Klamath Basin News, Friday, Sept. 29 – Sen. Ron Wyden To Hold Town Halls in Southern Oregon; Wet Weekend On Tap for Klamath County

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Friday, Sept. 29, 2023

Klamath Basin Weather

A 50% chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm, high near 64. Lights winds to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Overnight showers expected, low of 43. 70% chance of rain with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch.
Again about a 40% chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. 
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Today’s Headlines

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has announced he will have two in-person town halls next week in Klamath and Lake counties.

Wyden has already held 36 town halls so far throughout Oregon in 2023 and 1,063 town halls overall statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. 

The schedule for the upcoming town halls is as follows:

  • Klamath County, 4 pm, Saturday, Oct. 7,
    Klamath Community College Apprenticeship Center,
    7390 S. 6th St., Klamath Falls
  • Lake County, 1 pm, Sunday, Oct. 8,
    Lakeview High School,
    906 S. 3rd St., Lakeview

   (US Sen. Ron Wyden press release)


Recent weather conditions have lessened the fire danger on the Klamath National Forest, and fire restrictions are now lifted effective across the forest.

Forest officials stress that the Northern California fire season is not over, and care and common sense must still be used when in the forest. The larger fuels, such as logs, remain fairly dry and have not been as affected by the recent rains. The potential for wildfires still exists and visitors to the forest should remember to never leave campfires unattended.

A California Campfire Permit is still required for open campfires, stoves, and barbecues outside developed campgrounds. The permit lists requirements for clearing the ground around campfires, how to completely extinguish fires, and which tools must be always kept at the campfire site.

The permit may be obtained free of charge from any USDA Forest Service office or online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/.   (klamath national forest press release)


Continuing a tradition in place for several years, and as a showcase of the close partnership between Sky Lakes Medical Center and Klamath Community College (KCC); Laptop computers were recently donated to KCC nursing students courtesy of Sky Lakes.

The computers were donated to new students in the KCC Registered Nurse (RN) Associate of Applied Science degree program. The KCC RN program accepts eight students each year, out of a typical applicant pool of 80 or more, for its rigorous two-year degree program.

Reid Kennedy, volunteer services director at Sky Lakes, joined KCC nursing students Thursday, Sept. 21, to provide the new computers and offer encouragement in their studies. Kennedy and other Sky Lakes staff began donating computers to KCC nursing students in 2019.

This year, they are also offering computers on loan to students in KCC’s LPN-to-RN Bridge program, which began in 2022. Sky Lakes Medical Center staff work to raise funds all year, as well as utilizing their own budget, to purchase laptops for each KCC student. For more information about the KCC Nursing program visit www.klamathcc.edu (kcc press release)


Sky Lakes Medical Center wants you to know about a Phishing Scam.

Sky Lakes has become aware of a new phishing scam where patients are receiving fake emails or texts representing Sky Lakes telling them that their credit card on file has expired and to click on the link.

Please be advised this is NOT official Sky Lakes communication. Please delete the message. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sky Lakes billing department. (Sky Lakes Medical Center)


During the weekly business meeting of the Klamath County commissioners on Tuesday, one resident expressed his frustration over problems the homeless are creating in the community.

Stuart Whelpley told the commissioners that “it’s getting ridiculous. I am tired of having to replace windows after the homeless break into the old Riverside Elementary School.”

Whelpley’s comments came before the board’s holding of a public hearing on a proposed new ordinance relating to the use of public property for camping, lying and sleeping.

According to county documents, the Klamath County Commissioners are trying to balance the needs of homeless people’s ability to sleep and rest in safe areas with the need of citizens to feel safe and be able to access public areas of the county without hindrance. The commissioners aim is to establish reasonable time, place and manner guidelines related to camping on public lands.

Ordinance #96 reads that no person shall camp, lay or sleep from dusk to dawn on public property in the following areas: any area zoned for residential use; within 100 yards of any waterway or wetland; within 1,000 yards of a public school, childcare facility or homeless shelter; within the boundaries of any public right-of-way; on or near railroad tracks; on public sidewalks or trailers in a manner that prevents safe pedestrian and/or mobility device access.

