Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Timbermill Shores Under the Spotlight at Tonight’s KF City Council Meeting

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020

Klamath Basin Weather

Today  Rain mixed with possible snow showers at times, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Overnight a chance of snow with a low of 29.

Wednesday A chance of snow in the morning then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 41.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Cloudy, with a high near 44.

Friday A slight chance of rain. Snow level 5500 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Today’s Headlines

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

Jaime Evers, a student at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, was crowned as the 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador during a ceremony on Saturday in Salem, according to a news release.

Held at the Salem Convention Center, the 61st annual coronation event was hosted by the Oregon Dairy Women on Saturday evening.

Evers, representing Klamath County was among three candidates representing an entire county in Oregon – Taysha Veeman, representing Marion County, was named an alternate as Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador.

Artist concept of Timbermill Shores in downtown Klamath Falls.

Tonight, the Klamath Falls City Council will discuss proposed changes for the Oregon Department of Human Services building planned for the TimberMill Shores development.

The building is a $20 million project, three-stories and 92,000-square-feet, to house 265 state employees and was originally planned to lease some offices to Klamath Basin Behavioral Health. The downtown project near Lake Ewauna is being developed by Rubicon Investments of Medford.

At tonight’s meeting, the council will have a public hearing regarding a written request which Rubicon submitted December 19th. The hearing will address whether the development meets a mixed-use zoning definition, and whether the applicant’s traffic study accounts for all employees in the building.

Rubicon is also seeking a modification that would make a 1,060-square-foot professional office space within the building a separate tenant. According to the agenda, this modification to add a commercial service use satisfies the zoning requirement for a mixture of uses and no longer relies on KBBH or other community partners to sublease from DHS.

Grange Co-op’s Klamath Falls store recently donated $9,000 to the Klamath County 4-H Association. The donation was part of $70,000 total in regional donations to 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs.

The amount donated came from a “Round-up for Change” program initiated by Grange Co-op, along with a partial funds match from Grange to support youth in 4-H and FFA programs. According to Grange Co-op Marketing Manager Jason Wall they are proud to be a part of such great communities that help with our overall mission to strengthen our community through programs such as our Round-Up program.

4-H and FFA students are a core part of the Grange way of life and are pivotal to the success of the farming communities we serve

Bureau of Reclamation’s California-Great Basin office in Sacramento has hired Jeff Payne to oversee regional offices in Klamath Falls and Carson City, Nevada.

Payne has been hired as the deputy regional director of technical services and will also manage regional divisions for safety and emergency management and resources management. Payne is a California-registered professional civil engineer and holds a University of Kentucky Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Washington.

Prior to Reclamation, Payne was Friant Water Authority’s director of water policy. He was also a principal planner/engineer at MWH Global, overseeing federal water planning and infrastructure feasibility studies.

Cadets in Henley High School’s 931st Air Force Junior ROTC unit unfurl and present a 30-by-60 foot American flag during the ceremony.

Active duty military members and veterans acknowledged each other and shook hands as they formed a line in front of a packed house on Henley High School’s basketball court on Friday night.

Some wore uniforms, others hats and jackets proclaiming their branch of service.  Every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces was represented – Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army – Friday night during Henley High School’s annual Military Appreciation Night.

Henley started the event in 2012 as a way to honor active duty military and veterans. Veterans and active duty military received free admission to the Henley-Klamath Union basketball game, and were recognized in a special ceremony between the varsity boys and girls games. The 60-plus cadets in Henley High School’s 931st Air Force Junior ROTC unit unfurled a 30-by-60 foot American flag, filling the basketball court.

A moment of silence followed as the more than 1,000 students, parents and community members bowed their heads in respect for those who have served and died for their country.

Around the region

Pacific Power restored service to approximately 1,000 customers last night– bringing the remaining customer count to approximately 500 – as crews made further progress clearing downed trees and making repairs.

Damage from the destructive January 16th winter storm which left over 18,000 customers without service at its peak. Pacific Power crews expect to see good restoration progress throughout the day tomorrow. The remaining pockets of outages are spread out from an area north of Grants Pass to south of Cave Junction, concentrated in the west side of Josephine County. Similar to previous days, repair work is taking place in difficult to reach, remote areas.  

Estimates put full restoration by the end of today or possibly Wednesday for certain individual customers with a large majority of the remaining 500 customers impacted by the winter storm outages having service returned by late Monday evening.

Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized display check to representatives of Buy2 for selling the winning Oregon’s Game Megabucks $8.4 million jackpot ticket.

Scott Moe of Portland purchased an Oregon’s Game Megabucks and promptly put the ticket in his wallet, and then accidently ran it through his washing machine. Several other lottery tickets in his wallet were destroyed, but the one worth $8.4 million, survived.  Moe purchased the ticket at the Buy2 in Portland, and he said he was going to invest his winnings. Moe opted to take the bulk-sum payment of $4.2 million and after taxes took home $2.85 million.

During the 2018 fiscal year, more than $90.1 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education, Outdoor School, veteran services and watershed enhancement in Multnomah County, where Moe lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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