bills that Rep. Reschke is sponsoring to begin the 2019 Legislative session.

  • I am sponsoring bills to help Project Farmers transfer water within and between Klamath Irrigation districts without cumbersome and time-consuming paperwork with the state. I am also looking for funding opportunities, so we can better measure and maintain stream flows that feed Upper Klamath Lake.
  • I am joining Representative Mike McLane, whose district includes, in part, northern Klamath & Lake counties, in an effort to help spouses of military personnel find employment in our communities quicker by modifying certification requirements for various vocations.
  • I am sponsoring a bill that helps medical providers, who work for Sky Lakes, take advantage of a tax credit offered all other rural hospitals in Oregon. I am working with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. My bill will help Sky Lakes keep and recruit top notch medical providers.
  • I am advocating for the Klamath Youth Integration Program’s funding to build a new facility in Klamath Falls to help troubled young women learn life skills in order to change their trajectory of crime to self-supporting, stable citizens.
  • I am co-sponsoring a bill for early vision screening for children. Having proper eyesight at a young age can make all the difference in how a student performs. I have seen this non-invasive, one-minute screening first hand. It leverages the helping spirit of our Lion’s Club as well as students at Oregon Tech’s nursing program.
  • I am sponsoring a bill that bans the sales of fetal tissue from abortions. Profit made from deliberately ending innocent lives cannot be justified.
  • I am sponsoring bills that provide more choices for education. 
  • I am sponsoring a bill that prevents unsolicited phone calls from out-of-state telemarketers who use Oregon phone numbers.

"There are more bills and funding issues that are critical to House District 56. I will be working hard to serve the people of Bonanza, Lakeview, Keno, Klamath Falls, Malin and Merrill — and all those in between, said Rep. Reschke.

 

SHERM’S THUNDERBIRD DOES IT AGAIN!!

Sherm’s Thunderbird marks 18 years of playing January Santa Claus for the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank. Friday, January 18 at 1pm, an entire semi-truckload of food will be delivered to the Food Bank. This gift fills the gaps of products we may not get enough of during holiday food drives.

Sherm & Wanda Olsrud and their son Steve do so much for so many charities and they’re truly the nicest, most giving people. Our local Sherm’s Store Manager, Jim Dillon does everything he can to help us help the community throughout the year.

The Food Bank distributed 2.2 MILLION pounds of food in 2018. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the whole community!

 

New media class produces both annual yearbook and a new quarterly magazine

Why will Henley High School teacher and coach Shannon Carlson never again wear her pair of golden stiletto heels?

Which 1960 Henley graduate was an Air Force pararescueman who jumped from a plane to retrieve the Gemini III space capsule and pick up its astronauts after it landed in the Atlantic?

Who was the first female student to receive a letter for a varsity sport at Henley High School?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in articles in the first edition of Henley High School’s “The Blue and Gold,” a 20-page, glossy magazine featuring students and alumni. The magazine, the first of what will be a quarterly publication, was written, designed and published by the school’s new media class.

 

Registration open for 'Dream' chess tournament

Registration is open for the “I Have A Dream” Chess Tournament set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Conger Elementary School, 1700 California St., according to a news release.

The tournament, held in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., will be open to any age and will be Northwest Special Recreation Association rated. This is a five round, no eliminations chess event for student players to get ready for the February Klamath & Lake County Chess For Success Tournament, the March State Tournament in Portland and the April Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation Seaside Tournament.

 

Sky Lakes course for cancer patients begins Monday

“Mindfulness Through Cancer,” an eight-week course designed to help cancer patients during treatment and after treatment, begins at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the Sky Lakes Community Health Education Center, 2200 N. Eldorado Blvd., according to a news release.

The class is free, but registration is required to ensure an adequate supply of materials.

Sarah Gale, oncology social worker at Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center, teaches the free class, which is taken from the book “Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery,” by Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych, and Michael Speca, Psy.D., R.Psych.

 
...For complete details on these and other stories see todays Herald & News. Wynne Broadcasting and the Herald and News…stronger together to keep you informed KFLS

 

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Stukel brush fire started by resident burning debris

Monday’s brush fire near Hill Road and Chalet Drive covered 15-20 acres and was controlled by 5:30 p.m., said Klamath County Fire District 1 Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson in a press release.  The fire started from a small controlled burn that a resident had lit to clear leaves and yard debris, Thueson said. Oregon Department of Forestry monitored the fire on Tuesday.

Thueson said the initial fire report came in around 1:25 p.m. on Monday and indicated a structure was threatened as the fire advanced up the hill side.  Two engines, four brush trucks, two water tenders and several staff vehicles responded, Thueson said.

 

Activists gear up for third annual Klamath Falls Women's March

Klamath Falls activists will take two routes for the third annual Women’s March Saturday to support rights of women in the Basin and beyond.

Organizer Alex Spenser said marchers will meet in the downtown library parking lot at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. From there, Spencer said participants will have two route options. The first will be the path they’ve taken in years past: walking down Klamath Avenue, then across the South Sixth Street bridge and back again, ultimately ending by the courthouse and county government building around 11:30 a.m.

The second route will be shorter and a bit slower paced to accommodate folks with different ambulatory abilities, Spenser said. This route will go from the library, up Main Street to 11th. Then it will cross back over Main Street and meet  at the government buildings.

 

Klamath Falls couple wins $10,000 in lottery

A Klamath Falls resident won big on a scratch-it ticket this week, taking in $10,000 for her and her boyfriend.

Marissa McGinnis and her boyfriend, Juan, bought the winning scratch-it at Oregon Avenue Food Mart, according to a news release from Oregon Lottery.  McGinnis described the instance as "really weird," adding that her and her boyfriend often play the bingo and crosswords scratch-it games for "entertainment."

"I like to do more than just scratch and see if I won," McGinnis said. "I like to play the game and be entertained for a little bit."

 

Andres to take on United Way president's post Tuesday

The 74th annual United Way of the Klamath Basin board of directors and supporters meeting will be at noon Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Reames Golf & Country Club, according to a news release. Reservations are required and tickets are $13 per person.

United Way president Frank Hernandez will pass the responsibility of president over to Todd Andres. Andres has lived in Klamath Falls since 1996. He managed the Running Y Ranch & Resort prior to becoming the Pacific Power Regional Community Manager in 2014 until the present. He is a graduate of Washington State University and was elected as the newest member of the Klamath Falls City Council in November 2018. Andres is a past president of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and the Klamath County Economic Development Association.

Serving as the United Way campaign chairman, Andres will announce the final 2018 United Way campaign results. Spirit Awards for donating a minimum 5 percent increase in contributions were earned by 28 workplaces this year. Several awards will be presented including the Campaign Volunteer of the Year award.

 

Klamath Family Warming Center open through March

The Klamath Family Warming Center, at Thrive Church/Klamath Assembly of God at 235 S. Laguna St., is open daily through March.

The warming center provides an overnight shelter, meals and showers for homeless men, women and families. 

The warming center is open 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, and 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

For more information about services, to volunteer or donate, call 541-883-2286 or email kfwc@thrivechurchkfalls.org.

...For complete details on these and other stories see todays Herald & News. Wynne Broadcasting and the Herald and News…stronger together to keep you informed KFLS

 

173rd FW conducting night flying operations

The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for the next two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 15-16, 2019. There is a possibility night flying will continue through Thursday as well. Operations will take place between approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. 

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW.  “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.” 

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights.  However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.  Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.

“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.   “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”

Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time. 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Stukel Mountain Fire
Flames and smoke once again surrouded and threatened a few homes in the Stukel Mountain area Monday afternoon, though the blaze did not last as long as a fire in the same area months back.  Klamath County Fire District #1 and other agencies responded to a brush fire reported around 1PM, on the west side.  Structures on Hill Road and Chalet Drive were initially threatened by the wildfire, which was put out in a couple of hours.  What casued the fire remains unknown.

 

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Bly man, though an investigation remains open. At 8:20 a.m. Monday, Klamath County Sheriff's deputies found the body of Justin Curtis Bandy, 37, just a short distance from his home, according to a news release.  Early scanner reports suggest that the man may have had hypothermia. An official cause of death is currently unknown, pending investigation from state medical examiners. Calls to a Klamath County Sheriff's Office media representative for additional details were not immediately returned Monday

 

Those who receive food benefits from the state of Oregon will likely keep receiving benefits through the end of February.   After that, future funding remains unknown. In an unusual move, Oregon Department of Human Services staff are preparing next month's SNAP benefits a little early. This comes as the longest federal government shutdown in U.S history continues. (SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Oregon DHS and local food bank officials remain optimistic for a resolution. Still, local food bank shelves remain stocked and ready for those who have an increased need going forward. "After the holidays, I've got stocked shelves, so we're good to go," said Niki Sampson, executive director of the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank.

 

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold 16 town halls in January, according to a news release.   A Klamath Falls town hall will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the Oregon Tech college union. He will also host meetings in Josephine, Jackson, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney, Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties this month.         

