Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:25pm a brush fire was reported in the area of Hill Road and Chalet Drive. The initial report indicated that there was a structure threatened and that the fire was advancing up the hill side. The total response included 2 engines, 4 brush trucks, 2 water tenders and several staff vehicles. Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded along with Merrill Rural Fire Protection District, Kingsley Field Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and Klamath County Sheriff’s Office assisting.
The fire was controlled by 5:30pm and covered approximately 15-20 acres. Oregon Department of Forestry will be monitoring the fire throughout the day today.
The fire was determined to have started from a small controlled burn which a resident had been using to clean up leaves and yard debris.
This incident serves to remind us all, that although it is January, wildfires can happen throughout the year if conditions are right. During the winter months the grasses and foliage are dry and dormant and can pose a risk of fire. Please make sure you follow all burn rules and keep all fires attended. Always have a means to extinguish the fire readily available.
January 13, 2019 – Salem, Ore. – Marissa McGinnis had a different reaction when she realized she won $10,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.
“It was really weird,” she said. “I have never won anything like that in my life. I kept asking if they were sure it was a winner.”
McGinnis, from Klamath Falls, said she and her boyfriend, Juan, play Scratch-its for the entertainment, which is why they like the bingo and crossword versions of the game. The couple purchased the game at Oregon Avenue Food Mart.
“I like to do more than just scratch and see if I won,” she said. “I like to play the game and be entertained for a little bit.”
Now the couple are going to be very entertained as they plan their trip to Universal Studios.
“We are probably going to invest and save some of the money too,” she said. “But we have been wanting to go on that trip and saving for it, and this will help.”
During the 2015-17 biennium in Klamath County, where McGinnis lives, more than $15.4 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education, and watershed enhancement.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
SALEM, Ore.—The Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers to start the new year with a paycheck checkup to ensure they’re withholding enough from their wages this year. Not withholding appropriately in 2019 could lead to an unexpected tax bill in 2020.
State and federal tax liabilities are different because tax rates and other items claimed on returns—such as deductions and credits—are different. In past years, these differences were minimal enough that Oregonians were able to use the federal Form W-4 to calculate their Oregon withholding appropriately. However, recent federal tax law changes, including how withholding allowances are calculated, mean that the federal form no longer consistently meets Oregon’s needs.
For tax year 2019, Oregon’s new Form OR-W-4 and online withholding calculator allow taxpayers to more accurately determine the appropriate amount to withhold for Oregon. Employers should provide the OR-W-4 to employees anytime they provide them with the federal W-4. Both the Form OR-W-4 and the calculator are available at the department’s website at www.oregon.gov/dor.
While everyone should check their withholding annually, some groups of taxpayers are more at risk for under-withholding than others, including taxpayers who:
Started a new job in 2018.
Updated their federal Form W-4 in 2018.
Previously claimed federal deductions that were impacted by federal tax law changes, such as the employee business expense deduction.
Live in a two-earner household.
Personal income taxes are the foundation of Oregon’s General Fund. The pay-as-you-earn system of personal income tax withholding is an established and consistent revenue stream that supports the public services Oregonians depend on.
Most employees have a portion of their wages withheld to cover their state and federal income tax liability for the year. Employees are responsible for determining the appropriate number of allowances to claim, which will dictate how much their employer withholds. The employer sends the amount withheld to the Department of Revenue, where it is credited to the employee. When the employee files their annual tax return, the amount of tax due shown on the return is reconciled against the record of withholding for the year. If there was too much withheld, it results in a refund. If there wasn’t enough withheld, the employee will need to pay the difference by April 15.
The NWS in Medford says that our clear skies are coming to an end soon! A high pressure ridge that has given us clear skies the past few days will start to break down on Tuesday. This will clear the path for an active weather pattern to setup in our area.
As of posting time, snow (with minimal accumulation) and rain are expected Tuesday evening as a storm that is mostly aimed at Northern California will make it’s way through the region. Rain is likely for our area for Wednesday and Thursday as a stronger system enters the region.
The NWS says there is uncertainty about snow levels and precipitation amounts so stay tuned for more information as the storms begin to move through. And here’s hoping for an eventually big snow storm at some point this winter for Klamath Falls!
On Friday (01/11/19) the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) began an investigation into a residential burglary in Crescent, OR which is in Northern Klamath County. One suspect was developed during the initial investigation and deputies began a search for Tylor McMahan for questioning in the crime. Read more
A KCSD junior high school student was approached by male in vehicle while walking home from bus stop.
A man in a vehicle attempted to abduct a Klamath County School District junior high school student Thursday (Jan. 10) as the student was walking home from a bus stop in the neighborhood north of Shasta Elementary School.
