Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Aug. 6th 4-H/FFA Auction Raises Record $710,000

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Today’s Headlines

This year’s 4-H/FFA auction at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Sunday blew last year’s record out of the water. Last year $603,000 was raised, but this year $710,000 was brought in on the annual Klamath County Rotary auction that benefits youth in agriculture.

It was a big day for the students, too. This was the moment that they would find out how much their hard work would pay off. They had been raising and caring for their animals all year long, all leading up to this moment.

Jasmine Schock sold her steer sold for a whopping $15 a pound, totaling $20,880. It was by far the most spent on any single animal Sunday. Another notable sale was Madison Lacy’s sheep, which sold for a total of $12,000, much more than any other sheep sale. The grand champion sheep, which belonged to Kekoa Taipin, sold for $2,698 and was the next highest sale in the sheep category.

The auction lasted well into the evening and hundreds attended.

Murder suspect Timothy Dale McCarter, 56, is being held without bail at the Klamath County Jail after being arraigned yesterday afternoon at Klamath County Circuit Court. McCarter was arraigned on additional charges of first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, in connection with the stabbing death by a sword of Wildon Lee Chadwell, 46, on Saturday night.

McCarter allegedly stabbed Chadwell in the thigh with a double-bladed sword on Saturday night in the backyard of a residence in the 1700 block of Wall Street, according to court documents. The event was witnessed by more than one person, according to the statement. The wound caused severe tissue damage and massive bleeding to Chadwell, according to police. After the encounter, McCarter fled the scene before medical or law enforcement arrived. Chadwell died at the scene, authorities said.

A recreational use health advisory was issued for northern Klamath County’s Odell Lake by the Oregon Health Authority due to the presence of a harmful algae bloom and harmful algae toxins above recreational guideline values for human exposure.

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash.

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to a lake with areas affected by a bloom for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in these areas.

Work began yesterday to repair Forest Service Road 3790, also known as Fishhole Creek Road, on the Bly Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. For approximately three weeks, Forest Service road crews will work on the first phase of road repairs.

The work will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.The work will be done on 3 miles of road, starting at the southern end and moving north to Highway 140 East.

The first half mile of the road work is single-lane road and will have the largest traffic impacts. Delays will be no more than 20 minutes. It’s expected that this section will be completed within three days. This project involves heavy equipment and employees on the road, which is more complex on the single-lane stretch. They ask all drivers on Fishhole Creek Road during the next several weeks to slow down, be aware of their surroundings, watch for construction activity and help them maintain a safe work area. Forest road managers are working on a contract for paving the 3 mile stretch of road.

Two dozen Republican leaders representing state House District 55 gathered in La Pine last weekend to select three candidates to replace recently resigned Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte. House District 55 covers a large swath of Central and Southern Oregon including Crater Lake National Park in Klamath County.

Prineville real estate broker Vikki Iverson; Central Oregon Federation of Republican Women Chair Deborah Tilden, of Prineville; and Crook County Republican activist Peter Sharp were chosen during the meeting.

Iverson received the most votes, followed by Tilden, then Sharp. The final decision will be made by county commissioners from areas within the district. House District 55 includes parts of Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. The appointee must be selected by Aug. 13 . The appointee will fill out the remaining portion of McLane’s two-year term. The new House member would have to run for the office in 2020 to retain the seat.

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