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Klamath Basin News, Friday, 6/28 – La Pine’s Darlene Fire Nears 4,000 Acres, 30% Contained; Kruise of Klamath Schedule; ODFW Explains Problems Plaguing Fish Hatcheries

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Klamath Basin Weather

Today
Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Overnight, clear, with a low around 52. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

Saturday
Increasing clouds, with a high near 82. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 82. Light north northwest wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 84.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 90.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 92.
Thursday, Independence Day
Sunny, with a high near 95.

 

Today’s Headlines

LA PINE, Ore. – Fire crews continue to battle a raging wildfire in central Oregon that has scorched nearly 3,900 acres and has residents of over 1,000 homes on evacuation alert. The Darlene 3 fire exploded to life Tuesday afternoon in the Deschutes National Forest just outside La Pine, about 30 miles south of Bend.

Firefighters worked through the night that is burning on the eastern edge of LaPine, are working to establish control lines around the perimeter of the fire, with 30% containment as of Thursday morning.

Current evacuation notices are posted online by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire ignited Tuesday afternoon, and Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to mobilize state firefighting resources from around the state, who specialize in protecting structures.

“Six task forces of structural firefighters will be actively working to prep and protect structures. These include the eastside of the city of La Pine, Newberry Estates, as well as nearby water and power infrastructure,” according to a news release from fire managers, which also includes information about available shelter sites.

The cause of the fire is under active investigation, officials said Wednesday.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that hundreds of structures were threatened under Level 3 evacuation notices. That level means affected people should get out right away without delaying to gather belongings. Some 630 structures were threatened under Level 2 notices, including the city’s wastewater treatment plant, a city official said. Level 2 notices mean there’s a significant threat and people should be set to go.

Since it ignited, the fire has grown onto public lands east of La Pine, which has about 2,500 residents within city limits.

But, city manager Geoff Wullschlager estimated thousands more people live nearby in unincorporated areas of southern Deschutes County.

La Pine was threatened by multiple wildfires in 2021, he said, and longtime residents remember wildfire evacuation notices going back decades. This time, city manager Wullschlager’s home was under a Level 2 evacuation notice.

Late Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials extended a Level 1 notice to an area of LaPine where a $46 million water and sewer infrastructure project is under construction. Level 1 notices mean people should monitor emergency information and start making arrangements to be ready to evacuate. Construction crews were continuing to work in the area unless the evacuation level increased, Wullschlager said.

He added that City Hall had gotten a number of calls from people who own second homes in the area.

The Red Cross is staffing a temporary evacuation point at La Pine High School for evacuees needing support.

Central Oregon Fire Info reports a Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire beginning Wednesday morning.

Several locations in the La Pine area have space available for RVs, Pets, and Livestock. For more information visit the DCSO Facebook page.

For the latest on evacuations please check the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office map or follow the agency on social media.

 

Two more fires have started east of Klamath County near Adel, and Paisley.

The Yellow Peak fire is burning about 25 miles southeast of Adel, OR and about 1-2 miles east of Yellow Peak Lookout on the Sheldon National Antelope Refuge in Nevada. It is currently 600 acres. 

According to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, the fire was reported at 11:02 yesterday and is still under investigation. 

“The fire is… still actively burning on the refuge,” the release said. “Road Closures remain in place at the junctions of county roads 34 and 34a near the entrance of the Little Sheldon Refuge and the junctions of county roads 34a and 8a on the east side of the fire area.” 

The Tucker Fire is burning about 15 miles south of Paisley, OR between Clover Flat Road and Highway 31, according to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. It is currently 840 acres. 

“Multiple resources worked the fire overnight and made great progress,” SCOFMP said in a news release. “Please avoid the area for public as well as firefighter safety.” 

And…. to the south,  A vegetation fire that sparked Wednesday afternoon west of Clear Lake Reservoir in northern California is at 75 acres.

According to the Modoc National Forest, the Clear Fire is spreading at a moderate rate.

First reported around 3 p.m., the fire is burning on the Doublehead Ranger District.

The forest service says resources responding include six engines, two crews, one dozer, and multiple aircraft.

Ground resource are working to gain access to the fire.

