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Local man wins Texaco Country Showdown

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Last night, one of the highlights from Klamath County Fair was the Texaco Country Showdown. Full story audio from Viewing the Basin A local self-taught musician, Marty Combs, won the Texaco Country Showdown. Combs is very pleased to win the nation’s largest and longest-running country music talent search. If Combs...
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Barry Point Fire larger than originally thought

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Berry Point Fire has grown dramatically. The lightning-caused wildfire in Lake County has grown to 12 square miles, or 7,500 acres. On Thursday afternoon, officials urged some residents near the Drews Reservoir to leave their homes. An Oregon Red Cross spokesman says about 15 families could be affected. The fire...
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Barry Point Fire near Lakeview over 1,700 acres

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Berry Point Fire burning near Lakeview is over 1,700 acres and on Wednesday, a total of 43 resources were reported to be assisting with the blaze. South Central Oregon Interagency Fire says crews, air tankers, helicopters, engines, dozers and water tenders all make up that count in hopes to establish...
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Klamath Co. Fair begins Thursday

“Sew it. Grow it. Show it.” is this year’s theme for the Klamath County Fair. Starting Thursday, the fairgrounds has exhibits, concessions, and entertainment. Full Story Audio from Viewing the Basin This year’s attractions include a demolition derby, two days of rodeo, and a dinner with an auction. 4-H and FFA will display their...
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Volunteers needed to remove fence

Volunteers are needed to help remove a fence at the Sycan Marsh Preserve. The Bend Bulletin reports the work will take place this weekend and sleeping accommodations and most meals will be provided. The fence removal will help open space for wildlife and restoration efforts on teh 30,500-acre wetland. It is located 75 miles...
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Oregon school plans aiming too low

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s new chief education officer Rudy Crew says schools planning for stagnant or declining outcomes in recently-submitted “achievement compacts” are aiming for unacceptable outcomes. The state’s 197 school districts sent their first plans this summer and a review shows most expect performance measures to be flat or up by a percentage...
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Clean-up continues from Sunday’s storm

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Derbis remains from Sunday’s lightning storm in Klamath Falls. UPDATE: Aug. 8, 12:36 p.m. Viewing the Basin spoke with Lane Wortman from Reames Country Club Wednesday afternoon. The course took significant damage from the storm, causing thousands of dollars in estimated damage. Wortman says the course needs to replace benches...
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Fire Tuesday near housing complex on Hwy 140

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A fire started Tuesday near homes on Highway 140. Erica Hupp of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. The fire was 100-percent contained by the afternoon. Helicopters were seen getting water from a lake and bringing it to the site. In Klamath and Lake Counties combined, fire crews continue...
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Citizens for Safe Schools receives grant payment

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Citizens for Safe Schools is the receipient of a $43,000 grant. The money is the third and final payment from the Southern Oregon Regional Action Initiative. Citizens for Safe Schools Outreach and Development Coordinator Kelley Minty-Morris The lead funder of the grant is the Oregon Community Foundation which targets community...
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Lakeview fire started by Sunday’s lightning

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — In Klamath and Lake Counties combined, fire crews continue battling 31 fires as of Tuesday afternoon including a lightning-sparked wildfire about 20 miles southwest of Lakeview. The Berry Point Fire has grown to 1,500 acres on private lands as well as in the Fremont-Winema National Forest. It grew quickly late Monday...
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