Monthly Archives: November 2018

Pacific Power offers outage and winter tips

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Helpful tips to prepare for winter weather from Pacific Power 
Check your Emergency Outage Kit now, then download app to stay up to date

PORTLAND, Ore. – Winter weather is beginning to settle in across the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Power is urging its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

“Storm season can cause significant damage to the electrical grid,” said David Lucas, vice president, operations. “One way we minimize interruptions to your electric service despite the storms is by paying close attention to trees near power lines. In 2018, we pruned 265,000 trees on 5,700 miles of lines investing more than $29 million to remove hazards and make the lines more resilient. Based on experience, we’ve anticipated and prepared for this weather and the outages that could occur by staging crews and equipment strategically so that we are able to deploy them where they are needed when the time comes.”

When outages occur, Pacific Power is ready to keep customers informed of efforts to restore service and get them through an outage.

“We are ready to assist you whenever you need help with your electric needs,” said Barb Coughlin, vice president of customer service. “Reporting outages and receiving updates is easier than ever. Outages can be reported via the website, through our mobile app, or by telephone at 1-877-508-5088.”

New this year is the ability to report an outage via text messaging. Text OUT to 722797 to report an outage. Text STAT to 722797 to check the status of your outage.

Please visit our mobile app or website to update your outage alert preferences, email address and phone number. Keeping this information updated ensures you will be able to report outages and receive updates using these quick and easy options.

Download our mobile app (www.pacificpower.net/ya/app.html) to report power problems or get real time outage updates.  Outage information is always available by viewing our outage maps on the mobile app and website at pacificpower.net.

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the downed line to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines.
  • Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
  • Keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before anything happens, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.

D.A. Office Statement: Rape suspect will be evaluated by mental health

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Klamath Alerts just received this statement about a rape suspect that is in custody and awaiting a trial on December 12th.

On January 6, 2000, Victoria Cravitz was indicted for Rape in the First Degree, for her role in the horrific assault of a child. She and her co-defendant fled the state and eluded arrest for approximately 18 years. In August of 2018 Ms. Cravitz was taken into custody and returned to Klamath County. She is currently held in the Klamath County Jail, with a trial date set for December 12, 2018.

On November 28, 2018, defense counsel for Ms. Cravitz filed a Notice of Intent to Introduce Evidence of Disease or Defect in this case. The Court granted a continuance of the December 12, 2018 trial date to allow the Klamath County District Attorney’s office to have their own expert at the Oregon State Hospital conduct a psychological evaluation of Ms. Cravitz. The results of this evaluation will inform the resolution of this matter.

The District Attorney’s office believes Ms. Cravitz’s commitment is necessary for the protection of public safety.

Below: File booking photo of Cravitz.

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Weather Outlook: Snow Storm Friday & Saturday. Cold temperatures Sunday Night

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Weather Outlook 11-29-18

Snow storm and winter travel conditions Friday into Saturday. 

A snow storm is forecast to begin affecting our area Friday. Snow is expected in the mountains around the Klamath Basin beginning Friday afternoon, and is forecast to develop in the Klamath Falls local area in the evening hours of Friday night. The bulk of the snow should arrive in the late evening hours of Friday into early Saturday morning. Roughly 2-4 inches of snow are expected in Klamath Falls.

Snow levels will drop to around 2,600 feet in elevation overnight Friday. The storm is expected to affect highway travel conditions all around our region from South of Bend, Oregon to down into northern California.

Cold night temperatures expected Sunday night as the storm leaves our area. Some areas north of Klamath Falls could see single digit or near zero. Lows in the teens expected for Klamath Falls area Sunday night.

Multiple Winter Storm Warnings Issued:

Winter Storm Warning issued November 29 at 3:46PM PST until December 01 at 4:00PM PST by NWS Medford

…Heavy snow expected above 2500 feet Friday night through Saturday…

Friday evening through Saturday a strong cold front and associated area of cold low pressure will move in from the northwest bringing periods of heavy snowfall with lower snow levels across portions of southwest Oregon and northern California. Snow levels could drop briefly below 2500 feet in heavier showers.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY…

* WHAT… Snow expected, heavy in places. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 11 inches, in the warning area are expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches, in the advisory area are expected.

