Klamath Basin News, Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Kruise of Klamath Partners With Healthy Klamath For New Moore Park Playground

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

Klamath Basin Weather

Today A chance of morning snow flurries, then a chance of rain and snow during the day, with a high of 40 degrees.  Snow level rising to 5700 feet in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.    Overnight, cloudy, with a low around 32.

Thursday A slight chance of rain during the day with a high near 44.  Snow level 5700 feet rising to 6400 feet in the afternoon. Overnight, some rain with the snow level 6300 feet.

Friday

A slight chance of showers before 4pm, then a slight chance of rain after 4pm. Snow level 5600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Saturday Rain likely. Snow level 7000 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of perhaps a quarter of an inch possible. Overnight rain, low around 36. . Snow level 7300 feet lowering to 6700 feet.

Sunday A chance of rain. Snow level 5900 feet lowering to 5200 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 44.

Road Conditions

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Today’s Headlines

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

Last Friday Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 4600 block of East Butte Valley Road in the Dorris area in response to a dispatch call reporting a man had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

The decedent was identified as 31 year old Dr. Dakota Woodard of Dorris, California. Butte Valley Ambulance and firefighters attempted to revive the man but he was pronounced deceased. A rifle with an expended round was located at the original location where he was found by a relative. 

Although the case is still under investigation the preliminary investigation into the incident has indicated there is no evidence of foul play and there are no indicators of a deliberate act on the part of the victim to injure himself or others in the immediate vicinity.

An autopsy will be conducted this week to help investigators determine the cause and manner of death in the case. 

55 year old Steven Earl White of Chiloquin appeared in court yesterday facing charges including attempted murder after a Sunday afternoon standoff with Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies in which he allegedly shot at two deputies and then set his house on fire prior to his arrest.

According to court documents White called 911 multiple times for “non-emergency incidences, which included inviting law enforcement to watch football and to inform them TMZ and CBS would contact them if something happened to him. The statement also alleges that White “immediately” started shooting at two deputies when they arrived at his house striking one officer’s car four times in the passenger side door and mirror. He then set his house on fire prior to his arrest.

No one was injured during the shooting, and White is being held in the Klamath County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail for two counts of attempted murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, improper use of an emergency reporting system and second-degree criminal mischief. His next court appearance is January 28th.

The Kruise of Klamath is pleased to announce a partnership with Healthy Klamath to raise funds for a new destination playground at Moore Park that will be accessible to individuals of all abilities. 

Healthy Klamath and the City of Klamath Falls are in the planning process for the new 20,000 square foot playground that is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2021.

According to Kruise of Klamath Board Chair Tyler Poteet. The Kruise of Klamath enjoys the use of Moore Park every year for their Saturday Show ‘n Shine and attendees regularly mention the park as one of the best features of our event.

They are looking forward to partnering with Healthy Klamath and the City as a way to give back to Moore Park and the community by raising funds for this exciting project.

According to Merritt Driscoll, co-chair of the Healthy Klamath coalition they are thrilled to have the Kruise of Klamath approach them as a supporter of the new Moore Park Playground. “From the design that was imagined by the children in our community, to the fundraising, and the volunteers that will help build it, this playground is entirely community-driven. We are overwhelmed by the support that has come from organizations and individuals across the community.

Local blood drive starts again Jan. 27-30th. Dates in February also announced.

Local Blood Drive coming with Red Cross. In response to a critical shortage of supplies, in particular Type O, the American Red Cross is initiating blood drives across Southern Oregon to address a supply that if not replenished could run out in a matter of days, according to a news release.

With influenza escalating across the country, preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors. As of Tuesday, the Red Cross reported less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets at www.RedCrossBlood.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Klamath blood drives

The following blood drives will be hosted in Klamath Falls:

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Hope Lutheran Church Community Hall, 2314 Homedale Road

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Shasta Elementary School, 1951 Madison St.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Klamath Community College Building Six, 7390 S. Sixth St.

12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the LDS Church Klamath Stake, 6630 Alva Ave.

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Cerulian Inn, 100 Main St.

8:30 am. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 and 13, Klamath Union High School, 1300 Monclaire St.

For more information visit www.redcross.org.

Oregon Highway 230 is again open after being closed since Sunday, January 12, when a winter storm brought heavy snow and downed trees to the High Cascades area.

Crews experienced warmer weather over the weekend and yesterday which allowed safer conditions to remove the downed trees and groom the highway. Ten inches of snow fell in the area yesterday but crews have been able to keep the road plowed and ready for traffic. Oregon 230 (West Diamond Lake Highway) connects the Rogue Valley and Bend areas.

Growing gasoline stocks and low seasonal demand are putting downward pressure on pump prices. For the week, the national average for regular loses three cents to $2.54 a gallon.

The Oregon average falls a penny to $2.99. It’s the first time the Oregon average has dipped below $3 a gallon since March of last year. The West Coast continues to have the highest pump prices in the nation with all the region’s states landing on the top 10 most expensive list.

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