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Klamath Basin News, Tuesday; Oregon Tech Opens With Record Freshman Class

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

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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Sunny, with a high near 53. Clear overnight, with a low of 28.

Sunny, with a high near 63.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

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Today’s Headlines…

Oregon Tech President Nagi Naganathan announced today that they welcomed the largest freshman class in Oregon Tech’s history as they begin the new academic year.

Oregon Tech saw an increase of 15% on their residential campus here in Klamath Falls and an increase of 9% in new students overall at Oregon Tech. He said this reflects a lot of focused efforts by the Oregon Tech community to extend outreach to prospective students interested in STEM-focused bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Marta’s House is partnering with the 173rd Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team to host a  “Race to Zero for Domestic Violence” 2K and 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Klamath Falls Regional Airport.  This is a free event.

“This event is held to honor our victims and survivors of domestic violence and to promote and environment of healing and safety for all with the hope of reaching zero,” said Amber Spotten, the 173rd FW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and event planner.

Registration for the race is online at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=191754

Online registration closes Friday, October 20 at 11:59 pm.  Walk up registration will be available the day of but will close at 1:45 pm. 

 “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and both programs want to make sure that our survivors in the community, both military and civilian, know that they are supported,” said Spotten. “There are resources and people advocating for healthier relationships that reflect dignity and respect to eliminate this type of interpersonal violence.”

There will be resource tables with information, as well as prizes and raffles for the participants.  For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathFallsR2Z/

“Every person in the community can, and will, help us make a difference,” said Spotten.

Klamath Idea Talks announces their next meeting scheduled for October 16th from 5:30 until 8:00 at MC’s on Main Street.

The big idea is Norm Small who founded Yummy’s Catering Cowboy Cuisine in Merrill in 1994 with his wife Virginia by his side. The couple originally came to the Klamath Basin in 1983 and worked in a self-employed capacity buying cattle for others and providing custom feed for clients. The seed of a catering business was planted and grew over time as the Small’s regularly cooked for 4-H fundraising events. They decided, not only was it fun, but they could make some money. The concept started as a side job but success was at the door.

Yummy’s Catering began providing their famed beef, chicken, potatoes, and green beans all over Klamath County and by 2005 they were consistently catering events in Jackson County. Yummy’s is now a regionally known name.

VFW Post 1383 and the Marine Corps League are proud to announce they are holding a dedication of a fallen hero Memorial Highway Sign for Corporal Jimmy Erik Floren USMC.

Corporal Floren was born and raised in Klamath Falls graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1964. He succumbed to enemy fire in Vietnam in November of 1967. For his heroic actions he was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart, Silver Star and Navy Cross. The dedication ceremony for Corporal Floren will be held Saturday at 1:00 at Veterans Park.

The dedication is open to the public and will be followed by a Potluck reception at the Leatherneck Club.

The Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau will present a free seminar geared toward employers that will focus on important labor-related laws, rules, and regulations.

The seminar will be geared toward employers and will focus on labor issues, including the Workplace Fairness Act, Paid Family Leave, Equal Pay Act, and OregonSaves. The Seminar is schedule for Wednesday, October 23 starting at 2 p.m. at the OSU Extension Office in Klamath Falls. The event is free and open to the public.

Around the state Oregon State Police investigators are continuing an investigation into the in-custody death of a man in Salem on Saturday and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have been in contact with the man prior to please contact them.

The deceased man, identified as 49 year old Allen James Pitts recently of Salem, was contacted by Salem Police Department officers at the request of Best Little Roadhouse management to remove Pitts from the restaurant for disruptive behavior. Officers contacted Pitts in the dining area of the restaurant and a fight ensued.

Pitts was taken into custody and officers immediately requested medical personnel respond to assess Pitts for a medical emergency. Pitts died after being transported by medics to a Salem Hospital later.

Oregon Department of Human Services officials say investigations into the deaths of children involved with child welfare will now be launched faster and have increased transparency.

The changes announced Monday come after the passage of Senate Bill 832 and Governor Kate Brown’s executive order earlier this year on child welfare. DHS spokesman Jake Sunderland said people will soon be able to access more timely information about child fatalities and systemic issues that, when addressed, could help prevent tragedies. Some of the most notable changes in Senate Bill 832 include requiring authorities to a critical incident response team when there is a reasonable belief that a child died due to neglect or abuse.

Cassandra Medina-Hernandez has been accused of lacing a bean dip with methamphetamine.

Medina-Hernandez of Albany  is a worker at a grocery store in Marion County where according to The Oregonian she was arrested. Medina-Hernandez now faces charges that include causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.

Two co-workers ate from the bean dip she allegedly spiked with meth. One of the colleagues was hospitalized as a result. The grocery worker’s initial bail was set at $500,000 and she is due to appear in court on October 9th.

…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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