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Klamath Basin News, Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Job Rates Unchanged in Southern Oregon

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Today’s Headlines


Two people are dead in what is described as an early morning shootout on Worden Street near Addison Street across from Fairview Park in Klamath Falls. 

Two people were found dead, and one injured at the scene. Klamath Falls Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 dispatch regarding a shooting at Fairview Park on Worden Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to a news release from Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello.

Upon arrival, two individual males were pronounced deceased and one male was injured with non life-threatening injuries. He is stable and at a medical facility. 

As further information is available from law enforcement on scene, we will share details.  The intersection of Worden Avenue and Addison Street is closed to all traffic and law enforcement urges people to avoid the area if possible this morning.

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

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in October.

The rate was 6.5 percent this time last year not a statistically significant increase. Klamath County lost 150 jobs in October larger losses than typically expected this time of year. Recent revisions revealed that job losses were more pronounced in Klamath County compared with earlier estimates. Employment levels are down 2.7 percent from this time last year a loss of 630 jobs. These losses are largely concentrated in professional and business services which lost 540 jobs. However there were also notable losses from manufacturing down 80 jobs and transportation, warehousing, and utilities which lost 60 jobs. Job growth was largely isolated to health care which gained 110 jobs during the month.

In Lake County the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in October down slightly from 6.0 percent in September. The rate was 6.0 percent in October 2018. Lake County’s employment situation largely tracked with seasonal expectations in October. Over the past year employment is up by around 30 jobs.

OR-7’s Rogue Pack was officially blamed for the killings of two cow calves found in two consecutive days last week in the Rancheria area east of Butte Falls, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A 300-pound calf was found dead Wednesday in a private grass pasture, with its abdomen open and organs gone but otherwise was largely intact. It suffered bite marks and scratches consistent with a wolf attack, according to an ODFW report on the incident. The following morning a 250-pound calf was found dead with very similar injuries on private grass-land pasture. Both kills were in the Rogue Pack’s general area of activity, and both depredations were blamed on the Rogue Pack.The kills are the 14th and 15th attributed to the Rogue Pack since March. OR-7 gained international fame for its trek from northeast Oregon to southwest Oregon and Northern California before it found a mate and settled in eastern Jackson and western Klamath counties.

In recent years, however, the pack’s livestock kills have made it notorious as the largest inflicter of livestock predation in Oregon in 2018, with its 11 livestock and dog kills nearly twice that of any other Oregon pack that calendar year.

Pump prices are cheaper in most states including Oregon this week as an increase in gasoline stocks has put downward pressure on prices.

For the week, the national average slips one-and-a-half cents to $2.60 a gallon. The Oregon average falls a nickel to $3.26. This is the third-largest weekly decline in the nation. Oregon is one of 39 states where prices are lower now than a week ago. Oregons 5 cent decrease was the third-largest weekly decline in the country. California with a 9 cent decrease has the largest week-over-week decline.

Around the region

Two former Jacksonville, Oregon residents were sentenced today in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic marijuana grown in Southern Oregon to Georgia, Illinois, and North Carolina, and launder the proceeds. 34 year old Alex David Koplin was sentenced to 31 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release and 38 year old Tina Marie Waterfield was sentenced to 5 years of probation.

As part of his plea agreement Koplin agreed to pay $150,000 to satisfy a forfeiture money judgment. Waterfield agreed to forfeit the $44,226 in U.S. currency seized from the residence she shared with Koplin.

Around the state

One lucky person who purchased a Powerball ticket in Aurora has two days to claim their $50,000 prize before it is set to expire.

Tomorrow at 5 p.m. the winning Powerball ticket will expire meaning the person who purchased the ticket in Aurora last year will be unable to claim the $50,000 prize. Oregon Lottery tickets are valid for one year from the date of the drawing. The $50,000 ticket was purchased in Aurora on the evening of November 20th and as of Tuesday no one had claimed the prize.

There are several other unclaimed Powerball prizes in addition to the one set to expire this week. In February, a $100,000 Powerball prize sold in Portland will expire. In March, another $50,000 Powerball prize sold in Medford will also expire. All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund.

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