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Klamath Basin News, Friday, Nov. 10 – Veterans Day Parade Tomorrow 10AM in Downtown Klamath Falls; 173rd Fighter Wing Flyover at 11AM

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Klamath Basin Weather

Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the morning. Overnight, cloudy with a low near 29 degrees.
Saturday, Veterans Day
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 54. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Overnight, cloudy with a low of 28.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Light to gusty winds all day from 8 to 15 mph.
Partly sunny, with a high near 57.
A slight chance of rain, cloudy, high near 55. 

Today’s Headlines

Tomorrow, Saturday November 11th, the Klamath Freedom Foundation will be hosting the Veteran’s Day Parade beginning at 10AM.

The parade saluting all military veterans will take place along Main Street in downtown Klamath Falls between North Spring Street and Center Street. If questions, call city hall at (541) 450-7950.   (city of KF)


173rd Fighter Wing Flyover Scheduled for 11AM
The 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon will conduct Saturday Veterans Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around, the designated times on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

11:00 a.m. Veterans Park, Klamath Falls, Ore.

11:20 a.m. Jubilee Park, Cave Junction, Ore. 11:30 a.m. Canyonville City Hall, Canyonville, Ore.

11:35 a.m. Downtown Roseburg, Roseburg, Ore. 11.55 a.m. Veterans Day Parade, Redmond, Ore.

12:20 p.m. Southern Ore. University Raider Stadium, Ashland, Ore.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled, or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies. The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation’s air defense since 1941. The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force. (173rd FW)


A Medford area drug enforcement team made a major bust in Klamath County this week.

On Wednesday, November 8th, members of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team (MADGE) intercepted a vehicle on Highway 97 outside of Chiloquin, Oregon. MADGE investigators had received information of the vehicle transporting large amounts of narcotics between Southern California and Washington State.

With the assistance of the Oregon State Police, investigators stopped the vehicle and a Medford Police K9 “Bodie” alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle yielded 117 pounds of powder and pill form Fentanyl. A loaded 9mm handgun was also located in the vehicle. 

The Suspect arrested: in the case is 20 year old Jonathan Paul Barrios-Chable out of Portland.  (madge/osp)

The MADGE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts, and dismantles local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations using an intelligence-driven, multi-agency prosecutor-support approach.

MADGE is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) which is compose of members from the Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, Parole and Probation, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FBI.

As a result of this case and with the assistance of HSI, this case was accepted for prosecution by the Assistant US Attorney’s Office for federal charges.


Those wanting to do business or had medical appointments in Medford yesterday were stuck for several hours on highway 140 15 miles east of White City when a car fire closed both sides of the highway.

ODOT originally stated that it could be several hours for the highway to reopen and discouraged travel, but, the highway partially opened a few hours later.  No details on the incident are available as of yet.

A two car collision at LaVerne and Washburn Way during morning traffic on Thursday sent at least two motorists to Sky Lakes Medical Center via ambulance.
The extent of the injuries and the cause of the accident remain unreleased from law enforcement. (local sources, KFLS)


Ever wonder what those tiny teepee-like stacks of wood alongside roads at Crater Lake National Park and regional national forests are?

At Crater Lake, as elsewhere, those stacks of wood are part of ongoing efforts to reduce the possibility of massive forest fires. They’re part of “fuels reduction” programs aimed at removing enough vegetation so that if a wildfire burns it can be more easily managed and the short-term impacts are less severe.

Questions about the piles of wood stacks have increased at the park because many are located 100- to 150-feet alongside the road just inside the park’s South Entrance leading to park headquarters.

In recent weeks, contract crews wielding hand tools have been hustling to remove underbrush and limbing trees then gathering them into hand-stacked piles. Expect those piles be seen for the next year or so. Over the winter and months that follow, wood in those stacks will be allowed to dry out before they’re ignited, possibly in the late fall of 2024 or later.

At Crater Lake, the fuels reduction program is almost half-way through its 5-year plan. Earlier this week, about eight acres were burned in Munson Valley near the Steel Center visitor contact station/park headquarters. Another 20 acres near the park’s south boundary off Highway 62 were also burned while about 140 acres is scheduled to be burned near the North Entrance. Those piles had been created a year or longer before they were burned.

