Monthly Archives: March 2018

K.A. Contest: Guess the Re-entry date and time of China’s 8-ton Tiangong-1 Space Lab. Win a Prize!


As we previously reported in our news blog, China’s Tiangong-1 Space Lab is predicted to enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up within the next few days. Southern Oregon is within the large area of predicted re-entry path.

Here is the latest info from

Can you guess the date and time of re-entry?

The person who is closest to the actual date and time of re-entry will win an Emoji Luggage Identification set. Times submitted will be assumed Pacific Daylight Time.

How To Play:

Comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page (please do not send direct messages with your guess, they will not be counted). Just guess the date and time of re-entry. You can review the article above for the latest information before making your guess.

Limit: 1 Guess Per Person 

Multiple guesses will not be counted from the same person, and that person will be disqualified from winning a prize. 

The person or person(s) closest to the actual re-entry time and date will win 1 emoji luggage I.D. set. (a set includes two handle wraps and one id card). We will message and announce the winners shortly after the re-entry occurs this weekend.

Winners and Prizes:

1 Lucky winner with the closest guess will be chosen from comments on our blog 

1 Lucky winner with the closest guess will be chosen from the comments on our Facebook page. (Facebook winner must like our page to qualify)

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The Emoji Luggage I.D. set helps you easily identify your luggage in busy airport ground terminals. A set includes two handle wraps and one id tag. 




On March 29, 2018 at approximately 7:25am, OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle injury crash on US 97 at the junction of Highway 31 in Klamath County, Oregon.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup  was traveling southbound and making a left turn onto Highway 31.  The male operator and lone occupant of the vehicle turned directly into the path of a white 2007 Hyundai Accent 4-door operated by a lone male operator.

The crash then occurred in the northbound lane of Hwy 97.  Both vehicles came to an uncontrolled rest at this location.  The driver of the pickup was transported to St. Charles in Bend with injuries.  An air ambulance was dispatched for the driver of the white Hyundai who was flown to St. Charles in Bend with injuries.  Highway 97 and 31 were blocked for approximately 1 hour.   OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Airlink, Lapine Fire District and the Crescent Fire Medics.  The investigation is ongoing.  No further information is available at this time.  *Photo – Courtesy of Lapine Fire District.

Press release from Oregon State Police

Early Morning Armed Robbery – Burglary Results In Arrest. Victims Hold Down Intruder.

At about 4:50am on 3-29-18 Police were called to a report of someone who broke into a room at the Klamath Travel Inn (just North of Klamath Falls on HWY 97) with a gun.

Klamath Falls City Police were the first on scene and arrested at least one person.

Initial reports are that the victim or victims who were in the room, held the armed intruder down until police arrived to make the arrest.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is now on scene and taking over the investigation.

This is a developing story.

Published by Klamath Alerts

‘Hit-and-run’ law clarifies duties of drivers

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If you are involved in a traffic crash, especially a serious one with injuries or fatalities, the event is traumatic and sometimes tragic. It may be difficult at such times to remember the legal duties of a driver or vehicle owner involved in a crash – requirements intended for the safety of people involved in the crash, as well as other motorists and pedestrians.
A new Oregon law taking effect Jan. 1, 2019, will expand and clarify the duties of drivers in potential “hit-and-run” situations. Under House Bill 4055, signed in March by the governor, Oregon will now require drivers to:

* Stop and investigate if you think you have hit something. 
* Take action if you didn’t realize at the time that it happened but later learn you may have hit something or someone. That includes calling 911 if you may have been in a crash resulting in an injury or fatality.

Failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in a motor vehicle crash can result in felony charges.
These additions expand on current law, which requires a person involved in a crash involving injury or death to stop, provide aid to the injured, and remain at the scene to exchange information with the person or police. If a crash involves a domestic animal, the law requires the driver to stop, contact the owner, and provide attention to the animal. If a crash involves only property damage, the driver must stop and exchange information with the owner.

Any motor vehicle crash that results in death or injury, or substantial property damage, must be reported to DMV within 72 hours. You must report a crash to DMV if any one of the following apply:

* Damage to any vehicle or anyone’s property is over $2,500 (even if your vehicle was the only one in the crash).
* Any vehicle is towed from the scene.
* Injury or death resulted from this crash.