The proposed new ordinance also says that individuals may not allow any garbage or waste to accumulate; may not hook up to any utility; may not attach any camping shelter to nearby buildings or trees; may not dig or excavate; and may not erect any structures or tents.

Also during the meeting, Commissioner Dave Henslee talked about a new civics and education program for youth titled the Junior Commissioner Program.

Mazama High School is acting as the pilot school for the program with plans by the board to expand to all high schools in Klamath County in the near future. (more at HeraldandNews.com)

Longtime Butte Valley rancher Harold Porterfield will be remembered Saturday at the Harold Porterfield Memorial Ranch Sorting event at the Butte Valley Community Park Arena in Dorris.

Porterfield, who died at age 90 in March 2018, was part of the Porterfield family that has owned and operated the historic JF Ranch near Dorris since 1944. He became a partner at age 17 with his mother, Mary, following the death of his father, Guy, in a ranching accident. In 1965, Harold and his brothers Roger and Gary formed a partnership.

Porterfield was deeply involved in community activities, including 59 years as a member of the Dorris Lions Club, past president of the Siskiyou County Cattlemen’s and Butte Valley Cattlemen’s Associations, and as a member of the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair Boad, Cal-Oregon Chariot Racing Association, Siskiyou Union High School District, Elks and Masonic Lodges. He also served as a Siskiyou County Supervisor, was the 1978 Siskiyou County Cattleman of the Year and Tulelake-Butte Valley Grand Marshal. He and his brother Roger were Farmer and Rancher of the Year at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair.

As a cattle rancher, Porterfield was respected for his horsemanship and dog training skills. He enjoyed being horseback, branding calves along with a range of ranching, farming and family activities with his wife, Ruth, family and friends.

The ranch sorting will begin with practice at 9 a.m. Entries will be due by 10 a.m. The fee for two practice rounds is $20. The entry fee is $50 per man per adult team, $15 for each youth team. Awards will include buckles for the winning adult team and the top two youth teams, along with paybacks and other prizes. Camping reservations are available and a bar and concession stand will be available on-site.

Sponsors include JS Hay & Cattle, Triple B Ranches, Porterfield Trucking, Alternation Connections, Two Rein Leather Co., Butte Valley Welding & Equipment Repair, State Farm Insurance — Russ Porterfield, Intermountain Ag. — Reinke Dealer, Dorris Lions Club, Bell Leather, Butte Valley Fire Department, American Sanitation, Heather and Ron Criss, Vercellotti Enterprises and Jill Porterfield CPA, MPA.  (read more at HeraldandNews.com)


Glenn Gailis is used to working long hours. And on Saturday, Sept. 30 — his 80th birthday — he’ll receive honors from the Oregon Medical Association as the Doctor/Citizen of the Year during their annual convention at the Hilton Hotel in Portland.

The reality, however, is Gailis is incredibly deserving. It all started in high school.

While in high school in Chicago, at the urging of a coach, Gailis devoted long, hard hours to becoming a gymnast, eventually becoming a state champion and fielding numerous full-ride scholarship offers to several colleges.

At the University of Iowa, more long hours led to winning All-American honors and being the NCAA champion on rings, still rings, pommel horse and all-around. He was inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame in 1993.

But even more importantly, his success as a gymnast was overshadowed by his focused studies.

In 1970, Gailis received a medical degree from Iowa’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine as a primary care physician.

From 1975 until 2017 he was a family physician at the Klamath Medical Clinic, routinely working long nights at the Merle West and later Sky Lakes Medical Center’s emergency room. He had been lured to Klamath Falls by Dr. Kenneth Tuttle, a surgeon.

Before moving to Klamath Falls, while working in Portland, Gailis met and married a nurse, Ursula Novak, whose family has roots in Klamath Falls. They’ll celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary in November. They moved to Klamath Falls in 1975.

Gailis formally retired in 2017, but he’s never stopped working. He’s sometimes disguised as Batman while picking up cigarette butts and lobbying against smoking and tobacco use. Although he’s always been outspoken against tobacco use, “in retirement I want to do more about it now.” (more at HeraldandNews.com)


You can raise your flags high and wear your colors proudly this weekend to join in celebrating the annual local Pride event.