 

The Miss Klamath County-Miss City of Sunshine Scholarship Organization will host a pageant orientation meeting for young women ages 17-25 this week.  Pageant officials will host an in-depth orientation meeting and contract signing for candidates and their parents at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bible Baptist Church, 4849 S. Sixth St. This forum offers an opportunity to learn about the program, and will include a question and answer session. At the pageant, young women will compete for scholarships, prizes and the opportunity to represent the community as Miss Klamath County and Miss City of Sunshine. The pageant will be Saturday, April 13, at Mills Auditorium.

 

For complete details on these and other stories see todays Herald & News. Wynne Broadcasting and the Herald and News…stronger together to keep you informed KFLS News Update for 1/15/19

 

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

FROM THE KLAMATH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

...ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION OF STUDENT 
KCSD junior high school approached by male in vehicle while walking home from bus stop.

A man in a vehicle attempted to abduct a Klamath County School District junior high school student Thursday (Jan. 10) as the student was walking home from a bus stop in the neighborhood north of Shasta Elementary School.

After the student exited the school bus, a male driving a brown SUV with a silver strip, possibly a Jeep, approached the student and tried to talk them into getting into their vehicle. The school district alerted parents of the incident through its One Call Now system and posted an alert on the district’s webpage.

The Klamath County School District asks parents to please speak with their children and remind them of safety tips regarding being approached by strangers. Some suggestions include:

  • Walk in groups or with friends
  • Be alert to vehicles that might be following them
  • Do not talk to anyone that might approach them
  • Share some tips to look for: someone saying they lost a pet, looking for a lost child, asking for help to complete a task – these are adult responsibilities and not your kids
  • If near a public place, enter the establishment and report the concern to an adult.

If you see a suspicious vehicle or suspicious behavior, please report it to local law enforcement.

 

The air quality advisory through noon on Monday January 14, 2019, is YELLOW.
The yellow advisory means:  

  1. Only certified woodstoves, pellet stoves, and fireplace inserts may be used inside the air quality zone.
  2. Individuals with approved exemptions may use their wood burning heat source inside the air quality zone.
  3. Use only seasoned dry wood.
  4. Outdoor burning is prohibited within the air quality zone.
  5. Residential outdoor burning is allowed in the communities of Chiloquin, Sprague River, Beatty, Bly and Northern Klamath County. Burning within residential areas should be avoided, if the smoke impacts neighborhoods. 

 For air quality questions please call 541-883-5118.

 

Unexpected Donations For KU From Alumni

by Karla Andrade​

In the spirit of giving, two unexpected checks made their way to the into the Klamath Falls City School District as a donation from previous KU alumni.

Earlier in November a combination of two checks were graciously donated to the Klamath Falls City School district by the KU Alumni class of 1950. The main contact for the KU alumni donors stated they had a small amount left in their reunion fund and wanted it to go back into education.

The total amount donated by KU Alumni class of 1950 was a hefty $1,321.74. The money was donated with the condition that $1071.74 be designated to go to the Pelican Education Foundation and the remaining $250 to be allocated in the account for the KUHS Rally Squad.

The Pelican Education foundation (PEF) was established to improve the Klamath Falls City Schools  and enhance student experiences. Since then they have been able to provide graduating KU students with scholarships, and enthusiastic staff with grants for innovative projects for their classroom. 

President of the Pelican Education Foundation Mike Moore shared " We are very grateful for their contribution". Moore who mentioned approximately $10,000 was given to graduating KU seniors and $7000 in grants last year also has stated the money will go to those purposes for this year.

Additionally, KU Cheer Squad coach Debbie Fletcher expressed "When I found out and told the girls they were really excited. They had a great time helping them [class of 1950] with their reunion with prepping and cooking their meals. We really appreciate the donation."

In the spirit of giving, the community exposed to opportunity through education will reap the benefits.

 

“                SOUPERBOWL” FOOD DRIVE

Shelf stable foods or non-perishable foods, whatever you want to call it, the Food Bank doesn’t have enough of it. Help keep our shelves stocked through winter.

Seniors and people living in very, very rural areas told us having shelf stable food in their cupboard during the winter, when roads are treacherous, really made the difference.

We’re working tirelessly to come up with new ways to increase our shelf stable food supply. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

WHAT CAN YOUR CONGREGATION DO?

How about asking them to bring a shelf stable food item every Sunday through Superbowl Sunday. We can deliver flyers, posters and barrels. Each dollar donated will access about 10 pounds of food. We’ll pick up your donations on Monday, following Superbowl Sunday. IT’S THAT EASY!

MOST WANTED FOOD ITEMS

Chili                    Canned Meat                Hot & Cold Cereals

Stew                    Vegetable Oil                Rice

Spaghetti Sauce Mayonnaise                            Mac & Cheese

Tomato Sauce    Canned Fruit                 Pasta noodles (every type)

For more information contact Niki Sampson, 541-882-1223

 

Running Y Ranch Resort was announced as a winner of the renowned WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® in Klamath Falls.

WeddingWire, Inc., a leading global online wedding marketplace, annually celebrates the top wedding professionals on WeddingWire.

These distinguished vendors exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the five million monthly consumers who turn to WeddingWire to help ease their wedding planning process.

Running Y Ranch Resort received this esteemed award based on their outstanding customer service, and client experiences in working with newlyweds through WeddingWire.

WeddingWire features more than three million reviews, and each award winning vendor received prompt, reliable, and quality feedback.

"We are celebrating our 11th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, where we honor our vendors who help make millions of couples’ big day one to remember," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire.

"Not only are these hardworking and distinguished wedding professionals, such as Running Y Ranch Resort, a fundamental part of the wedding planning process for engaged couples, but they help make WeddingWire a trusted source for wedding planning. We congratulate everyone on this well-deserved achievement."

Running Y Ranch Resort is honored to be one of the top wedding businesses in Klamath Falls on WeddingWire.com.

For more information about Running Y Ranch Resort and weddings at the resort, please visit RunningY.com.

About Running Y Ranch Resort: Situated in the heart of the breathtaking Cascade Mountain Range, Running Y Ranch is a full-service resort located just across the California border. Fresh mountain air, clear star-studded night skies and beautiful landscapes make Running Y Ranch Resort the perfect place to relax and recharge offering the finest lodging available in Southern Oregon. The resort is home to the only Arnold Palmer designed golf course in Oregon. Golf Digest consistently rates it a Top 100 US Public Course, Top 15 in Oregon and Top 5 in the United States for Women.

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Klamath Irrigation District will have a new manager in place by mid-February, pending acceptance of an offer to hire Gene Souza for $95,000 per year. Souza, who will retire this month as director of operations with the U.S. Army in Virginia, intends to return to Klamath Falls in the first or second week of February if he accepts the position. He is a 1989 Henley High graduate, and plans to relocate equine ranch to the Klamath Basin. Souza brings 30 years of military experience and 20 years of leadership experience to the post, and received his commission as an officer from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at University of Oregon in 1999.

 

The Klamath County Chamber Gala, where Basin businesses are recognized for their work, is Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ross Ragland Theater. With more than 80 nominations made, several different businesses competing for eight awards, free drinks and an open casino night afterward, this promises to be a celebration to remember, according to Chamber Director Heather Tramp.

 

Not many Klamath Falls businesses can boast that they are 100 years old and still going strong; and in this case, still delivering. No one can recall why or how People’s Warehouse got its name, but it’s been a mover of people and freight since 1918 and continues to do so today. The storage facility is located at 1425 S. Sixth St., where it originated. The aluminum-sided building and sign is a common sight for drivers of Fifth and Sixth streets where the two come together at a Y in the road. Today, it is owned and operated by Steven and Tina Carter and employs seven people.

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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

 

NO SCHOOL at HENLEY SCHOOLS TODAY (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019), per Klamath County School District officials.  The schools are WITHOUT POWER today.  There will be no school today at Henley High School, Henley Jr. High, Henley Elementary School, Klamath County Transitions and Falcon Heights. 

Growing up in the Klamath Basin, Skye Borgman was drawn to the stage, but had no expectations of Hollywood being her destination. Now a successful documentary filmmaker and University of Southern California film professor; her latest project, “Abducted in Plain Sight,” will premiere on Netflix worldwide on Tuesday, Jan. 15. It is her first major film project to reach the streaming platform, promoting the production in 190 countries.

Though city staff have said fees would be set at a later date, Klamath Falls moved forward Monday with plans for resident parking permit fees downtown. In December, several people packed into the Klamath Falls City Council chambers after receiving word that staff and council wanted to put new resident parking permits in place. This included talk of charging $25 a month, though many who spoke were against this price.

This week, Klamath Falls City Council swore in a new councilor in place of longtime Ward 5 incumbent Bill Adams, while two others were also sworn in after uncontested bids.  Councilor Todd Andres had quite the night ahead of him Monday as he stepped up to his new seat for the first time.  He made several statements and questions in regards to property decisions at TimberMill Shores, in addition to how rates could be set on new downtown parking fees.

Media Design teacher Dan Stearns, in collaboration with Klamath Union High School DECA Advisor Nat Ellis, are helping to bring students' ideas to life with the new food video series called "King of the Kitchen." Modeled after the Food Network TV show "Chopped," DECA students wanted to have a strong business project to take to state competitions this year, and have been working hard to get it up and going. Students and staff took the initiative to the community to attract sponsors for the event. After purchasing the food and the equipment to be used in the kitchen, DECA students raised $2,500.