For more information about crash reporting requirements or to download a crash report form, visit

Press Release by ODOT 3/27/18

International Space Station to Make Bright Pass Over Klamath Falls Tonight


The ISS will make a bright visible pass over Klamath Falls tonight:

Visible Pass Info:

Visible @ 8:00PM from the Southwest

Moving to the Northwest peak visibility at 8:03 (will be 257 miles away at peak)

Moves into earth’s shadow at 8:08pm

Appears as a bright star moving quickly. Speed averages about 17,500mph. You can see the ISS without any aid to vision.

Let us know on Facebook if you were able to see it!

Post by Klamath Alerts 


Kidde Smoke Alarm Recall


On March 21, 2018, Kidde issued a recall of 452,000 dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms sold in the United States. The smoke alarms have the model numbers PI2010 (AC/hardwired) and PI9010 (DC/battery powered). “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

Kidde states that a yellow protective cap in limited instances may have been left on one of the two smoke sensors during the manufacturing process, which could compromise the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke.

Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the cap themselves. If the yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement alarm. They should remove the recalled smoke alarm ONLY AFTER they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

Alarms were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home, and hardware stores nationwide and online at,, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

For more information, visit the Kidde website: or the Consumer Product Safety Commission website:

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Smoke Alarm Installation Program does not distribute Kidde smoke alarms, therefore alarms issued by the OSFM to Oregon fire agencies, the American Red Cross Cascades Region, or other organizations are not affected by this recall.

Working smoke alarms save lives. Be sure to test your smoke alarms regularly and make sure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home, inside each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.

Press Release by the Oregon State Fire Marshal 3/27/18

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Elder Fraud


An estimated 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day … creating a large pool of potential victims for fraudsters looking to cash in on seniors’ savings accounts. In fact, the Department of Justice estimates that older adults lose more than $3 billion each year to financial scams.

Some of the most common schemes targeting seniors include:

* Overcharging for products or services… including the purchase of costly alternative or unproven treatments to address health issues.

* Lottery and sweepstakes frauds where the bad guy promises a big win if the victim just pays a small handling fee or tax.

* Sweetheart scams where the fraudster pledges love and companionship … but, first, he just needs some financial help to pay off some debts.

* Government impersonation frauds where the scammer poses as an IRS agent or law enforcement official demanding payment for some alleged violation.

* Technology frauds where the scammer convinces the victim that he needs help to fix a non-existent problem with his computer.

While anyone — young or old — can fall victim to these scams, seniors with cognitive impairment, health issues or other concerns are at higher risk. Add that to the fact that many seniors have a set amount of money in retirement — with little ability to recover financially should fraud occur — and the results can be devastating.

If you are an older American — or a caregiver for one — here are some things you can do to protect you and your family:

* Contact an attorney before signing any legal document.

* Talk to your doctor before agreeing to any health treatments not covered by your insurance — particularly those that require you to pay upfront or require you to commit to multiple sessions.

* Check financial statements every month for unusual activity.

* Avoid unsolicited contacts — whether by phone, email, at your door or in-person while you are out and about. It is OK to hang up the phone, delete the email or tell someone you are not interested and walk away.

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to also report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or call your local FBI office.

Press Release by the FBI of Oregon 3/27/18

Mysterious bird sightings in Klamath Falls. New Trend in Local Fundraising “Flamingo Someone”


People around Klamath Falls have been reporting the sudden and mysterious appearance of flamingo flocks showing up at various locations and lawns around town.

The New Horizon Christian School in Klamath Falls is using a “Flamingo Flock” to raise money for the 5th and 6th grade classes there to attend a science camp in April. The new fundraiser is so popular, it has now been extended until end of April.

How it works:

You contact the school office at 541-884-6467 and make a $20 dollar donation to the school (or more if you want) for a “flamingoing”.  Your “flamingoing” will be scheduled and carried out and the “birds” will remain at the location you sent them for 24 hours. This is a great way to lift someone up who might be a little down, or celebrate a special occasion.



Pictured above, some locations where the flamingos have recently landed.

Do you have someone you want to send the flock to? Hurry this fundraiser will be gone at the end of April. Contact New Horizon Christian School  today ( link opens external website).

Article by Klamath Alerts. Photos submitted to K.A. and used by permission

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