The numbers of Crater Lake visitors significantly slim down during the park’s long winters, but work continues on various projects.

The most visible project is the ongoing effort to repair the Steel Center, which normally serves as the park’s main visitor contact station. The extensive repairs were originally scheduled to be completed in November 2022, but that date has now been extended to — hopefully — this December. Whenever the work is completed, public affairs officer Marsha McCabe said it will take a month or longer to reopen the building.  (Herald and News)


Klamath Health Partnership, a leader in patient care, is pleased to welcome Ginger Marsh, CADC II to the behavioral health staff.

Ginger earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina and is a CADCII in the state of Oregon. She has been working in the Substance Use field for over 20 years and has worked in a wide array of services: residential, withdrawal management, outpatient, assertive community treatment teams, and intensive case management.

Ginger’s passion is for substance use disorder patients who have chronic return-to-use patterns. Her motto is “Everyone matters, or no one matters” and “People don’t care what you know until they know you care.” Ginger’s niche is using motivational interviewing skills to meet clients where they are but not leaving them there.

Klamath Health Partnership is a Federally Qualified Health Center, a health center program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b. KHP operates Klamath Open Door at 2074 South 6th Street, Campus Convenient Care at 2684 Campus Drive, School-Based Health Center at 3013 Summers Lane, Pine Street Open Door at 403 Pine Street, and Chiloquin Open Door at 103 Wasco Avenue in Chiloquin, OR. For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 541-851-8110.  (KHP)

Election Results coming in slowly. BasinLife.com will add them as we receive them. 
Unofficial Election Results will be posted on the Oregon Secretary of State Website & the Klamath County Website:
https://results.oregonvotes.gov/Election Results | Klamath County, OR

Measure 18-131, which would increase contributions to a five-year levy to support the Klamath County Museums, was too close to call in initial results supplied by the Klamath County elections office on Tuesday night.

It’s important to point out that these results are not final. The state will certify them in a couple of weeks.

In results released at 8 p.m., there were 5,089 yes votes in support of the levy (50.88%) and 4,912 no votes (49.12%) among 10,001 votes cast.

The ballot measure presents a five-year tax levy of 10 cents per $1,000 assessed property value to fund the three local museums: the Klamath County Museum, the Baldwin Hotel Museum and the Fort Klamath Museum.

The levy comes in response to the growing needs of the buildings as well as the ever-changing community needs and expectations of local museums.

In terms of repairs, the Klamath County Museum is in need of an updated geothermal heating system as well as a new roof. The Baldwin Hotel is also in need of some repairs and updates for the sake of artifact preservation.  (Herald and News/KC Clerk’s office)


With snow forecast to happen as early as next week, Klamath County Commissioners started preparing for winter during their weekly business meeting on Tuesday.

Budget cuts at the Oregon Department of Transportation have made for a reduction in staffing statewide, resulting in uncertainty about ODOT being able to assist Klamath County in snow removal this winter. Since 2001, ODOT and Klamath County have honored an agreement for snow removal along Crescent Cutoff Road.

The road is situated in the northern part of Klamath County outside Gilchrist. It connects highways 97 and 58, and sees more use when either highway is closed due to accidents, maintenance or other road conditions.

With the possibility of losing ODOT’s help, Klamath County Public Works sought permission from commissioners to enter into an agreement with Deschutes County for emergency snow removal on Crescent Cutoff Road. The agreement with Central Oregon Public Works Partnership would make for mutually agreeable on-call services and allow the sharing of resources between member counties, municipalities and entities saving taxpayers and county budgets upwards of a million dollars.

As explained by Public Works Director Jeremey Morris, before the 2001 agreement with ODOT, Klamath County did perform the snow removal on Crescent Cutoff Road. Morris said the work was done using two trucks and one grader.

Announced during the meeting by the board was the cancellation of all next week’s meetings as the Association of Oregon Counties is holding its annual conference which all of Oregon’s county commissioners attend. DeGroot has served as president of the AOC for the last year.  (Herald and News)


Diversified Contractors will be installing a sewer connection for the new PetSmart business next to Sportsman’s Warehouse. Beginning this morning, and lasting until Monday evening, November 13th.

