Category Archives: Klamath Falls Breaking News

Early Morning Pursuit Lands Two In Jail

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Joshua Adams and Devin Hubkey both of the Klamath Falls area were arrested early Wednesday morning after attempting to elude Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputies in Klamath Falls. Read more

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Sentry Eagle And Open House Returns Next July At Kingsley Field

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173rd FW to host Sentry Eagle exercise and Open House next year

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will host the 17th Sentry Eagle air-to-air combat exercise July 15 to 19, 2020.  Additionally, the public is invited to enjoy a wide variety of fighter aircraft, military operations, and static displays during the Open House on Saturday, 18 July and admission is free. Read more

Fall Open Burning Window Announced

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Twice each year there are open burn windows that allow Klamath County residents the opportunity to burn yard waste. Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) just announced the 2019 Fall open burning window. It begins 8 a.m. Saturday, October 12, and ends 5 p.m. Sunday, October 27.

Public Health officials have set the following guidelines for the open burning window:

1.       The air quality advisory must be green. The daily advisory is available at 541-882-BURN (2876).

2.       Only residential yard waste, such as tree limbs, brush, and leaves may be burned.

3.       All burning must occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

4.       No trash, plastic, rubber, tar, petroleum products, treated or painted wood may be burned.

5.       The use of burn barrels is prohibited.

6.       The burning of commercial, construction, demolition or industrial waste is not included in this burn window.  Burning for these purposes requires a special permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; contact the DEQ office in Bend at 541-633-2016.

7.       Agricultural burning inside the Air Quality Zone is prohibited without a certificate of variance issued by Klamath County Public Health.

Fire District guidelines for public safety are:

1.       The wind must be between four and 10 mph. For wind speed call 541-883-8127.

2.       There must be a pressurized water hose at the fire site at all times.

3.       A responsible adult must be present at the fire from the first flame until the fire is extinguished.

4.       The burn pile shall be no larger than six feet in diameter and four feet high.

5.       There must be a six-foot clear area surrounding the base of the pile and the pile must be at least 20 feet from combustible fences and buildings.

6.       The person conducting any burning is responsible for damage and the cost of an out of control burn as well as traffic problems and other hazards caused by the smoke.

The open burn window may be cancelled at any time due to air quality or fire hazard conditions. KCPH reminds people that the smoke from burning yard debris is equally as harmful to lungs as cigarette smoke.

During the open burn window, residents should check with their local Fire District or the City of Klamath Falls (inside the city limits) for additional restrictions. Phone numbers for these agencies include: Klamath County Fire District No. 1 541-885-2056; Klamath County Fire District No. 4 541-884-1670; Klamath County Public Health 541-883-1122; City of Klamath Falls Code Enforcement 541-883-5358.

National Weather Service to Recognize Crater Lake National Park for 100 Years of Weather Observation

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National Weather Service to Recognize Crater Lake National Park for 100 Years of Weather Observation

CRATER LAKE, OR – On Monday, October 7, 2019, representatives from the National Weather Service will be at Crater Lake National Park to celebrate 100 years of weather observation. There will be a brief ceremony on the back porch of Crater Lake Lodge at 1:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. Long-term weather observations are extremely important to monitor climate trends and predict weather conditions.

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Meteorologists use weather data collected by the park to study snowfall amounts and track changes in weather patterns. Crater Lake National Park is the only long-term high elevation snow data collection site in southern Oregon. Weather plays a significant role in the resources and management of the park. Crater Lake is filled entirely by rainfall and snowmelt, resulting in some of the purest, clearest water on the planet. With an annual snowfall of 512 inches, Crater Lake National Park is one of the snowiest inhabited places in the country.

The park’s snowplow operators work hard to clear snow from roads so that visitors can safely experience the incredible winter vistas and recreational opportunities the park has to offer. The park works closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) not only during the winter, but during summer storms as well. The partnership with the NWS is a critical component of safe boat tour operations on the lake.

The NWS alerts the park if thunderstorms are moving towards the lake and provides valuable information to park and concession staff to help determine if tours need to be postponed or cancelled to avoid hazardous lightning. Crater Lake National Park is proud to serve as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, collaborating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service to share information about weather conditions with park visitors and those who may be traveling to the park.

Be sure to check the park website and Facebook page for updates during winter storm events.

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  
AWARENESS MONTH 
 
 

The Klamath County District Attorney’s office routinely deals with the trauma and collateral consequences of the criminal actions of domestic violence in all of their forms, whether between intimate partners or a parent against a child, or an older child against an elderly parent.   The negative impacts of the physical injuries caused are obvious, the injury inflicted on the psychological, emotional, financial and social level continues indefinitely and has wide-spread negative social consequences.

We encourage individuals who are witness to such events to report.  Whether to law enforcement or social service agencies, these reports often begin a difficult process that allows victims to break free, families to change for the better and children to develop prosocial, healthy means of dealing with interfamilial and intimate partner conflicts.