A Red Flag warning is in effect in Modoc County due to strong gusty winds and low relative humidity. That warning stays in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

It’s Kruise of Klamath weekend in downtown Klamath Falls.


The events for today, Friday, include:

Mini Shows (RESTRICTED TO KRUISE REGISTRANTS)

#1: 8:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. / The Jet House Restaurant / 3000 Airport Way

#2: 10:00a.m. – Noon / Winema Electric / 735 Commercial St.

#3: Noon – 2:00p.m. / Red Zone Sports Bar / 1717 Avalon St.

#4: 2:00p.m. – 4:00pm / Mia & Pias Pizzeria & Brewhouse and the Klamath County South Suburban Library / 3545 Summers Ln.

Attend 1 or 4 or any number in between – you choose! These informal mini shows are open to all vehicles registered for the Kruise of Klamath. DJ Strohmeyer will be playing the tunes and each mini show location will be offering up their own mix of fun to keep you entertained.

Registration & Packet Pickup / Klamath Commons / 1112 Main St.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Already registered? Pick up your good bag with registrant sticker, information guide, t-shirt and tickets for all the weekend events during this time. Not yet registered? Registrations will be taken on a space available basis (event limited to 500 cars).

 

Kick-Off Party / Moore Park / 740 Lakeshore Dr. (PUBLIC EVENT)

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

What could be better than spending the evening at Moore Park enjoying the cool breeze off the lake, listening to oldies music and catching up with friends old and new? Plenty of parking on the grass for registrants plus a picnic dinner of pulled beef or pork sandwiches by Melissa’s Country Kitchen (advance purchase required). Goody bag pick-up for those that have pre-registered or registration for those that need to do so.

Show ‘N Shine / Downtown Main Street (between 3rd and 11th Streets).

Saturday, June 29th

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registrant parking on Main Street.

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration open on a space available basis at Klamath Commons / 1112 Main St.

9:00 a.m. – All cars must be parked – No exceptions

3:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

6:00 p.m. – End of Show ‘n Shine

Closed Cruise / Historic downtown Klamath Falls

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

See all the classic cars in action and relive your youth with an evening of cruising the downtown strip just like the old days.

Sunday, June 30th

Breakfast / Starv’n Marv’n Family Restaurant / 1822 Austin St. (PUBLIC EVENT)

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

A great way to visit with new found friends from the weekend’s activities or just catch up with old ones. Registrants receive two free breakfast tickets, additional tickets are available for purchase.

Poker Run / Begins at Starv’n Marv’n Family Restaurant / 1822 Austin St. (PUBLIC EVENT)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (approximately)

Your last chance for a bit of fun for Kruise of Klamath Weekend gives you a chance to win some cash before heading home! The poker run takes participants on a tour through Klamath Falls before wrapping up around noon with the awarding of cash prizes for the top nine hands. Registrants receive one free poker run game card but the event is also open to the public for $5 per poker game card.

 

KC CITY ROAD WORK CONTINUES

The Main and E Main Street intersection reconstruction project has now been underway for over a week.

In a press release, the city says to “Please take caution while traveling around work zones. As we work diligently to improve our infrastructure, we encourage you to use alternate routes to navigate around the closure.  While construction is underway, don’t forget to support our amazing local businesses on E Main Street.  They are open and ready to serve you, and your patronage means the world to them.

This project will result in significantly easier access from Main St. to E Main Street, making your routes smoother and more efficient, while also improving linkages to Michigan and N Eldorado Avenue. This project will help both traffic and pedestrian access, ensuring everyone’s safety”, according to the press release.

 

In the Fall of 2023, the Klamath Falls City Council approved standards for licensing and operating Short-Term Property Rentals (STRs) within City limits. STRs are commonly known as vacation rentals and may be referred to by their online booking company names, such as Airbnb and Vrbo.

STRs are dwelling units or portions thereof that are rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Any dwellings rented for more than 30 consecutive days are excluded from these requirements. The City of Klamath Falls, like many Oregon communities, has experienced rapid STR growth in recent years with the majority of STRs operating in low-density residential neighborhoods. The City has strived to create local standards that allow for diverse visitor accommodation types while also considering neighborhood impacts and overall community housing availability.

Per the approved standards, all properties utilized as STRs must have a Short-Term Rental Permit and maintain an active City Business License.

