Klamath County Man Found Guilty of Stealing Missing Mother’s Social Security Benefits

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MEDFORD, Ore.—On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a federal jury found Theodore Martin Kirk, 64, of Klamath County, Oregon, guilty of stealing more than $30,000 in Social Security benefits dispersed in the name of his elderly mother, Nadine Kirk. Ms. Kirk has been missing since March 2010 and is presumed to be deceased.

“This case began with a single tip from an observant community member and led to the discovery of a multi-year scheme to exploit the Social Security program—a critical tax payer-funded program supporting the nation’s elderly. Tips play an important role in law enforcement and help to reveal crimes that might otherwise go undiscovered,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to court documents and information shared during trial, in July 2015, a concerned community member contacted the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Kirk as she had not been seen for multiple years. At the time of this call, Ms. Kirk would have been 98 years old. Shortly thereafter, a sheriff deputy visited the residence shared by Ms. Kirk and her son, Theodore, in Bonanza, Oregon. Mr. Kirk claimed his mother had left with friends to travel to California two months prior, but would not permit the deputy to enter his property to confirm his mother was not there.

In an August 2015 interview with a detective, Mr. Kirk again told law enforcement he believed his mother was in California with friends. He added that it had been “quite some time” since his mother had seen a doctor despite having suffered from multiple strokes. Mr. Kirk claimed to be suspicious of his mother’s medications and reported previously removing her from them. Further, he acknowledged that he shared a joint checking account with his mother, into which her monthly Social Security payments were deposited.

Later in August, the Social Security Administration suspended payments to the Kirk’s joint checking account based on Ms. Kirk’s unknown whereabouts. A Social Security investigator reviewed Ms. Kirk’s bank records and found that the last transaction bearing her signature was dated January 2010. From January 2010 until August 2015, over $1,000 in benefits were deposited monthly into the joint checking account and nearly every month, Mr. Kirk would withdraw the entire amount in cash. All of the withdrawals from the account occurred in Oregon, not in California were Ms. Kirk was purported to be.

In August 2017, investigators conducted a search of the Kirk property and recovered a detailed calendar kept by Mr. Kirk. Prior to 2010, the calendar included activities for both Mr. Kirk and his mother. The calendar revealed a series of strokes experienced by Ms. Kirk beginning in 2004 and continuing into the beginning of 2010, where the calendar showed she experienced two strokes in three days. Following the multiple strokes, there were no additional calendar entries for Ms. Kirk’s activities.

Mr. Kirk faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. He will be sentenced on Thursday, June 27, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane.

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Adam E. Delph and Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

Live Fire Training March 14, 2019

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Klamath County Fire District No. 1 will be conducting a live fire training, or “Burn to Learn” training event at 5132 Miller Ave today.  This live training provides firefighters with valuable fire control techniques and is the best type of training available to prepare firefighters for an actual fire emergency.

During the live burn, flames and smoke may be visible from South Sixth Street, Homedale Road, and Wiard Street.  All activities will begin in the morning hours starting at 9 am and will conclude by 3 pm.  This will be a controlled exercise.

Klamath County Fire District No. 1, Kingsley Field Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Klamath Falls Police Department will be participating in the event.  Additional resources will be included to ensure that this drill is conducted safely, both for personnel and for the safety and property protection of others.

There will be constant monitoring of weather conditions and consideration for adjacent properties.  There will not be any interruption of traffic with road closures.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this exercise, please contact Klamath County Fire District No. 1 at 541-885-2056 during normal business hours.  If you have questions during the exercise, contact the Incident Commander at the site.

Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 23 — 31

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The Spring Whale Watch Week event returns to the coast March 23 – 31 to celebrate the more than 20,000 Gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.

Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available on whalespoken.org.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from Oregon State Parks will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales.

An online live stream of whale activity in Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event.

Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during spring; they return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The first large groups of whales pass by Oregon mid-March and the migratory stream typically continues into June.

For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, visit oregonstateparks.org.

Traffic Alert: Tree Work On Altamont Starts March 14th.

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Altamont Drive Waterline Improvements Project

Altamont Drive between Anderson Avenue and Barry Avenue will be closed March 18, 2019 through March 22, 2019. Posted detour routes will be in place. The area will be open to local traffic only.

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Trees LLC has been issued a permit allowing pruning of trees along powerlines in the rights-of-way. They will be working as follows:

March 14 to March 29, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – South boundary of Mills Addition, Shasta Way north to Applegate, Owens east to Mitchell. The parking lane and sidewalks will be closed with signs. Tree crews will be moving throughout the neighborhood

March 18 and March 19, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – North side lane of 11th Street from High to Upham will be closed going west with signs and flaggers.