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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Klamath County Commissioners voted Tuesday afternoon to reject a request from solar company Cypress Creek Renewables to build a 94-acre solar project.  

Cypress Creek proposed to build the solar farm, dubbed the Merrill Solar Dual-Use Project, on land exclusively zoned for agricultural use. In order to move forward with the project, they needed Klamath County Commissioners to grant an exception to state planning goals which protect high-value farmland for farming purposes.

 

Elmer’s Restaurant of Klamath Falls is closing its doors.
Reports indicate the facility will close on Sunday, Jan. 13. About 30 employees will be out of work. Terry Hopkins, vice president of operations for Southern Oregon Elmer’s based in Medford, said, “We’ve come to a tough decision to close. We are offering some of the employees transfers to other properties.”

 

Two Klamath Falls men were arrested Monday for unlawfully entering REACH Inc. at 2350 Maywood Drive and stealing more than $20,000 of property on Dec. 22.
Brandon Lamont Ray
, 23, and Shawn Matthew Stenson, 44, were charged with first-degree aggravated theft, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

 

The Department of State Lands hearing at Klamath Community College recently drew more than 300 Monday night. The state is taking comments on the proposed Jordan Cove Pipeline for a State Lands permit to build a pipeline from near Malin to the port of Coos Bay.

 

The Klamath Falls City Council gave the nod to Rubicon Investments for a zoning exception for construction of a 92,000-square-foot, 3-story building to house about 230 Department of Human Services employees at TimberMill Shores.  About 70 packed into the council chambers to hear the deliberations.  It is unknown if the vote will be appealed.

 

Members of Klamath Rocks are once again making rocks available for the "Give a Donation — Adopt a Rock" fundraiser at the Klamath Animal Shelter. The rocks are hand painted and donated by members of Klamath Rocks.

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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Klamath Gospel Mission Director Kent Berry has announced his retirement. The director was successful in fundraising for a new mens and womens shelter, moving the operation from downtown to South Sixth Street at the Klamath works campus. The brand new facility opened last week to provide much needed services in Klamath County in its new location which has been under construction for the past year.

 

Changes will occur at the Klamath Water Users Association as one director leaves and another comes onboard. In depth analysis is coming tomorrow regarding the changes and how they will effect irrigation in the Klamath Basin for the upcoming irrigation season in 2019. This in light of all the challenges faced  by this area with government imposed restrictions by the endangered species act affecting both short nose and lost river suckers and endangered salmon.

 

Some parents chose to keep their kids home from school in Lakeview yesterday following an announcement of a gun threat from an unarmed student. Lake County School District Superintendant Will Cahill announced via social media a rumored shooter threat at Lakeview High which prompted the action by local parents. No incidents are reported as this time.

 

Space is filling fast for the 2019 Winter Wings Festival with only half of activities scheduled for the upcoming Festival still open following positive online advance registration for the annual Festival. Organizers reported over 275 registrants for the Festival scheduled for February 14 through the 17th at Oregon Tech. The annual Festival brings hundreds of visitors to Klamath County to view our phenomenal wildlife abundance and brings thousands of tourist dollars to our local economy. The Festival has been an ongoing part of the Klamath County calendar for many years and is unique in its content for the nation.

 

The Basin forecast calls for rain on this Tuesday, with a high of 45 degrees and rain again tonight with a low of 38 degrees and occasional rain with a high of 45 degrees tomorrow.

 

Gasoline prices are still dropping and the national average is getting down to $2.25 per gallon.  Locally in Klamath Falls, it’s still hovering around $2.60 a gallon.

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The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program has an increased limit for veteran home loans. Starting this year, ODVA will accept loan applications up to a maximum of $484,350, an increase from $453,100 in 2018.

In so doing, the department is following the lead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which announced the maximum conforming loan limits for 2019 at the end of last year. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 requires that the baseline conforming loan limit be adjusted each year for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reflect the change in the average U.S. home price.   The new loan limits took effect Jan. 1. This marks the third year in a row that the lending limit has been increased.

“The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is pleased to accept loan applications at the increased limit for 2019,” Home Loan Program Manager Cody Cox said. “It is important that our loan limits are increased to match rising home prices, so that as many Oregon veterans as possible are able to pursue their dream of home ownership.”

For more information about the Oregon Veterans’ Affairs Home Loan Program, or to see if you qualify, visit orvethomeloans.com.

 

Lunar eclipse viewing event

A gathering to view a total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Jan. 20, will be held at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main Street.

Amateur astronomers will have telescopes set up by the time the earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, makes first contact with the full moon around 7:30 p.m.

The eclipse reaches totality at 8:40 p.m., and will be completely obscured by shadow for about an hour. Visitors are welcome at the museum anytime between 7:30 and 10 p.m.

“This eclipse will be a fun one to watch, because it will be visible from start to finish in the evening hours,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “Plus there’s no school on the following day, so staying up late is an option. All we need is a couple of layers of warm clothing and a clear sky.”

An activity geared toward youngsters will help demonstrate how an eclipse happens. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Telescopes are not necessary for viewing the eclipse, but will allow those who attend the museum gathering to see other deep-sky objects, such as the Orion nebula that would normally be washed out by the light of a full moon.

A series of astronomy events is planned by the museum this year. Locations will be announced as dates draw near.

Feb. 23 – Search for Mercury.

March 9 – Earthshine on the moon.

May 11 – Spring Astronomy Day.

June 21 – Mercury meets Mars, with Saturn rising.

August 3 – Astronomy “superstars” Jupiter and Saturn.

Sept. 21 – Moon in the morning.

Oct. 5 – Fall Astronomy Day.

Nov. 11 – Mercury transit across the sun.

Nov. 23 – Venus meets Jupiter.

Dec. 28 – Moon and Venus photo op.

For more information contact the museum at (541) 882-1000.

 

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Hwy 97 near milepost 204.

Investigation revealed that a Hyundai Sonata, operated by Caleb Robichaud (22) of Spokane, was northbound on Hwy 97 when it struck a pedestrian identified as, David Ralphs-Thomason (37) of Portland, who was in the northbound lane of travel.

Ralphs-Thomason sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.   OSP was assisted by the Chemult Fire Department and Crescent Ambulance.

 

Sky Lakes takes steps to help prevent spread of flu

Sky Lakes Medical Center today (Thursday, January 3) announced the safety measure of restricting visitors to parts of the medical center in an effort to help prevent the spread of flu.  This measure is commonly taken by hospitals during flu seasons.

Beginning immediately, anyone 18 and younger will not be allowed to visit patients in the Emergency Department or in the inpatient care areas of the medical center.

“Our primary responsibilities are to care for acutely ill patients and to ensure the safety of the people who provide that care,” said Annette Cole, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services at Sky Lakes. “One of the best ways we can do both is to prevent the spread of germs, and we can help accomplish that by restricting visitors.”

The younger population is more likely to spread or contract the flu virus.  Further, individuals with flu-like symptoms – coughing, sneezing, sniffles, fever and the like – are strongly discouraged from visiting patients, she added. “People who are ill should refrain from visiting to avoid the spread of germs to those who are hospitalized.”

An increasing trend in the number of flu test requests as well as suspected and confirmed flu cases prompted the restrictions, Cole said. 

Sky Lakes leaders are sensitive to individual circumstances, so there will be case-by-case exceptions to the restrictions, she added. “The nurse in charge of the shift will be able to make those decisions when the questions arise,” she said. “In those cases, visitors will be asked to take special precautions to minimize the risk to patients.”

In many cases, the best way for people to extend their sympathies to hospital patients is by a phone call or a card, Cole said. “Most patients recover better with rest. Having visitors sometimes isn’t the best way to get rest.”

Another way to prevent the spread of infections is hand hygiene, said Rose Walker Patterson, RN, the medical center’s Infection Control Coordinator.  “It takes only 15 seconds – using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub – to practice proper hand hygiene.”

Cole said the measures will help ensure the safety of patients, patrons and staff. “It is our obligation to help those who are least able to take care of themselves, and taking steps to keep infections away from them is another way we can do that.”

 

Klamath Basin Water Supply Forecast

The January 1, 2019, streamflow forecasts for the Klamath Basin are attached.  The initial forecast values for all points in the Klamath Basin are below normal for all forecast periods.  This is primarily due to observed snow water equivalent values being below normal at most snow monitoring locations.  Additionally, 2019 water year precipitation values are generally below normal to well below normal for the year to date in the Klamath Basin.

This is the initial forecast for the 2019 water year, and it is very early in the forecast and snowpack accumulation season to predict if these conditions will persist through the spring.  The current 1-month long-term forecast from the National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center calls for the increased probability of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

If you have any questions about the snowpack and stream flow forecasts, please do not hesitate to contact the NRCS Snow Staff, as we would be glad to discuss with you.  Thank you.

