Monthly Archives: May 2019



KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at, or around, the designated times on Monday, May 27.

11:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Klamath Falls, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.

11:30 a.m. Roseburg National Cemetery, Roseburg, Ore.

11:45 a.m. Memory Gardens, Medford, Ore.

11:53 a.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.

12:00 p.m. Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.

12:15 p.m. Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.

12:30 p.m. Brookings Harbor Port, Brookings, Ore.

12:40 p.m. Curry County Veterans Memorial, Gold Beach, Ore.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation’s air defense since 1941.  The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force



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Henley High School engineering students Dylan Huhyn, Thys deHoop, JPLMuseum director James Loftus, Grace Parker, Alyssa Michaelis and MIchael Malineaux pose with a Lego model of the Saturn V rocket donated by Loftus of JPLMuseum.

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Henley High School engineering students Dylan Huhyn, Thys deHoop, Grace Parker, Alyssa Michaelis and MIchael Malineaux examine a Lego model of the Saturn V rocket donated by James Loftus of JPLMuseum.

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JPLMuseum chooses high school’s engineering program as one of three recipients statewide

Henley High School’s engineering students have one more challenge before the end of year: It comes in 1,969 pieces and when complete will be a 40-inch Lego model of the Saturn V rocket.

James Loftus, director of JPLMuseum in Stayon, Ore., presented the model rocket to Henley High School’s engineering students last week. Henley was one of three Oregon schools awarded the gift of the Saturn V Lego’s model rocket. Other schools chosen were Bandon and Stayton high schools. The rocket is designed to be used as a hands-on, team-building exercise. Once put together, it can be taken apart and reconstructed by another group of students.

Loftus said Dr. Norm Chaffee, a now-retired NASA propulsion engineer who also worked on the Gemini Project and the International Space Station, purchased the Lego model rocket for Henley High School, one of more than 30 schools he visited last fall as part of an outreach program through JPLMuseum.

“We wanted to thank you for allowing us into your lives, into your schools, and we hoped that you learned something,” Loftus told the group of engineering students. “And we wanted to give you something you can use year after year. Don’t just build it and put it on the shelf. Build it, disassemble it, and let the next class build it. That’s the objective here.”

The rocket is assembled in parts and stages and is meant to be a team endeavor, Loftus said.

Seniors Thys deHoop and Dylan Huynh were looking forward to the task as they examined the back of the model rocket’s package.

“I really hope there’s instructions,” deHoop said. “We’ll do it before we graduate,” Huynh added.

Loftus said Henley and the other schools were chosen, in part, because they demonstrated a commitment to assist JPLMuseum in fulfilling its mission of providing unique, nontraditional educational experiences by bringing NASA artifacts and engineers into classrooms as part of a rural schools’ educational initiative. JPLMuseum is named for Loftus’ father, Joseph Phillip Loftus, Jr., who worked NASA from 1962 until his retirement in 2001. When he retired Loftus was assistant director and engineering, space and life sciences director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

This year, JPLMuseum, with the sponsorship of Klamath County School District as well as PacifiCorp Foundation, Santiam Hospital, city of Stayton, 10 Barrel Brewing, HP Civil Engineering, and Stayton Ford was able to bring programming to 1,800 students statewide. Next year, it plans to offer Remote and Distant Interactive Online Sessions (RADIOS) in cooperation with the Oregon Connection Academy, Space Center Houston, and Project Lead the Way. RADIOS would offer remote live interactive broadcasts with active and retired NASA engineers. For more information, visit

Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography. Used, a social media application known as TikTok

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PORTLAND, Ore.—Juan Carlos Ramon, 33, of Portland, pleaded guilty today to two counts of production of child pornography after sexually exploiting two minor victims, aged six and eight, using, a social media application now known as TikTok.

This case underscores the need to monitor the activity of children online and in smartphone apps.


According to court documents, on or about June 28, 2017, Ramon began communicating with two minors using the app. He used the screen name “@lexithetiger” and pretended to be a minor female. Ramon encouraged his victims to play a “Simon Says” type game where he would send sexually explicit photos of a minor female and ask his victims to take and send him photos imitating the positions and acts depicted. The minor victims agreed and sent Ramon a series of progressively more explicit self-produced images. A relative of the two victims later discovered the communications and reported it to law enforcement.

Each count of production of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison with a 15-year mandatory minimum, a $250,000 fine, a $5,000 special assessment and a life term of supervised release with a five-year mandatory minimum. Ramon will be sentenced on September 5, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Jones.

