Monthly Archives: December 2018

Guest Blog Post | Survival Prep: Do you know where your flashlight is?

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Do You Know Where Your Flashlight Is?

    As I write this, the first notable storm of the season is blowing in off the Pacific.  A moderate amount of rain coupled with predicted wind gusts of up to 80 mph makes for that howling, drumming sound we have all learned to recognize as our regional storms.  Reports of electrical power outages in the area have already been reported, along with some flooding caused by increased runoff.

    Considering this, it’s time already to make sure you know where your flashlight is.  Do you have extra batteries?  Batteries are like duct tape, you can never have an excess.  Is your cordless drill charged up so you can screw plywood across that broken window (for your neighbor, of course)?  And naturally you have a box of screws for just that purpose.

    My wife and I are privileged to have our two grandsons live with us.  For those of us who have children in the house, there are some simple things you can do to set their minds at ease in case the electricity goes out, or worse.  Storms are naturally scary for kids because of all the racket outside.  Then when a tree goes down across a power line amidst all that noise, suddenly the house goes dark, the TV dies and the XBox quits at the worst possible time.  The sudden darkness can be upsetting to kids and if you’re prepared with emergency lighting and other readiness items, you can go a long ways toward making this a “camping in” experience rather than one that causes needless drama.

    You could even gather the kids around the table some evening and talk to them about disaster preparedness and how important it is to know where things are.  Then turn off the lights  and tell them “we’re having a drill.”  See who can find a flashlight first.  You could possibly assign other tasks such as selecting someone to stay with the baby, or have them pair up as in the Boy Scout days of using the buddy-system.  Only one rule, no turning on any lights.

We tried this at my house recently.  My adult daughter and two grandsons participated.  The 14 year old grandson provided light within 60 seconds.  One thing I hadn’t counted on was handheld mobile devices are usually equipped with an LED light.  Seems like kids are much more aware of the capabilities of their phones than most grownups.   Also the outside yard light provided some light with which to find our way about.

When your electricity fails, be sure to reassure the kids there really is nothing to worry about.  Talk to them about what may have caused the outage, and that crews are out in the storm right this minute working to restore service.  In most cases the lights come back on in a few hours and life returns to normal.

Children learn to take their cues from the adults in their lives.  If the grownups are panicked, then children will likewise be undone.  But when your attitude is, “I’ve got this,” then the kids are comforted in the understanding the grownups really do have the situation under control.  When you have made some simple preparations and are ready to handle the unexpected, it will serve well to bring stability and avoid all the drama associated with fears.  Be sure to ask the kids if they’re afraid, and what are they afraid of?  Reassure them you are there with them and nothing bad is going to happen.  Tell them you have plenty of food and supplies and remind them they are warm and dry and because you are a wise and caring parent you have already prepared for just such an emergency.  No worries.

As always send your questions, comments and suggestions to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer.  His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble, and other online booksellers.

Klamath Alerts Announces New Twitter Alert Service

Klamath Alerts now offers a new Twitter breaking news notification service. The new service is already included for all subscribers to our mobile app on Mighty Networks who are on the annual subscription plan. Additionally, we now offer direct subscriptions to our Twitter alerts. More information is available on our Twitter notification page here.

Our new Twitter notification service is most similar to our original smartphone app that started it all. Alerts are transmitted via our private Twitter page. The Twitter app works well with any Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. Notifications and alerts are sent directly to your smartphone or tablet screen.

Alerts on our Twitter platform include:

  • Breaking Local News
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Not yet a subscriber? For about 3 cents a day you can stay alert with the latest breaking news stories along with road, weather, and traffic alerts. For more information on becoming a subscriber please see our website or click one of the links in our article here.

Klamath Alerts currently offers two subscription services.  Our Mighty Networks service gives you instant alerts to breaking news and exclusive access to our private news community. Our Mighty Networks service allows users to filter alert types. The new Twitter service is an additional way to receive our notifications, and provides instant access to all of our notifications.

If you would like more information about our subscription services or need help picking out the service that is right for you please feel free to contact us.

Klamath Alerts relies on subscription revenue to support the entire news platform and everything we do. If you enjoy our news service, please consider becoming a subscriber today.

