Klamath Basin News & Weather – Tuesday Edition

Kamath Falls News Update

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PAUL HANSON, KFLS 102.5FM & 1450AM, and The Herald & News

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019  

  KLAMATH BASIN WEATHER

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.  Overnight, a 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Wednesday
A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 54. A slight chance of showers overnight, low around 35.

Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Light west wind.

Friday
A 30 percent chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Saturday
A chance of rain mixed with snow showers before 8am, then partly sunny, with a high near 49.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

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         TODAY’S KLAMATH FALLS AREA NEWS HEADLINES & STORIES…

Fatality on Highway 140

On Monday afternoon about 4pm, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 140 and the intersection of Bliss Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a  Ford Ranger PU, operated by Chelsea Ridenour (29) of Malin, was traveling on Bliss Rd. and failed to stop at the stop sign at Hwy 140.  A Ford Explorer was traveling on Hwy 140, operated by Frederic Rouviere (59) of Bly, and a collision occurred.

Rouviere sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Ridenour and her juvenile male passenger were transported to the hospital with injuries.

Cynthia Schmidt (59) of Bly, passenger in the Explorer, was transported to the hospital with injuries.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Fire, and Air Link.  Investigation is continuing.

Hotel Subsidy

A Kansas City, Missouri company that wants to build a 92 room Fairfield Inn and Suites at Timber Mill Shores wants 160-thousand dollars to cover expenses related to building the facility on a brownfield site. The Herald and News reports the Klamath Falls City Council will discuss the request tonight when it meets at 7-o’clock.

A letter from Ferguson Development Vice President, Jeff Sharp, says the company is very excited to bring a new hotel to the area but stated added project costs would add a significant amount to construction costs. The 13-point-75-million dollars Fairfield Inn project is expected to generate about 40-thousand dollars a year in transient room taxes and another 40-thousand a year in property taxes.

Sheriff Body Cameras 

Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber is looking at implementing a body camera policy. Kaber told the Herald and News he is looking at a 30 day smart phone body camera trial that would begin in a few months. The Klamath Fall Police Department started been using 28 body and 18 dash board cameras in 2017 at a cost of 220-thousand dollars. Currently the sheriff doesn’t use body or dash cameras. City Police Captain Ryan Brosterhaus says citizen complaints have dropped 25 per cent since cameras were implemented. District Attorney Eve Costello says cameras strengthen the pursuit of justice and leads to quicker resolution of criminal cases. Sheriff Kaber says there are positive arguments for body cameras and one factor that stands out is improved transparency. However Kaber says there are limits to what a camera can see or hear and the perception of the camera may be different than reality.

Fire engulfs Klamath home

Two families were displaced following a fire that destroyed a Klamath Falls home early Monday morning, according to a Klamath County Fire District 1 news release.

At 3:13 a.m. Monday, District 1 responded to the report of a fully engulfed structure on North Eighth Street. The approximately 1,800-square-foot two-story residence, with one-story below grade, sustained extensive damage. The estimated value of the home is $80,000, with approximately 75 percent loss to property and contents.

Red Cross assisted the two families who were displaced. There were no injuries to human occupants, although several animals perished in the fire. No firefighters were injured during the incident. The cause and origin of the fire was determined to be from the clothes dryer located on the main level of the home.

Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded with 18 fire personnel from four engines, an ambulance, four chief officers and the fire marshal. The Klamath Falls City Police, Pacific Power, Avista Utilities and the office of the State Fire Marshal also assisted.

Groups Sought for Link River Festival

Every two years the gates are opened and access granted to a protected area of Klamath Falls…that is, the Link River canyon and its aptly named, Link River Festival.

Coordinated by the Klamath County Museums, the Link River Festival welcomes various community groups and partners to showcase aspects of history, ecology, conservation, geology and more in an all-day outdoor event that spans the length of Klamath Falls’ shortest river.

With several months to go, the Klamath County Museum is seeking interested organizations and individuals for demonstrations and stations to showcase related activities.