* WHERE… In California, North Central and Southeast Siskiyou County and Modoc County. In Oregon, Klamath Basin, Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County and Central and Eastern Lake County. Highways 97, 140, 139, 395 and other area roads will be affected. Highest snow amounts will be on highway 97 near Chemult, 140 near Bly and Cedar Pass.

* WHEN… From 4 PM Friday to 4 PM PST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snow will initially fall on just above freezing road temperatures that will cool below freezing, making roads possibly covered in ice in places.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions. * If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you. * The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. * A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is likely, and poses a threat to life and property. Take protective action now.

Winter Weather Advisory issued November 29 at 3:46PM PST until December 01 at 4:00PM PST by NWS Medford

…Heavy snow expected above 2500 feet Friday night through Saturday…

Friday evening through Saturday a strong cold front and associated area of cold low pressure will move in from the northwest bringing periods of heavy snowfall with lower snow levels across portions of southwest Oregon and northern California. Snow levels could drop briefly below 2500 feet in heavier showers.

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM FRIDAY TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY…

* WHAT… Snow expected, heavy in places. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 11 inches, in the warning area are expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches, in the advisory area are expected.

* WHERE… In California, North Central and Southeast Siskiyou County and Modoc County. In Oregon, Klamath Basin, Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County and Central and Eastern Lake County. Highways 97, 140, 139, 395 and other area roads will be affected. Highest snow amounts will be on highway 97 near Chemult, 140 near Bly and Cedar Pass.

* WHEN… From 4 PM Friday to 4 PM PST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snow will initially fall on just above freezing road temperatures that will cool below freezing, making roads possibly covered in ice in places.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Travel is strongly discouraged because of dangerous conditions. * If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets, food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you. * The safest place during a winter storm is indoors. * A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is likely, and poses a threat to life and property. Take protective action now.

 

New Facebook Friend Request Hoax Circulating

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The Friend Request Hoax 

A new Facebook hoax is now circulating around. Don’t fall for it. The latest hoax to hit Facebook involves a message saying you may have sent an additional friend request or your account might be hacked. Then it asks you to forward the message to others on your friend list, or post the warning on your wall.

Your Facebook account doesn’t have the ability to send out multiple friend requests to the same people you are already friends with. Although it is possible for someone to copy your photos available to the public and clone your account, your account doesn’t send out automated duplicate friend requests with your real profile.

If you get any message asking you to forward or repost the warning just delete it and maybe send a link to this article to your friend. It’s just someone with too much time on their hands trying to get a chain message forwarded through Facebook.

As always, you can verify there are no clone accounts of your profile by searching your own name on Facebook. If you find a clone account of your profile just report it to Facebook.

Anytime someone asks you to forward a message, it’s a definite red flag and should be deleted.

by Klamath Alerts

 

Snow & Winter Safety Tips Offered by Jackson Co. SAR

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ASHLAND, Ore. – As the winter recreation season begins, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are sharing tips to stay safe in the snow.  SAR personnel are gearing up to help when needed, but they urge people to do their part to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place.

JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards says before heading out, it’s important to tell someone exactly where you are going and when to expect you back.  He also urges people to be prepared, even for short trips.

“Whether you’re hunting for a Christmas tree or enjoying a day on the mountain, you need to take along adequate food, water, clothing, and gear,” said Sergeant Richards.  “That also means having a plan for what you will do if you get stuck or lost.”

Skiers and snowboarders are reminded of the dangers of crossing into the backcountry – a practice that tends to get people into trouble every year on Mount Ashland.  Sergeant Richards says it shouldn’t be attempted by those without experience.  Even so, skiers should keep in mind that the area beyond the Mount Ashland Ski Area boundary is not patrolled, there is no cell phone service, and rescuers probably won’t arrive quickly.

“When SAR or Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol are called upon to look for someone, it takes time to organize resources and start tracking someone down,” said Richards. “And that’s a best-case scenario. If nobody knows where you are or when to expect you back, it may take a long time for someone to report you missing and start the search process.”

Two JCSO SAR emergency shelters are placed on Mount Ashland where lost skiers have ended up in the past.  A shelter on the east side of the mountain has been restocked with emergency gear.  New this year, a second shelter was added to the south side of the mountain, in the Cottonwood drainage off US Forest Service Road 40S06.