City Staff would like to thank 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. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Klamath Falls Public Works Department at (541) 883-5363. 

All Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 flights grounded in USA due to safety concern

Pres. Trump: “We’re going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9, and planes associated with that line.”

The USA is the last country to ban the Boeing 737 Max aircraft due to a safety concern. Klamath Alerts has been following this story for several days and will have an additional report soon. The ban follows Canada who ordered the aircraft grounded just a few hours ago.

Currently American and Southwest have flights airborne with this aircraft in US airspace with passengers aboard.

Early Morning Arrest Made BY SWAT After Suspect Barricades Himself

Michael Donnel Wilson (DOB 8/8/1986) (photo below) was arrested in the 800 block of Mt. Whitney Street, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 after Klamath Falls Police Officers responded to a call of a domestic violence assault.  

The victim was found to be severely beaten and displayed severe facial injuries.She was also strangled during the assult and was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Wilson’s victim, his 43 year-old girlfriend and co-habitant, made the call to 911 reporting she was assaulted.  Responding officers established probable cause to arrest Wilson, who physically barricaded himself inside the residence.  

Klamath Falls Police Department Special Weapons and Tacticts operators were called to the residence per etablished procedure for this type of incident. 

Once deployed, SWAT operators, with the assistance of Klamath Falls Police Department patrol personnel and Oregon State Police Troopers, were able to apprehend Mr. Wilson without incident.  Wilson was lodged at the Klamath County Jail on charges of Assault II and Strangluation.  

The Klamath Falls Police department extends its gratitude to the neighboring residents in the immediate area of the operation for their cooperation and police assistance.  

In additon, we urge anyone who is a victim, or knows a victim of domestic violence to please report the matter to their local police dpartment, or seek other assistance to remove themselves or protect themselves from future abuse.

80 Year Old Man Rescued By Klamath County SAR Using New ATV Equipped With Tracks

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On Friday (March 8, 2019) at 4:00pm, Klamath County 911 Dispatch received a call reporting an 80 year old man, Darrell Blackwell, was stuck in the snow in his ATV near Saddle Mountain Pit Rd in the Chiloquin area. Deputies responded and due to snow depth requested Search and Rescue (SAR) assist in locating and rescuing the man.

Klamath County SAR team members responded to the area. Using a recently purchased side by side ATV equipped with tracks, they located the subject on USFS Rd 5850. The SAR team was able to get the man’s ATV unstuck and drove it out to his care taker who took possession of it. SAR continued out with Mr. Blackwell in the rescue vehicle. 

The timely acquisition of this new piece of rescue equipment aided in the above rescue. The equipment was needed 26 hours after it was picked up by SAR.

 

 

Additional Info: The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office purchased the Can Am side x side on March 7, 2019 during an emergency order announced by Governor Brown. Several recent rescues were conducted in northern Klamath County due to heavy snow which stranded people in their homes. During these rescue missions, older equipment broke down and repairs were not able to be made immediately.

The money used to purchase the side x side was available due to a contract with the Oregon State Snowmobile Association. These funds originated with the Oregon Department of Transportation to the State Snowmobile Association for grooming trails and also provides for law enforcement patrol and safety education for ten (10) Sheriff’s Offices across the state.

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Weather Outlook: More Snow Expected Followed By Warmer Sunny Weather

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More Snow Followed By Warmer Sunny Weather Into Weekend

The latest forecast information suggests that our region will see another snow storm early Tuesday morning. Right now the storm appears to be more of a high elevation snow maker, but around an inch or two of slushy snow or possibly snow mixed with some rain is possible locally here in Klamath Falls. The storm should begin to impact the area between about 4am or 5am and begin to wind down around 11am according to current forecast data from the NWS.

One thing to consider with this incoming storm is that the snow is expected to fall in a relative short period of time. The higher elevations may see up to 2-4 inches (6-8 inches in higher elevations such as Crater Lake, Diamond Lake Etc) of snow in a short 6-12 hour period of time. The expected snow fall rates could cause travel disruptions on areas of Highway 140 between Klamath Falls and Medford as well as Highway 97 north of town (generally from Modoc Point north).

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Above: An aerial image taken in Klamath Falls about 2:45pm yesterday after an unexpected snow storm arrived in the morning hours.

Due to the incoming storm, a winter weather advisory has been issued for the higher elevations of Klamath County.

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Areas in purple depict the winter weather advisory currently in effect. Areas of Highway 140 West and Highway 97 North could see travel disruptions early Tuesday morning. Snow is possible late Monday night into Tuesday morning. The precipitation is expected to turn showery in nature in the Tuesday afternoon hours.