After the student exited the school bus, a male driving a brown SUV with a silver strip, possibly a Jeep, approached the student and tried to talk them into getting into their vehicle. The school district alerted parents of the incident through its One Call Now system and posted an alert on the district’s webpage.
The Klamath County School District asks parents to please speak with their children and remind them of safety tips regarding being approached by strangers. Some suggestions include:
Walk in groups or with friends
Be alert to vehicles that might be following them
Do not talk to anyone that might approach them
Share some tips to look for: someone saying they lost a pet, looking for a lost child, asking for help to complete a task – these are adult responsibilities and not your kids
If near a public place, enter the establishment and report the concern to an adult.
If you see a suspicious vehicle or suspicious behavior, please report it to local law enforcement.
Klamath Alerts has reached out to the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office for additional information and we will post additional as it becomes available.
When the topic of disaster comes up, we tend to think in terms of earthquakes, hurricanes, and blizzards as those are the events that get all the attention However, in reality residential fires are the most common disaster nationwide. Every year more than 2500 people die (that’s seven people per day) and nearly 13,000 are injured in home fires across the nation.
Deaths and injuries can be minimized when families establish and practice a home fire escape plan. The American Red Cross says on average you have only two minutes to escape a structure fire. F.E.M.A. recommends practicing your home fire escape plan twice a year.
Here are some tips:
Find two ways to get out of each room.
If a primary exit is blocked, you will need an alternate escape route. A second story room might mean using a ladder to get to safety.
Make sure windows aren’t stuck and screens can be easily removed. If security bars are in place, make sure they can be properly opened.
Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
Place smoke alarms on every floor of your home. The Red Cross recommends placing one in each bedroom.
Replace your batteries every year, and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
Fewer and fewer households in our region are burning wood for heat anymore, but if you still enjoy the comforting warmth of a wood fire, make sure your chimney is cleaned and inspected each year. Various kinds of wood burn in various ways. Some burn slowly and some burn faster. Different kinds of wood and different conditions leave various levels of creosote inside the chimney. Every chimney should be inspected annually for safety and cleaned, if necessary.
Successfully preparing for the disaster of a home fire is no accident! It just may save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Disaster preparedness isn’t rocket science! Simply consider a game of “what if” and then make plans for what can go wrong. Lay in supplies, keep your gas tank on the upper half and always have a back-up plan. Many years ago when I was a student pilot, my flight instructor told me that a pilot always keeps an emergency landing area in mind, just in case. This is no small feat in Western Oregon where there isn’t an abundance of flat, level farmland on which to park an airplane. The point being, you’ve always got to have a plan in mind in the event the whole system collapses. It helps to plan ahead.
This is never about causing fear, this is about stimulating some thought and preparing for the “just in case” events that may or may not come your way.
As always, send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dave Robinson is an author, pastor, and freelance writer. He is the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores.
The Klamath Falls Police Department is now accepting applications for our 13th CITIZEN’S ACADEMY.
The Citizen’s Academy was created to provide citizens with an overview of police operations, create opportunities for citizens to know their police officers, and strengthen relationships. Participants will interact and learn from veteran police officers in a classroom environment. The courses will provide citizens with knowledge of criminal laws, how laws are enforced locally, and how crimes are processed through the judicial system.
The Citizen’s Academy will meet one night per week for ten weeks. Academy participants that complete the program will be presented with a certificate of completion by Klamath Falls Police Department Chief of Police.
Applications will be accepted through the start of the academy. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or accompanied by an adult. Underage participants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must undergo a brief background investigation and not have any pending criminal cases to be selected to participate.
The Citizen’s Academy is expected to begin in mid February, 2019. Each class will held at the police department and will begin at 6:00pm. The exact dates are to be determined.
Klamath Falls City Council Passes New Ordinance to Curb Persistent Criminal Behavior
On February 6, 2019, a geographical area around downtown will become an, “Enhanced Law Enforcement Area” as defined by council. People convicted of three (3) separate violations of law within a twelve (12) month period within the Downtown Enhanced Law Enforcement Area (ELEA) will be excluded from the zone for a period of 90 – 365 days by the Klamath Falls Municipal Judge.
Persons who re-enter the ELEA, without a lawful purpose, will be arrested for the crime of, “Persistent Violation.” Per City Code, the crime of Persistent Violation is a mandatory arrest and chronic criminal offenders will be transported to jail before their appearance in front of the Klamath Falls Municipal Judge.
The purpose of these enactments is to pursue chronic offenders in certain, designated areas, in an effort to modify their behavior and, through exclusion of the chronic offender, improve and enhance community livability.