Klamath Basin News – Wednesday; Accident Blocks Downtown Traffic

Kamath Falls News Update

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



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

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

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

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

Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

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Auto Accident Shuts Down Traffic on Main St.

Klamath Falls City Police responded to a collision between a truck and sports car at 5th and Main Streets on Tuesday afternoon at around 3:15PM.   Traffic was blocked for more than an hour on the busy intersection.   No further details are available at this time.

City Approves $160K for TimberMill Shores Hotel

Klamath Falls City Council moved quickly Monday night to change language that gives new developers more flexibility to build at TimberMill Shores, in addition to giving one developer at least $160,000 to help with maintenance costs.

Councilors voted 4-0 to change language in its “mixed use” property zone code that previously held up several businesses. One of the sites could be a new $13 million Marriott hotel property — a Fairfield Inn & Suites.

Previously, a building in a mixed-use zone required that sites only have “vertical” multi-storied structures with housing units above. The code has since been changed from “required” to “encouraged” in that regard, which would also allow for single-story buildings.

At least two restaurants and a bank may be locating in the area, in addition to new Oregon Department of Human Services offices.

In a news release Tuesday, the city said it is a step to “encourage economic development in our community.”

Bly Man Dies in Highway 140 Collision

A collision Monday afternoon on Highway 140 East claimed the life of a Bly man, according to an Oregon State Police report.  Emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 140 East and the intersection of Bliss Road at approximately 3:54 p.m. Monday.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Chelsea Ridenour, 29, of Malin, was traveling on Bliss Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at Highway 140. The Ford Ranger collided with a Ford Explorer traveling on Highway 140 East, operated by Frederic Rouviere, 59, of Bly.

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.   An investigation into the crash is continuing.

Klamath Tribes to host C’waam Ceremony Saturday

The Klamath Tribes’ annual C’waam Ceremony will be Saturday, March 23, according to a news release.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, along the banks of the Sprague River behind Chiloquin High School. No animals will be allowed at the ceremony site. A lunch will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at goos oLgi gowa on Highway 62, with tickets for the lunch handed out at the ceremony.   A powwow will follow the lunch, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at goos oLgi gowa, where a naming ceremony will be held. Everyone is invited to attend.

The event celebrates the return of the Lost River sucker, traditionally called c’waam, to local waterways during spawning season. It is celebrated each year with traditional dancing and drumming, a traditional feed, releasing of a pair of c’waam into the river, and other ceremonial practices.

Meaning behind Petroglyph Point Rock Art Focus of Thursday Presentation

A free archaeological presentation on Lava Beds National Monument’s Petroglyph Point, “Spirit Songs and Sacred Fire: Using Myth and Shamanism to Highlight Aspects of a Modoc Petroglyph Site,” will be presented Thursday by Dr. Robert David, an archaeologist and Klamath Tribes member, according to a news release.

The public is invited to hear David speak about his most recent research on Petroglyph Point at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room of the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St.

Petroglyph Point is among the largest rock art concentrations in California, exhibiting more than 5,000 individual images. Climatic studies, combined with information provided by local archaeological excavations, suggest the earliest petroglyphs may have been carved some 6,500 years before present.

For the past century, researchers have attempted to penetrate the meaning of these cryptic symbols using a variety of methods, both academic and otherwise. Missing from this growing body of knowledge, however, are the perceptions of the Basin’s First People.

…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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