Klamath Basin Pride will host a free, outdoor event this Saturday with thorough plans to provide a positive, welcoming atmosphere for all who attend.

Organizer Courtney Neubauer said this year the KBP committee pulled out all the stops to ensure the safety, security and peace of mind for all community members.

The small, independent organization was formed by residents of the greater Klamath Basin with one goal in mind: to provide an “open, thriving, safe and supportive space” for LGBTQIA2S+ and all community members.

The Klamath Pride! 2022 event was met with opposition from some residents and outside organizations who gathered in the same space to protest the event.

Organized by Oregon Rep. E. Werner Reschke via Facebook, protesters last year congregated at the steps of the Government Center to “pray for the children and community” before attending the event, picket signs in hand.

But Klamath Basin residents showed up in far greater numbers on behalf of the queer community than the rally of protesters with more than triple the overall attendance as compared to years prior.  (more at HeraldandNews.com)


Oregon Tech students Tarra and Jaime at Lulea Tekniska University

Oregon Tech students return from research gathering in Northern Europe

Two Oregon Tech students, Jaime Kuchle and Tarrah Bickford, embarked on a journey this summer to Finland, Sweden, and Iceland to conduct international research. Their work with Associate Professor Sonja Bickford in the undergraduate business research lab, the Business Research (Rural and Arctic) Group, made this opportunity possible.

Jaime Kuchle, a senior majoring in Marketing, and Tarrah Bickford, a freshman with a double major in Environmental Science and Marketing, pursued diverse research projects in these Northern European countries. Both projects aim to develop strategies and solutions for increasing economic development and tourism in the community and the region.

Jaime’s research project assessed the world of destination branding, and sought to understand its definition and impact on consumer decision-making. By comparing Arctic and Pacific Northwest brands, Jaime explored regional branding strategies and their influence on consumer behavior.

Jaime shared, “This research adventure has been a life-changing experience. Stepping out of my comfort zone and conducting international research has given me unforgettable opportunities, from forming connections with industry leaders to receiving a doctoral thesis that aligns with my work. I now understand the immense value of thinking big and embracing every opportunity.”

Tarrah’s project focused on corporate tourism and corporate retreats, looking at best practices in marketing these experiences. During the trip, she met with tourism-focused retreat entrepreneurs and branding and marketing agencies.

Tarrah shared, “During our time in Stockholm we were interviewing people in an old town, and I had a wonderful professional come up to me and introduce herself. Turns out, she operates in the corporate travel industry, and she would love to mentor me. This was unexpected – but what an outcome!

“My recommendation for other students is to take advantage of opportunities. If the opportunity makes you a little nervous, but you have a great group to support you, like the students and faculty in the Business Research Group, do it!”

Professor Bickford, whose leadership and mentorship were instrumental in Jaime and Tarrah’s research efforts, emphasized the significance of exposing students to the international market. She believes that this exposure to research and presenting work at academic conferences equips students with essential skills in global communication and business strategy, preparing students for successful careers in the business world.

The work and data collection conducted by the Business Research (Rural and Arctic) Group was supported by private donations that were matched on Oregon Tech’s Give a Hoot Day fundraiser.

For more information about Oregon Institute of Technology and its research initiatives, please visit www.oit.edu.


Be advised if you’ll be traveling over the hill to Medford and coming in on Highway 140, Jackson County Law Enforcement agencies from throughout the region are participating in a joint saturation patrol on Highway 62 today, (Friday) and Saturday.

The coverage area will be primarily Hwy. 62 from the Big X intersection in Medford (Highways 62, 238, 99) to Shady Cove. So far this year, there have been 75 motor vehicle crashes on Hwy. 62 from the Big X to Shady Cove. These crashes led to 18 injuries and three fatalities. This joint operation is funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This joint operation will focus on the enforcement of OSP’s Fatal 5 – Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Usage, Impaired Driving, and Distracted Driving. These categories of traffic violations have been proven to be the primary contributors to serious injury and fatal crashes. The law enforcement agencies participating include Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police (OSP), as well as Medford, Central Point, Phoenix, and Eagle Point police departments.


How about some comedy!  Retro Room Records and Club Why Not! Entertainment present a comedy show with hosts Jim and Hurricane Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Club Why Not! The performance is for ages 21 and older.