While the purpose of the shelters is to save lives, Sergeant Richards reminds people that the shelters are for emergencies only.  People should plan ahead to be self-sufficient when heading outdoors, especially in the backcountry.

 

LINKVILLE PLAYERS AUDITIONS FOR DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

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Open auditions for the Linkville Players spring community production –  “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Musical” – will be held at the Ross Ragland Theater on the following dates:

  • Saturday December 8, 2018 at 11am
  • Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2pm
  • Monday December 10, 2018 at 6pm
  • Call Backs (if needed) will be Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 6pm
  • The first cast meeting and read-through will be December 13, 2018 at 6pm.

Once cast, rehearsals will generally be Monday through Thursday evenings beginning January 2, 2019, with occasional Saturday mornings. This show features mature themes and it is suggested that only mature teens and adults audition. There are no roles for young children.

The show calls for six featured roles and a small ensemble who will perform multiple roles.

Featured Roles include:

  • Lawrence Jameson – An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant. Male Age: 45 to 60
  • Freddy Benson – A young, clever, aspiring American con artist. He is a sloppy, yet attractive womanizer. Male Age: 25 to 35
  • Christine Colgate – A seemingly good-natured American heiress vacationing on the French Riviera. Naive and clueless at first, she becomes cunning and mischievous. Female Age: 35 to 45
  • Andre Thibault – Lawrence’s French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor. Male Age: 45 to 55
  • Muriel Eubanks – A wealthy and attractive American socialite from Nebraska, she one of Lawrence’s victims and Andre’s subsequent love interest. Female Age: 50 to 60
  • Jolene – An American heiress from Oklahoma and the “Princess of Petroleum,” she is very eager, optimistic, and energetic. Female Age: 25 to 35
  • Ensemble: Waiters, Butlers, Maids, and Casino patrons.

Auditions will include singing, dancing and acting.  Those wishing to audition for a leading or supporting role are expected to have prepared one verse and one chorus of an up-tempo Broadway style song (including bringing sheet music or CD accompaniment with no voice overlay), or you can sing the Star Spangled Banner with piano accompaniment (sheet music provided). No A cappella auditions will be allowed.

Everyone who auditions will be put through a dance/movement audition. All performers seeking a speaking role must tell a favorite joke or present a short comedic monologue in addition to reading scenes from the play.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is based on the 1988 comedy film of the same name, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

The Linkville Player’s production will be directed by Chip Massie, with musical director Dan Crenshaw, and choreography by Sam Burris. The show will run weekends February 28, 2019 through March 30, 2019. For more information on auditions or the Spring production, please contact info@linkvilleplayers.org. You can also visit  linkvilleplayers.org and facebook.com/linkville.playhouse.

2 Hour parking limit waived downtown for holiday shopping

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Klamath Falls Downtown Association and The City of Klamath Falls are excited to announce parking modifications to provide for convenient and extended time downtown during the holiday shopping season!

Starting on TODAY and through December 31, the two-hour parking limit in the downtown parking district will be waived.

ALL OTHER RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE AND BE ENFORCED, including 15-minute zones, accessible parking spots, after hours parking, and reserved parking spots. In addition, downtown employees are encouraged to leave Main Street parking spaces open for visitors.

We hope that this will provide a safe and convenient opportunity for you to spend more time enjoying all our downtown has to offer!

Click on the link to view a map of the downtown parking district:

Press release from Klamath Falls Downtown Association

 

Bomb threat closes Washburn Way for hours Sunday

On Sunday 11-25-18 at about 12:15pm a person reported finding what he thought was a pipe bomb in the trunk of a vehicle in the 5000 block of Washburn Way. Additional details about why the device was there or if it was real are not currently available.

Multiple agencies including Klamath County Sheriff, ODOT, KCFD1, and Oregon State Police responded.

Upon arrival, police officers identified a device that appeared to be a pipe bomb. The device was observed from a distance.

As a precaution, Washburn Way was closed between Joe Wright Road and South Side Bypass for several hours.

A police bomb squad responded and rendered the device safe. Washburn Way was closed from about 12:30pm until 3:37pm.

We will report additional details if and when a press release is obtained.

The above image shows the Washburn Way closure on Sunday. Photo by Klamath Alerts.

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