The event routinely draws hundreds of visitors, who walk a roughly one and a half mile hike along the canyon, where stations every 50 yards or so offer different family-friendly activities and educational content. Shuttles will be offered to return visitors back to the parking area after completing the hike, and food vendors will be available.

Job Fair Thursday at KCC

Fifteen local employers who are hiring will be on hand to meet with job seekers at a Klamath Community College job fair Thursday. Please help us spread the word.

The job fair is Thursday, March 21, and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the KCC Commons.

“The job fair is a terrific opportunity for job seekers to meet face-to-face with prospective employers and to make a memorable first impression,” said Chip Massie, KCC interim vice president of external affairs. “This is also the perfect time to connect with employers well ahead of the summer hiring period.”

The job fair is March 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Building 4 Commons. For more information call KCC Work Readiness and Pathways Coordinator Jan Goodyear at 541-880-2387.

Peterson event promotes literacy and science
 

Fourth-grader Mikayla-Rose Mitchell smiled as she picked up a new Junie B. Jones book, debating whether it would be the one she takes home for her personal library.

She was joined by hundreds of her classmates Thursday during Peterson Elementary School’s Family Literacy Night. After doing science and literacy activities with their families, students and their younger siblings crowded around tables full of new books – each child could pick one to take home and keep.

The annual two-hour event this year attracted more than 400 people and the school gave away 250 books.

“It’s a night to bring all our families in,” said Renee Criss, vice principal at Peterson Elementary School. “The kids get a free book, and they get to do activities that promote literacy and science.”

Fire, Explosions Claim Homedale Home and Car

Flames engulfed a residence on Homedale Road and 2008 silver Prius Thursday afternoon, blowing out glass from a nearby camper window and reducing the building to its charred skeleton. 

Klamath County Fire District 1 Operations Chief Matt Hitchcock said there were no injuries from the fire on the 7300 block of Homedale. Hitchcock said he wasn’t yet sure what kindled the fire and ensuing explosions, but it may have started in a Prius parked outside the home’s front door.  Renter of the home, Duane Martin, guessed it started from his wall heater. Martin said he also kept propane inside the building, which could also have fed the flames.  Martin said just about everything inside had burnt up, but he figured he could stay for a while in his camper behind the home if he patched up its blown out window.

Jury Convicts Klamath County Man of Stealing Social Security Benefits From his Mother

MEDFORD — On Wednesday, a federal jury found Theodore Martin Kirk, 64, of Klamath County guilty of stealing more than $30,000 in Social Security benefits disbursed in the name of his elderly mother, Nadine Kirk. His mother has been missing since March 2010 and is presumed to be deceased.

“This case began with a single tip from an observant community member and led to the discovery of a multi-year scheme to exploit the Social Security program — a critical tax payer-funded program supporting the nation’s elderly. Tips play an important role in law enforcement and help to reveal crimes that might otherwise go undiscovered,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, in a press release.

According to court documents and information shared during trial, in July 2015, a concerned community member contacted the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office regarding the whereabouts of Nadine Kirk as she had not been seen for multiple years. At the time of this call, Nadine Kirk would have been 98 years old.

Man Arrested Following Truck Theft and Pursuit

A Klamath Falls man, Bryce Willhite, 32, was arrested Wednesday evening after stealing a pickup and attempting to elude Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to a news release.

A construction worker flagged down a deputy near Altamont Drive and Anderson Avenue and reported that a male, driving a late model white Ford F-150 pickup, was acting strangely. At approximately the same time, Klamath 911 received a call reporting the same pickup as stolen from an address on Bisbee Avenue. The caller said a physical altercation occurred between Willhite and the owner of the pickup prior to it being hotwired and driven away. The owner attempted to stop Willhite from taking the pickup and was dragged a short distance.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the pickup but it sped away on Anderson Avenue and onto Washburn Way. The pursuit was terminated for public safety reasons. Another deputy in the area located the pickup behind a vacant building at Washburn Way and South Sixth Street and again attempted a traffic stop.