H. Scott Oviatt

Snow Survey Supervisory Hydrologist, USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2019

Outdoors enthusiasts are frustrated about the shutdown of Crater Lake National Park, which is part of the government shutdown going on right now.  Cross-country skiers can’t access Crater Lake and other national parks, which remain closed until the stalemate over President Trump’s demands for $5 billion to help build a portion of the southern border wall.

Visitors to Crater Lake have no facilities to use near the park although cars keep arriving hoping to enjoy the area. 

Roads in to Crater Lake remain closed although visitors are seeing activity, which is just volunteers plowing the road in case of emergencies, and for access for employees who live in park housing near headquarters.

Rangers are stationed at the closed entrance to prevent would-be visitors from entering.  Pedestrians are allowed to walk the road, which is closed to snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

Crater Lake National Park’s South Entrance, the only way to access the lake during the winter, will remain closed until the federal government shutdown ends.

The park headquarters building, visitor center and restrooms at Munson Valley are closed, as are facilities at Rim Village. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks have been canceled.

Skiers and snowshoers can off-road it to reach areas of the park.

Because of the shutdown, the park’s website at www.nps.gov/crla is also not being updated. Park personnel are not available to provide assistance or respond to emergencies. In case of emergencies call 911.

 

Greg Walden nominates ten Oregon students for acceptance to U.S. service academies

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that he has nominated ten Oregon students for acceptance to the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board -- retired and active-duty military officers who interview potential candidates for the service academies -- recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

“I am honored to nominate these outstanding young Oregonians to America’s service academies,” Walden said. “Years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to character have earned these future leaders these much-deserved nominations. By pursuing a higher education at one of our country’s select service academies, these students have shown a desire to lead by example, grow intellectually, and serve the United States in uniform. I am confident that each nominee will have tremendous success in this admirable endeavor and that their futures will be bright.

“I also thank my Service Academy Nomination Board for recommending these young leaders. Their experience serving our country in uniform is invaluable to the nomination process, and speaks to the caliber of the students they interviewed and recommended for nominations this year. Without their guidance and understanding of what it takes to succeed at the U.S. service academies, these nominations would not be possible,” said Walden. Serving on Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board are: Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Paula Brown; Col. Smith, Jeff, Oregon Air National Guard; Lt. Col. Lee, Travis, Oregon Army National Guard; Retired U.S. Navy Commander John Howard; Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col Kirk Mickelsen.

The service academies include the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Final selection for admission to the service academies will be determined by officials at each respective academy this spring. 

Students who are interested in learning more about service academy nominations can visit Walden’s website at https://walden.house.gov/academynominations.  

The nominees from the Klamath Basin include:

  • Brandon VanMeter, son of Stephen and Amy Johnson of Klamath Falls, attending Klamath Union High School -- nominated to the United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and United States Military Academy (West Point).
  • Nolan Britton, son of Robert and Bobbie Sue Britton of Klamath Falls, attending Lost River High School -- nominated to the United States Air Force Academy.
  • Jacob Healy, son of Mike and Julie Healy of Klamath Falls, attending Mazama High School --  nominated to the United States Naval Academy.
  • Maximillian Balakas, son of Martin Balakas and Kathleen Todd of Klamath Falls, attending Mazama High School -- nominated to United States Military Academy (West Point).

 

A Planning Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at KID’s headquarters located at 6640 KID Ln, KFallS, OR. 

In accordance with ORS 192.630 (1) all meetings of the governing body of a public body shall be open to the public and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting except as otherwise provided by 192.610 to 192.690.  ORS 192.660 (1) ORS 192.610 to 192.690 does not prevent governing body of a public body from holding executive session during a regular meeting, special or emergency meeting, after presiding officer has identified the authorization under 192.610 to 192.690 for holding the executive session.  Any persons with disabilities requiring special services please contact KID’s office at (541) 882-6661.

 

Bonsai study group to meet in Klamath

 A bonsai study group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Klamath County Museum’s meeting room, 1451 Main St.

The group will discuss “Bonsai for Beginners,” with a focus on special challenges that bonsai gardeners face in the Klamath Basin’s cool climate.

Pruning demonstrations will be presented by Sam Crowell and Todd Kepple. The group will also discuss possible activities and programs for the year.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about bonsai gardening.

For more information call (541) 281-9933

 

From the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office
  RE: Death Investigation - Officer Involved Shooting

On Saturday morning (12/29/18) at 3:56am, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an assault in progress at a residence northeast of Beatty, Oregon. When officers arrived, the adult son of the assault victim retreated into a nearby building and refused to cooperate with the investigation. Deputies were able to contact a mental health crisis counselor who responded to the residence.

At approximately 7:50am, deputies requested that an ambulance be dispatched to the area, shots had been fired, the suspect needed medical attention, and all deputies were uninjured. It was soon determined that Mark Farrell (age 33, date of birth 04/09/85) was deceased.

Initial investigation revealed the subject approached the deputies with a weapon and lethal force was used. The Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated and the Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency per established protocol. Two involved Sheriff’s Office deputies will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

No further information will be released until all involved parties have been interviewed. Any further requests for information will need to be routed through the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Employment Numbers For South Central Oregon

Unemployment levels continued to trend up in both Klamath and Lake Counties. Klamath County posted the first significant over-the-year job losses in several years, while Lake County’s employment situation is largely unchanged over the past year.

Klamath County: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November, a slight increase from 6.1 percent in October. The unemployment rate is slightly higher than this time last year when it was 6.0 percent.

Klamath County shed 470 jobs, larger losses than typically expected this time of year.

Employment levels are down 330 jobs from this time last year (-1.4%). This is the largest rate of over-the-year job losses in Klamath County since November 2012. Losses were concentrated in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, local government, and federal government.

Lake County: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in November, up from 5.5 percent in October. The rate was also 5.5 percent in November 2017.

Lake County shed 80 jobs in November, a larger decrease than typical for this time of year. Over the past year employment levels are essentially unchanged.

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ISSUED AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY FOR KLAMATH COUNTY 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an air stagnation advisory for Klamath and Lake Counties through the morning of Thursday, January 3, 2019. 

The air stagnation advisory predicts there will be little or no wind in the Klamath Basin.  Smoke and other airborne pollution will increase in concentration, causing a build-up that will not be carried out of the basin. The increase in airborne pollution can be unhealthy for outdoor physical activity and may contribute to health problems including coughing or aggravated asthma. The current air quality index, which gives current air quality conditions along with related health concerns and precautions, is available at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/

To reduce pollution buildup, the Klamath County Air Quality and Burning Advisory is redstarting at 8:00pm today, December 31, 2018 that will remain in effect until noon on Thursday, January 3, 2019.  Please check the advisory each day for possible updates at https://www.klamathcounty.org/383/Air-Quality

The red air quality advisory means:

Inside the Air Quality Zone:

·         The use of wood-burning fireplaces, certified and non-certified woodstoves and fireplace inserts is prohibited.

·         Only pellet stoves may be used.

Outside the Air Quality Zone:

·         We ask that residents outside the Air Quality Zone use an alternate source of heat especially during the overnight hours.

·         Burn only very dry wood and burn small hot fires. Do not allow your woodstove to smolder at night. Please monitor your woodstove emissions to assure that smoke does not build up in the community. Consider using biobricks to limit emissions if your wood is not dry.

·         Pellet stoves may be used.

County wide: Outdoor or open burning is prohibited.

Enforcement patrols will be operating during this period; information and fines may be issued. Klamath County is in nonattainment status with the Environmental Protection Agency for Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) standards. Air quality must be kept within standards. Please help by following the advisory each day.

If you have questions on the boundaries of the Air Quality Zone, consult the Klamath County web site at https://www.klamathcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/1019/Map-of-the-Air-Quality-Zone-PDF.

 

2019 Girl Scout Cookie Season Kicks Off in Oregon, January 5th

Girl Scouts of Oregon kick off the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season this week. Girl Scouts will sell cookies door-to-door, at booth sales, and via the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based platform that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online. Now in its fifth year, the Digital Cookie platform continues to bring Girl Scout programming into the future by providing girls with invaluable business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills that prepare them for 21st century leadership.

Local Girl Scouts will take orders from customers beginning January 5 for delivery beginning mid-February.

Cookie Booth Sales and Cookie Finder

Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths in front of local retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 15 through March 10, 2019.

Signature Girl Scout Cookies, including Thin Mints®, Samoas® and Trefoils® will be offered among the eight Girl Scout Cookie varieties at all cookie booths. Back by popular demand are Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies! Girl Scout S’mores™ and gluten free Toffee-Tastic™ specialty cookies are available at cookie booths while supplies last.

Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

The Power Behind the Girl Scout Cookie Program

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the skills they need to navigate life, manage finances and gain confidence—skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold powers real-life experiences for thousands of local girls.

Further, skills girls learn in the cookie program also influence later success: data shows more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting, and public speaking.

Girl Scout Cookies Have Local Impact

100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales remains within the local region. “As girls interact with prospective customers, they are explaining their Cookie business and trying to initiate a sale,” says Paige Walker, Chief Operational Officer-Mission Delivery. “Just as important as getting to a ‘yes’, is how the girls learn to process the ‘no thank you’ and keep trying.”

