Oregon’s Governor and 2 Senators visit Douglas Complex fire area

Gov. Kitzhaber and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were in Glendale over the weekend for a briefing on the nearly 35,000-acre Douglas Complex fire. It’s the largest of several lightning-caused fires burning across Southern Oregon, and the number one fire of concern nationally. Kitzhaber said that hot, dry conditions this year are...
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Task force meets to discuss water issues in the basin

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A task force overseeing the Klamath Basin’s water struggles has met again in Southern Oregon. An aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber says the combination of major fires and drought in Southern Oregon is putting pressure on all parties. No solutions conclusions were made at the meeting, and the group has...
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Federal government gives Oregon $10 million for early childhood education

SALEM, Ore. — The federal government is giving Oregon an additional $10 million to expand and improve early-childhood education programs. It’s part of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. Oregon was earlier awarded $20 million for its early learning initiative, which tries to ensure children are on par with their...
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Lawmakers will get raises

SALEM, Ore. — State workers and some Oregon politicians are getting raises. The Legislature gave to ok to $5,000 annual salary hikes starting Jan. 1 for all statewide elected officials, including Gov. John Kitzhaber. The raises were approved in the final days of the legislative session and are looking to generate some unhappiness in...
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One firefighter killed, one injured from falling tree

CENTRAL OREGON — A firefighter has been killed by a falling tree, and another firefighter was injured while fighting a wildfire in Central Oregon. The snag, which is a dead standing tree, fell on the two fire fighters yesterday in the Mt. Washington Wilderness near Dugout Lake.   One of the individuals died at the...
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Douglas Complex fires contintue to grow

GLENDALE, Ore. — The Douglas Complex fire is growing day by day, and fire fighters are still trying to get containment on the massive fire that’s been ablaze since July 26th. The fires burning 7 miles north of Glendale are only 7% contain, and has grown to over 28,000 acres. Over 1,500 people are...
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Two Klamath car chase suspects plead not guilty

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Two suspects that allegedly ran from police in a car case through Klamath Falls told the courts that they were not guilty this week. 25 year old Joseph Wendell Nelson of Klamath Falls is facing 16 different charges, which include attempted murder. A man that authorities say was the passenger,...
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Randy Travis released from the hospital

TEXAS — Randy Travis has been released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Texas and has been relocated to a physical therapy facility, the country singer’s publicist said Wednesday. The 54-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition earlier this month after suffering complications from viral cardiomyopathy.
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Air quality unhealthy for Klamath Basin through Monday

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The air quality advisory board wants you to know that the air is going to remain in the unhealthy range through Monday. It’s against the law burn outside because of the high smoke levels. People with breathing problems, like asthma, should not go outside, and exercising outside is also discouraged....
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Crews still on the scene at Douglas Complex fires

GLENDALE, Ore. — Crews are still on the scene of the massive Douglas Complex fires burning seven miles north of Glendale in Douglas County. The 21,400-acre, lightning-caused  fire is 5 percent contained, and the blaze has been called the nation’s highest fire priority today. The Oregon National Guard air and ground teams began working...
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