Klamath Basin News, Monday, Oct. 28 – Oregon Sends Strike Teams to Fight Cal Fires; Food Truck Pavilion To Start Construction; Del Taco Opens Today on Washburn Way

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

Sunny, with a high near 55. Overnight, cold, clear and 22 degrees.

Sunny, with a high near 42. North to northwest gusty winds as high as 26 mph. Overnight, clear with a low of 15.

Sunny, with a high near 50.

Sunny, with a high near 59.

Sunny, with a high near 62.

The Klamath County Public Health Air Advisory is Green through noon today.

The Robertson family has entered into an agreement to purchase the former MedoBel building site in Klamath Falls to be developed into an outdoor food truck pavilion, tap-room and venue.

The location is on the corner of Esplanade and Spring Street in downtown Klamath Falls. The Robertson family owns General Duffy’s Waterhole which is a similar spot in Redmond where the community enjoys beer and food trucks as well as live music. The Klamath Falls location promises to be similar. The pavilion will be year-round and family friendly. It will function as a gathering-ground for community, according to a press release. The site was previously a dairy, but the building was acquired by the county in 2016 through tax-foreclosure and the county has since demolished the building.

The pavilion is expected to be open by summer 2020, although details are still being ironed out.

Del Taco will add 53 jobs to Klamath Falls when it opens its new location on Washburn Way today.

The location at 3370 Washburn Way completed a full remodel of the location that started this Summer. As the No. 2 Mexican quick service chain restaurant in the nation Del Taco is known for it’s tacos and burritos as well as burgers and fries.

The chain also sells vegetarian options such as the 100% plant protein-based “Beyond taco and burrito,” as well as products with Carne Asada, grilled chicken, hand-grated cheddar cheese, hand-sliced avocado, slow-cooked beans, and Queso Blanco made from scratch.

No ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the new eatery. Hours of operation are planned to be 7 a.m., to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m., to midnight, Friday through Saturday.

The Klamath Falls Del Taco will be one of more than 580 locations across 14 states, according to a news release.

The Klamath County Board of Commissioners postponed a vote on adopting ordinance No. 92 that would create procedures for the establishment, operation, modification and disestablishment of tourism improvement areas in Klamath County after the second of two public hearings on the issue.

The vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning October 22nd but was moved to tomorrows business meeting. Nine people, including several hotel owners, spoke at the hearing Tuesday to oppose the ordinance while two spoke in favor of it. The first public hearing was in the October 8th business meeting and three people spoke; two opposed and one in favor.

Some of the hotel owners who opposed the ordinance on Tuesday spoke against added fees, but the ordinance itself doesn’t propose any fees. Commissioner Donnie Boyd said that if the ordinance passes, it doesn’t give the commissioners the authority to add a lodging fee, but Ordinance No. 92 is an enabling ordinance and the first required step in creating the groundwork should entities petition the county move in that direction.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is mobilizing 15 strike teams to assist with the response to California wildfires.

Using its emergency mobilization plan and following a request made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact the OSFM has activated its Agency Operations Center and is sending the 15 strike teams today with equipment and personnel to join firefighting efforts. Teams will be arriving at staging areas by the end of day today.

The mobilized strike teams comprising nearly 300 personnel total will be sent from 14 counties including Klamath County. Oregon’s structural firefighters mobilized by the OSFM were last sent to California to respond to the Camp Fire in Paradise in November 2018.

Around the state despite a 4-month-old city ordinance Eugene restaurants still are adjusting to asking questions like, “Do you need a straw?” or “Would you like a fork?” when providing customers single-use items.

Questions like those are required by the city code before a customer is offered certain items with their drink or meal. A city ordinance that went into effect June 17 says that retail food and drink establishments must ask and a customer must reply with consent to the items for them to be provided.

Reusable items are not included in the ordinance, and it applies to all single-use straws, utensils, stirrers and condiment packets, no matter what material they’re made of. Though it’s been active for four months, there’s still plenty of confusion about the ordinance’s specifics.

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