On Thursday July 18, 2019 Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle head on fatal crash on Highway 97 near milepost 197 in Klamath County. Read more
On Thursday July 18, 2019 Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle head on fatal crash on Highway 97 near milepost 197 in Klamath County. Read more
The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 32 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police, will be out in force August 3-4, looking for expired boat registrations as part of “Operation Ship Shape.”
“We want boaters to look at their boat’s decals, the registration numbers, and their registration card and make sure they’re up-to-date,” says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. “Make sure you’ve renewed your registration, and make sure you’ve put the decal on your boat, or you could face a $265 citation.”
The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters. No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to fund agency programs. These fees go back to boaters in the form of boat ramps, docks, trailered parking spaces, restrooms, construction and maintenance, and for boating safety -marine law enforcement services.
“Any boat that is powered by a motor – electric, gas, diesel or steam, and all sailboats 12 feet and longer -must be currently registered when on the water, even when docked or moored,” said Henry. This includes inflatable rafts with an electric motor, even a standup paddleboard or float tube with an electric motor. Henry added, “Each boat registration brings in additional funds from motorboat fuel tax and federal boating dollars. Registering a 16-foot boat provides $77 of funding, but results in additional matching funds of nearly $190, so that $77 registration fee results in $267 of revenue available to fund facilities and marine enforcement.”
Motorboat registrations are $4.50 per foot, rounded up, plus $5 which fund invasive species inspection stations. Registration fees will increase to $5.95 per foot, plus $5 in 2020, so Henry suggests that if your boat registration lapsed, register now at the current fee, which is valid for two calendar years.
Boaters can renew their boat registration online at www.boatoregon.com/store, or can visit their local registration agent. Boaters can print off a temporary permit after successfully completing their transaction online or will be issued a temporary permit through an agent for an additional fee. If you need assistance renewing online, please contact the Marine Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-378-8587.
For a list of registration agents, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osmb/title-registration/Pages/Where-to-Register.aspx.
We are covering a major MVA with up to 3 vehicles reported involved on Highway 97 near Milepost 196. This is about two miles south of the Highway 58 junction.
There is a major injury accident that is fully blocking the highway. We expect the highway to be closed for an extended time based on information coming from the scene.
More details are available in our breaking news app where this and other incidents are being covered live.
The accident scene is about 2 miles south of Highway 58 and 97 Junction.
The Goose 2 Fire was identified early Wednesday afternoon on private land within the Forest Protection Area (T47N R14E Sec13) and grew quickly to 150 acres before firefighters from local, state and federal organizations were able to slow its spread with the help of multiple aircraft. Crews remained on scene through the night to ensure firelines held. Forest Service fire managers hope to complete containment today. The cause is under investigation.
A Ponsford Conservation Group restorer works on grinding paint on the U.S. Air Force F-15 Aegle static display jet in preparation for a fresh coat of paint at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon on July 7, 2019. This jet is on loan from the Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and is getting its first full refresh in 15 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman First Class Adam Smith)
KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. —
At the entrance to Kingsley Field, an F-15 Eagle, F-4 Phantom and F-16 Fighting Falcon welcome everyone who sets foot there. Dubbed “Fighter Alley”, three static aircraft continue their service after spending their younger years thundering through the skies above Klamath Falls. Like any aircraft, time in the sun and other weather requires an occasional repainting. These three aircraft are getting their first fresh coat of paint in 15 years from the Ponsford Conservation Group.
Master Sgt. Ryan Rickets, custodian of the static displays and a 173rd Fighter Wing quality assurance inspector, said repainting does a lot more than merely make the jets look good – it also protects the jet. “Corrosion, more than anything, just being in the environment. We’re lucky that we’re in a very dry environment here, so we can get away with a six-year paint. If you were closer to the ocean, say, Tyndall Air Force Base, they’re probably closer to a three-year paint.”
This regular maintenance is part of a contract with the Museum of the Air Force to preserve the aircraft as they would have looked on the day they flew. It is vital that the restoration is as accurate as possible, down to the names written on the side.
