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Health Advisory Issued For Cannon Beach Water Contact

Health advisory issued June 18 for water contact at Cannon Beach

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, located in Clatsop County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Cannon Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the OHA, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

Man Dies While Swimming in Quarry


ASHLAND, Ore. – A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake.

On June 17, 2019, at 4:10 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and personnel from Greensprings Fire and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Deputies determined the victim was an 18-year-old male.

According to witnesses, the man had been swimming when he went underwater and did not surface. Bystanders pulled him from the water and began CPR. Medical personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died at the scene.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause and manner of death.  The man’s identity will be released at a later time to allow time for family to be notified. No further information is currently available for release.




UPDATE: The Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into the fatal hit and run crash which occurred on Saturday, June 15, 2019. OSP is providing the attached photo, of a piece of the suspect vehicle, in hopes that someone will recognize the piece or damage to the front bumper area of a vehicle they are familiar with.

Contact the Oregon State Police by dialing *OSP or  541-883-5711.


On Saturday, June 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47 AM, Klamath County 911 received a call of a man found in the middle of South 6th Street at the intersection with Gary Street.

Klamath County Fire District 1 responded to assist the man, who was later identified as Henry Rittenhouse, age 36, of Klamath Falls; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On scene investigation determined that Mr. Rittenhouse had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene.  The suspect vehicle is gray in color; however, there are no additional descriptors of the vehicle that struck Mr. Rittenhouse at this time.

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT.

Any one with information on this incident, or with information on the suspect vehicle, is asked to call Oregon State Police Dispatch at *OSP or  541-883-5711.

OSP Asking For Help Locating Hit & Run Suspect From Fatal 6th Street Pedestrian MVA Early This Morning


Fatal Pedestrian MVA On 6th Street This Morning Leaves Man Dead. Police Seek Suspect

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Pacific Power Says They Will Turn Power Off If Needed During Fire Season

New Policy Permits Public Safety Shut Downs Of Power During Extreme Fire Conditions

Pacific Power issues the following statement from Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions:

As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.

As part of this effort, we are working with area emergency services agencies, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and community leaders across Oregon to expand and enhance existing emergency response plans and work in coordination with our communities. This includes some new actions we’re planning for this fire season.

  • We are enhancing vegetation inspections and vegetation clearance around our power lines or poles, increasing facilities inspections, making investments to improve equipment resiliency and fire-proofing, installing local weather stations, and training and equipping our field crews for wildfire suppression.
  • For areas at a higher risk of fast-spreading wildfires, we are establishing a new fire prevention measure called a Public Safety Power Shutoff. A Public Safety Power Shutoff is a new measure designed to help keep people and communities in high-risk areas safe, by proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions that can result in catastrophic wildfires. This measure would only be taken as a last resort to help ensure customer and community safety.


  • Pacific Power is working with local governments and emergency services agencies to update them on the conditions when this protocol would be used and seek their input on coordination should we need to deploy a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
  • Pacific Power is also launching a public wildfire education and outreach campaign starting June 24 to share wildfire safety and prevention tips and to inform customers of the company’s Public Safety Power Shutoff measure. This will include public information workshops for communities in high-risk areas.

Customers can take steps now to prepare for emergencies by keeping vegetation around their homes trimmed and low and updating their emergency plans and supplies. Customers should also contact us to ensure their contact information is up-to-date, so we can keep provide updates about increased fire risk alerts, potential power outages and updates on power restoration.

For more information, customers may contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or visit

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrests For Thefts After Obtaining Search Warrant


Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests For Thefts

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 a search warrant was executed at 1236 Owens Street, Klamath Falls, OR. The search warrant was the result of numerous investigations involving fraudulent transactions made at ten or more businesses within the community. Joshua Eli Epps was believed to have fraudulently ordered nearly $20,000 of merchandise using consumer credit accounts at local stores and stolen credit information. Earlier in the day, co-conspirator William Adams, was taken into custody while attempting to acquire merchandise which was fraudulently ordered by Joshua Epps.

Due to information that the suspect was in possession of a firearm, the Klamath County Special Response Team (SRT) served the warrant at the residence. During the execution of the search warrant Joshua Epps, along with two other occupants were detained after their surrender following two hours of negotiations. The two other occupants were released after questioning while Joshua Epps was taken into custody and lodged at the Klamath County Jail on authority of multiple felony warrants. Additional charges related to thefts are expected to be added in the next few days.

A large quantity of stolen property (tools and a stolen pistol) were recovered during the search of the residence.

Epps, Joshua Eli ​​Charges: Theft I, Theft II, Parole Violation, Identification Theft

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Adams, William Anthony​  Charges: Attempted Theft I, Criminal Conspiracy I​

*No booking photo available at post time for Adams. 

Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm North County

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Medford OR
524 PM PDT Wed Jun 12 2019

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…
Northwestern Lake County in south central Oregon…
Northeastern Klamath County in south central Oregon…

* Until 545 PM PDT.

* At 523 PM PDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 12 miles north of
Jackson Creek Forest Camp, or 36 miles south of La Pine, moving
east at 10 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* This severe thunderstorm will remain over mainly rural areas of
northwestern Lake and northeastern Klamath Counties.


For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a

LAT…LON 4306 12149 4324 12149 4331 12121 4307 12119
TIME…MOT…LOC 0023Z 270DEG 9KT 4315 12139


Weather Outlook: Thunderstorms Possible Today

A disturbance is expected to move in this afternoon from the south and trigger isolated thunderstorms in the early afternoon hours.

Storms are then expected to increase in coverage area to scattered later in the afternoon to evening.

Some storms may contain strong downdrafts and be on the dry side.

As always, storm coverage is available in our breaking news app.

Klamath Falls Police Make Arrest For 9 Month Old Drowning Attempt

Woman Arrested For Attempting To Drown 9 Month Old Child


Davie Lamburth was arrested in the 100 block of East Lowell Street, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m.  Klamath Falls Police Officer responded to Sky Lakes Medical Center on Tuesday, June 11th, at 1:12 a.m.  Officers were requested by Sky Lakes Medical Center Staff when the infant arrived.  The infant had been transported by family members to ensure the infant was medically stable.  The infant was removed from the home and placed with a family member.   Read more

Josephine County Airports to host Grants Pass Airport Day


GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Once again, it is time for the Grants Pass Airport Day open house for the public! This free, fun, family-oriented event will take place at the Grants Pass Airport, 1441 Brookside Blvd., next to the Merlin Armory, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featured events include a pancake breakfast presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Throughout the day, the public will be able to wander among an array of classic and home-built aircraft and talk with pilots and builders.

Admission is free, and breakfast, lunch and desserts will be available for purchase.

Come enjoy free parking at the National Guard Armory on Brookside Boulevard, with free shuttle-buses running continuously to and from Airport Central.

Pacific Aviation will be offering Photo Flights all day long – a great gift and the best way to see your community!

All will enjoy learning about the medevac operations centered at the airport. There will be low-level flybys of iconic aircraft and aerobatic flight by the Rogue Valley Flyers R/C club. At mid-morning the skies will fill with ultralights. There will be classic cars on display for all to see, and the West Coast Ravens will be demonstrating formation flying.

Again this year, Airport Day offers special focus on students and parents who are beginning to consider future career directions. Aviation businesses are expecting many job vacancies over the next decade as military veterans begin to retire from the industry. The opportunities for young people will abound.

Coast Guard Rescues Man Who Fell 800 Feet At Crater Lake Monday

Coast Guard rescues man 800 feet down Crater Lake caldera

The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell into the Crater Lake caldera, Monday afternoon, assisting the National Park Service and a District 3 Technical Rope Rescue Team.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Sector North Bend hoisted the man out of the caldera and transferred him to an AirLink Critical Care Transport team who flew the injured man to Bend for care and treatment.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a call at 3:47 p.m., from the Crater Lake National Park Service rangers requesting helicopter support for an injured man who fell into Crater Lake’s caldera near Rims Village.

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene at 4:28 p.m. with the District 3 rope team already 600 feet down into the caldera. The District 3 team reported they could hear a man yelling from further down into the caldera.

The aircrew was hovering above the injured man within 15 minutes of arriving on scene and conducted the hoist before landing in a nearby parking lot and transferring the injured man to the AirLink helicopter crew. The aircrew departed Crater Lake at 5:27 p.m., stopped in Roseburg to refuel and returned to North Bend.

The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time.

One Dead And One Missing In Lost Creek Lake Boating Incident


One Confirmed Death And One Still Missing In Lost Creek Lake Boating Accident 

TRAIL, Ore. – One man died, and another man is missing and presumed dead, following a boating incident on Lost Creek Lake on Sunday night.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies and search and rescue (SAR) personnel are continuing the search for the missing man Monday morning.

On June 9, 2019, at 7:53 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a woman at Lost Creek Lake reporting two men had drowned.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol deputies, along with personnel from Fire District #4 and Mercy Flights, responded to the lake.  Several citizens also assisted on the water and on land.

Deputies located the first victim, Irving Fuentes, 25, unresponsive in the water.  A Fire District #4 rescue boat transported him to a waiting Mercy Flights ambulance at the Stewart State Park boat ramp.  He was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the hospital.

Marine patrol deputies continued the search for the second victim, Juan Carlos Fuentes, 29, but were hampered by darkness.  Resources are returning to the lake Monday morning to continue the search and recovery effort.

Deputies say the two men, both of White City, were brothers and were boating with family members.  Neither man was wearing a life jacket.  The circumstances of the incident remain under investigation.


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