Important Info: Currently there is no conclusive link that this suspect is responsible for stealing the urns and memorabilia in the recent criminal mischief and theft case. That case is still under investigation. This is a separate incident where a backhoe and tools were taken during a burglary.
On 05/31/18, a suspect was identified in a recent burglary and theft from the Eternal Hills Cemetery. Delbert Gavin was arrested by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office for the crimes of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (backhoe), Burglary 2nd Degree, and Aggravated Theft 1st Degree (additional tools). It is alleged he took these items on or about Mother’s Day (May 13th). The backhoe has been recovered.
Note: Delbert Gavin was also interviewed regarding the recent criminal mischief and thefts of urns and memorial items from Eternal Hills Cemetery. No credible link has been established and those crimes are still under investigation.
The above civil emergency alert was sent to wireless devices in the Salem, Oregon as well as other areas in the region around Salem in the evening of May 29th. With no information about the specific emergency, people had no idea what to prepare for.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management issued a statement about the incomplete alert that caused local 911 centers to be flooded with calls.
It turns out the alert was prompted by an algae bloom in Detroit Lake which supplies the Salem area with drinking water. The toxins from the algae can cause illness in children and elderly specifically, and anyone with immune deficiencies. The tap water in the Salem area remains unsafe for drinking now.
It is reported that officials knew about the toxins in the public water supply for up to 4 days before the alert was issued.
Some 30 minutes after the original alert was sent, an additional message was sent with the specifics about the water being unsafe to drink. This prompted concerned people to flock to grocery stores buying up all the bottled water they had and leaving the shelves bare.
Above two photos: Emergency water being dispensed to Keizer area residents. This station is being manned 24/7 until the water supply is deemed safe again. Photos by Darrell Fuller.
Salem area residents are still being advised to not drink the tap water, but officials say it is safe to bathe and clean with. This incident is a good reminder for all of us to make sure we have an emergency supply of food and water on hand.
A tunnel on the Union Pacific rail way between Oakridge and Odell Lake had pieces from it’s ceiling fall onto the tracks in about a 50 foot section. This occurred during routine maintenance of the rail system.
Until further notice, Amtrak passengers from Klamath Falls are being transported via bus between Klamath Falls and Eugene. This is causing significant delays for Amtrak as the buses take longer to travel than the train does.
The tunnel is expected to be closed for several days at least.
As we reported earlier, the Sheriff’s Office is seeking public help and investigating a vandalism and theft of items that belonged to loved ones at Eternal Hills Cemetary.
The above photos were just submitted by Kyla Belcher who visited Eternal Hills Cemetery today to check the damage that was done. Kyla also told Klamath Alerts that she is willing to help organize a community “repair party” if there are enough people interested. It would be a group of volunteers to try and cleanup and possibly repair some of the damage.
Kyla also shared this video with us:
An additional victim recently contacted Klamath Alerts and said that her aunt and grandmother’s cases were broken into. Her aunt’s ashes were stolen, along with photos and a gold bracelet with the name Della engraved on it.
If anyone is interested in a work/repair party and to help out, you are welcome to contact Kyla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.
Crater Lake, OR – The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Friday afternoon, May 25, 2018 – just in time for the holiday weekend. Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced that visitors will now be able to drive to and from the park via this popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim Drive. This is a very early opening for Crater Lake’s North Entrance. Warm temperatures and a low snow pack have resulted in a greatly accelerated spring opening this year.
The park anticipates high visitation for the holiday weekend. Visitors should expect long lines and delays at park entrance stations and other locations, including Rim Village. If possible, consider arriving before 10:00 AM or after 4:00 PM to avoid major congestion.
Some snow still remains on the ground throughout the park. Snow depth is greater at many locations around the rim. All trails, including the Cleetwood Trail, are still closed and snow covered. However, it is possible to hike and bike on the parts of East Rim Drive that have been plowed, but are not yet open to traffic. National Park Service snow removal crews are now focusing their efforts on opening other parts of the park. More information will be issued when the entire Rim Drive is open for travel.
Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Motor Inn are open for the season, and two loops of Mazama Campground are open for camping. The Rim Café and Annie Creek Restaurant are also open daily. For lodging reservations, please call (888)774-2728; for general concession information, please call (541)594-2255.
Steel Visitor Center in Munson Valley is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ranger talks are given at Crater Lake Lodge each day at 4:00 PM. More ranger-led programs, including boat tours and trolley tours, are scheduled to begin on Friday, June 22,2018. For more information, call the Steel Visitor Center at (541)594-3100.
With several feet of snow still covering much of the park, visitors should be aware of potential hazards such as slippery snow patches and falling rocks. Please use caution when driving as icy and snowy roads can still occur this time of year, especially at night and in early morning hours. Steep snowfields still exist at many of the overlooks along Rim Drive, and visitors should use extreme caution to prevent falls. Please stay far back from the edge! Because of the hazardous terrain that exists in the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, travel below the rim is prohibited at all times. Be safe and have an enjoyable visit!
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for two weeks beginning Tuesday, May 29 and continue through Thursday, May 31. Night flying will continue the following week, Tuesday June 5 and continue through Thursday, June 7. Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.
