Klamath Basin News, Monday, Jan. 27 – Oregon’s Distracted Driving Fines Now Largest in the U.S.

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Klamath Basin Weather

Today A chance of rain at times today.  Snow level 4300 feet rising to 5100 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.  Overnight rain expected with a snow level at 4900 feet.  Low of 35 degrees.

Tuesday Rain and snow showers likely before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Snow level 4200 feet rising to 5000 feet in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.   New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.  Overnight rain expected with a low of 30.

Wednesday A slight chance of rain and snow between 10am and 1pm, then a slight chance of rain after 1pm. Snow level rising to 5600 feet in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Snow level 6400 feet rising to 7700 feet in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 50.

Today’s Headlines

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

Saturday evening members of the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement Team were following a suspect driving a blue Subaru Impreza travelling on Highway 140 at Brownsboro Highway.

The suspect was involved in an on-going drug investigation. The suspect vehicle was pre-emptively spiked at Highway 140 and Brownsboro however It immediately drove off at high speeds despite the successful spiking of the tire. The suspect drove with tires deflated on rims at high speeds westbound on Brownsboro Highway. Later the suspect was seen on Highway 62 heading toward White City. The suspect drove southbound on Highway 62 in the northbound lanes with lights off.  At Highway 62 near Antelope the suspect crashed head on into a vehicle travelling in the northbound lane. The crash involved three vehicles plus the suspect vehicle. Multiple persons were given medical aid.

The suspect 38 year old Brandon Guyette was arrested as he tried to exit his vehicle and flee the scene.

Distracted driving can be fatal. That quick text or entering your destination in a navigation program while driving can turn something that can seem so innocuous into a tragic accident.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about nine people are killed every day and about 1,000 injured from crashes reported to involve distracted driving. A New York-based law firm took on the laws across the nation to see how each state stacks up in the way it’s cracking down on distracted drivers.

Oregon claimed the top spot of the firm’s list of most strict state on distracted driving. The $1,000 maximum fine for a first-time offense in Oregon caused Rosenblum Law to put the state as Number 1. That is the highest fine for first-time offenders across the country.

The next highest fine is $750 in Utah. In contrast, California has the lowest fine across the country among states that have laws against distracted driving, fining drivers just $20.

Klamath Ice Sports will present its 18th annual figure skating spectacular Winter Skate-tacular, at the Bill Collier Ice Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m.; featuring a cast of professional and amateur figure skaters, including several regional and national champions.

The hour-long skating show is being co-directed and choreographed by Autumn Morin and Joe Gorecki, professional skaters and coaches at the Sherwood Ice Arena. The pair are making their local debut in their respective capacities. Gorecki, who skated professionally with Holiday on Ice for several years, will also be a featured performer in the show.

Alissa Czisny, U.S. Ladies Champion in 2009 and 2011 and two-time Skate Canada champion, will headline the annual figure skating exhibition portion of the show. She will make her Klamath Falls debut – known for her beautiful skating, flexibility, and flawless spins. She is also a Skate American champion and Grand Prix champion. Czisny began skating professionally in 2014.

Klamath Basin Blood Drives begin today with the 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.


The Board of Directors of EagleRidge High School, an Oregon Nonprofit Corporation, will hold a Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 4:00 pm at EagleRidge High School, 677 South Seventh Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. 

The meeting agenda includes discussion of new/revised policies and a report from the Executive Director.  The Board may also consider other business brought before the board. 

EagleRidge High School was established to create and implement an autonomous, high achieving and equitable small high school in collaboration with the Klamath Falls City School District pursuant to the Oregon Charter School law. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Oregon Public Meetings law.

Around the region

A couple in Talent have been arrested after police say they got two 13-year-olds high on marijuana at their home and then sent text messages to friends bragging about it. 38 year old Lindsey Ann Monda and her boyfriend 46 year old Jason Michael Dunn taught Monda’s two children how to use a bong according to police reports in court records.

Monda texted a friend several times on the night of December 23rd to talk about getting blasted with her kids. Monda and Dunn were released from jail y after posting bail on charges of administering marijuana to a juvenile. They cannot have contact with the children. It wasn’t immediately clear if they had an attorney.

Marijuana is legal under state law in Oregon, but both administering it and delivering it to a person younger than 18 is a felony.

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