Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Malin Dedicates New Veterans Park

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Today’s Headlines

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

Several dozen people were on hand in downtown Malin yesterday monday morning for the dedication of Malin’s new Veterans Park.

The ceremony featured a speech by Malin Mayor Gary Zieg and an honor guard comprised of members of Malin’s American Legion and VFW posts. The park made possible by a $48,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and several private donations is located in the heart of Malin’s business district.

The new park’s most striking features are five Chris Young murals depicting the military history of Malin and the Klamath Basin.

Several plaques throughout the park honor locals killed in action overseas, military personnel killed in aviation training accidents in the Basin and all killed during the Modoc War.

One of the many plaques honoring those in the Malin area who served our country.
One of the Chris Young painted murals that will forever honor area service men and women in Malin, Oregon.

Downtown property owners will learn about an Economic Improvement District fund and advise the City of Klamath Falls on how they would like to see the fund used during a meeting in the Ross Ragland Cultural Center tomorrow night at 6 pm.

EID costs include maintenance of landscaping, banners, benches, entry signs, sidewalk sweeping, garbage removal and other maintenance costs incurred in the downtown area. The EID is on a five-year cycle that ends December 31st. A five-year renewal will be discussed at tomorrow nights meeting.The boundaries of the downtown EID cover Main Street, Esplanade Avenue, Klamath Avenue, Pine Street, and certain side streets.

According to the 2018-19 budget the EID was not paid for in full by contributing fees and $36,250 was subsidized from the general fund to cover the $151,725 budget for 2019. The meeting is described as informational and open to the public.

Four people involved in an October Klamath Falls and Dorris drug bust in which authorities seized 37 pounds of methamphetamine, 440 grams of heroin, 14 firearms and $50,000 in cash are scheduled to face a jury in a trial set for December 17th at the James A. Redden Federal Courthouse in Medford.

Rogelio Gomez-Arias, 23, Irving Beas Ceballos, 34, Alexis Chavez-Franco, 22, and Domingo Matias-Hernandez, 36, are each charged by indictment with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine between May and October of last year.

Additionally, Ceballos is charged with possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute and Gomez-Arias, Chavez-Franco and Matias-Hernandez are charged with distributing methamphetamine.Juan Rodriguez-Ramirez, 62, is charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is scheduled to be arraigned today.

Special firewood cutting area open on Chiloquin Ranger District

The Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest recently opened a special personal use firewood cutting area approximately 4 miles north of Chiloquin.

The Spring Creek Personal Use Firewood Cutting Area is accessed by National Forest System Road 9730, commonly known as the Williamson River Campground Road, and the 040 spur road.  The Williamson River Campground Road is east of U.S. Highway 97 and north of Collier Memorial State Park.

Personal Use Firewood permits are required to cut and gather firewood in this area.  Permits are available for $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20.  Each household may purchase up to eight cords per year.  Permits are available at Fremont-Winema National Forest offices and expire December 31.

The Spring Creek Area will be open until wet weather and snow prevents access.  Access is only permitted while roads and access lanes are dry enough that rutting doesn’t occur.  Users may be cited for damage if they cause rutting on roads and access lanes.  The area will be signed when it closes for the season and will reopen in the spring as conditions allow. 

This special firewood cutting area is marked with signs and flagging.  Any areas with black and orange striped flagging are closed to both vehicle and foot traffic. 

The area includes pre-created access lanes.  These lanes are trails, not roads, and require high clearance vehicles and there may be stumps, limbs or other forest debris on these roads that could potentially cause damage to vehicles.  Users should use caution in this area and be prepared to cut or move debris if necessary.

The firewood area is primarily dead and down lodgepole pine.  Dead lodgepole pine trees have been cut, pre-bunched and decked in small bundles along the sides of access lanes to promote a safe opportunity for public access to firewood.

Firewood cutters will be required to pile slash in 6-foot-by-6-foot piles or lop and scatter.

Additional information, permits and maps are available from the Chiloquin Ranger District at 38500 Highway 97 North in Chiloquin during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The District can be reached at 541-783-4001.

For more information on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema, follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/R6FWNF.

If you’re heading north today Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest plan to take advantage of recent warm dry weather to implement two prescribed burn projects north of Big Summit Prairie beginning today and continuing through the week.

Pending favorable weather firefighters plan to ignite 144 acres of juniper jackpots and a 157acre understory burn along Forest Service Road 22just north of Big Summit Prairie, about 40 northeast of Prineville. Ignitions are expected to last two to three days. During active burning smoke will be very visible in the area of Big Summit Prairie. Smoke is expected to lay down in low-lying areas during the morning hours. No road closures are anticipated.

Around the state

Authorities say a woman killed in a hit-and-run was a passenger in the same truck that ran her over.

The woman was found dead about 2:20 a.m. yesterday in Portland. After investigating authorities believe the woman was a passenger in a white pickup truck but for some reason fell out onto the road. The truck then ran the woman over before fleeing the scene.

The woman’s identity has not been determined and the investigation continues.

Officials at Oregon Health & Science University are investigating the placement of a noose found in a secure area of campus.

The noose was found looped over a construction cone. It was the second time a noose was found recently at a Portland campus. A noose was found two weeks ago at Chapman Elementary School.Officials say surveillance cameras did not capture the area where the noose was found. Investigators also are reviewing who had access to the area.

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