Pershing Way will be closed to through traffic between Avalon Street and Austin Street. No Pershing Way entry will be permitted from Avalon Street or Austin Street. The affected businesses will still have full ingress/egress from South 6th Street.

Customers will also be able to egress to Pershing Way but will only have an east or west turning option on Pershing Way depending on which side of the work zone they are on. Traffic control will be in place to help direct motorists.

The city says to please direct questions to Clint at Diversified Contractors, (541) 884-1770.  (city of KF)


The Oregon Department of Human Services is holding a community diaper drive in Klamath County.

A news release from ODHS said, “Donate new diapers to help those in need … Let’s make a difference in the community.”

The drive runs  through Nov. 30.  Families in need of diapers for infant children will receive all donations through ODHS.  New packages of diapers can be dropped off at the Klamath County branch of ODHS, located at 355 Timbermill Drive.   Monetary donations are also accepted via Venmo payments to @Wendy-Brown-171.

For more information, contact Wendy Strohkirch at (541) 850-3603. (Herald and News)


Klamath County libraries to close for Veterans Day

All Klamath County libraries will be closed on Saturday, November 11th for Veterans Day. No materials will be due on a day that the libraries are closed.

Libraries with Friday hours will be open as usual on Friday, November 10th, but full-time staff will have the day off and some regular programming may be cancelled. For more information, call us at 541-882-8894, or see our events calendar at klamathlibrary.org/library-events-calendar


Andy Gross is one of the hottest stand up comic, magician and ventriloquist working today as evidenced by his sold out shows and devoted following! See him at Ross Ragland Theater Friday, Dec. 8th, at 7:30PM.

His videos have over 100 Million views and counting on the internet!  You may recognize him from his numerous TV appearances, including most recently The Ellen show and an NBC television special featuring his talents.Andy is multi-talented entertainer that currently combines stand up comedy, magic and ventriloquism successfully together making him one of the most sought after corporate entertainers in the world. Audiences are absolutely unanimous in their praise of this amazing performer. 

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!  Tickets: $32 GA, $29 Seniors/Students/Military, $10 for 12 and under


PJ drive for Klamath County Foster Kids

The Klamath Quota club are collecting new PJ’s for foster kids.  You can drop off new pajamas at Oregon Department of Human Services, Caldwell Banker real estate office on So 6th, the Elks club and the following churches .

First Presbyterian church

Shasta Way Christian Church

Hope Lutheran Church

New Horizons Church

Foothills Christian Fellowship

55 and Alive group at Klamath Christian Center

Thank you very much from The Klamath Quota Club and BasinLife.com


This week’s pet ready for adoption at Klamath Animal Shelter is a kitty named ” Squirrel “
Meet Squirrel!  She is a nice female Short-haired Siamese mix and 9 years old.  Squirrel is a lilac point which means her body is cream colored, her face, ears, legs and tail are grey, she has blue eyes.
Squirrel’s family decided they had too many animals, they said that she is litter box trained, has been around children as young as 9 years old, lived with other cats and there were large dogs in the home.
Squirrel is a very sweet and talkative kitty who loves attention and gets so excited that she drools from happiness. 
If you are interested in adopting Squirrel you can reach the Klamath Animal Shelter at 541-884-PETS (541-884-7387) located at 4240 Washburn Way, Monday through Friday from 12:00 – 4:00, walk throughs are available, pet meet and greets are by appointment.
View all adoptable pets anytime online at www.klamathanimalshelter.org

Around the state of Oregon


An Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section (DES) investigation led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer, the recovery of multiple firearms, and the seizure 108 grams of fentanyl.

On Nov. 6, 2023, OSP DES troopers located Jesse Rigel (35) who was wanted on an outstanding arrest for a parole violation stemming from original charges including assault, DUII, hit and run, and possession of methamphetamine. Rigel had been evading police for more than a year. While searching an associated property in the 17000 block of Redwood Highway in Selma, detectives located and recovered two stolen vehicles.

Detectives additionally located and seized seven firearms, one of which was previously reported stolen, body armor, approximately 108 grams of suspected fentanyl (liquid, powder, and pill form), and three grams of methamphetamine. Also found was evidence of controlled substance distribution.

