Sheriff Frank Skrah Issues Statement

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Sheriff Frank Skrah has issued a statement in response to recent news reports that he is the subject of a Department of Justice investigation. Read the full statement here. The Klamath County Board of Commissioners meets this afternoon for a closed door discussion on the DoJ investigation. On Monday… commissioners announced that...
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Pen Air Marketing Team Visits Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore.  -  Missy Roberts and Kristin Folmar, Vice President and Director of PenAir Sales and Marketing respectively, recently spent the day in Klamath Falls meeting with community stakeholders and learning more about the area’s air service needs. Missy Roberts remarked that PenAir continues to be impressed with the level of interest and...
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Oregon National Guard Deploys to Fires

Salem, Ore.– The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is currently training 125 members of the Oregon National Guard at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.  This deployment was ordered by Governor Kate Brown under “Op Plan Smokey” to support the efforts of the Oregon Department of Forestry. “Op Plan Smokey”...
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Klamath, Lake Counties Unemployment Increases

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Unemployment is up in Klamath County… jumping from 7.6 percent in June… to 8 percent in July… despite losing fewer jobs than expected. Overall, there are more jobs in Klamath County… but there are also more long-term unemployed trying to get back into the workforce. In Lake County… a similar move in the wrong...
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Bealls Parent Company Closing 90 Locations

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  Bealls Department stores has announced that they’re closing down 90 of its stores across the US… but hasn’t yet said which ones. The Houston Texas-based retailer owns several brands of department stores. According to information in its recent earnings report, they expect to close more than 2 dozen under-performing stores by the...
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Commissioners to Discuss Deputies in Executive Session

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The Klamath County Board of Commissioners has scheduled an executive session for tomorrow afternoon to discuss… behind closed doors… the circumstances behind yesterday’s announcement that at least 7 Sheriff’s Deputies were placed on voluntary Paid administrative leave. According to a statement from Commissioner Kelley Minty-Morris— the decision was made in order to...
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Warm Temps Blamed for Fish Kill

ROSEBURG, Ore. – High water temperatures and repeated bouts of bacteria and parasite infections beginning in May have killed over 150,000 summer steelhead fingerlings at Rock Creek Hatchery. The hatchery began losing fish in May when warm water temperatures led to outbreaks of both a bacterial infection and external parasite common in fish hatcheries,...
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Long Protest Planned for Gas Pipeline

MALIN, Ore. – A 230-mile gas pipeline means a 230-mile protest for those who oppose the Pacific Connector liquefied natural gas export line that could be built through southern Oregon. The protest starts Saturday. The route for the pipeline between Malin and Coos Bay hasn’t quite been finalized, so planning the one-month “Hike the...
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Fire Updates: Monday

Klamath Falls, Ore.–  The Canyon Creek Complex Fire is approaching 70,000 acres in size south of John Day… with more residents being told to leave their homes Sunday night as the fire advances. The fire is 23-percent contained. A red flag warning is in effect for the area around the Canyon Creek Complex until...
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Winter Rim Zone Welcomes New Ranger

Klamath Falls, Ore.– There’s a new ranger for a 550-thousand acre swath of land known as the Winter Rim Zone of the Fremont-Winema Nation Forest. Doug McKay is taking over as the leader of the Paisley and Silver Lake Ranger Districts. McCay comes to Eastern Oregon from the Sierra National Forest in California, and has...
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