Monthly Archives: May 2018

Weather Outlook: Thunderstorms likely today through Friday evening

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Image above from NWS Medford

There will be plenty of moisture and atmospheric instability this afternoon through Friday evening to create scattered thunderstorms through our area. The thunderstorms are forecast to be most active over the mountain terrain.  Currently the NWS does not believe these storms will become severe but they could produce high winds, small hail, and heavy rain, and occasional lighting. Thunderstorms should be most active during the afternoon and early evening hours between today and Friday evening.

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The above map shows expected precipitation through 5am tomorrow, which most likely will be from thunderstorm activity. 

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Above: a look at the expected precipitation over the next 7 days

As always we love to see your photos and weather reports when storms hit our area. Feel free to post them on our FB page or send them in to us. Stay safe out there!

By Klamath Alerts

 

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Two US Citizens detained in Montana after Border Agent hears them speaking Spanish

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Two woman at a Montana gas station were questioned by a U.S. Border Agent. The woman are reported to be US Citizens. Early information indicates the officer heard them speaking Spanish and that may possibly be the reason for the contact.

The big question raised here is this. Did the officer actually detain the two woman, or just engage in normal conversation with them?

(The above youtube video shows the incident)

For more information you can take a look at the full report:

From Fox News 

From KVIA ABC 7 El Paso

by Klamath Alerts

Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire

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SALEM, Ore. – Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:

  • Know before you go
    Before going camping, call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions at your destination.  You can also visit www.keeporegongreen.org for planning a fire-safe trip to the outdoors.
     
  • Kick the campfire habit this summer
    Portable camp stoves are a safer option to campfires at any time of year. Areas that prohibit campfires outside maintained campgrounds with established fire pits often allow camp stoves.
     
  • Select the right spot

Where campfires are allowed, choose a site with an existing ring. Fire pits in established campgrounds are the best spots. If you choose to build a campfire, avoid building it near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs or trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle it with rocks. Store unused firewood a good distance from the fire.

  • Keep your campfire small

A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed. Placing a log on the fire rather than dropping it from a height will prevent a big shower of sparks.

  • Attend your campfire at all times

A campfire left unattended for even a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Stay with your campfire from start to finish until it is dead out, as required by state law. That ensures any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly.

  • Never use gasoline or other accelerants

Don’t use flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, propane or lighter fluid, to start or increase your campfire. Once the fire starts, discard the match in the fire.

  • Have water and fire tools on site
    Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers. When you are ready to leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

 

  • Burn ONLY wood

State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense, toxic smoke or noxious odors. Burning paper and cardboard can also easily fly up to start new fires.

Escaped campfires can be costly. Oregon law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires at any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. But by far the biggest potential cost is liability for firefighting costs if your campfire spreads out of control. These can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars or more.

Klamath Alerts 5/21/18

LOWER WATER LEVELS WILL IMPACT RECREATION AT COPCO AND IRON GATE RESERVOIRS

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Contact: Bob Gravely                                                                                                   May 21, 2018

503-813-7282                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Lower water levels will impact recreation at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs

Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs to drop 10-15 feet below normal

Klamath FallsOre. —PacifiCorp is advising those who use Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs for recreation to expect impacts from lower reservoir levels, including the closure of boat ramps over the Memorial Day weekend.

PacifiCorp started adjusting project operations on May 21 to begin lowering the reservoirs after finalizing plans with the Bureau of Reclamation and others to make additional water from the reservoirs available to the Bureau of Reclamation in Upper Klamath Lake. Reclamation will use this water to maintain Upper Klamath Lake elevations and to support deliveries to Klamath Project irrigators to cover a shortfall until water deliveries to the Klamath Project take place in June.

While lowering of the reservoirs in late April to make available an initial 10,500 acre-feet to support agricultural needs could be done with limited impacts to Copco reservoir, lowering the reservoirs by 20,000 acre-feet below normal levels will drop both Copco and Iron Gate by an estimated 10-15 feet.

As a result, the company began closing boat ramps on May 21. Ramps are expected to remain closed until mid-June in Iron Gate reservoir. Ramps in Copco reservoir are likely to remain closed longer as the reservoir refills over the summer.

“We regret the impacts, especially as a holiday weekend approaches, but hope the community understands that the water is being used to help their neighbors get through a difficult time,” said Todd Andres, Pacific Power’s regional business manager in Klamath Falls.

During the reservoir drawdown PacifiCorp expects peaking flows below J.C. Boyle dam in Klamath County, Ore. will be sufficient to support whitewater rafting over the holiday weekend.

To reduce similar impacts at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs in the future, PacifiCorp plans to extend existing boat ramps to make the water accessible at lower reservoir levels.

