Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Greg Walden Won’t Run for Re-Election

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

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

Sunny, with a high near 50.

Sunny, with a high near 59.

Sunny, with a high near 62.

Today’s Headlines…

Early yesterday morning at about 12:50AM in the morning, Klamath Falls Police officers responded to Howdy Doody’s Tavern at South 6th and East Main on the report that a male subject had just been shot.  

Upon arrival, officers located a male with a gunshot wound to his lower body.  The male victim was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center as a result of his injuries.  During the course of a subsequent investigation, officers developed probable cause for the arrest of Wilman Caceres Hernandez, a twenty six year old male. 

Officers determined Hernandez and the victim were acquaintances, and the shooting may have been the result of previous unrest between the two. Hernandez and the victim had been drinking at Howdy Doody’s the previous evening and into the earlier morning hours. The victim got up to leave the tavern and was followed out by Hernandez who removed a handgun he was carrying and fired several rounds at the victim, striking the victim and the victim’s vehicle.  Hernandez fled the scene in dark colored Dodge Ram pickup.  

Hernandez has still not been located.  It is believed Hernandez is still armed and considered dangerous, he may be in the Merrill or Malin area.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabout please call the Klamath Falls Police Department or 911.      

Oregon Senator Greg Walden has announced that he will not seek a new term in Congress in the 2020 elections. In a video statement released Monday by his office, Walden said: “At the end of this term, I will have devoted 30 years to the important calling of public service; of helping bring people together to solve problems and leave our communities, our beautiful state and our great nation better off for the next generation.  Together we’ve worked to find solutions to the opioid crisis, improve forest health, and increase access to high speed broadband.  My team and I have helped thousands of Oregonians get the Social Security, Medicare, and veterans’ benefits they earned and deserved.  

Walden went on to say “I fought to save the fire-fighting tanker base in Medford, the VA facility in White City, and I’ve stood up for the ranching and farming way of life that is eastern Oregon. Walden said ‘the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities”.    

In celebration of National Farm-to-School month, more than 3,000 students at Bonanza, Chiloquin, Malin, Merrill, Shasta, Stearns, Henley, Pelican and Conger schools will “Crunch at Once” at 2:30 p.m today by simultaneously biting into an Oregon-grown apple.  

According to Patty Case family and community health agent for the OSU Klamath Basin Extension Center and a coordinator of the local Farm-to-School efforts, “This is a fun and delicious way to create excitement about Oregon grown food and celebrate the farmers that grow it”.  

Case said “Purchasing Oregon-grown food for schools takes extra effort but everyone wins — the students, the farmer and the local economy.”   Klamath County School District’s Farm-to-School program is purchasing some of the apples from the Organically Grown Company; others are being donated by Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank from local apple trees.   The community is encouraged to “get their crunch on” and be part of this collective activity by identifying and enjoying apples grow in Oregon.    

The City of Klamath Falls construction project on the west side of Washburn Way between Orchard Avenue and Pershing Way continues this week. Improvements include installing missing sidewalk, and new curbing and travel lane reconfigurations.  

Rocky Mountain Construction will continue construction until project completion. The southbound lane on Washburn Way and pedestrian traffic between Reclamation Avenue and Radcliffe Avenue will remain closed during construction until approximately November 1, 2019. Traffic is being routed through the center lane and transitioned into the left lane.  

Around the State of Oregon… Authorities are praising the resilience of a 25-year-old Idaho woman who survived a frigid night in the high desert of southeastern Oregon following a helicopter crash that killed her father.  
Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said Monday that despite being injured herself Jordan Valentine managed to crawl around the side of the wreck to get out of the wind after the helicopter went down in a remote area southeast of Succor Creek State Natural Area on Friday afternoon.

She was lightly dressed and the temperature was in the 20s.Authorities were notified of the missing helicopter at 2 a.m. Saturday, and radar showed its last contact as being near the park.  

Search and rescue crews found it at 8:20 that morning.Fifty-two-year-old Jim Valentine, of Eagle, Idaho, was dead, and his daughter was flown to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. Johnson said she remained in the hospital Monday and that she was able to speak.  
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