Klamath Basin News, Thursday, Sept. 26 – Moore Park To Get New Playground

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

Sunny, with a high near 77.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West northwest wind around 6 mph.

A 20 percent chance of showers during the day, otherwise partly sunny with a high of 53.

Today’s Headlines…

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of two fires, one an RV fire Monday at Hagelstein Park, another at a house and mobile home fire in Chiloquin Tuesday night.

Chiloquin Fire and Rescue responded to a home on fire at the 400 block of Telephone Flat Road. Chief Michael Cook said a home, three vehicles and two camp trailers were destroyed after firefighters spent five hours extinguishing the fire. The homeowner doesn’t live in the area, Cook said, and advised firefighters that no one was living there. Late Monday evening Klamath County Fire District 1 and Klamath County Sheriff’s Department responded to an RV on fire at Hagelstein Park.

According to Fire Marshall Brandon Thueson no one was injured in the fire as the owner of the RV was not on the scene at the time. The RV was fully engulfed by the time the fire department arrived and fortunately the location of the RV in the park paired with recent rainfall meant there was no risk of the fire spreading and triggering a wildfire. The cause of the fire is still being investigated by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Department.

Blue Zones Project and Healthy Klamath in partnership with the City of Klamath Falls is currently in the process of planning an exciting new custom-designed community playground project to be completed in Spring 2021.

The new 20,000 square foot playground will replace the current play equipment located next to the tennis courts in Moore Park. More than a playground, this project will be a community gathering space for children of all abilities to enjoy. A focus of this project will be to create a destination playground that is accessible to all families, with rubber surfaces for those who are wheelchair-bound and structures that are ADA-friendly. Artistic elements that showcase the culture and history of the Klamath Basin will be incorporated into the design.

Candidates have begun filing for the next primary election coming up next May. As of today, four candidates have filed for Klamath County positions with Sheriff Chris Kaber and Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot aiming for reelection.

Sheriff Chris Kaber has a challenger for the post of sheriff in Daren Krag who is a corporal with the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.Running for Commissioner Donny Boyd’s seat is Kassandra Harding who works at Jeld-Wen in Chiloquin. Harding ran for a seat on the Klamath Community College Board of Education in May of this year but lost with 42% of the vote.Vikki Breese-Iverson is running for reelection for the state representative seat for the 56th district that represents northern Klamath County.

No one has filed so far for the state representative 55th district position yetincluding incumbent E. Werner Reschke. Reschke represents the city of Klamath Falls and the southern portion of the county.The seat of county surveyor is also openalthough no one has filed for that position yet.

This week 15 Members of the Western Caucus, Karen Budd-Falen from the Department of the Interior, and more than 30 stakeholders throughout the country including Family Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppenheld a roundtable discussion on the Endangered Species Act.

The Caucus also unveiled a draft legislative package currently comprised of 19 bills to modernize the ESA. Their statements says that while well-intentioned, the ESA must be modernized to ensure success where it matters most: on-the-ground and outside the courtroom. With a 3% recovery rate over 46 years, the ESA needs to be updated to better protect species, and to treat property owners, states and local stakeholders as partners rather than obstacles.

On Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a twovehicle collision on Hwy 58 at the Interstate 5 interchange in Goshen. Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 1988 Jeep Cherokee, operated by a 17 year old male from Creswell, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 58 and turned in front of a CMV to access the on-ramp for I-5 northbound.  The Jeep was struck on the passenger side. 

The passenger 18 year old Aidan O’Grad yof Eugene sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Jeep was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. 

…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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