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Above: Current snowfall forecast for a new snow storm expected Tuesday morning. 

Warmer Weather Expected Soon

After the passage of Tuesday’s storm, the NWS Medford expects clearing skies and warmer temperatures into the weekend for our region. We could be looking at a high of 55-60 degrees by Sunday with clear sunny skies.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued March 10 at 10:58PM PDT until March 12 at 12:00PM PDT by NWS Medford

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO NOON PDT TUESDAY…

* WHAT… Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.

* WHERE… Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County to include Highway 97 mainly from Spring Creek north to Crescent.

* WHEN… From 5 AM to noon PDT Tuesday. The main impacts will mainly be early Tuesday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

* Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

* Carry tire chains and be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

* See https://www.tripcheck.com or http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov for latest road conditions.

* A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.

 

 

 

 

 

Klamath Falls Wakes Up To Time Change and Unexpected Snow Storm

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Unexpected Snow Storm Arrives With First Day Of Daylight Saving Time 

Klamath Falls residents woke up to an unexpected snow storm Sunday morning. According to reports from members and discussion on our Breaking News Service  Several inches of snow has fallen in our local area so far.

Keno Area: 2-3 inches (at time of post)

Klamath Falls varies between 2-3 inches and some reports of 4-6 inches (at time of post)

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Above: A recent radar image showing snow showers in our area. According to the NWS Medford snow showers should continue for the next couple of hours and possibly into early afternoon.

The NWS Medford says that daytime heating should slow or stop accumulation on the area roadways as showers wind down this afternoon. Up to 1-3 inches of additional snow are possible for Klamath Falls today.

The snow showers over us now were expected to remain over northern California in the original forecast. They have been pushed up farther north than expected.

Right now area roadways are reported very slick and we are receiving a few reports of vehicle slide offs on area highways.

Feel free to share photos and reports of the snow you are getting in your area.

 

Arrest Made After Dangerous Confrontation With Police In Happy Camp

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Dangerous Confrontation Results In Arrest In Happy Camp 

​On Thursday, March 7, 2019, at about 4:16 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Deputy Gabe Garrison and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer responded to the 1400 block of Curly Jack Road in Happy Camp in response to a dispatch call reporting a man with a gun. The suspect allegedly walked onto a local resident’s property, confronted him, and the citizen reported he could see a gun in the man’s pocket. The man, later identified as Mr. Brett Christopher Rhodes, 32, of Happy Camp, was contacted moments later by the CHP officer and Deputy Garrison in the 1900 block of Curly Jack Road. The suspect was identified and it was determined he had an active felony drug-related arrest warrant. As Deputy Garrison approached the suspect he walked behind a camp trailer and later emerged in the open with his hands in the pockets of a jacket. He was ordered to show his hands and he refused, became increasingly belligerent, and he appeared to be purposely reaching into his pocket attempting to retrieve an unidentified object while held at gunpoint by both peace officers. Mr. Rhodes then ran from the scene towards local residents in the area while pursued by Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer.

​He ran onto a driveway and into the yard and then porch of a residence in the 1500 block of Curly Jack Road and was again confronted by both peace officers. He attempted to enter a residence but the door was locked by the occupants as Deputy Garrison positioned himself in an effort to prevent him from presenting a threat to the home owners. Mr. Rhodes refused to comply with orders of the deputy and a Taser device was used to gain his compliance and to take him into custody; however, the Taser deployment had no impact on the suspect. A second Taser deployment also had no effect on Mr. Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes cursed and taunted the deputy and officer and refused to take off his jacket or reveal what was in the one pocket, which Deputy Garrison observed to look like an object forming the shape of a possible handgun. Mr. Rhodes removed a glass pipe from his pocket and advised the deputy and officer it was his “crack pipe.” Deputy Garrison advised SCSO Dispatch to ask the residents in the home to take cover and to stay on the floor in the rear area of their home in the event gunfire ensued, since Mr. Rhodes was suspected to be armed with a handgun.

​Mr. Rhodes fled the property and an effort to subdue him was unsuccessful and the CHP officer’s deployment of his Taser device proved ineffective as well. Mr. Rhodes fled towards nearby Happy Camp and later took off his jacket and threw it onto a vehicle belonging to Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Department Chief Erick Haskell. The man took a fighting stance and resisted arrest again when confronted but Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer were able to tackle Rhoads and take him into custody after less than lethal means to stop further resistance proved successful. A realistic-looking BB “facsimile” handgun was found in one of this jacket pockets. He was later transported to Fairchild Medical Center, examined, treated, and released for booking at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka.