 

Sheriff’s Office Awarded Overtime Traffic Enforcement Grants

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation awarded the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office grant funds for traffic safety during 2018-19 totaling $17,500.
The grant is being used to increase traffic enforcement with focused patrols on Distracted Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Occupant Protection (Safety Belts), and Speed Enforcement during the below specified events.
The next scheduled extra patrols will be over the New Year’s holiday including New Year’s Eve and will target DUII enforcement. Extra patrols are scheduled and will be looking for impaired drivers.
Below is a breakdown of how the grant funds will be used. Currently no speed enforcement extra patrols are scheduled as of posting time of this story.
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President Trump and First Lady Melania Visit Troops In Iraq During Surprise Visit

President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump have greeted military personnel at a dining facility during an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

Speculation had built because President Trump’s usual Twitter activity had slowed and he seemed to be “unusually absent” according to some press reports.

The secret mission is President’s first visit to an active combat zone.

Additional information and a photo is available at Reuters News Service. 

Winter Storm Update 12-24-18

Winter Storm Update: 12-24-18 at 11:48am 

Hopes of a big snow storm in town are starting to diminish. The low pressure system that was expected to deliver a snow storm for Klamath Falls has arrived about 3 hours earlier than expected. Because it is arriving during higher daytime temperatures, we will likely see much less snow than originally thought (if any) locally.

Additionally, so far it appears snow levels have also stayed higher than originally thought. A check of area road cams shows a slushy mess right now at the higher elevations.

One thing to watch out for later tonight is black ice. The low temperature is currently expected to get around 26F tonight in the local area. The roadways are wet and slushy, and it’s possible we may see areas of rain and snow showers through this evening. Roads could become very slick quickly later tonight. When conditions like this exist, it’s possible you could be driving on wet roads and suddenly encounter black ice with no warning. Expect the unexpected later tonight as the sun goes down and stay on the safe side by driving slower and allowing more following distance.

We hope you all have a great Christmas Eve.

Crater Lake Now Closed To Vehicles Due To Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown Emergency Update:

Due to human health and safety hazards, Crater Lake National Park has been closed to vehicles at Highway 62.

Highway 62 through the park will remain open but the road to the lake is closed. Visitors may snowshoe, ski, or walk the approximately 7 miles each way from Hwy 62 to the rim, but must stay off the plowed roads as they are still being used for emergency access.

Visitors are reminded that there are no National Park Service provided services including restrooms, visitor information, or backcountry permits. Emergency services and road maintenance such as snow plowing and sanding are limited.

To report an emergency call 9-1-1. Be aware that many areas of the park do not have cell phone reception. Closures are enforceable under federal law.

For shutdown updates go to www.doi.gov/shutdown.

More Than 180,000 Salmon-Eating Fish Removed From Columbia And Snake Rivers

Portland, Ore. – It was a good year for those angling for northern pikeminnow in the Columbia and Snake rivers. More than 3,000 people registered for the 2018 Northern Pike minnow Sport Reward Program. Combined, they spent more than 23,000 angler days catching and removing 180,271 of the salmon-eating fish, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

While harvest was down a bit from 2017 due to higher river flows, angler success was better in 2018. Average catch per angler per day in 2018 was 7.52, up from 7.38 in 2017. All together, anglers were paid about $1.4 million for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, has run annually from May 1 through Sept. 30 for more than 20 years.

Based on this year’s catches, BPA is successfully meeting its annual program goal to remove 10-20 percent of the predators. Northern pikeminnow anglers caught and removed about 11.5 percent of fish more than 9 inches long. The larger fish are the portion of the northern pikeminnow population believed to eat the most salmon and steelhead smolts.

“The goal of this program is to reduce the number of northern pikeminnow in the Columbia and Snake rivers,” said Eric McOmie, BPA program manager. “We’ve seen a substantial reduction in predation by these fish, which mean young salmon and steelhead have a better chance of making it to the ocean and eventually returning to the basin as adults.”

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more their pikeminnow are worth. In 2018, state fish and wildlife biologists also released more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen who participated in the program earned an average of nearly $29,000 each. The top angler earned more than $71,000, reeling in more than 8,600 fish over the five-month season.

 

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed nearly 5 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. Biologists estimate that the program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent from pre-program levels.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program, call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

 

Scam Alert: Fake Business Quilt Scam

   Hundreds of Consumers Complain to BBB After Being Scammed out of Money

Portland, Oregon – A phony business operating under the name Amelia Cotton Quilt Company and a Salem, Oregon address is scamming consumers across the country this holiday season.

