Monthly Archives: January 2019

Weather Outlook: Rain Then Snow Storm With Much Colder Air

Weather Outlook Snow

The NWS says our clear skies are ending beginning tomorrow. We are expecting to see rain for Friday followed by a snow storm Sunday into Monday. Right now according to the latest data, about 3-4 inches of snow are possible over the weekend into Monday here in Klamath Falls. We certainly hope it’s more than that!

The storm arriving on Sunday will contain modified arctic air and will be some of the coldest air we have seen this winter. Highs on Monday are forecast to be about 28 degrees! Lows will be very cold after the storm clearing later on Monday into Tuesday, likely in the single digits for our area.

Hazardous travel conditions are possible with packed snow, black ice, and possibly reduced visibility in snow showers.

The latest info from the NWS:

A front will arrive Thursday night into Friday providing some gusty winds to the Shasta Valley, Summer Lake area, and some of the other Valleys in Lake County as well as across the Warner Mountains in Modoc County. This front will bring periods of moderate rainfall to the coast and coastal ranges as well as mountain snow. Snow levels will start around 7000 feet Thursday night and fall to around 5000 feet on Friday. Conditions become showery as another weak system enters the area, so there will be some breaks between bands of rain and snow beginning Friday night. Snow levels will continue to fall to around 3000 by Sunday morning and will fall to 500 to 1000 feet on Monday as another system brings even more showers on Monday morning. Precipitation should end on Monday afternoon/evening.

Despite some lingering clouds which will keep us warmer than if we had clear skies, temperatures will become very cold after the precipitation with lows reaching near freezing at the coast, the 20s across the west side valleys, and into the teens or single digits east of the Cascades. These cold temperatures will increase refreeze potential on area roadways.

Main points to consider:

  • Travel delays and impacts for major highways and roads due to snowy or icy roads:

    • Roads above 5000 feet impacted on Friday and Saturday,

    • Roads above 3000 feet impacted by Sunday morning

    • Roads above 1000 feet Impacted late Sunday night and Monday.

  • Snow showers will be possible all the way down to 500 feet Monday.

  • Gusty winds could create travel difficulties for the Shasta Valley, Summer Lake Area and several valleys in Lake County and along the Warners in Modoc County on Friday.

  • Moderate rainfall rates (Less than a half of an inch an hour) expected Friday, so no flooding impacts expected at this time.

  • Cold temperatures are expected across southern Oregon and northern California beginning Tuesday when conditions clear. (Teens east of the cascades, 20s west of the Cascades, and near freezing at the coast).

Klamath Alerts will continue to monitor these storms over the weekend and update as needed.

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Nationwide Recall On Infants’ Ibuprofen Sold At Walmart And CVS Expanded

Product Recalls

Note: This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall we reported about in December last year here.

Tris Pharma, Inc. has voluntarily recalled three (3) lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL, to the retail level. The recalled lots of the product have been found to potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen. Read more

Fatal Traffic Accident HWY 140E East of Beatty

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On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at approximately 3:30 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 140E near milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Subaru Forester, operated by Gordon Ensley (77) of Lakeview, was westbound on Hwy 140E when for unknown reasons traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.

Ensley was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.

A dog was also reported in the vehicle and injured, but no information about the dog was released by OSP.

This incident was covered live on our breaking news service. 

Traffic Alert: Road Closure Sprague River Road

Road Closure

ROAD CLOSURE DUE TO ACCIDENT

Sprague River Road will be closed from Williamson River Road to Lone Pine Road between milepost 12 & 13. Closure is to allow for the clearance of a wrecked 18 wheeler truck and load. Estimated closure will be from Thursday, January 31st at 8:00 am to Friday, February 1st at 2:00 pm.

A detour route on Williamson River Road and Lone Pine is available during the closure. Local traffic only will be allowed for residences located on Sprague River Road. Road closure may take longer or shorter, depending on how fast the cargo can be reloaded, the wreck can be removed, and weather conditions.

Lava Beds Announces Entrance Fee Increase And Ice Cave Tour Reservations

Lava Beds Ice Cave

Photo by Brent McGregor of two cavers standing by an ice formation during a 2011 survey of Crystal Ice Cave.