An extended compliance date of September 30, 2024, approximately one-year from the approval of standards, was enacted. The Short-Term Rental Permit application packet can be found on the City’s website at: www.klamathfalls.city.

The total first year City fee is $200 (Short-Term Rental Permit and Business License applications) with a $50 City fee annually thereafter for Business License renewal only. Any questions related to the permit application or approved STR standards can be directed to the City Planning Division by phone, (541) 883-4950, by email, devservices@klamathfalls.city, or in-person at 226 S 5th Street. If applicants require assistance completing the permit application, city staff is available for guidance.

The complete listing of STR standards can be found within Sections 12.700 to 12.745 of the Klamath Falls Community Development Ordinance (CDO), Article 18.5 Short-Term Rentals City of Klamath Falls, OR SHORT-TERM RENTALS (ecode360.com). A Big thank you to the many property owners and operators who have already applied for and received their Short-Term Rental Permits.

 

On June 12, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) Board Member and third-generation Klamath Project farmer, Ty Kliewer has been appointed to the Oregon State Board of Agriculture by Governor Tina Kotek.

Kliewer is one of two people appointed by the Governor to fill vacancies on the board. Ellie Norris a second-generation blueberry farmer from the Umpqua Valley was also appointed.

The appointments were effective June 1, 2024. The newly appointed members fill the remaining partial terms left vacant when Shantae Johnson and Randi Svaty resigned from the board. Kliewer and Norris, with their extensive backgrounds and qualifications, will each serve on the Board until October 31, 2026, and be eligible to serve at least one additional 4-year term.

Kliewer is a third-generation Klamath Project farmer, rancher, part-time brewer, and KWUA Board Member. He graduated from Henley High School and Oregon State University, earning a degree in animal science.

In addition to farming forage crops and raising Angus, Gelbvieh, and crossbred cattle, Kliewer is the owner and founder of Skyline Brewing Company. He is currently in the process of opening a taproom to showcase local agricultural products. As an active community member, Kliewer volunteers his time with the Klamath County 4-H and the local chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA).

The Governor is responsible for appointing all members of the Board of Agriculture. The Oregon State Board of Agriculture, a 12-member board, is vital and influential in advising ODA on policy issues, developing recommendations on key agricultural issues, and providing strong advocacy for the state’s agriculture industry. 

 

Police arrested one burglar in Klamath County and are searching for the second after a resident stopped them from driving away on Sunday, and details are coming clear. 

According to a news release from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, they got a call from a resident on Steelhead Lane in East Klamath County on Sunday. The victim told police that her Nissan pickup truck had been stolen — but shortly after, they found not only her truck, but a second burglary. 

“While deputies were responding to the scene the victim reported her stolen pickup had been spotted on a neighboring property,” the release said. “When deputies approached the scene of a second burglary on foot, they interrupted the crime in progress.” 

Two men drove away from the second house they were robbing in the stolen pickup truck, the release said. A friend of the first victim called police shortly after, saying they had stopped the burglars from driving off even further by pointing a gun at them. 

“A caller contacted 911 Emergency Dispatch and advised they had one suspect detained at gunpoint at the intersection of Canadian Honker Lane and Sprague River Drive,” the release said. “Deputies arrived to find a friend of the victim had attempted to stop the stolen truck.” 

One of the burglars — the driver — fled on foot, but the second burglar — the passenger — surrendered, the release said. The passenger is William Owen Shelton II, who is facing charges of first-degree aggravated theft, criminal mischief, felon in possession of a weapon, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

Police are still looking for the other burglar, the one who had been driving the stolen pickup. They said in the release they are trying to “locate him as quickly as possible.” 

“The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the individual who assisted in the apprehension of the burglary suspect,” the release said. “Often it is the eyes, ears, and actions of neighbors that make the difference, especially in rural areas. While the Sheriff’s office would never request someone put themselves in harm’s way, in this case the citizen’s efforts are greatly appreciated.”

 

Fire danger level will increase from “moderate” to “high”, which is now in place. 

According to a news release from the South-Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, the change will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 27 and will bring additional restrictions. 

“This increase will bring additional fire restrictions which include all private, county and state wildlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Forest Patrol Association,” the release said. “It also applies to the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Crater Lake National Park, and the Sheldon-Hart Mountain and Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complexes.”