As part of the plea agreement, Ramon has agreed to pay restitution to his victims identified by the government prior to sentencing and as ordered by the court.

This case was investigated by FBI Portland’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) and is being prosecuted by Natalie Wight, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) conducts sexual exploitation investigations – many of them undercover – in coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The Portland FBI’s CETF consists of agents and task force officers from the Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Tigard Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI’s CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at

Hornbrook Man Arrested for Arson


Hornbrook Man Arrested for Arson

On May 21, 2019, CAL FIRE law enforcement arrested a male from Hornbrook on arson charges. The fire occurred earlier this month, per CAL FIRE and Siskiyou County District Attorney Office, a warrant was issued for Travis John Churchill, 43, from Hornbrook. Churchill was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail for arson.

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers work diligently to investigate all fires and prosecute those suspected of starting fires. As fire danger remains high across California, wildfires will continue to pose a major threat to life, property and our state’s natural resources.

CAL FIRE urges the public to be vigilant in their preparedness and awareness of suspicious activity. Any questions regarding this arrest should be directed to the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office. For more information on how you can be prepared for a Wildfire, visit or

Oregon State Police Trooper Nicolas Cederberg receives the National Public Safety Medal of Valor


Today, Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg received the National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presented by the President of the United States. This is the highest national award for valor a public safety officer can receive.

Nic was awarded this honor for his bravery shown on December 25, 2016, Christmas Day. Trooper Cederberg, on patrol alone and without cover, attempted to arrest a craven and desperate murder suspect. The suspect engaged Nic in a close quarters gun battle, with our OSP family member sustaining a dozen gunshot wounds and left clinging to life. That Christmas morning, Nic provided us all with the greatest gift imaginable, his determination and will to survive in the face of impossible odds.

Nic, who was a US Army veteran and who was a seven year veteran of the Oregon State Police at the time, has not yet been able to return to work due to the injuries sustained. Nic initially spent 48 long days in the hospital and continues to fight for a full recovery.

“The greatest gift the Oregon State Police has received is Nic’s pure determination to survive. Trooper Cederberg typifies the grit and perseverance of an OSP Trooper, humbly serving with distinction in the face of difficult circumstances. Nic, we love you and honor your service. All of Oregon celebrates your award of the Medal of Valor and the personal story it symbolizes.”- Superintendent Travis Hampton

“I am proud to have our Oregon State Police represented at the White House today by Trooper Cederberg. On Christmas Day 2016, he showed enormous courage in the most difficult of circumstances, and exemplified the kind of service and bravery the Medal of Valor represents. His life and community will be forever impacted by that night, and his experience is part of why I feel strongly that we need more troopers on Oregon’s highways. I wish Nic the best on his continued recovery and congratulate him for this distinguished recognition.” Governor Kate Brown

Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001 (, which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life




6 Klamath County Seniors Selected For Ford Family Foundation Scholarships


6 Klamath County Students Selected For Ford Family Foundation Scholarships 

Six Klamath County School District seniors – including four from Lost River Junior-Senior High School – have been selected for four-year Ford Family Foundation Scholarships that will pay for 90 percent of their college costs.

Recipients are Lost River seniors Makenzie Girtman, Yajaira Cobian, Irene Aguirre and Luz Hernandez; Henley High School senior Jessica Northcutt; and Gilchrist Junior-Senior High School senior Madison Mefford.

Of 6,000 applicants, 200 are selected for interviews. Of those, the Ford Family Foundation selects up to 125 students from Oregon and 14 students from Siskiyou County, Calif., who demonstrate exceptional academic and personal potential. The Ford Scholars scholarship covers 90 percent of unmet college costs and is calculated on the college’s cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships.

Klamath County’s Ford Scholars 

Irene Aguirre: Aguirre, a senior at Lost River Junior-Senior High School, plans to attend Oregon Institute of Technology and major in psychology and counseling. Her career goal is to be a family marriage therapist.

Aguirre, a 3.88 student, is involved in FBLA, a business club where she also is an officer; National Honor Society; and LEOs Club, a youth organization of Lions Clubs International which focuses on community service. She plays on a club soccer team and works part-time at County Cork Collectibles in Merrill. This year, she was on the Potato Festival Court and won runner-up for the title of Potato Festival Queen.

Yajaria Cobian: Cobian, a senior at Lost River Junior-Senior High School, plans to earn a degree in human biology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Her goal is to specialize in nursing at Oregon Health & Science University and become a family nurse practitioner.