​Mr. Rhoads was booked for felony arrest warrants and for other law violations, including resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer in the line of duty, possession of drug paraphernalia, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

​According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “This was a high risk call for Deputy Garrison the CHP officer. The facsimile BB gun looked like a real handgun and the suspects aggressive, belligerent, and resistant actions endangered the safety of the involved peace officers and nearby residents. These courageous peace officers avoided using deadly force in a situation that was tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving – Both used non-lethal and lesser means of force to subdue Mr. Rhodes, which is very commendable under the difficult circumstances they encountered. The dispatch report received by SCSO and CHP revealed the suspect was armed with what the reporting party thought was a real handgun. Mr. Rhodes’ refusal to surrender the facsimile firearm, coupled with his other unlawful actions, could have led to a very tragic outcome. The responsible and measured response from Deputy Garrison and the CHP officer prevented that tragedy from happening and protected citizens threatened by Mr. Rhode’s unlawful and violent behavior. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the SCSO 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Guest Blog Post: Survival Prep “Late Winter Storm”

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Late Winter Storm

Usually this time of year the Southwestern corner of Oregon is brushing off the last of winter, settling in for a few more weeks of coastal rains and looking ahead to some springtime.  A few gardeners will get their peas in the ground and wait for Mother Nature to bring the harvest.  Not so this past week in our region.  Torrential rains closed most schools in the area because of flooding.  Inland and higher elevations received one to two feet of wet snowfall.  Heavy, wet snowfall that brought down huge trees across many roads along with power lines which knocked out electricity to thousands of customers, including entire cities.  More than one small town was entirely isolated for four or five days while rescue crews worked to clear a path so at least gasoline could be delivered for generators.

One acquaintance found herself stranded behind a combination of downed trees and snow along with a Deputy Sheriff, an Oregon State Trooper and a Department of Transportation truck.  She was stranded for thirteen hours while waiting for the road to be cleared.  She reports she was reasonably well prepared as she had some furniture blanket pads, some protein drinks and snacks.  Her van had three-fourths of a tank of gas and she ran the engine only when needed to warm up for fifteen minutes at a time.  She also had some extra clothing which she put on, including warm dry socks.  Regarding the socks, in her words, “Very important!”

On Thursday, I had occasion to call a nearby Home Depot to inquire about a new appliance I needed.  The lady answered the phone, “Roseburg Home Depot, we are out of generators and propane.”  I needed neither but many in the area were without power and generators and fuel was in short supply.

I was able to loan a generator to a relative living in the area.  Their home was without heat or electricity.  The generator gave them their first coffee in four days along with a hot breakfast.

We become complacent when the power company supplies us faithfully with reliable service.  But when weather events provide us with the poster child for disaster preparedness, we are sometimes caught with our proverbial pants down.  Only those who are truly prepared will endure the worst without hardship.

Here are some quick reminders:  If you have a generator, make sure it will start.  Ethanol-infused fuel attracts moisture and over time the gasoline is rendered useless or will turn to jelly, clogging your carburetor.  Then the thing won’t start when you need it most.  Either drain the gas or use a product like Sta-bil to stabilize the fuel.  Starting the it once a month will also help.  When it’s time to shut off the motor, close the fuel valve instead and let the motor burn off the gasoline in the fuel line.  That will help in keeping the carburetor clean.

Maintain your car’s gas tank above the “half” mark.  Keep some snack food in the car, or some jerky, or some Spam, or some……..(fill in the blank).  Extra clothes, including warm socks are always a good idea.  Fresh batteries for your flashlight, Coleman lantern, camp stove, reliable supply of drinking water and some cash on hand.  For a complete list, you can buy my book or check my blog.    Stay prepared my friends.

As always send your questions or comments to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.  Previous columns are on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com.  Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer.  His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.

Highway 101 Opens After Storms At Brookings

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U.S. Highway 101 is now open at Hooskanaden Creek (milepost 344), approximately 12 miles north of Brookings. A slide closed the highway on February 24. Traffic through the slide area is limited to a single lane on a gravel road surface. Flaggers will provide traffic control and motorists should expect delays.

Crews from Tidewater Contractors will be on site to maintain the gravel surface and keep the road open. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive with caution through the work area.

Earlier Info From ODOT:

BROOKINGS – U.S. Highway 101 is expected to open at noon on Saturday, weather permitting, after the highway had been closed nearly two weeks by a slide at Hooskanaden Creek, about 12 miles north of Brookings.