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is allowed at all other hours if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel and one 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. A fire watch also is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
  • Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner conducting activities associated with their livelihood. Landowners and their employees conducting activities associated with their livelihood shall carry a shovel and 2 ½ pound fire extinguisher when operating ATVs off improved roads.
  • Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except for all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
  • Use of all fireworks is prohibited.
  • Cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited. For landowners and employees of the landowner on their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood, cutting, grinding, and welding of metal is prohibited between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At all other times, the area is to be cleared of flammable vegetation, and the following firefighting equipment is required: one axe, one shovel and one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher in good working order.

 

Artist rendering of the F-15 Jet at Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Klamath Falls is proud to announce a special dedication ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Independence Day, July 4th, 2024.

This event will mark the official dedication of the new static F-15 Jet display, a tribute to our brave veterans and a symbol of our City’s unwavering patriotism. The F-15 display, generously donated by the United States Air Force, will serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by our military. It will also serve as a source of inspiration for future generations to honor and remember those who have served our country.

The dedication ceremony will be attended by City, County, and Oregon Air National Guard Officials, local Veterans, and members of the community. The event will begin at 12:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Park directly following the Independence Day Parade.

The City of Klamath Falls encourages everyone to attend this special ceremony and show their support for our military heroes. Let us all come together on this special day to remember, honor, and celebrate those who have served and continue to serve for our country’s freedom.

 

Vintage garments from the collection of the Baldwin Hotel Museum will be featured in a fashion show at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

Hundreds of dresses, suits, coats, hats and accessories are preserved at the Baldwin. Those deemed suitable for light use will be modeled by museum staff and volunteers.

“Some of our garments are too delicate or historically significant to ever be worn again, but many can be shown off in the way they were meant to seen, on a live person,” said Todd Kepple, museum director for Klamath County.

The Baldwin collection includes clothing dating from the early 1900s into the mid-20th century. Designer names to be featured in the June 30 show include Justin McCarty, Max Kopp, Miss Serbin, Dolinsk, Berma Fashion, Jr. Miss, and Shantung.

tems to be displayed came to the museum from the estates of Jessie Gheller (formerly Miss Jessie Stevens), Roy Whitlach, Sally Kent, Alfred Collier, Janice Firestone and others.

Admission to the fashion show is free, with donations welcome. The Baldwin Hotel Museum is located at 31 Main St. in Klamath Falls.

For more information, contact the Klamath County Museum at (541) 882-1000.

 

The Klamath County School District is offering free sack lunches for the summer.

According to the school district, free sack lunches with milk will be available for kids one to 18 at Peterson, Shasta, Ferguson, and Stearns Elementary School.

Meals must be eaten on site at all schools except Shasta Elementary, where meals can be picked up by parents or younger sibling to be taken home.

These lunches are available Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to noon starting June 24th and lasting until August 8th.

 

Klamath County wants to honor those who served in the controversial war in Vietnam the way they deserve — by welcoming them home.

“Nobody ever said welcome home to the Vietnam vets,” County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot said.

Hosted by Klamath County Veterans Services and the National Council on Aging, the event will honor the sacrifice and service of local Vietnam vets with a luncheon, followed by an awards ceremony.

Every Vietnam vet registered and in attendance will be named and honored with a ceremonial medal to commemorate their bravery for serving their country during the controversial war.

The goal prior to the event is to register as many veterans of the Vietnam War in Klamath County as possible.

To register, visit the Klamath County online registration site at klamathcounty.org/FormCenter/Veterans-37/Vietnam-Veterans-Welcome-Home-Luncheon-R-122.

A link to the registration form can also be found in the online Klamath County civic alert for the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” event provided at klamathcountyor.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx.

Registration ends June 30.

For more information, contact Klamath County Veterans Services at 541-883-4274.

 

Crater Lake boat tours are back for the summer.

Reservations are open for tours between July 15 and September 15. First come, first serve tickets are also available on location at the park.

There are a few options to choose from including the standard lake cruise, Wizard Island tour, or just simply use the boat as a shuttle to and from Wizard Island for swimming and fishing.

Prices for the standard tour are $33 for kids and $48 for adults.

