Monthly Archives: January 2019

Sky Watch Alert: Bright ISS Space Station Passes Over Klamath Falls Wednesday And Thursday Nights

ISS Space Station

The International Space Station will make a bright pass over Klamath Falls tonight and also on Thursday evening. As long as the clouds and fog stay clear, these will be excellent sighting opportunities.

We also recently learned of a new interactive tour of the ISS you can take with a computer. This tour also features “video stops” along the way to learn more about the features onboard the station.

Follow this link to visit the ESA website and see the ISS Space Station Interactive Tour 

The following passes near Klamath Falls are forecast to be nearly magnitude -4.0 to -3.7 which are extremely bright. Also combined with drying air locally, this should be a very good time to see it. The ISS travels at about 17,150mph at an orbit height of about 254 miles above earth. Experiments have proven that time passes slightly slower on the ISS than here on earth!

Visible Pass Tonight 1-23-19 

Visible 6:54:06PM — Peak 6:57:28 — Into Shadow 6:57:49 (seconds included in time)

Passing From South West to North East


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Visible pass tomorrow night 1-24-19 

Visible 6:02:49pm — Peak 6:05:44pm — Into Shadow 6:08:41pm (seconds included in time)

Passing From South West to North East

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We hope you enjoy these sightings and please feel free to share this. These passes are amazing educational opportunities for children.

Klamath Alerts would like to thank Heavens-Above for map use.

Klamath County Fire District No. 1 Welcomes Two New Paramedics



(Photos from Klamath County Fire District 1)

Klamath Alerts would like to say congratulations and thank you for your service Jacob and Jessie!

From KCFD1:

Please help us welcome our two newest paramedics to Fire District 1. Jacob has been assigned to C-Shift and Jessie to A-Shift, both at Fire Station 3. Welcome to the FD1 family!


Klamath County Grand Jury Finds Deputy Involved Beatty Shooting Justified

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A Klamath County Grand Jury has ruled a recent deputy involved shooting in Beatty justified. The shooting occurred in the early morning hours of December 29th, 2018.

Note: Our original post about this story is available here: Deputy Involved Shooting Beatty 

The full press release from the Klamath County D.A. is available here. Click the link below to read the full release signed by the jury foreman.

Klamath County DA Press Release Deputy Involved Shooting Beatty

OMSI offering free general admission for furloughed federal employees


PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is offering free general admission for furloughed federal employees and their families during the partial government shutdown.

In an effort to ease the financial burden for federal employees in the community, OMSI joins a number of other institutions opening their doors to families impacted during the shutdown including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Historical Society and the Portland Art Museum.

“OMSI is a place where our community can come together to seek inspiration and ignite their curiosity. I hope a visit to the museum will ease the stress and offer an educational respite for families affected by the shutdown,” said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO.

The offer is good for up to four people and will last throughout the shutdown. It is also good for federal contractors who are affected. To receive free general admission, furloughed employees must show their federal ID or badge at the front desk.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit

Guest Blog Post – Survivor Prep – Evacuation: To Go Or Not To Go


“Evacuation:  To Go Or Not To Go”

There is a concept among preppers known as “Bugging Out.”  I remember the term from watching reruns of M.A.S.H.  Whenever Radar O’Reilly, Major Henry Blake and Hawkeye were ordered to move their Mobile And Surgical Hospital unit to a new location, they would make plans to “bug out.”  Today’s preppers use the term to describe an evacuation process to be executed when the current abode becomes too dangerous to stay put or uninhabitable.

The likelihood of evacuation in our area is usually minor.  Our weather events don’t equal the hurricanes of the East Coast and Gulf Coast states.  Nor do we get the blizzards of the northern regions of our country. Wildfires notwithstanding, those living in our region have had isolated instances of evacuation due to flooding and landslides in the past, and for those living in the tsunami inundation zone, bugging out should be a part of your action plan.

You can be assured if I lived in a major city or in the hurricane zone, my preparation plans would include how to get my family and supplies out of town on short notice.  (Or in prepper lingo, “Out of Dodge.”)  Living in rural Oregon we have several things to our advantage.  Our relatively sparse population is far more self-sufficient and more good-neighbor minded than  city folk.  If you’ve ever watched the news during a big storm or hurricane in a densely-populated area, you see looting and other outlaw behavior.  Not exactly conducive to the “come on, let’s work together to get through this” mindset so vital to community survival and workable in a small town.

There seems to be a segment of society always on the cusp of criminal behavior.  This group of potential criminals allow themselves to be drawn over the line of unacceptable behavior at the slightest provocation and loot, pillage and even worse when they know the police have their hands full with other matters.  You can bet your emergency generator this group has never laid in an extra flashlight battery or can of Spam.  Their “plan” such as it is, will be to take your supplies in the event of a disaster.  This is precisely why, if I lived in a metropolitan area, I would be planning to “get out of Dodge” if necessary.

If you have relatives or loved ones in the big cities, send them a copy of this column and suggest they make plans to ‘bug out’ if the need arises.