Lowering Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs in Siskiyou County, Calif., allows the Bureau of Reclamation to retain water in Upper Klamath Lake and remain in compliance with Klamath River flow and Upper Klamath Lake level requirements in place to protect endangered and threatened fish. Any extra water not required to maintain Upper Klamath Lake elevations would be available to Project irrigators.

by Klamath Alerts via press release

New Paramedic Sworn In with KCFD 1

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KCFD1 swore in Jason Padgett as a new Paramedic on Friday, May 18, 2018. Jason comes from the Rogue Valley with his wife Telma and his 9 yr old daughter Elianna. He and his family now reside in the Chiloquin area. Jason brings experience as a volunteer Firefighter, EMT, and Paramedic. Until 3 years ago, Mr. Padgett also served as a US Army Medic. Jason received a degree in EMS from Umpqua Community College.

During the past 5 years he has worked in a clinical setting in a rural Urgent Care performing triage. Jason currently is in a nursing program with aspirations of becoming a part time Nurse Practitioner on his days off from KCFD1. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family doing outdoor activities and he has a passion for woodworking, specifically wood turning.

by Klamath Alerts via press release from KDFD1

Ohio man calls 911 to report pig following him

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Photo by North North Ridgeville P.D. 
At 5:26 this morning we received a call from a male who stated that he was walking home on Center Ridge from the Train Station in Elyria. He went on to state that he was being followed by a pig and didn’t know what to do. A pig. Riiiight.

Night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy walking home from the bar at 5:26 in the morning. He was at least drunk enough to call the police on himself while hallucinating.

Upon arrival, they found a very sober male walking eastbound on Center Ridge near Maddock Rd. from the actual Amtrak train station in Elyria, not the bar. Oh, and he was being followed by a pig.

Yes, a pig.

Ptlm. Kuduzovic managed to wrangle (I think this is the correct word to use) said pig into his cruiser and he is currently secured in our pig pens…..er, dog kennels. Whatever.

You’d have thought we would have learned our lesson after the kangaroo incident.

Is this real life?

Also, we will mention the irony of the pig in a police car now so that anyone that thinks they’re funny is actually unoriginal and trying too hard.

Have a great day.

UPDATE 8:23am: THE PIG HAS BEEN RETURNED TO ITS OWNER.

By Klamath Alerts via press release

QUADRUPLE FATAL CRASH INTERSTATE 5 NEAR RICE HILL — DOUGLAS COUNTY

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Update: The Oregon State Police (OSP) with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Medical Examiner have tentatively identified the occupants of the quadruple fatal crash that occurred on May 19, 2018 on Interstate 5 near Rice Hill.

The operator of the Acura Integra is Gayle WARD, age 65, from Vancouver, Washington.

The operator of the Nissan Murano is Jennifer MONTANO, age 18, from White City, Oregon.

The passengers of the Nissan Murano are Luciana TELLEZ-CABEZAS, age 18, and Esmeralda NAVA, age 18, both from White City, Oregon.

Original Press Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night’s quadruple fatal crash on Interstate 5 north of the Rice Hill area.

On May 19, 2018 at 9:33 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 154.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Acura Integra was southbound on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons turned around and went northbound in the southbound lanes.   The Acura Integra continued northbound in the southbound lanes and collided nearly head-on with a southbound Nissan Murano.  Both vehicles became engulfed in fire after the collision.  Bystanders were able to remove two passengers from the Nissan Murano.    Drivers of both vehicles were not able to be safely removed and died from injuries sustained in the crash.  The two passengers that were removed from the Nissan Murano also both died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Names of all involved are not being released pending positive identifications and next of kin notifications being completed.

Investigators are looking for any witnesses that may have seen the red Acura Integra on Interstate 5 southbound prior to the crash.  Those witnesses can call the Oregon State Police at 541-440-3333 and reference case number SP18-181178.

Interstate 5 southbound was closed for over five (5) hours.  Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) set up a detour.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, North Douglas Fire, South Lane Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance, Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Roseburg Towing.  OSP was also assisted with the investigation by Clark County, Washington Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.

by Klamath Alerts via OSP press release

DUII Involved Accident Claims Two Lives in Eagle Point Motorcycle Accident

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UPDATE (issued 5-21-18)  –  The deceased operator of the motorcycle has been identified as Daniel Lawrence Foster age 60 of Trail, OR.  The deceased passenger on the motorcy cle has been identified as Catherine Denise Hock age 54 of Trail, OR.

The names of the juveniles will not be released by the Oregon State Police at this time.

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, at approximately 8:30PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 234 near Eagle Point in Jackson County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black Harley Davidson was traveling eastbound with a passenger when a silver Ford Mustang collided nearly head-on with the motorcycle.  Both occupants of the motorcycle suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no injuries sustained by the three juvenile occupants in the Mustang.  The operator of the Mustang was arrested at the scene for DUII.