The trail to get to the boat dock is about 2 miles long round-trip, with a 700 foot change in elevation.

To get more information or to make reservations, head to the Crater Lake National Park website.

The Ross Ragland Theater is planning two summer camps for students of all ages.

“Little Sprouts: Folk tails — monkeys and turtles and coyotes — oh my!”

Little ones will be delighted by tales from around the world with this collection of six different animal stories. There’s something for everyone in these stories, told by six storytellers who narrate each tale while other actors don simple animal costumes onstage to act out the short scenes.

Little Sprouts camps will run from Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, 2024, with morning and afternoon camps that are suitable for children grades K-4 (ages 6-10). The camp offers two one-week camps allowing the tiniest of thespians to explore the basics of acting, music, and movement as a team in a fun environment and to perform a mini-show for the community.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, July 20. The tuition is $150, with multi-student discounts and scholarships available.

“Finding Nemo Jr.” — A three-week, all-day camp for ages 10-18 that covers different aspects of theater life. This camp goes into a full theater production on the Ragland stage. Not only will students learn about theater etiquette, staging, singing music, and dancing, they will dive into improv, making sets/props, costumes, tech for sound and video, and backstage crew. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 22 through Aug. 9, with performances on Saturday, Aug 10. Tuition is $435 with multi-student discounts and scholarships are also available.

Find out more about scholarships and register at ragland.org/theater-camps/

 

Around the State of Oregon

Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section leading investigation of officer involved shooting in Tillamook County. 

On Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 6:37pm, Tillamook Police Officers, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Oregon State Troopers attempted to stop a white Toyota Tacoma in the parking lot of Fred Meyer near Highway 101 and Makinster Rd. 

Officers had probable cause to arrest the suspect for previously eluding law enforcement over the last few days.  During the traffic stop, the suspect fired a pistol striking multiple law enforcement vehicles.  An exchange of gunfire ensued between the suspect and officers from the Tillamook Police Department and deputies from Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office. 

The suspect fled the scene and was pursued by TPD, TCSO and OSP.  The pursuit traveled Southbound on Highway 101 for approximately five miles before the suspect’s vehicle was partially disabled by deployed spike strips.

The suspect, now known as Joey De La Rosa Rodriguez (37) of Damascus, received non-life-threatening injuries during the exchange of gunfire.  The suspect was treated at a local medical facility before being lodged at the Tillamook County Jail for felony warrants issued by Clackamas and Yamhill Counties and Attempt to Elude.

No law enforcement members were injured during this incident. Pursuant to the Tillamook County Deadly Physical Force Plan (SB 111 2007), the Oregon State Police is investigating the officer-involved shooting, and any criminal charges concerning the suspect during the incident.

 

This week, PacifiCorp received the Emergency Response Award from Edison Electric Institute in recognition of the company’s response to the 2023 Smith River Complex fires in Northern California.

During the 2023 event, PacifiCorp enacted an emergency de-energization of roughly 14,000 customers in Crescent City, California, and surrounding areas. Electricity was quickly restored to customers on a temporary basis using large generators to power substations that serve the communities, while the company continued to monitor the fires, which burned through its transmission corridor. Power was eventually permanently restored to all customers after crews performed necessary repairs.

Presented to EEI member companies twice a year, the Emergency Response Awards recognize recovery and assistance efforts of electric companies following service disruptions caused by extreme weather or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. The awards were presented during EEI’s Board of Directors and CEO meeting held in conjunction with EEI’s annual meeting and thought leadership forum.

As the threat of wildfire continues to grow in the American West, PacifiCorp supports efforts by states it serves to find holistic solutions that protect communities.

 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) hosted a public meeting Thursday addressing the current problems plaguing Oregon’s fish hatcheries.

ODFW Deputy Administrator Shaun Clements says hatcheries serve an important purpose, and provide social, economic, and cultural benefits to Oregonians. Hatcheries also play a significant role in re-establishing declining fish populations. But climate change, aging hatchery infrastructure, and increasing costs are making it difficult to reach fishery and conservation goals.

Clements says the main priorities of ODFW are investing in hatchery infrastructure and collaborating with community members for more solutions.

As part of an established timeline ODFW will conduct a webinar series in August, as well as more public meetings and a report to the state legislature by early 2025.