If you’d like to read more on the topic of bugging out, there is an excellent blog titled, “Listening To Katrina.”  The author was forced to evacuate his family in the face of Hurricane Katrina.  The blog is over 100 pages long so consider your ink supply before you hit the “print” button.  He has a very balanced and intelligent approach to preparedness and bugging out.  Another of my favorites is a book titled, “One Second After,” by William Forstchen.  This book has been cited on the floor of Congress as one all Americans should read.

As always send your questions, suggestions and comments to  Previous columns are posted on my blog at  Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer.  He is the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on, barnesandnoble and other online booksellers.

Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies Save Child At Multiple Homicide Scene In Woodburn


At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 19, 2019, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a multiple-homicide/domestic-violence call on the 32000 block of S. Barlow Road, in unincorporated Woodburn.

Deputies arrived at the scene. They encountered the suspect — Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn — as he was attempting to kill a young girl.

Deputies used deadly force on Gago, saving the girl’s life.

No deputies were injured in the incident.

Four others were found deceased at the scene. The homicide victims ranged in age from 9 months to 66 years old.

At this writing there are two survivors — including the girl saved by quick deputy action.

The suspect and four homicide victims all resided at the S. Barlow Road address. The victims are identified as:

  • Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 9 months old, of Woodburn
  • Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31 years old, of Woodburn
  • Jerry William Bremer, 66 years old, of Woodburn
  • Pamela Denise Bremer, 64 years old, ofWoodburn

The Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer (PIO) held a press briefing at 7 a.m. on Jan. 20 at the intersection of Hwy. 211/S. Barlow Rd. No additional briefings are scheduled at this writing.

South Barlow Road was closed between Hwy. 211 and S. Schneider Rd. as detectives and CSI personnel processed the scene. The road was re-opened at approximately 11 a.m. Please drive carefully as Investigators are still processing the crime scene.

An August 2018 booking photo of suspect Mark Leo Gregory Gago is linked above, along with additional photos from the scene.

The involved deputies have been placed on leave pending an investigation of the deadly-force incident — standard procedure in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.


Anyone with information on Mark Gago or the events that led up to this horrific crime is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at — please reference CCSO Case # 19-001568.


Crime Scene


Crime Scene


Crime Scene


Mark Leo Gregory Gago (Deceased Suspect. Booking photo is from prior arrest)

Weather Alert: Urban And Small Stream Flood Advisory Just Issued

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Flood Advisory issued January 19 at 1:03PM PST by NWS Medford

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for…

Siskiyou County in northern California…

Douglas County in southwestern Oregon…

Curry County in southwestern Oregon…

Jackson County in southwestern Oregon…

Josephine County in southwestern Oregon…

Klamath County in south central Oregon…

Coos County in southwestern Oregon…

* Until 100 AM PST Sunday.

* At 1258 PM PST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area. Numerous reports of water crossing roads are being reported across the region. Slow down and use great caution when driving.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…

Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Ashland, Coos Bay, Sutherlin, Yreka, Brookings, Reedsport, Mount Shasta, Cave Junction, Port Orford, Happy Camp, Crater Lake, Central Point, North Bend, Eagle Point, Talent and Winston.

Pacific Power Announces Rebate Incentive For Nissan Leaf


Pacific Power customers get $3,500 off a Nissan LEAF

This rebate can be combined with additional federal and state tax breaks and rebates that make for an even more affordable electric car

PORTLAND, ORE. – Nissan is offering Pacific Power customers and employees a $3,500 incentive to purchase an all-electric 2018 or 2019 Nissan LEAF. This incentive can be combined with up to $7,500 federal tax incentive for up to $11,000 in total savings. Additional state rebates in Oregon and California may be available to eligible customers.

“Pacific Power is committed to helping our customers explore clean transportation options,” said Cory Scott, Pacific Power’s director of customer solutions. “This is a great incentive for drivers to power their commutes in an economical and environmentally responsible way. Electric cars offer drivers many benefits including big savings at the pump. It costs about $1 per gallon to recharge an electric car at home so the savings continue long after the incentives and rebates.”

To take advantage of the incentive, Pacific Power customers should bring a copy of their power bill and this flyer with offer details to a participating Nissan dealership to receive the $3,500 discount off MSRP on a new 2018 or 2019 Nissan LEAF. All Pacific Power customers and employees qualify for the Nissan discount, which expires April 1, 2019.

Nissan also offers 24 months of complimentary public charging at participating outlets in the Portland and Eugene areas.

This limited-time offer cannot be combined with any other Nissan special lease, APR or rebate.

Learn more about this offer at, or visit Nissan USA to find a local Nissan dealer.

Local 9-1-1 Dispatcher To Graduate Academy in Salem Next Week


Dispatcher Joshua Gonzalez from the Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District will complete the 2 week academy in Salem, Oregon next week. He is scheduled to graduate on January 25th, 2019. Klamath Alerts would like to say congratulations and thank you for your service!