During the month of October, our office along with Marta’s House, the Klamath Tribe, Kingsley Field, Hands are for Helping, Law Enforcement and other community partners will sponsor and/or participate in the following events:

Monday October 7th, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Klamath City Council, Marta’s House and the Klamath County District Attorneys’ office will present a Proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to the City Council thereby recognizing domestic violence as a community concern needing public attention and involvement to resolve to zero.

Tuesday October 8th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Klamath County Commissioners, Marta’s House and the Klamath County District Attorneys’ office will present a Proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to the BOCC thereby recognizing domestic violence as a community concern needing public attention and involvement to resolve to zero.

Saturday October 19th, 2019 at 2 p.m. Marta’s House and the 173rd Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team and community supporters host Race to Zero, a 2K and 5K run/walk held to honor those who survive domestic violence and to promote an environment of healing and safety striving to reach a norm of zero domestic violence incidents.  The event is held at Klamath Regional Airport, 3000 Airport Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Registration is FREE on line at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=191754.  Walk up registration and racer check in closes at 1:45 p.m.

Saturday October 24th, 2019 is Wear Purple Day to honor those who have survived domestic violence and encourage folks to speak out if they know of a friend, family member or fellow citizens suffering under circumstances of domestic violence.

Wednesday October 30th, 2019 at Veteran’s Park the District Attorney’s Office along with Marta’s House, the Klamath Tribe and other community partners will host Flowers on the Lake a vigil honoring survivors with music, speakers and the ceremonial act of participants silently releasing flowers upon the lake to honor survivors of domestic violence.

The Klamath County District Attorney’s office encourages citizens to participate at any and all of these events and to submit their own testimonies through our office Facebook page or the Face Book Page of Marta’s House.  Knowing that others have experienced similar traumas encourages those currently suffering to step forward and change a dreadful dynamic.

 

Addiction Is Public Health Crisis D.A. Says. Proclamation To Be Presented Board Of County Commissioners

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ADDICTION AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

On October 11th, 2019 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Room 214 of the Klamath County Building, the Klamath County District Attorney, Klamath Basin Behavioral Health, Oregon Recovers and all members of the Local Drug and Alcohol Policy Committee will present a Proclamation to the Board of County Commissioners that recognizes addiction as a public health crisis.

Oregon ranks 4th highest in addiction rates in the country, yet ranks 50th on providing access to treatment for these addictions. More than 2100 people die annually due to untreated addictions — with five Oregonians dying every day from alcohol-related causes and one to two more dying each day from drug overdoses. The death rates are expected to continue to grow, resulting in an alarming 212% increase in alcohol deaths and 157% increase in drug-related deaths between 1999 to 2025. These deaths create untold emotional, psychological and financial consequences for the family members and friends of these individuals.

Untreated addictions cost Oregon $5.9 billion in 2006 with evidence, as stated above, suggesting those costs are only increasing: $4.15 billion in lost earnings, $813 million in health care, and $967 million in other costs from the criminal justice and social welfare systems. Alcohol dependence alone cost Oregon $3.2 billion in 2006, compared to only $3.95 million in earned tax revenue from the sale of alcohol.

Addiction has significant negative consequences for the health of our communities and suffers a stigma that deters individuals from coming forward. Leaders in the community recognize it for the public health crisis it is and encourage folks to come forward and seek the support and treatment they need. The Board of County Commissioners, the Klamath District Attorney’s office and other leaders recognize the need for financial support from the State and Federal government to enable them to adequately address the issue and protect and preserve the health of Klamath County citizens.

2019 FIRE SEASON ENDS AS SHORTEST IN TWO DECADES FOR LANDS PROTECTED BY THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY

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SALEM, Ore. – The 2019 fire season officially ended yesterday on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The last district to end its fire season — the Southwest Oregon District covering Josephine and Jackson counties — did so this morning at 9 a.m.

The 923 wildfires on ODF-protected lands this year is about average. However, thanks to favorable conditions and successful initial attack, the 16,867 total acres burned is 56 percent below average. Based on the number of days in fire season as an agency, this year was the shortest fire season in the 21st century at only 99 days. This is about three weeks shorter than the 121-day fire season average for ODF.

“Thanks to a minimum number of wildfires on the landscape statewide, we were fortunate to have adequate resources to respond to fires on our jurisdiction,” said ODF Fire Protection Chief Ron Graham. “With two team deployments – to the Milepost 97 Fire and Ward Fire – we share in the success of the 2019 fire season with Oregon’s complete and coordinated fire protection system, including forest and range landowners, local fire districts, Tribes, contractors, federal, state and county partners.”

The end of fire season removes restrictions on ODF-protected lands intended to prevent wildfire, such as on backyard debris burning and use of certain equipment. Many structural fire departments in Oregon, however, still require a permit for debris burning, so check with your local fire department before starting a burn.