Willhite drove across the OC&E Trail to Avalon and Boardman avenues and crashed into a power pole and ditch on Boardman Avenue. Willhite ran from the vehicle before being apprehended by deputies in a nearby backyard. He was lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

Warner Canyon Ski Season Extended to March 24, near Lakeview

Normally, Warner Canyon Ski Area’s annual February SnoFest marks the end of its ski season, but record-setting snowfall last month has extended operations through Sunday, March 24.

Located a few miles northeast of Lakeview, Warner Canyon may be modest in scale compared to Oregon’s other mountainous resorts, but makes up for it with few lines and short lift rides to maximize time on the snow. It has a single lift, a 6,500-foot summit, a recently renovated ski lodge, and some of the lowest lift ticket costs in the state.

Owned by Lake County via an acreage exchange with the U.S. Forest Service, Warner Canyon sits only a few miles outside of Lakeview. Its operation is overseen by an all-volunteer staff and the Fremont Highlanders Ski Club.

…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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019 

Flames engulfed a residence on Homedale Road and 2008 silver Prius Thursday afternoon, blowing out glass from a nearby camper window and reducing the building to its charred skeleton. 

Klamath County Fire District 1 Operations Chief Matt Hitchcock said there were no injuries from the fire on the 7300 block of Homedale. Hitchcock said he wasn’t yet sure what kindled the fire and ensuing explosions, but it may have started in a Prius parked outside the home’s front door. 

Renter of the home, Duane Martin, guessed it started from his wall heater. Martin said he also kept propane inside the building, which could also have fed the flames. 

Martin said just about everything inside had burnt up, but he figured he could stay for a while in his camper behind the home if he patched up its blown out window.

Jury Convicts Klamath County Man of Stealing Social Security Benefits From his Mother

MEDFORD — On Wednesday, a federal jury found Theodore Martin Kirk, 64, of Klamath County guilty of stealing more than $30,000 in Social Security benefits disbursed in the name of his elderly mother, Nadine Kirk. His mother has been missing since March 2010 and is presumed to be deceased.

“This case began with a single tip from an observant community member and led to the discovery of a multi-year scheme to exploit the Social Security program — a critical tax payer-funded program supporting the nation’s elderly. Tips play an important role in law enforcement and help to reveal crimes that might otherwise go undiscovered,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, in a press release.

According to court documents and information shared during trial, in July 2015, a concerned community member contacted the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office regarding the whereabouts of Nadine Kirk as she had not been seen for multiple years. At the time of this call, Nadine Kirk would have been 98 years old.

Man Arrested Following Truck Theft and Pursuit

A Klamath Falls man, Bryce Willhite, 32, was arrested Wednesday evening after stealing a pickup and attempting to elude Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies, according to a news release.

A construction worker flagged down a deputy near Altamont Drive and Anderson Avenue and reported that a male, driving a late model white Ford F-150 pickup, was acting strangely. At approximately the same time, Klamath 911 received a call reporting the same pickup as stolen from an address on Bisbee Avenue. The caller said a physical altercation occurred between Willhite and the owner of the pickup prior to it being hotwired and driven away. The owner attempted to stop Willhite from taking the pickup and was dragged a short distance.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the pickup but it sped away on Anderson Avenue and onto Washburn Way. The pursuit was terminated for public safety reasons. Another deputy in the area located the pickup behind a vacant building at Washburn Way and South Sixth Street and again attempted a traffic stop.

Willhite drove across the OC&E Trail to Avalon and Boardman avenues and crashed into a power pole and ditch on Boardman Avenue. Willhite ran from the vehicle before being apprehended by deputies in a nearby backyard. He was lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

Warner Canyon Ski Season Extended to March 24, near Lakeview

Normally, Warner Canyon Ski Area’s annual February SnoFest marks the end of its ski season, but record-setting snowfall last month has extended operations through Sunday, March 24.

Located a few miles northeast of Lakeview, Warner Canyon may be modest in scale compared to Oregon’s other mountainous resorts, but makes up for it with few lines and short lift rides to maximize time on the snow. It has a single lift, a 6,500-foot summit, a recently renovated ski lodge, and some of the lowest lift ticket costs in the state.

