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Friday, September 6, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunny, with a high near 68. Gusty winds at times. Overnight low around 44.
A 30 percent chance of showers, otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

A chance of showers, with a high near 63.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Today’s Headlines

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley decried the Trump Administration’s decision to fund a border wall by taking billions of dollars of funding from Pentagon projects including more than $10 million for Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls.

In a press release  Merkley’s office said  the Trump Administration is snatching over $10 million from the National Guard base which would go for training facilities and infrastructure updates in 2020 .  

At Kingsley Field, $8 million would have funded a new rifle range and $2.5 million would have funded fuel facility upgrades in 2020 both projects that would have positive impacts throughout Klamath’s economy.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives say two people were found dead in their home.  Investigators believe the deaths were a result of a homicide-suicide.

A man requested a welfare check at a neighbor’s home in the 3200 block of New Ray Road in Central Point.  The man reported he had not seen the occupants for some time and he could smell an odor coming from the home. Deputies responded to the residence and found the bodies of two people inside, both with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two pets, a rabbit and a cat, were also found in the home with gunshot wounds. 

Investigators with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene.and identified the decedents as 44 year old Shayne Justin Cleaveland and his mother 68 year old Robin Meinhart.  Both resided in the home. Investigators concluded that Cleaveland shot Meinhart and the pets, and then took his own life.  Medical examiner investigators have reviewed a note left by Cleaveland.  The involved firearms were recovered at the scene.

Meanwhile the Josephine County Sheriff’s office responded to the 4000 block of Cheney Creek Road for a shots fired call. Deputies arriving on scene located 41 year old Ivan J. Nutting Jr. deceased in the residence with gunshot wounds.

The Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives responded to coordinate and conduct the investigation. The initial investigation indicates there was an argument and a physical altercation between Ivan Nutting Jr. and his father, Ivan Nutting Sr.  Ivan Nutting Sr. was able to wrestle a rifle away from Ivan Nutting Jr. and shots were fired. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Now you can have McDonald’s delivered to your home in Klamath Falls.

According to Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s USA they are excited to make McDelivery accessible to customers on DoorDash which is available in all 50 states and reaches 80% of Americans. DoorDash is available for 38 restaurants in Klamath Falls other than McDonalds including Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Grocery Pub, Daily Bagel, Klamath Grill and more.

The way the system works is people sign up to become delivery drivers or Dashers and orders appear on their cell phones where they can accept the order. Then they pick up your food and bring it to your door. After downloading the DoorDash app you pay and even tip on the app when your food is delivered.

The Tulelake Butte Valley Fair gets underway today.

The Fair features free family entertainment throughout the Fairgrounds as well as food, exhibits and of course the carnival. Grandstand events this year include a Journey tribute band, a Destruction Derby and 4 by 4 power Truck Pulls.

This year there is a flat fee of $4.00 per person age 6 and up. However Friday is Kids Day sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Center in Merrill and all kids age 12 and younger get in free. Also, Sunday is Family Day sponsored by Monte Johnson Insurance Services and everyone gets free admission.


The Board of Directors of EagleRidge High School, an Oregon Nonprofit Corporation, will hold a Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 4:00 pm at EagleRidge High School, 677 South Seventh Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon.  The meeting agenda includes discussion of information technology, second reading of policies and procedures and a report on the beginning of the year.  The Board may also consider other business brought before the board. 

EagleRidge High School was established to create and implement an autonomous, high achieving and equitable small high school in collaboration with the Klamath Falls City School District pursuant to the Oregon Charter School law.

The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Oregon Public Meetings law.

SAIF customers will receive $160 million in dividends this year.

The board of directors declared a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to policyholders based on their premium and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder’s safety results.

This is the tenth year in a row SAIF has been able to offer dividends, and the 22nd dividend in the past 30 years.48,508 policyholders are eligible for SAIF’s primary dividend. Of those, about 93.9% are also eligible to receive all or a portion of the additional safety performance dividend. Checks will be mailed in October to eligible employers.  

A tour of Klamath County sites where juniper trees have been thinned to improve rangeland conditions will be offered September 11th by the Klamath Soil and Water Conservation District. The tour is open to the public with a carpool caravan leaving at 1:30 p.m. from the district office at 1945 Main Street and returning to Klamath Falls by 5 p.m.

According to district manager Brian Quick state grant funds have helped clear juniper trees this year on more than 600 acres of privately owned rangelands in the Gerber area east of Klamath Falls The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board allocated $328,965 in grant funds to assist in the work, which was called the Gerber Watershed Enhancement Project. Total cost of the project was more than $1.4 million, with other sources of funding or support coming from private landowners and government agencies

…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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