BBB Northwest + Pacific is processing hundreds of complaints from people who say they paid for quilts but have yet to receive them. Most of the complainants’ report purchasing through a Facebook ad that directs them to the website www.Ameliacotton10.com. Amelia Cotton Quilt Company is not registered with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office and its business address is a private residence in Salem.

BBB is giving Amelia Cotton Quilt Company an ‘F’ rating and issuing a Scam Alert after it failed to respond to multiple inquiries by investigators and consumers left with one less gift to give this holiday.

“Remember, purchasing with a credit card can give you more protection against fake businesses that don’t deliver,” says Dawn Johnson, Marketplace Manager. “And, always check out retailers at bbb.org before you shop.”

Amelia Cotton Quilt Company is believed to now be using the website www.sleepious.co. Other names and websites to watch out for are:

Weirdo Stuff Kathleen Quilt Ducha
Emacotton Amelia Quilt Amelia Cotton
Ecrafta EMA Cotton Elsie Quilt
Uscrafta Cotton Blanket Elsie May Quilt
USA Crafta ARA Cotton  
Umovietee Joyce Quilt  
weirdostuff.net emmacotton09.com Amelia-quilt.com
bellaquilt.net aracotton.com hellodobo.com
uscrafta.com emmacotton13.com bellaquilt.com
emacotton.com ameliacotton10.com duhuquilt.com
emastore10.com    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a victim of this scheme, we want to hear about it. File a report at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.

New Product Safety Recalls: Children’s Books and GNC Iron Supplements

  1. Manhattan Toy Recalls Children’s Books Due to Choking Hazard: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Manhattan-Toy-Recalls-Childrens-Books-Due-to-Choking-Hazard
  2. Women’s Iron Complete Supplements Recalled by GNC Due to Failure to Meet Child Resistant Closure Requirement; Risk of Poisoning: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Womens-Iron-Complete-Supplements-Recalled-by-GNC-Due-to-Failure-to-Meet-Child-Resistant-Closure-Requirement-Risk-of-Poisoning

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City of Klamath Falls Announces Website Upgrades. Office Closures For Holidays

As you may be aware, recently the City went out for proposals to update our current websites to make them more user friendly and easier for customers to access and navigate. At its December 3 meeting, Council approved award of this project to CivicPlus, Inc. This project is important to the City.

We are seeking to update our multiple websites (main City site, Police Department, Pool, Airport) to enhance the user experience, simplify content management and provide improved citizen-centric information and customer service to its community, while meeting high standards for design quality and visual appeal. We are excited to move forward with this project in 2019 as we continue to work to achieve our vision while providing 24/7/365 access.

Holiday Office Closures: December 24th & 25th – All non-emergency offices closed January 1st – All non-emergency offices closed

CHP Involved Shooting In Weed

MULTI-AGENCIES RESPOND TO OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

On Saturday, December 22, 2018 at about 7:40 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) of an officer-involved shooting, which occurred in vicinity of Interstate 5 (I-5) about 1.5 miles south Edgewood Road. This location is in the unincorporated area of Siskiyou County just north of Weed, California. A preliminary report indicates a CHP officer assigned to the Yreka Area stopped to make a routine check of a vehicle parked on the right-shoulder of I-5 south of Edgewood Road when an armed occupant of that vehicle confronted the officer and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Mt. Shasta for treatment.

The officer was not injured in the incident. The suspect sustained a gunshot wound and he is expected to survive. Charges against the suspect are pending at this time.

The criminal investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident is being handled by a multi-agency Siskiyou County law investigation team, pursuant to an existing protocol. The criminal investigation, routine in such matters, when completed, will be reviewed by Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus. Members of the investigative team include detectives or officers from the Yreka Police Department, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (Major Crimes Unit, including forensic technician), CHP, and Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office. The CHP’s Northern Division Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigative Team (MAIT), CHP Northern Division, Yreka CHP, and Mt. Shasta CHP investigators are also assisting with the investigation. The SCSO’s Search and Rescue team is assisting at the crime scene.

The CHP will lead the administrative officer-involved shooting investigation, which will evaluate policy and procedural issues involving the incident.