Rigel was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on an outstanding arrest warrant. OSP DES was assisted by the Grants Pass Police Department and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team. This investigation is ongoing, and no additional details are available at this time. (OSP news release)


Two people are facing charges following several drug busts in Oregon last month. Oregon State Police says troopers arrested two people and seized a total of six pounds of methamphetamine, four pounds of cocaine and two pounds of fentanyl powder during traffic stops.

The fentanyl powder was reportedly in a vacuum sealed bag with the word “Versace” written on it. Police say it was enough fentanyl to cause 800-thousand fatal doses. (Oregon news)


A 77-year-old woman is dead after a 17-year-old girl reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into her in Coos County.

Oregon State Police says the two-car crash happened Tuesday afternoon on Highway 101 near milepost 257. Police say the teen girl was driving a pickup truck north when she reportedly fell asleep and drifted into oncoming traffic, striking the other vehicle head-on. The other driver identified as 77-year-old Carole Ann Voliva died at the scene. The teen was hospitalized for serious injuries. (Oregon news)


Local election offices throughout Oregon are understaffed and underfunded headed into the 2024 presidential election cycle, according to a “grim” report presented to state lawmakers Tuesday.

The report from Reed College’s Elections & Voting Information Center was based on months of interviews with county clerks and other elections staff from 34 of Oregon’s 36 counties, who oversee elections with as few as 1,000 voters or as many as half a million.

Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade told members of the House Rules Committee that the report backed up the hundreds of anecdotes from local officials in Oregon and nationwide about increased stress on election offices. In Oregon alone, top election officials in 12 counties have left their jobs in the last few years, many citing fallout from the 2020 election and threats and harassment from a vocal minority who denied election results.

The Oregon-centric report follows a series of national surveys the center conducted in partnership with the Democracy Fund, a nonpartisan foundation in Washington, D.C. The November 2022 survey found that one in four local election officials, and two-thirds of those in large cities, faced violent threats after the 2020 election.

One Oregon official interviewed for the study noted they would make more working at the In-N-Out Burger across the street than in the elections office. (Herald and News/OCC)


A North Bend man was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder Wednesday morning.

48 year-old Johnny Ray Bohannon was found guilty after a five day trial, for the death of Rebecca Reeves.

The Coos County DA’s office said Bohannon bludgeoned Reeves to death. Back in June of 2022, a 911 caller discovered a body at a house, along the 17000 block of Idaho Drive in Coos Bay.

Officers on the scene believed her death was a homicide.

Bohannon will have to serve at least 25 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.  Second degree murder has a mandatory sentence of life in prison, under Measure 1.  (Oregon news)


Lane County Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve a methadone clinic in downtown Eugene, at Oak and East 11th Street.

The approval was granted to Oregon Recovery and Treatment Centers which currently offers medication assisted treatment and opioid overdose prevention medication at seven clinics in Oregon and Washington.

ORTC still needs permission from the Oregon Health Authority, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Should they approve, the new clinic would be the first of its kind in Eugene. Currently, the closest clinic is in Springfield.

Methadone clinics offer medication-based therapy to people addicted to opioid-based drugs, such as heroin or prescription painkillers and has been a treatment that’s been used for more than fifty years.

The treatment requires a prescription and can only be taken under medical supervision to ease withdrawal side-effects.

The new clinic in Eugene is set to be located in a heavy-trafficked area across from the Lane Transit District station on Olive Street.


Attention area hikers, The Bureau of Land Management Butte Falls Field Office will re-open the Upper Table Rock trailhead and trail on November 10, 2023. The re-routes have been completed and the new route will provide a more enjoyable experience for hikers.   

Upper Table Rock is now 1.5 miles one-way to the top, an increase of approximately 0.25 miles to avoid the steepest sections. The rerouted sections also lead to new vistas from the trail and pass by other unique trail features.  Approximately 250 yards of gravel were placed along the trail to help reduce erosion and mud.

