Klamath Basin News, Thursday, 4/11/19 -Flooding In The Basin And Beyond

Contributions from Paul Hanson at Wynne Broadcasting’s KFLS 1450AM / 102.5FM and The Herald & News



A chance of rain before noon, then a chance of showers after noon, high near 45. Cloudy overnight, low of 33.

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

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Hiway 97 at LaPine


Oregon Tech Signs Degree To Diplomacy Program with City, County Schools

Oregon Institute of Technology President Dr. Nagi Naganathan and superintendents of Klamath Falls City Schools and Klamath County School District signed a partnership agreement between the university and all of the high schools in Klamath County to provide increased access for high school students to business degree programs at Oregon Tech.

The partnership, called Diploma to Degree, was launched as a local pilot for high school students interested in studying Business. The memorandum of understanding was signed at the event by Oregon Tech President, Dr. Nagi Naganathan; Klamath Falls City School District Superintendent, Dr. Paul Hillyer; and Klamath County School District Superintendent, Glen Szymoniak. The signing marks the first partnership of this kind, with the program expected to expand to business programs at high schools statewide as early as next year.

Students at participating high schools who are active participants in business clubs and take dual credit courses can apply for this accelerated pathway to a college degree. High school graduates in the program who enroll in an Oregon Tech bachelor’s degree program in Business will receive tuition discounts on their first and last terms at Oregon Tech. The program guides students into early credit opportunities while in high school, resulting in considerable savings of time and money, with seamless transfer and zero loss of credit for those who pursue a business degree at Oregon Tech. Dual credit courses taken as part of the program will also transfer to other Oregon colleges and universities.

Professor Sandra Bailey, faculty lead from Oregon Tech’s Business Management Department, is pleased that the partnership has been designed with a focus on access and opportunity for local students. “The ultimate goal of the program is to promote a business foundation, leadership skills, academic preparation, and successful transition into college regardless of the pathway high school graduates take to the degree of their choice,” stated Professor Bailey.

Specifically, the goals of this partnership are to:

  • Reduce barriers for students as they work towards and achieve their educational goals
  • Create new opportunities for students to access accelerated learning through dual credit courses at their high schools and on the Oregon Tech campus
  • Provide seamless coursework from high school to a bachelor’s in the field of Business at Oregon Tech
  • Improve student success, retention, time to degree and degree attainment

The Business & Technology programs at Oregon Tech provide students with technology-infused business skills, giving graduates the edge in today’s data-driven global marketplace. Programs include Accounting, Business Management, Health Informatics, Healthcare Management, Information Technology, Operations Management, Marketing, and Technology & Management. A new Cybersecurity program is also expected to launch within the next year.

Students will be able to apply to the Diploma to Degree Program through their local high school counselor or business teacher and must maintain a high school GPA of 3.0. Students must also participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and/or DECA at their respective high schools. The program tuition discount is stackable with additional scholarships and awards for which students qualify.

For more information on the MOU, contact Oregon Tech Director of Academic Agreements Marla Edge at 541.885.1034 ormarla.edge@oit.edu.

Lakeview flood update – Wednesday, April 10

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The sun is out, flood waters have receded and cleanup has progressed rapidly in the Town of Lakeview and Lake County.

All road closures have been lifted and great progress has been made to remove debris and restore stream channels.  Lake County School District 7 schools reopened this morning.

Emergency operations have gone into stand-by mode, prepared if rain in the forecast Thursday and remaining snowpack cause floodwaters to rise again.

In the Town of Lakeview, pumping operations have stopped and sandbags have been moved to the side and prepositioned in case there is a need late this week.  Outside of town, many fields and low-lying areas are currently flooded.

Today area resources continue working on cleanup and assessing damage from the flood.  Those with homeowner damage reports, questions or concerns regarding the flooding incident in Lakeview can call the Lakeview Fire Department nonemergency number, 541-947-2504.

Incident managers want to express their appreciation for all of the hard work from emergency responders in the area that made it possible to respond quickly to the situation Monday night, as well as to swiftly cleanup the town and county yesterday and prepare in case it is necessary to respond again this spring. 

They also want to thank the public for all of their support during the incident and allowing emergency responders the space to be able to safely work to protect area residents and resources from the flood.

The Town of Lakeview and Lakeview Fire Department, Lake County and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas Creek-Westside Rural Fire Protection District, Oregon State Police, the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, Lake Health District Hospital, Lake County School District 7, Oregon Department of Transportation, Warner Creek Correctional Facility and Oregon Department of Forestry are working together on this emergency situation.

Unless there is a significant change in conditions, this will be the final update for this incident.

For more information on SCOFMP, please visit www.scofmp.org, on Twitter @scofmpfireinfo or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo.


Local Run Benefits Families of Fallen and Injured Firefighters 

TULELAKE, Calif. —The Wildland Firefighter Foundation will be hosting the Ninth Annual Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run. The Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run will be held at the Lava Beds National Monument May 4, 2019.

The Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run starts at 10 a.m. and offers both 5K walk/run and 10K run races. The races will be followed by a barbecue starting at 11:30 a.m.

The 5k run/walk and 10k run are open to all age groups, and both races will begin at the Lava Beds visitor center. Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m. Participants can register earlier by registering online athttps://www.active.com/tulelake-ca/running/distance-running-races/wildland-firefighter-remembrance-run-2019. Race directors ask that anyone attending please carpool whenever possible due to limited parking.

Since 2011, the Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run has raised approximately $30,000. Sponsorships are an essential element to help ensure the continued success of this event.

All proceeds go directly to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a non-profit organization. These proceeds will help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assist injured firefighters and their families. They honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters. 

More information about the Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run can be found by visiting https://wffremembrancerun.wixsite.com/2019 or https://www.facebook.com/wfremembrancerun/.


Individuals, organizations, and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards on April 25 in Medford. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

“The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon’s heritage,” said Beth Dehn, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations.”

The recipients will be:

 Building a Better Community: The Canby Women’s Heritage Trail, the first heritage trail in the state to focus on accomplishments of women, with a multi-layered approach to community engagement.

— Cultural Resources Department of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, for 30 years of dedicated work as a department to preserve and celebrate the Tribe’s cultural history, recently culminating in the Rise of the Collectors exhibit.

— David Dittman, for reporting an archaeological find on private land going above and beyond expectations to engage the public with the find. 

 Ann & Owen Nicholson, for their critical role in providing Nehalem Valley Historical Society with a museum and archive.

 Kylie Pine, for going above and beyond her professional capacity as curator at Willamette Heritage Center to impact the community through teaching, volunteer work, board service, and publications related to local history.  

— Richard & Judith Wagner, for extraordinary research, writing, and community engagement related to Coos Bay area history.

 Salem Depot, an excellent preservation project spearheaded by the Oregon Department of Transportation that overcame challenges, worked across agencies, and merged multiple modes of transportation to rehabilitate an historic building.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Summit.

The awards banquet will be held from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. at the Inn at the Commons (200 N Riverside Ave, Medford) on the evening of Thursday, April 25, preceded by a no-host reception at 6 p.m. Special guests include Gary Buck and Harold Hartman from the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum, who will share a history moment about southern Oregon. Presenters include Oregon Heritage Commissioner Chelsea Rose and former KDRV news anchor Ron Brown.

Tickets are available by using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx.

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