Headlining this month is Sam Miller, who has made multiple appearances on the Bob and Tom Show. Opening for him is D Tyler, a comic Jim and Hurricane came up with in the comedy arena years ago.

Show attendees can expect to enjoy great comedians, food and drinks, and a more intimate experience with the comedians during and after the show. Jim Turner of Retro Room Records said that by moving the comedy show from the Ross Ragland Theater to Club Why Not!, shows will now have “a more comedy club centric vibe.”

Hurricane Andrew and Jim Turner from Retro Room Records spent the past two years bringing high quality stand-up comedy to Klamath Falls. 

Tickets are $15. Visit Retro Room Records on Facebook and Instagram to register for giveaways. Each ticket purchased will give holders two chances to win.

Tickets can be purchased at https://retro roomrecords.com/. (more at heraldandnews.com)


People hoping for a clear view of the annular solar eclipse in Oregon will be in Klamath County on Oct. 14, with most going to Crater Lake National Park, the city of Klamath Falls and EclipseFest, a multi-day festival and watch party that received its needed final permit from county commissioners Wednesday.

Permitting for the festival and its overnight camping was decided after a public hearing Wednesday in which residents voiced concerns about traffic, noise and other consequences if the anticipated throng converges on Klamath County to briefly see the moon too far away to completely block out the sun, leaving a “ring of fire” in the sky.

Although the path of the eclipse will be visible across Oregon, especially within a 90-mile-wide band through the southwest corner of the state, the Klamath Basin is expected to have the best chance of clear skies when the eclipse begins, just after 8 a.m. Oct. 14. Crowd estimates throughout Klamath County range from 15,000 to 70,000.

For visitors wanting to stay overnight, local lodging is expected to be booked by the start of October and residents are worried people might trespass on private land, clog up rural areas and overwhelm emergency services in the county with a population of around 70,200.

There is no place left to stay overnight at Crater Lake National Park, which is directly in the path of the eclipse. Park campgrounds will already be closed for the season, as will many other amenities. Crater Lake Lodge, which will stay open through Oct. 15, has no vacancies. Spillover crowds wanting to stay overnight will need to camp at EclipseFest 2023 or find someplace nearby, said officials.

EclipseFest 2023 will be held Oct. 12-15 on a 175-acre parcel of private land at Fort Klamath.  (more at heraldandnews.com)


Around the state of Oregon

A state representative from Medford is part of Oregon’s incoming House Republican Leadership Team.

Representative Kim Wallan (R-Medford) is the incoming Whip for the party’s state House members.  Yesterday, Representative Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River) was selected by House Republicans to serve as their Leader, with Representative Mark Owens (R-Crane) selected as Deputy Leader and Wallan chose as Whip.

Wallan has lived more than 30 years in Medford after growing up in Klamath Falls and attending Willamette University in Salem, where she earned a degree in political science.  She and her husband Jim moved to Medford after they completed law school at Willamette. (kdrv 12)


An Oregon resident recently charged with murdering 6-year-old Jeremy Stoner in 1987 is now a prime suspect in the equally brutal killing of 9-year-old Eric Coy, multiple law enforcement sources have confirmed.

Fred Marion Cain III, 69, was charged last week with murder during kidnapping and sexual assault in the February 1987 killing of Jeremy Stoner, who was abducted after leaving a relative’s home in Vallejo, California, and whose body was found days later on Sherman Island. Cain was linked to the crime through DNA, authorities said.

But now, authorities say they’re also looking at Cain as a suspect in Eric Coy’s killing, an investigation that has drawn community shock, sympathy, and hundreds of tips to police over the past 35 years, yet remains unsolved. Eric was found dead in a creek near Martinez Junior High School on Jan. 25, 1987. He was riding his bike a few short blocks away from his home when an unknown assailant stabbed him 11 times.  (oregon news)


 PETA is campaigning against Oregon Health & Science University. The animal rights organization wants the university’s obstetrics and gynecology students to use surgery simulators instead of performing surgery on pigs during their training.