This project was funded with Secure Rural Schools Title II funding. Under the Act, Title II funds are designed to make investments in public lands through projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implement stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restore and improve land health and water quality. Projects are authorized by the Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee.  (BLM)


The famous Fodor’s Travel released its 2024 “Travel Go” list of the 24 best travel destinations across the planet earlier this week.  Only two places in the United States made the list, and Cannon Beach is one of them.

Cannon Beach joined Boulder as the two United States destinations on the list, which also includes BotswanaGeorge Town, Malaysia and Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

At the same time, it released its “Travel Go” list, Fodor’s also released its “Travel No” list of places to avoid next year, which included over-visited Venice, Italy, and threatened parts of Lake Superior.

(Oregon news)


The Oregon State Marine Board will be mailing motorboat registration renewal notices to boaters whose motorboat registration expires on December 31, 2023, and electronically to boat owners with emails on file.

Each renewal notice is unique to the owner and their boat. Boat owners are encouraged to take advantage of the online renewal option.

Renewing online using the Marine Board’s Boat Oregon Store is the fastest method, offering a printable temporary permit to go boating right away. Owners can renew multiple boats or purchase Waterway Access Permits in one transaction with a $1.50 portal provider fee. The registration decals are mailed within 2-5 days from online sales and within 7-10 business days from the date of receipt by US mail with payment and the remittance coupon. Owners can then expect an additional 2-4 weeks for their decals to arrive by US Mail. The timelines may vary since printing and mailing are handled outside the agency.

Any watercraft with a motor or sailboats 12 feet or longer are required to title and register with the Marine Board. Motorboat registration fees are $5 plus $5.95 per foot and are issued on a 2-year calendar basis.

Renewing in the fall and winter is recommended to avoid long delays during the peak summer season. The renewal cycle begins on November 1st of the expiration year. (Ore. Marine board)


Oregon residents can begin cutting down their own Christmas trees beginning this week.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Roseburg District Office will start handing out Christmas tree permits on November 10th. The permits allow residents to cut down their own tree of up to 12 feet tall at either the Swiftwater or South River Resource Areas for a fee of five dollars. Each household is limited to three trees per permit.  (Oregon news)


Helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to the Oregon Energy Fund with $2 more.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find they include an Oregon Energy Fund contribution envelope in November. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. To enroll in the fixed donation program, customers can call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070 or Donate to Energy Assistance (pacificpower.net).

This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power.

Donations may be tax-deductible and are forwarded directly to the Oregon Energy Fund, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need within the same county in which the donor resides.

Last year, donations from Pacific Power’s customers, employees and the company helped 1,591 individuals in need throughout Oregon, including 793 adults, 196 seniors, 174 people with disabilities and 602 children. This year, Pacific Power will match up to $144,000 in donations.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can speak with Pacific Power representatives at 1-888-221-7070 who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs, while directing them to agencies that may be able to help.

(pp and l press)


From Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve, visitors near and far will travel to Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay for the annual Holiday Lights.

With the help of more than 1,500 volunteers, hundreds of thousands of lights will be strung throughout the botanical gardens at the park to mark the winter tradition, which brings thousands of guests and dollars to the south coast each year.

Janice Langlinais, executive director of the Coos Bay-North Bend-Charleston Visitor and Convention Bureau, says there are a few steps to keep in mind when coming to see the holiday lights, including the timed entry system.

“It is not a timed entry per person. It is per parking space. So when people are booking their space, they are booking a time-specific parking spot no matter how many people are in the car,” said Langlinais. “If people have a state park pass, a coastal passport or another special pass from the state parks, the five dollars is waived. They still need to book the spot and the time that they’re going to go.”

There’s also a shuttle from the Charleston Marina to Shore Acres that will run every Thursday – Saturday evening as well as on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Langlinais says Holiday Lights started in 1987 with 6,000 lights. It was the first time visitors could enter the garden house where holiday treats are served.

“Now, all these years later, there are 325,000 lights, animated sculptures. It is a total winter wonderland. From an economic impact standpoint, it is extremely important for our communities to have visitors here in the winter. This is the slower time for tourism. It brings people here to help our restaurants stay open during the holidays, our attractions,” said Langlinais.

The $5 parking passes are available for hour long time slots between 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. daily.


