Unemployment in Oregon Down to 5.4

Salem, Ore.– Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent during the month of December, down from 5.7 percent in November. That’s still above the national average of 5-percent. Another 23-hundred Oregonians were added to the payroll during December… Nearly half of those in manufacturing. When you combine the number of unemployed workers in the...
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KWUA Selects New Executive Director

Klamath Falls, Ore — The Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) announced Tuesday the selection of Scott White as its new Executive Director. White joins KWUA after 8 years of work in different capacities for the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD). The KWUA board of directors made its decision last week, after work by a...
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Three Slightly Injured After Car Collides with Train

Malin, Ore.– Oregon State Police are investigating after a car collided with a train just south of the Oregon border… but was in Oregon by the time train came to a stop. Troopers say Kari Wright from Tulelake was driving the car on Stateline road at around 7:30 Monday morning, when it was hit...
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Medford Police ID Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Medford, Ore.– Medford police say the man who died after being shot by an off-duty officer yesterday was 27-year old Timothy Joseph Caruthers. Witnesses say Caruthers threatened employees at the Medford Sportsman’s Warehouse with a knife, the ran out of the store after he was caught shoplifting. Police say the officer chased after Caruthers,...
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Snow Conditions Keep Rim Drive Closed

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Nine new inches of snow up at Crater Lake over the weekend means some roads are still closed in the park. According to a press release… the road from Steel Visitor Center to the Rim Village is closed to the public. You can only see the lake if you hike by...
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Falcon Heights High Moves to Henley Compound

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Klamath County School District’s alternative school is packing up and getting ready to move onto the Henley Complex. Elementary students got to move into their new digs at the beginning of the month. That left some modular buildings on the Henley complex available for use… so students at Falcon Heights High will move...
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Highway, Interstate Speed Limits to Increase

Salem, Ore.– Highway 97 is one several secondary highways in the state that will see speed limits increase in the coming months. The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced that speeds on many highways in Eastern Oregon, as well as Interstate 84 between the Idaho border and The Dalles… will increase by as much...
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Washington Man Jailed on Sex Abuse Charges

Klamath Falls, Ore.– A Longview Washington man was extradited to Klamath County to face a disturbing list of sex abuse charges. 26-year old Wesley Rodgers was arrested in Longview earlier this month. He faces six counts of sex abuse and rape, and three counts of sodomy. He made a first court appearance yesterday. Court...
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Chiloquin Artist Wins Top Fellowship

Salem, Ore.– A Chiloquin artist has been awarded a top fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Natalie Ball is the 2016 receipient of the honorary Joan Shipley Award. Ball leads a group of 13 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 160 applicants from 27 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s 2016...
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Governor Proposes State Minimum Wage Increase

Salem, Ore.– Governor Kate Brown today laid out her plans for raising the state minimum wage. Brown says she realizes that businesses need to be able to prepare for any wage hike.. so she’s asking state lawmakers to pass a 2-tiered raise, starting in 2017… and creating a different pay minimum for Portland than...
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