In high school, she has maintained a 3.89 GPA, and is a three-sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball, and track. She is involved in FBLA, robotics and National Honor Society. She joined FFA for the first time this year and is raising a turkey to sell at fair. She works part-time at K&K Espresso Deli in Merrill, and is involved in LEO’s Club, a youth organization of Lions Clubs International which focuses on community service.

Makenzie Girtman: Girtman, a senior at Lost River Junior-Senior High School, will attend Corban University, a private Christian college in Salem. She plans to study biology and biomedical sciences. She also will play basketball for Corban. After earning her undergraduate degree, she plans to take a year off to study abroad before attending medical school and specializing in orthopedic surgery.

Girtman, who has a 4.0 GPA, is a three-sport high school athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball and softball. She is involved in 4-H, FBLA and National Honor Society and was the statistician for Lost River football games. She works part-time at K&K Espresso Deli in Merrill, and is involved in LEO’s Club, a youth organization of Lions Clubs International which focuses on community service.  She also works at Mike and Wanda’s restaurant.

Luz Hernandez: Hernandez, a senior at Lost River Junior Senior High School, plans to attend Oregon State University and major in elementary education with a minor in psychology. She wants to return to the Lost River area and work as a kindergarten teacher.

Hernandez, a 3.82 student, is involved in FBLA, a business club where she also is an officer; National Honor Society; and LEOs Club, a youth organization of Lions Clubs International which focuses on community service. She plays on a club soccer team and works part-time at Tacos A La Mexicana in Merrill.

Madison Mefford: Mefford, a senior at Gilchrist Junior-Senior High School, plans to attend University of Oregon and major in English with a creative writing concentration. A 4.0 student since seventh-grade, she is actively involved in school clubs and her community, working closely with the Gilchrist school-based health center. She also volunteers in the day care room and helps with community cleanup. She has two jobs: During the school year, she works at evening shift at Dollar General, where she was recently promoted to manager; and in the summer months, she works as a housekeeper at Woodsman Country Lodge.

Mefford started writing her book in elementary school and finished it the summer before her freshman year in high school. She hopes to publish the 450-page manuscript, which she describes as a “coming of age” story about a girl who discovers she’s the alpha of a werewolf tribe. “I grew up reading books,” she said. “It motivated me to put something out there to inspire joy.”

Jessica Northcutt: Northcutt, a senior at Henley High School, plans to attend Northwest Christian University in Eugene to study pre-med. She also will be on the volleyball team.

Northcutt has been a scholar athlete in volleyball for four years, basketball for four years, and softball for three years. In addition, she has been involved in Hunger Not Impossible, which opened a food pantry at the school and provides meals for students during the summer months. Her community service activities also include Henley High School blood drives, a fund-raising crab feed, church activities, and sponsorship of a Special Olympics basketball tournament.

For one school, especially a school the size of Lost River Junior-Senior High School, to get one – much less four Ford Scholar awards — is unheard of.

But Lost River, a 2A school with 38 seniors in its graduating class, did.

Four seniors – Makenzie Girtman, Yajaria Cobian, Irene Aguirre and Luz Hernandez – were named recipients of the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship, which covers 90 percent of unmet college costs for four years. Of 6,000 Oregon applicants, 200 were interviewed; of those, 125 were awarded a scholarship.

“I told the girls after their interviews that I felt very positive about their chances,” said Jen Johnson, Lost River’s ASPIRE coordinator and librarian. “I believed they had the ingredients – community service, grades and activities – to become Ford Scholars. I was beyond excited when I found out, one by one, that they had accomplished this. This is a dream come true for them and their families.”

The four girls got their award letters the same day.

“Personally, I thought there was no way four girls from the same school would all get the scholarship,” said Yajaria Cobian said. “I cried when I found out.”

Johnson works all year with seniors, helping them with college and scholarship applications. When she found out four of her seniors would be interviewing for the Ford Scholars scholarship, she set up practice mock interviews for them.

I just had this good feeling,” Johnson said. “They all had what it takes – the community service, the grades, the activities. Obviously they all had stellar interviews because they got it.”

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Lost River seniors Makenzie Girtman, Luz Hernandez, Irene Aguirre and Yajaira Cobain all won Ford Family Foundation Scholarships, which will pay for 90 percent of their unmet college costs for four years.

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Jessica Northcutt a senior at Henley High School won a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship that will pay for 90 percent of her unmet college costs for four years.

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Madison Mefford a senior at Gilchrist Junior-Senior High School won a Ford Family Foundation Scholarship that will pay for 90 percent of her unmet college costs for four years.

REACH Inc Announces Recycle Sort Line Near Completion. New Jobs Created.


From its beginning, in 1987, REACH has strived to make a positive impact in the Klamath Community. When our Executive Team realized that Klamath Falls had a problem with its Recycle Program, we began working with community and business leaders to carve out a solution. A task force led by REACH, invested two years into research and development to provide a solution for the growing curbside recycle problem.

REACH is only weeks away from opening its Recycle Sort Line, located inside our Maywood Drive Facility. The Sort Line will allow REACH to capture around 65 percent of the Basin’s recyclable items and package them into more marketable formats. This new service will insure that as much of our local items are getting recycled as is economically possible.

New Jobs The new Sort Line will provide 7 to 10 new entry-level jobs to people of the Klamath Basin. REACH has always taken pride in the number of jobs that we are able to provide and are particularly happy when we can energize the local market with new job offerings.

Tours & Questions The Public is welcomed to call and schedule a tour of REACH facilities or if you would like to join us, there will be a media day and open house in the near future. Watch for details.

For tours please call 541-882-8803

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Klamath County Marine Deputy Receives Western States Officer of the Year Award



Corporal Daren Krag of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol received the prestigious Western States Boating Administrators Association’s (WSBAA) Officer of the Year award.  Krag received the award on Tuesday, May 14, in Oklahoma City as part of the annual WSBAA conference.

Cpl. Krag was selected from a pool of nominees from 16 member states for his effectiveness and dedication to serving recreational boaters.  Cpl. Krag oversees a fleet of eight boats used to patrol Klamath County’s 96,034 acres of water, including Oregon’s largest lake, which makes up roughly 12% of Oregon’s boatable waterways. Lakes in Klamath County are popular year-round for fishing, bird watching, waterfowl hunting, and watersports, which mean Klamath County’s Small Boat Team is ready and capable to respond at any moment, including frigid winter months when the lakes are generally frozen over.

Under Cpl. Krag’s leadership, his team conducted over 72 hours of classroom instruction in local schools and safety fairs reaching 1,732 individual students.  Cpl. Krag personally completed 796 patrol hours in 2018, and with his team, completed 2,368 patrol hours, total.  In addition to coordinating marine patrol activities, Cpl. Krag is passionate about enforcement in patrolling the waterways of Klamath County as well.  In 2018, he stopped 256 boats and issued 501 separate violations.  Under Cpl. Krag’s direction, his marine deputies completed 687 violation stops, issuing 1087 separate violations. Cpl. Krag personally issued 20 citations for “Child Not Wearing a Life Jacket”, 14 personal watercraft violations, 24 violations for no boater education card, 83 life jacket violations, and 30 Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicant (BUII) arrests. In fact, Cpl. Krag has arrested more than 120 BUII offenders since 2010 -far more than any other officer in Oregon.

Cpl. Krag is ahead of the pack; one of Oregon’s leading marine instructors, contributing more than 190 hours towards the Marine Board’s annual Marine Law Enforcement Academy, drift boat school and jet boat school.  He also serves on the agency’s Boat Accident Investigation Team and the Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII) advisory committee.  Cpl. Krag readily deploys his team of skilled marine deputies and volunteers and the Sheriff’s Office side-scan sonar to assist neighboring agencies in boat accidents, recoveries, and investigations, as well.

As a result of this award, Cpl. Krag will now be considered for national Officer of the Year which will be announced in October by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

“It’s an honor to have Cpl. Krag recognized for his work and dedication,” said Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Oregon State Marine Board.  “He’s a pillar in this profession.”

Someone Masking-Spoofing City Police Phone Number For Phone Scam.


City Of Klamath Falls Police Warn Of Phone Scam 

We have received information that people are being called by someone purporting to be from the Klamath Falls Police Department. The phone number shows as ours 541-883-5336. The person is stating that he or she is an officer and demanding payment for taxes and other such things. THIS IS A SCAM. The Police Department does not collect taxes, and will never demand money, or threaten arrest for lack of payment.

19 State Vehicles Being Used By DHS Damaged Over Weekend


19 Vehicles Belonging To State Of Oregon Damaged In Weekend Incident

The Police Department is investigating an incident at the Department of Human Services building, 700 Klamath Avenue, in which 19 state vehicles were damaged sometime over the weekend. We are asking that anyone with information regarding the identity of the person responsible to contact Sgt. Dennis Davenport at 541-883-5336, or the Anonymous Tip Hot Line at 541-883-5334.