Girl Scouts use their cookie proceeds to power amazing experiences be it an Astronomy Adventure, Horse Camp, Snowshoe Hike or other activity. And, troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects such as building ADA ramps, helping a local animal shelter or cleaning a local beach/park/trail. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps provide for new and unique opportunities for local girls including valuable educational experiences that have lifelong impact. Girl Scout campers in Oregon and Southwest Washington use cookie program proceeds to fund their own camp and travel adventures. And, nearly every Girl Scout troop uses some portion of their cookie proceeds to give back to their local communities.

About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit girlscoutcookies.org.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON (GSOSW)

In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 37 counties in Oregon, and in Clark and Skamania counties in Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

 

10-A District Agricultural Association Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Board of Directors Regular Monthly Meeting to be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:00pm Tulelake Butte Valley Fairgrounds Office, 800 South Main St., Tulelake, CA 96134

BOARD MEETING AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER: President Herman All matters noticed on this agenda, in any category, may be considered for action. Any item not so noticed may not be considered. Items listed on this agenda may be considered in any order at the discretion of the President.

2. ROLL CALL OF DIRECTORS & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS & STAFF PRESENT

3. COMMUNITY RELATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT: (5 minutes) Speakers are limited to five (5) minutes. This time is for items not on the current agenda. No debate by the Board shall be permitted on such public comment. No action will be taken on such comment at this time, as law requires formal public notice prior to any action on a docket item. Public comments on items listed elsewhere on the agenda will be heard as that item is being considered.

4. CONSENT CALENDAR: (Action by Board) ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, STAFF OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY REQUEST THAT AN ITEM BE REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR DISCUSSED, AND ACTED UPON AS A SEPARATE ITEM. For convenience, all matters listed on the Consent Calendar may be considered and acted upon in one motion without any discussion unless a Director, a member of staff, or a member of the public request’s individual treatment. a) Approval of December 19th Meeting Minutes b) Approval of Bills paid through January 2, 2019 c) Approval of Contracts & Refunds through January 2, 2019 Jackie Perez – Refund $250 for November Event d) Approval of Finance Report Budget Analysis Balance Sheet Previous Year Comparison Profit and Loss Previous Year Comparison Trial Balance

5. Correspondence:

6. REPORTS AND INFORMATION: a) Committee Reports (Informational/Action by Board) Livestock Committee (15 Minutes) Judges Schedule Special Events Committee (30 Minutes) March 2, 2019 Casino Night Financial Committee (15 minutes) 2019 Budget Tulelake Butte Valley Fair Friends (15 Minutes) Entertainment Committee (15 minutes) Jr. Fairboard Committee (10 minutes) Fair Court Committee (10 minutes) PR/Marketing Committee (10 Minutes) Preparations for Community Forum b) CEO and Office Assistant Reports Concession/Kitchen Update (10 Minutes) WFA Conference Schedule

7. OLD BUSINESS: Board of Director Consideration/Action by board on the following agenda items. City of Tulelake Sewer Line Project Update CDFA Quality Assurance Program Update

8. NEW BUSINESS: Board of Director Consideration/Action on the following agenda items. 2019 Officers and Committee Assignments Volunteer Program Update Potential Dates for Spring Grounds Clean up and one prior to fair 2019 Draft Budget Approval

9. MATTERS OF INFORMATION: a. Director Statements: (10 Minutes) b. Manager Statements: (5 Minutes) c. Next Proposed Board Meeting Date: February 6, 2018 6pm 1. Community Forum February 13th 6pm

 

Two people were safely rescued Christmas Day when a vehicle traveling on Highway 140 left the road at milepost 58 and submerged into Klamath Lake.

City and state police and the Klamath County sheriff's office responded as well as fire district personnel and search and rescue to the early afternoon single vehicle crash. The vehicle remained submerged in Klamath Lake as of mid-afternoon, reported to be a full size Ford sedan.

A 39-year-old female and 11-year-old female were inside the vehicle when it left the roadway into Klamath Lake. Neither were believed to be seriously injured. Their identities have not been released.

State police said the roadway would be down to one lane of traffic and delays are expected much of the afternoon until the vehicle can be retrieved out of the lake.

 

The Klamath County Museum has received the donation of a 1915 Ford Model T automobile from John Wilcynski of Susanville, Calif.

The fully restored and operable vehicle becomes the fourth antique auto owned by the museum.
“This vehicle is really a beauty, professionally restored from bumper to bumper,” said museum manager Todd Kepple. “We’re very fortunate that Mr. Wilcynski selected our museum to receive this car.”
Museum volunteers Greg Beckman and Gary Mattos transported the Model T earlier this month in Beckman’s covered trailer.


“We were initially worried about how we would get the car from Susanville to Klamath without exposing it all kinds of risk, from foul weather to rocks thrown up on the highway,” Kepple said. “It arrived in fine shape, and in good running condition.”


Terry Sandusky, another museum volunteer, plans to perform some work on the engine.
Wilcynski selected the Klamath County Museum as a permanent home for his automobile after visiting in Klamath Falls some time ago.


Other vehicles owned by the museum include a 1904 Oldsmobile donated by the Miller Bros. automotive dealership, a 1919 Ford Model T donated by Bob Kennedy, and a 1964 Ford Mustang donated by the estate of Don Carnes.   The museum also owns a 1928 Rumely Oil-Pull tractor donated by J.W. Kerns Irrigation, and restored to running condition by the local antique tractor club.
For more information contact the museum at (541) 882-1000.

 

 

Events for children, families and teens at the Klamath County Library

There’s always something to do at the downtown Klamath County Library, and we have some new events for 2019! Check out these weekly events for children, families and teens:

·         Music and Movement: Mondays at 11 am. Now at a new time! Children and parents get into the groove with music and dance.  Join us for stories, games and more! Suggested for children 4 and up.

·         Baby Bouncers: Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Enjoy stories, songs and games with your little ones. This event is aimed at newborns through 12 months, but all are welcome.

·         Terrific Toddlers: Tuesdays at 11 am. Toddlers ages 12-36 months will enjoy stories, games, songs and more.

·         Family Storytime: Tuesdays at 4 pm. New for 2019! Each week we’ll have a new story and activity to encourage family bonding time. All ages welcome.

·         Preschool Power: Fridays at 10:30 am. Come for stories, crafts and songs. Suggested for children 3 to 5.

·         Pet Partners: Saturdays at 10:30 am. Read with therapy dogs! They’re very good listeners. All ages welcome.

·         Anti-Valentine’s Day Committee Meeting: Thursday, January 3rd at 3:30 pm. If you think the only good thing about Valentine's Day is the candy (and, like, who doesn't), help us plan a dope After-Hours Anti-Valentine's Day party on Friday, February 15th at 6pm! Pick up a planning committee application at the downtown library's Youth Services desk and expect to put in about an hour of volunteer time a week if you join up. Email teen librarian Sarah at smiller@klamathlibrary.org for more details! This group is for ages 12-18.

·         Tween Craft Club: Tuesday, January 8th at 3:30 pm. We’re making journals! We’ll show you how to sew pages of paper together with a custom cover to make a journal (or sketchbook, or whatever) that’s all your own. For ages 10-13.

·         Teen How To: Thursday, January 10th at 3:30 pm. New for 2019! Each month, we’ll tackle a new skill. This month: learn how to crochet a scarf! For ages 12-18.

·         Mario Kart Wii Tournament: Friday, January 18th at 3:30 pm. Prove you’re the best Mario Kart Wii driver around and compete in tournament-style matchups for eternal glory! For ages 10-18.

·         Teen Survivor: Tuesday, January 22nd at 3:30 pm. Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. Take on our minigame challenges for candy prizes! For ages 12-18.

·         Family Activity Hour: Thursday, January 31st at 4 pm. New for 2019! Each month we’ll have a new game, craft, or other fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together. For all ages. This month: watercolor droplet paintings! Combine watercolor paint and delicate (or not so delicate) touches of a water dropper to create a beautiful design.

Registration for these events is not required, but children under 10 should come with a parent or guardian, please. For more information, please call 541-882-8894 or visit the library website at www.klamathlibrary.org.

We’re heading “Under the Sea” this month at the downtown Klamath County Library! (The staff of the Klamath County Library sincerely apologizes if you now have the song from Disney’s Little Mermaid stuck in your head.) Wednesdays at 4pm throughout January, we’re hosting aquatic adventures for the whole family:

·         January 2nd: Seashell Crafts! Construct a crown and other fancy ocean-themed tchotchkes with seashells!

·         January 9th: Aquatic Carnival Games! Try your hand at our “boardwalk” of carnival games! (Watch your fingers around the sharks at the ball-toss game. We’ve trained them to hold very still with their mouths open, but it doesn’t hurt to be careful.)

·         January 16th: Paper Aquariums! These paper fish are particularly easy-to-care-for pets.

·         January 23rd: Build-a-Snack Storytime! Your delicious snack will evolve as the plot points of our undersea story are revealed!

·         January 30th: Defeat the Kraken! Test your mettle against the legendary monster of the deep.

Registration for these events is not required. Children under 10 should come with a parent or guardian, please. For more information, please call 541-882-8894 or visit the Youth Services desk.