As Oregon transitions out of fire season, ODF districts across the state are shifting their attention to wildfire prevention efforts. Clearing vegetation, creating defensible space around homes, and keeping those debris piles under control are just a few ways ODF is working with local landowners, members of the public and fellow fire response agencies to mitigate wildfire risk.

“While we are seeing cool, rainy fall weather, it is important to note conditions can change quickly,” Graham said. “Given most of the lightning this time of year is accompanied by rain, human-caused fire starts tend to increase in number. People are anxious to burn backyard debris piles and can get complacent with fire safety. We are grateful for the help of every Oregonian working together to prevent wildfires year round.”

The start and end of fire season are set by each fire protection district based on the fuel conditions in their area. The arrival of steady, soaking rain coupled with cooler temperatures and shorter day lengths usually triggers the closure of fire season.The 2019 fire season varied in length from 122 day in ODF’s Southwest Oregon District to just 78 days in theNorthwest Oregon District

173RD FIGHTER WING SAPR TEAM PARTNERS WITH MARTA’S HOUSE TO HOST FREE “RACE TO ZERO” 2K AND 5K IN OCTOBER

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KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – Marta’s House is partnering with the 173rd Fighter Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team to host a  “Race to Zero for Domestic Violence” 2K and 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Klamath Falls Regional Airport.  This is a free event.

“This event is held to honor our victims and survivors of domestic violence and to promote and environment of healing and safety 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 https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=191754

Online registration closes Friday, October 20 at 11:59 pm.  Walk up registration will be available the day of but will close at 1:45 pm.

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and both programs want to make sure that our survivors in the community, both military and civilian, know that they are supported,” said Spotten. “There are resources and people advocating for healthier relationships that reflect dignity and respect to eliminate this type of interpersonal violence.”

There will be resource tables with information, as well as prizes and raffles for the participants.  For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KlamathFallsR2Z/

“Every person in the community can, and will, help us make a difference,” said Spotten.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Mainly Above 4,500 Feet Elevation Tonight

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Expect possible winter driving conditions overnight in the higher elevations.

Overall, the precipitation is expected to be showery in nature. Accumulating snow depends on heavy showers hitting roadways in the higher elevations during the colder overnight hours. Black ice is also a possibility. Read more

Early Season Snow At Crater Lake & Willamette Pass. Lowering Snow Levels Tonight

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Snow has fallen at Crater Lake And Willamette Pass. Colder air and showery weather are moving into the area. Slick roads could be possible tonight depending on how much snow/rain shower activity there is. Below freezing temperatures are expected locally beginning tonight. Snow levels also drop to around 4,000 feet late tonight for the local area.

Klamath Falls expected lows as of posting time:

Tonight – 29

Sunday Night – 27

Monday Night – 26

Tuesday Night – 29

 

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Oregon Health Authority Alert: People should stop vaping immediately

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Public Health Warning: People should stop vaping immediately

Second vaping-related death in state confirmed; people who vape are at risk, officials say

The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a public health warning urging people to immediately stop using all vaping products. Today, the agency confirmed a second vaping-related death in the state. Read more

Prescribed Fire Planned for Crater Lake National Park

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Crater Lake, OR – Crater Lake National Park Fire Management staff are preparing to implement portions of the West Highway 62 prescribed fire project.

The unit is located along both sides of West Highway 62.  Approximately 44 acres containing roughly 2200 piles are in the areas scheduled to be burned this fall.  These piles are from the construction of fuel breaks along Highway 62.

Fire managers expect to begin implementation as early as Tuesday, October 1, pending favorable conditions.  Ignitions will continue throughout the fall as conditions allow until the project is complete, or heavy snow prevents further burn operations.  Weather, fire behavior, and smoke forecasts will be monitored before, during, and after the burns to ensure desired fire effects are achieved.  Fire management personnel will patrol and monitor the prescribed fires until they are completely out.

The National Park Service uses prescribed fire as a tool to help reduce the intensity of wildfires by removing excess accumulations of forest fuels resulting from fire suppression.  This project will improve forest health by reducing the amount of dead woody debris that can lead to larger, more intense fires during periods of high fire danger.  Fire encourages establishment and re-growth of grasses and herbaceous plant species, and increases habitat diversity for wildlife.

All park roads and trails are expected to remain open during prescribed fire operations.  Motorists should watch for signs and reduce their speed, as personnel and equipment are working on and adjacent to the road.

For additional information, please call Crater Lake National Park’s Fire Management Officer at 541-594-3062.

Lower Temperatures And Increased Risk Of Heating Fires

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Temperature Drops and the Risk of a Heating Fires Increase

The cooler temperatures this week serve as a reminder that winter is approaching. Winter brings with it, the highest number of home fires, more than any other time of year!  Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States, and accounted for 45,900 fires from 2013 to 2015. Sadly, these fires resulted in an average of 205 deaths each year and 725 injuries. According to US Fire Administration reports, 29% of heating related fires occurred because the heat source was placed too close to items that can burn. Read more

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