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!

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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 Space.com

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 space.com 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. 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH INJURES TWO ON US 97 NEAR HIGHWAY 31 IN KLAMATH COUNTY

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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 www.OregonDMV.com.

Press Release by ODOT 3/27/18

International Space Station to Make Bright Pass Over Klamath Falls Tonight

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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

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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 Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

For more information, visit the Kidde website: https://kidde-smoke-alarm-recallusen.expertinquiry.com/ or the Consumer Product Safety Commission website: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a

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

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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 www.ic3.gov 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”

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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.

 

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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

142ND FIGHTER WING (PORTLAND) DEPLOYS THEATER SECURITY PACKAGE TO THE NETHERLANDS

Oregon Airmen deploy overseas to support European partners

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed F-15s from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, and the 104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Massachusetts, to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Nearly 260 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing deployed with the aircraft as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Approximately 40 Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the 123rd EFS for this mission.

Since 2015 the U.S. Air Force schedules and deploys force packages of fighters and tankers throughout the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. TSP deployments to Europe vary in length and are supported with total force aircraft and Airmen from stateside units.

Once in theater, the aircraft will forward deploy to multiple locations throughout the theater, participating in exercises and training with our allies and partners. This highlights the United States’ ability to deploy fighter aircraft to support our partners and allies in the European theater, and around the world.

The 123rd EFS will conduct training missions from Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., and Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will participate in Frisian Flag 2018, a Royal Netherlands Air Force-led exercise.

The TSP supports Operation Atlantic Resolve, and is funded by the European Deterrence Initiative. Activities funded through EDI increase the capability and readiness of U.S. forces, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by a regional adversary against NATO sovereign territory.

Photo Caption: 

Photo By Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins | Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) take part in a mobilization ceremony, March 3, 2018, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Facebook is Watching you..now the FTC is Watching Them

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Facebook now being investigated by Federal Trade Commission.

Press Release Today From the FTC:

Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, issued the following statement regarding reported concerns about Facebook’s privacy practices:

“The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers. Foremost among these tools is enforcement action against companies that fail to honor their privacy promises, including to comply with Privacy Shield, or that engage in unfair acts that cause substantial injury to consumers in violation of the FTC Act. Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements. Accordingly, the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”

Facebook is under the microscope now as it has been reported that it grossly mishandled user confidential data. Additionally, this article (links to outside website) shows a major concern that Android users have had their personal call data mined for quite some time.

Dylan McKay of New Zealand recently found out that Facebook had been tracking his personal call data. You can checkout his Twitter Account here (links to outside website) for more info.  Hopefully Facebook will get the message from the users who made it popular and stop mining private user data.

Facebook has recently been changing what you see in your newsfeed. If you haven’t visited or interacted with a friend recently you may stop seeing their posts. Facebook sometimes limits what you see from business pages if they don’t pay to advertise, or you have not visited that particular business page lately. That is one of the major factors why Klamath Alerts now operates an independent mobile app. That way, our users can all be informed in real time and all of the time without the limiting Facebook algorithms.

You can download our free Klamath Alerts App for iOS and Android here:

Download the free Klamath Alerts App

Article by Klamath Alerts

The Klamath County Republican Central Committee will Host a Governor’s Candidate Forum and Dinner

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Donna Walker, secretary and fundraising coordinator, left, and Patti Horton, chairwoman of the Klamath County Republican Central Committee are organizing the governor candidate forum set for April 19. (photo used with permission)

Tickets are available for $30 and include dinner. A silent auction will be held at the event. Tickets can be purchased from committee Chairperson Patti Horton or at All About Shipping, 314 S. 7th St. (across from the downtown post office).

The Klamath County Republican Central Committee will host a governor’s candidate forum and dinner.

When?

Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Where?

The Shilo Inn grand ballroom in Klamath Falls.

Who will be there? 

Gubernatorial candidates Sam Carpenter, Bruce Cuff, Jeff Smith, Greg Wooldridge and Brett Hyland will be present.

2nd congressional district candidate Paul J. Romero

U.S. Rep Greg Walden will be providing a video presentation.

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Lon Ogdan, for the Bureau of Labor and Industry, will attend.