“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW. “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.”
The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights. However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field. Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.
“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander. “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”
Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time.
11:15 a.m. Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.
11:25 a.m. Roseburg National Cemetery, Roseburg, Ore.
11:30 a.m. City View Cemetery, Salem, Ore.
11:40 a.m. Brookings Harbor Port, Brookings, Ore.
12:00 p.m. Woodville Cemetery, Rogue River, Ore.
12:15 p.m. Boatnik at Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.
12:20 p.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.
12:25 p.m. Memory Gardens, Medford, Ore.
All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, takes off down the ramp at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15 Eagle training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik)
Oregon has a new “Statewide Transit Tax” that will be deducted from your pay starting in July this year. The new tax will be roughly $1 per $1,000 you make in taxable income. More info about new taxes being added in Oregon are a available here
On 05/24/18, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary, theft, and criminal mischief at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens on Hwy 39, Klamath Falls, OR. Deputies responded to a call from a victim who found an area of the cemetery had been entered and damage inflicted upon “12” different memorial urns and their containment spaces. Items of value were taken and the some of the niches were desecrated.
Attempts are being made to contact the victims of these crimes and will continue until all victims have been notified.
As attempts are made to identify the despicable person responsible for these acts, any assistance or information would be gladly accepted.
Please contact the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office at 3300 Vandenberg Road, Klamath Falls, Oregon, or call 541-883-5130 with information. To those who live in the Basin, please share this information with friends and see if we can’t bring those responsible to justice.
Salem, OR – There are dozens of boat types on the market and so many opportunities to explore Oregon’s waterways. Regardless of what’s calling you to the water and the type of boat you’re in, be sure to plan ahead, pay attention and share the water so everyone can have a fun time.
The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to explore the interactive Boating Oregon Map, where you can find a boat ramp near you, plan for a weekend escape to places less-frequented or find a waterway in the center of all the action.
“This season is off to a great start,” says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. “Take time to plan ahead. Check the weather forecast, water levels or tides, see if there are any reported obstructions, and have the right gear for the activities you’re doing,” Massey adds. Boaters can check the Marine Board’swebsite to find out what equipment is required based on the size of the boat and rules for operation which vary by waterbody.
Massey also emphasizes paying attention to your surroundings, continually scanning port to starboard and keeping a close eye on what’s ahead. “Brush up on the rules-of-the-road, start out slow because of debris in the water from this past winter, and whatever you do –don’t text and drive. In 2017, there were 17 collisions from distracted driving. Social media, taking pictures and texting can be fun, but the operator needs to maintain focus and awareness to what’s going on around them,” says Massey.
“High water levels in the spring cover many wing dams (also known as pile dikes) on rivers and bays and are just below the surface. Boaters need to keep their distance from the shoreline up to several hundred feet out from shore so they don’t inadvertently hit one of the piles.” Boaters are encouraged to learn where the wing dams are located based on the waterbody where they’re boating from NOAA Charts. The navigation charts can be downloaded for free.
With Oregon’s population increasing and many people wanting to boat in their own backyards, think about taking a “dispersion excursion” to lesser-known waterbodies, especially for people new to paddlesports or seeking more solitude. There are 96 waterways where motors are prohibited and 50 designated as electric motor only. Visit the Marine Board’s Experience Oregon Boating Handbook for more information about these regulated areas for paddlers and easy accessibility.
The Marine Board also recommends boaters play it safe by:
Not using marijuana, drugs or alcohol. Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Impairment can lead to a BUII arrest. Drugs and alcohol impair a boater’s judgement and coordination which every boat operator needs. Swift currents, changing weather and debris require boat operators to be focused and skilled to avoid an accident.
If you are feeling tired, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, dehydration and wave motion contribute to fatigue. Continually monitor the weather because it changes quickly.
Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements. Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway. The water temperature for most waterways is below 50 degrees this time of year and wearing a life jacket is the most important piece of equipment for surviving the first few seconds of cold water immersion. What’s the downside to wearing one?
Never boat alone –especially when paddling. Always let others know where you are going and when you’ll return. Print out a downloadable float plan to leave with friends and family.
Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway. Congestion is a given in many popular locations, especially with nice weather. By staying in calmer water near the shore, paddlers can help ease conflict with motorized boats and sailboats that need deeper water to operate. Non-motorized boats are encouraged to use the shoreline adjacent to the ramp to help ease congestion. Regardless of your boat type, stage your gear in the parking lot or staging area prior to launching your boat. This makes launching faster and everyone around you, happier.
In Oregon, all boaters must take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity.
Amazon customers are starting to report suddenly being banned from using the platform without prior notice or warning. Reports indicate that your Amazon account can be flagged by monitoring software for review if you return “too many items”. After your account is flagged, an Amazon employee may review your account and then ban you from the platform. This could restrict you from viewing Amazon TV programming and also from using gift cards that are already paid for.
Amazon customers are used to a very relaxed return and exchange policy. But it appears even Amazon has it’s own limits of just how nice they will be.
More details are available from these news sources: