Monthly Archives: April 2019

Downtown Parking Open House Scheduled. City To Consider Charging Local Businesses For Parking Fees.

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DOWNTOWN PARKING OPEN HOUSE May 8, 2019, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Meeting is at Visitor’s Center located at 205 Riverside Drive

The Klamath Falls Downtown Parking Committee has been considering reforms to its parking permit program and will be holding a public open house on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm to discuss these possible reforms.

Downtown businesses, employees, and the public are invited to share their input. The Downtown Parking Fund pays for snow removal, parking enforcement, and maintenance of the City’s public downtown parking lots. The Parking Fund receives its finances from the sale of parking permits and the issuing of tickets. It is expected that in future years, the fund will have an annual shortfall of $100,000, which will have to be paid from the City’s general fund.

The Downtown Parking Committee is considering replacing its employee parking permit program and instead charging an annual fee directly to businesses that would correspond to the business’s size and type. Businesses would be given a credit for every private space that they own. This system would ensure that parking remains free for all downtown visitors and that all businesses are contributing fairly to maintain the public parking system that benefits everyone.


Traffic Alert: Local Road Work This Week On Washburn And Oregon Ave.


Construction This Week On Washburn And Also Oregon Ave

Streets Division crews will be performing work during the hours of 6:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Streets Staff would like to thank our citizens in advance for proceeding with caution in areas where crews are working. Work may be delayed due to weather, equipment break-down or unexpected emergencies.

April 29 – May 2 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Streets crews will be performing maintenance asphalt work on Washburn Way. Travel lanes will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the South and North bound lanes. Please watch for Streets crews and equipment in the roadway.

April 30 -May 5 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sign and Paint crews will be prepping downtown core street markings, Oregon Ave. bike lane maintenance including N 9th and N Eldorado. Sign maintenance City wide and street sweeping.

Traffic Accident Near Denny’s Restaurant Closes Sixth Street And Cuts Power To Almost 2,000. Driver Was Trapped With Live Wire Nearby.


Single Vehicle Car Accident Traps Driver Inside With Live Power Line. So. Sixth Street Closed for up to 2 more hours.

We have been following a traffic accident that occurred about an hour ago on South 6th. Street in front of Denny’s Restaurant. Read more

New Wildfire In Lake County Is Now 50+ Acres

🔥Wildfire🔥 #FlynnFire located 11 miles NW of Adel, OR. The fire is approximately 50+ acres at this time. Multiple BLM, and rural fire protection units on scene. Be advised smoke is affecting visibility on Hwy 140 please avoid the area if possible.

Please be advised the #FlynnFire is not the result of any federal prescribed fire activity.

Update: 4-26-19 9:30pm

Fire crews have been able to stop the spread of the fire at approximately 200 acres. Currently containment is estimated at 80%. Full containment is expected tomorrow! Thanks to BLM, USFS, ODF, and Warner Valley RFPA fire fighters for a job well done!

Sky Lakes lifts flu restrictions


Sky Lakes Medical Center today announced the temporary safety measures put in place in January to help prevent the spread of flu have been lifted.

Under the temporary measures, individuals 18 and younger were restricted from visiting patients in the Emergency Department or in the inpatient care areas of the medical center without specific permission.

“The number of patients admitted with flu-like illness, the number of flu tests done, and the number of positive tests are all significantly down from the peaks earlier this year, so the restrictions are no longer necessary,” said Sky Lakes Chief Nursing Officer Annette Cole, RN. “That means the visitation rules return to normal.”

Even though the “flu season” is essentially over, it is still important to remember to use proper hand hygiene and “cough etiquette,” she added.

Proper hand hygiene means washing your hands with warm water and soap or using an alcohol-based hand cleaner. “Cough etiquette” includes covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and place the used tissue in a wastebasket, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands, she explained.


Amber Alert Issued Around Pacific Northwest 4-23-19

Ethan Robertson (5 years)

Last seen Apr 23, 2019 in Spokane Valley, WA


  • 2014 Subaru Legacy, Red
  • Washington license plate APN2450 WA


Estranged husband broke into residence, stabbed the wife and took their child, then left the residence in an unknown direction. The suspect is Justin P Robertson, 42 years of age, white male five feet nine inches tall, 205 pounds, green eyes and a goatee beard.

He was last seen wearing a green Adidas t-shirt and black Adidas shorts. The victim is Ethan O Robertson, 6 years of age, white male weighing 30 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue pajamas and an orange Nike t-shirt.

The suspect has access to weapons, but it is unknown if he has any in his possession.

If you have information, contact:

Spokane County Sheriff

Missing Child:

  • Age now: 5 years
  • Sex: Male
  • Skin: White
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Description: Blue pajamas, orange Nike t-shirt


  • Age now: 41 years
  • Sex: Male
  • Skin: White
  • Eyes: Green
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Description: Green Adidas t-shirt, black Adidas shorts; goatee beard

Weather Outlook: Nice Spring Weather Expected Until At Least Thursday. Amazing Photo From Last Friday’s Thunderstorms.

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Weather Outlook: Nice Weather Expected Until At Least Thursday

High pressure is building in the region and warming weather is expected into mid week. Forecast models are mixed and somewhat uncertain after Thursday. However, we should see mid 70 degree days until at least Thursday this week when we may have storms to the north and south of the area influence our region with thunderstorms and showers Thursday and Friday afternoon.

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From Last Friday’s Thunderstorm Coverage In Our Breaking News App:


Above: An image captured from Friday’s thunderstorms and shared in our Mighty Networks news community.  Photo was captured by Alicia Mckee a Klamath Alerts moderator from our news app. Note: We intended to post this information sooner but needed to first get permission to share the photo here. 


Above: A storm radar graphic from our live coverage of last Friday’s thunderstorms. The thunderstorms arrived from the southwest and progressed over Keno and then on to Klamath Falls. 


Three Local Students Qualify For State Math Tournament After Competition

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Three students from the Klamath County School District earned entry to the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament during a regional qualifying competition Tuesday at Oregon Tech. The qualifying competition was one of two at Oregon Tech on Tuesday.

Several KCSD students also earned top honors at the Oregon Tech Math Competition. Students were awarded first- through third place in the Oregon Tech competition and top the 12 percent of each division qualified for state during the regional competition.

Max Randolf of Mazama High School qualified for state in calculus; Sawyer Harrington of Henley High School qualified in pre-calculus; and Aaron Martin of Henley High School qualified in Algebra 2.

The state tournament is May 18 at Portland State University. Mazama, Henley and Chiloquin students competed with students from Lakeview, Klamath Union, Hosanna, Eagle Ridge and Triad.

The following KCSD students placed at the Oregon Tech Math Competition:

 Jeane Adams, Mazama High School: First-place, Algebra 1

 Aaron Martin, Henley High School: First-place, Algebra 2

 Sawyer Harrington, Henley High School: First-place, Pre-Calculus

 Braden Lawrie, Henley High School: Second-place, Pre-Calculus

 Elle Larson, Henley High School: Third-place, Pre-Calculus

 Max Randolf, Mazama High, Second-place, Calculus

 Jubal Rasmussen, Henley High School: Third-place, Calculus

Chiloquin students who participated (by subject):

Geometry — Talonne Casison, Chad Maly, Leslie Hernandez, Justin Schock, Magen Hanlon and Dylan Wimmer.

Algebra 2 — Jared Conroy, William Wimmer, Gabriel Cordero, Molly Swedenskey, Jesse Stanton, Aiyana Reyes, Marissa Eberhardt, Kenzie Cheek, Mackenzie Townsend, and Caitlyn Lawrence.

Pre-Calculus: Daniel Jones and Den Herrera

Mazama students who participated (by subject):

Algebra 1 — Jeane Adams, Lisa Lucht, Jhudiel Calacutan, Cody Randolph, Kenna Bernard, and Mariah Alexander. Geometry — Jaxson Sperry, Vance Pigsley, Arianna Atmadinata, Sidalee Jasso, Charles Kaufman, Eric Homer, Colby Anderson, and Peyton Wright.

Algebra 2 — Kayle Garrington, Anthony Dawsoni, Alex Hayden, Jack Willhunt, Shaylee Searcy, Landon Baeth, Benny Lebkowsky, Kayden Kappas, Chase Utley, Raine Wilcox, Macy Clemens, Adrianna Jasso, June Rios, Devon McNair, Sierra Hanson, Zandra McElroy, Kayla Russel, and Erik Hayden.

Calculus — Julia Flocchini, Jake Healy, Jack Boulter, Gordon McCreadie, and Max Randolf.

Henley students who participated (by subject):

Algebra 1 — Bo James, Elijah Rocloffs, and Andrew Edwards.

Pre-Calculus – Braden Lawrie, John Tacchini, Sawyer Harrington, Elle Larson, and Breana Erickson.

Calculus – Colton Pitts, Dazen Bland, and Jubal Rasmussen.

Algebra 2 – Aaron Martin and Gabriel Preston

Chiloquin math team

Above: Chiloquin Math Team

Mazama math team

Above: Mazama Math Team

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Above: Henley Math Team

Guest Blog Post: Survival Prep “Building Your Kit”


Disaster Dave Guest Blog Series “Building Your Kit”

Periodically ,whenever a major storm takes aim at civilization, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) reminds us what to put in our basic emergency kits.  Here on the Oregon Coast we have few hurricanes to worry about although we do get some pretty energetic winter storms off the Pacific.  Unlike the Gulf Coast, evacuations are rare because of the storms themselves, but the ensuing floods and landslides are often and reason to get out until things calm down.  Wildfires and chemical spills are also reasons why coastal Oregonians could find themselves bugging out on short notice.  Keeping a well-stocked kit on hand just makes good sense.  Even if you never need to use it, it provides a comforting sense of well-being just having it ready.

Everyone knows they should have a basic kit, but here are a few additional items you may want to consider getting ready:

-Prescription medications.  Check with your doctor and explain why you may need extras.  Many doctors are sympathetic to the cause of disaster preparedness and are willing to prescribe extra meds.  (Depending on the prescription.) The problem is your insurance company probably isn’t quite so sympathetic so you can expect to pay for the extra pills out-of- pocket.  Also don’t forget to rotate your supplies as some medications lose their potency over time.