More information follows from DPSST:

Basic Telecommunications #BT112 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100.  The guest speaker is Rita Allman, Communications Supervisor of the Umatilla Tribal Police Department.  DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT112 on their successful completion of basic training.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 112th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public, meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #112


Dispatcher Kathryn Barnes

Florence Police Department


Telecommunicator Stacey Batten

Albany Police Department


Dispatcher James Bray

Clackamas County Communications


Dispatcher Shayla Castleberry

Umatilla Tribal Police Department


Dispatcher Gibson Coy

Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District


Dispatcher Brittany Falls

Curry County Sheriff’s Office


Dispatcher Jennifer Fox

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Jessica Fruehling

Astoria Police Department


Dispatcher Westley Giesbers

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Joshua Gonzalez

Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District


Dispatcher Melissa Hedden

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Shelby Henry

Central Lane Communications Center


Dispatcher Megan Johnston

METCOM 9-1-1


Dispatcher Sydney Klebaum

LaGrande Police Department


Dispatcher Julie Konidakis

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Kyla Krehoff

Willamette Valley Communications Center


Dispatcher Brooke Langerman

Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office


Dispatcher James Lathrop

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Brian Lemaster

Oregon State Police


Dispatcher Sara Marcus

Central Lane Communications Center


Telecommunicator Falicia Martin

Newberg-Dundee Police Department


Telecommunicator Brodie Naive

Lake Oswego Police Department


Dispatcher Jessica Olwa

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Madalyn Pursel

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Elizabeth Rodriguez

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office


Dispatcher Chelsey Rosenbalm

Willamette Valley Communications Center


Dispatcher Colin Scannell

Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Timothy Scott

Harney County Sheriff’s Office


Telecommunicator Kaila Shaw

Curry County Sheriff’s Office


Dispatcher Sara Stover

Clackamas County Communications


Dispatcher Kate Tooke

LaGrande Police Department


Dispatcher Jonathon Wheeler

METCOM 9-1-1



Oregonians participating in SNAP were issued February SNAP benefits early – roughly two weeks earlier than normal.


Oregon was instructed to do this by USDA due to a quirk of the federal government shutdown.

Oregon SNAP participants should be aware that after today, no additional benefits will be issued in February. Just like normal, these SNAP benefits do not expire and will remain on the card until a household uses them.

New applicants can still apply for SNAP and receive benefits. These are being processed normally and will continue to be accepted in February.

For Oregonians who need to take action on their SNAP case in January (such as an Interim Change Report or Recertification), clients should complete that as soon as possible. These are being processed as normal. SNAP households that turn in this paperwork after January 18 will receive their February benefits as soon as the paperwork is processed.

As of now, the timing of March SNAP benefits is unknown due to the shutdown.

As of now, the government shutdown is not affecting the way people receive other nutrition assistance like school meals, WIC or food pantries.

Additional Information and Resources:



HWY 97 Crash Claims One Life Yesterday In Deschutes County


On Friday, January 18, 2019, at approximately 3:00 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle head on crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 159.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white Toyota Camry, operated by Kevin Werts (56) of LaPine, was southbound on Hwy 97 and lost control and slid into the northbound lane and collided with a gray Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Susan Pitarro (70) of Bend.

The roadway conditions at the time of the crash were packed snow and ice.

Werts sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Pitarro and her passenger, Terry Thopson (63) of Bend, were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sunriver Police Department, Sunriver Fire Department, LaPine Fire Department, and ODOT.

Weather Outlook: Snow changing to rain with significant rain in region.

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Weather Outlook Posted 2:30pm 1/18/19 

An “unannounced” and under forecasted snow storm has blanketed Klamath Falls and the region today. The wet snow has covered area roadways resulting in several injury traffic accidents today, along with many vehicles in ditches and off the road.

Colder air has persisted in the local area today creating much more snow than was expected in the original forecast data.

The NWS in Medford says a warm front attached to an “Atmospheric River” type event has arrived in our area. The warm front will eventually mix warmer air into our area over the next few hours changing the snow over to rain.  The snow we are now seeing should last only a few more hours. According to the NWS the snow is expected to be all rain by around 5pm tonight.

Additionally, Snow levels are expected to rapidly climb to 6,500 to 8,000 feet over the next few hours.

Significant rain is expected tonight into Saturday night as a warm front with a following cold front attached to an atmospheric river will stall over the region resulting in high amounts of rain. Flooding is expected in some areas of Siskiyou County and along the coast near Brookings.

Crater Lake is expected to receive over 3 inches of rain by Saturday night, and Klamath Falls is expected to receive about 0.61 inches.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.



Update On Bly Death Investigation


 The original post about this story is located here: Bly death investigation 

Update – Cause of Death Determination:  

The earlier information release indicates the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office was awaiting cause of death determination from the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Information received today from that office was the determination that Mr. Justin Bundy died of “Exposure.”

No further media releases pertaining to this investigation are anticipated.

Geothermal Leak Repair


City Crews will be repairing a leak in the geothermal system tomorrow, January 17, 2019. Work will start at first light and will continue until the end of the day. The eastbound lane of North 8th Street between Pine and Main Streets will be closed to traffic. No right or left turning movements onto 8th Street off of Pine Street will be allowed while crews are working.

The City would like to thank Citizens, in advance for proceeding with caution in these areas. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Klamath Falls Public Works Department at (541) 883-5363

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