Highway 234 at the scene was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, Fire District 3, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

By Klamath Alerts. Via press release from OSP

Montague Firefighters Threatened by Woman with Knife at Scene of Fire

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This afternoon Montague Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Ager Road with a female brandishing a knife to on goers. We arrived at scene to find the story and half building well involved with multiple exposers and has spread into the Vegetation.

The fire is currently contained and the female is in custody and taken to Fairchild medical center by Mt Shasta Ambulance. Units will still be working the incident for a few more hours. We would like to thank CAL FIRE, Yreka City Fire, South Yreka Fire, Grenada Fire, Mayten Fire, WEED City Fire for bringing the air trailer and a special thanks to Fort Jones Fire for sending a engine over to cover the City or Montague and the Montague Fire Protection District Incase there was any other calls. The fire is still under investigation.

By Klamath Alerts via Press Release from Montague Fire

U of O Student dies at Shasta Lake

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A University of Oregon student was found deceased in a small tent at Shasta Lake on Saturday. The student had been camping at a boat only access campground called Gooseneck Campground. Cal Fire responded and pronounced the student deceased at the scene. Early reports are the student was drinking alcohol Friday night. However it is unknown at this time if the alcohol is a factor.

Fore more information you can read the full story here at KATU. 

By Klamath Alerts

MUSEUM OPENS HISTORIC DOUGLAS DC-3 FOR TOURS IN PREPARATION FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum now offers an ongoing docent-led Douglas DC-3 aircraft tour program

McMinnville, Oregon, May 17, 2018 – On Friday, May 18, the Museum opens its historic Douglas DC-3 static display aircraft for ongoing interior tours. Museum docents will share general aircraft details and background information during each tour, in addition to stories about the history of the Museum’s DC-3.

The tours also honor the 100th anniversary of airmail service in the United States by featuring our DC-3, an aircraft that flew US Air Mail in the late 1930’s. Mail flights helped airlines develop the tools necessary to carry passengers profitably.

Called “the greatest aircraft ever built” by Museum Development Director Julia Cannell, the DC-3 is known as one of the first modern airliners. The DC-3 instantly made every other passenger aircraft obsolete. Curator Terry Juran names the DC-3 “one of the two most versatile airplanes ever created.”

The Museum’s DC-3A—serial number 1910—has a remarkable pedigree: The 33rd DC-3 built, it was delivered to United Air Lines in 1936, and named “Mainliner Reno.” Currently the second-oldest surviving Douglas DC-3, it was also the first to be fitted with Pratt & Whitney supercharged engines. It has flown more than 15 million passenger miles during its lifetime, equivalent to 30 round-trips between the Earth and the moon.

DC-3 tours are free with Museum admission. Tours run daily, and last approximately 10-15 minutes.

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ABOUT EVERGREEN AVIATION & SPACE MUSEUM:
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world’s largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat “Spruce Goose.” The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the Titan II SLV Missile–with its original launch room, and a new full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates.

Donut Fever Strikes Klamath Falls! Apparent shortage closes donut stores early.

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Do you have an uncontrollable craving for a donut that can’t be quenched without actually eating one? Is it so bad that you would lash out against people on social media?

A major donut shortage has struck Klamath Falls. People in town simply cannot get enough donuts!  “The Doughnut House” opened it’s doors last Monday May 14th and has since been overwhelmed with demand for fresh warm donuts. So overwhelmed, they have had to close hours ahead of scheduled closing times because they simply cannot keep enough of their in demand products available. The Doughnut House is currently closed over the weekend so they can spend the time planning and expanding the operation to increase capacity for the next scheduled opening on Monday.

The donut shortage has brought out the grouch in many people who have lashed out on Facebook in various pages and groups complaining about the lack of donuts throughout the day in Klamath.

The owner of Green Blade Bakery has offered to help his own competition (The Doughnut House) with their renovations this weekend and even offered to help them make donuts to meet the demand:

“Please let us know if there’s any way we can help you all out over there, either with your renovations this weekend or just in general. We’re pretty handy in a bakery kitchen. 

We feel bad about some of the bs you’ve had to put up with during your opening week, and we don’t want you or anyone else thinking that a few entitled malcontents in any way represent the character of the good people in this community. We’re rooting for you, and we can’t wait to get us a box, because we love donuts.

Blessings, from Green Blade. 

 

This past week local Restaurant Starvin Marvins made a batch of donuts to help assist with the local donut shortage emergency.

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Courtesy Starvin Marvins (Fair Use Act)

In the meantime, please reflect on the bigger things going on. This week alone we saw school shootings, a major plane crash in Cuba, more damage in Hawaii from the volcano, and an array of other bad news. Not being able to get a donut is a small thing. So small, it’s not worth lashing out at people over it. Supply will be adjusted to meet demand. It might take a few weeks for the bakery to adjust production accordingly, but they will get there.

What do you think about the “Klamath Donut Shortage”? Feel free to comment here at the blog or on our Facebook page. We’d like to see your opinion.

Article by Klamath Alerts 

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