Owned by Lake County via an acreage exchange with the U.S. Forest Service, Warner Canyon sits only a few miles outside of Lakeview. Its operation is overseen by an all-volunteer staff and the Fremont Highlanders Ski Club.

…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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Commissioners Delay Signing KRRC Dam Removal Agreement

Klamath County commissioners on Wednesday delayed signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, reversing a Tuesday split vote decision to move forward with the MOU.

The MOU has no bearing on whether a Klamath River dam removal project will receive federal approval. KRRC and commissioners have met at least three times since November to address local concerns about the project through the MOU, and commissioners Kelley Minty Morris and Derrick DeGroot were ready Wednesday to sign the document.

While Morris and DeGroot said signing did not equate to support for dam removal, it was simply a pragmatic maneuver to have more say in the project, Donnie Boyd said he still didn’t feel it was fair.

Morris stressed the importance of an MOU not coming across as an endorsement of KRRC’s plan to remove four Klamath River dams owned by PacifiCorp: J.C. Boyle in Oregon, and Copco 1 and 2, and Iron Gate in California.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate because this board has been very neutral on that issue,” Morris said.

Specialist Urges Citizen, Local Government Participation in 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is hoping to receive 670 Klamath County applications for local short-term positions helping with the 2020 census. The last census was taken in 2010.

Nick Brown, Oregon Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, presented Klamath County commissioners with important census and related job information at a Wednesday morning meeting.

Brown said he didn’t yet know exactly how many Klamath County census jobs would be available or how long they will last, but the bureau would hire applicants as summer got closer. He said some positions will start in August.

The bureau is hiring enumerators to do footwork and research to confirm addresses, canvas and follow up with people who don’t respond to the mail census questionnaire. It is also looking for managers to oversee enumerators. Enumerators will be paid $14.50 per hour, and managers $16 per hour.

Engineering A Safe Route To School

Several senior engineering students at Oregon Tech have taken on a senior design project that aims to provide the Klamath Falls City School board with a site plan detailing the safest route for kids to and from Ponderosa Middle School.

Jonathan Blout, Kurtis Pipkin and project manager Trevor Lundsten presented the proposed site plan to the board during its regular meeting, but members of the group also include Trevor Davis, Joslyn Stansfield and Jacob Shelton.

“This project has the ability to change the way students come and leave Ponderosa Middle School, and we’d like to be a part of that,” Lundsten told school board members.

“This project represents something that we could genuinely imput to help the youth of this town, and with that ability, help the students of Ponderosa Middle School,” he added.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

City School Board Tables Tax Break for Proposed Hotel

Klamath Falls City School board members asked for more time on Monday to think through a reduced construction tax they would normally collect from a proposed hotel development in TimberMill Shores, located on the edge of downtown Klamath Falls.

Following lengthy discussion, board members split the vote 3-3 before the board chairman Bill Jennings broke the tie by casting a fourth vote to table a request by KCEDA (Klamath County Economic Development) to reduce the excise or new construction tax from $32,000 to $16,000 as a gesture of “goodwill” to the developer.

The economic development entity facilitates and works to keep and grow businesses in Klamath County, through funding from a pay-to-play model, including from the city of Klamath Falls and Klamath County.

The 92-room hotel — a Marriott properties — is slated to be built along Lake Ewauna, and nearby to the Oregon Department of Human Services building also proposed for TimberMill Shores.

…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.

Owls Fall To Spring Arbor in NAIA National Championship Game

No. 7 ranked and No. 2 seeded Spring Arbor University showed up in a big way on Tuesday night in the Sanford Pentagon as a career-high 32 points from Brandon Durnell sent them past No. 8 ranked and fellow No. 2 seed Oregon Tech 82-76 to win the first NAIA National Championship Title in their program’s history.
 
The win is huge for the Cougars, who started their season unranked but quickly climbed the polls, earning a 30-7 record over the course of the season. The team pushed their way through National Championship play with a lead on the half in all five games.
 