PETA claims invasive procedures have been done on up to 48 live pigs at the school. The organization has a billboard up to encourage the practice to stop. The university says it will adopt non-animal trainings when they become scientifically approved.  (Oregon news)


It may be hard to believe, but, three years after Oregon voters elected to decriminalize drugs, a new study has concluded that the first-in-the-nation law has not led to increased drug use or drug overdoses.

The conclusion counters an increasingly common narrative that Oregon’s drug problem is unique in the country — and that decriminalization is to blame.

Researchers at NYU, the Network for Public Health Law and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at 13 states with similar drug overdose rates to Oregon in the three years leading up to Measure 110 going into effect. They then compared overdose rates in Oregon to those same states in the first year after decriminalization.

The study used a similar methodology to look at overdose deaths in Washington where, in 2021, the state Supreme Court threw out a law making drug possession a felony. Washington lawmakers have since passed a new law making possession a gross misdemeanor.

The NYU study only looked at fatal overdoses because that is the most reliable data available. Nonfatal overdose data is difficult to collect for a number of reasons. Reporting standards vary widely across emergency services providers in the country and hospital data isn’t easily acquired. The data is typically sold to private companies, which then resell it to researchers. Buying the needed data for all 50 states could cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars

Despite losing handily in the state’s rural counties, ballot Measure 110 passed with 58% of the vote. Now polls suggest voters might be rethinking their decision to decriminalize drugs. An April poll by DHM Research found that 63% of voters support bringing back criminal penalties for drug possession.

Despite a reduction in arrest rates, the study released on Wednesday didn’t find a corresponding reduction in overdoses. That might be because the data was limited to the first year of implementation and the positive impacts of fewer arrests might be slower to materialize, the study’s authors wrote.  (more at heraldandnews.com)


The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t won an NBA Title but once…back in 1977, and now with this week’s trade of star player Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks, what will be the Blazers future?

Earlier this year Blazers second year General Manager Joe Cronin had the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft and took guard Scoot Henderson with the selection.

Damian Lillard looked it over and publicly asked for a trade soon after the draft on July 1. He said the only team on his desired list was the Miami Heat. Over the summer, talks between the Blazers and Heat fizzled out. Then the race was on to find Lillard a home and try to find some new players for Portland.  And now with another season about to begin, a multi-player and team trade deal was made.

Milwaukee was trying to find a way to keep their star Giannis Antetokounmpo happy with the Bucks and to keep them committed to championships.  Finally this week the wheels got in motion and the deal is done.

Over the summer, rumors that Toronto and Miami wanted Lillard via draft picks and deals, but Damian is headed to Milwaukee with a 4-year deal, $220 million contract.

The deal also sent other picks to other teams and we’ll save the sports analysts to explain it all to us.

The Milwaukee Bucks, being an Eastern Conference team, will play Portland twice, once in Milwaukee and once in Portland. The first matchup is Nov. 26 at Milwaukee and Lillard’s homecoming at the Moda Center will be Jan. 31, 2024.


Target has had enough of theft and crime in downtown Portland, Oregon and plans to close three stores, effective Oct. 21.

“We cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests,” the company said in a Sept. 26 statement.

Currently, Target is closing nine stores across four states.

The three Portland locations closing are the Galleria at 939 S.W. Morrison St; the Powell location at 3031 S.E. Powell Blvd.; and the Hollywood location at 4030 N.E. Halsey St.

Both eastside locations are relatively small for Target stores and are in former bowling alleys.

Target will still have 15 stores in the Portland area, with more than 2,500 employees, the company said.


Oregon State Parks offers prime viewing spots for the Oct. 14, 2023, annular solar eclipse. Visitors to parks within the path of annularity will watch the moon partially cover the sun, which creates a ‘ring of fire’ because the moon appears slightly smaller as it passes.

“Our park staff are ready to help visitors safely view this phenomenon,” said JR Collier, deputy of Statewide Operations.

He added that a limited number of free eclipse glasses will be available at Oregon State Parks on the day of the event. 

He also emphasizes that safety is crucial while observing an eclipse. 

Use ISO 12312-2 certified solar filters, avoid damaged filters, and consider projection methods. The eclipse glasses from the 2017 event are expired and shouldn’t be used. 

Travelers coming to Oregon should prepare for potential traffic congestion, check local weather conditions, and pack essentials, including water, food, sunscreen, and bug spray. 

