Klamath Basin News, Friday, May 10th

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

Friday, May 10, 2019


Sunny, with a high near 76.  Overnight, clear and 44 degrees.

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday (Mother’s Day)
Sunny, with a high near 80.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64

Today’s Basin News Headlines

Fatality on Highway 140W Near Klamath Falls

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning’s crash on the 140W.  Yesterday at about 10AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 140W near milepost 66. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Hyundai Sonata operated by Kevin Davis, age 35, from Klamath Falls, was westbound and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane.  An eastbound Volvo Semi-Truck, operated by Hardip Singh Punni, age 28, from Burien Washington, collided nearly head-on with the Hyundai Sonata.    

Mr. Davis died from injuries sustained in the crash.  Punni sustained serious injuries and was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.   

The highway was closed for over two hours while investigators were at the scene. OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Klamath County Fire District. 

Gilchrist man reports homicide, charged with murder

A Gilchrist man who called emergency dispatch Thursday morning to report he had shot and killed a Crescent man is held in the Klamath County Jail on murder and unlawful use of a weapon charges.

Rex Ronald Jones, 59, called Klamath County emergency dispatch at 2:33 a.m. Thursday to say he shot Russell Sherman Gilbert, 58, and Gilbert wasn’t breathing, a Klamath County District Attorney’s Office press release said.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. Members of the public who can provide information about the incident are asked to call the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office at 541-883-5130.

Round Lake purchased for redevelopment

Southern California developers representing Coast MHP announced Thursday its purchase of the Round Lake mobile home park property — including the golf course and main residential area — located near Keno.

The developers will soon begin making major facility improvements and start building enhanced residential units to the location over multiple phases.

Ross Ragland to seek permanent director

The Ross Ragland Theater has launched a nationwide search for an executive director, and hopes to have one in place by the end of the summer.

Interim director Theresa Silver will remain at the helm until a director is found.

Amanda Squibb, who is a member of the search committee, said that Silver “took the reins of the theater as interim director last summer after several years serving on the Ross Ragland Board of Directors.

 “As any healthy organization needs permanent leadership, the board is excited for the opportunity to showcase all applicants’ strengths and qualifications, and to ensure the best fit for the future of our community theater. We hope to review applications and begin the interview process early summer,” Squibb said.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Will Post Avenue of the Flags

Post 1383, 515 Klamath Ave., Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Installation of Avenue Flags for Memorial Day & Klamath Memorial Cemetery, 2680 Memorial Drive.

Flags up May 23rd @@10 Am

Flags Down, May 28th l0 Am

Volunteers are Welcome.  Call Michael Reynolds at VFW Post 1383 for more information at 541-891-5749.

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today secured an assurance from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that the Trump Administration would not privatize the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) without Congressional authorization.

During a hearing at the Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden raised concerns about the administration’s proposal to sell off BPA assets, which Walden said would have a negative effect on Oregonians and power users in the region.

“The idea of selling off Bonneville Power Administration’s electricity transmission assets and abandoning cost-based rates is broadly rejected by practically every member of the Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation in the House and Senate,” Walden said to Perry. “Can you assure me that the Department of Energy will not sell off BPA unless Congress provides explicit authorization?”

Walden has repeatedly raised his concerns over the proposal to privatize BPA. In a letter sent to the House Budget Committee recently, Walden said that the proposal would “result in the federal government abandoning a successful and efficient solution for providing affordable power to rural, urban, and tribal communities.”

Secretary Perry reaffirmed his commitment to Walden that BPA would not be privatized absent Congressional authorization.

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

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