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

Weather Outlook: Winter Weather And Christmas Eve Snow Storm

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If you have been wishing or praying for a white Christmas locally, you just might see one this year. Klamath Alerts has been following forecast information this past week and we have just learned that the latest forecast data indicates a probability of a significant Christmas Eve snow storm for Klamath Falls, Alturas, and Lakeview.

Several winter storms are in the forecast for the region mainly dumping snow at 4,500 feet and above in the mountains. The first storm will transit the area starting tonight. This storm will mainly impact the mountains with periods of snow.

An additional and stronger storm is currently forecast to arrive in our area on Monday (Christmas Eve). The current data shows 3-5 inches of snow at 4,000 feet and above for Klamath Falls, Alturas, and Lakeview. We will post additional information if it becomes available.

From the NWS Medford:

Stormy Weather through Christmas Eve

Expected Impacts:

Snow:

The heaviest snow accumulations will occur on the Cascade passes from Highway 140 northward, including Crater Lake and Diamond Lake. Significant snow is forecast on Highway 97 between Chiloquin and Crescent, including Chemult. Expect wintry travel conditions mainly above 4500 feet.  Significant snow may occur on Monday east of the Cascades impacting the cities of Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Alturas. Snow levels may begin around 4500 feet Monday afternoon and then lower to near 4000 feet. Siskiyou Summit on I-5 could see a few inches of snow on Monday.

Forecast Confidence

Snow: Moderate confidence for amounts above 4500 feet.  Snow: Low to moderate confidence for amounts in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Alturas due to borderline snow levels

Snow:

12 to 18 inches of snow is expected through Christmas Eve for the high passes from Highway 140 northward. From Chiloquin to Chemult and Crescent there could be 6 to 10 inches through Christmas Eve.

Snow levels:

Snow levels will mainly range between 4500 and 5000 feet and then lower to around 4000 feet on Monday afternoon or evening.

Weather Summary

A series of winter storms will impact the region through Christmas Eve. Wintry driving conditions are expected on many of the high passes in southern Oregon and northern California. East of the Cascades, the greatest chance for significant snow will be Monday

Various winter weather advisories are in effect through Christmas Eve.

Oregon Mental Health Patient Located In Corvallis.

Oregon State Hospital patient – Kelsy Mankin -has been located in Corvallis and is no longer of interest.  Oregon State Police and Oregon State Hospital would like to thank the public, media, and our partners with assisting in his safe return.

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A 32-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Kelsy Evan Mankin, was reported missing Thursday, Dec. 20. Anyone seeing Mankin should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888.

Mankin is not considered to be an imminent danger to himself or others. He is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Mankin should not be approached.

Mankin was admitted from Lincoln County to the Salem campus of Oregon State Hospital Oct. 20, 2016. Mankin was found guilty except for insanity on the charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a prison inmate, and suppling contraband.

He was last seen on the grounds of Oregon State Hospital at approximately 6:19 p.m. Thursday, where he was attending a group activity and ran away from hospital employees.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Mankin as a Caucasian male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 176 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket. He was also carrying an off-white jacket with lettering on it.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.

OREGON STATE HOSPITAL SEEKS MISSING PATIENT

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December 21, 2018

Contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, OHA, 503-756-0366rebeka.gipson-king@state.or.us

Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient

A 32-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Kelsy Evan Mankin, was reported missing Thursday, Dec. 20. Anyone seeing Mankin should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888.

Mankin is not considered to be an imminent danger to himself or others. He is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Mankin should not be approached.

Mankin was admitted from Lincoln County to the Salem campus of Oregon State Hospital Oct. 20, 2016. Mankin was found guilty except for insanity on the charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a prison inmate, and suppling contraband.

He was last seen on the grounds of Oregon State Hospital at approximately 6:19 p.m. Thursday, where he was attending a group activity and ran away from hospital employees.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Mankin as a Caucasian male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 176 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket. He was also carrying an off-white jacket with lettering on it.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.

DORRIS AREA DEATHS LINKED TO CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

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On Thursday, December 20, 2018, the Siskiyou County Sheriffs’ Office (SCSO) convened a forensic autopsy to help investigators determine the cause and manner of death in the case of two Dorris area residents found deceased in a trailer in a remote area of Siskiyou County outside of Dorris, California. Read more

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