“We are not allowed to paint somebody else’s name on that aircraft that did not fly it,” said Rickets. “That’s the historical significance that these aircraft represent, down to the font that you’re going to see on the aircraft as they get painted. It is period specific.”
The 173rd Fighter Wing maintains complete records of each of the aircraft, and every five years makes a complete report to the historians at the Museum of the Air Force, who owns the jets.
Chief Master Sgt. Mark Draper, 173rd FW chief of equipment maintenance, said that working on the jets isn’t an easy task. “For one they are on a pedestal, so they’ve been having to use booms to get up in the awkward, weird places because the aircraft is at an angle.” Other challenges include environmental concerns. “We had people driving past, and we don’t want to overspray on their cars, so we had to move all the cars at troop housing,” he added.
Restoration work began July 2, and is likely to last about two and a half weeks. The crew has been working without taking a single day off, including through the holiday weekend.
The restoration is also going to include the Ground Instruction Training Aircraft F-15 Eagle, a non-flying aircraft used for maintenance training and general instruction, as well as a static display for dignitaries and visitors to the flight line.
Draper has been planning this restoration since 2016. “It’s mandated that we take care of these aircraft. If we have them, then we have a responsibility to maintain them.”
Amber Spotten, the 173rd Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Kingsley Field, poses for a portrait photo in her office July 13, 2019. Spotten was selected as the 2019 Department of Defense Exceptional SARC of the Year for the National Guard Bureau. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik)
“I do what I do because I believe in this program and what it stands for,” she said.
Spotten has been the full-time SARC at Kingsley Field for almost three years now. When asked what changes she implemented in the program or how it was run that led up to her being selected for the award, she answers with a thoughtful look on her face. “I just do the best I can for the members I serve and am passionate about doing my job. I believe that survivors deserve the best resources available.”
The SARC serves as the installation’s primary point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services for eligible recipients as part of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team. A large part of the job is building relationships and networking with people on and off base.
Spotten said she was used to being someone who worked behind the scenes, so being at the forefront of a program has been a new role for her.
She said a critical skill for all service members is self-awareness and self-care–knowing how much stress they can handle and how to cope when things just become too much for them, and that goes for herself as well.
Her version of self-care is being active and enjoying the outdoors. “I got into running, and really enjoy it,” she said with a smile. Paul, her husband, joins her on many marathons and running events. “If you had asked me in 2005 if I would ever do a marathon, I would have laughed and I would not have believed I would have enjoyed, let alone accomplished, these types of events.”
Now they both take part in Half Ironman competitions involving running, swimming, and biking, which take them all around the state and region. To a certain extent, the sports remind her of the military community. “Being around a group of people that are all out there to do the same thing, the camaraderie, the friendship, and the support is amazing,” she remarked. “Everyone is struggling but still cheering each other on.”
Spotten has worked to bring that sense of community to Kingsley Field, overcoming personal and professional stressors in an effort to bring the base and the local town together to work together and achieve the SAPR goals.
“How did I get to this point?” she asks rhetorically. “Sometimes you don’t realize where you’re going to end up. Then all of a sudden it seems that all of the steps and the things that you’ve taken have led to the point that you are at, and it works out for the best.”
She joined active duty Air Force in July 2000 and said her first duty station set the bar for her expectations of a work center. She rarely worried about being vulnerable because her colleagues always looked out for her. “To this day, this is what I expect for others to experience in their work centers,” said Spotten.
She left active duty after finishing her Bachelors degree in Social Psychology to work as a psychosocial rehabilitation worker and joined the Idaho Air National Guard at Gowen Field.
“I fell in love with helping people,” she said. “There’s nothing for me that’s more gratifying than helping someone go from a really terrible spot to go to ‘I can breathe, I’m okay.’”
While in Idaho, she completed her master’s degree in Human Services, Mental Health Counseling to pursue other areas of work helping people in need. After nine years in Idaho, she and her husband moved to Klamath Falls where she became a Child and Family Therapist with Klamath Youth Development Center, now Klamath Basin Behavioral Health, and joined the 173rd Fighter Wing.