 

 

A “Klamath Irrigation District, Board of Directors’ special meeting will be held at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the KID office, located at 6640 KID Ln, Klamath Falls, OR.

The purpose of the special meeting is to interview from pool of applicants received for the District Manager’s position. The special meeting is open to the public. In accordance with ORS 192.640, provides special notice for executive sessions, special meetings or emergency meetings, and ORS 192.660 executive sessions permitted on certain matters. (1) ORS 192.610 to 192.690 do not prevent the governing body of a public body from holding an executive session during a special meeting, after the presiding officer has identified the authorization under ORS 192.610 to 192.690 for holding the executive session. Any persons with disabilities requiring special services please contact KID’s office at (541) 882-6661.”

 

 

Susan Liskey of Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau was honored with the 2018 Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award during the 86th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting, which took place Dec. 4-6 in Salem.


“As a grassroots organization, a County Farm Bureau is only as operational as its secretary,” said Logan Kerns, chair of the OFB Membership Committee. “After an impressive 18 years serving as secretary for Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau, I’m honored to give this award to Sue in recognition of her hard work, dedication, and effectiveness.”


Besides keeping the Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau’s materials organized and the books in order, Liskey manages the county’s scholarship program, organizes the county’s annual meeting, coordinates events throughout the year, and keeps members informed of Farm Bureau activities happening at the local, state, and national levels.


“I was very surprised to receive this award and am very grateful to my county board for nominating me,” said Liskey. 


“I believe that Farm Bureau is the greatest organization to belong to because it works very hard for its grassroots membership of farmers and ranchers — the people who are the foundation of every community,” she said.


“Through my involvement in Farm Bureau, I’ve gained so many friends,” said Liskey. “I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to different places throughout the United States and connect with people who are on the same page, talking the same language, and working hard to promote our way of life. In agriculture, we have to stick together.”


Liskey and her husband Tracey Liskey run a farm in Klamath Falls, raising hay, cattle, grain, and greenhouse plants.

 

Forest Reminds Visitors Wheeled Vehicles Not Allowed on Snowmobile Trails

With the official start of winter this weekend and snow in the forecast, visitors are reminded that several roads on the Klamath Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest are closed to wheeled traffic and serve only as snowmobile trails.

The roads are closed for the season annually between November 1 and April 30. However, the area must have a continuous snow depth of 6 inches or more for the closure to be in effect.

Snowfall over the past several weeks has picked up winter recreation opportunities in the area, including on the Klamath Ranger District.  It looks likely those conditions will improve with winter weather in the forecast over the holidays.

“Now that we have snow and the closure is back in effect, we need to ensure that the snowmobilers and skiers have safe areas to enjoy the forest on groomed trails,” said Heather Berg, District Ranger for the Klamath Ranger District. “We have already seen an increase in the number of wheeled vehicles getting stuck on groomed snowmobile trails, which not only creates conflict between user groups but causes resource damage and ruts and creates hazardous conditions for winter recreationists.”

For snowmobiles to be able to use roads, area snowmobiling clubs coordinate with Forest Service recreation managers and take on grooming miles of roads and trails throughout the winter. These winter use trails provide multi-use trails for a variety of recreational uses.

“Our goal, in partnership with the Klamath Basin Snowdrifters and Chiloquin Ridge Riders snowmobile clubs, is to provide high-quality winter recreation experiences on the Forest,” Berg said. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us maintain these winter recreation sites and respecting the road closure.”

Now that the snow is back, there are a variety of fun winter recreation opportunities available on the Fremont-Winema National Forest in addition to snowmobiling, including sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and even mushing and skijoring with dogs.

For more information on winter trails on the Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winemaand select “Recreation” and “Winter Sports.”

The Jackson-Klamath Winter Recreation map is also available at Forest Service offices in Klamath County, from the National Forest Map Store at www.nationalforestmapstore.com, or digitally from Avenza Maps atwww.avenzamaps.com.  

Prices vary depending on format and source.   The closure is formally referenced as Order Number FWF-2014-13-02.

Violations of the closure order are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visitwww.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/R6FWNF.

 

“A Pictorial Round-Up”     

The Klamath Art Association and Gallery will be hosting a special invitational exhibit in January 2019 honoring the contributions made to our community by ranchers, farmers, and rodeo participants. Featured are photography, sculpture, or crafts such as leatherwork, blacksmithing, weaving, etc. that that exemplify the best of rural America.

This invitation will include both KAA members and non-members. The exhibit will open with an artist’s reception on Sunday, January 6 from noon to 4 PM. Voting for best of show awards will take place at the reception based on three categories: art, photography, and 3D sculpture/crafts. Please Google search Klamath Art Gallery for entry requirements and details. Entry forms are available in advance by emailing request to  klamathartassoc@aol.com

The Klamath Art Gallery is located at 120 Riverside Drive, across from the Favell Museum. Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4PM. Free Admission. For additional information phone 541-883-1833 or visit our website at klamathartgallery.blogspot.com.

 

KCC Board of Education Approves Partnership Contract with Sheriff ’s Office

Klamath Community College’s board of education voted Monday to approve a contract that establishes a foundation for KCC to work with the Klamath County Sheriff ’s Office to open a sheriff substation at the KCC campus. The college’s seven-member board voted unanimously to approve the contract.

“The goals of this groundbreaking initiative are to assist KCC in providing a safe learning environment and to enhance student and staff relationships with law enforcement officers,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “Having a sworn officer on campus will be a valuable resource for keeping our campus safe and for fostering relationships that will benefit the entire community.”

According to the contract, the campus substation and the sheriff patrol sergeant who manages it will be established as part of a Law Enforcement Liaison Program at KCC. The sergeant will be involved in security planning and reserve officer program training.

“The Klamath County Sheriff ’s Office is looking forward to furthering our relationship with KCC, not only for the safety of the campus, but also in the area of workforce development related to public safety,” said Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber. “It is exciting to be working so closely with KCC in their efforts to maintain a safe campus, where students can concentrate on learning, bettering themselves, and our community as well.”

According to Kaber, the patrol sergeant application process will open the day the Klamath County commissioners approve the sheriff ’s office request to sign the contract and to hire another full-time-equivalent employee. The commissioners may address the issue during their Jan. 8 meeting, he said. “I anticipate the job posting to be open for two weeks, and with luck, a person selected and in place by the end of March,” Kaber said.

In addition to managing the KCC substation, the patrol sergeant may also supervise school resource officers employed by the sheriff ’s office, which contracts with the Klamath County School District.

 

The Klamath County Transition Program’s annual Christmas lunch celebration Wednesday featured a three-course prime rib dinner and special guests including community leaders and long-time program supporters. The luncheonTransition student Nettie Miller offers fresh pepper for a salad to Nancy Denson, KCTP principal; and guest Erin Szymoniak. this year had a new venue – Roosters Steak and Chop House. Owner Dave Twidale and manager Sandy Shaw wanted to support the students and provide a place for their celebration.

They donated the use of the restaurant and kitchen as well as the expertise of two of its employees to help the students cook the prime rib holiday meal. The 42 guests and students ate in style and were waited on by four transition program students, who learned the trade from Roosters’ staff. Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot was among the guests, invited because of his ongoing support of the program, which provides independent living and pre-employment skills to young adults from 18 to 21 years of age with moderate to severe disabilities.

Klamath County School transitions community holiday party“It was an event that emulates the spirit of the season,” he said. “It’s one of those events you leave feeling inspired to tackle the issues of our community. The students were incredible – from their wit and their sense of humor to their work ethic.” Students shopped for and then cooked the meal, which includes salad, prime rib with potatoes and homemade cheesecake for dessert.

“We invited people who helped directly with our program,” said Randy Denson, headteacher of the Klamath County Transition Program. Nancy Denson is the program’s principal. Of the 42 guests, 17 were students, 10 were from the school district and 15 were community members. Klamath County School District took over operation of the program from the Southern Oregon Education Service District in 2015. Denson was hired as its teacher the following year, and since then the number of students served has more than doubled. About 24 students attend daily. The program offers daily classes and groups of students take turns shopping for and cooking all the meals. Recreation program includes Zumba and access to the YMCA and Klamath Strength and Conditioning gym.

Third-year students are required to take a resume building course, and this year, the program added art to its repertoire. Community service also is encouraged and students volunteer for SMART reading at Henley Elementary, the Peterson Elementary School garden, and the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Students work as a cleaning crew for the city of Klamath Falls and also operate the Jo2Go coffee cart at the Klamath County School District Central Office and the Klamath County Library. “Getting out in the community and giving them opportunities is so important,” Denson said, “And (the students) have a great attitude. They make their own opportunities.”Phillip Squibb, director of Klamath County Developmental Disabilities; Moriah Parton, and Skylar Gilham enjoy lunch together.

 

Sheriff’s Office Traffic Grant Funds – Christmas and New Year’s
From Sergeant Ryan Kaber

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation awarded the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office grant funds for traffic safety during 2018-19 totaling $17,500.

