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Klamath Basin News, Monday, May 20th – Kingsley Night Flying This Week

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

Monday, May 20, 2019


Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Overnight, showers likely, low of 25.

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Showers again overnight.

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

A slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.


173rd FW to conduct night flying operations

The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations this week, Monday through Thursday. 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.

The Klamath County Animal Control Advisory Task Force will host a rabies vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 1st  from 10am-2pm in Exhibit Hall #2 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. 

The public is invited to bring their canine friend in for a rabies vaccine for the low cost of $5.00 per vaccine.  There will also be an opportunity to license your dog as well as discounted pricing on microchips and other vaccines. Klamath County Animal Control will waive late fees associated with licensing to anyone who does not have unpaid fines. 

For additional Questions Contact: Klamath County Animal Control Office 541-882-1279.

Former fireman sentenced for taking medications

A former Klamath County Fire District 1 fireman who stole medications from elderly people under the guise of his work, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and 160 hours public service work.

James Thomas Poore, 40, was arrested in October 2018 for entering at least two elderly people’s homes, claiming he was “checking up on them” after previously responding as a firefighter, then taking their medications.

Poore pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, a Class A felony, and first-degree official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor. He must serve full jail-time and satisfy his service work requirement with manual labor on a work crew.  Poore will also undergo drug and alcohol treatment and serve 36 months of probation.

Pacific Power CEO to address OIT Grads

On June 16, Oregon Institute of Technology will hold its 71st annual commencement ceremony in Klamath Falls at Oregon Tech’s John F. Moehl Stadium.

President and CEO of Pacific Power, Stefan Bird, will deliver the keynote address, as nearly 800 students and their families celebrate graduation from the university.

Operating as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, PacifiCorp serves approximately 1.9 million customers in six states.

Since joining the company in 2007, Bird has spearheaded PacifiCorp’s transition to a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy future. In addition to overseeing Pacific Power’s distribution, customer solutions, regulation, legal and government affairs teams, Bird oversees several departments that serve PacifiCorp’s wholesale and retail customers across six states.

Community benefactor Sherm Olsrud Dies.

Sherm Olsrud, community benefactor and retired president of Sherm’s Thunderbird and Food 4 Less markets, died Tuesday surrounded by family, his son said.

“Sherm loved living and working in the Rogue Valley and was proud to be a part of the Southern Oregon Community,” Steve Olsrud posted on Facebook Wednesday evening.

He and his company often gave to Klamath Basin charities, especially the Klamath-Lake Emergency Food Bank.

Sherm Olsrud and his wife, Wanda, who survives him, established a long legacy of community philanthropy and service. They donated truckloads of food to organizations such as ACCESS and were major contributors to an after-school center at Kids Unlimited, both the original and rebuilt playground in Bear Creek Park and the Jackson County Expo.

Public meeting Thursday regarding Fishhole Creek Road

BLY, Ore. – There will be a public meeting Thursday regarding road issues on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Bly Ranger District, specifically Forest Road 3790, commonly known as Fishhole Creek Road.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bly Ranger District conference room, located at 61100 Highway 140 East in Bly.

It will be an open house format, with Lakeview and Bly District Ranger Mike Ramsey and Forest Road Roads Planner Terry Orton available to discuss the condition of Fishhole Creek Road.

The first mile of the road south of Highway 140 east of Bly has sustained extensive damage over the past year and the remaining 2 miles of chipseal have ongoing maintenance needs.  Ramsey and Orton will be presenting options for short- and long-term repair and maintenance concepts for the road, as well as accepting verbal and written comments from the public.

For those unable to attend the meeting and who would like to provide feedback, Ramsey can be reached at 541-947-6328 or michael.ramsey@usda.gov.

For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/R6FWNF.

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