Guest Blog Post: Disaster Prep “Suicide Mission”


“Suicide Mission”

I once read of a particular combat unit assigned a difficult mission during World War II.  Their commander called the men together and announced this mission could be very dangerous with the possibility of only one survivor.  Then he called for volunteers, preferably orphans or those who had no known next of kin. At that, the men looked around the room, then every hand went up.  Upon completion of the mission, (there was more than one survivor) the troops were debriefed. When asked why they would volunteer for such a dangerous assignment, many replied, “I looked around the room and thought to myself, “I sure am gonna miss these guys.””

It is human nature to think we are exempt from disaster, or at least some of the inevitable consequences of disaster.  But in reality, that train of thought is a bit of a fool’s errand. To be in denial regarding the outcome of pending disaster is to experience the phenomenon of Normalcy Bias.

Amanda Ripley, author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why, identifies common response patterns of people in disasters and explains there are three phases of response: Denial, Deliberation and the Decisive Moment. With regard to the first phase, described as Denial, Ripley found that people were likely to deny that a disaster was happening. It takes time for the brain to process information and recognize that a disaster is a threat. In the Deliberation phase, people have to decide what to do. If the person does not have a plan in place, this creates a serious problem because the effects of life-threatening stress on the body (e.g. tunnel vision, audio exclusion, time dilations, out-of-body experiences, or reduced motor skills) limit an individual’s ability to perceive information and make plans. Ripley asserts that in the third and final phase, described as the Decisive Moment, a person must act quickly and decisively. Failure to do so can result in injury or death. She explains that the faster someone can get through the Denial and Deliberation phase, the quicker they will reach the Decisive Moment and begin to take action.

Stress has a way of slowing the way the brain processes information.  When the brain cannot find an acceptable response to a situation, it will sometimes focus on a singular and sometimes default solution that may or may not be correct.

Perhaps the very first survival skill that someone could build is to eliminate their normalcy bias or at least make a plan to direct their actions during an emergency.  All first responders have plans to direct their behavior during emergencies. The realization that your comfort zone can change, and change rapidly, is the first step towards being adaptable. It is impossible to think about or plan for disaster if your mind cannot accept that it could actually happen.

As always, send your comments and questions to  Previous columns can be found 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.

DUII Driver Crashes Into OSP Patrol Car Medford

Regional Breaking News

DUII driver arrested after crashing into the back of an OSP Patrol car.

On May 18, 2019, at approximately 2:20 am, Sgt. Broome had stopped for a disabled motorist parked in the lane of travel around on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford. As he concluded assisting the motorist he sat down in the driver’s seat, when his patrol vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV.

The female driver of the SUV was the sole occupant of the vehicle. She was arrested for DUII amongst additional charges. The Medford Police Department is investigating the crash and is the primary agency handling the criminal investigation.

The female driver was uninjured. Sgt. Broome went to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

OSP was assisted by Medford Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Guest Blog Post: Survival Prep “Food Storage”


“Food Storage”

As everyone is, I’m sure, diligently building their food pantry, the matter of storage often comes up.  This is not about food preservation, as I will leave that to the experts. Plenty of information is available both online and there are classes available in most communities through an extension office or similar service.

One of the best options I have discovered for storing bulk food is the plastic bucket.  They are generally inexpensive and unlike plastic totes, are water, air, dust and bug proof.  Most totes leave something to be desired as vermin can somehow find their way inside.

Storing food in plastic buckets can be helpful in a number of ways.  Plastic buckets allow you to store large amounts of bulk foods like grains, pasta and dried beans in lightweight containers to be used in the event of a disaster.  They stack easily and are readily portable. While all plastic does come from petroleum or natural gas, the processes involved vary and affect the purity level of the finished product. That fire truck you just tripped over for the eighth time varies significantly from the plastic in your garbage can, and, more importantly, from the plastic in your water bottle. It is important to be able to identify what the industry calls “food grade” plastic.

Some plastics leach harmful compounds into their contents. To avoid this problem, flip the bucket over and look for the recycling symbol on the bottom. There should be a triangle of arrows with a number stamped in the middle. The numbers considered safe with food are 1, 2, 4, and 5. The best type of plastic is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is indicated by the “2” symbol. HDPE is one of the most stable and inert forms of plastic and all buckets sold specifically for food storage are made from this material.  Other types of plastic acceptable for food storage are PETE, LDPE, and polypropylene (PP). These plastics are represented by the numbers 1, 4, and 5 respectively.  Their symbols also indicate food-related uses.  A symbol depicting a cup and fork verifies “food grade” plastic, as well as radiating waves means “microwave-safe”, a snowflake indicates “freezer-safe” and dishes in water signify compatibility with a dishwasher.