Crystal Ice Cave Update

We are just as excited to get back into this cool cave as you are, and there will be 1:00 p.m. tours Saturday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 9th. These tours will be available to reserve only on recreation.gov. Instead of those tours releasing three weeks before the tour date like normal, the tour for February 2nd will release at 7:00 a.m. PST tomorrow (Wednesday), January 30th, and the tour for February 9th will release at 7:00 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 31st. For future tours after those dates, stay tuned to our Facebook and website for more information.

Remember Crystal Ice Cave is a three-hour tour and is recommended for those in very good physical condition who can negotiate loose boulders, ice and snow covered surfaces and slopes, and can crawl and stoop. It also only takes six people each tour, so consider yourself very lucky if you’re able to get a spot! Feel free to call (530) 667-8113 or comment below if you have any questions, and go ahead and create arecreation.gov account if you’re hoping to get a spot on either of these tours. Good luck!

Lava Beds Will Have Entrance Fee Increase

Lava Beds will have an entrance fee increase beginning February 1, 2019. This increase comes in response to public comments made on a nationwide fee proposal released in October 2017 that resulted in a nationwide plan that was released on April 12, 2018. The plan will increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of over 400 national park units. Over 90% of the fees collected at Lava Beds stay in the park to provide services, trails and activities directly related to the visitor experience.

The National Park Service has a standardized entrance fee structure, composed of four groups based on park size and type. Lava Beds is one of the sites in group 2, where a seven day vehicle pass will increase from $20 to $25, an individual pass for those entering the park by hiking or biking will increase from $10 to $15, a motorcycle pass from $15 to $20, and an annual Lava Beds park pass from $40 to $45. More than two-thirds of national park units will remain free to enter, and the price of The America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80. There are other available passes available for activity duty military members, those citizens or permanent residents who are disabled, and students in the 4th grade. Check out this link for more information on the nationwide plan and any entrance fee changes that will be happening at a park near you:

https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/04-12-2018-entrance-fees.htm

Semi Truck Crash Creates Hazmat Response on Sprague River Highway

Breaking News Fire

Klamath Alerts has been tracking a semi truck accident on Sprague River Road east of Chiloquin. The accident was originally reported to be near milepost 4 or 5 but we believe it is a little further east than that.

Here is what we know about the incident: 

Several hours ago, a law enforcement vehicle with a prisoner on board drove up on the scene of a single vehicle semi truck accident. The driver who did not appear to speak English was injured and was reported to be the only occupant of the truck.

At least part of the tractor portion of the semi truck was in the river and the trailer was resting on the bank.

The truck is reported to be hauling a load of apples.

The tractor part of the truck is now leaking diesel fuel from the fuel tank(s) on the truck. So far about 20 gallons of diesel fuel has leaked near the river and the fuel was reported to be flowing toward the water. Efforts are now underway to contain the spill. We do not know how much of the fuel has reached the water at this point. It was recently reported that potentially 60 more gallons of fuel could be spilled if not contained.

A Klamath County Fire District 1 Hazmat team has been recently dispatched to the scene and an “all call” has been initiated for firemen to man stations locally.

Klamath Alerts will continue to monitor the incident and report more as we can.

Chiloquin Fire, Klamath County Sheriff, and other responders have been on scene for some time. They are working very hard to contain the fuel spill and prevent it from entering the river. A tow truck was also recently sent to the scene.

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Update: 1:47pm – 40 gallons of fuel now reported spilled and reported to be near the water but not in it. Crews on scene awaiting a boom truck to help contain the spill. 

Protester Injured After Jumping In Front of Presidential Motorcade

 

Breaking National News

Breaking National News: A protestor is reported to be injured after jumping in front of President Trump’s motorcade outside The White House.

Details are not clear yet as this is a developing story.

Mobile breaking news alerts like this are available on our breaking news service. 

RT is reporting more about the Presidential Motorcade incident here. 

Latest Snow Water Equivalent Report: Klamath County 73% Lake County 101%

Klamath County SWE

The latest SWE report or “Snow Water Equivalent” is out today. We still have some time to increase these amounts for Klamath County and it looks like the weather will return to a stormy pattern later Friday this week.

Current snowpack for the Pacific Northwest ranges from 50-100 percent of historical norms, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Some of the smaller readings come west of the Cascades, including the Willamette Valley, which has a 56 percent rating in the latest report issued today.

