Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Sept. 10th – Klamath Benefits from Revitalization Grant

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

A chance of showers, otherwise partly sunny with a high near 65.  Evening and overnight, showers and thundershowers likely, low of 42.

Partly Sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunshine with a high near 79.

Expect partly cloudy skies with a nice high of 80 degrees.

Today’s Headlines

The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program received $5 million in funding that was included in a lottery bond bill during the 2019 legislative session. Klamath Falls will benefit from the grant.

These funds will be available to Oregon Main Street Network organizations in the spring of 2021 to fund building improvement projects that spur economic development. There is quite a depth and breadth of funded projects to date including a number of upper floor and downtown housing projects that fill both a local housing need and have the added benefit of enhancing the local economy, putting back into productive use space that has been sitting vacant in some cases for years, and creating more vibrant downtowns.

Locally the project is funding $149,751 for four new apartments in Klamath Falls and the Klamath Falls Downtown Association received $100,000 to install elevators in two downtown buildings. The project will address the goal of downtown housing and make available 20 units.

Early Sunday morning two Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed a vehicle being operated recklessly in the area of Crater Lake Parkway and South 6th Street.

An attempt to stop a 1998 Dodge pickup began a vehicle pursuit at high speeds heading into the downtown Klamath Falls area. Speeds approaching 75 miles per hour led to the pursuit being “terminated” by a KCSO supervisor due to the extreme risk to public safety. The pickup was spotted again by the Sheriffs deputies a short time later and another attempt at stopping it led to a second pursuit on Foothills Blvd which continued through a portion of the south suburban area where the pursuit was terminated once again.

Shortly after the second pursuit ended the pickup was again located and followed out of town where a third pursuit began southbound on Highway 39 towards Merrill. The speed of the offending pickup reached 95 miles per hour when the driver attempted to cross a ditch and became stuck south of Chin Road. The driver ran on foot and was pursued by deputies aided by a track by K9 “Bullitt” and handler Officer Trahern Fox of the Klamath Falls Police Department. The subject was taken into custody in a field, wet and covered with dirt and cow manure.

Arrested, treated and released from Sky Lakes Medical Center, and lodged in the Klamath County Jail was 22 year old Daniel Olane. Documents indicate he is from Redmond, Oregon. He was charged with: Attempt to Elude (Vehicle), Attempt to Elude (on Foot), Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Possession of a Controlled Substance –Methamphetamine.

Klamath Community College is pleased to announce the college has been awarded a $2.1 million grant to help low-income, first-generation community members earn a GED and enter college or training programs.

This U.S. Department of Education high school equivalency program (HEP) grant will be distributed over a five-year period, beginning this year and ending in 2024. Grant funds can also be used to aid GED earners in upgrading employment or entering the military. The educational opportunities provided by the HEP grant will include effective outreach and recruitment, instruction, and support services for students.

Programs will be tailored to meet student needs and will provide wraparound support services for participating students, including education and career services for small student groups and one-on-one.

Fire behavior has been minimal on the Lone Fire located southeast of Clear Lake Reservoir allowing firefighters to make good progress toward full containment.

Firefighters yesterday were continuing to patrol the fire area, extinguish hot spots and improve containment line. Though temperatures have decreased and relative humidity has increased, the potential for spot fires across the line still exists.

The primary concern is that higher winds accompanying a low pressure system may blow embers across the line into unburned vegetation.  The fire is projected to be fully contained Thursday, Sept. 12.

If you’re travelling north this week be aware crews are removing loose and hazardous rocks from the hillsides at both ends of the Oregon Highway 58 Salt Creek Tunnel through this coming Sunday.

All work will be done during the day, with lanes closed for safety as needed around the tunnel at milepost 56. Expect work zone delays of up to 20 minutes. The rock removal is being done in preparation for winter. Crews are removing rock that has collected behind the protective screen to make room for the rock that is expected to come down in winter weather.

This project is about two miles east of another rock removal and screen installation project on OR 58 at milepost 54.2. That project resumes work later this month.

…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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