Food grade buckets can be found in most hardware stores and come in various sizes from two gallon to five gallon.  Be sure to pick up lids and a lid lifter for opening. To help keep the bucket air tight, put a couple of layers of plastic wrap across the top of the bucket before snapping the lid in place. Better yet, check out gamma-seal lids.  A gamma-seal lid snaps onto the bucket, then the entire center screws out, making access that much easier.

As always, direct your questions and comments to me at  Previous columns can be found at my blog at  Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer.  His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available on, barnesandnoble and other online booksellers.


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The Henley High School team of Sam Ellis and Avery Hirschbock pose with their turbine. They created the blades from a “fresh oil” sign. (Not pictured Team Member Alex Sharp)

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Henley High School students Grace Parker, Alyssa Michaelis and Skyler Howard pose with the wind turbine they designed. The team will compete next week at the National KidWind Challenge in Houston. (Not pictured: Team member Tim Orr)

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Thys DeHoop and Dylan Huynh pose with their wind turbine. The blades, hub and gears were created in a CAD program and 3D printed. They will compete next week at the National KidWind Challenge in Houston. (Not pictured: Team members Jeffrey Hudson and Andrew Wilcher)

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The Henley Middle School team of Jack Wooten, Jase Tchetter, Brasen Fossen will compete at the National KidWind Challenge in Houston next week.

Three high school and one middle school team will travel to Houston for the competition

Several teams of Henley students will travel to Houston, Texas, with their wind turbines next week to test their engineering skills at the 2019 National KidWind Challenge.

Three teams from Henley High School and two teams from Henley Middle School qualified for the national competition by earning the top two places in regional KidWind tournaments.

Students competing in the National KidWind Challenge will test their wind turbines’ energy output in four different wind tunnels; a high-speed, medium speed, low speed, and yawing wind tunnel. The students will also compete in two engineering instant challenges, a wind energy knowledge test, and judging interview. All of the components contribute to their overall score but ultimately building a turbine with the highest energy output is key. The national event will be May 21-23 at the American Wind Energy Association annual tradeshow, Wind Power Conference and Exhibition.

Two Henley Middle School teams placed first and second in the 4th-8th grade division at the Klamath Falls KidWind Challenge last month and qualified to compete at nationals in Houston. The team of Jack Wooten, Jase Tchetter, Brasen Fossen placed first and the team of Carson Santos and Lane Vaughn placed second.

Jase Tchetter and Brasen Fossen will join the high school teams at the competition. Henley High School engineering teacher and advisor Kristi Lebkowsky will travel with the students.

“This is an amazing experience for my students to meet industry professionals and present their work on a national level, Lebkowsky said. “Their hard work and dedication really shows through in their designs.”

The Henley High School team of Sam Ellis, Avery Hirschbock, and Alex Sharp added an extra gear to the wind turbine they used last month to win second-place in the Klamath Falls KidWind Challenge. They tested it in a wind tunnel set up in the hallway outside of Henley’s engineering classroom.

“It will go the same speed has before but it’ll have more power,” Ellis said. The three juniors are all first-year engineering students and named their team, The Prodigies.

They will be joined by two other Henley High School teams: The Patriots (Thys DeHoop, Dylan Huynh, Jeffrey Hudson and Andrew Wilcher) and Full Throttle (Alyssa Michaelis, Grace Parker, Tim Orr, and Skyler Howard). Full Throttle won the regional competition with over 40,000 milliwatts of power produced.

The Patriots created their wind turbine with a 3D printer. After testing, they had to include small holes for spider wire in their blades so they wouldn’t come off.

“You can design something exactly how you want, but when it comes down to it, you have to change it and fix it as problems come up,” Thys explained. Dylan added: “That’s all part of engineering.”

This is the third year Lebkowsky has taken teams to the National KidWind Challenge. Four high school team members, Jeffrey Hudson, Skyler Howard, Tim Orr, and Alex Sharp, will not be able to travel with their team to nationals because they are also part of Henley’s Baseball or Softball teams and will be participating in playoffs. In 2017 and 2018, two teams each from Henley Middle and Henley High schools competed at the national level with the high school placing top 10 both years overall and the middle school placing sixth and seventh in judging in 2018.

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