The grant is being used to increase traffic enforcement with focused patrols on Distracted Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Occupant Protection (Safety Belts), and Speed Enforcement during the below specified events. Distracted Driving Grant Amount = $5,000

· National Distracted Driving Awareness Month 4/2019 – SCHEDULED DUII High Visibility Enforcement Events Grant Amount = $2,000

· Christmas 2018/New Year’s 2019 12/13-31/2018 – SCHEDULED

· Super Bowl 2/3/2019 – SCHEDULED

· St. Patrick’s Day 3/17/2019 – SCHEDULED

· Memorial Day 5/25-27/2019 – SCHEDULED

· Independence Day 7/4/2019 – SCHEDULED · Labor Day 8/16-9/2/2019 – SCHEDULED Occupant Protection (Safety Belt) Blitz Periods Grant Amount = $5,500

· Blitz #1 2/4-17/2019 – SCHEDULED

· Blitz #2 Click It or Ticket 5/13-6/2/2019 – SCHEDULED

· Blitz #3 8/19-9/1/2019 – SCHEDULED Speed Enforcement Grant Amount = $5,000

 

Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center Offers Preserve@Home, an On-line Food Preservation Class to begin January 17, 2019

Will your New Year’s resolutions include learning to preserve your garden produce? Get a jump on the season by joining a 6-week on-line class, Preserve@Home, starting January 17. You will connect with others in Oregon and Idaho and learn various methods for preserving high quality foods and the science behind it.  Register by Monday, January 14  registering online at http://bit.ly/PreserveAtHome2019. Cost is $55 and includes materials and a hands-on session, March 9th, 9 am-1 pm at Klamath County Extension Office, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls. To register or to get more information call 541-883-7131, or e-mail patty.case@oregonstate.edu or visit https://extension.oregonstate.edu/kbrec .

The first class of the 6-week course opens on-line on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Students’ progress through lessons at their own pace or at a time convenient to them. Each lesson includes online text (that can be downloaded and printed), on-line bulletin board to facilitate participant discussion, and a real-time weekly chat to interact with classmates and instructors and weekly open book quizzes, as well as an open book final exam. The weekly on-line chat session for the first lesson will be on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 1:45 PM. Topics to be covered include: Foodborne Illness – causes and prevention, Spoilage and Canning Basics, Canning High Acid foods, Canning Specialty High Acid Foods – pickles, salsa, jams, jellies, etc., Canning Low Acid Foods, and Freezing and Drying. Supplemental materials this year will include materials on planting varieties for food preservation and one on cold storage and root cellaring. 

OSU Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center will provide an optional hands-on lab experience for Klamath County participants at the Research & Extension Center, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls on Saturday, March 9th, 2019, 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm. Students will practice pressure canning and water-bath canning.

Cost of the course is $55. Many of the supplemental materials are available free, on-line. Class size is limited. This course has been developed and is offered collaboratively with University of Idaho Extension Service and eXtension.  Call 541-883-7131 to reserve your space, and then get your registration materials submitted by Monday, January 14, 2019.  For more information and registration materials contact the KBREC at 541-883-7131 e-mail patty.case@oregonstate.edu.

 

Downtown Klamath County Library

Great Decisions 2019, a program of the United States Foreign Policy Association, will begin meeting on Thursday, January 31st at 1 pm. The group will meet for eight weeks on Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Topics for this year’s cycle include: refugees and global migration, disorder in the Middle East, the state of the US State Department and its diplomatic efforts, the rise of populism in Europe, US-China trade, relations between the US and Mexico, nuclear negotiations, and issues of cyber warfare and the influence of actions online on geopolitics.

The Great Decisions format asks participants to read the weekly articles from the Great Decisions book, show up for the weekly meetings to watch a video segment and then hold a discussion on the foreign policy topic of the week. Group members may take turns leading the sessions and may also contribute additional research information if they wish.

Each participant in Great Decisions must purchase a copy of the current book, offered at the price of $32, at the downtown library’s checkout desk. Great Decisions is open to any interested adult regardless of political or any other affiliations.

Registration starts Wednesday, December 19th. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for reserving your spot and purchasing your Great Decisions book is Monday, January 7th. For more information, call Charla Oppenlander at 882-8894 ext. 10 or email her at coppenlander@klamathlibrary.org.

 

Effective December 17, 2018 You-Pull-It Auto Wreckers and One Stop Towing will no longer be removing abandon vehicles or picking up junk cars.

This will include suspending our contract with the City of Klamath Falls as well as our disposal services for the other tow companies in our area. We will still buy parts vehicles primarily pick-ups and SUV’s.

This change in the services we provide has been necessitated by an order from the City to vacate our overflow storage area by June 1, 2019 unless we can have the area improved to their required standards by this date. We cannot get the work done by this date so we will have to move the vehicles into the You-Pull-It yard, leaving no room for us to store other incoming vehicles.

I have been in business in Klamath Falls for 42 years and have disposed of junk and abandoned cars for most of that time. This year we have removed 70 abandon vehicles for the city including 3 motorhomes.

We disposed of a total of 234 vehicles that we had to run lien sales on to gain ownership. It seems strange that the city says they are fighting “blight” in the community yet they will have no place to dispose of these vehicles. I would like to apologies in advance for the inconvenience this will cause for the business and individuals who have used our services.

William E Adams, Owner

 

Linkville Kiwanis brings joy of the season to children

Before Santa arrived in his Conger Elementary School classroom Tuesday, Leo Daniels was vacuuming the room’s carpeting. Little did the second grader know that a big surprise was awaiting him and his peers.

Santa arrived in a navy blue pick up and children who were outside ecstatically yelled out to him. His appointed rounds only included Cindy Quick’s class for students with special needs, but his presence created a buzz throughout the school.

The jolly senior citizen had the support of the Linkville Kiwanis Club in ensuring the children received gifts from their wish lists.

Sandy Handsaker assured Daniels had a toy he would enjoy. “The list said Hot Wheels tracks with ramps. I saw this one had two and knew it was going to be a hit,” she said.

It was. An adult put the toy together and Daniels had the joy of launching two cars simultaneously up the ramps and knocking plastic targets off the back of the structure. He wasn’t the only student excited about Santa’s visit and the toys delivered. Each child received a gift list and the Kiwanians delighted in the happiness of the children.

Linkville Kiwanis has sponsored a Christmas celebration for children with special needs for more than 40 years. Last year member Diana Otero worked to move the party to Conger and Stearns elementary schools, where the children attend. Her husband, Jay, told her that transporting the students to the Klamath County Fairgrounds in previous years was an extra expense to the school districts’ budgets.

Change was part of this year’s activities, too. The Hosanna Key Club, which is sponsored by Linkville Kiwanis, had members go to both schools to help decorate the classrooms last week and handed Santa the presents for each child this week. Stearns’ party was held Wednesday.

About 30 children were served through this project. Kiwanis is an international service club that focuses on improving communities by helping children. Key Club is its high school youth organization

 

Hundreds of high school DECA and FBLA members attend Business Skills Academy, competition at KCC Henley High School.

DECA members Andrew Wilcher and Dylan Huynh had 15 minutes to come up with a marketing plan that would increase book donations at the Perry Public Library.

“Our biggest restriction is we weren’t allowed to give money in return (for donations),” Wilcher said. “The underlying challenge is coming up with an incentive to get people to donate.” They came up with an extension of due dates and a competition – a system that publicly recognizes top donors.

Kenneth DeCrans, student body president for Klamath Community College who judged Wilcher and Huynh, was impressed. “I might actually use some of their ideas for stuff I’m working on,” he said with a smile.Henley HIgh School seniors Andrew Wilcher and Dylan Huynh compete in a DECA role play scenario Tuesday at the Business Skills Academy at Klamath Community College.

Wilcher and Huynh were among 20 Henley DECA chapter members and more than 150 DECA and FBLA students from high schools around the Klamath Basin and southern Oregon who participated Tuesday in 11 th annual Business Skills Academy at Klamath Community College. The event was a joint effort between Klamath County School District business teachers; and KCC, headed by Erica Dow, community education, and Linda Davenport, business management technology.

Luke Ovgard, the DECA chapter advisor at Henley High School, was in charge of the DECA competition. Jazmin Hall, a 2017 Mazama graduate and former FBLA chapter member, also helped with the event. She is studying accounting and business management at KCC and credits her success to FBLA.

Members of Mazama High School’s FBLA chapter pose for a photo following the Business Skills Academy Tuesday at Klamath Community College.“FBLA definitely helped me choose what I wanted to do and helped me reach my goals,” she said. FBLA and DECA students had separate competitions, practicing the testing and presentation skills they will need for upcoming regional and state competitions. Area FBLA chapters and business programs attending included Mazama, Lost River, Bonanza, Gilchrist, New Horizons and Tulelake.

The Business Skills Academy offered more than 10 different workshops for students on topics with enticing titles including “Why the toughest person you’ll ever lead is yourself and how to do it with success,” “Leading through Adversity,” “S.P.E.A.K.! Advice on public speaking, finding your voice and becoming comfortable with an audience.” While the Henley High DECA chapter competed with high school chapters from Phoenix, North Medford, South Medford, Crater and Armadillo Technical Institute, FBLA students from around the Klamath Basin were in an adjacent building, testing and competing in impromptu speaking, marketing, sales, business and client services.