Moving further east the numbers increase significantly, including in Lake County, Oregon, which has a 101 percent rating.

The readings come from sensors spread across the region by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a branch of the USDA. The percentages represent a snow-water equivalent based on the historical median from 1981 to 2010.

Full size graphics of the report are available below:

Klamath County SWE

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Tyson Foods Recalls Chicken Nuggets Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

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Note: These items were shipped to grocery stores nationwide. 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2019 – Tyson Foods, Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The panko chicken nugget items were produced on Nov. 26, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 5-lb. plastic packages of “Tyson WHITE MEAT PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “BEST IF USED BY” date of “NOV 26 2019,” case code “3308SDL03” and time stamps 23:00 through 01:59 (inclusive).

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13556” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of extraneous material in purchased Panko Chicken Nugget products. FSIS was notified on Jan. 29, 2019.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Consumer Relations at  1-888-747-7611. Members of the Media with questions about the recall can contact Worth Sparkman, Senior Communications Manager with Tyson Foods, Inc., at (479) 290-6358.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

 

Pacific Power Says Oregon Bills Will Go Down 3.8 Percent Starting Next Month

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Pacific Power Oregon customers will see lower rates as company passes along federal tax savings

PORTLAND, Ore…—Jan. 29, 2019—Following through on a pledge made when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law in late 2017, Pacific Power’s 550,000 customers in Oregon will see a decrease in their bills starting Feb. 1, 2019.

Under the tax cut-related reduction, as approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, residential customers in Oregon will see a bill decrease of approximately 3.8 percent. A typical Oregon residential customer using 900 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will see their bill drop from about $98.52 to about $94.40 per month after Feb. 1. Commercial and industrial customers in the state will see reductions ranging from 3 percent to 4 percent depending on the customer classification.

“This was a pledge we made and were determined to keep,” said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power vice president of customer service. “Whenever we can pass savings on to customers, we do. In this case tax policy changes enabled us to reduce annual operating expenses. In other instances, we save money by innovating within our own operations or investing wisely in renewable energy. All of these efficiencies are designed to increase the savings and overall value we deliver to our customers. We remain committed to passing on tax savings to our customers when and where possible as well as minimizing any increases resulting from potential Oregon tax policy changes being considered in the 2019 legislative session.”

If customers have questions about their bill, Pacific Power representatives are available 24/7 to help answer questions, assist with energy usage reviews and payment assistance plans. The company’s aim is to provide customers with safe, reliable and affordable energy to help customers run their households and businesses.

Customers with questions about their bill can call Pacific Power any time at 888-221-7070.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.9 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

Pilot Survives Overnight After Small Plane Crash Near Prospect

Klamath Alerts

PROSPECT, Oregon. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue has concluded the successful search for a downed aircraft outside of the town of Prospect.

At about 6 p.m. on Monday the 28th, a 911 call was made to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by the management of the Prospect Airport. A small experimental aircraft was thought to be missing or overdue.

Search and Rescue personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and other surrounding agencies to include the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Prospect Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, Civil Air Patrol, and Brim Aviation assisted in searching through the night. Weather hampered the ability for searching by air until the late morning, however ground crews remained on scene throughout.

A about 10:00 a.m. The crash was located roughly 2.5 miles from the airport by Brim Aviation. Steven Dawson Jr., 34, of Central Point, was sole occupant of the aircraft, and was evacuated to the Prospect Airport then transferred to the care of Mercy Flights.

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Extra Traffic Patrols Scheduled For Super Bowl Sunday Weekend

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Super Bowl and Safety Belt Blitz #1

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone that we have scheduled extra patrols Super Bowl Sunday to ensure our roads are safe and drivers are sober.

 Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk on Super Bowl Sunday February 3, 2019.

Super Bowl has become synonymous with drinking and celebrating, making roads on Super Bowl weekend dangerous. Designate a sober driver.

Deputies will also be focusing on Occupant Protection including stopping, educating and/or citing drivers and their passengers for failure to use or improperly using Safety Belts. Buckle Up — Every Trip, Every Time.