Grants Pass, Ore. – Grants Pass Police officers were dispatched to the Holiday Inn on NE Agness Avenue this morning for a reported theft. It appears that thieves in the area have hit an all-time low by stealing firefighting equipment from US Forestry trucks parked overnight while firefighters finally got rest after fighting the Upper Applegate Fire.

The thieves took thousands of dollars of Hotshot backpacks, emergency fire shelters, headlamps, compasses, firing sticks, signal mirrors, first aid kits, water bottles, and two Stihl chainsaws. This equipment was used to protect the lives of firefighters and residents of our community.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of this stolen equipment or the identity of the thieves is asked to call the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260 and reference case #24-23189. 

 

A man is dead after being shot during what police say was a neighborhood dispute Tuesday night in Douglas County.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received the call around 10:30 p.m. to which the caller said a man, later identified as 53-year-old Stephen Lynn Foster, had been shot.

Upon arrival to the 400 block of Goodreau Lane, officers detained the shooter.

Bystanders had attempted life saving efforts on Foster, but EMS declared him deceased at the scene.

Police say the suspect, whose name is being withheld, is cooperating. There is no further information at this time.

 

The FBI’s Portland field office is involved in a nationwide search for a man seen on a video involved in a child sexual exploitation investigation. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Schlegel says “John Doe 48” is under investigation by the Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP).

“John Doe 48 is described as a white male, between the ages of 45 and 65 years old, with dark hair and a grey beard. And he has a tattoo on each of his forearms; he was last seen in the back of a 2018-2019 Nissan cargo van, wearing a blue t-shirt and a dark colored hat.” He’s heard speaking English. Data embedded in the explicit video indicates it was produced in October of 2023.

The search is nationwide and Schlegel says a specific location won’t be released.

The agency says “If anybody does see this person or it reminds them of somebody and it’s something we can look into – a possible tip – we can take those at Tips.FBI.GOV. Or you can call 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

 

The head football coach for Westview High School in Beaverton is under investigation for his actions at a football camp in McMinnville.

Police responded to the Linfield University campus for a welfare check at a football camp. The head coach allegedly woke players early Tuesday morning by shaking them or slapping them.

The head coach is also a full-time Police Officer in the Hillsboro Police Department. He’s been placed on leave by Hillsboro Police and the Beaverton School District until the investigation by McMinnville Police is complete. None of the students were physically injured during the incident.

 

Three transportation projects in Oregon will receive 43-million dollars in federal funds.

The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE grant program. TriMet will get 25-million dollars for the Columbia Operations Facility where the hydrogen fuel cell electric bus fleet will be based. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs gets 15-million dollars for Highway 26 improvements through Warm Springs. And Salem will receive two-point-seven million dollars for the Front Street Redevelopment Transportation Corridor Plan.

 

With the official arrival of summer last Friday, the Oregon Health Authority has tips to keep you safe.

Don’t swim alone or swim in bad weather and supervise children in or near water. During extreme heat, stay in air-conditioned places and limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eliminate standing water around your home to reduce mosquitoes. Wear long sleeved shirts and pants along with repellent to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that can carry diseases like West Nile virus.

Oregon school finances have not been in greater jeopardy for decades.

Large Oregon school districts are cutting millions of dollars from their budgets, which translates into significant cuts in personnel and larger class sizes, as state funding has failed to keep pace with inflation and expanding expectations.

The problem isn’t limited to large school districts. Medium and small districts face the same financial stress. More school districts will face the dual threat of teacher strikes and deep personnel cuts as they enter collective bargaining this year.

What is Gov. Tina Kotek doing about it? Good question.

The challenge faced by public education runs deeper than budgets. Schools have inherited a new generation of students and, along with them, a new paradigm for education.

Students in K-12 school classrooms today are demonstrably different than their counterparts just 20 years ago (Facebook was founded in 2004). Educating these students requires different teaching methods, updated classrooms and a wider array of support. It also requires a different approach to school funding that recognizes new demands on students, teachers and support staff.

Today’s students are internet natives, have experience with online learning, depend on school-prepared meals and fear college student debt. Classrooms are impacted by aging infrastructure, overflowing classrooms, lack of connectivity, increasing student diversity, chronic absenteeism and the threat of school shootings.