DECA and FBLA are both student business and leadership organizations with local chapters and state and national officers. Both organizations teach high school students leadership skills, goal setting, and project management and prepare students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship.

Brandon Gailey, a freshman at Mazama High School, joined FBLA to improve his presentation and business skills. He competed Tuesday for the first time.

“I was a marketing agent for a company that wanted to help raise $500,000 for a charity,” he said, adding that he was tasked with coming up a charity and a plan for funding the donation. “I had to present for seven minutes,” Gailey said. “The hardest part was when I ran out of material and I still had two minutes left … it’s awkward.” But, he added, he learned a lot. “I’m getting better. Those seven minutes helped a lot.”

Meanwhile, Henley seniors Anna Edwards and Madison Garlitz were trying to figure out how to reconfigure a membership program structure for a performing arts center that would increase profits. Edwards is president of Henley’s DECA chapter; Garlitz is vice president of education.

“I like competing,” Garlitz explained. “It’s opened up a new side of me. I’m able to express myself more. It really transforms you from a quiet person to one who can speak to a whole room.”

Wilcher, who competed earlier promoting library book donations, agreed. “I think you learn the most in your first role play,” he said. “It’s pretty much trial by fire, but the fire’s not that hot.”

 

Oregon Senate Confirms Boeing VP, Mike Starr; Reappoints Jessica Gomez for Oregon Tech Governing Board

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Senate confirmed a new trustee for the governing board of the Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” on Dec. 13. Mike Starr is the vertical leader of actuation of Boeing Global Services and an Oregon Tech alumnus from Klamath Falls. Trustee Starr will begin his term on the board on December 17.

There are 11 at-large positions on the Board, three positions filled by faculty, staff and student members, and an ex officio position held by Oregon Tech’s president, for a total of 15 members. Starr is filling the seat left vacant by Celia Núñez, who selflessly served from the inception of the board until June 30, 2018.

Starr’s history with Oregon Tech began when he was in high school and was spotted by the university’s football coach. He was recruited as a deep snapper for the Owls, receiving an academic scholarship. While he had always had a talent for science and math, a career in engineering had not yet solidified for him. But after being intrigued by a mechanical engineering course, he was hooked. “My brain just kind of worked that way,” said Starr.

He thrived in the small class environment and the connections that he built with faculty along the way, with Oregon Tech being a “big” university to him, having gone to a Catholic school in Klamath Falls with 22 children in his class. Then, after an injury on the football field in his freshman year ended his sports career, he focused exclusively on his studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1989 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduation, Starr’s path led straight to a job with Boeing at its Renton plant in Washington when he received two offers from them after attending an Oregon Tech career day event. He began his career at Boeing in July 1989 and has held second-level management positions leading Engineering, Industrial Engineering, New Programs, Tracks and Beams, Flight Controls and Central Machining. He served as manufacturing director and general manager at the Boeing Portland site and was named in January 2018 as the Vertical Leader for Actuation. In this role, Starr pioneers business transformation through “Vertical Integration,” which is a strategy to apply and align Boeing’s internal capabilities, customer knowledge and employee skillsets to offer better products and value over the life of its products. Starr’s responsibility is to collaborate with organizations across the Enterprise and suppliers around the world to create increased value in the Actuation category for the Boeing Company.

Starr also has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Also confirmed at the meeting was Trustee Jessica Gomez of Medford. She was reappointed to serve a second term through June 30, 2022. Gomez is one of the original members of Oregon Tech’s Board, and is founder, president and chief executive officer of Rogue Valley Microdevices in Medford, Oregon.

 

Connecting with Far Away Colleges

Distance learning technology in the new academic building

Distance learning technology in the new academic building

Klamath Union students participate in Pilot program offering virtual college tours during a series of events sponsored through GEAR UP last week.

The GEAR UP program, a seven-year $350,000 grant provided to Klamath City Schools, is meant to assist low-income middle and high school students to pursue post-secondary education. GEAR UP Coordinator Valeria Menke expresses " GEAR UP is excited to provide virtual tours as they are an excellent tool to help us engage our students in exploring their options for post-secondary education." 

 KU Sophomore Academic Advisor Rebecca Pierce who also coordinates standardized testing and college/military visitations have been working diligently throughout the few months through the logistics the visits a reality for KU students. This pilot program is the first of its kind for students to learn about other colleges and universities without having to travel long distances. Pierce expressed "These virtual tours are very important because these are schools we probably would not have gotten the chance to visit or have them visit us." 

Though a few educational trips have been planned for students to visit universities in Southern Oregon, it is not always feasible to travel out, for students to learn about their ideal colleges. "These Virtual tours are very important because these are schools we probably would not have gotten the chance to physically visit or have them visit us," said Pierce. 

The schools KU students were able to virtually speak to and visit included Willamette University located in Salem, Boise State University, College of the Redlands in the Bay Area, and Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Pierce stated, "The representatives shared the history of their school, the campus environment, specific college requirements, and general information". Pierce also expressed that each school did their best to present their qualities and uniqueness to the students.  "They did a pretty good job about painting a picture of what the college lifestyle is like." 

Junior student Daniela Sanchez-Leon mentioned "We learned a lot of cool things Willamette. The lady said their university was in the front state capitol building, and in the back of it was the Salem Health hospital and both offer internships". 

Pierce emphasized just how important events like these are for students "The virtual tours can open up students horizons to new opportunities they hadn't thought of before, and really allow them to dream, to dream big." 

KU is grateful to have both the Oregon GEAR UP Grant coordinator Valeria Menke and advisors like Rebecca Pierce who are working together to give students a chance to think about the options they have to pursue higher education after high school. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sprague River Bridge Connection

Jan 23, 2019 - May 8, 2019

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

Accepting donations Wednesdays at 9 am to 1 pm. Located next to the Post Office in Sprague River. Tons of FREE clothes from baby to adult. Get what you need, save money and be blessed! Many thrift store items at low prices. The Bridge Connection runs the local food pantry so you can get your food box there. Also FREE MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC every 22nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30

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Quail Trails Bus Service CHILOQUIN PICK UP

Jan 23, 2019 - May 3, 2019

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Quail Trails Bus Service 541-783-2219 x174 Chiloquin Pick Up: 9:55 am 3 hours in Klamath Falls- Sherm's Thunderbird Drop off at 2:15 pm Sherm's Pick up 3:20 pm Exceptions for Holidays and Weather. See our website! Chiloquin Drop off 5:30

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Sprague River Christian Fellowship Heavens Garden

Jan 23, 2019 - May 30, 2019

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sprague River Christian Fellowship (SRVCF) with Paster Ron Willis, Sunday services at Community center 10:30 am, Children's ministry by Lee Dickerson  Good News Club Thursdays 4 to 5 pm Heaven's Garden: Wednesday & Thursdays 10 am to 12 pm

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Quail Trails Bus Service SPRAGUE RIVER SCHEDULE

Jan 23, 2019 - May 3, 2019

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Quail Trails Bus Service 541-783-2219 x174 Sprague River Pick up 10:28 am 3 hours in Klamath Falls- Sherm's Thunderbird Drop off at 2:15 pm Sherm's Pick up 3:20 pm Exceptions for Holidays and Weather. See our website! Sprague River Drop off 5:00 pm

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Quail Trails Bus Service SPRAGUE RIVER SCHEDULE

Jan 23, 2019 - May 3, 2019

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Quail Trails Bus Service 541-783-2219 x174 Sprague River Pick up 10:28 am 3 hours in Klamath Falls- Sherm's Thunderbird Drop off at 2:15 pm Sherm's Pick up 3:20 pm Exceptions for Holidays and Weather. See our website! Sprague River Drop off 5:00 pm

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Sprague River Library Hours

Jan 23, 2019 - May 11, 2019

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Librarian is Joyce Hardman, the library is open Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat from 10:30 am to 4 pm 

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Sprague River Post Office

Jan 23, 2019 - May 4, 2019

This event occurs weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Sprague River Post Office is open 10:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday through Saturday

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Quail Trails Bus Service Beatty Pick Up

Jan 23, 2019 - May 3, 2019

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Quail Trails Bus Service 541-783-2219 x174 Beatty Pick Up 11:00 am 3 hours in Klamath Falls- Sherm's Thunderbird Drop off at 2:15 pm Sherm's Pick up 3:20 pm Exceptions for Holidays and Weather. See our website!  

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Quail Trails Bus Service BONANZA pick up

Jan 23, 2019 - May 3, 2019

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Quail Trails Bus Service 541-783-2219 x174 Bonanza Pick up 11:45 am 3 hours in Klamath Falls- Sherm's Thunderbird Drop off at 2:15 pm Sherm's Pick up 3:20 pm Exceptions for Holidays and Weather. See our website!  

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Body Acceptance Circuit Training

Jan 23, 2019 - Aug 14, 2019

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Live Young Sky Lakes Wellness Center circuit training classes offer a fun and energizing way to challenge yourself. Using timed intervals with periodic rest breaks, this class provides an excellent toning and cardiovascular workout in a non-competitive environment. Tara Gallagher certified personal trainer, designs and leads all workouts, which are appropriate for all shapes and fitness...

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