Applying for the SARC position two years ago was an uncertainty. She said she was unsure if she wanted to leave her position as a therapist, but in the end it was the best decision she could have made.
“At the end of the day, the SARC position offered me the opportunity to blend my passion with my professional background to help and be a good support in our military culture,” she added.
Spotten said Kingsley’s relationship and integration with the greater community is vital to the success of the SAPR program and her role as the SARC; being able to go out in to the community and get their involvement in wanting to make both Kingsley Field and Klamath Falls a safer place took a lot of effort. Between meetings, phone calls, town halls and unit visits, Spotten worked to educate and bring together both the town and the Airmen.
“There’s no way I would have been able to get the program to where it is without the base and its members and our local community,” she added..
Spotten said that winning the award was both a surprise and an honor.
The award itself is presented by the Department of Defense to each service branch, five in all for this program. “It’s nice to be recognized for the hard work that is being done, not just by our team, but by all of the SAPR teams across the National Guard,” she said. “We’re all fighting the same fight, and we’re all fighting it together.”
OR 140: Green Springs Intch – K Falls/Malin Highway Section (South Klamath Falls Highway; MP 0 – MP 5.97) – No work or delay expected on this project this week.
Lake Ewauna Trail: Klamath Ave Spring Street (City of Klamath Falls) – No work or delay expected on this project this week.
US 97: Spring Creek Hill – Modoc Point Section (The Dalles – California Highway; MP 240.55 – Mp 257.77) – No work or delay expected on this project this week.
US 97 Algoma Road – Miller Island Road Project (The Dalles – California Highway; MP 265.65 – MP 280.51) – 24 hour bridge work all week, work zone controlled with flagging and pilot car, expect 20 minute delays.
FFO – US 97: Passing Lanes Project (The Dalles – California Highway Project; MP 180.06 – 212.13) – Surveying work, expect minor delays.
OR 140: OR 39 Jct. – Olene (Klamath Falls – Lakeview Highway MP 5.6 – MP 9.3) – No work or delay expected on this project this week.
Forest, state and local fire crews and 13 aircraft are on scene at the Goose Fire that can be seen from Highway 395 north of Sugar Hill (T47N R14E Sec13). It was last reported at 100 acres with two structures threatened. Please avoid County Road 9/Fandango Pass Road as there is heavy fire traffic in the area.
Oregon is unique for many wonderful reasons – like awesome natural beauty and a great temperate climate for starters. But did you know Oregon is also unique in that it is one of only two control states where you cannot buy all brands of liquor in liter sized bottles at retail? Well, all that is about to change.
Coming this July, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission begins a pilot project to make liter-sized bottles of selected liquor brands available in OLCC’s 280 liquor stores across the state. The pilot will slowly introduce the new size as it becomes available from distributers and shelf space permits. All product categories, from tequila to whiskey, are part of this yearlong pilot.
“We haven’t offered liter sizes across the board for over 86 years,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Director. “Making this liter size available helps the food and beverage industry remain competitive with price-per-ounce savings. It also brings us into the future, as consumers are seeking variety in available sizes.”
It’s anticipated that a total of 33 products will be made available in the liter size through the pilot project. Currently the largest sized liquor bottle available through OLCC stores is 1.75L (half gallon). It is anticipated that the liter-sized container will be priced competitively between the 1.75L and the smaller 750mL.
“Providing more flexibility for the industry is always a plus,” said Jason Brandt, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association President & CEO. “As an association representing the industry in Oregon, we applaud their work in reviewing current practices and making adjustments where it can benefit the industry.”
Space for the larger-sized bottles is partially made available through a new process of product optimization that OLCC is beginning in July. Through product optimization, the agency will review the products it carries for possible delist or discontinuation based upon net profit contributed to the state, sales trends and market needs. The review will happen every nine months, while the product optimization process as a whole will be revisited annually by the Commission.
Fake customer service numbers advertised on search results connect customers with scammers.
A network of scammers is using Expedia Group’s name to take consumers for thousands of dollars. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest and Pacific has received several reports in just the past several days from consumers who’ve lost as much as $3,700.