-Eyeglasses.  Keeping an extra pair of glasses on hand is another example of good planning.  Your optometrist will be happy to sell you an extra pair, but again, if you have vision coverage as a part of your health insurance plan, they usually offer very limited coverage anyway, so plan to pay for the additional cost out-of-pocket.  I have noticed that some optical providers offer 2-for-1 deals from time to time so keep an “eye” out for those.  (Sorry.)

-Pets and pet supplies.  Don’t forget your faithful companions when making preparations.  If they are on some type of medication, ask your vet for additional supplies and explain why.  I keep an extra sack of dog food on hand and continuously rotate it when needed.

For more suggestions, check out and spend some time there.  You will find lots of useful information.

Now would be a good time to give the starter rope on your generator a good pull.  I gave mine a couple of dozen good pulls last week with no results.  (Well I was worn out, but that’s not exactly the result I was seeking!) After changing the spark plug, the gasoline and cleaning the carburetor, it now starts on the first pull. Ten minutes after the power goes out is not when you want to learn your standby generator is just going to keep on standing by.  A spare spark plug, some Stabil (gasoline stabilizer) and a spare starter rope are inexpensive insurance for any small engine you may be relying on for an emergency.

As always send your questions and comments to  Previous columns are 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, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.

Lake County Sheriff Asking For Public Help With Missing Person


Lake County Sheriff Looking For Missing Woman Last Seen In Paisley

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Glenda Cormie (59) of Paisley, OR.

Cormie was last seen in Paisley, OR on Monday, April 15, 2019.  She is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall with short gray hair.

If anyone has any information regarding the location of Cormie or has seen her since April 15, you are asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 541-947-2504 and reference case #19-0154


Bonanza woman charged with 1st Deg Manslaughter


Ashley Grace Irwin was arrested upon a secret indictment for the charges of Manslaughter I, due to neglect or maltreatment of a child under 14 years of age. She also faces four counts of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree for each of her other children who were either caused physical injury or deprived of adequate food, physical care or medical attention. The Klamath Department of Human Services was alerted to this family in April of 2018 when the youngest child, a sick week-old infant, showed at the hospital for apparent cardiac arrest at Sky Lakes Medical Center. The infant was life flighted to Doernbeacher’s Children’s Hospital but passed away despite medical efforts. The Klamath Department of Human Services took the children into protective custody immediately.

The Oregon State Police were alerted and Detective Patrick Irish took this case under his wing with the assistance of Detective Thomas Andreazzi. The Oregon State police talked with witnesses and obtained-necessary medical documentation of the causative nature of the child,s death’ They further collected evidence regarding the treatment of the other children. Ms. Ashley Grace Irwin and her significant other, Douglas Dale Johnston, fled the area almost immediately. Detective Irish’s continued diligent investigation led to the location of Ms. Irwin in Baker City, Oregon and an arrest was made recently. She has been returned to Klamath County to face charges. Oregon state police remain interested in locating the father.

As Klamath County District Attorney I commend Detective Irish’s dedication to this matter. His continued efforts along with those of Detective Andreazzi show admirable dedication to bringing justice for these children.

Press Release from Klamath county District Attorney’s office 4/19/19

Highway 97 Closure Alert

Highway 97 is closed from South Side Bypass North to Main for a semi truck related crash. We recommend avoiding the area.

The recovery process is expected to take some time. Major damage occurred to the semi truck.

Icy roads are reported in area. This MVA is reported as no injury.

Update: 7:13am the highway is reported open with flaggers. Delays possible.

More information is available on our Breaking News App

Guest Blog Post: Survival Prep “Supplies List”


Disaster Dave | Survival For The Rest Of Us | “Supplies List”

Every so often when a major storm is reminding Gulf Coast residents why they should consider relocating, you will find F.E.M.A. reminding people how to stock up.  Here’s what F.E.M.A. says people should have on hand, in addition to a manual can opener, camp stove and sufficient water supply:  (Even for those of us living in comfort on the Oregon Coast, or anywhere else for that matter!)

In the past experts recommended we store at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.  Now those same experts are recommending folks have a fourteen day food supply on hand.  Select foods that require no refrigeration, little preparation and little or no water.  Choose food items that are compact and lightweight. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.

-Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables

– Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)

– Staples–sugar, salt, pepper

– High energy foods–peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix

– Vitamins

– Don’t forget food for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs

– Comfort/stress foods–cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags

Keeping Food Safe During Power Outages

If your power goes out for more than a few hours, here are some recommendations for keeping your food safe as long as possible:

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full, chest freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) and the door remains closed.

Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power. Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below when checked with a food thermometer.

If the power has been out several days, check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer. If the appliance thermometer reads 40°F or below, the food is safe to refreeze. If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.

Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved.

Liberal doses of common sense are your best commodity, but staying informed, having your plan in place and getting your kit together can turn a potential disaster into “just another fire drill.”

As always send your comments and questions to Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer.  Previous columns are on his blog at  His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available at, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.

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