TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020
Klamath Basin Weather
Today Sunny, with a high near 44. Overnight, cold and clear, with a low of 17 degrees.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 48. Overnight, cold with a low near 23.
Thursday Partly Cloudy, with a high near 51. Low overnight of 23.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 55.
Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 55.
Sunday Possible Snow, with a high near 46.
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The Klamath County Public Health Air Advisory is Green until noon today.
Erika David of Klamath Falls took her dog Adonis cross country and won the Best of Show award at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York last week.
Erika is the Breeder, Owner, Handler of Adonis and showed her 5-year-old Finnish Spitz in the Non-Sporting Group competing with other Best of Breed winners from around the country. Now in its 144th year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is often referred to as the Superbowl of Dog Shows.
Erika has been showing dogs competitively and as a handler for about 10 years. She has also received 3 Best in Show awards during her career.
The Mills Elementary School cafeteria became a construction site last week as students pounded nails and turned screws to build birdhouses, mini hockey games, American eagles and string-art hearts from kits provided by the Home Depot.
The event rewarded the 106 students who attended school at least 97 percent of the time during the second quarter. The quarterly event was one of several attendance-boosting initiatives organized for the first time this year by Dean of Students Jeff Haudenshild, who credits the idea for the Home Depot partnership to parent Betty Rinehart, president of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
Haudenshild said after some of these rewards they are starting to see some increase in attendance. He also introduced the Home Depot project by reminding the children how they had earned it.
Around the region
Anglers and residents who live near the Applegate River in southwestern Oregon are upset that jet boats are speeding down the river disturbing the quiet and possibly stirring up silt that could hurt juvenile salmon and steelhead.
There are no bans on powerboats on the Applegate River which has about one-quarter the amount of water flow of the Rogue River. The Applegate River empties into the much larger Rogue River about 7 miles downstream of Grants Pass. Fishing guides and residents say the Applegate is too narrow and winding for powerboats that navigate more easily on the Rogue River. Some of the jet boats go as fast as 55 mph in the narrow river channel.
Pete Samarin said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has no jurisdiction over powerboat use because that is the Oregon State Marine Board’s domain.
A stretch of Highway 22 will be closed for much of this week as crews clean up gasoline and diesel fuel that leaked out of a crashed tanker truck along the North Santiam River.
The highway between Idanha and Santiam Junction is unlikely to reopen until Friday or Saturday as crews remove contaminated soil in a roadside ditch and rebuild a 600-foot section of roadway. An oil sheen was noted on the North Santiam River downstream of the crash site, but officials said most of the tanker’s oil seeped into the ditch, where it was absorbed by the soil. The crash on Sunday closed Highway 22 near Detroit and Santiam Junction.
According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality officials, the truck was carrying 10,600 gallons of fuel total with about 7,800 gallons of fuel emptied into a roadside ditch and the rest was recovered.
Around the state
A Yamhill County jury has concluded that police can seize the home of a woman convicted of a felony drug crime under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law.
The woman, 62-year-old Sheryl Sublet, pleaded guilty in 2018 to selling less than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine and was sentenced to six years in prison. Sublet, a grandmother and military veteran, forfeited $50,000 in cashier checks found inside her home just outside Yamhill at the time of her arrest. The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team then attempted to take Sublet’s $354,000 home. Under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law, authorities can seize items from a person if they are convicted of a crime and if the property is suspected to be a proceed or instrument of the illegal conduct.
Police in Portland and Salem seized firearms, marijuana, and cash and made at least one arrest after breaking up a burglary ring that apparently targeted state-legal marijuana businesses in Oregon and southwest Washington.
Authorities said they seized 16 firearms, $33,000 in cash, 30 pounds of marijuana and other items during the police operation in Salem on Friday. Also seized were six pounds of hash oil, a marijuana concentrate, and burglary tools.
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