As for the Hustlin’ Owls, who upset defending champion and overall number one seed Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday and then CCC rival College of Idaho on Monday in a hard-fought battle to the Championship game, the loss keeps them from their fourth Championship Title in their program’s history for at least another year.

Sarah Menke, Senior at Klamath Union Will Study in Belgium

With three months away from her graduation date, KU senior Sarah Menke is eager to jump into her next educational adventure; studying abroad in Belgium.

As president of Key Club, a talented musician in both Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, National Honor Society and gifted dancer, Sarah has successfully balanced her education with several leadership positions and extracurricular activities throughout her high school career.

The extracurricular activities she has participated including being President of Key Club and annually volunteering at Camp Evergreen, have gotten her ready for the trip of a lifetime. “I really wanted to learn a foreign language before I went to college because my career goal is to become a foreign language teacher one day.”

Sara Menke, Senior at Klamath Union
Sarah Menke will study in Belgium

Searching for many different educational organizations that grant select students the opportunity to study abroad, Sarah and her mom both decided that the Rotary Foundation was the best fit. The Rotary Club admissions process includes a lengthy personal application, and two different individual interviews, for the Rotary members to decide which students are best qualified to participate in the study abroad opportunity. As the Rotary Club is one of the few organizations that offer a 5th-year option for students to still participate in a study abroad opportunity even after they graduate high school.

Sarah who finally got the notification in December that she was one of the students chosen to study abroad this year, is elated. “I’m really happy. It’s important to me to travel abroad to not only make connections but to learn about other culture who are not quite the same as us.”

Valeria Menke, Success Navigator at Klamath Union, and Sarah’s mother also added “I’m excited for her. Travel and cultural exploration expand not only her world but also the world she comes back to influencing all the programs and people she will continue to be involved with.” As Sarah graduates and leaves home to study abroad for 10 months, Valeria is sure Sarah will learn and grow vastly from this experience. “The nice aspect about doing the 5th-year exchange is that it allows students to mature and gain experience so that when they do return, they are more committed to their educational endeavors, which in Sarah’s case is Language education.”

Sarah who leaves for Belgium in August this year looks forward to making friends and connections that will last her for years to come. Additionally, she is excited to strengthen her French-speaking abilities, as the area she is going to in Belgium has a high French-speaking population.

We congratulate Sarah on this amazing opportunity and wish her the best as she prepares for graduation in June and her study abroad opportunity in August.

Reservations Available for Volunteer of the Year Banquet

The 26th annual Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year luncheon celebration will be Tuesday, April 9 at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center, during national volunteer week, according to a news release. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., with the program slated for 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to come early.

A record 40 nominations were received and evaluated by local media members Gerry O’Brien, Paul Hanson, Lyle Ahrens, and Rob Siems. Every nominee will receive an award at the event, and one individual will receive the added distinction of being selected the Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year. Nominees were judged based on leadership, commitment, community impact and achievement.

Friday Fundraiser to Benefit Klamath Teens Battling Cancer

Two Klamath Falls teens battling cancer will be the focus of a fundraiser Friday, according to a news release. Klamath Falls Dutch Bros locations will donate $1 from every drink sold to the medical funds for Cameron Caldwell and Quiana Cundall. The teens are each battling a different form of bone cancer.

“Klamath Falls is a small, tight-knit community and we’re so thankful to be part of it. When families come together to support each other it really makes our beautiful little city shine,” said Kristen Von Tersch, owner of Dutch Bros Klamath Falls. “These two amazing young people have made positive impacts all around. We are happy to send some support to Cameron, Quiana and their families during this difficult time.”

Participating Dutch Bros locations include: 201 S. Sixth St.; 3041 S. Sixth St.; 2568 Campus Drive; 3600 Washburn Way; and 5805 S. Sixth St.

