Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Jo Rae Perkins, Opposing Merkley, Visits Klamath Falls on Thursday

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Klamath Basin Weather

Today  Sunny, with a high near 53. Cloudy overnight, low of 28.

Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Thursday  A chance of rain and snow between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of rain after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday  A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 42

TODAY’s HEADLINES

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

Jo Rae Perkins, an Oregon senatorial candidate opposing Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley will visit Klamath Falls on Thursday. Perkins is hoping to meet with prospective voters of Klamath County at Waffle Hut Eatery from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday to discuss her stance on important issues and hear citizen concerns.

Perkins who is a resident of Albany previously ran for Oregon’s fourth congressional district on the Republican ticket in 2014, 2016, and 2018. She had filed for the seat again in 2020, but withdrew to instead declare candidacy for Oregon’s U.S. Senate seat.

The Republican primary is scheduled for May 19th.

Governor Kate Brown announced a historic agreement between representatives from the state’s forest industry and major environmental groups to chart a collaborative course toward meaningful, science-based forest management in Oregon.

The agreement takes a significant step toward a new era of cooperation, leaving behind the conflicts of the past.   According to the Governor the conversations that brought forth this agreement coupled with sound science will bring certainty for everyone involved while protecting Oregon’s environment and endangered species.

The signed memorandum of understanding addresses three key issues. It will drive a process for Oregon to update its timber practices, Support passage of new legislation for the 2020 session on aerial spraying of pesticides and expand forest stream buffers in the Rogue-Siskiyou region.

The newly-announced deal also includes restrictions on stream-side logging in southern Oregon’s Siskiyou region, rules meant to protect fish. The region was exempted from those logging buffers, which are in place throughout the rest of the state’s coastal forests.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tiffany Graves of Klamath Falls joined the Navy because it was the only branch her family had not served in. 

Now, three years later, Graves serves with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron working with one of the Navy’s most advanced helicopters at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego. Graves is a logistics specialist who is responsible for the ship’s budget, ensuring ships have repair parts as necessary, and overseeing logistics.


Graves favorite part of her job is how much it will benefit her in the civilian world. Graves is a 2016 Henley High School graduate. According to Graves, the values required to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Klamath Falls where she learned to treat everyone like your neighbor.

Mount Ashland Race League begins on Friday February 21. Teams must be co-ed with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 racers per team.

Races take place 5-7pm on race Friday Nights: February 21, February 28, March 6, and March 13. Times will be posted each night in the T-Bar in the Lodge by 8pm. Hang out with all of the other teams and share your stories of heroism and valor on the hill!

Around the state

Concordia University an institution since the early 1900s in Portland has announced it will close. The private nonprofit Lutheran university’s Board of Regents voted Friday to cease operations at the end of its spring semester.

The university’s 24-acre campus is expected to eventually go up for sale. In a statement Concordia said “The Board made this decision to prioritize the well-being of students, faculty, and staff and fulfill its fiduciary obligations.The university said the closure comes “after years of mounting financial challenges, and a challenging and changing educational landscape.” Nearly 5,900 students attended Concordia in 2018 according to its website. The university said it’s in talks to provide students the chance to continue their educations elsewhere.

Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy in Clark County Washington, was hurt after driving into the path of an intoxicated driver to stop him from going the wrong way on Interstate 5.

The Washington State Patrol said Deputy Gregory Agar drove into the path of the wrong-way driver about 2:45 a.m. Sunday on the northbound interstate. The two cars hit head-on and they came to rest on the interstate. 28 year old Agar was hurt and taken to a hospital. Troopers didn’t describe the extent of his injuries. The other driver, a 27-year-old man, was jailed on suspicion of intoxicated driving and remained in custody early Monday.

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