The High Desert Museum is excited to announce the name of the bobcat who arrived as a small kitten and is now a full-grown cat: Timber!

The male kitten arrived at the Museum in October 2022 weighing less than 3 pounds. By April, he had matured enough to begin making appearances in an atrium habitat across from the permanent Spirit of the West exhibition. Timber alternates in the space with Gert the gray fox.

The name Timber was selected by the winner of the 2023 High Desert Rendezvous raffle. The winning ticket was pulled at the Museum’s annual gala on August 26.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife had placed the bobcat at the Museum after he was found in the Portland area separated from his mother. State wildlife officials initially returned the bobcat to the area where he was found in the hope that his mother would return, but the kitten soon gravitated toward people again. Since the bobcat was habituated to humans, he wasn’t suitable for release into the wild.

The Museum’s wildlife team has expertise in caring for feline predators and began working with Timber so he would learn behaviors that assist in his care. He had matured enough by this past April to begin making periodic appearances before visitors.

In the wild, bobcats eat a wide range of prey including birds and small mammals. Timber enjoys meals of rats, mice, rabbit, quail and other whole-animal foods at the Museum, Nelson says.

The Museum cares for more than 120 animals, from otters to raptors.

(HDM, Bend)


High Desert Museum’s new Endangered In the High Desert Exhibition Opens Nov 11th
BEND, OR — What do a 100-pound chinook salmon, ten-inch-tall pygmy rabbit and vibrant San Rafael cactus all have in common?

Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) — a half-century-old law that aims to protect vulnerable species from extinction — all three of these species are currently classified as endangered in some regions of the High Desert. Defined by the ESA, an endangered species is one that is “in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”

Opening on November 11, the High Desert Museum’s Endangered in the High Desert exhibition will call attention to species in the region that are either facing or recovering from the threat of extinction. This intriguing and informative exhibition is a component of the Museum’s yearlong exploration of the Endangered Species Act, 50 years after it passed unanimously in the Senate and by a vote of 355-4 in the House of Representatives. President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

“Fifty years later, the Endangered Species Act continues to be an influential law that has generated a significant amount of dialogue in its time,” says Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We look forward to exploring this significant legislation and its many complexities in the High Desert region.”

Visitors will first encounter a floor-to-ceiling map introducing many of the exhibition’s ambassador species — 24 of the 29 featured species that represent the many listed, de-listed and at-risk but not yet listed species in the High Desert — and their locations in the region. A playful mural of the High Desert landscape details each of the ambassador species. This massive mural splits into four distinct sections, first differentiating between endangered, threatened and delisted species at the state and federal levels. The fourth section asks guests to consider the future of several species in the area, including the monarch butterfly, western bumble bee and Pacific lamprey.

With vibrant colors and engaging photography, this exhibition is meant to ignite conversations about these plants and animals – including lesser-known species like the whitebark pine and the Oregon spotted frog – while also calling attention to the ecological connectivity within the greater ecosystem.

“Species depend on access to healthy habitat to survive” says Donald M. Kerr Curator of Natural History Hayley Brazier, Ph.D. “In designing the exhibit, we wanted to depict plants and animals in the context of landscapes and waterscapes. The exhibit’s images and murals convey that endangered species conversation does not happen in a vacuum; the broader ecosystems matter.”

After Museum visitors experience the brand-new Endangered in the High Desert exhibition, they can encounter a handful of the ambassador species in-person. Just a short walk from the exhibition, a bald eagle — a delisted species — lives in the Museum’s care. Six threatened and delisted species currently live in the Museum’s care: the bull trout, Foskett speckled dace, steelhead trout, peregrine falcon, bald eagle and desert tortoise. Small signs placed throughout the Museum will distinguish between these species and others living on Museum grounds.

Endangered in the High Desert is part of a yearlong series of exhibitions and public programs at the Museum to explore and reflect on the ESA’s impact in the High Desert and beyond. This includes the current exhibition Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan, open through February 11, 2024, as well as Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundationwhich opens Saturday, December 9.

Endangered in the High Desert will be on display through July 7, 2024. This exhibition is made possible by the Visit Central Oregon Future Fund and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, with support from DoubleTree Hilton and Waypoint Hotel. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/endangered-high-desert.


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