 

Article by Klamath Alerts 

 

 

Two-vehicle Crash Results in Fatality on US-97 near Milepost 132 in Deschutes County

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at approximately 3:30AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle, head on crash, on US-97 near milepost 132 which is approximately two miles north of Bend. Preliminary investigation shows a 2005 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound when it was struck head on in the southbound lane by a 2017 GMC truck traveling northbound. The driver of the truck was deceased on scene and the driver of the explorer was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles in Bend with life threatening injuries and is reported to be in surgery at this time. Both vehicles were only occupied by the drivers.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Bend Fire Department, Deschutes County Medical Examiner, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and ODOT. This investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released when it is available.

Press Release by the Oregon State Police 3/25/18

Oregon Department of Revenue Data Security Incident

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SALEM, Ore.–The Oregon Department of Revenue has detected a security incident that involved approximately 36,000 individuals with records at the department.

The facts of the incident are summarized below, along with protective measures the department has taken since discovering the incident. The potentially impacted information from the files included data such as names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.

Because the Department of Revenue takes privacy and the confidentiality of taxpayer information seriously, it has strong information technology security processes in place, which enabled the department to quickly detect and contain the incident. The department has no indication that any personal information has been accessed or viewed by an unauthorized person, or used inappropriately. However, it is notifying the public as a precautionary measure.

What happened? 

On February 21, 2018, a Department of Revenue employee uploaded work files to a personal cloud storage account. Department of Revenue’s information security staff identified the upload through routine log reviews. When the incident was detected, the employee’s computer was seized and all network accesses and credentials were immediately disabled. The employee was duty stationed at home and placed on paid administrative leave pending conclusion of a conduct investigation.

Department staff immediately launched a security investigation to determine the scope of the incident and the specifics of the information involved. Over the next several days, all files were deleted from the personal account. No evidence exists indicating the information was viewed or accessed by anyone other than department staff.

While all data was successfully retrieved, it took time to thoroughly review the information involved and determine the number of potentially impacted individuals, as there were many duplicate records.

What is the Department of Revenue doing? 

The security and confidentiality of personal information is critical to the Department of Revenue. While there is no indication that any personal information has been accessed by an unauthorized person or used inappropriately, as an added precaution the department is providing identity theft recovery services for potentially impacted individuals. A vendor, ID Experts, will send individual notices to the potentially impacted individuals with instructions on how to register for the service.

The department is also adding the potentially impacted information into their identity theft risk file. Once added to this file, additional identity validation may be required when filing an Oregon personal income tax return. The department shares this file securely with numerous states’ tax departments to help prevent the information from being used to fraudulently file returns in other states.
Need more information?

For more information about protecting your identity, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under “Popular Topics.”

Contact Info:
Derrick Gasperini
derrick.w.gasperini@oregon.gov
503-945-8565Joy Krawczyk
joy.krawczyk@oregon.gov
503-945-7796

Press Release from Oregon Dept. of Revenue

Oregon studded tire season extended through Sunday, April 15

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ODOT and the Washington Department of Transportation have extended studded tire season in the two states until the end of the day Sunday April 15, 2018. Travelers can use studded tires from November 1 through March 31. State law grants each state’s transportation department to ability to extend the studded tire season when necessary based on projected weather forecasts.

“The forecast suggests Oregon’s mountain passes will receive some significant snow in the next few weeks,” said Luci Moore, State Maintenance and Operations Engineer. “But we ask that if you’re not planning to travel in those areas, please don’t wait until the last minute to remove your studded tires.”

This is only the fifth time in the past 16 years that ODOT has extended the studded tire season past March 31. Three of those extensions occurred in 2010-12.

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains to help minimize roadway damage that studded tires cause. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways.

In addition to studded tires, other types of traction tires are available, that meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions. These tires carry an emblem on the tire sidewall of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake in the center.

Research shows these tires cause no more damage than standard all-weather radial tires, but they provide better traction than studded tires on bare pavement.

Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation.

Know before you go: ODOT maintenance crews will continue to monitor highways and weather forecasts and will work to clear any late-season snow or ice as soon as possible. If you must travel in difficult weather conditions after March 31, please use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions improve.

Press Release by ODOT 3/23/18

Reward Offered to Locate Escaped Inmate – Crime Stoppers Featured Case #18-19

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The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to locate an escaped inmate.

On Thursday March 22, 2018, 25-year-old Scott Michael Smith escaped from an inmate work crew and stole a vehicle. The vehicle was recovered in Northeast Portland but Smith evaded capture.

Smith is described as a white male, 6’01”, 150 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, with multiple tattoos including chest, back and neck.

Smith has a parole violation warrant and may face additional charges connected with his escape from custody.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers. Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Press Release by Crime Stoppers of Oregon 3/23/18

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