Whether you’re an experienced eclipse enthusiast or a first-time observer, prioritize safety, and plan your trip to witness the ‘ring of fire’ against Oregon’s breathtaking landscapes and clear skies. 

For more information and updates about viewing the eclipse from an Oregon state park, please visit https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=v.feature-article&articleId=327.


Landlords subject to Oregon’s rent control law can increase rents 10% in 2024, the Department of Administrative Services announced Tuesday.

That’s the maximum allowed under a new law passed this year that sought to prevent most double-digit rent increases in years of high inflation. A 2019 law capped rent increases at 7% plus inflation, but high inflation in 2022 meant tenants received rent hikes as high as 14.6% this year.

The new law added a 10% cap. It only applies to buildings that are at least 15 years old and doesn’t apply to subsidized housing. Property managers in newer buildings can increase rent as much as they see fit, and there’s no limit on how high a landlord can set rent for new tenants.

Tenant advocates and Sen. Wlnsvey Campos, D-Aloha, OR, initially tried to keep rent increases lower. Campos’ original bill would have capped rent hikes at 8% or 3% plus inflation, whichever was lower. The most recent West Coast consumer price index, which the state uses to calculate inflation, is 5.6%, meaning rent increases would have been limited to 8% under Campos’ original bill.

Median rent in Oregon is around $1,820, according to the real estate website Zillow.

Landlords are only allowed to raise rent once in a 12-month period, can’t raise rent during the first year of tenancy and must give 90 days written notice before raising rent. Landlords who increase rent beyond the allowed amount or evict a tenant in order to raise the rent are liable for paying their tenants three months rent plus actual damages. (more at HeraldandNews.com)


Happy Camp Fires Update, Thursday, 9/29/23

The Bureau of Land Management is moving all BLM-owned public lands in southern Oregon to a moderate fire danger level. Restrictions eased at 12:01 a.m. yesterday.

According to a news release from BLM, open fire is prohibited except for campfires in the lower section of the Rogue River below the high-water mark. Visitors in other areas are also allowed to use portable cooking stoves with liquefied or bottled fuels.

Visitors to BLM-owned lands will also be required to carry tools such as a shovel, an axe and at least one gallon of water or a 2.5-pound fire extinguisher, the release said.

“Violation of these restrictions can result in a fine up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year,” the release said. “The safety of the public and all wildland fire responders is always the number one priority for all wildland fire agencies. BLM officials are taking the necessary steps to ensure their ability to deploy firefighters for wildfire response.” (BLM press release)

CURRY COUNTY, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management has extended the withdrawal of the Wheeler Creek Research Natural Area in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest for another 20 years.

This extension allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to continue managing the 334-acre site to support forest science research and to protect the region’s unique natural heritage, including the Research Natural Area’s rare plant and animal species.

The Wheeler Creek Research Natural Area has been closed to mining development since 1983 to protect the site’s high-quality native ecosystems, which are home to rare species, including Oregon’s northernmost redwood trees. The Forest Service requested an extension of the withdrawal for an additional 20 years to continue these important protections.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest expects no changes to the Research Natural Area’s operations, policy, management practices, or allowable uses as a result of the withdrawal extension.

The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for processing requests for Federal land withdrawals on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.

Today’s action follows a Notice of Proposed Withdrawal Extension published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2023, which opened a 90-day comment period. Under the extension, the land remains withdrawn from location and entry under the United States mining laws, subject to valid existing rights.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. 


What makes a happy town? According to Outside Magazine, safety, outdoor space, affordability, diversity and freedom. And, if the magazine’s new list is to be believed, one Oregon town has all the right qualifications to make it into the list of the 15 happiest towns in the United States: Hood River.

Anyone who has read Outside Magazine or traveled the hour or so east from Portland to visit Hood River won’t be surprised at the main reason the town of roughly 8,300 people made the list – It’s the outside parts. Windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, hiking and mountain biking are all mentioned by Outside, as well as the proximity to you-pick fruit farms.

Not every place on the list is an outdoorsy paradise, though many are. Anchorage and Saint Petersburg are mentioned, but so is New Orleans and, don’t tell Seattle, Tacoma. (Oregon news)


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