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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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Looking Ahead: Winter Unlikely to Bring Relief

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The one thing the west coast could use right now is a drenching rain… but forecasters say even months down the road… there not likely to be much relief from the drought. The National Weather Service in Medford today issued its winter predictions. For the months of November, December, and January… forecasters...
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Criminal Investigation Underway for Fire in Warm Springs

Klamath Falls, Ore.– A Wildfire on the Warm Springs Reservation is 50-percent contained… and has been mapped at well over 63-thousand acres. Crews are still working to keep the flames away from houses in the area. A Red Flag warning is in effect there until 11:00 Friday night… we have a red flag warning in...
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