Expedia is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating. In a statement, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said, “We are happy to team up with the BBB to educate people about this scam and share tips on how they can protect themselves.”
The scam begins when consumers search online, then call customer service numbers purporting to be Expedia. Customers ask the representative to confirm or change existing reservations they’ve made through the Expedia travel site. But instead of legitimate Expedia reps, they are calling phone numbers used by impostors. The impostors say their refund site isn’t working properly and the consumer needs to purchase gift cards in order to receive a refund or change bookings.
Consumers reporting this scam hail from 17 different states and Canada, and, together, report losing nearly $10,000. One woman told BBB that the scammer kept telling her to, “purchase (additional) gift cards saying that he had to merge the cards together,” but not to worry as she, “was going to be well reimbursed.” Several customers say the fake customer service rep stayed with them on their cell phones while they purchased the gift cards.
That’s what happened when BBBNW+P contacted one of the phony numbers and listened as the impostor tried to convince us we needed to buy gift cards, giving us a convoluted explanation of how we would get a refund.
Expedia Group’s statement continues, “Our goal is always to ensure travelers have a seamless and trouble-free booking experience with us, and it’s incredibly unfortunate that scammers have disrupted our customers’ well-deserved vacations and travel plans. Rest assured that we are also working hard to identify ways to prevent this from happening in the future.”
Expedia Group is taking steps to counteract these impostors, including working with popular search engines to reduce the occurrence of fake ads, making its customer service contact number more visible, and adding info about these scams to its customer service portal.
BBBNW+P offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves:
Being dubbed “Operation Love They Neighbor” two local businesses plan to donate 75 free mattress sets to area families July 21st. The set will include a new mattress, metal bed frame, mattress protector, sheets and a “My Pillow”. Read more
A 5.3 quake has occurred off the coast of Bandon, OR. No warnings or watches have been issued at the present time. Please note that quakes like this do not forecast additional events taking place and this post is for informational purposes only.
Above: Recent quake map. Lines represent faults.
Fire resources completed indirect strategy to suppress lightning caused fire in South Central Oregon
LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The Silver Creek Fire is a lightning caused fire that was discovered on July 14 on the Silver Lake Ranger District, Fremont-Winema National Forest one mile south of Thompson Reservoir. Firing operations were completed late last night and all objectives were met successfully. Read more
The City of Klamath Falls will be improving the west side of Washburn Way between Orchard Avenue and Pershing Way. Improvements will include installing missing sidewalk, new curbing and travel lane reconfigurations.
Rocky Mountain Construction has been awarded the contract and will begin construction Monday, July 15, 2019. Construction will begin at Orchard Avenue and will proceed south towards Pershing Way. The southbound right lane on Washburn Way and pedestrian traffic from Orchard Avenue to Vine Avenue will be closed beginning July 15th until approximately August 2nd, 2019.
The City will be updating the public weekly through press releases.
On Wednesday, July 24th the northbound lane of Conger Avenue, approximately 320’ north of Main Street, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic around the work zone. Exploratory boring for seismic evaluation will be conducted.
Updates From Klamath County Road Crews:
Klamath County Public Health seeks input on maternal, child health
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Local families are asked to provide insight into the health and well-being of mothers and children in two specific ways.
First, there are confidential, anonymous online surveys that can be completed athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TitleVSpanish (in Spanish) orhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCPHTitleV (in English). These quick surveys provide the opportunity for the public’s voice to be heard, as Public Health is conducting a needs assessment to help the State of Oregon better understand the needs of women, children, youth and families.
Second, focus groups are being held to obtain more in-depth responses than the survey will provide. Again, participation is confidential. Participants will join an hour long conversation, where a meal will be provided. They will also receive a $10 Fred Meyer gift card and a chance to win a gift basket.
All of the input given will be used to develop priority areas of focus for the next five years. Previous priority areas have resulted in activities in the community, including community health promotion and outreach, oral health programs and dental-screenings for school-aged children, and work with schools to make sure kids have access to healthy foods and physical activity.
For more information, call Public Health at 541.882.8846.