Klamath Basin News Update, Friday, May 24th – Eternal Hills Problems Continue

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

KLAMATH BASIN WEATHER

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.   Tonight, clear with a low of 36.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 61. Overnight expect some showers after midnight, low of 41.  Gusty winds at times with new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday
A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. More showers overnight, low around 45.

Memorial Day Monday
A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday
A slight chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.


TODAY’s HEADLINES IN THE KLAMATH BASIN

173rd FW to conduct Memorial Day flyovers in Oregon

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around, the designated times on Monday, May 27. 

11:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Klamath Falls, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.

11:30 a.m. Roseburg National Cemetery, Roseburg, Ore.

11:45 a.m. Memory Gardens, Medford, Ore.

11:53 a.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.

12:00 p.m. Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.

12:15 p.m. Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.

12:30 p.m. Brookings Harbor Port, Brookings, Ore.

12:40 p.m. Curry County Veterans Memorial, Gold Beach, Ore.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation’s air defense since 1941.  The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force.

Future of Eternal Hills settlement still uncertain

At least 100 family members and supporters of people buried in Eternal Hills Cemetery gathered Wednesday night to seek answers from state legal and mortuary board experts about its years-long forced bankruptcy crisis.

The meeting, organized by the community cleanup group Eternal Hills Guardians, at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, addressed everything from history and status of the state’s forced bankruptcy case against the cemetery, to rodent control and weed management of the dilapidated grounds along Highway 39.

1st-graders gifted books at Klamath Cares, Klamath Reads

Rotary of Klamath County and their organizing partners made much ado about reading Thursday.

The service organization paired more than 800 first graders from around the region with books – with fanfare – during the 19th Annual “Klamath Cares, Klamath Reads” event held inside Mike’s Field House at Steen Sports Park.

Jim Witt, president of the Rotary Club of Klamath County, said the event promotes literacy through a major service project.

“In Rotary, we try to look at projects that touch a lot of different lives in the community, and this is one of them,” Witt said. “This is our future. Even though they’re only two-and-a-half-feet tall.”

Benefit for the Basin gives $12,000 in scholarships to local students

Benefit for the Basin — a nonprofit fundraising arm for area students — paid out $12,000 in scholarships Wednesday to 24 high school students, the largest amount it has given since its inception five years ago.

Every dime the group raises at its annual car show and special raffle of rebuilt muscle cars is returned to students and Basin schools in some form, organizers said.

A special awards ceremony was held at the Klamath County Visitors Center for what has become an annual  tradition — distributing scholarship checks to high school students preparing for the next step in life.

REACH Inc. to start new recycle sorting line

The nonprofit recycling and sorting facility, REACH Inc., expects to have its new sort line ready for action in June.

The sort line, purchased with $196,000 in county grant funds from Sunrise Enterprises of Roseburg, will provide six entry-level minimum wage jobs immediately, with potential for more in the future. REACH hopes to build its capacity to sort all residential recyclable material collected by Waste Management from the Basin, amounting to 180 to 200 tons per month.

Seven county schools seniors awarded Ford Family scholarships

Seven Klamath County School District seniors — including four from Lost River Junior-Senior High School — have been selected for four-year Ford Family Foundation Scholarships that will pay for 90 percent of their college costs.

Recipients are Lost River seniors Makenzie Girtman, Yajaira Cobian, Irene Aguirre and Luz Hernandez; Chiloquin Junior-Senior High School senior Ashia Wilson; Henley High School senior Jessica Northcutt; and Gilchrist Junior-Senior High School senior Madison Mefford.

Of 6,000 applicants, 200 are selected for interviews. Of those, the Ford Family Foundation selects up to 125 students from Oregon who demonstrate exceptional academic and personal potential. 

Living history encampment Saturday and Sunday

The Fort Klamath museum will open for the summer season on Saturday.

The annual Heritage Days living history encampment takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, at the Fort Klamath Museum on Highway 62.

Demonstrations of military and civilian life in the 1800s will be provided by local heritage organizations, including the Cascade Civil War Society, Klamath Spinners and Weavers, and the Southern Oregon Horse and Carriage Society.

Admission is free, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days.

KLAMATH COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ROAD MAINTENANCE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 27, 2019

Klamath County will have work crews at the following locations. Please use caution when in these areas and watch for flaggers. If you are able to avoid the work zones, please use an alternate route for your safety and the safety of Klamath County employees.

ROAD CLOSURE – Stateline Road at Malin Siding Road May 29th – June 3rd

• Railroad Crossing Replacement by BNSF. Detour route will be provided.

Crack Seal Crew May 28th – May 31st

• Miscellaneous County Roads (weather dependent) Drainage and Ditching May 28th – May 31st • Miscellaneous County Roads In general, flagging stations will be set up at the end of the work zone and delays will be 0 to 20 minutes for the motoring public.

Other minor work is occurring through the County but we are only listing the major items in this announcement. There may be adjustments of work schedules due to weather or other items outside of the County’s control (breakdown of equipment, material/resource availability, etc.)

Please do not contact the County if you do not see work occurring, it could be finished already or will be rescheduled. Klamath County Public Works and the Board of County Commissioners appreciate the motoring publics’ patience during the repair season for our local roads and bridges. If you have any questions regarding work, please contact the Public Works Department at (541) 883-4696.

Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon June 1-2
Try fishing at events around the state

It’s free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

During these two days, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon for both residents and non-residents. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. 

Look for the latest on fishing conditions and regulations at ODFW’s Weekly Recreation Report, which is updated every week. Trout and warmwater fishing are ideal for beginners; see the trout stocking schedule to find out when your local pond was stocked with hatchery rainbow trout.

The first weekend in June has long been Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. (Oregon State Parks are also free for visitors that weekend, with free parking Saturday-Sunday June 1-2 and free camping Saturday.) ODFW and volunteer fishing instructors, State Parks and other partners also host fishing events statewide that weekend, bringing all the gear new anglers need (rods, reels, bait) to try fishing.

See below for a list of events and visit the Free Fishing Weekend page for more information including contact information for each event.

Saturday events:

·        Alsea, Oregon Hatchery Research Center, Saturday, June 1, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Baker City, Highway 203 Pond, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon

·        Bridal Veil, Benson State Park, Benson Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon

·        Camp Sherman, Wizard Falls Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon

·        Chiloquin, Klamath Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Clatskanie, Saturday, June 1, Gnat Creek Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Park at hatchery only, no parking along the highway.

·        Detroit, Hoover Boat Ramp, Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Disabled access available.

·        Diamond Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Enterprise, Marr Pond, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – noon

·        Estacada, Small Fry Lake/Promontory Park, Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

·        Eugene, Alton Baker Park, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Florence, Cleawox Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Gaston, Hagg Lake, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Register at https://imhookedinc.org/

·        Gervais, St. Louis Ponds, Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Gold Beach, Libby Pond, Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m.-noon

·        Hammond, Coffenbury Lake -Fort Stevens State Park, Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Disabled access available.

·        Hebo, Hebo Lake, Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Hood River, Lost Lake Resort, Saturday, June 1,  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

·        Klamath Falls, Lake of the Woods Resort, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

·        Lakeside, Eel Lake/Tugman STP, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Medford, Fish Lake, Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

·        Oakridge, Willamette Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon

·        Otis, Salmon River Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – noon

·        Prairie City, McHaley Pond, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon

·        Rockaway Beach, Nedonna Pond, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Selma, Lake Selmac, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

·        Silverton, Silverton Marine Park, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Note there is no parking at Marine Park, so participants must catch a bus from one of several locations in town to get to event, see webpage for details.

·        Sunriver, Caldera Springs, Saturday, June 1,  9:00 a.m. – noon

·        Sutherlin, Cooper Creek Reservoir, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

·        Tillamook, Trask River Hatchery, Saturday, June 1, 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

·        Toledo, Olalla Reservoir, Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. More info

Sunday events:

·        Gaston, Hagg Lake, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Register at https://imhookedinc.org/

·        Port Orford, Arizona Pond, Sunday, June 2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

·        Reedsport, Lake Marie, Sunday, June 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The following meetings of the Oregon Tech Board of Trustees will be held on May 30, 2019. These meetings are open to the public, streamed live and recorded, and will occur at the Klamath Falls Campus: 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls Oregon. Meeting materials and links to the live-stream are posted at http://www.oit.edu/trustees/meetings-events.

The Finance and Facilities Committee, acting as the Audit Committee, will meet at 8:00am in the Sunset Room. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from the March 21, 2019 meeting; a report from the Fiscal Operations Advisory Council; Fiscal Year 2018 third quarter dashboard report; annual hotline report; a request for acceptance of an internal audit risk assessment and approval of the fiscal year 2019-20 work plan; a request for authorization of staff to enter into a contract for financial auditing and federal single auditing services; a request to authorize staff to enter into a contract for Internal Auditing Services; a recommendation to the Board to approve the 2019-20 tuition and mandatory fees and authorize staff to forward both to the HECC; a recommendation to the board to adopt the 2019-20 all funds budget; and a recommendation to the Board to authorize staff to enter into a partnership agreement and purchase radiological sciences equipment in excess of one million dollars.

The Academic Quality and Student Success Committee will meet at 8:00am in the Mt. Thielsen room. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from the March 21, 2019 meeting, recommendations to the full board to approve the Data Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy programs, a report from the Provost, and presentations on campus life initiatives, Oregon Renewable Energy Center, and alumni relations.

The Executive Committee of the Board will meet at 11:15am in the Sunset Room. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from the March 21, 2019 meeting; a recommendation to the full board to approve a resolution amending and adopting the university mission statement; discussion on meeting dates, times and location; and a review of the upcoming Board agenda.

The Board of Trustees will meet in the Sunset Room at 1:15pm. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from the March 21, 2019 meeting; requests for approval of the Data Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy programs; request for authorization to enter into a partnership agreement and purchase radiological sciences equipment; a request to approve 2019-20 tuition and fees, a request to adopt the 2019-20 all funds budget, a request to approve a resolution amending and adopting the university mission statement, and a public comment period. Reports will be given by the President, and representatives from the student body, Administrative Council, Faculty Senate, Oregon Manufacturing and Innovation Center, Government Relations, Strategic Enrollment Management, and the chairs of the standing committees.

If special accommodations are required, please contact 541-885-1107 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

The following meeting is not open to the public, per ORS 192.660 and ORS 40.225 Rule 503. The Board of Trustees will hold an Executive Session at 12:30pm in the Mt. Thielsen room to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection and to discuss confidential issues with attorney-client privilege.

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