When the highway opens, traffic through the slide area will be limited to a single lane on a gravel road surface. Flaggers will provide traffic control and motorists should expect delays. Motorists are also advised to slow down and drive with caution.

Over the past two weeks, ODOT has been monitoring conditions through the slide area. Ground movement has slowed in recent days. Crews for Tidewater Contractors have been working overtime to remove slide debris and place more than 15,000 tons of rock along the path of the highway.

ODOT will continue to monitor the area for ground movement for the next several months.

New Oregon Ducks License Plates Available April 1st

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SALEM – The University of Oregon Alumni Association (UOAA) Duck vehicle license plate will be available for Oregon passenger vehicles starting April 1.

The plate is only for passenger vehicles titled and registered in Oregon. DMV will not accept or process applications received before April 1.

Oregon Ducks Plates

In addition to regular title, registration and plate manufacturing fees, the Duck plate has a $40 surcharge due when you first order the plate and at each registration renewal. The surcharge is the same amount for four-year or two-year registration periods. Customers who purchased a prepaid voucher may submit that with their application in lieu of the surcharge. The voucher may only be used once. The UOAA was required to sell at least 3,000 vouchers before DMV could start implementation of the Duck license plate. Surcharge funds will go to UOAA.

Customers who already have a group UO plate on the tree background with a decal can continue to renew or transfer that plate to another eligible passenger vehicle upon payment of the appropriate fees.

Custom (vanity) and Amateur Radio Operator (HAM radio) versions will be available on the new Duck plate.

DMV cannot reserve specific number-letter configurations for license plates. Also, DMV does not sell “sample” versions of license plates.

Customers can apply for the plates online, by mail, at DMV field offices, or through licensed vehicle dealers when they purchase a car. Customers cannot apply for a Duck plate online if they are submitting a pre-paid voucher. Customers cannot replace vehicle plates through DEQ emissions testing stations (emissions tests are required only in parts of the Portland and Medford metropolitan areas).

The cost of a set of plates depends upon when and how a vehicle owner applies for a new set. Here are two common scenarios:

  1. Plates ordered within 120 days before a vehicle’s stickers expire:
  • Duck surcharge: $40 (also paid at every renewal) or a pre-paid voucher
  • Plate fee: $24 for the pair
  • Plate replacement fee: $5
  • Registration renewal: $112 (Multnomah County residents add $38; Washington County residents add $60)
  • Total without a voucher: $181 ($219 in Multnomah County; $241 in Washington County)
  • Total with a pre-paid voucher: $141 ($179 in Multnomah County; $201 in Washington County)

2. Plates ordered more than 120 days before a vehicle’s stickers expire:

  • Duck surcharge: $40 (also paid at every two-year renewal) or a pre-paid voucher
  • Plate fee: $24 for the pair
  • Plate replacement fee: $10
  • Total without a voucher: $74
  • Total with a pre-paid voucher: $34

Customers who purchase a new or used vehicle from a licensed dealer may order Duck plates as part of the car-buying process and provide a pre-paid voucher to the dealer if they have one. Dealers file title and registration applications with DMV on behalf of car buyers. However, dealers cannot submit a voucher on behalf of a car buyer prior to the April 1 effective date. When buying a car, there are charges in addition to those listed above, such as title fees and dealer processing charges.

Customers with more than 120 days before their vehicle’s stickers expire can order new plates from the convenience of their homes:

  • Customers without pre-paid vouchers can order new plates online at OregonDMV.com.
  • If you have a prepaid voucher, go to OregonDMV.com and download DMV Form 268 – Application for Registration, Renewal, Replacement or Transfer of Plates and/or Stickers. Mail that completed form with your voucher and check to DMV.

Before going to any DMV office, the agency suggests that you first check OregonDMV.com to make sure you have everything you need and view current wait times for the large DMV offices. Common transactions such as renewing vehicle registration, changing your address, and reporting the sale of a vehicle can be done online.

173RD FIGHTER WING TO HOST “RACE TO ZERO” 5K IN APRIL

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KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing Sexual Assault and Prevention team is hosting the 2nd Annual “Race to Zero” 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Klamath Falls Regional Airport.  This is a free event.

“This event is held to show support for victims and survivors of sexual assault, as well as promote dignity and respect for all with the hope of reaching zero,” said Amber Spotten, the 173rd FW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and event planner.

Registration for the race is online at; Race registration

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and that is why Spotten chose to host the race then.

“We can’t undo what has been done to so many, but hopefully the more we promote dignity and respect for others, the more we can see the issue of sexual assault decrease,” said Spotten.

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