More students face mental health issues, increasing demand for school nurses, counselors and social-emotional teaching techniques.

Teachers, many of whom are parents of school-age children, share the trauma. They are on the front lines of teaching students who need individual instruction. They manage in classrooms that lack adequate heating and cooling. They struggle to keep up to date on digital trends and educational innovation. Burnout is an occupational hazard. Good teachers leave because they earn more in other occupations.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is issuing this announcement to inform the public of an emerging criminal tactic used to further defraud cryptocurrency scam victims. 

Using social media or other messaging platforms, fraudsters posing as lawyers representing fictitious law firms may contact scam victims and offer their services, claiming to have the authorization to investigate fund recovery cases.

To validate the contact, the “lawyers” claim they are working with, or have received information on, the scam victim’s case from the FBI, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), or other government agency. In some instances, scam victims have contacted fraudsters on fake websites, which appear legitimate, hoping to recover their funds.

To further the recovery scam, the “lawyers” may:

  • Request victims verify their identities by providing personal identifying information or banking information to get their money back;
  • Request victims provide a judgment amount they are seeking from the initial fraudster;
  • Request victims pay a portion of initial fees up front with balance due when funds are recovered;
  • Direct victims to make payments for back taxes and other fees to recover their funds; or
  • Reference actual financial institutions and money exchanges, to build credibility and further their schemes.

Tips to Protect Yourself

  • Be wary of advertisements for cryptocurrency recovery services. Research the advertised company and beware if the company uses vague language, has a minimal online presence, and makes promises regarding an ability to recover funds.
  • If an unknown individual contacts you and claims to be able to recover stolen cryptocurrency, do not release any financial or personal identifying information and do not send money.
  • Law enforcement does not charge victims a fee for investigating crimes. If someone claims an affiliation with the FBI, contact your local FBI field office to confirm.

If you believe you have been a victim of a cryptocurrency scheme or other fraudulent scheme, please file a report with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

 

Oregon is the No. 10 best state in the country for hikers, according to a new ranking.

Kuru Footwear ranked the best states in the United States for hiking, looking at “five key metrics—total hiking trail reviews, number of trails, percentage of trails ranked as easy, trails rated 4.5 stars or higher, and yearly precipitation.”

Oregon is famous for beautiful waterfall hikes across the state, particularly in the Columbia River gorge and on the Oregon coast.

The Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon offer an array of hiking destinations, such as Eagle Cap WildernessZumwalt PrairieHells Canyon and Wallowa Lake.

A hike to No Name Lake in Oregon’s Central Cascades is considered a bucket list-worthy adventure.

Colorado, a state with about half the yearly precipitation of Oregon, was ranked. No. 1.

 

With fireworks On Sale as Oregon State Fire Marshal reminds to “Keep it legal, keep it safe” 

The 2024 fireworks retail sales season begins on June 23 and runs through July 6 in Oregon. The state fire marshal would like everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use, where fireworks can be used, and how to use them safely. 

“We ask Oregonians to be responsible if they plan to use fireworks as part of their celebrations,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Johnston said. “Every year, we see fires and injuries because of improper use of fireworks or illegal fireworks. Our message is simple: keep it legal and keep it safe.”  
 
To reduce the risk of starting a fire, some local governments in Oregon have firework sales or use restrictions in place. Oregonians are asked to check local regulations and follow them where they live or where they may be traveling to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

Consumer-legal fireworks can only be purchased from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. State regulations limit where those fireworks may be used, including public lands and parks. The possession and use of fireworks are prohibited in national parks and forests, on Bureau of Land Management lands, on U.S. Fish and Wildlife properties, on state beaches, in state parks, and in state campgrounds. Fireworks are also prohibited on many private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

For those who purchase legal fireworks, fire officials encourage everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use: 

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. 
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks. Never use fireworks near or on dry grass or vegetation. 
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Please wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak spent fireworks in a bucket of water before disposal. 
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks in legal places. 

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground without a permit issued by the state fire marshal. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon without a permit. Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor which could result in a fine of up to $2,500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damages. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children. 

The Oregon State Fire Marshal has resources about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, retail sale permits, and state rules for firework use and enforcement activities to its website

 

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