Klamath Basin News, Wednesday, Sept. 11th

The latest News around the Klamath Basin from Wynne Broadcasting’s KFLS 1450AM/102.5FM, BasinLife.com and The Herald & News.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

Partly Sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunshine with a high near 80.

Expect partly cloudy skies with a nice high of 82 degrees.

Today’s Headlines

Today is 9/11 and the officers and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1383 invite the community of Klamath Falls and surrounding areas to attend annual remembrance of September 11, 2001. A ceremony will take place at the Veterans Monument at the Klamath County Courthouse beginning at 11 o’clock today.

VFW District 5 Commander Colonel Karen Johnson, U.S. Army (retired), will be the master of ceremonies. VFW Chaplain Ben Quen, Senior Master Sergeant  U.S. Air Force (Retired), will give the invocation, followed by a message presented by Johnson.

Speakers at the ceremony will include Klamath County Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris, Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber, Klamath Falls Police Capt. Ryan Brosterhous, Klamath County Fire District 1 Operations Chief Matt Hitchcock and Sr. Vice Commander Lt. Colonel Brad Obergon of the 173rd Air National Guard Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field.

Matt Hoffman, music director for Sacred Heart Catholic Church, will perform the song, “God Bless America,” before a benediction given by Quen, and final remarks by Johnson.

26 year old Abel Lomas Murillo of Weston, Oregon was sentenced yesterday to 235 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

Murillo previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine on April of this year.

According to court documents Abel Murillo sourced drugs from his older brother and co-defendant Noel Murillo who lived in Vacaville, California.. The investigation revealed that as early as July 2017 Noel Murillo transported drugs from Vacaville to Klamath Falls where a courier would then deliver them to his brother.

Abel Murillo and his co-conspirators also made multiple trips to Medford to pick up drugs and transport them back to Morrow and Umatilla Counties for distribution in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington.

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation, awarded the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office grant funds for traffic safety during 2018-19 totaling $17,500.

The grants are being used to increase traffic enforcement with focused patrols for Distracted Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Occupant Protection (Safety Belts) and Speed Enforcement during the below specified events. The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office will continue to conduct random High Visibility Enforcement throughout the month of September.

About 100 supporters gathered at Reames Golf & Country Club to begin the 74th annual United Way Community Campaign with a goal to raise $507,000 that will benefit 17 local social service agencies.

United Way campaign chairman Dennis Winn with Klamath Energy, a division of Avangrid Renewables said, the campaign is off to a great start and announced that $65,463 for 12.9% of the goal has already raised thanks to early donors and campaign pacesetter efforts.

Cultural organizations across Oregon will receive more than $2.7 million in funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust in FY2020 thanks to the generosity of citizens who invested in the state’s cultural tax credit.

Locally Klamath Film will receive $7,050. Klamath Film supports free youth programming and access to film arts, artists, equipment and knowledge/training in film studies in Klamath Falls and rural Southern Oregon. Klamath Film introduces year-round film events to its community from animation to Oscar winners; meets regularly to network and share knowledge of the craft; acquires and lends filmmaking equipment to its members including students; collaborates with city agencies to champion film awareness and infrastructure; and produces the Klamath Independent Film Festival.

Retail gas prices continue to slowly and steadily decline as the summer driving season comes to an end. For the week, the national average for regular falls a penny to $2.56 a gallon.

The Oregon average slips half a cent to $3.04. The West Coast continues to have the highest pump prices in the nation with all of the region’s states landing on the top 10 most expensive list. Oregon is currently listed as the 5th most expensive state in the nation.

…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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