Klamath County Fire District #1 Seeking Applicants For Executive Assistant – Human Resources Specialist

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Klamath County Fire District No. 1 has a career employment opportunity for Executive Assistant / Human Resources Specialist. Click here to visit the KCFD1 Website For More Information

Application Process

Applications packets can be obtained at Work Source Klamath, 801 Oak Ave, Klamath Falls OR, 97601, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday or downloaded below.

Review all documents below carefully before applying. Complete the application packet and be sure to attach all required documentation.

Application Submission: Completed application packets must include the following documents specified below:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent
  2. Higher education certificates if applicable
  3. Copy of a current (within last 3 months) typing test. Contact Work Source for details.
  4. Resume and Cover Letter

Under Oregon law, armed forces veterans who meet the minimum qualifications for the position may be eligible for employment preference. If you are a veteran and want to apply for preference points submit a completed Klamath County Fire District No. 1 Veterans’ Preference form, as well as the required documentation listed on the form with you completed application.

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO
Work Source Klamath
801 Oak Ave
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Applications must be received by Work Source Klamath prior to the closing deadline of February 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For further information call Work Source Klamath at (541) 883-5630.

Selection Process

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications stated above will be invited to participate in the testing phase of the selection process. All testing will be facilitated through Work Source Klamath and must be completed by 5:00pm Thursday, February 14, 2019.

The tests will evaluate proficiency in the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Spelling and Grammar
  • Use of Microsoft Word
  • Use of Microsoft Excel
  • Human Resources Basics

The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the interview phase of the selection process. Interviews will be scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, February 20, 2019. The top candidate will be given a conditional job offer and will be subject to a comprehensive background check and pre-employment drug screen prior to receiving the final job offer. The projected start date for this position March 15, 2019.

 

Applications sent to the Fire District or received after closing will not be considered.

Information provided by Klamath County Fire District 1

Guest Blog Post: Survival Prep -“January 27th”

Guestblog

“January 27”

As I sit down to write, I make note of today’s date;  January 27.  It was on this date in 1700 the last major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake unleashed its energy on the Pacific Northwest.  It was one hundred years later when Lewis and Clark arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River.  At the time of the quake, the only residents were First Nations people and they had no means of conveying events to their descendants other than storytelling.  Some native stories tell of a giant wave that put canoes in the treetops and other tales of destruction caused by a gigantic shaking.  It is believed the landmass dropped by as much as ten feet during the event.  At the mouth of the Copalis River in Southwestern Washington is a salt water swamp containing several cedar stumps.  Conventional knowledge says cedar trees don’t grow in salt water, therefore the only logical conclusion is this grove of trees was once on higher ground and when the quake struck, the high ground dropped to sea level. An analysis of the growth rings on the trees narrowed down the date of the quake and confirmed suspicions.

The reason scientists know the exact date is because an “orphan tsunami” struck the coast of Japan on that date.  An orphan tsunami is one which has no earthquake associated with it.  Several fishing villages were wiped out and thousands of lives lost.  Later scientists were able to connect the data and determined the tsunami was caused by a Cascadia Subduction quake off the coast of Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

Seismologists have determined by taking core samples from coastal estuaries there have been some 41 large quakes in the region over the past 10,000 years.  That’s an average of one very major seismic event every 242 years.  If you do the math, we are now 319 years since the last quake making us several decades overdue.

Municipalities, county governments and state agencies are all making preparations to be able to survive the next big quake.  Private electrical utilities, along with many public entities, including the U.S. Postal Service, all have plans to quickly resume operations following a disaster.  One state agency planner I spoke with recently informs me their vehicles (and they have several) are now equipped with a disaster kit contained in a backpack.  Each pack includes items for shelter, safety, food and water.  The packs are evaluated yearly and various essential items are added.  In addition, every vehicle carries a comprehensive first-aid kit.  Most employees receive training and are certified in caring for the injured.

My point is, government agencies are taking the threat seriously.  Most communities along the coast have identified tsunami zones, escape routes and plans are in place to deal with the aftereffects of a large earthquake.  Every hospital is required to have disaster drills and most medical facilities have temporary tent-style shelters ready to erect when needed.  One hospital combines an annual drill with a free, drive-through flu shot clinic.  Not only are hospital staff trained in emergency procedures, the public is being conditioned as to where to go and what to expect.  While at the same time, getting a free flu shot.  All these things will save lives.

Send your questions and comments to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  Previous columns are on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.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.

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