Man Arrested by KF Poice SWAT Officers After Assault and Barricade

Michael Donnel Wilson (DOB 8/8/1986) was arrested in the 800 block of Mt. Whitney Street, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 after Klamath Falls Police Officers responded to a call of a domestic violence assault.  The victim was found to be severely beaten and displayed severe facial injuries.  She was also strangled during the assult and was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Wilson’s victim, his 43 year-old girlfriend and co-habitant, made the call to 911 reporting she was assaulted.  Responding officers established probable cause to arrest Wilson, who physically barricaded himself inside the residence.  Klamath Falls Police Department Special Weapons and Tacticts operators were called to the residence per etablished procedure for this type of incident.

Once deployed, SWAT operators, with the assistance of Klamath Falls Police Department patrol personnel and Oregon State Police Troopers, were able to apprehend Mr. Wilson without incident.  Wilson was lodged at the Klamath County Jail on charges of Assault II and Strangluation. 

The Klamath Falls Police department extends its gratitude to the neighboring residents in the immediate area of the operation for their cooperation and police assistance.  In additon, we urge anyone who is a victim, or knows a victim of domestic violence to please report the matter to their local police dpartment, or seek other assistance to remove themselves or protect themselves from future abuse.

…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.

Snow Challenges at Crater Lake

When Crater Lake National Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman says, “We’re just trying to keep our heads above water,” he isn’t just speaking figuratively. With 12-feet — or 144 inches — of snow on the ground outside his office window at park headquarters, his view is a sea of frozen white.

Times have been challenging for Crater Lake staff in recent months because of record snow. February’s snowfall total of 154 inches was the seventh highest for the month since weather records have been kept, with all six other higher amounts set before 1960. As of Thursday, the snowpack was 126 percent of average for March 7, but overall the snowfall total for the winter was at 96 percent because of exceptionally light snow October through January.

The road from park headquarters to Rim Village has mostly been closed since the 35-day federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22. Since the reopening the park has been hammered by days of heavy snow. The 3-mile road to the rim was closed Feb. 5 and has only been briefly open since then.

Henley Runner Fights Bone Cancer With Heart

Henley High senior Cameron Caldwell has run some tough races in his cross country and track career, but the 17-year-old Hornet Harrier is up against his toughest race yet as he undergoes chemotherapy for bone cancer.

A 5K race benefiting Caldwell and medical treatment for osteosarcoma and recovery from a knee replacement kicks off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The event is being organized by Caldwell’s friend and teammate Kira Morrow, a fellow Henley senior taking on the run preparation and management as her senior project.

During an open period on Wednesday, Morrow FaceTimed with Caldwell from the staff break room, connecting with him in his hospital room in Medford where he is undergoing treatment.

Citizens’ Arrest: Chemult Brothers Capture Car Thief

An autistic Klamath Falls man has a pair of Chemult brothers to thank for recovering his car Wednesday that was stolen from in front of his downtown apartment building.

Brothers Robert and Steven Minich made a citizen’s arrest of John Cory Lissone, 49, who had shown up 80 miles away in Chemult parked in Steven’s driveway Wednesday morning.

“He just started throwing things out of the car,” said Steven Minich, 32. “I told (the suspect) he can’t leave that stuff in my yard, to take it away. He tried to give me $10 for it. He was acting kind of squirrely.”

Steven called his brother, Robert Minich, 29, who runs the Minich Acres Ranch outside of Chemult.

“I went inside the house, called my brother, because this guy was refusing to leave. I took a picture of the car as he peeled out of my driveway and got a picture of the license plate.”

Mazama Inducts New Class Into STEM&M Program with Oregon Tech

Andrew Raebel had been planning to apply for Mazama’s STEM&M program since seventh grade, deciding it was the best way to meet his goal of going to college.

“I’m not sure what I want to do,” he said, “but it’ll probably be something in the sciences.”

Raebel on Wednesday was among 40 Mazama High School freshmen inducted into the school’s STEM&M program, which partners with Oregon Institute of Technology so students can study specific academic pathways in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. Raebel chose the science pathway.

The students were called up in groups, shaking hands with school board members, district administrators and Oregon Tech officials, before sitting at a table in front and signing their contracts. Parents crowded into the school’s library to watch the induction ceremony and take photos.

…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.

…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.

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