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Bills proposed in Oregon to limit access to public information

SALEM, Ore. – Several Oregon lawmakers have introduced bills cutting off access to certain public records. One would block public access to information about bedbug infestations. Others would keep private the identities of lottery winners and information about public-employee retirement benefits. A legislative committee advanced the bedbugs measure on Wednesday. It was requested by Multnomah...
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211info launches in Klamath and Lake Counties

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A new service is available to residents of Klamath and Lake Counties. It is called 211info, a website and phone number providing up-to-date information regarding where to find, for example, financial assistance, health care and food. Over 6,000 programs provide information to the website – – and through the toll-free...
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Deputies arrest woman on weapons charge following standoff in Merrill

MERRILL, Ore. – Two Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputies received cuts to their arms or hands in an altercation Tuesday. It involved Jacquelyn Love, who was arrested following the incident. According to a sheriff’s office release, Love was accused of trespassing by parking in a lot that didn’t belong to her. There was a rifle and...
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Trunk reeking of pot leads to arrests

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — 40 pounds of marijuana was seized following the strong smell of the drug coming from a car’s trunk at an area motel.  According to Oregon State Police, the pot was seized after city police responded to an unreleated call. The Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team arrived to help when detectives...
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Report states dam removal will yield stronger salmon harvests; farm revenues

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A 400-page report released Monday says increases in salmon harvests and farm revenues would occur if four hydroelectric dams are removed on the Klamath River. It was created by federal scientists regarding the waterway in Oregon and California. According to a report, it has been endorsed by the two states,...
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Local asphalt company pays DEQ fine

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Rocky Mountain Construction LLC has paid a fine after committing an emissions discharge violation. The Klamath Falls-based company paid $1,500 to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for the violation at an asphalt plant it owns. Based on its air quality permit, the plan must stay within strict levels of air...
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Bend man arrested in murder investigation

BEND, Ore. — 32-year-old Luke Anton Wirkkala was arrested Monday evening following the early morning death of a man who police say was “an invited guest” in Wirkkala’s home. Bend Police Lt. Ben Gregory says police arrived at Wirkkala’s home about 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning to find 31-year-old David Andrew Ryder dead. Wirkkala...
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Man wearing flak jacket, carrying gun arrested

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A man wearing a flak jacket and possessing a handgun is in jail after officers were dispatched to a coffee hut on South Sixth Street. 30-year-old Kale Donovan Miller was arrested and lodged in Klamath County Jail Sunday evening after a report stated Miller, wearing body armor, was threatening people at...
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Medford woman will be tried in murder of her husband

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford woman will be tried in the murder of her husband, whose body was discovered at the base of cliff in Northern California last November. A Siskiyou County, Calif. judge ruled there is enough evidence to try Patricia MacCallum in the murder of Michael MacCallum. She faces a sentence of...
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KCSD, KFCS and Lakeview High improve graduation rates

SALEM, Ore. – Over 73 percent of Klamath County School District students graduated during the 2011-12 school year according to statistics released by the state this week. That’s above the 68 percent of Oregon students graduating in total. Bonanza, Henley, Lost River and Mazama High Schools all graduated more than 73 percent of its students....
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