Klamath Basin News Update, Tuesday, July 23

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

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019


Sunny, with a high near 87. Overnight, mostly clear, low of 50 degrees.

Sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunny, with a high near 91.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

Students chosen for cancer research internship

Three Mazama High School students spent a week learning about and participating in cancer research from top faculty and graduate students at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Bridget Fenner, Janah Moorer and Isabelle Hill were among 25 high school students from around the state who were chosen for the Knights Scholars Program, a competitive OHSU internship that immerses students in broad spectrum cancer research as a way to increase interest in biomedical sciences and other science-related fields.

Sidewalk construction on Washburn Way

The City of Klamath Falls construction project on the west side of Washburn Way between Orchard Avenue and Pershing Way that began last week will continue through early August, according to a news release.

Improvements include installing missing sidewalk, new curbing and travel lane reconfigurations. The southbound lane on Washburn Way and pedestrian traffic between Orchard Avenue and Vine Street will remain closed during the project conducted by Rocky Mountain Construction until approximately Aug. 2. Traffic is being routed through the center lane.

Due to construction within the private road system on the west side of the Onyx Avenue/Washburn Way intersection — which is near Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries and the entrance to the Walmart business complex — right and left turns at this intersection will be eliminated through Friday, July 26 day and night.

Greg Walden Announces U.S. Department of Transportation Grant Award of $60 Million to Reroute Highway 97

Today, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding a grant for $60.4 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation to help reroute Highway 97 on the north end of Bend.

The grant would provide essential funding to the Oregon Department of Transportation to reroute U.S. Highway 97 north of Empire Avenue. This project has long been a top priority for Walden, as the highway is a main thoroughfare in Oregon’s second congressional district. Earlier this year, Walden met with Bend and Deschutes County leaders to discuss the highway project, which will reduce traffic and make the highway safer for residents and visitors in Central Oregon. Walden also met with Secretary Chao and directly expressed his support for this grant application.

“Having travelled that section of Highway 97 myself many times and after hearing the concerns from local residents and community leaders, this is excellent news,” said Walden. “Helping this project move forward is one of my top priorities as it widely impacts many residents and visitors in the area. This project will significantly improve freight mobility and help reduce traffic congestion and dangers to drivers. I want to thank Secretary Chao for awarding this grant and improving the lives and safety of Central Oregonians.”

“On behalf of myself and Deschutes County, I’d like to express my extreme gratitude for Rep. Walden’s help and work on this grant,” said Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson. “Our transportation needs are a huge priority for Deschutes County so this news today is timely and greatly appreciated.“

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